The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-05-01T05:29:51Z Robological to launch Hire-A-Robot service in Sydney at the CeBIT 2015 2015-05-01T05:29:51Z robological-to-launch-hire-a-robot-service-in-sydney-at-the-cebit-2015 Sydney start-up Robological moves to new targets with big steps. After designing and implementing the award-winning robotic interface ‘Ro-buddy’, Robological has now acquired a Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics. Robological will develop innovative custom-tailored solutions for the use of the two-armed robot in manufacturing, agriculture, service industry and in advertising. True to Robological’s vision of robotics with a human touch, the aim is to create a robot that works together in harmony with the human workforce. Robological will design novel robotic behaviour enabling the robot to lend a hand to the human co-worker in the accomplishment of individual and varying tasks. This will enhance, not substitute human capabilities and free the human from tedious repetitive elements in the work process. Research and development at Robological are directed to let the robot seamlessly adapt to the human’s manner, speed and style of working - the Baxter deployed as a hyper-intelligent tool or as the two additional arms that one so often desires in, for example, complex assembly situations. This new human-robot cooperative ‘symbiosis’ will multiply productivity of the skilled Australian worker and make it possible to keep existing manufacturing in Australia and maybe even bring outsourced production back from overseas. Robological will combine its game-changing approach to human-robot cooperation with a robot hiring service – Hire-A-Robot for the discerning Australian clientele. Robological will be launching this service at Australia’s premiere technology event CeBIT from 5-7 May 2015 at the Sydney Olympic Park. Robological will be demonstrating some of the capabilities of the robot and will be offering early adopter perks to anyone registering interest to hire a robot during their visit to Robological’s booth (S40) at CeBIT. Robological is a multi-award wining multidisciplinary robotics start-up based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2012, they provided professional Research and Development services in the fields of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation. Robological has been named one of the most innovative young tech companies in Australia in 2014.  Inspirational Success Speaker Walks the Talk with Latest Extra Mile World Adventure 2015-04-30T13:38:35Z inspirational-success-speaker-walks-the-talk-with-latest-extra-mile-world-adventure Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2015 -- Motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson doesn’t just talk about ideas such as “going the extra mile” and “living the life you love”...he lives them. The six-time author and inspirational keynoter will be walking 440 miles from Lisbon, Portugal, to Finisterre, Spain, starting on May 26, 2015. “I’m a big believer in keeping sharp,” Anderson says. “Life has a way of dulling our potential unless we break everyday routines and create opportunities that push us outside our comfort zones. Hiking as far as I can each day across Portugal with nothing more than a small book backpack over my shoulder has the potential to definitely sharpen me.” Creating adventures to sharpen himself is not a new concept for Anderson. He has biked solo across the United States twice, hiked 550 miles across Spain in 27 days, run a 100-mile race, completed a 40-day around-the-world trip and has been to over 40 countries. Immediately following the Portugal adventure, Anderson will be heading to the Philippines on a speaking tour with the expectation of reaching 20,000 Filipinos. “Dream big and take bigger action,” Anderson shares. “Life is too short to wish for second chances. Now is my chance to not only live the life I love, but to make the biggest difference I can.” In addition to being a successful lifetime entrepreneur, Anderson is also the Founder of Extra Mile America and the creator of “Extra Mile Day” - a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change when we go the extra mile. On November 1, 2014, 527 mayors and cities made the unique declaration and recognized those in their local communities who were going the extra mile in volunteerism and service. On November 1 this year, 550 U.S. cities are expected to declare Extra Mile Day. The author of the motivational book, Amicus 101: A Story of the Pursuit of Purpose and Overcoming Life’s Chaos, concludes, “The quality, value, and adventure of each of our lives will always be determined by our own vision and a willingness to take action on that vision.” To interview or book Shawn Anderson as a guest or speaker, call 310-402-4826 or email Shawn@ShawnAnderson.com. For more information about Extra Mile Day, visit ExtraMileAmerica.org. Contact: Shawn Anderson Los Angeles, CA 310-402-4826shawn@shawnanderson.comhttp://www.shawnanderson.com Opening night is only a month away 2015-04-30T03:10:33Z opening-night-in-only-a-month-away The orchestra is tuned, the costumes are pressed and the crew is ready. Arts Party Qld is 4 weeks away from  becoming the newest political party in Queensland. But this won’t happen if they don’t get the necessary  numbers to return their letters of membership… which even once influential parties such as the Australian  Democrats are not immune to. http://www.aec.gov.au/parties_and_representatives/Party_Registration/Deregistered_parties/democrats.htm   After setbacks including the recent state election, where all processing was halted, Arts Party Qld continues to work passionately towards their goal of becoming a potent voice for Creative Arts, Community and Education.   “This next step is going to solidify Arts Party Queensland as a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland political landscape,’ asserted Registered Officer Di Gittins. Letters will be sent to all Queensland members on Wednesday the 29th of April to confirm membership numbers. To be registered a party needs over 500 confirmed members. Di Gittins also stressed, “It’s imperative that all members return their confirmation in the reply paid envelope well before the June 1st due date. Every single person counts! Every political party relies on people power. Our people are our power!”    It is clear that there has been weak political representation of the artistic and creative industries. We seek bipartisan, practical, win-win outcomes for all Australians, to make us a happier, more united, more prosperous and smarter bunch of people.   It's time Queenslanders had a political party to believe in, rather than continuing to choose the 'least worst’ option at each election.       -----------------------------------------------ENDS---------------------------------------------------------   For comment or further details contact Di Gittins 0407 812 172 or Frances Jankowski 0406 692 523   www.artsparty.org Fairy shines in dishwasher detergent stakes 2015-04-30T02:58:33Z fairy-shines-in-dishwasher-detergent-stakes For the third year in a row, Fairy has outshone the competition to win Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for dishwasher detergents. The Procter & Gamble brand beat several other household names, including Finish and Morning Fresh, to pick up the award for overall customer satisfaction. It was also the only one to achieve top marks for effectiveness, while ALDI’s home brand detergent was the sole recipient of a five-star rating for value. “Consumers are happy to pay for quality and they believe they’re getting that from Fairy,” said Canstar Blue General Manager Megan Doyle. “Above all else, people want a dishwasher detergent that produces only the cleanest, freshest results – and if they can get that at a reasonable price, then even better. “Almost three-quarters of adults prefer using their dishwasher to cleaning dishes by hand, and there is no shortage of quality brands in this space. So to finish on top of the tree for three years in a row is a fantastic achievement and a clear indicator that Aussies have taken Fairy under their wings.” Canstar Blue surveyed more than 1,700 adults who have bought and used dishwasher liquid, tablets, powder or gel in the last six months, with respondents asked to rate their brand of choice across a range of categories. The survey found that 54% of adults are loyal to the same brand of dishwasher detergent, but 23% tend to buy the cheapest available. Effectiveness (47%) was found to be the greatest driver of customer satisfaction, ahead of value for money (21%), smell (13%), packaging (12%) and ease of use (7%). “We would like to thank Canstar and all consumers who voted for Fairy,” said Suraen DeSilva, Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble ANZ. “Fairy is committed to offering the best dishwashing experience to Australians with superior cleaning products. We are delighted to be recognised by this award for the third year in a row.”  Inspirational Success Speaker to Energize 20,000 in Philippines 2015-04-29T07:04:33Z inspirational-success-speaker-to-energize-20-000-in-philippines Los Angeles, CA, April 28, 2015 -- Motivational author, Shawn Anderson, the creator of “Extra Mile Day” in the U.S., has announced that the Philippines will be the first stop on his Extra Mile World speaking tour. Anderson, the author of six books including SOAR to the Top!, Amicus 101, and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose, will take his empowering “go the extra mile” message to the Philippine Islands from July 18 thru August 2, 2015. Speaking to a variety of non-profit outreach and community organizations, Anderson has set a goal of reaching 20,000 people for his free events. “My tour mission is simple. I want to share with as much passion as I can, to as many people as I can, that when we go the extra mile in life, we create our very best lives,” Anderson shares. “I don’t believe in just dreaming about the life we want to live; I do believe in taking action and living the life we want to live.” Anderson is the Founder of Extra Mile America and the creator of Extra Mile Day...a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change when we go the extra mile. On November 1, 2014, 527 U.S. cities made the unique declaration and recognized those in their local