The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-24T15:39:10Z Telstra Album Of The Year-nominated artists Chet Faker and Sheppard, plus Hilltop Hoods and Justice Crew, join 5 Seconds Of Summer as confirmed performers at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra 2014-10-24T15:39:10Z telstra-album-of-the-year-nominated-artists-chet-faker-and-sheppard-plus-hilltop-hoods-and-justice-crew-join-5-seconds-of-summer-as-confirmed-performers-at-the-2014-aria-awards-connected-by-telstra Telstra Album Of The Year-nominated artists Chet Faker and Sheppard, plus Hilltop Hoods and Justice Crew, join 5 Seconds Of Summer as confirmed performers at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra   Public tickets to the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra have SOLD OUT     General public tickets to the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra have sold out in record time, but fans can still watch all the action on TEN and join in the festivities at The Star, Sydney to see their favourite stars as they walk the David Jones Red Carpet. Telstra Album Of The Year-nominated artists Chet Faker and Sheppard, plus Hilltop Hoods and Justice Crew, will join 5 Seconds Of Summer as the first performers announced. There will be more artists announced over the coming weeks ensuring that this will be one of the most diverse and eclectic performance line ups that the ARIA Awards has ever delivered.  Telstra General Manager, Brand Marketing, Toby Dewar said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Chet Faker and Sheppard back home for what will undoubtedly be a highlight of the 2014 ARIAs Connected By Telstra, and look forward to finding out which of the great acts wins the Telstra Album Of The Year award.”  Chet Faker It was Nicholas Murphy’s, aka Chet Faker, moment to shine at the 2014 ARIA Nominations Event where he accepted his first ARIA Award as the 2014 ARIA Producer Of The Year. The Melbourne-based artist’s debut #1 ARIA album, ‘Built On Glass’, also received awards for ARIA Engineer Of The Year for Eric J Dubowsky and Best Cover Art designed by Tin & Ed. Chet Faker is leading the way at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra with nine nominations in total.  The nominations for ‘Built On Glass’ include Telstra Album Of The Year, Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist, Best Independent Release, as well as the publicly voted award Best Video for ‘Talk Is Cheap’ directed by Toby & Pete. Chet Faker’s label-mate, Flume (aka Harley Streten), is also nominated with Chet Faker for their single ‘Drop The Game’ in the Best Dance Release category.   Sheppard
 Following their US TV debut on Ellen this week, Brisbane band Sheppard, have seven ARIA Award nominations, including Telstra Album Of The Year. They have celebrated a stellar year with their ARIA #1 single, ‘Geronimo’ being accredited 4x Platinum (300,000+ sales) and it is the longest running #1 single of all-time by an independent Australian artist. ‘Geronimo’ has been nominated in the publicly-voted categories Song Of The Year and Best Video (directed by Toby Morris). Sheppard’s ARIA #2 album, ‘Bombs Away’, has scored nominations in the following categories: Best Group, Best Independent Release, Best Pop Release, as well as Stuart Stuart being nominated for Producer Of The Year.    Hilltop Hoods 2014 ARIA nominated Best Group Hilltop Hoods’ seventh studio album ‘Walking Under Stars’ became their fourth consecutive #1 on the ARIA album chart and held the top position for 2 consecutive weeks. 'Walking Under Stars' has already been certified Gold, as has the first single 'Won't Let You Down'. Hilltop Hoods are currently undertaking a huge 21 date Australian tour in support of the second single 'Cosby Sweater'. 'Walking Under Stars' has secured Hilltop Hoods nominations in the Best Urban Album and Engineer Of The Year (for Matthew Lambert and Barry Francis) categories. The album also features collaborations with fellow Australian artists Drapht and 2014 ARIA nominated artist, Dan Sultan.   Justice Crew Justice Crew blasted into the ARIA Singles charts debuting at #1 with their record breaking, four times Platinum-selling ‘Que Sera’, which has been nominated in the Best Pop Release category and the publicly-voted categories Song Of The Year and Best Video directed by Lawrence Lim. ‘Que Sera’ remained atop the ARIA singles chart for nine consecutive weeks, making it the longest-running Australian #1 single since the ARIA Charts began. Justice Crew's latest single, 'Rise & Fall', is released today.   Support your hometown ARIA nominated artists by voting for them in the public voted categories (Song Of The Year, Best Australian Live Act, Best Video Public and Best International Artist) at ariaawards.com.au/public-voting. Voting closes Wednesday, November 19. The ARIA Awards and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
