The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-08-19T00:03:38Z Miss Burlesque Victoria crowning at Forum Theatre 2014-08-19T00:03:38Z miss-burlesque-victoria-crowning-at-forum-theatre The feathers will fly, the Swarovskis will sparkle and the props will shock and amaze you! Following the sold-out semi-final of Miss Burlesque Victoria, the final showdown to find Victoria’s contender for the Miss Burlesque Australia competition will be held at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre 2 (upstairs) on Friday, August 29. This is a rare opportunity to see Victoria’s crème de la crème in burlesque.  Competing for a place in the MBA Grand Final, to be held in Sydney will be Zelia Rose, Bella de Jac, Honey B. Goode, Bijou, Loli Box, Bettie Bom Bshell, Magenta Rose, Domino de Jour, Petra Dish and Caterina Vitt. Now in its fifth year, Miss Burlesque Australia is a Cassandra Jane Presents production and is the first competition in the world to combine all elements of burlesque performance and personality as essential ingredients for the crown. The title of Miss Burlesque Australia will be awarded to the best overall performer across a range of activities including Traditional, Neo and unique interpretation of burlesque. The Miss Burlesque judges are also looking for a winner who is committed to promoting a stronger community of burlesque in Australia, and promote Australian burlesque internationally. Tickets are $53.00 + BF (group bookings available).  VIP Tickets are $63.00 +bf.  On sale now through Ticketmaster.  Miss Burlesque Victoria is an 18+ event. Story Time Monsoon Camp Emerges As A Blockbuster Event 2014-08-18T12:08:36Z story-time-monsoon-camp-emerges-emerges-as-a-blockbuster-event Kids from all across the City of Joy finally had something to cheer about during the Independence Day weekend. Story Time Club organized a 3-day Monsoon Camp in Kolkata - and the response among children was overwhelming indeed! Story Time Club had conducted several such children’s camps in Australia and the United States, but this was the first time Kolkata was witnessing an exclusively kids’ event. Understandably, the representatives of Teknowledge Software were initially unsure about the event’s success. Their dedication, planning and sheer hard work paid off though - with the Monsoon Camp winning kudos from parents, teachers (from Tender Care Montessori & Day Care - the venue), and of course, the little ones. In an exclusive interview, the CEO of Teknowledge mentioned that it was a conscious decision to start the camp on Independence Day. The event kicked off on a patriotic note, with flag-hoisting and a round of cultural programs. The first day was mostly about registrations, subsequent discussions and parent-counselling sessions. Things really got moving from August 16. Gauging by the volume of registration requests coming in via telephone and the official event website ( - the volunteers of Story Time Club adopted a smart approach. Participants were divided into two different time slots (the morning or the afternoon slot), according to the parents’ convenience. Interestingly, the original registration fee for the Monsoon Camp was Rs. 300 - and the Club members made it a free event only days before it started. The tremendous enthusiasm and buzz about the Monsoon Camp was the sole cause for this. Day 2 of Story Time Monsoon Camp witnessed fantastic participation from the toddlers from Tender Care Montessori School. Over 250 kids were present in all - with the youngest camper being all of one year old!  The owner of Story Time had a chuckle in her voice as she recalled how the birthday festivities of the little boy were blended in the program itinerary for the day. Babies from the all-day creche section thronged to the camp as well. The biggest surprise for the organizers was, however, waiting on the final day of the camp (August 17, Sunday). Phone calls and emails for last-minute registrations kept pouring in - till the time the event was ‘houseful’. The agents from Story Time Club revealed that they tried to accommodate as many kids as possible on the last day, and even then, some parents had to go away disappointed. In fairness, the organizers had been advising people to get their registrations done earlier, to avoid the rush. The afternoon slot of Story Time Monsoon Camp (2pm to 4pm) was comparatively more popular, as a reliable source from the Club highlighted. The list of events were identical for both slots though - right from the drawing/painting sessions, origami, and freestyle dance session (that was indeed a very active session!), to digital storytelling, tattoo-making and free dental check-ups. In the afternoon slot on August 17, special singing and dancing (solo) were arranged for as well. In-house judges ranked the performances of the children in the various disciplines, and the top-3 from each walked away with book prizes, chocolates and a Certificate of Merit from Story Time. Buoyed by the grand response to the Monsoon Camp, the Story Time team