communities who were going the extra mile in volunteerism and service. Anderson doesn’t just talk about themes such as “go the extra mile” and “live the life you love”; he lives them. In 2014, this lifetime entrepreneur hiked 550 miles across Spain in 27 days. Shortly before he visits the Philippines this year, he will have hiked 400 miles across Portugal. Additionally, Anderson has biked the U.S. solo twice, run a 100-mile race and created adventures around the world. With 75,000 book copies in print, Anderson says he’s only just begun. “It doesn’t matter how old we are or what obstacles we have to overcome. Our best days are only over when we say they are over,” Anderson states. “When I go to the Philippines, I will share with as much passion as I can that we’re each limited in life only by what the person in the mirror thinks and does. Until we have no more breath in our lungs should we ever give up on ourselves.” Contact: Shawn Anderson Los Angeles, CA (310) 402-4826shawn@shawnanderson.comhttp://www.shawnanderson.com Melissa Tkautz Releases New Music 2015-04-28T05:45:42Z melissa-tkautz-releases-new-music 'Read My Lips' the sensational Melissa Tkautz is set for a huge 2015 with her brand new single 'Gotta Let You Go' and an exciting new movie role! Whether you first fell in love with Melissa back in the 90's when she starred on 'E Street' and released 'Sexy Is The Word', when she parodied 'Barbie Girl' for Australia Day or in her recent TV roles including 'Swift & Shift Couriers' one thing's for sure Melissa has done it all.Melissa will celebrate her amazing 4th decade in the industry (and 25 years since stepping onto E Street) by delivering new music, a major film role and so much more yet to be announced!'Gotta Let You Go' released digitally on 1st MayMelissa is available for interviews, features and select photoshoots regarding the single and her life in the Australian entertainment industry. All enquiries shane@stageaddictiononline.com Wendy Vogel's Adventure/Fantasy Flamewalker Now Available 2015-04-24T14:13:04Z wendy-vogel-s-adventure-fantasy-flamewalker-now-available Word Branch Publishing releases new novel to rave reviews. In Saria, women reign. Their powers come from the Goddess, and her Flamewalkers wear the scars of sacred magic. Gifted with the ability to Heal, See or conjure Fire, they use their powers fairly and wisely. Then comes Khalira. Bestowed with not one, but all three powers, she is feared by even the other Flamewalkers—a 'freak' among the extraordinary. The leaders suspect that her powers were granted for a reason, and, indeed, there is an ominous threat emerging to the north in the kingdom of Banol where Flamewalkers are burned alive for merely being who they are meant to be. In Wendy Vogel’s first published full-length novel, she explores the roles of women, power and destiny while taking the reader on an action-filled journey laced with danger and courage as Khalira and her sister Flamewalkers endeavor to bring to an end a madman set on revenge. “The subtext of Flamewalkers examines how people view powerful women. While some may see them as benevolent healers, others may perceive them as dangerous,” says publisher Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh. “Dr. Vogel offers readers an engaging debate in the form of an adventure that is very readable and very, very difficult to put down.” Wendy Vogel lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her chef husband. She is a veterinarian, marathon runner, cancer survivor and SCUBA diver in addition to rescuing special needs pets. She is the current president of the Cincinnati Fiction Writers. Flamewalker is available online through major booksellers including the Word Branch Online Book Shop as well as bookstores worldwide. https://www.wordbranch.com/flamewalker.html Word Branch Publishing is located in North Carolina’s Southern Appalachia region and offers a world of imagination, facts, stories and entertainment written by some of the finest rising stars in the book world. Word Branch’s diverse selection of titles include drama, science fiction, personal growth, young adult, indigenous titles and more from innovative authors around the world. https://www.wordbranch.com Contact: Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh Word Branch Publishing PO Box 41 Marble, NC 28905 828 837 6135catherine@wordbranch.comhttp://www.wordbranch.com Taylor 800 Series Acoustic Guitars 2015-04-24T05:50:16Z taylor-800-series-acoustic-guitars Today talking about the very brand new Taylor 800 series collection.  The 800 series is the flagship part of Taylor’s line and we are so very proud of the new and innovative measures Taylor have taken to facelift the whole category; it is the pride and joy of our entire line.  So first, obviously the visual is what you are going to notice right out of the shoe, you notice the new rosewood are going to notice the pickguard, you are going to notice the brand new inlays.  We are going to have a maple strip on the back between the perfectly book matched Indian rosewood.  You are going to see smoked ebony on the fretboards and bridges, highlighting the variegation and the colour option ebony really has as you start to get involved with ebony and its really aggressively marbled nature.  