The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-02-07T21:01:17Z TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL OPENS IN WAGGA WAGGA 2016-02-07T21:01:17Z travelling-film-festival-opens-in-wagga-wagga TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL OPENS IN WAGGA WAGGA   Sydney Film Festival’s 2016 Travelling Film Festival is coming to Wagga Wagga, with an impressive line-up of award winning cinema at Forum 6 Cinemas, 11 - 13 March 2016. Tickets to Australia’s longest running travelling film festival are on sale now, bringing world class, festival quality cinema to the largest inland city in New South Wales. The Man Who Knew Infinity will open the Festival. Starring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Academy award winner Jeremy Irons, the film is a biopic tracing the life of mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan.  Ramanujan made extraordinary contributions to the field by independently compiling nearly 3,900 new mathematical identities and equations. Together with Good Pitch Australia, the Festival will be offering $10 tickets to a special screening of Australian filmmaker Sophie Wiesner’s Call Me Dad. The ABC documentary highlights male domestic violence in Victoria; follows a group of men through a behaviour change program for family violence perpetrators who want to change.  Travelling Film Festival Manager Alicia Emery says the Festival is delighted to be coming back to Wagga Wagga in 2016. “We are so excited to be bringing five short films and ten feature films including three documentaries to Forum 6 Cinemas,” said Emery. “Between them these films have won 90 awards and received 124 nominations.  Film fans can be assured of a weekend jam packed full of incredible cinema,” she said. The eight feature length films include: ·         My Love, Don’t Cross That River, South Korean filmmaker Jin Mo-young’s debut is now one of the most successful independent Korean film of all time. The film has won multiple awards for best documentary, and is a heartbreaking portrait of a couple married for 76 years. ·         Phoenix, the multi award winning and sixth collaboration between German director Christian Petzold and actress Nina Hoss. The post-war drama follows a concentration camp survivor’s return to Germany to reclaim her life. ·         Mustang, described as ‘The Virgin Suicides in Anatolia’, is Turkish-French female filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s feature debut. The film has received 23 awards and 35 nominations including an Oscar, depicting the loss of sexual innocence in a sibling comedy-drama. ·         Rams, the multi award winning drama by Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson. Full of dry wit, the film follows the story of two ageing brother’s brought together because their livelihoods are under threat. ·         45 Years, the award winning and Oscar nominated ‘companion’ film to director Andrew Haigh’s critically acclaimed Weekend. The film paints a moving portrait of a very stylish 45-year marriage shaken to its core by an unexpected letter. ·         The Crow’s Egg, dubbed the next Slumdog Millionaire is a film by Indian filmmaker M. Manikandan. The funny family-friendly Tamil tale has won two prizes at the National Film Awards India, and follows two mischievous brothers from a Chennai slum on a mission to taste pizza for the very first time. ·         Song of the Sea, a wonderful family hand-drawn fantasy animation by Tomm Moore inspired by Ireland’s rich Celtic folklore. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 and won Best Feature at the Irish Film & TV Awards and Shanghai Film Festival in the same year. ·         Sherpa, the BAFTA nominated documentary by Australian director Jennifer Peedom was shot post Nepal’s 2014 Everest disaster killing 16 Sherpas. The film grippingly captures changing attitudes among Sherpa climbers, who take the biggest risks but reap the most meagre rewards, on the world’s highest peak.   With tickets sure to sell fast, Wagga film fans should book tickets well in advance. ’Subscribe and Save’ packages offer great value for multiple ticket purchases.   WHAT:                                 Sydney Film Festival’s Travelling Film Festival in Wagga Wagga WHEN:                                 Friday 11 March – Sunday 13 March 2016 WHERE:                               Forum 6 Cinemas, 77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 FACEBOOK:                        https://www.facebook.com/TravellingFilmFestivalWagga  SINGLE TICKETS:               $14 / $12 / $10 (Adult / Concession / Student & Kids) SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: 5-FILM FLEXIPASS: $53 Adult / $48 Concession                                                 Note: films must be selected at time of purchase                                                 9-FILM FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $81 Adult / $72 Concession   Film schedule & Editor’s notes HERE New Profile Picture/Headshot Start Up 2016-02-03T10:24:46Z new-profile-picture-headshot-start-up Profile Pic Plus is a new and exciting way to make your digital profile photo stand out from the crowd.It’s amazing how many places you need a professional profile picture these days. 