is already planning for a series of similar such seasonal events, on a grander scale. The feedback from parents (which the volunteers duly collected) also indicated that they were eager to make their children a part of camps of this type. The next kids’ event by Story Time Club is expected to be announced soon. For further details about the Monsoon Camp as well as the printed storybooks that Story Time Club publishes, visit For clarification of all queries, send emails to or call (033)40649087. Story Time already has a mobile storytelling app for kids that enjoys worldwide popularity, and it is all set to become a successful children’s event organizer as well. WIN A ZOOM H5 HANDY AUDIO RECORDER 2014-08-18T08:20:56Z win-a-zoom-h5-handy-audio-recorder The New Zoom H5 Audio recorder provides four tracks of simultaneous recording and, like the Zoom flagship H6, it can use all Zoom interchangeable input capsules, allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. The flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create multi-track recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic news gathering.Attend David Green's session "Creating Great Audio From Your DSLR" in Melbourne at the Educational Photo Expo on 6th September 2014 and you could win a fantastic Zoom H5 Handy Recorder valued at $450. This is a great prize for the novice who wants to do much more or the professional who can!Visit for more information about David's session in Melbourne and Brisbane. Latest Futuresource research shows Epson significantly increasing market share in home and business projectors 2014-08-18T04:15:14Z latest-futuresource-research-shows-epson-significantly-increasing-market-share-in-home-and-business-projectors The latest FY14Q1 projector market share results released by specialist research and consulting firm Futuresource Consulting shows gains for Epson Australia and Epson New Zealand (Epson ANZ) in almost all categories surveyed, with both companies’ combined total market share in projectors increasing 8.3% to 51.3% compared with the same quarter last year. The 8.3% rise can be attributed to a growing trend in larger screen projector applications for business and home users, the fact that bigger (60+ inches) flat screen panels are often cost prohibitive and that projectors have continued to move into new markets that involve increased interactivity and wireless projection.   Futuresource Consulting covers market research in areas including Consumer Electronics, Entertainment Content & Delivery, Education Technology, Print & Imaging, Professional Display Technologies, Broadcast Equipment and Optical Disc Manufacturing and is widely acknowledged as one of the industry standards.   The Futuresource figures are broken down into two main categories, business and home. In business Epson has increased its market share 9% to 52.2% and in home it’s up 5% to 46.6%. As the number one vendor Epson has also pioneered many of the technologies that have led to the overall 8% growth of the projector market including wireless projection, bring your own device (BYOD), increased collaboration, smarter meetings and most recently Finger Touch enabled interactive projector solutions.   It’s in the area of interactive projectors that Epson ANZ dominates as the technology continues to replace expensive interactive whiteboards. The company has enjoyed significant success with interactive finger touch projectors for educational institutions and is launching its interactive finger touch projector for the business community, MeetingMate, at the Integrate 2014 show ( on 26 August at Homebush in Sydney.   Epson Australia General Manager for its Business Division Craig Heckenberg said, “The latest set of Futuresource results confirm our ongoing commitment to producing high quality products that represent excellent value for money whilst being underpinned by first class partners in the Pro AV, IT and retail channels.”   Fore more information on Futuresource Consulting go to: Warm Reception at Rendezvous Festival Ribbon Cutting 2014-08-17T23:47:39Z warm-reception-at-rendezvous-festival-ribbon-cutting Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting for the Rendezvous Festival on the lawn of the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island August 7, 2014. This warm, oceanfront reception brought scores of people out to welcome the Festival to Amelia Island. Formerly the Amelia Island Film Festival, Rendezvous will become the 1st film, music and gaming festival in NE Florida and SE Georgia. The evening began with a retiring of the Amelia Island Film Festival name and logo, followed by an exciting ribbon cutting with Chamber Ambassadors, and an introduction of the Festival’s Board of Directors who were present for the ribbon cutting:-VP, and VP Marketing Travis Cloyd-Sponsorship Coordinator David Garland-Volunteer Coordinator Margo Story-Film Selection Committee Coordinator Julia Ferreira-Event Coordinator Michael Smith-Advisory Board Team Members Mark Sutcliffe and Mr. Kim