The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-05-27T07:43:53Z Sydney Makeup Couses Releases New Makeup Class For September 13-18, 2015. 2015-05-27T07:43:53Z sydney-makeup-couses-releases-new-makeup-class-for-september-13-18-2015 Australia's leading makeup school, Makeup Mode, has just announced a new 6 day Bridal/Fashion course for September 13-18, 2015. This comprehensive makeup course has been designed for anyone who has aspirations to be a professional bridal or fashion makeup artist. Makeup Mode has already run three fully booked Bridal/Fashion makeup courses in 2015. Course information: The Bridal/Fashion course is run over 6 days from 10am – 4pm. (September 13-18, 2015). Cost: $1,650 Course content: Comprehensive makeup product introduction, basic colour theory, advanced colour identification techniques, black and white photography techniques, lip correction methods, face shape identification, professional contouring technique tutorials, eyebrow masterclass session, lash and eyeliner techniques, bridal makeup techniques, smokey eye workshop and advanced fashion/editorial skills. Student requirements: No previous training is required for students wishing to enrol. How to register: Register at Sydney Makeup Courses. About Makeup Mode Makeup Mode is the leading makeup course provider in Australia. All of the courses at Makeup Mode have been designed to provide students with the skills and industry knowledge that is needed to forge a career as a professional makeup artist. The lead trainer at Makeup Mode is Susan Markovic, one of the most recognised names in the Australian makeup industry. Makeup Mode is focused on providing the highest standard of makeup education in Australia. With a wide range of courses that focus on editorial, fashion, bridal and catwalk makeup, Makeup Mode is the premier short course specialist in Australia. DAVID AND MARGARET REUNITE! 2015-05-27T00:21:21Z david-and-margaret-reunite David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, Australia’s most loved and best known film critics, have announced that they will come together again in January 2015 to lead Travelrite International’s Film Festival at Sea.  David and Margaret hosted the ABC’s highly successful ‘At the Movies’ TV program for 10 years and prior to that ‘The Movie Show’ on SBS.    David and Margaret will sail from Sydney on the five-star Celebrity Solstice on a two week cruise that will take them around New Zealand before returning to Australia.  Each day they will take over the ship’s cinema and jointly introduce some of their favourite films and screen them to a private audience.    David and Margaret will lead lively debates on the films screened and will invite members of their tour group to enthusiastically join in.  It will be like a return to old times with fine films, sometimes heated debates and always great fun.  The best of NZ's North & South islands will also be on show with plenty of sightseeing on offer.   For full details please visit or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343.   New Zealanders Using Big OE To Save Indigenous Wildlife in Africa 2015-05-26T21:00:16Z new-zealanders-using-big-oe-to-save-indigenous-wildlife-in-africa   Young New Zealanders are increasingly using their big OE to help wildlife conservation according to the founder of the International Working Holidays (IWH), the specialist overseas employment agency.  So popular are its overseas wildlife conservation projects that IWH has now added FreeMe, an African suburban animal rescue and rehabilitation programme to the range of volunteer adventures on offer to New Zealanders.  Vicki Kenny, IWH chief executive says that the organisation has been offering African Volunteer Adventures for over a year and has seen a huge amount of interest from young New Zealanders wanting to help with and learn about wildlife conservation. IWH works with TB-free lion breeding programmes, rhino and elephant projects as well as other accredited African wildlife conservation organisations.  She adds: `Our African Adventures have been so popular. In the first month alone we had more than 400 enquiries. Since then, it’s far exceeded our expectations. We’re hearing from a wide variety of young New Zealanders, but particularly those who are considering careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing or zoology and animal husbandry. But it’s not all about the big animals, such as lions, elephants and rhinos.’ FreeMe is a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife based in the north of Johannesburg. It was founded in 1997 by a group of trained rehabilitators who realised that there was not enough organised care for indigenous wildlife. Vicki explains: ‘Each year thousand of birds, mammals and reptiles living in Johannesburg gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries. Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe has filled this gap. New Zealand volunteers can learn about the specialised treatment from experts and help with care and rehabilitation of some amazing wildlife until they can be released. Many of them will bring that experience back to New Zealand where it may help improve our own conservation management.’ FreeMe assignments are available as two, four, six or eight week options. Volunteers taking longer options are offered various certified courses, which are aimed at helping prepare them for careers in animal care. These include: Orientation, feeding and cage care – given on arrival Clinic Skills – after 3 weeks on the project Animal First Aid – after 6 weeks on the project Ad Hoc Specialised [seasonal] courses: Bat Care, Bird Care and many more 