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You should have you new look in just 5 business days.Learn more at profilepicplus.com Wine Odyssey Forced to Close 2016-02-03T00:24:13Z wine-odyssey-forced-to-close Wine Odyssey opened in October 2008, after a meticulous restoration of a high traffic site which lay derelict in The Rocks, Sydney for more than eight years. The concept was to offer visitors and Sydney-siders the opportunity to have a “cellar door in the city” experience without the need to travel to the wine regions of Australia, but more importantly Wine Odyssey set out to offer the small all-Australian producers a route to market for their wines. Over the past 8 years Wine Odyssey has become the lifeline for many small Australian wine producers who’s production would otherwise have not made it to the major market and had serious consequences for many in a time fraught with economical and agricultural challenges. It seems that putting their own life savings, exhaustive personal stamina, and the interests of the small businesses that they set out to support, was never enough. Sadly the privately owned business has today been forced to close its doors due to the decision of the landlord, the state owned, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, who are seeking a “more relevant” tenant for the site. “Naturally we’re gutted. Not only have the decisions of a couple of public servants been able to have such a devastating effect on our business, but its our livelihood, and that of the small wine producers which we represent that hurts us the most.” says Angela Brown, owner of Wine Odyssey. The crippling effect on the business took hold when the landlord forced capital renovations to the premises without offering any rent relief which closed the business for a number of weeks some 18 months ago. At that time Wine Odyssey’s owners were assured that a new five year lease was in the pipeline however negotiations for the new lease soured in light of the renovation fiasco which continues and set down for hearing in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal later this month. With the initial lease term having expired and without warning, the landlord put the lease of the premises out to public tender in late 2015, yet only one week ago the fully paid-up, incumbent tenant was told that its bid for a new lease was unsuccessful and given one week to vacate and “make good” having occupied the site for almost eight years. As it turns out, the owners of Wine Odyssey were sitting on a highly sought after old Australian On/Off Liquor licence in the middle of a lock out zone, which wasn’t known to the landlord until it was pointed out to the landlord by Wine Odyssey, having a further devastating effect on the negotiations for a new lease. “While we are completely crippled, mentally, physically, emotionally and financially, we hold our heads high, in the knowing that we have done what we can do for the Australian wine industry, and small business. We pride ourselves on the fact that we always paid our suppliers, staff and rent, and we have put our all into developing what was a great little business on so many fronts, that we put our heart and soul into.” continues Angela. “We regret that our Wine Odyssey journey has had to come to an end under these circumstances, but we had to draw a line in the sand somewhere. It feels like the big end of town have some sort of power over us little people in the knowing that we won’t put up the money to fight what we believe is unconscionable. And that’s another win for the Authorities and certain individuals within these Authorities who’s conduct is questionable. We can sleep at night knowing we gave it our all.” adds co-owner Lynette Rae. “We sincerely thank all our supporters; customers, staff, colleagues and suppliers who have been of great strength to us over the past 8 years. We’ll see you on our next journey, whatever that may be.” the pair concede. Mardi Gras Film Festival Coming to the Blue Mountains for the first time! 2016-02-02T22:53:54Z mardi-gras-film-festival-coming-to-the-blue-mountains-for-the-first-time 3 February 2016: For the first time, and in partnership with the local Pink Mountains organisation, The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba will host the best five films of the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen, as well as the winner of the prestigious My Queer Career awards from 11 – 13 March 2016. Tickets on sale at queerscreen.org.au and via the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.   “We are delighted to bring the Mardi Gras Film Festival to the Blue Mountains for the first time and to screen at the beautiful Carrington Hotel,” said Festival Director Paul Struthers. “It’s very exciting to bring the best festival films on tour to such a supportive community”.   Peter Hackney, Pink Mountains co-convenor said: “It’s indicative of the burgeoning LGBTIQ community in the Mountains that Mardi Gras has decided to expand outside its Inner Sydney heartland and come to our region. They’ve seen that we have a vital, rapidly growing queer scene and have responded accordingly.   “We congratulate the Mardi Gras Film Festival for thinking outside the box and we urge all local LGBTIQ people and visitors to support these film screenings wholeheartedly”, he added.   The screenings include:  REMEMBERING THE MAN – a bittersweet documentary further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man. This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival. Friday 11 March, 7pm.   The winner of My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize, will be shown on Friday 11 March along with REMEMBERING THE MAN. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).  LIZ IN SEPTEMBER - The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in this Venezuelan lesbian film. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating. Saturday 12 March, 6pm.  BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING - Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, this movie is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine. Saturday 12 March, 8pm.  TCHINDAS – A sensual and transporting documentary that reveals an open and multicultural corner of Africa seldom explored, follows the life of three queer artists as they prepare for a spectacular Carnival. Sunday 13 March, 2pm.  THAT’S NOT US – With beautiful cinematography, and nuanced and natural performances, this engaging dramedy about relationships is a breath of fresh air. Three couples – one gay, one lesbian, one straight - are on a weekend away at a beach house managing the intricacies, vulnerabilities, laughter and connection that comes with relationships. Sunday 13 March, 4pm.     -ENDS- Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: louise@calliduspr.com Hisense signs as the 10th Global Partner for UEFA EURO 2016™ 2016-02-02T03:55:29Z hisense-signs-as-the-10th-global-partner-for-uefa-euro-2016 2, February 2016, Melbourne Australia - UEFA and Hisense Group are proud to announce its Global Partnership of the UEFA European Championship 2016, the first-ever sponsorship deal with a Chinese company in the championship’s 56 year history.   Hisense will also sponsor other UEFA organised national team football competitions until the end of 2017, including the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Futsal EURO™ 2016, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship™ 2017, and the UEFA Women's EURO™ 2017. "This new partnership once again takes the Hisense brand to another level. Without a doubt the UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious global football competitions, and with more than a billion football fans watching the matches every season, this new partnership presents unprecedented opportunities for both parties, said Hisense Australia's head of marketing, Andre Iannuzzi. "The Hisense brand continues to support global sports to bring even more powerful brand awareness which will surely resonate here in Australia as football is an extremely popular sport down under." Commenting on the deal, Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director of UEFA Events SA said: “We are excited to welcome Hisense, one of the fastest growing Chinese brands in Europe and America, as part of our UEFA EURO 2016 partners’ family. The tournament will offer Hisense a platform second to none to continue their international growth thanks to its established global appeal and brand values. We look forward to working closely together with them in a mutually beneficial partnership that will also further promote the best of European football to millions of fans in China.” Vice President of Hisense Group, Mr Cheng Kaixun, addressed: “I am honoured we will have the opportunity to be a Global Partner for UEFA EURO 2016. Hisense has been leading Chinese companies in endorsing sports around the world, and we are glad that sports marketing have been an important driver for our worldwide success in the past years. The partnership with UEFA will further boost Hisense’s brand value, and we are excited to celebrate the finest European football with fans from across the globe.” Hisense, now one of the top three TV manufacturers in the world, will join UEFA’s exclusive global partner family with Adidas, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Continental, Hyundai-Kia, McDonald’s, Orange, SOCAR and Turkish Airlines.  Hisense has been the team supplier to Red Bull Racing, title sponsor of Hisense 250/ Hisense 300/ Hisense 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series and primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing, official supplier of television and refrigeration of the Australian Open with naming rights to Hisense Arena, and the official premium partner of FC Schalke 04. With the sponsorship rights, Hisense will organise a series of public viewing events alongside UEFA EURO 2016 from June to July across Europe.   Doggy Winery Cinema - Take the Lead on Date Night 2016-02-01T23:04:17Z doggy-winery-cinema-take-the-lead-on-date-night Fancy dinner, wine, tasting and a movie with your best friend? Join us for a night in the vines at our Doggy Winery Cinema. Witchmount Winery, only 25 minutes from Melbourne is the picturesque vineyard, where our unique and exclusive outdoor Doggy Winery Cinema under stars, will be hosted. Grab a blanket, a lead and your best friend, we have everything else sorted for you. The evening includes dinner, personalised wine tasting, a glass of wine/beer/cider/soft drink and the heartfelt movie – Oddball. Our caring team will be on hand throughout the night, helping you find that pawfect patch of grass, hold a lead or maybe just take your gorgeous pooch for a 5 minute walk while you grab another wine, no problem! An amazing array of 3 different paellas awaits you (vegan/vegetarian, meat and seafood) with only the most carefully selected ingredients which are 100% gluten free, dairy free, healthy, and very delicious!  It is aromatic, fresh, looks amazing and is a colourful delight on the plate, all created with theatrical flair by the chefs on the night. Come and experience a personalised wine tasting on the lawn before dinner then select a glass from  a range of local beverages to accompany your paella. Choose from a glass of Witchmount wine, Holgate beer, Daylesford cider or Hepburn soft drink. A complimentary gift bag includes a treat for the pooches and bottle of water. Read More What is LED Lighting? the lighting guide for energy saving lamps 2016-02-01T22:55:49Z what-is-led-lighting-the-lighting-guide-for-energy-saving-lamps What is LED lighting? A LED light is a light-emitting diode (LED) based product that is fixed into a light bulbs for use in lighting sources. They utilize slightly less energy than CFLs and lighting brands claim LEDs last 20,000 to 50,000 hours. That is around 18 to 46 years when used three hours a day. LEDs right away light up, even in sub zero temperatures, and lifespan is not affected by regularly turning them on and off. Some of the LED light bulbs can dim as low as good old incandescent bulbs. Benefits in using LED lighting In the recent days with the significant price drops on LED lights it positions itself as the best lighting alternative over other lighting technologies in the market. Let’s look at few major benefits of LED lighting here. LED light bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs Available in a variety of colour temperatures Not sensitive to cold environments Produce next to no heat or UV emissions Available in dimmable varients Able to withstand heavy vibrations and rough handling due to the lack of a sensitive filament Can be cycled on and off frequently without shortening the lifespan Longest average life expectancy of all incandescent replacements, lasting up to 25 to 50 times longer Comparing LED lights lifespan with other technologies Long lifetime stands out as the number one benefits of LED Lighting. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation. Lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright while LEDs maintain their original brightness throughout their lifespan. Therefore surely it will add up to the economic side at the end reflecting on energy bills. Alternate lighting technologies Incandescent Light bulbs Incandescent lights are your inexpensive, tried-and-true light sources. However, they are very energy-inefficient compared to newer fluorescent or LED lights, and as you may have noticed, they don’t last very long. Perhaps the most popular incandescent light bulb is a 60-watt bulb with a medium base, which is typically used in a ceiling fan or lamp. Due to government regulations, you are no longer able to easily purchase standard incandescent globes in the market. Halogen Light Bulbs Halogen lights are most popular in landscape lighting or automotive headlights. They produce bright, far-reaching light, and they also tend to emit a lot of heat. They are often used as outdoor reflector bulbs or infrared lights in heat lamps. Fluorescent & Compact Fluorescent Lamps Fluorescent lights are often made in a tube shape and used in commercial ceiling fixtures. Sometimes, fluorescent tubes are also used residentially in kitchens or garages. Since fluorescent lights are much more energy-efficient than incandescent lights, compact-fluorescent lights (the swirly light bulbs) have been made to replace them. Fluorescent lights come in special plug-in styles too, which are usually used commercially or outdoors. Read at : LED Lighting, the lighting guide for energy saving lamps All about LED Lighting Benefits & Advantages of using energy efficient LED Lighting How LED Lighting compared with Fluorescent Lamps How to choose the right LED light bulb for your Fixtures Dimmable or Non-Dimmable options in LED downlights DIY Replacement LED downlights - Points to Remember Personal duress with a difference 2016-02-01T07:54:21Z personal-duress-with-a-difference Introducing the world’s smallest personal panic button! The React Sidekick is the fastest way to reach a wide network in an emergency. When an app alone is not enough – pairs with the React Mobile safety app via LE Bluetooth 4.0. Get help fast when your phone screen is locked or phone is out of reach with one click activation. The React Sidekick helps you reach a wide network so they know where you are and that you need help. Paul Delaney, Myionu Sales Director says " The React Mobile Sidekick package is a low cost low worker safety device that works in harmony with existing smartphone devices and is the ideal solution for business and groups such as students who need a safety solution but have been put off by ongoing service fees and charges"  The React Mobile Sidekick  is a one-off purchase with no monthly service fees or charges. The sidekick is priced at just $134.99 including GST ONE CLICK IS ALL IT TAKESWe’ve found the fastest way to reach a wide network of people when it matters the most. With just the click of a button, your custom contact list is alerted, giving you peace of mind.GPS AND TRACKINGWhether you’re on a nightly run, a first date, exploring the world abroad or working, your Sidekick will be with you when you need it.NEVER FEEL ALONEBuild your own custom list of contacts you trust the most. When an alert is sent your network is notified of your GPS location and that you need help.WEAR IT OR CARRY ITThe React Mobile Sidekick comes with both an activity clip for runners and athletes, and carabiner clip that is perfect to attach onto keychains, backpacks and purses. More info New ride share player Splend host interview opportunity in Sydney 3 Feb. 2016-01-31T23:09:14Z new-ride-share-player-splend-host-interview-opportunity-in-sydney-3-feb Splend, the preferred vehicle provider to individuals wanting to enter the ride share industry, but do not have a compliant vehicle, are setting up interview and photo opportunities this Wednesday morning in Sydney. The CEO of Splend, Chris King will discuss the future of ride share in Australia, reference Deloitte's Access Economics findings published this morning (uberX delivering $80m in consumer benefits) and offer 8 case studies (uberX drivers using Splend vehicles) to interview since their recent success in the disruptive share economy. Email maggie@frontleft.com.au to register your interest. www.splend.com.au MEDIA RELEASE 1 February 2016 SPLEND EXTEND RIDESHARING OPPORTUNITIES TO HUNDREDS OF AUSSIES With 10-15% of uberX applicants not owning a car or having a vehicle older than nine years, Splend is helping remove one of the barriers to entry for prospective ridesharing applicants. Splend, an Australian start-up founded by entrepreneur Chris King, is helping open up economic opportunities for hundreds of Australians looking to earn a flexible, well paid, income on the uberX platform. In just over six months, Splend has had a significant impact on helping more than 350 Australians access the economic opportunities provided by the uberX platform – by offering uberX applicants the option to access a low-cost, brand new, and fully insured vehicles as a service. The Splend vehicles are sourced and serviced primarily through Automotive Holdings Group (AHG), Australasia’s largest automotive retailer with 179 vehicle franchises at 102 locations across Australia and New Zealand. “More and more people are seeking economic opportunities provided by ridesharing now that regulation has passed in NSW and the