Dawson-Chairman and CEO for Rendezvous Festival Randy Bowman (and Emcee for the evening) Why the Name Rendezvous? It is an homage to the Evan’s Rendezvous, located in American Beach, a music club that once hosted famed musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Billie Daniels, and Ray Charles in the 1930′s, 40′s, & 50′s in a special beach community that was created for inclusion. It is a goal of the Festival to recognize the proud history that the Rendezvous represents and its contribution to the entertainment industry. sponsors of the evening included the Chamber of Commerce, Fast Signs, Amelia Island Museum of History, and the Ritz Carton. Jazz music was provided by blue muse. Rendezvous Festival 2015 will be held June 5 – 13, 2015, with nine days of festive events being held throughout Amelia Island. Planned evenings include themes like International, Bollywood, and James Bond Casino Royale. There will be an American Beach Tribute, and presentations on topics like animation, and interactive media (Gaming, Digital, and Social Media). Included in the events is a three day interactive film expo with exhibitors from throughout the film industry. You can expect midnight screenings, multiple concerts, after hours social events, red carpet events, a golf tournament, and an exciting Closing Award Program with dinner and live music at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. For more information visit the website: Is It Safe to Friend a Dead Guy on Facebook? 2014-08-15T07:04:04Z is-it-safe-to-friend-a-dead-guy-on-facebook Mishawaka, IN, August 14, 2014 -- No-holds-barred satire pokes fun at society’s widespread digital addiction, raising red flags about its potential destructiveness and offering a poignant commentary on who and what is actually evolving. Is technology advancing more rapidly than its users? For Steve Krupnik, the answer is a clear and resounding yes. The author of the new book Is It Safe to Friend a Dead Guy on Facebook? believes there’s a tragic epidemic occurring around us, a dreadful disconnect between human beings and the real world we live in. He explains, “We are paying frightfully little attention to our real-world surroundings because we are addicted to digital devices.” Is It Safe to Friend a Dead Guy on Facebook? begins on a typical Tuesday morning at the office. Krupnik is just finishing a writing assignment when he notices an email from Facebook. He starts to delete it but then realizes he’s being invited to connect with a friend. This friend has recently died. What follows, explains Krupnik, is a humorous, barroom-style treatise on the digital age, an exploration of how devices are negatively impacting users’ lives, and pointed commentary on how this pervasive new addiction closes people off from the real world around them. Frank but friendly, Krupnik notes, “It’s been my experience that the people in this world with the least amount of mental and spiritual strength also happen to be digital junkies. Coincidence? I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, I’ll prove it to you in this book.” Smart phones, social media, video games, texting – Krupnik addresses them all in turn, combining his writing with illustrations to create what he calls “a one-two punch” that yields a humorous and insightful look at the digital age and how it negatively affects our quality of life. He comments, “I’m fascinated with people’s relationships with their devices. I’m hoping my book will help society realize we need to swallow a healthy dose of reality and find balance between our digital lives and our flesh-and-blood relationships.” He adds, “Readers may disagree with my perspective, but it’s hard to deny that digital devices are changing our lives in ways that may not be in our best interests.” Book Information: Is It Safe to Friend a Dead Guy on Facebook? by Steve Krupnik Published by Cloud Ten, Inc. Category : Humor Paperback : 978-0692021958 - $12.99 Kindle : ASIN: B00LFPS0FQ - $2.99 Audio Book : $14.95 Availability :,,, and Review copies are available upon request. AUTHOR: Steve Krupnik began his entrepreneurial life when he secured his first newspaper delivery route as an eight-year-old boy. He is an author, publisher, and business coach who has built, bought, and sold numerous businesses during his career. He is now the leading consultant in his business niche, and he writes and develops workbooks, audio courses, coaching programs, and informational videos and newsletters for businesses in various industries. He feels that his life experience has made him an expert at observing humankind and human nature. He lives with his family in Indiana’s South Bend area. Contact: Steve Krupnik Dead Guy on Facebook 808 Trailridge East, Mishawaka, IN 46544 Phone - 574-259-0772 Fax - 888-289-8557mail@deadguyonfacebook.com Facebook: ONLY 7 DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE PHOTO EXPO IN BRISBANE 2014-08-14T23:30:49Z only-7-days-to-go-before-the-photo-expo-in-brisbane Listen to some of the best photographers