 Vicki Kenny says: ` Travelling to and finding volunteer projects in Africa is a big adventure, but a lot of people do need expert help in finding the right placement. We make it easy to organise and find the perfect volunteer holiday so you can experience a life changing adventure overseas, safely and legally.’   Further information: Vicki Kenny, IWH: 027 670 9968 Peter Boyes, BPR: 0275 540 500 June Doggy Winery Tours 2015-05-24T23:09:39Z june-doggy-winery-tours Are you looking for a unique and interesting article for your next journalist story? Dogs are such a wonderful source of enjoyment and happiness for many people.  Gourmet Pawprints truly understands the importance of ensuring dogs are a part of our social world. That is why we created Doggy Winery Tours. Dont leave your pooch at home alone, bring them with you this weekend June is a sensational month to be out and about. Clear skies, crisp fresh air and wonderful smell of winter.Gourmet Pawprints has 3 Tours with your dog during June Doggy Hike and Lunch Tour -  5 June - Mornington Peninsula - Merricks to Red Hill. Choose a 6 or 3 km walk or just relax over a glass of wine. You are rewarded with a 2 course lunch, wine and private wine tasting at the end. Join us in Port Melbourne or Merricks, either way our dog welcoming bus will chauffeur you back to your car. Read More Gumboots Yarra Valley Doggy Winery Tour - 14 June - Explore some great wine and food destinations, relax over a 2 course lunch, private wine tasting and all the fun a pooch can handle. Our dog welcoming bus has a seat for you and a seat for your pooch. Read More Gumboots Mornington Peninsula  Doggy Winery Tour - 28 June - This region just knows how to do food and wine. Join us for a day of Food, Wine and Walks with your dog. Read More THE OZ NIGHT MARKET TO HOST MAMMOTH CAR SHOW ON JUNE 27TH 2015-05-22T08:37:23Z the-oz-night-market-to-host-mammoth-car-show-on-june-27th The Oz Night Market - South East Queensland’s largest collection of international cuisine are to host a mammoth car show on June 27th presented by N.E.M.O, BrisNightLife and VQ Australia. As a local community initiative, The Oz Night Market are committed to producing regular fun, family orientated events to be enjoyed by the community. “The Oz Night Market was created for FOOD, FAMILY, FUN, ENTERTAINMENT, so for us it’s very important to be putting on events that draw in the local community. This is going to be a great event - Bring the kids and come see some awesome cars!”said Oz Night Market creators Edmond Wong and Cecilia Yan. After just recently celebrating their One Year Anniversary, this event sets a tone for what to expect from The Oz Night Market in their second year. “The Oz Night Market has gone from strength to strength since opening and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what the market has grown into”said Edmond and Cecilia. With over 400+ cars expected to show on the night, as well as a 12 metre Sky High slide for the kids, June 27th will be a great night out for the entire family. The Oz Night Market facilitate over 1,300 people each week and provide a platform for over 60 local businesses to sell their products. The Oz Night Market is held at 139 Brisbane Road, Booval from 5:30pm - 9:30pm every Saturday evening. Interviews, images and other promotional material is available upon request.  Taste trumps cheap deals as pizza-lovers go gourmet! 2015-05-21T05:12:05Z taste-trumps-cheap-deals-as-pizza-lovers-go-gourmet Queenslanders do it online, South Australians look for quantity over quality, and in New South Wales… they prefer to go gourmet! Pizza is one of the most popular takeaway foods across the world and a new survey has revealed what drives Australia’s love-affair with the tomatoey, cheesy circles – and which store we prefer to spend our hard-earned dough at. Consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue has surveyed almost 2,000 Aussies who have ordered takeaway pizza in the last three months to find out about our munching habits. Getting a pizza the action The survey found that 38% of pizza-lovers can’t resist adding extras like garlic bread, chicken bites or desserts to their order, especially those in their late 20s (50%). However, less than half of us (47%) always order from the same pizza store. “Everyone wants to get a great deal, but for most