The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-21T02:00:36Z QT Sydney Designer Baby Package welcomes Bugaboo & Milk Baby to the Family 2014-10-21T02:00:36Z qt-sydney-designer-baby-package-welcomes-bugaboo-amp-milk-baby-to-the-family For families that are a little more Beckham or Brangelina than the Griswolds, QT Sydney has always offered, and continue to offer the ultimate package for design conscious parents, BabyQ - one that keeps both mum and dad entertained well after the bub has gone to bed! In their most recent partnership, QT has welcomed Bugaboo, offering the exclusive use of two Bugaboo Bee3 stylish urban strollers; perfect for both adventure-seeking and design-loving couples with babies and toddlers. Eliminating the need to pack up and travel, QT Sydney helps ease the stress of lugging the little ones around with the ultimate set of wheels. Guests can now take the city's delights in their stride when cruising round town in the new 3rd generation urban stroller, along with a collection of ready-to-use baby gear. The new design, providing comfort, a smooth ride, and smart design, features a unique seat which can extend, reverse and recline, along with an easy to carry lightweight bassinet, complete with canopy that offers UPF50+ protection from the sun – proving it's easy to stay safe and stylish. “The collaboration between Bugaboo and QT hotels is a perfect fit; both companies offer the ultimate choice for design and lifestyle conscious families wanting to explore the city and seek an adventure. At Bugaboo, we believe it's not about where you are, but where you can go. Having our Bugaboo Bee3 as a part of the QT experience will allow parents to do just that!” said Justine Furman, Country Manager Bugaboo Australia & New Zealand BabyQalsowelcomesMilk Baby goodies into their nest, making it easy for both mum and bub to relax and recharge at the end of the day in the most natural way. The 'Take Me Away' travel pack, offers the essentials from the Milk Baby range; Bath Time Wash, Shampoozle & Conditioner, Moisturising Qweam and five handy anti-bacterial wipes, along with the indulgent Body Oil, from the Milk by Lindy Klim range. 'Travelling with the kids can be quite testing… my lot certainly keep Michael & I on our toes! Taking the kids along can be a real treat though - if you do it right,' said Lindy Klim, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Milk & Co. 'We're thrilled we can now find our Milk Baby products as part of the BabyQ Experience at QT Sydney - no more lugging around the kids bath time essentials when it's all there for us - and the knowledge that QT are looking after us in every way, too, is truly relaxing. The BabyQ experience is the ultimate package we can all enjoy together - and there's nothing better than that!' Combined with the luxury of a QT King Deluxe room, breakfast daily (including freshly-made baby food), spaQ treatments for him and her, and a bottle of bubbles; this two-night stay also includes specially sourced, designer furniture and innovative baby essentials. The perfect solution for parents on the go, a complimentary iiamo Godesigner baby bottle (valued at $129) is included as part of the package. Recently, iiamo Go was chosen as the No. 1 in Top 10 Parenting Gadgets in Australia - unique combination of simple, well-proven technologies, the bottle self-heats to the perfect temperature, allowing parents to feed their baby on the go. The iiamo Gois also completely free of BPA, parabens, phthalates, perfume and other harmful additives. Michael Bourne, Area General Manager QT Hotels said, "QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture. With the new addition of Bugaboo and Milk Baby to the designer baby package BabyQ, we can ensure families with a passion and commitment to style and design can enjoy QT Sydney's unique atmosphere and baby friendly service.” The BabyQ Package 2 night stay in a King Deluxe room Use of 'Bugaboo Bee3' stroller Milk & Co 'Take Me Away Travel Pack Milk by Lindy Klim's Body Oil Baby designer linen and baby cot in room upon arrival Iiamo self-heating baby bottle Stay includes breakfast, massage and bottle of wine Limited availability. -ENDS-   About QT Sydney Through extensive restoration, the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's CBD are artfully revamped to create Sydney's new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Gothic façades and features of the buildings have been returned to their former glory, bringing cutting edge art and interior design to the QT experience through LED digital art, bespoke furniture and bold colour. Located in the heart of the city, more than a place to lay your head, it is a creative space to dine, drink and live. QT Sydney opened September 2012 and is the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels group. QT Sydney George & Market Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 www.qtsydney.com.au +61 2 8262 0000 About Priority Guest Rewards (PGR) The Priority Guest Rewards Program is a popular hotel club which offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. As part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), PGR members also receive benefits at over 450 hotels, palaces and resorts, in 62 countries around the world across 25 brands including QT Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Alila Resorts and Omni Hotels & Resorts. Here's why you should join today: Membership is free! – Signing up is quick, easy, and best of all, completely free Our lowest prices guaranteed - Get at least 10% off the lowest rate available 
