The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-08-01T07:17:14Z Natural or Synthetic Grass? 2014-08-01T07:17:14Z natural-or-synthetic-grass Aesthetics:There are rarely complaints about the aesthetics of natural lawns; you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t agree with the beauty of a well-kept lawn. The main trouble today with maintaining a natural lawn is keeping it well watered even with frequent droughts and the rising cost of water. However with the right knowledge and some research it is definitely possible to keep a lawn green throughout the year, using a minimal amount of water.As synthetic grass originated from sporting surfaces, performance was always its most important feature. Over as its popularity has increased over the years manufactures have begun to refine the turf’s appearance. Today there are various different types of artificial lawns that look very realistic, although on closer inspection their certain, plastic shine tends to give them away.Artificial and natural grasses feel quite different, but many soft and comfortable varieties can be found in each type. A key difference is that artificial turf will warm up in the sun, while natural grass will stay cool. In fact natural turf can be up to 15 C cooler on a hot day in comparison to paving or bitumen and significantly helps to cool down your home. On the other hand synthetic grass doesn’t attract bees and therefore can be great for people suffering from grass or insect allergies.Maintenance:A natural lawn will potentially last forever providing it is maintained properly. It does require maintenance than artificial grasses though by way of regular mowing, fertilising, watering and weed control. Synthetic turf should last around 15 years in a landscape setting before needing to be replaced. Artificial turf isn’t completely maintenance free though; it requires brushing, grooming and refilling around twice a year to keep it the blades upright. You’d most likely need to hire a contractor to do this, unless you purchased the right equipment and both options can be expensive.Environmental Impact:Natural lawns obviously require regular watering, moving and fertilising which can introduce unused chemicals into the environment.  Natural grass also acts as a filter for rain and collects water into the soil, instead of allowing it run off down the street. Like other plants it also removes greenhouse gases from the atmosphere as well as other pollutants. Synthetic turfs don’t require the application for water or fertilisers but can manufactured from plastics which contain petrochemicals. Generally speaking, they are transported long distances whereas natural lawns tend to have short shelf lives and therefore can only be transported shorter distances. Affordability:Natural turf will cost around $25 per square metre to supply and install, depending on base preparation. Whereas synthetic grass will cost you upwards of $75 – $100 per square metre to supply and install including base preparation. The upside with the artificial grass is that it costs very little to maintain after it’s installed, whereas natural grass will have on-going maintenance costs. However studies have shown that after the initial investment of synthetic grass it will take over 10 years before it ‘pays for itself’ compared to natural lawn.So what’s better for you?When investing a in a lawn there are many various factors to consider and ultimately you should make the choice that will best suit your family. Unless you are suffering from allergies, natural lawn is the clear winner, as after just a little bit of work you reap not only aesthetic rewards, with a luxurious lawn but also gain the environmental benefits.  Natural lawn is also more economical and with the correct maintenance can last a lifetime.Superior Lawns AustraliaSuperior Lawns Australia is renown across Australia as leader in lawn excellence providing consistent quality and outstanding service. We are dedicated to excellence when it comes to lawns, we love what we do and understand the important benefits that a lawn can provide to your homes, your lives and our environment.  We provide you with only the top class products, so you can guarantee your new lawn will be of superior quality.So contact Superior Lawns today to enquire about our range of Ezy Slab turfs to find the one most suitable for your garden. Call us on 1800 695 296 or Email us enquiry@superiorlawns.com.au Picture framing Melbourne- Made Special with Italian Classics 2014-08-01T06:06:33Z picture-framing-melbourne-made-special-with-italian-classics Mahoneys Framing are now providing picture framing Melbourne services using the newest innovations of custom framing. Whether it be sleek and modern frames made with precision to compliment office and home décor or classic timber frames that add sophistication, the new Bellini range is sure to impress any onlooker.  