in the country. Learn how to get quality audio from your DSLR. What camera gear to pack when travelling. How to "shoot" wildlife in darkest Africa. Get the low down on taking the best food shots and turn them into a stunning recipe memory book...move over "Masterchef".Then talk to the experts on the exhibitor stands and see what products are now on the market. There is so much more at the Educational Photo Show in Brisbane.Bring your digital camera into the Expo and have Anderson Camera Repairs check your sensor for FREE!Make it a day for the family. Does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced professional you will get something out of the day.For more information about the Expo visit or call 02 9686 3188 5 Secrets to Staying Motivated...Even After Your 100th “No” 2014-08-14T06:13:27Z 5-secrets-to-staying-motivated-even-after-your-100th-no Marina del Rey, CA, August 14, 2014 – Continuously being rejected, failing, and hearing “no” can be life deflating. It takes a toll. It can leave confidence at rock bottom, risk-taking permanently on hold, and goal-setting a forgotten passion. But according to motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson, feeling rejection is just “part of success’s weeding out game.” “Very few of us wouldn’t love to experience more success in our bank account, relationships, health...wherever,” Anderson says. “But the reason we don’t is because we cut the connection string between success and ourselves too easily.” Anderson, the author of six books, is passionately dedicated to empowering others to stick with goals and “live the life they love.” Besides writing and speaking, Anderson is the Founder of Extra Mile America, an organization which will lead an estimated 500 cities to declare November 1, 2014, as “Extra Mile Day”... a day to recognize the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile. “No one is 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, though, are people living disappointed lives not because their initial goals lacked size, but because their commitment to weather the “no” storm does.” Anderson offers five tips on how we can stay motivated when our results aren’t motivating: 1. Have an unstoppable purpose. “If we desire a goal with every fiber in our being, we will have the power to get past ‘no,’” Anderson shares. “If our passion is deep enough, when someone whispers the words ‘you can’t’ in our direction, we won’t listen long enough to quit on ourselves.” 2. Screw excuses. “People who make excuses regarding their performance soon make excuses to stop performing,” Anderson says. “Don’t let ‘no’ be a strike to our egos. Let it be a chance to polish our thinking.” 3. You’re the cue ball. “Striking the white cue ball sends all the other balls on the pool table into motion. Likewise, it’s our action that puts others into action. If we’re not landing enough success, it’s because we’re not striking the cue ball enough.” 4. Sharpen your ax. “Hearing ‘no’ dulls our confidence and desire. The duller we get, the duller our results become, and the more we will hear ‘no.’ Stay sharp. Exercise daily, read empowering books, and hang out with inspirational people,” Anderson shares. 5. Always go the extra mile. “If you’re hearing lots of ‘no’ in your life, turn ‘no’ around by going the extra mile and adding more value to your offer or efforts. Value added leads to opportunities opened,” Anderson says. For more information about Shawn Anderson, visit or write to For more information about Extra Mile Day (November 1), visit Bio: Shawn Anderson is a six-time author, keynote speaker and motivational success coach. His "go the extra mile" philosophy and ability to produce winning results have been praised by political leaders, Olympic Gold Medal and world record holders, and media outlets around the world. Contact: Shawn Anderson Marina del Rey, CA 310-402-4826shawn@shawnanderson.com EP launch tonight at The Evelyn 2014-08-14T01:59:46Z ep-launch-tonight-at-the-evelyn Debut album launch of Eukariaon is due on Friday August 1st, but the bands' official scream out starts tonight for Melbourne audiences at The Evelyn Hotel.  Jerome Rault Media Produced the video for "Her Name" - An incredible journey through the lead singer's love life that sees the 6 foot plus, bearded band members shaving all and trading women clothes to get into the ex-girlfriends' skins - almost literally.   The live act is theatrical and reflects their genuinely skilled band members' talents - a must see.  Starts from 8:30 pm tonight.  