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You Want More? 20% off restaurants and bars – All members automatically receive 20% off food and drinks. Regular guests can save as much as 50%. Exclusive special offers – Members receive exclusive access to flash sales with savings of up to 70%. More free stuff – Every online booking earns points towards free nights, rewards, and extras for your next stay. For more information on PGR: www.pgr.com.au or click here to watch a PGR video SOUTHERN EXPOSURE FOR ATURA HOTELS 2014-10-21T00:05:52Z southern-exposure-for-atura-hotels A year after launching its flagship Atura Blacktown property in Western Sydney and just weeks after announcing expansion into regional NSW, Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) unveils plans for a third Atura Hotel in Victoria’s Dandenong region. In a recent acquisition by AHL will see the five-year-old Chifley Doveton rebranded and reimagined to become an edgy, high-design, high-value Atura Dandenong. With a philosophy to deliver a fresh, design-inspired approach to the mid-market accommodation offering, Atura Hotels delivers guests an affordable design hotel experience packed with unexpected surprises and the latest in technology. As Atura’s signage lights up the exterior of this central Dandenong hotel, changes will be afoot internally too.  Some of Atura’s signature elements will be a feature from day one, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the public spaces and internet access in all guest rooms.  Guest rooms will also feature coffee pod machines and bathroom amenities by leading New York skincare provider Malin + Goetz - also found in Qantas International Business Class.   Visitors to the hotel will enjoy genuine service and the connection with local communities that Atura has received several awards and accolades for. Over the coming months, the hotel will be reimagined and Atura’s signature style will be introduced throughout.  Planned refurbishment will include a renovation of the public spaces led by QT Hotels & Resorts and Atura Hotels interior designer Nic Graham- expect bespoke furniture and design-led finishes with an urban, industria and art-inspired edge.  Atura’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill, a little shop of grab and go treats plus state-of-the-art business centre with complimentary air-print printing and Apple hardware will take centre-stage in a high-energy, open plan lobby space.  Guest minibars will be stocked with funky, fun and functional provisions while complimentary Wi-Fi will be added to all guest rooms. “This property, our first outside New South Wales, is testament to the success of our flagship property Atura Blacktown and the growing appetite amongst young, savvy business and leisure travelers for unique, highly experiential mid-market accommodation,” said David Seargeant, Managing Director of AHL.  “With a focus on great design at affordable prices and packed with personality, Atura Hotels offers the design-savvy traveler a break from the everyday with a completely fresh take on mid-range travel. Taking the helm of Atura Hotel’s third property and overseeing the rebrand project is Lisa Parker - previously Assistant General Manager of Rydges Melbourne.  A seasoned hotel industry veteran, Lisa’s additional expertise in running leading hospitality venues in Queensland is anticipated to see Brownstone Micro-Brewery (currently known as Coldwater Creek Tavern), become one of the region’s most popular dining and entertainment destinations. “We’re excited about the launch of Atura Dandenong and believe the brand’s dynamic, urban style will be a great addition to the local accommodation, entertainment and dining offering,” said Lisa Parker.  “We are looking forward to growing the property’s appeal as a local conferencing, wedding and special events venue and accommodation destination for the local business community.” “From a local perspective we are particularly excited about our onsite micro-brewery which is now known as The Brownstone Microbrewery,” said Lisa.  “We have some great plans in place to see this become one of the region’s most popular casual, relaxed dining and ‘night-out’ destinations, not to mention the launch of Atura’s own brand of boutique, hand-crafted beers.” Atura Dandenong officially opens its doors for business on October 21, 2014. ENDS About Atura Hotels: Urban. Industrial. Art Inspired. Atura Hotels are where modern business and leisure travelers escape the predictable to embrace a new style of travel. This fresh take on the mid-market travel experience fuses dynamic spaces, hip styling and the latest technology at surprisingly affordable prices ensuring guests feel connected and energised.  Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits each time you stay.  Engagement with surrounding communities and active support of the local music & art scene are fundamental to the Atura brand philosophy. Over the next few years, Atura Hotels will be launched across Australia in select CBD locations, business park precincts and regional hub.  The first to open was Atura Blacktown in October 2013 and in July 2014 the property won Mid-Range Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence.  Atura Dandenong is scheduled to open in September 2014 and Atura Albury will open in late December 2014. Atura Hotels participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. About Priority Guest Rewards (PGR): The Priority Guest Rewards Program is a popular hotel club which offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. As part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), PGR members also receive benefits at over 450 hotels, palaces and resorts, in 62 countries around the world across 25 brands including QT Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Alila Resorts and Omni Hotels & Resorts. Why Should You Join PGR? Priority Guest Rewards guarantees members at least 10% off the lowest advertised rate at almost 50 hotels throughout Australia and New Zealand. It also gives access to an array of exclusive special offers, discounts, and rewards. Here’s why you should join today: •  Membership is free! – Signing up is quick, easy, and best of all, completely free •  Our lowest prices guaranteed - Get at least 10% off the lowest rate available anywhere else. You won’t find a cheaper rate on any other website. •  Rewards for overseas travellers – As part of the Global Hotel Alliance, PGR members receive benefits and rewards at 350 hotels around the world.   You Want More? •  20% off restaurants and bars – All members automatically receive 20% off food and drinks. Regular guests can save as much as 50%. •  Exclusive special offers – Members receive exclusive access to flash sales with savings of up to 70%. •  More free stuff – Every online booking earns points towards free nights, rewards, and extras for your next stay. For more information on PGR:www.pgr.com.au   For more information about Atura Blacktown: - www.aturahotels.com.au A new look Rydges with Free WI-FI? WI not! 2014-10-20T04:07:48Z a-new-look-rydges-with-free-wi-fi-wi-not Australasian hospitality and entertainment heavyweight Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) has cemented its reputation as an industry leader in the hotel guest experience with a refreshed look, feel and service offering through Rydges.  