Bellini frames have had a long standing reputation as being the best hand crafted mouldings due to the fine detail precision that is applied to their creation. The new Italian Classics range includes a variety of mouldings that can be fitted to any picture. Mahoneys Framing, as a leading custom frames Melbourne provider are now offering this exclusive range. Bringing the ultimate in style, each frame consists of hand crafted detail, from stately grandeur, to contemporary sophisticated mouldings for the urbane. Each frame embodies a vision, sourced only from the most talented craftsmen whom are third and fourth generation artisans, that take traditional ideals and skills to create the most stunning and dynamic display of moulding. The mouldings are all individually sculpted, using century old techniques to deliver a product of the utmost quality and aesthetic appearance. Bellini frames do not simply create beautiful displays and preserve your pictures to the highest quality, but they are also the easiest way to bring a touch of sophistication to uplift décor and improve overall appearance of a room. For all discerning picture framing Melbourne clients, these frames are definitely the best option. Custom picture framing is an Art, and therefore, the attention should be in the detail of the frame to bring out all the design elements to enhance the picture. Bellini frames are sculpted in a way to transcend the beauty of your image into a room like a beaming light. These frames are truly unmissable in a room. Bring sophistication to your space today!About UsPicture Framing in Melbourne by Mahoney’s Framing gives your artwork professional framing that preserves and adds to their beauty. Mahoneys Framing are your Melbourne picture framing experts for new, elegant and updated picture frames in a variety of contemporary, classic and traditional styles. Visit our website at www.pictureframinginmelbourne.com.au or call us at +61 3 9642 1148. Paspaley Pearling charged over pearl diver death 2014-08-01T04:27:38Z paspaley-pearling-charged-over-pearl-diver-death A two-year investigation into the death of a pearl diver off Western Australia's Kimberley coast has culminated in a criminal charge against the company, Paspaley Pearling.Jarrod Hampton died in April 2012 while diving for pearls from a Paspaley-owned boat about 160 kilometres south of Broome. He was employed as a drift diver, which involved collecting shells from the sea bed while being towed underwater. It was his second day on the job.Crew members helped Mr Hampton, who had made an emergency ascent to the surface, but he died at the scene. Preliminary investigations found his death was consistent with drowning.WorkSafe WA commissioner Lex McCulloch confirmed it had charged the family-owned company with one count of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment. "The investigation was a significant and complex one involving extensive WorkSafe resources," he said."The matter is now in the hands of the courts, and WorkSafe will not make any further comment."The family-owned company faces a maximum penalty of $200,000 under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.Since the accident The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is calling for better regulation of the pearl diving industry. MUA assistant national secretary Ian Bray said it was “unclear why pearl diving companies were allowed to self-regulate when the rest of the commercial diving sector - deep sea offshore, scientific and onshore – have proper set rules on work standards and safety".The Commission for Occupational Safety and Health initiated the formation of a working group to consider a Commission Code of Practice for pearl diving in August 2012. However a spokeswoman for WorkSafe said the process was deferred in December 2012 because “the commission did not want to risk prejudicing any prosecution action that might be undertaken.” The case will come before Broome Magistrates Court later this year.ABOUT WHS SOLUTIONSDon’t let this type of sudden accident happen to your employees! Make sure that you company is complying with all the latest and relevant occupational health and safety measures!WHS Solutions can help safeguard you against workplace incidents. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. Our highly trained team of consultants provide assessment and certification to meet all our applicable workplace health and safety regulations. This ensures that your employees are fully covered and working in the safety possible environment. The team at WHS Solutions has combined experience of over 132 years and works with companies all over Western Australia. After just 20 minutes with an experienced WHS consultant you can learn if your company is compliant and how you can improve. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact:Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.auTelephone: 08 9427 1788Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/ Getty Images to Capture Tropfest Australia 2014-08-01T02:19:25Z getty-images-to-capture-tropfest-australia-1 Getty Images, the global leader in digital media, today announced its new role as the Official Photography, Video and Production Music Partner for the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest Australia.   “Getty Images is the engine driving a more image-rich digital world, and we firmly believe in the power of visual content to tell stories, evoke emotion and ultimately drive change. That’s why we’re excited to be supporting local Australian filmmakers as a partner at this year’s Tropfest Australia,” said Stuart Hannagan, Vice President of Editorial Imagery, APAC, at Getty Images.   For the first time, Tropfest Australia entrants can  draw from Getty Images’ broad array of award-winning content, which includes over 170 million assets including over two million videos and 350,000 music tracks,. In addition, Getty Images will also be the Official Photographers of Tropfest Australia, capturing all the excitement of the festival night.   “It is a rewarding experience to see some of the world’s most talented young creatives use Getty Images’ content to produce such fresh and innovative work and we are really looking forward to seeing what this year’s entrants will produce,” added Hannagan.   