ACT. This is also evident amid new estimates the rideshare industry has contributed more than half a billion dollars to the NSW economy in the past year,” says Splend CEO Chris King. AHG managing director Bronte Howson is pleased to be able to work with Splend to meet the needs of the rapidly changing ride-sharing sector. “The partnership offers Splend’s customers a broad range of vehicles and offers AHG exclusive sales and service volumes,” said Mr Howson. “It is a very positive partnership for both companies and an example of how AHG is well positioned to provide vehicles and after-sales service to the emerging ride-sharing sector.” As the popularity of ridesharing continues to increase Chris says Splend is along for the ride. “One of the benefits of ridesharing is the opportunity to be your own boss offering access to well paid income and a flexible timetable compared to taxi drivers who are locked into 12 hour shifts,” says Chris. Benefits of a vehicle subscription service through Splend: 1. Full service vehicle provider with no lock in contracts: At $275 per week, Splend drivers have access to a new vehicle (valued at approx. $40,000) including registration, stamp duty, business grade comprehensive & compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance, and servicing. This also includes the upgrade of a new vehicle every 12 months to ensure Splend have the best fleet on the road. 2. Comprehensive insurance: Splend has access to Australia’s ONLY fully comprehensive vehicle insurance for ride-sharing services to protect both drivers and passengers. 3. Driver Benefits and Rewards: drivers are incentivised by rewarding them with holidays and monthly rewards if they are measured the safest driver by utilising the latest telematics technology installed throughout the Splend fleet. 4. Flexible lifestyle: To offer as many people the opportunity to build their own business and be flexible enough to dictate their own working hours. To monitor driver accountability, Splend has partnered with FleetRisk, behaviour technology ensuring each driver is cognitively tested before their application is approved. All Splend-licensed vehicles are also fitted with Mercurien BetterDriver telematics, to track on road behaviour and driver safety. “WA and TAS are expected to follow suit in the coming months by introducing ridesharing regulation. Following the ridesharing regulation in NSW, we have received thousands of applications from new candidates interested in becoming an uberX driver and obtaining a vehicle through Splend. Both interest and demand have tripled, so it’s an exciting time for the rideshare industry,” says Chris. To interview Chris King on the future of ride sharing and his expected surges in 2016, and to meet Splend Partner-Drivers to hear how their lives have been changed since obtaining a vehicle from Splend, join Splend for their meet and greet using Sydney harbour as a backdrop for photo opportunities and brunch. Event details: Bradfield Park next to Broughton Street car park, Kirribilli SYDNEY. Wednesday 3 February 2016 11:00am – 12:00pm. Transport and brunch provided – please register to be collected from your office by a Splend Partner-Driver who will be happy to discuss his experiences in ride sharing on the journey. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Maggie Elliot Front Left Communications 0418 744 479 Maggie@frontleft.com.au ABOUT SPLEND Aussie start-up company Splend has become Australia’s leader in vehicle supply for on-demand services, providing new employment opportunities and a fresh take on vehicle management. For small business individuals who can’t afford to finance their own vehicle Splend is an affordable vehicle solution that comes with training and a mentoring team to help Partner-Drivers become their own boss. www.splend.com.au Replacing your LED downlights - Points to Remember DIY 2016-01-28T23:51:22Z replacing-your-led-downlights-points-to-remember-diy Right, you are now ready to install your LED downlight yourself. Interesting fact is still many folks opt for halogen or compact fluorescent downlights, however we must consider LED downlights consumes less power as compares to other fixtures and thus would make one save on the power bills. Another benefit that is making those go green initiatives take a new shape is that LED fixtures do not emit anything that is harsh on the environment, no rays, no heat and no toxic elements. Also, LED downlights are a better option than other lighting as they are designed to last. Different downlight fixing options We stock different downlight fixture options such as In a downlight with spring clips In a downlight with twist front face plate/ flexible push in clips In a downlight where the face plate comes off  Few points to remember before start replacing your LED Downlights Always switch off power supply before commencing work. Operating temperature range of the lamp should be between -20°C and 45°C ambient. Over-heating can affect lamp performance. Only use in indoor applications and in open fixtures providing 10mm free air space. Ensure the fixture has the appropriate lamp-holder. Do not use or install the lamp in highly dusty or smoky environments. It is recommended that you install the lamp only after construction is completed. Input voltage should be +/-10% the amount stipulated in the specifications. If LED lamps are dimmable with compatible mix of transformers and dimmers, actual dimming performance depends on dimmer type (refer to the recommended dimmer & transformer list). Please note the different combinations based on the type of lamp and number of lamps. Not intended to use with emergency light fixtures or exit lights or DC transformers. Customer may notice a one second flicker during star tup. This is normal and will not affect lamp performance and lifetime. Relative humidity in the installation should not exceed 80% Relative Humidity. Do not install in bathrooms, kitchens