Known for being the hotel operators that consistently seek ways to add more for less, the current revitalisation of their high value Rydges brand concept heralds the introduction of a wide range of additions to the mass-market accommodation offering. The brief for the Rydges revitalisation was to offer genuine service, unique offerings, world-class facilities and top-shelf amenities all at surprisingly affordable prices.  The result is a multi-faceted overhaul of the guest experience, which is expected to strike a chord with the brand’s predominantly leisure and corporate guests. Guests to the new look Rydges properties will enjoy: -   Free WI-FI for all guests - whether visiting overnight or just for a coffee. -   A new ‘Rise Breakfast’ concept, which takes a nod from nutritionist recommendations around a healthful breakfast being the most important meal of the day.  While still buffet-style in nature, the Rise Breakfast includes freshly-squeezed juice shots, made to order smoothies & juice blends, super healthy cereals and fresh fruit as well as a great range of hot options including eggs cooked to individual preference. -   In trademark AHL style, even the mini-bar has undergone a quirky designer overhaul with Rydges branded sweets, nibbles & potato crisps plus fun games & add-ons add to the offering. -   An expanded wine list showcasing a broader range of Australian and international varietals will cater to more discerning taste buds. -   Stylish new uniforms with a relaxed yet ultimately professional vibe. -   A refreshed Rydges website that includes a blog with location specific information.  This enables guests to keep their finger on not only the Rydges pulse, but also what’s on in the local area that might be of interest. David Seargeant, Group Managing Director of AHL said, ‘The Rydges brand served our iconic Australasian hotel chain well for many years, but as we embarked on a project to expand the hotel offering, we felt the brand needed refreshing also to suitably reflect the significantly improved guest experience.’ Underpinning the expanded offering is a refreshed new brand, modern and inspired logo, colour palette and Rydges.com website. The upgraded website sees a refreshed design with a booking engine including very handy flexible-date search feature which allows the guest to search for the lowest room prices of the month and plan their trip around the most competitive rates. Revitalised website content has also been introduced and leaves no questions unanswered when it comes to finding out everything you need to know about each property without having to pick up the phone. No strangers to taking the lead with their hotel brands, AHL who also operate the multi-award winning hip QT Hotels & Resorts and new urban, industrial and art-inspired Atura Hotels guests to their properties complimentary WI-FI. “AHL is committed to staying in touch with its guests and offering them an overall hotel experience which is world-class whether it is at a Rydges, QT or an Atura property,” said David Seargeant added. “Through offering a complete hotel experience with Free WI-FI, our guest can be assured of a stay which is genuine value.” Become a Priority Guest Rewards member, and to start receiving these and other benefits today at all AHL hotels and resorts - www.priorityguestrewards.com.au - ENDS - About Rydges Hotels & Resorts: Rydges Hotels & Resorts operates quality city, suburban and resort style hotels in key destinations across Australia and New Zealand, and London in the United Kingdom. The group accommodates over one million guests each year across a range of market segments including corporate, conference, government, leisure, inbound and domestic groups and international travellers. Delivering exceptional service is a priority for the Rydges group with a genuine passion to accommodate guests and exceed their expectations. Rydges Hotels & Resorts participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. www.rydges.com.au  About QT Hotels & Resorts: QT Gold Coast, QT Port Douglas, QT Falls Creek and QT Sydney each adopt a unique personality and positioning. Their design, features and facilities is a reflection of each town or city, ensuring integrated, locally-focused service and ambience. QT Hotels and Resorts deliver an eclectic design experience teamed with bold entertainment offerings and unsurpassable service for corporate and leisure travellers. www.qthotels.com.au About Atura Hotels: Urban. Industrial. Art Inspired. Atura Hotels are where modern business and leisure travelers escape the predictable to embrace a new style of travel. This fresh take on the mid-market travel experience fuses dynamic spaces, hip styling and the latest technology at surprisingly affordable prices ensuring guests feel connected and energised.  Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits each time you stay.  Engagement with surrounding communities and active support of the local music & art scene are fundamental to the Atura brand philosophy. Over the next few years, Atura Hotels will be launched across Australia in select CBD locations, business park precincts and regional hub.  The first to open was Atura Blacktown in October 2013 and in July 2014 the property won Mid-Range Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence.  Atura Dandenong is scheduled to open in September 2014 and Atura Albury will open in late December 2014. Atura Hotels participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. www.aturahotels.com.au Caring For Dried Flower Arrangements 2014-10-19T23:34:43Z caring-for-dried-flower-arrangements Dried flowers arrangements will give you pleasure for many months or even years as long as they are kept in favorable conditions. These tips from Flowers Today Melbourne will help you to preserve dried flower arrangements. They will tolerate excessive dampness in the atmosphere - they reabsorb moisture and soon go mouldy - and so steamy kitchens and bathroom are out of bounds to all but hardiest of seed heads. Strong light is the other enemy. Dried flowers look enchanting on a sunny window-sill catching every shaft of the sun. But the sun will soon draw out the colour from the flowers and fade them, pinks and blues alike, to a pale cream. For this reason it is advisable to place dried flower desings in a part of the room, that does not catch direct sunlight. If this happens to be a dark corner of the room, select flowers in pale colours - soft yellow, pinks and cream - that will show up well, and brightly.When in the fullness of time you may tire of a flower arrangement and feel in needs of change, or when you start lighting fires and make the fireplace display redundant, you can take the design apart and re-use the materials. Dismantle the arrangements carefully, stem by stem, and ruthlessly discard any faded or damaged flowers. Cut off any florets or leaves that have been squashed or broken and generally trim and tidy up stems. Store the remaining "good" flowers between tissues in a box, or standing upright in a container until you are ready to use them again.If a flower arrangements begins to look rather dusty and lacks its original personality , take it to an open window and vary gently, blow off the dust using a hair dryer on the coolest , slowest setting.  