Tropfest Managing Director, Michael Laverty, said he was thrilled to be working with Getty Images this year.   “We are incredibly privileged to see some of the best short filmmaking from around the world come through our competition. Our relationship with Getty Images will provide these talented filmmakers with another incentive to create,” Laverty said. “We can’t wait to see how entrants will use Getty Images vast library of content in their films - and we have no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of creativity at work!”   Getty Images will also be contributing to the prize pack with iStock by Getty Images subscriptions, a new service bringing greater simplicity and value to high volume content users, through a licensing model which offers widespread use of photos and illustrations available on iStock.  About Getty ImagesGetty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit InFocus http://infocus.gettyimages.com/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages.   About Tropfest Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. Founded in 1993 by film director John Polson as a small screening for family and friends at Sydney’s Tropicana Café, the festival now attracts a national event audience of around 150,000 people. The event is hosted in Sydney with a live national broadcast on SBS 2. The short film competition is unique in that every film must be made specifically for Tropfest, will premiere at Tropfest Australia and include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which changes each year. 16 Finalists are selected from an average 650 entries. Tropfest has expanded internationally to now include new competitions and festivals in North America, (New York), the Middle East, New Zealand and South East Asia. ENTERTAINMENT GALORE AT FERRAGOSTO 2014-08-01T02:11:10Z entertainment-galore-at-ferragosto “We are entering the 17th year of Ferragosto and there is so much Italian talent and activities, it’ll make festival-goers feel as though they have left Sydney and are enjoying a vibrant Sunday in Italy,” Mayor Tsirekas said. Ferrafesta (main stage) will bring the Italian party to life with stand-out performances by EuroLatino. The combination of romantic Italian sounds with pulsating Latino rhythms will excite audiences. The party will continue at FerraMusica and FerraGiovani with all-day entertainment by home-grown entertainers that will get the festival moving with dancing and music. “There is something for everyone at Ferragosto, from the staged entertainment to the roving performances, trivia and competitions. However, what’s really exciting this year is all the new additions which will bring more fun to an already great day out,” Mayor Tsirekas said.   “What better way to soak up the Italian atmosphere than with a coffee, pastry (or slice of pizza) and an Italian film? We will be showing two Italian films through-out the day on Garfield Street. “Don’t miss the free Carnival Mask making workshops, or grab a picture posed as a pizza maker or gondolier. The street soccer will be great fun and you can choose your opponent and see who can score the most goals”. As always, stop by FerraPiazza, the traditional Italian square and enjoy the wine market where you can sample some wine while soaking up the Italian atmosphere. Ferragosto will again be an environmentally friendly event and Mayor Tsirekas said we are committed to organising events that minimise environmental impact. “Ferragosto is plastic bag and polystyrene free, we have free bicycle parking, water stations to refill water bottles, we use biodiesel generators to power the stages, our promotional material, flyers and programs are printed on recycled paper and we reduce our carbon footprint offset through Climate Friendly,” he said. “I urge the community to help us in keeping the event environmentally friendly by riding your bike to Ferragosto  and parking it for free and bringing your own reusable carry bag. If you visit the Eco-Hub on the day and show your reusable bag or bike helmet, you could win a $100 voucher from a local bike store or the online eco store Biome.”   Ferragosto will be held on Great North Road, Five Dock on Sunday, 17 August from 10am-4pm.   The event is brought to you by the City of Canada Bay and is supported by Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Canada Bay Club, Cleanaway, Club Five Dock RSL, Inner West Courier, italianicious magazine, Community Relations commission for multicultural NSW, Channel Nine, St George bank, Leichhardt Fiat Alfa and Five Dock Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Canterbury BMW, Adshel and Aqua Source.   For more information on the event, please visit our website: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au. **Ends** The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the Largest Live Sporting Event Ever Delivered in the History of Akamai 2014-07-31T05:50:15Z the-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil-was-the-largest-live-sporting-event-ever-delivered-in-the-history-of-akamai The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ was the largest live sporting event ever delivered in the history of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications. Akamai worked with more than 50 broadcasters to stream live and on-demand video for all 64 matches to an array of connected devices across the world.   