and wet areas. These lamps have no tolerance to water. Lamps must be protected from the ingress of salt air. Do not install the lamp close to medical equipment/televisions/studios/radio areas. Certain lamps include a fan to assist performance. Noise might be audible in silent environment. (Applicable only to a range of dimmable lamps) Products are not subjected to more than total of 20,000 fast switches (time between “on” and “off” should be less than 10 minutes). Electrical installation in which the product operates must not be subjected to voltage fluctuations. The mains supply should have surge or over voltage protection equipment. It is also recommended that all lamps on one transformer share the same brand. Read More : DIY Replacement LED downlights - Points to Remember All about LED Lighting in Australia LED Lighting – the lighting guide for energy saving lamps Benefits & Advantages of using energy efficient LED Lighting How LED Lighting compared with Fluorescent Lamps How to choose the right LED light bulb for your Fixtures Dimmable or Non-Dimmable options in LED downlights Success Guru Shares Secrets to Overcome 100 Rejections 2016-01-28T09:50:03Z success-guru-shares-secrets-to-overcome-100-rejections Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2016 -- Motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson is passionate about inspiring people to keep on track with their goals and "live a life you love." "Unfortunately," Anderson shares, "rejection and failure have opposite plans for us.” “Continuously being rejected, failing, and hearing ‘no’ can be devastating,” Anderson shares. “It can leave confidence at rock bottom and risk-taking forever on hold.” But according to Anderson, rejection is a “part of success’s weeding out game.” “Very few of us wouldn’t love to experience more success in our bank accounts, relationships, health…wherever,” Anderson says. “But the reason more people don’t is because they cut the connection string between success and themselves too easily.” The author of six motivational books, including A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose, Anderson is also 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, 2015, 551 mayors and cities made the unique declaration and recognized those in their local communities who were going the extra mile in order to create change and make a difference. “None of us are exempt from failing and hearing ‘no.’ In fact, anybody who isn’t hearing ‘no’ enough isn’t setting his ambitions very high,” Anderson says. “What I see most, however, are people living disappointed lives not because their initial goals lacked size, but because of their commitment to weather the ‘no’ storm.” Recognized for having interviewed hundreds of people who have moved past failure, rejection and tragedy in order to accomplish their goals, Anderson offers four tips on how people can stay motivated when their results aren’t motivating. First, Anderson says it is important to have an overwhelming purpose and passion to succeed. “If our resolution to succeed is weak, continued rejection eventually pushes us to quit trying and, instead, drives us into excuse mode. Those who succeed, despite failure after failure, have unstoppable fortitude.” Second, Anderson shares, “Never forget you are the cue ball. When the cue ball goes into motion, the other balls on the pool table go into motion, too. If you hear ‘no’ once, twice or ten times, don’t let it stop you from playing. Assume from the beginning that it will take the cue ball being set into motion 100 times in order to eventually succeed.” Third, Anderson says, “Keep sharpening your ax.” He continues, “Hearing ‘no’ dulls our confidence and desire. The duller we get, the duller our results become. Stay sharp by exercising daily, reading empowering books, and hanging out with inspirational people,” Anderson shares. Finally, Anderson states, “Never stop going the extra mile. If you’re hearing lots of ‘no’ in your life, turn ‘no’ around by adding more value to your offer or effort. Put more of you into whatever you are doing…more time, more creativity and more effort.” Contact: Shawn Anderson Los Angeles, CA 310-402-4826shawn@shawnanderson.comhttp://www.shawnanderson.com Melt hearts at The Star this Valentine’s Day 2016-01-28T01:28:17Z melt-hearts-at-the-star-this-valentine-s-day Love is in the air at The Star Sydney this Valentine’s Day, with sweet offers and romantic events to spoil your special someone. Take your affections to new heights on Sky Terrace rooftop bar with champagne at sunset, overlooking the city skyline and sparkling Sydney Harbour, before an intimate dinner at one of The Star’s signature restaurants, including BLACK by ezard, Osteria Balla Manfredi and Sokyo, where degustation menus have been lovingly crafted especially for Valentine’s Day. For an extra spot of indulgence, treat your sweetheart to a little pampering at The Darling Spa or sweep them off their feet with a decadent weekend getaway at The Darling Hotel. Special Valentine’s Day offers and events include: SIGNATURE DINING BLACK by ezard Indulge in a lavish five-course menu at The Star’s contemporary Australian grill, BLACK by ezard this Valentine’s Day. With extraordinary harbour views, premium service and a lux interior, BLACK oozes romance. Guests will be treated to an exquisite, expertly prepared degustation of fish and chips with a twist – scallop sashimi in sea urchin custard with wakame, edamame puree and honey yuzu dressing, before moving onto delicate toothfish and BLACK’s signature wagyu mbs 9+ flat iron steak. Finish with an indulgent warm couverture ganache with hazelnut, cherry and mascarpone ice cream. The five-course dinner is $150 per person, plus matching wines with an early sitting at 5:30pm-8:00pm and second seating at 8:15pm. Bookings essential via Guest Services on 1800 700 700. Osteria Balla Manfredi Let renowned Italian chef, Stefano Manfredi take