And a new element fingerboard inlay that any powers are the master leaders design.   Once you go underneath the hood you are going to start see things that really drive what makes the 800 series so prominent. First, it’s the finish.  Traditional guitars are consistent in Taylor glossy model’s 500 series and above have about a six to eight mil finish, that’s how we measure the thickness of the finish, and it really almost feels like a couple sheets of paper thick.  What that does is it gives you a really illustrious sheen to it and really kind of pops a lot of that grain.  With the new 800’s we are challenging the measure of finish down to about three or three and half mils, which in my opinion is just enough finish to make the guitar look wet.  What that does is it unlocks the fibers so the resignation and the tonality of the guitar can really start the bust through, and you start to get more voice out of the instrument, plain and simple.  We at Music Now Online Australia are so glad they have moved to a hide glue and a fish glue for the bracing components, for the bridge and that’s really going to allow the guitar over time to meld together and become stronger and bond, i.e. giving you much more sonic transfer throughout the entire body of the instrument.  Lastly, every shape from Grand Concert to Grand Auditorium, dreadnought, grand symphony and grand orchestra, they all have their own very inspirational yet pertinent bracing pattern for each shape, which allows it to unlock the nuances per shape, not just making it a different variation of size but really giving it its own voice.  So particularly in the Grand Concert and the Grand Auditorium back braces will actually be slanted allowing more bass response and more punch on that low-end kick; really an interesting concept.   Overall from the nylons to the twelve strings to the smallest body to the largest body, the 800 series has been completely drawn out and redesigned, taking our most prized collection of guitars and simply raising the bar. So with that when you want to check out something that’s beyond what you are used to in the Taylor guitars world, I really invite you to try the new 800 series collection and for all 800 series and anything Taylor Guitars just contact a Music Now Engineer.  Music Now Australia have stock of the following Taylor 800 Series:  TAYLOR 812CE ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITAR TAYLOR 814CE ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITAR TAYLOR 818E GRAND ORCHESTRA GUITAR 1ST EDITION If you are looking to purchase a new Taylor guitar, then we recommend you speak to a Taylor guitar specialist at Music Now. Music Now specialise in supplying not only the biggest range at the best prices, but a wide range of rare and hard to find Taylor guitars. So make sure you visit us at 1/22 New Street, Nerang, Queensland Australia or call us on  0755962588 MCA announces Kerry Gardner as new Board Member 2015-04-24T00:43:43Z mca-announces-kerry-gardner-as-new-board-member The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Melbourne-based documentary filmmaker and arts philanthropist Kerry Gardner to the company’s board of directors. “With a background in commercial marketing, Kerry brings a wealth of local and international experience – from broadcast and filmmaking to publishing and hospitality,” said Simon Mordant, MCA Chairman.  “She has been a passionate champion of the arts throughout her career and will be a great addition to our board.” “A successful museum needs engaged and influential community members to take on board roles in order to assist with its long-term institutional goals,” Mordant continued. “We look forward to working with Kerry to support the MCA in showcasing great Australian contemporary artists internationally.” Kerry Gardner is a Melbourne-based Writer/Director of fresh new Australian documentary films shining a new light on Art, Design and Architecture. Her films have been shown in a number of local and international film festivals including the Canadian Film festival ‘Female Eye’ in Toronto and the Sonoma Film Festival in California. Her current directorships include the Australian Children's Television Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Australian Institute of Art History. She is a Founding Patron of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and Ambassador for the Natalie Miller Fellowship for Women in Film. She is also member of the Arts and Humanities Committee of the Myer Foundation / Sidney Myer Fund, and Global Ambassador (Asia Pacific) for the Global Fund for Women in New York. Her past board directorships include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Women’s Trust, Deputy Chair of both Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre Company, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (Steering Committee) and director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She holds a Masters in Film and Television from the VCA/University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from the RMIT. “I am inspired by the world-class innovative cultural educational programme run by MCA’s talented staff, and I am truly honored to join the MCA board,” Kerry Gardner commented. “For decades, the MCA has taken a leadership role in shaping an Australia that values contemporary art and artists, and I look forward to working with the Board and Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE to support this core mission.”  