consumers it’s the taste of pizza that keeps them coming back for more,” said Head of Canstar Blue, Megan Doyle. “If a particular chain isn’t tickling our tastebuds, we don’t mind taking our cash elsewhere. “Ordering pizza has never been so easy, and with so much competition out there, the big chains have to try harder than ever to entice us – and then keep us. There’s a reason why they often bombard you with flyers and special offer vouchers! “The pizza store that can cook up the perfect balance of fresh ideas and great-tasting pizzas – at an affordable price – will be onto a winner. Even slow delivery time could be forgiven if your overriding memory at the end of the night is delicious pizza.” Just 15% of survey respondents said they tend to order low-fat options and a whopping 44% were perfectly happy to eat a whole large pizza on their own – with men (55%) more likely than women (33%) to go it alone. One in four (25%) tend to buy the cheapest pizza available, while 28% opt for quantity over quality from their order. But that might turn into regret for some people, with one in three (33%) feeling conscious about their size or appearance after eating pizza. Pizza takes a slice out of fine dining Aussies are increasing favouring premium pizza options, the survey found. Almost three out of five (58%) adults prefer to buy from the gourmet range of offerings – up from 52% in 2014. But we still love a bargain, with just 11% spending $50 or more on their orders. “Consumers are demanding more adventurous options, so the pizza chains need to regularly refresh their menus to keep us interested – whether it’s the toppings on offer, or what they stuff in their crust!” said Mrs Doyle. “Taste is king, but no one wants to eat the same pizza every time! “As consumers, we like to try something new and tell our friends about it. The pizza chains that deliver the big ideas are the most likely to attract our attention and get us talking, but if those latest creations don’t hit the right notes, it could be for all the wrong reasons. There is a fine line between genius and madness!” Our increasing app-etite for pizza Not only do 36% of survey respondents always order pizza online, but 22% have an app to do so, with those in their 30s (35%) the most likely to order with their smartphone. “Being able to easily modify your order, search through additional extras, and even track your order’s progress as it’s prepared, cooked and delivered, have become part of the pizza-ordering experience for many people,” said Mrs Doyle. “As a result, a pizza chain’s online service has never been so important, with consumers able to take their business elsewhere in a split second if a website isn’t easy to navigate.” How Aussies eat their pizza The survey revealed some interesting variations in our pizza-eating habits across the states. Respondents in Queensland (31%) had the biggest appetite for cheap deals and were most likely to order their pizza online (47%). Those in Victoria (25%) were least likely to order online. South Australians (37%) were the hungriest for quantity over quality from their order, the most likely to eat a whole large pizza on their own (50%) and the least image conscious after enjoying their feast (26%). West Australians (57%) were the most loyal to their favourite pizza chain and most likely to have a mobile app for ordering (27%), while those in New South Wales were most tempted by additional extras (40%), the most likely to order low-fat pizzas (17%) and the biggest fans of gourmet options (64%). What we want from different pizza chains The survey also revealed some fascinating insights into which pizza chains Aussies gravitate towards depending on what – or how much – we’re hungry for. Pizza-lovers looking for cheap deals and quantity over quality were drawn to Pizza Hut more than anywhere else, while those who ordered from Eagle Boys were most likely to include extra sides. And consumers who favour gourmet options were most likely to order from Pizza Capers. Which pizza chain do Aussies rate highest? The Canstar Blue survey asked respondents to rate the pizza chain they most recently ordered from across a range of categories, including menu options, special deals, delivery, taste and value for money. Pizza Capers and Crust earned five-star ratings for taste and menu variety, while Eagle Boys and Dominos got top marks for their special offers. Eagle Boys was deemed to offer the best value for money, but for the fifth year in a row, Pizza Cappers beat the rest for overall customer satisfaction. “Those who ordered through Pizza Capers reported fresh, quality ingredients, a great variety of unique – and unusual – toppings, and quick delivery time. That’s a recipe for success in anyone’s book,” said Mrs Doyle. “It also earned several nods of recognition for its vegetarian and gluten-free options. “Consumers are increasingly demanding high-quality, premium pizzas – and Pizza Capers is leading this pizza evolution. Congratulations to Pizza Capers for another