Every match of the month-long tournament was streamed to more than 80 countries around the world, making the 2014 FIFA World Cup the largest live sporting event that Akamai has ever delivered over its network in terms of total video traffic volume. The Netherlands-Argentina semi-final match on July 9th reached a peak traffic rate of 6.9 Terabits per second (Tbps), the highest of any live sports event delivered by Akamai. Traffic during the July 13th championship match between Germany and Argentina peaked at 6.6 Tbps; and the Germany-Brazil semi-final on July 8th reached 5.8 Tbps and helped generate the highest overall total traffic peak ever recorded on the Akamai Intelligent PlatformTM at 23 Tbps.   More Akamai online video traffic highlights from the 2014 FIFA World Cup include: ·       Over the course of the tournament, Tuesday matches saw the highest average peak of 5.1 Tbps, whereas Saturday contests had the lowest at 3 Tbps. ·       Weekday matches averaged 4.2 Tbps, compared to the weekend match average of 3.5 Tbps. ·       Earlier start times drove higher peaks. 3 p.m. EDT kick-offs peaked at an average of 4.9 Tbps, followed by 12 p.m. (3.9 Tbps), 4 p.m. (3.4 Tbps), 6 p.m. (2.2 Tbps) and 9 p.m. (1.8 Tbps). ·       The German national team drove the highest average traffic peak at 5.1 Tbps, followed by Portugal (4.9 Tbps), the U.S. (4.8 Tbps) and Ghana (4.5 Tbps). The four teams also comprised the “Group of Death,” which drove the highest average peak of all FIFA World Cup groups in the first round. ·       South Korea and Japan tied for the lowest average peak at 1.8 Tbps each. They were slightly behind Ecuador and Russia’s 1.9 Tbps.   About Akamai Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter. Celebrity Affirmations Offers Unique, Inspirational Affirmations 2014-07-31T03:32:22Z celebrity-affirmations-offers-unique-inspirational-affirmations Saint John, NB, July 31, 2014 -- Celebrity Affirmations is a brand new service aimed at helping people gain lasting encouragement from voices they recognize. Using the best celebrity impersonators, Celebrity Affirmations delivers truly inspirational messages. While affirmations can have an effect when read, studies have shown that affirmations have a much bigger impact when they are said by a respected individual. Affirmations are much more believable when spoken from an authoritarian voice, and people are much more likely to listen and follow through with affirmations when they come from a recognized voice. Using those proven theories, Celebrity Affirmations reached out to the best celebrity voice impersonators. With the help of celebrity impersonators of well-known stars, such as Sean Connery, Morgan Freeman, and Andy Garcia, Celebrity Affirmations has captured some of the most uplifting affirmations and placed them on their website. Recent clients are leaving rave reviews. One customer said, “The difference I saw in the impact of the affirmations was huge. It was much more powerful for me to listen to my positive affirmations by a true celebrity voice, a well – respected and well – known person. Hearing my positive affirmation from Al Pacino or Sean Connery had a much bigger impact to my spirituality and everyday life.” Celebrity Affirmations offers believable, successful affirmations in the voices of today’s biggest Hollywood names. Anyone who is interested in following through with a positive affirmation from a voice they recognize can visit www.celebrityaffirmations.com. About Celebrity Affirmations Celebrity Affirmations understands the true psychology of affirmations. Using their expertise and genuine dedication to people living better lives, Celebrity Affirmations has released an exclusive set of celebrity-voiced positive messages. Contact: Eric Beyer Celebrity Affirmations Saint John, NB Canadainfo@celebrityaffirmations.comhttp://www.celebrityaffirmations.com Vamp & Burn to Smoulder On Oz Festival Stages 2014-07-30T10:34:34Z vamp-amp-burn-to-smoulder-on-oz-festival-stages Samford, QLD, July 30, 2014 -- Lola The Vamp's Vamp & Burn is a burlesque stage show with passion. Following a sensationally successful debut last year, the show has evolved rapidly to incorporate a set and storyline - featuring Lola's larger-than-life burlesque props and spawning a band, called Irresolute. Woven in are passionate and off-the-cuff burlesque shows, keeping both performers and audiences on the edge of their seats! Vamp & Burn plays the Brisbane Fringe Festival at Black Bear Lodge on August 17, followed by the Docklands Arts, Laughs and Blues Festival in Melbourne’s Wonderland Spiegeltent on October 4. Lola The Vamp brings her firebrand headlining burlesque that has been scandalising audiences worldwide for over a decade. A ground-breaking performer with a PhD in the art, Lola has set this year’s show in the French Quarter of New Orleans, at a turn-of-the-century cabaret. A cast of powerful burlesque stars have been selected from across the wide brown land of Australia, with a special guest dancer all the way from Paris. Each dancer is cast for their ability to improvise - an element that adds a sense of drama to the show. For the Brisbane Fringe, Lila Luxx brings her trademark lyrical burlesque, honed from years of classical and contemporary training, while Delilah Devereaux brings the experience earnt only by unwisely spending a few glorious years in the nightspots of Pigalle. The Speigeltent show sees Sydney’s infamous Baby Blue Bergman - a woman who would have been the muse of Serge Gainsbourgh or Andy Warhol had she lived in the swinging 60s. Joining her is Melbourne’s Evie Red, a sex-on-legs performer with an infectious joy upon the stage. With Lola doing double-duties and also providing the music with