Be there or be one of those people 10 years from now who says "I almost went to their first gig but...". The Pawfect Father’s Day Present 2014-08-13T08:16:51Z the-pawfect-father-s-day-present Get a jump on Fur-ther’s Day this year and give him a gift like no other. Dads of two or four-legged kids will love A Doggy Winery Tour from Gourmet Pawprints! This all-inclusive tour runs on 14 September, so there is still time to book in this unique experience. Bring your dog and travel by bus to the Mornington Peninsula experiencing wine, cider, olive oil, and cheese tastings along with off-leash romping at Flinders Beach. Morning tea is also included to enjoy on the way. Dad’s leisurely lunch takes place at Red Hill Epicurean, which will impress even the most discerning dads. Book the Doggy Winery Tour to the Mornington Peninsula on 14 September and take home a gift pack from Diesel, Doggy host with the most. The gift pack is full of goodies including a ‘Wine Dogs’ book, apple cider and juice from Mock Red Hill, together with fruit chocolates. Don’t miss out on this ‘pawfect’ Father’s day gift! Bookings are essential so please visit to secure your spot and Gift Pack.    T&C's: Valid only for 14 Sept tour when booking 1 adult and 1 dog ticket. One gift pack per adult/dog ticket. To be eligible please type, "Pawfect Fathers Day" in the booking form section called, "promotion name."   Childcare Centre in Perth Introduces Art for Babies 2014-08-13T07:13:57Z childcare-centre-in-perth-introduces-art-for-babies Perth, WA, 13 August 2014 - Many day care centres in the Perth area have some kind of art for toddlers, but Cuddles Childcare Centres have introduced an art program for babies called “Let’s Squiggle.” Let’s Squiggle is the brainchild of operations manager Michelle Novatscou, who is proud of the new program. Ms Novatscou noticed that, during art time, babies seemed to be interested and often enthralled watching the older children participate in art. Eventually, some babies were given crayons and paper. To the surprise of the staff at Cuddles, the babies seemed to enjoy art just as much as the toddlers did and kept their attention on scribbling just as long as the older children did. Ms Novatscou feels that Let’s Squiggle combines imagination and planning to create an experience that is memorable and enjoyable for the babies. Early feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. Immediate BenefitsParticipation in the arts can be extremely helpful in the development of a child. For babies and toddlers, there are immediate benefits because they are developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They are also developing the right hemisphere of the brain, which is often neglected when education is confined to math, science and reading. The human brain is usually more effective when both the right and left hemispheres are developed. General Benefits of the ArtsChildren who participate in the arts tend to view problems with a more open mind and are able to formulate more creative solutions. They learn not only to observe and analyse better; they can also better interpret and describe what they see. Children who learn the arts find non-verbal as well as verbal ways to express feelings and are generally better at critical thinking than those who don’t participate.  Another benefit is that in the process of learning the language and vocabulary of the arts, children learn about cultures other than their own and learn to collaborate with others regardless of background.Into AdulthoodAdults who studied the arts as children tend to perform better and attain higher positions in their careers than those who didn’t. This is usually attributed to better problem solving skills and the ability to see problems from more than one point of view. Participation in the arts also seems to increase self-esteem and the ability to socialise with others, often allowing them to “climb the ladder” in their profession more easily than someone of equal talent who didn’t study the arts.According to Ms Novatscou, “There are numerous documented benefits to starting children early in the arts. For us, Let’s Squiggle is a way that we can let our babies participate and have fun. In addition, it fits in with our goal of helping our children learn through play.”Ms Novatscou concluded, “Let’s Squiggle is fun for the babies. If it helps establish an early pattern of participation in the arts, it’s even better.”Cuddles Childcare Centre has three locations in the Perth area. Their motto is “learning through play” and they provide a host of innovative programs such as Let’s Squiggle, Jolly Phonics and Jessie’s Art Time. To learn more about them or for contact details, visit their website: EVERYONE'S CRUSHING ON CURVES 2014-08-13T04:09:07Z everyone-s-crushing-on-curves-1 Baby got back! Kim Kardashian and J-Lo have known it all along, but curves are smoking in the fashion world right now. The exclusive Pirelli Calendar has announced that for the first time in its 50 year history, a plus-size model will be one of the stars. Fashion retail juggernaut Mango has also launched its own plus-size line starring BELLA’s Robyn Lawley. Premiere agencies Models 1 in the UK, Wilhelmina in the USA, and Bella Models in Australia have teamed up with powerhouse casting site StarNow to find the next curvaceous stars of the fashion world. The winner or winners will be signed to at least one of these three global modelling agencies, joining the likes of Robyn Lawley, Bree Warren and Fiona Falkiner, who are signed