outstanding result. To top the table for five straight years is a phenomenal achievement.” Pizza Capers General Manager, Yvette Shearer, said the brand continued to put the customer first year after year, with an increased focus on operational excellence putting franchisees’ focus on customer service over the past 18 months. “The past year or so at Pizza Capers has been about reinvigorating the operational excellence of our franchises, with a renewed commitment to excellent customer service, speedy delivery times and of course high quality, generously topped pizzas that look just as good as they taste,” said Ms Shearer. “It’s fantastic that our franchisees are getting recognised for the outstanding effort they put in each and every day to every single pizza they make and customer they serve!” Ms Shearer said the awards aligned with the bigger market trend towards healthy, real food and hand-crafted, gourmet products.  “The proof just keeps on coming in – consumers are rating gourmet pizza as the most satisfying product currently on offer from quick service restaurants,” said Ms Shearer. Your Hands Reveal the Secrets You Seek 2015-05-19T22:55:49Z your-hands-reveal-the-secrets-you-seek We all ask the question at some point. “Why am I here?”  We want to find fulfilment and purpose in our lives. The incredible truth is that the answer is all laid out for you, like a map, right there in your hands. Your fingerprints are your own unique signature and reveal your true life purpose, “We often go around in circles wondering what the heck we are doing and if we are on the right track, yet all the information we need is imprinted right here in our hands.” Says Andrea Putting, Hand Analyst and Soul Coach. “It’s amazing the difference in makes in people’s lives when they finally understand what their true potential is.” Our hands reveal to us our gifts and potential and how to make the most of them. While your hand shape and lines can change over life your Finger prints remain unchanged from 16 weeks in vitro. The Life Purpose Map shows us 2 important aspects of ourselves; the Life Purpose and the Life Lesson. The Life Purpose shows us what we have come in this life time to do and the Life Lesson is what we need to learn in order to achieve it. Knowing your life purpose empowers you in all areas of your life. You are finally awake to your true meaning and understanding of what will really make your heart sing. Scientific Hand Analysis, with over 40 years of study behind it, is a growing field which is proven to be incredibly accurate over other personality and life purpose analysis methods.  For more information contact Andrea Putting on 0418543727 Australia's favourite vintage-inspired fashion retailer launches Singapore online store 2015-05-18T10:07:37Z australia-s-favourite-vintage-inspired-fashion-retailer-launches-singapore-online-store Australia, May 18th, 2015: Review, one of Australia’s most regarded vintage-inspired fashion brands, is launching a dedicated online store for Singapore customers. The site will feature Review’s signature range of occasion wear, corporate and daywear styles hand-picked for the local market and priced in Singapore dollars. Review Australia’s Creative Manager Lisa Tyler said Review already has a dedicated following of women in Singapore, who love the Australian brand’s unique prints and fabrics, vintage-inspired designs, and feminine detailing. “We wanted to give our Singapore customers their own online store customised to the local market, so that we can continually improve their shopping experience,” she said. “Review’s collection of ultra-feminine dresses is designed for the significant events in a woman’s life, while our range of lady-like daywear dresses, elegant skirts and romantic blouses can be easily multi-purposed within a wardrobe to create versatile looks that are feminine and polished.” Review is renowned for its luxurious vintage style and eclectic prints and fabrics, producing its original designs and samples in-house at its Melbourne headquarters. For inspiration, Review designers travel to vintage stores and flea markets around Europe and America, searching for hidden gems that will inspire future collections. Review’s dedicated Singapore online store will feature signature dresses and occasion wear, and vintage-inspired looks that are appropriate to wear day and night, for work or the weekend. All of Review’s core collection is available from a size six, and its romantic sleepwear range starts in size small. As the wedding season in Singapore nears, Review’s collection of vintage-inspired dresses offers a timeless choice for bridal parties and wedding guests. Singapore customers will receive a fixed rate return satchel for effortless returns and, for a limited time only, enjoy FREE SHIPPING from the new website. Procular: Helping Customers In Choosing The Best Night Vision Binoculars 2015-05-16T01:34:15Z procular-helping-customers-in-choosing-the-best-night-vision-binoculars Procular is supporting