Appraise the arrangement, and replace any stem which have lost their colour. It might amount to only half a dozen new flowers, but this could make all the difference, prolonging the life of the arrangement fr several years to come.  PRESS RELEASE 17 October 2014- "SAVE AUSTRALIA CAMPAIGN". NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAY WHAT YOU WANT AND HOW TO SAVE AUSTRALIA FROM FALLING INTO OTHER COUNTRY/IES OWNERSHIP. AUSTRALIA IS FOR SALE RIGHT NOW! Other countries are buying large chunks of 2014-10-19T10:19:45Z press-release-17-october-2014-save-australia-campaign-now-is-your-chance-to-say-what-you-want-and-how-to-save-australia-from-falling-into-other-country-ies-ownership-australia-is-for-sale-right-now-other-countries-are-buying-large-chunks-of-it-and-soon-we PRESS RELEASE 17 October 2014- "SAVE AUSTRALIA CAMPAIGN".NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAY WHAT YOU WANT AND HOW TO SAVE AUSTRALIA FROM FALLING INTO OTHER COUNTRY/IES OWNERSHIP. AUSTRALIA IS FOR SALE RIGHT NOW! Other countries are buying large chunks of it and soon we will be working for foreign owners.Abbott and Hockey's horror budget will inflict more hardship on Australians on top of high and higher taxes and unemployment, double dipping GST on Excise on petrol, Seven Dollar fees to visit doctors for you and your children and more to come.AUSTRALIA 'S FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS RIGHT NOW- send me your "Save Australia emails" to ray.thyer@bigpond.com - President "Australia New Era Party". Frion Farrell’s Supernatural Thriller, The Stone of Mesa, Available Now 2014-10-18T14:39:53Z frion-farrell-s-supernatural-thriller-the-stone-of-mesa-available-now Marble, NC, October 17, 2014 -- Beneath the surface of the world as we know it, there is another world—one that blurs the boundaries between the seen and unseen, human and non-human, the secreted knowledge of the past and the startling discoveries of the present. In the second book of the Myriar series, Kier Morton is summoned back to Britain from Australia by a late night phone call and is directed towards an unknown destination. She and her friend Gabbie find themselves in the heart of Wales, in a small university town, centuries rich in cultural heritage and esoteric mystery where they are eventually joined by other members of the extraordinary group of friends that had come together the previous year. They discover that they have been brought back together to pursue an elusive stone, one of the gems that have been fashioned by gifted humans that have gone before, paving the way for the last Seeds of the Myriar. Two of the stones have been stolen by the head of a secret organization, an age-old enemy of mankind. At the same time, a savage force is released from the Secret Vaults of the planet. This blindly stumbling, vast surge of energy is harnessed to create five predators seeking the destruction of the Myriar Seeds. The struggle to evade pursuit and to combat betrayal leads Kier’s group to an otherwordly cave, to elemental Ireland, and finally to an isolated island off the coast of Wales. In the midst of tragic loss, the friends defeat the enemy, to solve the mystery of the Stone of Mesa. To celebrate the release of Stone of Mesa, Word Branch Publishing is offering a special price for both books as well as a giveaway on GoodReads. Details can be found at http://www.wordbranch.com/coupons-and-promotions.html. The Myiar Series is available through Word Branch Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book shops worldwide. Word Branch is an independent publishing company located in the heart of Appalachia. WBP represents talented new and emerging authors who need a venue to make their voices heard. Word Branch offers unique titles in both paperback and e-books in a variety of genres including drama, fantasy, young adult, and world literature. Contact: Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh Word Branch Publishing PO Box 41 Marble, NC 28905 828 837 5277catherine@wordbranch.comhttp://www.wordbranch.com Grand Opening of Park Lane Jewellery Western Australia 2014-10-18T00:36:45Z grand-opening-of-park-lane-jewellery-western-australia Schaumburg, IL USA- October 16, 2014 – Pioneer in the direct sales industry for 59 years, Park Lane Jewellery, has officially launched the newest franchise in Western Australia beginning October 16th, 2014.  With Western Australia experiencing its first dip in the full employment rate in years, Park Lane will be committed to offering all of Australia the opportunity to own a home-based enterprise backed by a well-established, debt-free company.    Shirley & Russell McKinnon will be among the first Park Lane Jewellery (Subsidiary of Park Lane Jewellery US) Franchise Owners/Operators of Australia, operating in Perth, Australia. Shirley & Russell have a long history of success within direct sales and business. Shirley has been recognised nationally and worldwide as a top direct sales leader and success coach, building and mentoring multi-million dollar businesses with more than a dozen Worldwide Direct companies. Shirley is also a best-selling International author, including her direct-selling book Running My Own Show. Russell is an International sports media professional and entrepenuer, and a member of the world aquatic body FINA as a member its Media Committee since 1998. He is also an International Swimming Hall of Fame selection committee leader and has worked for the International Olympic Committee. Russell has traveled the world for major sporting events from five Olympics to numerous World Cups and World Championships, and is excited to be grounded and working with his wife and business partner.   “We very are excited to have Shirley & Russell as franchise owners in Western Australia,” said Park Lane’s Vice President of International Field Sales Tom Judson. “Taking all that the World’s leader in Direct Sales jewellery offers, and partnering it with such exceptional leaders creates the most amazing opportunity in Australia, and now in Perth and all of WA.”   Park Lane Jewellery, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA is a second-generation family-owned-and-operated company.  Park Lane was founded in Chicago, in 1955, by Shirley and Arthur LeVin.  Through their efforts, the company is today recognised as the leading fashion jewellery direct sales company, known especially for its generous representative, hostess, and customer programmes which include guaranteed products, no-product buy-in at startup, and high-quality fashion jewellery.   Park Lane offers the perfect solution to mothers who wish to spend time with their children yet want the opportunity to generate income for their families.  It also can be a great part-time endeavor for anyone wishing to supplement income, start their own business, or create financial independence.  If you are looking to create your own work schedule, earn trips, jewellery and prizes, then explore the opportunities available at Park Lane Jewellery. To find out more about earning free jewellery by hosting a Park Lane fashion jewellery get-together, or to learn about the new opportunities in Park Lane, Australia, contact at 0405 155 245.  Visit the Park Lane website at www.sparkling-swans.parklanejewellery.com.au to see what all of the excitement is all about. Principals’ Gold Rush at the Melbourne Design Awards 2014-10-17T05:02:38Z principals-gold-rush-at-the-melbourne-design-awards 17th October 2014 Principals’ Gold Rush at the Melbourne Design Awards Design and branding agency Principals is celebrating another year of success at the Melbourne Design Awards, taking home three Gold Awards for their design and brand identity work with NAB.  Principals struck gold for their work with NAB Asset Management, NAB Smart ATMs, and NAB Spring Mortgages. They also rounded out their honours with a Silver Award for their brand work with The Academy – NAB’s internal learning and development brand.  “I’m thrilled for NAB and Principals,” says Simon Wright, Executive Creative Director at Principals.  “We have a great working relationship with NAB, and we love working with them to bring exciting concepts to life across the whole business.” Given this year’s success, and the four gongs won at the same awards in 2013 by Principals and NAB, there’s no doubt it’s a successful partnership. “Principals is a highly talented design agency,” says Susanna Hondrakostas, NAB’s Senior Manager of Brand Identity. “They always look at things from a different perspective and produce fresh, modern and cutting-edge designs for the projects we engage them on. They’re easy to work with, and always collaborate well with our advertising agencies and other partners.” This year’s haul means Principals has won 8 Melbourne Design Awards since 2012.  About Principals Principals is a brand strategy and identity company with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. We help clients build authentic, standout identities, digging deep to articulate their true personality and bringing it to life in their visual identity, language, behaviour and communications. Principals’ services include: brand strategy, brand architecture, brand identity, brand messaging, brand communications, internal branding, brand guardianship, brand language (through XXVI, our in-house dedicated language unit) and brand measurement. Our work includes rebranding NAB, Australian National University and the launch of the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Other recent and current clients include Australia Post, Foxtel, Fox Sports, Clayton Utz, University of Tasmania, and the New Zealand Government.  To find out more, please visit: www.principals.com.au Epson Launches EH-LS10000 3LCD Reflective Laser Projector 2014-10-16T21:45:29Z epson-launches-eh-ls10000-3lcd-reflective-laser-projector Epson, the best selling projector brand worldwide[1], has launched a revolutionary new home cinema projector, the EH-LS10000, with 3LCD Reflective laser technology. The new EH-LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector delivers stunning, crystal-clear images with up to 1,500 lumens of colour brightness and 1,500 lumens of white brightness[2], outstanding contrast and an advanced suite of calibration tools.   To see a video of the new Epson EH-LS10000 go to: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid970265169001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAFIvhCZk~,7xyzJ_9_m5FnwCbmlRlo0_Q34xu0Clo-&bctid=3768076496001   The new Epson EH-LS10000 will be demonstrated on the Westan stand in the Wool Room at this year’s Australian Audio & AV Show at the InterContinental Melbourne Rialto Hotel from 17-19 October.   Developed to meet the requirements of today’s most demanding home entertainment consumers, the EH-LS10000 projector provides home theatre designers with a state-of-the-art solution for creating unparalleled home theatre experiences.   Integrating advanced technology developed by Epson’s global research and development, this groundbreaking projector combines Epson's new 3LCD Reflective technology and a laser light source to deliver unprecedented Absolute Black contrast ratio and one of the industry’s largest colour gamuts for an engaging, immersive home cinema experience. The EH-LS10000 adds 4K Enhancement Technology[3] for unbelievable sharpness, clarity and detail, shifting each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution and surpass Full HD image quality without visible stair-stepping or pixel gaps.   Epson Australia General Manager for its Business Division Craig Heckenberg said, “Epson’s new 3LCD Reflective laser projector combines the most advanced projection technology we have ever developed. The result is a true-to-life theatre experience that meets the requirements of today’s discerning consumers. This new premium product sets an image quality and performance standard that, once experienced by our customers and partners, will make it very tough to consider anything else.”   