 The Star, Sydney | Broadcast on TEN GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS : SOLD OUT One Man's Passion Leads 500 Cities to "Go the Extra Mile" 2014-10-24T05:53:44Z one-man-s-passion-leads-500-cities-to-go-the-extra-mile Los Angeles, CA, October 24, 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.” Growing from 23 cities in its inaugural 2009 year, Extra Mile Day is the vision of motivational guru Shawn Anderson, a man passionate about making his life count and empowering others to do the same. Whether it is in encouraging others to continue to pursue fading dreams or uplifting people to not to let life's tragedies derail hope, Anderson has dedicated his life to inspiring others to maximize their potential and contribution. His message is consistent and to the point: "Want a better life? Go the extra mile.” First spreading the “go the extra mile” message across the U.S. in 2009, Anderson used a symbolic 4,000-mile ocean-to-ocean solo bike ride. On the ride, the 47-year-old non-bicyclist created motivational events in 21 national cities. At these events, Anderson interviewed over 200 people who had been recognized as going the extra mile in overcoming personal setback or who had risked everything in order to accomplish something extraordinary. After the ninety-day tour, Anderson, a motivational speaker and author, personally gave away $10,000 to those people whose stories he found especially inspiring. He also captured many of these motivating stories in his fifth book, Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose. Since 2009, Extra Mile Day has continued to build enthusiastic momentum with mayors across the U.S. With their declarations, mayors are recognizing the contribution of individuals and organizations in their local community who demonstrate an extra mile spirit in service and effort. "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 Anderson. “When we sit around and wait for change, we’re wasting our breath, time and lives.” Contact info: Shawn Anderson Extra Mile America Los Angeles, CA (310) 402-4826shawn@extramileamerica.orghttp://extramileamerica.org Akamai PLXsert’s Q3 2014 State of the Internet - Security Report Released 2014-10-24T01:52:56Z akamai-plxsert-s-q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-security-report-released Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, today announced availability of the Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report. Akamai’s Prolexic Security Engineering and Research Team (PLXsert) is a recognised leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services and strategies. This quarter’s report, which provides analysis and insight into the global attack threat landscape including DDoS attacks, can be downloaded at www.stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.   “DDoS attack size and volume have gone through the roof this year,” said John Summers, vice president, Security Business Unit at Akamai Technologies. “In the third quarter alone, Akamai mitigated 17 attacks greater than 100 gigabits-per-second, with the largest at 321 Gbps. Interestingly, we witnessed none of that size in the same quarter a year ago and only six last quarter. These mega-attacks each used multiple DDoS vectors to deliver large bandwidth-consuming packets at an extremely high rate of speed.”   A brute force approach characterised the most significant campaigns in Q3 as attackers shifted towards new attack methods and enhanced older attack methods to consume more bandwidth. These record‑setting DDoS attack campaigns marked an 80 percent increase in average peak bandwidth in Q3 compared to the previous quarter and a four-fold increase from the same period a year ago. Q3 also saw an increase in average peak packets per second, recording a 10 percent increase over the previous quarter and a four-fold increase compared the same quarter in 2013.   Malicious actors have found ways to involve a wider base of devices to expand DDoS botnets and produce larger DDoS attacks. PLXsert has observed botnet-building efforts in which malicious actors sought to control systems by gaining access through vulnerable web applications on Linux-based machines.  Attackers have also expanded to a new class of device including smartphones and embedded devices, such as customer-premises equipment (CPE), home cable modems, mobile devices, and a great variety of Internet-enabled devices including home-based and wearables within the category of the Internet of Things (IoT).   Attacks with both high bandwidth and high volume were made possible by the use of multi-vector attack methods.  More sophisticated, multi-vector attacks became the norm this quarter, with more than half (53 per cent) of all attacks utilising multiple attack vectors. This was an 11 per cent increase in multi-vector attacks compared to last quarter, and a nine percent increase compared to Q3 2013. Multi-vector attacks have been fueled by the increased availability of attack toolkits with easy-to-use interfaces as well as a growing DDoS-for-hire criminal industry.   Highlights from the Akamai PLXsert Q3 2014 State of the Internet - Security Report Compared to Q3 2013 • 22 per cent increase in total DDoS attacks •    389 per cent increase in average attack bandwidth •    366 per cent increase in average peak packets per second •    44 per cent decrease in application layer attacks •    43 per cent increase in infrastructure layer attacks •    5 per cent increase in average attack duration •    9 per cent increase in multi-vector attacks   Compared to Q2 2014 •  2 per cent increase in total DDoS attacks •    80 per cent increase in average attack bandwidth •    10 per cent increase in average peak packets per second •    2 per cent increase in application layer attacks •    2 per cent increase in infrastructure layer attacks •    29 per cent increase in average attack duration •    11 per cent increase in multi-vector attacks •    183 per cent increase in high bandwidth (100+ Gbps) attacks: 17 vs. 6   Phishing attacks compromise media websites During Q3, another kind of attack was also prominent – phishing attacks. Multiple phishing attacks targeted Google Enterprise users in order to harvest user credentials and gain access to confidential information. With this information, hacktivists successfully compromised third-party content feeds on popular media websites, such as CNN, the Associated Press and others.   