www.mca.com.au Aussies want a dishwasher they can trust 2015-04-23T01:59:17Z aussies-want-a-dishwasher-they-can-trust The majority of Australians don’t trust their dishwasher to do a good job – but still couldn’t do without it. Consumer research and ratings service Canstar Blue surveyed more than 1,700 adults and found that 87% inspect their dishes and cutlery before putting them away, just in case they haven’t been cleaned properly. Despite that, 73% of Aussies prefer using their dishwasher to cleaning by hand, and 42% use it every day. “As the old saying goes: ‘If you can’t trust someone to do the job properly, then do it yourself’. Yet when it comes to cleaning dishes, it seems many people don’t trust their dishwasher, but still refuse to put in some elbow grease themselves,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Given that most households only replace their dishwasher when it stops working – and we keep them for an average of 7.7 years – perhaps it’s no surprise that some dishwashers are not performing as well as they once did. “More than a quarter of people fail to rinse their dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, roughly the same number tend to use the cheapest brand of detergent available, and 41% admit they rarely or never clean their machine. So perhaps some people aren’t taking as much care of their dishwasher as they could.” Forty per cent of the 750 adults surveyed, who have bought a new dishwasher in the last three years, said they replaced their old appliance because it broke down. One in five purchased a new machine because they moved home, 15% were renovating their home, and 12% said their old dishwasher simply wasn’t cleaning efficiently. The survey also found performance to be the biggest driver of customer satisfaction. Drivers of dishwasher satisfaction % of respondents Performance 38% Design 16% Warranty and service 12% Internal layout 11% Value for money 10% Quietness while operating 10% Ease of use 3% Source: www.canstarblue.com.au Dishwasher survey 2015 “Spending an average of $810, it seems many people are happy to pay a good price for a dishwasher they can trust, even if they wait for their old one to break down first,” said Mr Downes. “Ultimately, consumers want a reliable machine that saves them the time and hassle of cleaning their dishes by hand – and they would prefer it to last for a reasonable length of time.” Miele has retained Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for dishwashers, beating six other top brands for overall satisfaction. It is the third time in four years that Miele has won the award. It’s been a very successful start to 2015 for Miele, having also earned Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for front loader washing machines. “Congratulations to Miele for another impressive set of customer satisfaction results,” said Mr Downes. “Miele clearly seems to be striking a chord with consumers.” Teknowledge Software Starts Work On New Emoji Keyboard App 2015-04-22T08:34:46Z teknowledge-software-starts-work-on-new-emoji-keyboard-app This one is being billed as the biggest app project of Teknowledge Software in the second quarter of 2015. The mobile app company has joined hands with renowned senior art director, Tejmur Sattarov, to create a unique emoji and sticker keyboard app. The project is likely to be completed within three weeks. Hailing the concept behind the application - named Veeaie Keyboard - Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin stated that it was one of the most exciting projects he has ever worked on. Considering that he is involved in mobile app development for close to a decade and his company has two international branches (in Australia and Sweden), that’s definitely saying something! Veeaie Keyboard, the ambitious third-party emoji keyboard app conceptualized by Tejmur Sattarov, will be customized for the Apple iOS 8 platform. Not surprisingly, Mr. Sattarov is handling the app designing himself, while the developers at Teknowledge are handling the coding requirements for the application. Mr. Fakhruddin has confirmed that over 70% of the work is already done, and several mockups of the app have been prepared. Elaborating a bit on the nature of the new iPhone application, the CEO of Teknowledge referred to Veeaie as a ‘freemium app that blends fun and creativity.’ There will be six different emoji packs available for purchase in the app for users. Both Mr. Sattarov and Mr. Fakhruddin believe that people will love all the packs. ‘Drama’ and ‘Athletes’ have been picked out as the categories that will become the most popular. Those in charge of creating this iOS 8 app are focusing on making Veeaie uniformly user-friendly. Showcasing a prototype of the application, Mr. Fakhruddin pointed out how an ‘instructions screen’ would be displayed to first-time users (after they have installed and activated Veeaie). The controls and in-app navigation have that feel of simplicity and elegance that virtually every Teks apps is known for. The creative expertise of Mr. Sattarov has definitely been a big help in this regard. The best feature of the soon-to-be-released app was revealed at the very last, during the press meet. Users of Veeaie would get the opportunity of creating their very own emojis - instead of purchasing the readymade emoji sticker packs. All that they have to do is take a circular selfie, crop out unwanted portions (by rubbing the screen), and then, play around with four different camera effects. Some screenshots of these user-created emojis were displayed at the event - they were indeed hilarious! Enhanced usability of the purchased/created emojis is going to be one of the high points of Veeaie Keyboard app. The iPhone app development department of Teknowledge has been instructed to include seamless Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus integration in the app. People will be able to save their emojis as ‘favorites’, and use them anywhere - online and offline. Both Mr. Sattarov and Mr. Fakhruddin are bullish about the prospects of Veeaie, when it releases at the App Store. The two professionals believe that the sheer fun quotient of the app would make it a winner among young users - while the creative features would further bolster the app’s charm. If everything goes as anticipated, this one can turn out to be one of the best entries in the app development portfolio of Teknowledge Software. So, how many awards and positive reviews will Veeaie Keyboard rack up? The head of the mobile app company remained non-committal on that. All that he has to say regarding this is, if people indeed like the features of the app, awards and recognitions will follow. One thing is fairly certain though - the initial download figures of this iOS emoji keyboard app will be impressive. Before signing off, Mr. Fakhruddin reiterated that his company would continue to work on app projects that have a touch of innovativeness in them. Veeaie would provide him and his team of app developers plenty of scope to showcase their expertise. We will have to wait and see how good the app actually turns out to be. Visit http://teks.co.in/site/blog/veeaie-keyboard-app-by-teknowledge/ for further information on the features and functionality of the Veeaie Keyboard application. For getting queries resolved and/or asking for free app quotes, contact Mr. Fakhruddin at info@teks.co,in, or call him up at 91-33-40649087. Renowned personalities like Amber Blumanis, Maria Thyselius Bergstrom, Jacob Strachotta and now, Tejmur Sattarov have benefitted from the services of Teknowledge Software. This is one company that is surely going places! Akamai Strengthens Asia Pacific Team with Senior Appointments 2015-04-22T04:52:01Z akamai-strengthens-asia-pacific-team-with-senior-appointments Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, has made significant additions to its team in Asia Pacific and Japan, with the following senior appointments:   Michael M. Afergan has been appointed Senior Vice President, Products, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ). He is responsible for leading the region’s product development and product management teams, designing and developing products for local markets, and for overseeing product and technical engagement with customers and key partners.   Dr. Afergan joined Akamai in 1999 as one of Akamai’s first technical leaders and has since served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Web Experience Division, as Chief Technology Officer, and has held key roles within Akamai’s Engineering and Product organizations. Prior to Akamai, he was the second employee at Constant Contact, a pioneering software as a service (SaaS) provider, and ran a software consulting company for over ten years. Dr. Afergan moves to Singapore from Akamai's corporate headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lalitha Bhaskara joins Akamai as Vice President, Corporate Development, Asia Pacific and Japan. In this role, Ms. Bhaskara will be responsible for all corporate development and strategic partnership activities within APJ, helping the company expand its strategic presence and investments in the region.   Ms. Bhaskara brings with her over 20 years of experience in the areas of Strategy, Business Operations, Business Development, Product Management and Solution Consulting in the enterprise software and high tech industries in the region. Before joining Akamai, she served as Head of Markets Strategy for Asia Pacific and Japan for SAP for five years, and also held roles in business development, product management and solution consulting of SAP products for 11 years, working with SAP customers, prospects and partners across the region. Duncan Nursey has joined Akamai as Regional Vice President, Carriers, Asia Pacific and Japan. Mr. Nursey joins Akamai from Samsung, where he was responsible for developing the Samsung Enterprise business solutions and products, working with telcos across Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. Prior to this, Mr. Nursey held leadership positions with Dimension Data, ECI Telecom and EDS.   