her band Irresolute, expect husky stories of love, loss, melancholy and no regrets! It’s blues meets ye-ye meets Tarantino as the story of a showgirl and her gambling man is loosely told through some of the most famous French pop of the 20th Century as well as Irresolute’s own sensual and dark original compositions. Irresolute is an offshoot of Desert Blues Cartel which features blues renegade Dick Desert and Violin virtuoso Ellen Stancombe (The Red Paintings). Lola's collaboration with these musicians saw her first single, Ma Cherie, released earlier this year. See, and hear it all at the show. La Vie! For ticket sales, please see www.stickytickets.com/18044 (Brisbane) and www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au (Melbourne) Further information is available at www.brisbanefringe.com and www.yavannaproductionhouse.asia Contact: Yavanna Production House P.O. Box 939, Samford, QLD 4250 Phone number: +614412308044talent@yavannaproductionhouse.asiahttp://www.yavannaproductionhouse.asia Story Time Announces Monsoon Camp In August 2014-07-30T05:11:14Z story-time-announces-monsoon-camp-in-august Story Time Publications, which specializes in the publication of paperback and hardcover books for kids, is all set to take monsoon fun in Kolkata a couple of notches higher. A three-day monsoon camp has been scheduled to be held in August - and it promises to be a first-of-its-kind children’s event in the city. The Story Time Monsoon Camp will be conducted on the 15th, 16th and 17th of August, at Tender Care Montessori School (at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Park Street). The head of Teknowledge Software, the mobile apps company which is in charge of organizing the event, explained that the entire thing would be on the lines of the various summer camps regularly hosted in Kolkata. Kids in the 5-12 age group can attend this Story Time extravaganza. To keep the proceedings systematic, the event planners at Story Time have divided the event days into two batches. The first - from 10am to 12 noon - will be mainly for the younger set of children (who fall in the 5-8 years age range). The afternoon session, from 2pm to 4pm, will witness the presence of kids aged 9-12. On special requests, toddlers around 3-4 years of age would also be admitted. An impressive line-up of fun activities await the little attendees at the Story Time Monsoon Camp. Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin, the CEO of Teknowledge, informed us that there would be a magic show, an art and craft session, and a drawing/painting competition at the show. Given the unprecedented levels of success that the digital storytelling sessions at Park English School and International Public High School (conducted by Story Time over the last couple of months) enjoyed, it is only natural that such story sessions will feature during the camp as well. When contacted, the organizers of Story Time Monsoon Camp 2014 highlighted another small session that is likely to witness active participation from the visiting children. It has been named ‘2 Minutes To Fame’ - and would serve as a platform for kids to do basically whatever they want to - right from dressing up in superhero costumes, and doing poem recitations, to singing and giving short extempore (kid-style!) speeches. There is going to be a freestyle dance session as well. At most summer camps (or other such similar seasonal camps), the health factor of the attending children is often a tad neglected. Story Time has made sure that parents won’t have any cause for complaint in this regard, at the Monsoon Camp. Free health and dental checkups have been specially highlighted in the program itinerary. Parents/guardians have been requested to be present during these medical checkups, to collect reports and stay updated about their little ones’ health. As per early reports, the announcement of Story Time Monsoon Camp has generated an extremely positive response among parents in Kolkata and the suburbs. The first two days (15 and 16 August) of the event, in fact, have already been sold out. Queries and registration requests are flying in for the sessions on the 17th. Encouragingly, both individual parents as well as nursery schools/kindergartens are showing willingness to make their kids/students a part of the show. Given that it is the exam season at most schools - this is indeed remarkable. Thanks to the volume of interest about the event, organizers have lowered the registration charge from Rs. 500 to Rs. 300 (full package; per kid). Story Time Monsoon Camp is a brave and innovative endeavor on the part of Story Time/Teknowledge Software, to add that extra dash of fun and frolic during the monsoons. If it is a hit (and all early indications do point towards that), more corporate houses, NGOs and the like will be encouraged to organize such kids’ events. All the details about the Monsoon Camp (including registration information and program schedules) can be seen at www.storytimeforkids.info. Parents can clarify all queries via email, to support@storytimeforkids.info. For direct bookings, 9433138173 and 9433193640 are the numbers to call. This one really promises to be an occasion to remember for the kids of the city. Most of them are counting down the days! Canstar Blue launches Innovation Excellence Awards 2014 2014-07-30T02:37:08Z canstar-blue-launches-innovation-excellence-awards-2014 Does your business stand right at the forefront of modern innovation? Has your company designed and developed an outstanding product or feature helping to make the lives of busy Australian