The highest profile group of hacktivists targeting third-party content providers is the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which typically sends emails with a falsified link to a large number of employees in a targeted company or its third-party content provider. Users who click the link are presented with what looks like a login screen to harvest the user’s sign-in credentials in a form of identity theft.   Report Availability A complimentary copy of the Akamai PLXsert Q3 2014 State of the Internet - Security Report is available as a free PDF download at www.stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.   Introducing stateoftheinternet.com Corresponding to availability of the Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report, Akamai is also announcing the launch of stateoftheinternet.com. This new portal serves as the home for content and information intended to provide an informed view into online connectivity and cybersecurity trends as well as related metrics, including Internet connection speeds, broadband adoption, mobile usage, outages, and cyber-attacks and threats. Visitors to stateoftheinternet.com can find current and archived versions of Akamai’s State of the Internet (Connectivity and Security) reports, the company’s data visualisations, and other resources designed to help put context around the ever changing Internet landscape. Further, with the launch of stateoftheinternet.com also comes availability of the State of the Internet mobile app for Android. Visit http://www.stateoftheinternet.com/resources-report-state-of-the-internet.html for more information and to download the app.      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. Usb Wall Socket Amazing New Charging Format 2014-10-24T00:08:44Z usb-wall-socket-amazing-new-charging-format Among the first to support this initiative, launched by the GSMAssociation, are the 3 Group, AT&T, HTC, KTF, LG, MobilkomAustria, Motorola, Nokia, NTT Docomo, Orange and Qualcomm. Rogers Wireless, Samsung, Softbank Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Apple, NEC, RIM and TI are also in this group. The group has set an ambitious target that by 2012 a universal charging solution (UCS) will be widely available in the market worldwide and will use Micro-USB as the common universal charging interface. The group agreed that by the 1st January 2012, the majority of all new mobile phone models available will support a universal charging connector and the majority of chargers shipped will meet the high efficiency targets set out by the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform), the industry body who developed the technical requirements behind UCS. After implementation, the plan is projected to bring down production of replacement chargers by as much as 51,000 tons annually. This will eliminate 13.6 million to 21.8 million tons of greenhouse gases emitted during manufacture. Mobile Phones wont ship with chargers after this implementation as the Manufacturers assume you have one already. HTC is the first manufacturer to announce it wont include a wall charger with their new phone. MARRICKVILLE MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN DAY 2014-10-23T09:58:47Z marrickville-music-school-open-day Marrickville’s newest and fastest growing music school All Age Music are inviting people of all ages to their first Open Day on Sunday 23 November. If it has been your desire to learn music, this is the chance to explore and discover the exciting world of music. The event is designed to allow parents, kids and adult music enthusiasts to ‘have a go’ of various musical instruments and participate in the FREE music workshops the school is organising. Jam packed with musical goodness, the Open Day includes trial group guitar 101 classes (for both kids and adults), group singing lessons for kids and adults, jazz music workshop and jam session, lunch time teacher and student performances, drum demonstration, Kinder Beat workshop for kids aged 2 – 4 years, meet and greet with teachers and staff and a chance to try out all the instruments the school teaches. There’s also the chance to win a term of free music lessons for everyone who attends the Open Day. To find out exact times of when music workshops and classes are being, held please visit the school’s website. Spaces for the FREE music workshops and classes are limited, so online registration via our website is required to book your spot. Plus, anyone who registers for one of our Open Day workshops/classes will enter a prize draw for FREE music lessons in 2015. Among the lessons we offer are private lessons in guitar, piano, vocals, bass guitar, brass and woodwind, percussion and drums, and theory and aural. We have group classes in Music Craft, Rock Band, Kinder Beat, Guitar, and more! All Age Music School will be perfect for you to open the door of musical wonders you want to experience. Come to our Open Day to see our school for yourself! All Age Music School, 2B, 391 Enmore Road, Marrickville, Sunday 23 November, 10:00am – 4:00pm. www.allagemusic.com.au Free street parking available on Enmore Road and surrounding streets. For more information please call 02 8006 0363, email info@allagemusic.com.auor visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/allagemusic   Grand Opening of Park Lane Jewellery Melbourne, Victoria 2014-10-22T13:26:14Z grand-opening-of-park-lane-jewellery-melbourne-victoria Schaumburg, IL USA- October 22, 2014 – Pioneer in the direct sales industry for 59 years, Park Lane Jewellery, has officially launched the newest franchise in Victoria beginning October 22nd, 2014.  