by Wilhelmina, Models 1 and Bella, and are taking the fashion world by storm. The agencies are looking for girls with fresh faces, great smiles, loads of confidence, and of course curves. This could be a dream come true for anyone who is proud of their curvy figure and wants to launch their career as a top model. To find out more, go to:  Nicole Sinclair from Models 1 “We are looking for models that have an amazing face with good skin, bone structure and jawline, curves in the right places and a great personality. It’s important they photograph well too.” Marissa Muscari from Wilhelmina Models “Having a healthy, toned and proportioned figure is also something that we look for when booking a model.” Chelsea Bonner from Bella Models “We also and almost more importantly look for women with a natural confidence and ease with themselves. We love models with personality and a positive outlook on life in general.” The StarNow Curve Model Search is open to females worldwide who are aged 14 – 25. It is free to enter and runs from 4 – 29 August 2014. To enter, go to FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE STARNOW CURVE MODEL SEARCH PLEASE CONTACT:  Jasmine Taggart on email NOTES FOR EDITORS StarNow is the leading audition and job website for models, actors and extras, dancers, photographers, stylists, and musicians. Launched in 2004, StarNow connects talent with industry professionals and has over three million members worldwide. Join us today at Models 1 Britain's leading agency, Models 1, was established in 1964. The agency originally started with only three models and progressed at an accelerated rate to become one of Europe's leading agencies, especially after discovering some of the world's top supermodels such as Twiggy and Yasmin Le Bon. Their most famous models include Alessandra Ambrosio, Amber le Bon, Cameron Russell, Coco Rocha, Hollie-May Saker, Linda Evangelista, Will Chalker, Francisco Lachowski and Miles McMillan to name a few. Wilhelmina Models W Curve is a leading force in the market representing women sizes 10 – 16 and servicing a broad spectrum of premier fashion clients including Ralph Lauren, H&M, and Lane Bryant. W Curve talent can also be found gracing the covers and pages of Vogue Italia, Marie Claire France, Dazed & Confused and the runways of New York, Milan, and London. In addition to the division’s celebrated faces, W Curve proudly represents an illustrious group of rising stars ready to take the market by storm. Bella Models BELLA model management is Australia's premier award winning model agency for fashion models sized 10 to 18. BELLA models feature regularly for Australia's most renowned fashion brands and magazines and also represent many of the most in demand size 10 - 18 models around the world. Founded in 2002 BELLA model management's mission is now and always has been to ensure healthy beautiful women with curves are represented throughout fashion and media industries. BELLA’s team has received acknowledgements and awards from Australian of the Year nomination to winner of the positive body image awards and its director Chelsea was voted one of Australia’s top 100 most inspirational women for 2013.'s upcoming webinars alert from West Binary 2014-08-13T02:06:29Z binary-com-s-upcoming-webinars-alert-from-west-binary teams up with professional traders regularly to provide you with a series of complimentary webinars covering an extensive range of key topics, including full-scale technical analysis, Forex, Commodities, Indices, Sectors and much more. All webinars are FREE of charge and you may sign up using any of the direct links below: Successful Trading in 20144 August 2014 at 18:00GMT (7pm UK Time) Join Gareth Ryan for this interactive webinar as he looks at creating a successful trading strategy for 2014. Participate to learn how to approach risk and how to manage risk. This is an intermediate level event and a Q&A session will follow at the end of the session. How To Time Trade Exits19 August 2014 at 18:00GMT (7pm UK Time) During this webinar Chris Svorcik will demontrate the various techniques that traders can use to determine when to exit a trade. Participate and take part in a Q&A session at the end of the event. How To Trade Sugar Using Binary Options20 August 2014 at 18:00GMT (7pm UK Time) Join Phil Carr and Nik Kalsi as they analyse the markets LIVE and show you how to identify trading opportunities on sugar and commodities. Pitchfork Trading Strategy on Forex27 August 2014 at 18:00GMT (7pm UK Time) Join Dr. Ehab Gubil for a LIVE webinar as he demonstrates the pitchfork trading strategy. Participate to find out how to apply this strategy to your own trading and take part in a Q&A session at the end of the event. To ensure that you receive a recording of the events, please subscribe to any of the events that you're interested in, even if you're unable to make it for the live session.  