its customers in choosing the best Monoculars and Night Vision Binoculars. The official website of the company released important information regarding how to choose the right binoculars.Speaking to the media, the spokesperson from the company said, “There are a lot of things to be considered when choosing the best Night Vision Binoculars. People need to consider the environment and purpose for the night time viewing. Some other factors include image quality, system light gain, system resolution, and photosensitivity.” He further added, “We are providing a complete range of the finest quality Monoculars and Night Vision Binoculars in our range. Procular is well-known for offering the best quality optics at cost effective prices and we aim to continue offering the same in times to come.”Procular is recommending five best Night Vision Binoculars and Monoculars for 2015 which include theYukon Hornet 5X50 Night Vision Monocular, Yukon 1X24 Night Vision Monocular with Head Mount, Pulsar Edge GS 3.5X50 Night Vision Binoculars, Yukon 1X24 NV Tracker Night Vision Goggles and Pulsar Quantum HD19 Thermal Imaging Camera. Procular is offering a wide range of Night Vision Binoculars and Monoculars in various categories that include Digital Night Vision (Recording), Thermal Imaging Cameras, Gen 1 Night Vision1, Gen 2 Night Vision, Night Vision Binoculars/Goggles and Head-Mounted Night Vision among others. All the products are manufactured by reputed brands. Procular’s range includes all kinds of night vision binoculars. The company also offers free express delivery for the customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Procular also presents their 60 days money back guarantee on their products.  They have been serving both experienced professionals and amateurs affiliated with the field of optics, digital imaging and binocular.About ProcularProcular is an Australia based company that deals with different kinds of optics. The products provided by the company include binoculars, telescopes, night visions and microscopes.The aim of the company is to provide quality products and services to their customers.Contact Information:Contact Person:Harry GoldenContact Number:(02) 9199 Osborne Road, Manly, NSW 2095 Sublimation Rules Polo Shirt Printing in Perth Sports World 2015-05-14T05:28:54Z sublimation-rules-polo-shirt-printing-in-perth-sports-world Perth, WA, 14 May 2015 - A printing process called sublimation has become a game-changer in the business of sports apparel, especially when it comes to polo shirt printing. Traditionally, sports uniforms have been customised by embroidery or screen printing. Embroidery is traditionally used on hats and polo shirts, while screen printing is used on t-shirts and jerseys. In the case of polo shirts, the fact that they were usually embroidered made them problematic for sports. The embroidering process covers a small area. Usually, polo shirts are embroidered with one logo or design on one side of the chest or sometimes a logo on one side and a name on the other. A large design or multiple logos is problematic and very expensive for polo shirts.Due to the introduction of sublimation, however, it is easy to print any design required on a polo shirt. What is Sublimation?Sublimation is a process in which special dyes are absorbed into the fabric. The process is computer-driven. This allows for full-colour printing and even for pictures. Sublimation provides the ultimate in flexibility for any printed apparel. For polo shirts, it opens up a new world. Instead of one logo and one name, a polo shirt can now be adorned with multiple logos and an ornate design. Even a photograph can now be printed onto a polo shirt. Two Examples of Sports UsageImagePak Marketing, who provide polo shirt printing and other promotional products from their Perth facility, recently used sublimation polo shirt printing for two sport teams. The first was for the Geraldton Buccaneers, a basketball team that plays in the WA SBL. They wanted polo shirts for their supporters. They wanted to outfit their supporters in polo shirts instead of t-shirts to make them stand out. They also wanted multiple logos in multiple positions on the shirts. ImagePak Marketing was able to give them the design and colours they needed to make their shirts unique. The Rossmoyne Rhinos play footy in the Masters Football League. They needed jerseys for players and polo shirts for coaches. They were able to take full advantage of sublimation printing to produce extremely attractive uniforms and shirts. Sublimation and Sports ApparelScott Eaton is the owner of ImagePak Marketing. He has spent his entire adult life in his family’s business. He has seen the landscape for sports uniforms and printing change drastically since the days when screen printing was the only high-quality option for printing sports uniforms. According to Mr Eaton: “The introduction of sublimation printing has been a game changer for local sporting teams. Because we can now sublimate dyes straight into the fabric, any local team can have uniforms that look like they were custom made for them at the factory. In addition, because the design is computer driven, we can reproduce any design a sports team wants.”Mr Eaton concluded: “We can make a local team look as good as a national professional team.”ImagePak Marketing provides polo shirt printing and promotional products in Perth. They carry a wide range of apparel and promotional items for sports, business and charity applications. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 658 745 or visit their website: Is retirement measuring up? 2015-05-13T23:56:44Z is-retirement-measuring-up With the cost of living going up each year, it’s hard to imagine how much you’ll need for your retirement. But, the latest figures suggest that if you’re aiming for a comfortable lifestyle in retirement you’ll need to save about $510,000 for a couple or $430,000 for a single person1. And, it would be even more if you want to enjoy some of the finer things in life. So what will this amount afford you in retirement? To find out, enter the Bridges Retirement Lab and see how you measure up and whether you’re on track to live the retirement you want. What’s the Bridges Retirement Lab? The Bridges Retirement Lab is an online tool that lets you test out various retirement scenarios in three easy steps: Step 1:Picture your lifestyle in retirement Step 2:Test if your savings, super and investment strategy measure up to meet the retirement lifestyle you want Step 3:View your results, see what action to take and how financial advice can help. This steps allows you to view and download your personalised results.   Financial advice makes a difference To discuss and understand what the results of the Bridges Retirement Lab mean for you, make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner. We have an established alliance with Bridges, to provide our customers with financial advice. In fact, Bridges has been helping Australians prepare for their retirement for over 25 years. A Bridges financial planner will develop a plan specifically for you; one that’s tailored to your needs and circumstances, to help you achieve your goals, both in the lead up to retirement and during retirement. Make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner John Addario and call 02 9906 8005 or visit the Bridges Retirement Lab. The initial consultation is complimentary and obligation free. 1 Source: ASFA retirement standard December quarter 2014. Assumes receipt of part age pension. Bridges Financial Services Pty Limited (Bridges). ABN 60 003 474 977. ASX Participant. AFSL 240837. Bridges is part of the IOOF group. This is general advice only and has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situation and needs. Before making a decision based on this information, you should assess your own circumstances or consult a financial planner or seek taxation advice from a registered tax agent. In referring customers to Bridges, Laboratories Credit Union does not accept responsibility for any acts, omissions or advice of Bridges and its authorised representatives. Consumers demand transparency from hire car companies 2015-05-13T01:14:20Z consumers-demand-transparency-from-hire-car-companies Aussie motorists are demanding complete transparency from hire car companies – but aren’t always getting it, according to a new study. Over half of rental car customers have found costs misleading, and almost one in four have disputed additional charges after returning a vehicle, consumer research service Canstar Blue found. But many will only have themselves to blame for failing to read the terms and conditions of their agreement. “Hiring a car is a serious responsibility, but it’s very irresponsible of motorists to enter into such an agreement without thoroughly reading the small print first,” said Canstar Blue General Manager Megan Doyle. “If you are driving a vehicle worth thousands of dollars it’s important to know exactly where you stand should something go wrong and what fees you may incur. It’s worrying that so many consumers are going into the process blind. “But it’s also concerning that many people have experienced a lack of transparency over costs. The operators should be doing everything they can to make all costs involved as clear as possible, including insurance, which many customers cited as a major frustration. “People don’t mind paying a reasonable price to hire a car, as long as they receive good customer service, and complete transparency over costs and potential fees.” Drivers of hire car satisfaction % of respondents Transparency of costs and fees 31% Customer service 31% Value for money 14% Availability of vehicle booked 10% Booking process 8% Availability of accessories ordered 6% Source: Hire Car survey 2015 The survey, of 736 drivers who have hired a car in Australia within the last year, found that 81% always inspect their vehicle and 37% take pictures of it before driving off. Despite that, 43% fail to