With Victoria experiencing stagnant growth and growing unemployment, 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.  Tracey Wilson and Rebbeca Billman will be among the first Park Lane Jewellery (Subsidiary of Park Lane Jewelry US) Franchise Owners/Operators of Australia, operating in Melbourne, Victoria. Both have a long history of success within direct sales and business. Tracey has been recognized nationally and worldwide as a top direct sales leader, building and mentoring multi-million dollar businesses both as a field leader and corporate executive. Tracey’s passion and energy drove her to relocate from Queensland to Victoria to open the new franchise. Rebbeca was “born in direct sales” as the daughter of successful Direct Sales franchise owners. With 17 years of Executive Management and Operations experience, Rebbeca provides the stability and expertise as head of operations. “We very are excited to have Tracey & Rebbeca as franchise owners in Victoria,” 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 Melbourne and all of Victoria.” Park Lane Jewelry, 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 recognized 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 0408 572 243.  Visit the Park Lane website at www.raszamataz.parklanejewellery.com.au to see what all of the excitement is all about. Epson Sponsors AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 and launches Free Ticket Promotion 2014-10-22T01:37:54Z epson-sponsors-afc-asian-cup-australia-2015-and-launches-free-ticket-promotion Epson has launched its AFC Asian Cup Ticket Promotion as part of the company’s sponsorship of the event. The promotion entitles anyone who purchases a selected Epson WorkForce multifunction inkjet printer from an Australian Epson reseller or from the Epson Australia website between 1 October 2014 and 30 November 2014 to claim free category 1 or 2 tickets to the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.   From its humble beginnings in 1956, the AFC Asian Cup has grown into the continent’s biggest soccer event bringing together Asia’s top national teams every four years. The 2015 competition promises to be a global phenomenon with Asia's 16 top nations primed to participate in Australia in January 2015. The tournament’s qualifying nations include regional soccer powerhouses Australia, Japan and Korea Republic alongside Iran, Korea DPR, Kuwait, Oman, Uzbekistan, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China PR, Iraq, Palestine and Qatar.   When buying a printer there are also further tickets that can be claimed if an additional set of four Genuine Epson DURABrite Ultra ink cartridges are purchased along with the printer in one transaction:   ELIGIBLE PRINTER MODEL       PRINTER                       PRINTER & ADDITIONAL TICKETS                        INK TICKETS            Epson WorkForce WF-2650            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets Epson WorkForce WF-2660            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets                         Epson WorkForce WF-3620            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-3640            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets              Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630      2 Tickets                      3 Tickets Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4640      2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-7610             2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-7620             2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              The AFC ASIAN CUP kicks off at 8pm on 9 January 2015 with Australia vs. Kuwait at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.   For more information on the Epson AFC Asian Cup Ticket Promotion go to: https://www.clubepson.com.au/competitions/data/2014_800433/promotion.asp The Selfie Stick Store Announces the Launch of New Online Store 2014-10-21T16:55:02Z the-selfie-stick-store-announces-the-launch-of-new-online-store Adelaide, SA - Australia- 22/10/14 -  Selfie Stick Store, a new online store providing the best range of quality selfie sticks & monopods, today announced the launch of a new website to provide their range of selfie sticks to help people take better selfies. The website can be viewed at http://selfiestickstore.com.au.   According to the Selfie Stick Store owner Jason Tran , the website will officially go live on 23/10/14.   "We are very pleased with the look, feel and usability of our new website" said Tran. "We are extremely excited with the frange of products on our new website and we think our customers will be pleased too"   More About Selfie Stick Store   Founded in 2014, Selfie Stick Store provides their range of selfie sticks to help people take better selfies. The company's mission statement is "Provide everyone a selfie stick to help their selfies worth sharing online". To learn more about Selfie Stick Store , you should visit them online at http://selfiestickstore.com.au 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. 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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.