Vaughan Woods has been appointed Regional Vice President, Sales, South Asia. He is responsible for driving Akamai's growth across ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand, leading the team in making the Internet work better for business. Mr. Woods joins Akamai from his previous role as a venture capital incubator and consultant for start-ups.  He has also held sales management positions and regional leadership roles within Asia Pacific with IBM, Rationale, 3Par, HP and BEA.   Akamai also recently appointed a Managing Director, Markets for Asia Pacific and Japan, and has expanded offices in Australia, Japan and Korea over the last few months. "Asia Pacific and Japan is the fastest growing region for Akamai, with increased growth from large enterprises, SMEs and start-ups, all looking to leverage cloud-based solutions to innovate,” said Sanjay Singh, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan at Akamai. "With these regional appointments, Akamai has built a strong leadership team that will help drive growth for the company and our customers. We are confident that with these appointments, we will continue to accelerate and innovate our business in Asia Pacific and Japan."   Lifestyle Community in Arundel Lives Up to Promises 2015-04-22T01:16:24Z lifestyle-community-in-arundel-lives-up-to-promises Gold Coast, QLD, 22 April 2015 - When the developers of Seachange Village, an over 50’s lifestyle community in Arundel, decided to build a retirement community, they promised to provide active seniors with “a better way to live.” They toured over 50’s communities across Florida, USA. What they saw surprised them: places where people seldom moved voluntarily, but moved only when their families no longer wanted the burden of caring for them and helping them maintain their old homes.They realised that they were going to have to build something totally different if they were to provide a better way of living. They didn’t know what they wanted to build, but they knew they didn’t want to build a traditional “senior community.” They went to work, asked a lot of questions and tried to figure out the perfect model for an active senior community. Fast forward to 2015 where they have succeeded in their original goal. Seachange Village Arundel has a reputation as the most active lifestyle community in the Arundel area. How They Did ItDavid Pradella, Managing Director of Seachange Village Arundel, explains the original process: “We knew we didn’t want a traditional retirement village, so we went about trying to create a lifestyle village that would be based on friendship, fitness and fun. We chose a location that would be attractive to people who wanted to truly enjoy their golden years. We made sure there was plenty of access to infrastructure and amenities. Then we tried to create a community that would be a real community, where like-minded people could make friends and enjoy an active lifestyle.”The result is a lifestyle village that is within 10 km of a medical centre, a hospital, four golf courses, a large shopping centre and the beach. That village is built around a country club that offers indoor and outdoor sporting and exercise facilities, a library, a world class restaurant and a bar area. High Quality Homes: Reasonable PricesThe homes at Seachange Village Arundel are designed to be ultra-efficient in use of both space and energy while being eco-friendly. The community is gated with private security, a CCTV system and a phone system to ensure that residents are safe and secure while preserving their privacy.Promises DeliveredAccording to Mr Pradella: “We set out to provide a better way of life: a community that seniors would find attractive for spending their golden years. We think we have succeeded even beyond our original intention. So do our residents.”Seachange Village Arundel is a lifestyle village in Arundel. It is often characterised as an over 50’s resort on the Gold Coast. It was built on the values of fun, friendship and fitness. The developers of Seachange Village Arundel believe that a community where active people can interact on a daily basis with like-minded people creates a better way of life than the standard retirement village. To learn more, call 1800 652 797 or visit their website: http://seachangegoldcoast.com.au/arundel/. SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED ONBOARD SUN PRINCESS 2015-04-21T23:03:19Z sydney-film-festival-announces-world-premiere-of-women-he-s-undressed-onboard-sun-princess The 62nd Sydney Film Festival announces the World Premiere of Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed. The documentary premieres on-board the Sun Princess, in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 10 June.   The Sydney Film Festival screening will be the first time a premiere has been held on a ship in Australia.   The Festival and Princess Cruises have partnered to present this film, rolling out an on-deck blue carpet to celebrate the occasion, followed by a screening in the Sun Princess Theatre.  Women He’s Undressed takes an intimate look at the life of Academy Award winning Australian designer Orry-Kelly.  