consumers that little bit easier, or just putting smiles on faces? Canstar Blue is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural Innovation Excellence Awards in order to recognise and celebrate the latest and greatest of revolutionary concepts, designs and products making their way into homes right across Australia. “We’re on a mission to find the most innovative appliances and electronic products on the market – and applications are now being received,” said Megan Doyle, Canstar Blue Business Unit Leader. “We’re looking for the most innovative products and features now attracting the attention of Australian consumers. We are going to asses both the degree of innovation and the overall impact the product could make. No product or feature is too big or too small to be considered. “So, if your business has demonstrated true innovation to enhance an existing appliance or electronic product, or even developed a new one, in the last 12 months, then we want to hear from you.” Canstar Blue applauds excellence in products and services on behalf of Australian consumers and is well known and trusted for providing professional customer satisfaction ratings through a five-star review system. “We compare consumer and small business segments across a range of relevant purchase decision criteria and issue awards based on overall satisfaction with a product or service,” added Mrs Doyle. “We launched the innovation awards in the financial services arm of CANSTAR more than three years ago, and with a tried and tested model, it is now time to launch the Canstar Blue innovation awards. These will be added to our suite of awards to acknowledge and showcase products and services displaying outstanding innovation in the consumer market.” Objective and subjective measures have been carefully developed by Canstar Blue researchers to identify key measures of product innovation. This will ensure there is fair comparison of all products that are eligible for these awards. Canstar Blue also has external industry and consumer specialists on the award’s judging panel in order to ensure that the decisions made are robust and reflect the market conditions. “We’re looking forward to seeing what fantastic new products are making their way into the Australian market and exciting consumers,” added Mrs Doyle. “This is your chance to be recognised as a truly innovative company and to showcase the products you are particularly proud of.” Companies wishing to nominate a product can do so by completing Canstar Blue’s innovation questionnaire at www.canstarblue.com.au where further details, as well as terms and conditions, are available. Applications close on August 15, 2014, with the release of winners in September. Art Meets Fashion: Fashion boutique aims big on Fashion Week event 2014-07-29T01:16:21Z art-meets-fashion-fashion-boutique-aims-big-on-fashion-week-event Set within the effortlessly cool and industrial style Melbourne Public bar, fashion illustrations by Alex Newton will hang from the exposed beams throughout the vast room, providing a dramatic and exciting display of art.  Sip on cocktails and enjoy a special selection of canapés whilst relishing in the fun and relaxing atmosphere.  The night will only get more exciting with a runway event featuring Spring/Summer collections from rousing and ultra-stylish designer labels Talulah, Bebe Sydney and Ruby Sees all.  To top it all off, be one of the first 50 arrivals and receive a goodie bag including items such as beauty products, phone cases, promotional discounts and other charming favours to make it a night to remember. Over the past year Adair Boutique has been steadily growing their brand and customer base, regularly collaborating with bloggers, labels, photographers and stylists.  The event is a unique opportunity for people to observe high quality art and fashion, with further collaborations by hair stylists Antoinette Champagne Hair Salon, Alias Mae shoes, make-up artists and runway models. Photos and additional information available, and press are invited to cover the event. Tickets are available at https://www.rollerdigital.com/adairboutique/#/event/3307/21867/20140904 as well as Moshtix and Oztix. Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship shortlist announced 2014-07-28T01:54:04Z templeberg-residential-writing-fellowship-shortlist-announced Now in its second year, the fellowship will send an Australia writer to Templeberg Villa in Galle in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for two- to four-weeks to work on a writing project. The international fellowship is a philanthropic initiative of the Australian based owners of Templeberg Villa, Christopher Shields and Brent Carey. The winning writer will receive return airfare from Melbourne to Colombo in Sri Lanka, a 30-day tourist visa, internal transfer costs, accommodation, full board (all meals) and an A$1,000 spending allowance. For the 2014 fellowship, the shortlisted writers are: ·         Aden Rolfe (NSW) ·         Chris Armstrong (NSW) ·         Christy Collins (VIC) ·         Gloria Meltzer (VIC) ·         Greg Woodland (NSW) ·         Lenny Bartulin (TAS) ·         Lisa Walker (NSW) ·         Lucy Nelson (ACT) ·         Richard Newsome (QLD) ·         Sophie Overett (QLD) ·         Virginia Jealous (WA) “This is a truly national shortlist,” said Christopher Shields from Templeberg Villa, “Projects imagined and inspired by writers and poets from states as far apart as Queensland and New South Wales on the east coast and Western Australia right down to Tasmania.” “There is also an eclectic