With Epson’s innovative 3LCD Reflective system, enthusiasts can now ensure the images that filmmakers intended are the actual images that their customers see. The EH-LS10000 projector delivers Absolute Black contrast ratio that displays zero lumens during full-black scenes as well as improved pixel density and increased aperture ratio for smoother, film-like pictures. The EH-LS10000 also offers advanced projection features including Full HD 1080p in 2D and 3D with Super Resolution and Detail Enhancement for sharp, rich images, exceptional frame interpolation capabilities, and Bright 3D Drive projection for greater brightness when viewing 3D content.   The projector is designed for installation convenience with 2.1x power zoom, power focus, lens shift up to +/-90 percent vertical and +/-40 percent horizontal, and lens position memory that can store up to 10 settings for standard 16:9 or 4:3 projection areas, and 2.35:1 wide cinema ratio. The laser light engine offers up to 30,000 hours of life[4] with rapid warm-up or cool down time for fast, worry-free, whisper quiet operation.   RRP for the new Epson EH-LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector is $8,999 inc. GST.   For more information on the new Epson EH-LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector go to: http://www.epson.com.au/products/projector/EH-LS10000.asp (note, this link will be live on the projector’s launch date – 17 October 2014)   Picture credit: The new Epson EH-LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector   More About the EH-LS10000 3LCD Reflective Laser Projectors •                4K Enhancement Technology3 for unbelievable sharpness, clarity and detail •                High colour brightness and high white brightness: 1500 lumens of colour brightness and 1500 lumens of white brightness •                Laser light source ensures high-speed contrast control and wider colour gamut with rapid warm-up and cool down: ◦                                  Instant Off® — content appears onscreen and turns off with virtually no wait ◦                                  High-speed contrast control for both bright and dark scenes ◦                                  Worry-free operation — up to 30,000 hours of use4 •                3LCD Reflective technology for improved pixel density, increased aperture ratio and fast performance for incredibly smooth, film-like picture quality •                Absolute Black contrast ratio delivers zero lumens during full-black scenes •                Super Resolution with Detail Enhancement and frame interpolation technology deliver a stunning viewing experience in Full HD 1080p 2D and 3D •                Superior image quality with ISF calibration tools and THX® Display Certification ensure accurate and exceptional performance, the way filmmakers intended •                Lens position memory to store up to 10 settings in the projector memory, including zoom and focus positions for standard 16:9 or 4:3 projection areas, and 2.35:1 wide cinema ratio •                Expansive colour space for broad colour reproduction with DCI and Adobe RGB modes •                Innovative cooling system featuring premium materials including thermal-conductive copper piping puts the EH-LS10000 among the quietest projectors in the industry   Availability and Support Epson EH-LS10000 projectors will be available from November through authorised Epson dealers and resellers. Each projector comes with Epson’s three-year limited warranty and industry leading service and support.   [1] Based upon Q1 2014 worldwide front projection market share estimates from PMA Research [2] Colour brightness (colour light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Colour light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118 [3] 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution to 3840 x 2160 and surpass Full HD image quality. Resolution is 1920 x 1080 in 3D Mode. [4] 30,000 hours is the estimated projector life when used in ECO Mode. Actual hours may vary depending on usage environment. The projector comes with a three-year limited warranty, described in the warranty statement. Albie Merani and The Deadly Storm Project is on Pubslush 2014-10-16T21:21:48Z albie-merani-and-the-deadly-storm-project-is-on-pubslush All The Deadly Storm needs is a proofread and copy edit then another final proofread. After all that’s done, my book will be ready for publishing. All it needs is support from backers on the internet. Albie Merani a young scientist find things have gone astray, assaulted by two men is now out for revenge. Discovers, a malevolent storm is on horizon, his girlfriend & a deadly device have vanished. Recently from Pubslush Press: Congratulations! Your project, Albie Merani and The Deadly Storm, has been approved! Now it’s time for you to share this great news with your network.Here are your campaign details:Funding Goal: $2,500Funding Minimum: $800Ending Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, at 12:00 AM EST (midnight on this date)URL: ambook1.pubslush.com Bringing art indoors and taking guests out 2014-10-16T05:31:36Z bringing-art-indoors-and-taking-guests-out QT Sydney is delighted to team up with Sculpture by the Sea providing creative and art aficionado guests alike, the opportunity to escape the city and immerse themselves in one of Sydney’s most iconic cultural events. From 23rd October – 9th November 2014 Bondi will play host to the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, where this instalment sees the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, a national treasure in its own right, bedazzled with works of art from some of Australia’s most prolific modern sculptors. Combined with the premium comfort of a QT King Deluxe room, breakfast daily at Gowings Bar & Grill and the luxury of return transfers to and from the exhibition provided by award winning Hyundai, along with a 2014 Sculpture by the Sea catalogue to take home at the end of the day. Or, for those not wanting to venture too far afield, QT will also play host to its very own Sculpture Inside exhibition. Sculptures by exhibiting artists and selected invited artists held by Sculpture by the Sea, will be on display at the hotel, including ‘Cubist Feminist’ and ‘Angkor Torso II’ by artist Clara Hali, to coincide with the outdoor exhibition. PACKAGE INCLUDES: - Stay in a designer QT King Deluxe room - Eat a sumptuous and hearty breakfast in acclaimed Sydney eatery Gowings Bar and Grill - Return transfers to and from the exhibitions provided by Hyundai - A 2014 Sculpture by the Sea catalogue -  FROM $350 PER NIGHT With its strong focus on art and design, QT Sydney continues to push its artistic boundaries through its clever collaboration