Unfamiliar at home, the Kiama born designer created wardrobes for the silver screen from the 1930s to 1960s.  Kelly’s design credits include; Hollywood’s biggest studios, most memorable stars, and films hits such as Some Like it Hot and An American in Paris.   “We could not think of anything more appropriate and exciting than to have our premiere on a Grand Ship on the very harbour young penniless Orry-Kelly sailed from in 1922 with dreams of showbiz success. I can’t wait to frock up with cocktails at sunset on the deck and toast his extraordinary life and talent,” said the film’s director Gillian Armstrong.   “Women He’s Undressed is about a most fascinating Australian Hollywood luminary. We are proud to be screening the World Premiere at Sydney Film Festival,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley.   “Princess Cruises is thrilled to partner with Sydney Film Festival to present Australia’s first World Premiere on a ship," said Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison. “In this case, the subject could not be more fitting - Orry-Kelly was a legend in the entertainment industry, whose life and work inspired millions around the world; and here at Princess Cruises, we pride ourselves on our first-rate entertainment offerings, including our ever-popular Movies Under The Stars, and providing our guests with meaningful life-changing experiences.”  Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June 2015.The full program of 200+ films will be launched on Wednesday 6 May at 11am.Flexipasses for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information. GIBSON CUSTOM 1959 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE R9 2015-04-21T04:59:50Z gibson-custom-1959-les-paul-standard-reissue-r9-1 Glad you have decided to read more! Today we’re going to be taking a look at Gibson’s 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue.  This guitar is a recreation of Gibson’s 1959 highly sought after guitar with only approximately 630 plus guitars made that year, it became a very highly sought after guitar and drove the price of this guitar well over five hundred thousand to a million dollars ($500,000.00 - $1,000,000.00). They are very hard to find right now; most collectors have them stashed away or buried away. I would be lucky to even see one of these guitars.  So Gibson guitars has done a painstakingly recreation of this guitar and done so many different things to make this guitar in their custom shop an exact replica of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul. Many of the things that they have done are the simple the neck joint it is a mortise and tenon neck joint and one of the glues that they used back then was hide glue. So everything right down to the glue has been done to the guitar.  The tenon is also extended well into the cavity of the guitar like it was in 1959. The bridge and tail piece are light wheat, aluminum stopbar tailpiece with a nickel plating on it, which add to that toning residence of the guitar. Pickups in the guitar are also painstakingly recreations of the original PAF pickups, which have that really great bite and clarity low output.  What Gibson has used is unequal three magnets on unequal turns of forty two gage wire each pickup. You could hear it in the sound; it really recreates that vintage Jimmy Page sound that you heard on all those Led Zeppelin records and live recordings.  Many more things, the weight of the original that 1959 Guitar was a very light thing, most common and new Les Paul’s are quite heavy, the 1959 was highly light, extremely light, which made it resonate and sound incredible.   This guitar is no stranger to the weight as well too, so it is completely non-weight relieved but feels like it would in 1959; super light which adds to the flash and the characteristics.  It has a VOS finish, the one we are looking at today is bourbon burst gorgeous with a beautiful flame maple top one piece mahogany neck with a rosewood finger board, head stalk inlay features a holly head stalk veneer with a pearl logo with vintage black and white and it is pitch back at an angle of 17 degrees.  This is something that Gibson had measured on the best 1959 Les Paul that was crucial to the sound of the guitar.  The tension emitters are all two volume and two tone controls and features bumblebee capacitors, which add a nice warmth in the tone roll off of the guitar. Output jack is a traditional quarter inch jack with a three-way toggle switch between the pickups with an amber cargo top added to that vintage vibe. The binding has also been aged, with the tuners are also aged, everything on the guitar has got that slight warm look on it. It just makes you feel like you are holding an awesome piece of awesomeness. Guitar enthusiasts, if you are serious about your Gibson guitars and are thinking about buying a custom 1959 Les Paul Reissue, you need to speak to a Music Now guitar specialist. Make sure you ask for the best price and best suited guitar to your needs. Remember, if it's Gibson and Les Paul, see musicnow.com.au or call us on (07)5596 2588 or visit our store at 1/22 New Street, Nerang QLD 4211 Australia.