Lucy Nelson awarded Sri Lankan Writing Fellowship 2014-08-12T23:27:37Z lucy-nelson-awarded-sri-lankan-writing-fellowship Ms Nelson has won a return airfare from Melbourne to Colombo in Sri Lanka, a 30-day tourist visa, internal transfer costs, accommodation, full board (all meals) and an A$1,000 spending allowance.   The one-month fellowship will send Nelson to Templeberg Villa in Galle, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, before the end of this year.   Nelson will use her time there to work on a novel-length manuscript set within rural Sri Lanka about secrets that make slaves of their keepers. “There is nothing that could more usefully serve the development of my project than being plunged into its spicy, sticky setting,” she said.   Having spent six years as an ‘adopted’ member of a Sinhalese family in Melbourne (including some time in rural Sri Lanka learning to speak Sinhala amidst extended family), Nelson says that the sensory awakening she experienced there has continued to haunt her. “Through this project, I am attempting to capture the evocative elements of that culture, and to use this landscape of quiet constant rhythms as a complementary setting to a narrative that is both gripping and lingering,” she explains.   Eleven writers were shortlisted for the residency, which attracted high-quality applications from writers from nearly all states and territories of Australia.   “Writers in Australia are so fortunate to have opportunities like this one and I'm incredibly grateful to have been considered,” Nelson said upon receiving the fellowship.   The international fellowship is a philanthropic initiative of the Australian based owners of Templeberg Vila, Christopher Shields and Brent Carey.   "Both Brent and I are delighted to offer this fellowship, again this year, with Lucy as the recipient.   ''As a philanthropic contribution, this long-term commitment to the Australian writing community is fairly modest, but our hope is that the funding will contribute positively to the lives of Australian writers and our adopted home country of Sri Lanka.   “ It is very important to us that the fellowship will allow an Australian writer to pursue their artistic endeavors  but to also reach out and touch and be touched by the landscape and people of Sri Lanka” says Shields An international judging panel was chaired by acclaimed Sri Lankan-based author Royston Ellis, along with Victorian travel writer Michelle Aung Thin, winner of last year’s fellowship Michelle Wright, Carey and Shields.   “I can't wait to be back in Sri Lanka and get to work,” Nelson said. TROPFEST INVITING FILMMAKERS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 2014-08-12T22:36:33Z tropfest-inviting-filmmakers-through-the-looking-glass Organisers of Australia’s most prestigious short film festival, Tropfest, are calling filmmakers as entries officially open for the 2014 Festival. Heading to Sydney’s Centennial Park for the second time and with a sunny December date, Tropfest Australia 2014 is planned to be bigger than ever. The Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) this year is ‘MIRROR’, and has already led to some interesting interpretations. One entrant for this year, Director and Writer David Boulton has been working on a dark-comedy about the notorious Sydney drug scene. He plans to tell the story of what goes on behind closed doors and the personal encounters dealers face. The film stars Melbourne comedian Ronny Chieng, who has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has worked alongside US comedian Dave Chappelle. Boulton plans to make a unique and interesting interpretation of this year’s TSI, through one of many different angles that audiences are sure to see on December 7. Another entrant, musical theatre teacher and filmmaker Dianna Nixon, plans to integrate the issue of homelessness and displacement through the collaboration of music and art in her entry. Set on a winter day in Canberra, the musical is expected to have a strong community involvement. “We start filming with a ‘concert scene’ that will involve a 30 voice five–part choir, five musicians, up to 400 in the audience, plus film crew and support team – probably 500 people altogether,” Nixon says. “This year’s TSI is an interesting one and it will be great to see how filmmakers incorporate it creatively,” says John Polson, Festival Founder and Director. “We’re expecting to see some incredible stories.” Entries for this year’s Tropfest open on August 13 and will close on October 2, 2014. Films must be no longer than seven minutes and must include this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): “MIRROR”. It is completely up to entrants as to how they interpret and include the TSI in their film and filmmakers are encouraged to be as creative or as literal as they like. This year’s Festival is expected to be Tropfest’s biggest yet with scores of filmmakers around the country competing for the chance to be one of the 16 finalists whose short films will premiere live to a national audience of around 150,000, as well as broadcast free-to-air on SBS 2 to an even bigger home audience. A panel of industry and celebrity judges will select a winner live on the Festival Night, with the First Prize-winning filmmaker to take home an incredible prize pack including: a brand new Toyota, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives thanks to Motion Picture Association and the Australian Screen Association plus a Nikon D800 + $2,000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories. Filmmaking is no longer only for those with a foot in the industry's door. DSLR cameras, which have long been a staple for photographers, are fast becoming the most popular way for emerging and established filmmakers to shoot films.   