and support of local and emerging talent, events and festivals in Sydney’s burgeoning art and design scene. QT Sydney continues its strong commitment to art and design, now collaborating with a number of leading festivals around Australia and in Sydney including Australia’s leading creative festival Semi-Permanent, Tropfest the world’s largest outdoor film festival and Sydney Contemporary, Sydney’s new international art fair. QT Sydney also recently announced its appointment as the official Hotel Partner of the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). -ENDS- About QT Sydney Through extensive restoration, the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney’s CBD are artfully revamped to create Sydney’s new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Gothic façades and features of the buildings have been returned to their former glory, bringing cutting edge art and interior design to the QT experience through LED digital art, bespoke furniture and bold colour. Located in the heart of the city, more than a place to lay your head, it is a creative space to dine, drink and live. QT Sydney opened September 2012 and is the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels group. 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For more information on PGR: www.pgr.com.au or click here to watch a PGR video For Stay at Home Parents, Working Out is Made Easier Than Ever 2014-10-16T03:30:35Z for-stay-at-home-parents-working-out-is-made-easier-than-ever Perth, WA, 16 October, 2014 - If you’re at home with the kids during the days, you needn’t forego your exercise routine, says Gym Manager Michelle Monks of Warwick Women’s Workout. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to combine caring for children and still managing to keep fit – all in the comfort of your home or neighbourhood. “The best thing you can do is to include your kids in your workouts,” Monks says. “If you have access to a park or outdoor play centre or even a large back yard, that offers a wealth of unlimited possibilities for parents and kids to enjoy healthy time together.”   Monks says even parents with babies and toddlers can benefit being together outdoors by utilising a chest harness, baby backpack carrier or one of the newfangled bike strollers that attach in the front or back of the bicycle. One can get a better workout this way, she says, due to the extra weight from baby, and therefore, burn more calories. On days where the weather is inclement, however, exercise options still abound. Exercise DVDs and instructional videos found on YouTube can keep a busy mum in shape in the comfort of her own home. “Even if you’ve found yourself with no time to do a structured workout, routine housework counts as physical activity,” says Monks. “It doesn’t matter if you’re lifting loads of laundry, sweeping, mopping or reaching high to dust shelves. It goes without saying, if you have stairs in your home, you’ll get a great workout going up and down the steps each day.“Setting your alarm for an early morning run before the kids rise can be beneficial in getting your day off to a good start – and you can concentrate on other things throughout the course of the day as well.”The staff at Warwick believe kids should be encouraged to learn fitness at an early age to set the stage for good habits later in life. Teaching children the connection between good health and physical activity is invaluable. “Even little things, like walking or biking to the shops instead of driving or occasionally taking the stairs instead of the elevator – it’s the small things they’ll notice,” Monks says. For women in the Perth area who feel the need to join a traditional fitness facility, Monks has good news. “We invite mothers to check out Warwick Women’s Workout, because not only is it a friendly community of like minded, health-oriented women, we also have a supervised crèche, called The Ark, for women with younger children,” says Monks. “You can work out without worry and your kids will be in capable hands!"The Centre also recently extended its weekday hours to accommodate its members' need for earlier or later hours.At Warwick Women’s Workout, a women exclusive fitness facility located in Perth, WA, the staff are glad to provide fitness and health tips. Get in touch with Michelle Monks and get on the road to better health. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.warwickwomensworkout.com.au or call them on (08) 9342 9028. ‘THE LUCKY COUNTRY’ RELEASED AS AUSSIE ROCK BAND’S FIRST SINGLE FROM DEBUT LP 2014-10-16T03:15:08Z the-lucky-country-released-as-aussie-rock-band-s-first-single-from-debut-lp Aussie rock ‘n’ roll band Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric have released the first single off their upcoming album ‘The Lucky Country’, set to drop in November. The lead single and title track, The Lucky Country, examines two recurring phrases that singer and songwriter, Dave Wright, heard when growing up; the ‘Lucky Country’ and ‘The Great Australian Dream’. “The Lucky Country looks at the hardships those on the land face, as commercial farming starts to take over and the concept of the family farm becomes redundant. It examines if those on the land, struggling to make ends meet, really are living the Australian dream or are being consumed by a nightmare,” says Dave. Supported by a gritty performance video shot by Andrew Englisch on location in the Stony Rises near Colac, the single is a free download from the band’s website and features an exclusive B Side not available on the album- their stomping take on the Springsteen classic Atlantic City. The band’s classic Aussie-rock sound is filled with social messages and explores themes unique to the Australian landscape, from farmers and suicide to St Kilda’s prostitutes and the effects of war. The songs are narrative driven rock with a country tinge, and Dave sings it how he feels it - raw with plenty of power and emotion. One song on the eleven-track album Streets of this Town is about the prostitutes of St Kilda, an image that the beachside suburb has never been able to shake. In Father, a young man leaves an alcoholic father and mean mother behind. Years later, after imprisonment and a life of petty crime he returns to stand by his father as they bury the mother and he laments that, after everything, he turned out exactly like his father. The themes in the album are universal, but the stories are personal.  