you and your loved one on a memorable culinary journey through his homeland with a delectable five-course menu set to a backdrop of uninterrupted harbour views. Guests will be treated to divine, contemporary Italian dishes including zucchini flowers with ricotta and truffle, zucchini puree and macadamia, and a decadent dolce of chocolate profiteroles with raspberry cream- the ultimate indulgence. The five-course dinner is $134 per person or $190 with matching wines. Bookings essential via Guest Services 1800 700 700. Sokyo Embrace the taste of Tokyo over a shared set menu for two, designed especially for Valentine’s Day by Sokyo executive chef and Japanese cuisine master, Chase Kojima. Taste exceptional seasonal creations such as Pacific oysters in plum wine and lime granita, venison loin with sansho, and chocolate furikake. The set menu is $100 per person. Bookings essential via Guest Services on 1800 700 700. ENTERTAINMENT Sky Terrace Celebrate Valentine’s Day with sky-high drinks and citywide views atop Sky Terrace. Cuddle up with your loved one while enjoying a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and delicious chocolate fondue for only $120, while listening to the ultimate summer playlist from resident DJs – the perfect soundscape to the panoramic views over the water and city skyline. Open 3pm to 10pm. THE DARLING SPA If you’re looking for the most relaxing setting in the city for your special someone, book a 90 minute treatment at Sydney’s most lovingly detailed luxury hotel spa. They’ll receive a glass of Chandon Brut on arrival plus a complimentary sweet treat. The Spa offers a full range of treatments including skincare, facials, massage wellness, body treatments and more. Paying homage to romance, the Valentine’s Day special will be available for the whole month of February. Bookings available at thedarling.com.au/thespa or on 1800 800 830. For more information about Valentine’s Day at The Star on Sunday, 14 February 2016, visit www.star.com.au/valentinesday or phone 1800 700 700. -ENDS- About The StarThe Star is Sydney’s only world-class casino and entertainment destination. The Star offers award-winning chefs and restaurants, luxury hotel accommodation and serviced apartments, a 14-room day spa, an international designer retail collection as well a world-class casino and international nightclub Marquee. The $100 million Star Event Centre is a state-of-the art multi-use venue and has hosted more than 250 events since opening in January 2013, including The AACTA Awards, The ARIA Awards, The Premiere of World War Z, charity events for the Starlight Foundation and Thomas Kelly Foundation and international talent such as Ricky Martin, Seal, Cold Play and Alicia Keys. For more information or enquiries, visit www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700. Choosing the right mix of LED lighting - LED lighting education 2016-01-28T01:05:07Z choosing-the-right-mix-of-led-lighting-led-lighting-education 3 Kinds of Light – Choosing the right mix of LED lighting One essential (but neglected) aspect of your home’s lighting design is the right mix of brightness levels. You want to be able to chill in comfort – in the exact same space where you’ll also very probably eat, read, watch TV or even work from home. That means your LED lights really need to be designed and installed with flexibility in mind. Background vs Feature vs Working Lights At LightOnline, whenever we’re working on a new LED project, we start by splitting its light-sources between three different light levels: - Background light - Feature light - Working light Depending on the location and its range of uses, a project may need one, two or all three types of lighting. Let’s discuss each in a little more detail below. Background Lighting Flat, even lighting. Background light is the equivalent of traditional home ceiling light sources. LEDs can provide this kind of illumination easily and efficiently (we recommend warm white 5W or 10W LED tapes for the purpose, depending on the size of the location) – but to get full advantage from the possibilities LEDs offer, you’ll want to consider adding Feature lights and Working lights too.   Feature Lighting Accent or decorative lighting. These are the lights that give your room warmth and detail. Use brighter LEDs to highlight fixtures and points of interest, and more subtle LEDs to add texture. Feature lights can include plinth and under-cabinet LED tapes in kitchens, drop ceilings, LED spotlights and LED colour strip lights in living rooms, or cool white highlights in bathrooms to pick up mirrors and porcelain surfaces. Working Lighting Lights to let you see clearly and concentrate. Working lights are bright and focused on locations where you need to see what you’re doing. Your LED working light needs to fit with your task. Kitchen countertops need bright uniform lights for food preparation. If you’re reading in bed, then some well-placed working light will stop you straining your eyes. In a workshop environment, good illumination is essential to get the job done right, whether you’re doing car maintenance or DIY. And with the number of people freelancing and working from home skyrocketing over the past five years, there’s a lot of us who want to create a professional-standard office space at home.   