Designed to give filmmakers an accessible outlet to express their creativity, the Nikon DSLR Film Category will showcase the versatility and capabilities of video recording technology in DSLR cameras. Currently around 50% of Tropfest entries are shot on DSLR, with Tropfest anticipating this figure to continue increasing.   The winner of the Nikon DSLR Film Category will receive a brand new Nikon D610 and $3000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories. All films entered into this category are also eligible to be selected for the big prize as one of the Official Finalists in the main competition.   Tropfest Australia also recently launched its inaugural #TROPVINE Competition, which is open to entrants all over the globe and is the first official Vine competition in Australia. The competition has proved to be a great platform for people to brainstorm and have fun with the TSI. The six second Vine film competition runs over eight weeks with entries open until midnight on September 21, 2014. The shortlist will be unveiled on September 22 and the winner will be announced on September 27 with some great prizes up for grabs. Visit for details. Tropfest had humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst where an eager crowd of 200 showed up to watch a short film screening that Tropfest founder John Polson had organised. Twenty two years on, Tropfest attracts a live audience of around 150,000 in Australia and the Festival has grown internationally with standalone competitions in New Zealand, South East Asia, New York and the Middle East. For festival details, screening venues and regular updates on all things Trop visit:Website:   Instagram:  MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Eastment: P: 02 8065 7363 M: 0435 918 466 Amber Forrest-Bisley: P: 02 8065 7363, M: 0405 363 817  Editors Notes  About Tropfest   Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. Founded in 1993 by film director John Polson as a small screening for family and friends at Sydney’s Tropicana Café, the Festival now attracts a national event audience of around 150,000 people. The event is hosted in Sydney with a live national broadcast on SBS 2. The short film competition is unique in that every film must be made specifically for Tropfest, will premiere at Tropfest Australia and include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which changes each year. 16 Finalists are selected from an average 650 entries. Tropfest has expanded internationally to include new competitions and festivals in North America, (New York), the Middle East, New Zealand and South East Asia.  Tropfest Live Television Broadcast After successfully broadcasting the event on SBS ONE in February 2013 and SBS 2 in December 2013, Tropfest will be shown live on SBS 2 for the next four years. SBS will exclusively broadcast the festival night as well as 13 weeks of additional Tropfest content in the lead up to the live event.  Entering Tropfest Australia 2014 The Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) is: “MIRROR”. All filmmakers must adhere to the following guidelines: Your film must be made specifically for Tropfest Australia 2014 Your film’s first public screening must be Tropfest Australia 2014 Your film must be no longer than 7 minutes (including titles and credits) Your film must contain the 2014 Tropfest Australia Signature Item (TSI) ‘MIRROR’ Your film must be in 16:9 ratio Your film must be submitted to Tropfest Australia via our online entry system.  #TROPVINE The first official #tropvine competition will be open for entries from 7pm, July 27, 2014 – midnight, September 21, 2014.   Entrants need to create a six-second Vine video incorporating the Tropfest TSI – ‘MIRROR’ – and post it to Twitter using the competition hasthags #tropvine #mirror and @TROPFEST.   After the entry has been moderated, it will appear on the Tropfest website and then be open to a public vote. Up to 20 of the most popular Vines will be judged by an internal Tropfest jury.   The winning Vine-maker will be the recipient of a VIP trip to Tropfest Australia 2014, including Qantas flights to Sydney*, luxury accommodation at QT Sydney, Nikon camera gear, exclusive VIP tickets to Tropfest Australia 2014 and lunch with the crew from Twitter Australia! Anyone, from anywhere around the world, is invited to enter.   *Full terms and conditions of entry apply, and can be found at