selection of poems, short stories, new fiction and a performance piece," he said. Several of the shortlisted applicants are previous winners of other leading writing prizes. Emerging poet Aden Rolfe has been shortlisted four times for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and is a past recipient of the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry. Greg Woodland is a 2014 LitLink and Varuna Writer’s Fellowship recipient and won Best Drama Manuscript in the 2005 National Literary Awards. The international judging panel chaired by acclaimed Sri Lankan-based author Royston Ellis also includes Victorian travel writer Michelle Aung Thin, winner of last year’s fellowship Michelle Wright, and the owners of Templeberg Villa, Brent Carey and Shields. The judges will select one winner, who will be announced at a special event hosted by Writers Victoria at The Salon on Tuesday 12 August. Building customer confidence 2014-07-25T03:23:38Z building-customer-confidence Achieving this high level of certification provides WHS Solutions with identifiable external recognition of operational excellence and compliance. Best Practice Certification is a third party company that provides auditing and certification services to organisations in Australia that have elected to implement the international ‘Best Practice’ models. Incorporating these models into our business ensures the continual improvement in quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management.  WHS Solutions has been accredited in both the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements and the Environmental Management System Requirements standards. Having these qualifications reaffirms WHS Solution’s outstanding ability to identify client’s current OHS compliance status, install OHS system frameworks, provide implementation support and run ongoing OHS system maintenance. Attaining these Best Practice certifications sets us apart from our competitors, as it demonstrates the international standard of commitment we have to offering the highest possible quality services to clients. ABOUT WHS SOLUTIONS WHS Solutions can help safeguard you against workplace ruin. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. WHS Solutions provides you with a proper OHS management system and compliance certification so you can operate with reassurance, which in turn allows your employees to feel safe in their workplace. When your company has these qualifications it will not only increase in value but also solidify its workplace health and safety reputation in the industry. Contact WHS Solutions today for a free initial assessment and quote, with confidence in the experience and superior services that we can offer. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact: Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.au Telephone: 08 9427 1788 Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/ WHS Solutions has attained Best Practice Certification in both Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements and the Environmental Management System Requirements!! Read more about our commitment to excellence on our new blog:   Silver Anniversary of Phenomenon Creative Event Services: Something to Celebrate! 2014-07-25T01:39:19Z silver-anniversary-of-phenomenon-creative-event-services-something-to-celebrate Perth, WA, 25 July 2014 – Now beginning their second quarter century in the events industry, Phenomenon Creative Event Services are considered Western Australia’s go-to event styling and theming professionals.Phenomenon’s Director, Paul Cumming says “Now is as good a time as ever to look back at our journey during the past twenty-five years. We’re enjoying reminiscing, but also looking ahead into the future and wondering what ‘will be’.”The Phenomenon story began in a humble garage in Perth, by founders Paul Cumming and his business partner Steven Power. They hit upon the idea of a mobile disc jockey business that would service anything from parties to large scale corporate events and other celebrations.Eventually, both gentlemen brainstormed with ideas on how to expand the business beyond simple disc jockey talent. What they needed to find was a reliable team of hardworking, talented and creative people who could help them grow the business into something ‘phenomenal’.Cumming says, “The resounding message coming through on this point in time is that our current success is based on brilliant people doing equally brilliant work even in the early days.”In 2000, “Phenomenon Creative Event Services” was officially born, when Cumming and Power expanded the business to include photography, videography and event theming. In more recent years, the DJ, photography and videography arms of the business were sold and our primary focus became what it is today, to specialise in four key areas - event theming & styling, furniture hire, corporate branding and prop hire. Phenomenon do however work in tandem with other like-minded professionals to deliver event services such as entertainment, photography, videography, audio visual, lighting and the like."After so many years, Phenomenon has witnessed trends and changes come and go. What remains, they say, is their commitment to excellent customer service and delivering superior events in Perth and the surrounding area.“If you’ll forgive us and let us brag for a bit, we are proud of the evolution of our company,” Cumming says. “Each one of the changes and tweaks we have made means that we are never still and never complacent.