Colouring In with LEDs Most LED home lighting projects are built around white LEDs. But even with white light, there are still choices to be made. The majority of our customers like white light with a warm (rich, earthy yellow) tint, which matches traditional halogen lights – especially in living spaces, dining rooms and bedrooms. But for kitchens or bathrooms, office spaces, or for very contemporary homes, you can think about using cool whites instead. Cool white working light for food preparation White light is measured on the colour temperature (Kelvin) scale, with warm whites rating approximately 3000 Kelvin and cool whites around 5000 Kelvin. Warm whites are great for relaxing, while cooler shades produce better light to work by. For comparison, overhead daylight is rated at roughly 5000k. For feature lighting, LEDs let you do far more with colours. You can add single-colour accent lights in red, green, blue or amber – or why not give yourself more control and more possibilities by installing LightOnline’s colour changing LED strip lights? Available in RGB or RGBW versions, these brilliant market-leading LED products let you mix light to create literally millions of shades and colours at the touch of an easy-to-use control. Read at : LED Lighting, the lighting guide for energy saving lamps All about LED Lighting Benefits & Advantages of using energy efficient LED Lighting How LED Lighting compared with Fluorescent Lamps How to choose the right LED light bulb for your Fixtures Dimmable or Non-Dimmable options in LED downlights DIY Replacement LED downlights - Points to Remember Ballarat Bridal Expo 2016-01-27T02:56:01Z ballarat-bridal-expo Mercure Ballarat is one of the region’s premier wedding reception venues. Celebrate your wedding in your choice of boutique function rooms or one of the three stunning ballrooms all of which are surrounded by magnificent gardens perfect for wedding photos. For couples planning their wedding, Mercure Ballarat is the host venue featuring up to 50 varied and specialised wedding exhibitors to meet, greet and inspire you for your special wedding day, your way! Be amongst the first 50 brides to be to receive a beautiful pamper bag. *Take your seats early for an outstanding bridal fashion parade at 12.30pm showcasing bridal wear for the whole bridal party *Win a romantic dream destination honeymoon to Angourie Rainforest Resort – where the rainforest meets the sea staying 7 nights valued at $3,100 courtesy of The Bride’s Diary * Exhibitor specials, offers and prizes on the day only at this very exciting summer bridal expo where all things bridal come alive! So, no matter if you’re wedding planning is just beginning, in the middle or at an end, the Ballarat Bridal Expo will always surprise you! We can’t wait to welcome you and your guests to the Ballarat Bridal Expo at The Mercure Ballarat this coming February! Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day at $10.00 each, children 15 years and under, admitted free of charge. Diarise this date and we can’t wait to welcoming you there!https://business.facebook.com/events/1551941171798772/?business_id=10153267645433379 Lighting guide for energy saving lamps - Looking at benefits of LED lighting 2016-01-26T22:56:58Z lighting-guide-for-energy-saving-lamps-looking-at-benefits-of-led-lighting What is LED lighting? A LED light is a light-emitting diode (LED) based product that is fixed into a light bulbs for use in lighting sources. They utilize slightly less energy than CFLs and lighting brands claim LEDs last 20,000 to 50,000 hours. That is around 18 to 46 years when used three hours a day. LEDs right away light up, even in sub zero temperatures, and lifespan is not affected by regularly turning them on and off. Some of the LED light bulbs can dim as low as good old incandescent bulbs. Benefits in using LED lighting In the recent days with the significant price drops on LED lights it positions itself as the best lighting alternative over other lighting technologies in the market. Let’s look at few major benefits of LED lightinghere. LED light bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs Available in a variety of colour temperatures Not sensitive to cold environments Produce next to no heat or UV emissions Available in dimmable varients Able to withstand heavy vibrations and rough handling due to the lack of a sensitive filament Can be cycled on and off frequently without shortening the lifespan Longest average life expectancy of all incandescent replacements, lasting up to 25 to 50 times longer Comparing LED lights lifespan with other technologies Long lifetime stands out as the number one benefits of LED Lighting. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation. Lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright while LEDs maintain their original brightness throughout their lifespan. Therefore surely it will add up to the economic side at the end reflecting on energy bills. Alternate lighting technologies Incandescent Light bulbs Incandescent lights are your inexpensive, tried-and-true light sources. However, they are very energy-inefficient compared to newer fluorescent or LED lights, and as you may have noticed, they don’t last very long. Perhaps the most popular incandescent light bulb is a 60-watt bulb with a medium base, which is typically used in a ceiling fan or lamp. Due to government regulations, you are no longer able to easily purchase standard incandescent globes in the market. Halogen Light Bulbs Halogen lights are most popular in landscape lighting or automotive headlights. They produce bright, far-reaching light, and they also tend to emit a lot of heat. They are often used as outdoor reflector bulbs or infrared lights in heat lamps. Fluorescent & Compact Fluorescent Lamps Fluorescent lights are often made in a tube shape and used in commercial ceiling fixtures. Sometimes, fluorescent tubes are also used residentially in kitchens or garages. Since fluorescent lights are much more energy-efficient than incandescent lights, compact-fluorescent lights (the swirly light bulbs) have been made to replace them. Fluorescent lights come in special plug-in styles too, which are usually used commercially or outdoors. Read at : LED Lighting, the lighting guide for energy saving lamps All about LED Lighting Benefits & Advantages of using energy efficient LED Lighting How LED Lighting compared with Fluorescent Lamps How to choose the right LED light bulb for your Fixtures Dimmable or Non-Dimmable options in LED downlights DIY Replacement LED downlights - Points to Remember