With long time musical collaborator and producer Liam Cameron-Jayes on drums, Tim Cavanagh laying down bass lines and Robert Barber covering anything from mandolin picking to squealing guitar solos, lead vocalist and songwriter Wright has fleshed out his songs to give them the full treatment they deserve. Initially a two-man show formed in 2010, the band has grown to seven members and have achieved a top ten hit on the AMRAP Great Southern Charts, with their single ‘Railway Song’ from their debut EP ‘Suicide Season.’ Inspired by artists including Springsteen, Hunters & Collectors and Ryan Adams, the band produce raw Aussie-rock tracks with power and emotion. Band members: Dave Wright - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica Liam Cameron-Jayes - Drums, Vocals Rob Barber - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals Tim Cavanagh - Bass, Vocals Daryl Johnson – Keyboards John Bryant  - Trombone Peter Newman – Trumpet For more information visit: www.davewrightandthemidnightelectric.com   .Wav files available for review upon request Akamai Warns of UPnP Devices Used in DDoS Attacks 2014-10-16T00:30:26Z akamai-warns-of-upnp-devices-used-in-ddos-attacks Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, today released, through the company’s Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXsert), a new cybersecurity threat advisory. The advisory alerts the security community, device vendors, Internet service providers and enterprises to the risk of massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks involving Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) devices. The advisory is available for download from Prolexic (now part of Akamai) at www.prolexic.com/ssdp.   PLXsert has observed the use of a new reflection and amplification DDoS attack that deliberately misuses communications protocols that come enabled on millions of home and office devices, including routers, media servers, web cams, smart TVs and printers. The protocols allow devices to discover each other on a network, establish communication and coordinate activities. DDoS attackers have been abusing these protocols on Internet-exposed devices to launch attacks that generate floods of traffic and cause website and network outages at enterprise targets. "Malicious actors are using this new attack vector to perform large-scale DDoS attacks. PLXsert began seeing attacks from UPnP devices in July, and they have become common," said Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager, Security Business Unit, Akamai. "The number of UPnP devices that will behave as open reflectors is vast, and many of them are home-based Internet-enabled devices that are difficult to patch. Action from firmware, application and hardware vendors must occur in order to mitigate and manage this threat.”   PLXsert found 4.1 million Internet-facing UPnP devices are potentially vulnerable to being employed in this type of reflection DDoS attack – about 38 percent of the 11 million devices in use around the world. PLXsert will share the list of potentially exploitable devices to members of the security community in an effort to collaborate with cleanup and mitigation efforts of this threat.   “These attacks are an example of how fluid and dynamic the DDoS crime ecosystem can be,” explained Scholly. “Malicious actors identify, develop and incorporate new resources and attack vectors into their arsenals. It’s predictable that they will develop, refine and monetise these UPnP attack payloads and tools in the near future.”   Get the SSDP Reflection Threat Advisory to learn more   PLXsert replicated an attack of this type in a lab environment, demonstrating how attackers produce reflection and amplification DDoS attacks using UPnP-enabled devices. In the advisory, PLXsert shares its analysis and details, including: ·       How the SSDP protocol and SOAP requests are used in reflection attacks ·       Two example DDoS tools used to scan for vulnerable devices and launch attacks ·       Details of an observed attack campaign ·       Geographical distribution of UPnP devices involved in attacks ·       Top 10 most common headers in UPnP response payloads ·       Recommended system hardening and community action ·       DDoS mitigation   A complimentary copy of the threat advisory is available for download at www.prolexic.com/ssdp.   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.   Extra Mile Day Prompts Question: “Am I Making My Life Count?” 2014-10-15T10:53:30Z extra-mile-day-prompts-question-am-i-making-my-life-count Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 2014 -- On November 1st, over 500 cities from across the United States will proclaim Extra Mile Day...a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile. This passionate movement has a purpose of not only acknowledging local volunteer heroes and organizations across America who are “going the extra mile” in making a difference, but it is the hope of Extra Mile Day creator Shawn Anderson that it will also challenge people to ask themselves, “Am I doing enough to go the extra mile in making my life count?” “Extra Mile Day is an opportunity to stand up and clap for those who are stepping to the front line and doing something powerful and positive for their community. But more privately, it’s also a time for each of us to reflect and ask, ‘Am I making my life count? Am I going the extra mile to create the change I want to see in my life and community?’” Anderson points out. “Extra Mile Day is a small reminder of the power we each have to create positive change at any time on any day.” "With millions of people hoping for someone else to make their lives better...a boss, a spouse, a government program...the Extra Mile Day movement reminds us that the positive change we seek in our own lives and in society begins with the person in the mirror," says motivational speaker and author Anderson. “When we sit around and wait for change, we’re wasting our breath, time and lives.” Created in 2009 with 23 cities making the inaugural declaration, Extra Mile Day has continued to build enthusiastic momentum each year since. This year, 500 mayors from Honolulu to Boston will make the unique declaration. To see a growing list of the cities that have currently declared November 1 as Extra Mile Day, please visit ExtraMileAmerica. To speak to Shawn Anderson directly call 310-402-4826 or email Shawn@ExtraMileAmerica.org. Contact info: Shawn Anderson Extra Mile America Los Angeles, CA (310) 402-4826shawn@extramileamerica.orghttp://extramileamerica.org