“Looking ahead, our end goal is still no more solid than it was 25 years ago. Every year, we adjust our mindsets to pursue new looks and new markets and to become more efficient and deliver more creative options to our clients.” he says.When asked what exactly has changed in the last quarter century, Cumming stands firm with his answer.“Many, many things have changed, but not our attention to detail and customer service. Creating amazing events and ensuring people leave an event having had an experience is what we enjoy doing the most.” he says.“We have phenomenal clients who have pushed us to achieve more, and awesome vendors and suppliers, who have helped us realise our needs and goals. We couldn’t have achieved this without them because it’s definitely teamwork all the way round.”“And we never forget that even if it’s a business, we have to have fun,” he adds.Cumming says, “To our equally phenomenal clients who have pushed us to achieve more with each coming year. To our vendors and suppliers, who have helped us realise our clients dreams and needs, and of course, to the staff who have worked so hard at meeting and exceeding this dream. Thank you - we wouldn’t have achieved any of this without you!”Phenomenon Creative Event Services has earned its reputation for excellence in the Perth area. Now twenty-five years strong in the industry, the Phenomenon team will make your next event one to be remembered for years to come. Visit their website at http://www.phenomenon.com.au, or phone them on 1300 33 9000. Story Time Publications Organizes Book Fair At International Public High School 2014-07-23T05:26:32Z story-time-publications-organizes-book-fair-at-international-public-high-school After hosting a successful series of seminars, digital storytelling sessions and book shows at leading schools in the United States and Australia, Story Time Publications is now on a mission to connect with Indian kids. Last week, the organization held a book fair at International Public High School (Madhyamgram, West Bengal), and it was a huge success. In an exclusive interview, Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin, whose company (Teknowledge Software) owns Story Time, informed us that extensive prior planning had been made for ensuring the success of the event. A senior executive had first contacted the school authorities via phone and email - and submitted the proposal for hosting an interactive storytelling session and a book fair. She had also gone over to the school twice, to finalize all the details. Mr. Fakhruddin expressed his delight about the readiness with which the principal at International Public High cooperated. To generate excitement and a buzz among the young kids, the Story Time team had also distributed catalogs of the books that were to be displayed at the show. The pamphlets also had information on Story Time For Kids - a highly popular mobile storytelling app for kids developed by Teknowledge. A large number of paperback and hardcover books were displayed at the school. Not only was the response among the little ones uniformly positive - the school authorities even announced that the books would be included in the study curriculum of the junior section. According to reports received from the school, separate storytelling sessions were conducted for the students of Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5. The representatives of Story Time Publications lauded the staff at International Public High School for the exemplary discipline with which they arranged the sessions. Most teachers praised the innovativeness of the drive. Mr. Fakhruddin has repeatedly emphasized that his company aims to excel in both mobile app development and storybook publication. Given the response at the Madhyamgram school, Teknowledge is definitely on the right track! The digital story session and book fair at International Public High was initially scheduled to be a one-day event. However, the craze among the little ones, coupled with the impressive number of book sales, have prompted the Story Time team to fix another date at the school. A spokesperson from the publishing house mentioned that, since many of the book titles had run out of stock on the first day - more books will be taken along on the next day. ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Simon In Space’ were the two books that were most in demand at the school. Teknowledge has no plans to rest on the laurels of the success of its book fair at International Public High School and Park English School (where a similar book show was organized in May), however. Executives from the company have already started surveys among toddlers at other schools - about other favorite stories of kids. Feedback is also being sought, about the Story Time iPhone app for kids. Based on the survey reports, Teknowledge would take a decision on what new storybooks it should bring out. The company is also already in talks with four other renowned schools in the state, where this type of story sessions/book fairs can be conducted. Story Time has won several professional accolades on its delightful kids’ app, and its printed storybooks are also fast gaining in popularity. In these times of cut-throat professionalism, it is indeed refreshing to see a company actually caring to put a smile on the faces of little children. For more information, contact the Story Time officials at support@storytimeforkids.info and/or 91-33-40649088. Check out the features of the mobile app for kids at http://www.storytimeforkids.info/app/. Unadulterated reading fun at extremely competitive prices, that’s what this publishing house has on offer!