thoroughly read the terms and conditions of their contract. Fifty-seven per cent often find the original quoted price of renting a car turns out to be different from the price they are charged and 23% have disputed additional charges after returning it, usually relating to damage. “Some drivers claim to have been charged up to double the original quoted price, while others have been left waiting months for security deposits to be returned,” said Mrs Doyle. “Other common complaints include not being able to pay by debit card and charges for refuelling. “Nothing frustrates people more than being hit with unexpected fees, but unfortunately these are disputes that consumers are unlikely to win. Thirty-one per cent of survey respondents did not realise that operators could debit their card for an unlimited amount to cover vehicle damage and breach of contract. “It’s crucial that consumers thoroughly review the vehicle damage report and terms of their rental agreement, and don’t underestimate the significance of what they are doing – because it could cost them. If the contract is confusing and hard to understand, then don’t agree to it.” What you need to know when hiring a car Stephen Moir, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of WA, said some motorists are guilty of underestimating the additional charges that can come with hiring a car. “Many consumers fail to educate themselves on the fee schedule and additional fees that may apply – such as those for additional drivers, location fee, drivers under the minimum age, petrol, excess kilometres, damage to the vehicle and late return of vehicle,” he said. “Consumers should ask lots of questions and find out what the fees and charges are for the hire company they choose. It’s important to remember that different companies have different hire conditions. I recommend that consumers keep a note of their activity every day – for example, keep an eye on how many kilometres you’ve travelled each day to ensure that you don’t exceed the daily kilometre allowance. “It’s very important that the consumer conducts their own checks of the vehicle along with a representative of the hire company. If you notice any defects it’s imperative that they are noted in the hire contract. The hire contract is a document which protects both the consumer and the hire company. If a default is NOT noted on the hire contract it doesn’t exist at that point it time. Customers should ensure they receive a copy of the hire contract and are satisfied that all defaults are accounted for.” To make sure your next car hire experience goes smoothly, here are some tips on what you should do – and questions you should ask. ·         Find out what documents you will need Most companies will need you to present a valid driver’s licence and credit card at pick-up. International visitors will usually need their country licence, international licence and passport. Most companies need to sight these documents in their original format and many won’t accept photocopies. ·         Check the vehicle before you take it It’s important that you check the vehicle before you take it.  If you notice any defect on the vehicle you must notify the company and ensure that they have documented it in their records. If it is not in their records when the vehicle is returned, they may not accept other evidence such as photographs. ·         Find out what fees and charges apply Reputable companies will be able to outline all of their fees and charges. These could include additional drivers, location fee, drivers under the minimum age, petrol, excess kilometres, damage to the vehicle, late return of vehicle, returning the vehicle to a different location and credit card surcharges. You should be able to get a list of all fees and charges in writing. ·         Is there an age requirement for the driver? Many companies have an age requirement of 21 years or over. Drivers under this age may be required to pay additional charges. ·         Do I need to pay a bond? Many companies will require a bond to be paid when you pick up the vehicle. This will depend on the type of vehicle you hire. ·         Do I need insurance? Insurance is not compulsory but it is strongly recommended. Hire car company insurance packages are usually fairly low cost and in the event that something occurs it could save the consumer a lot money – and stress.  It’s important to remember that from the time you take charge of a hire vehicle you are financially responsible for any loss or damage to the vehicle or any loss or damage to third party property as a result of using the vehicle.  ·         Does the agreement include roadside assistance? Roadside assistance due to mechanical malfunction is usually covered in your hire charge. Non-standard assistance for things like locking your keys in the vehicle or a flat battery could mean additional charge. ·         What can I use the vehicle for? Many companies require that the vehicle only be driven on sealed bitumen roads. You should talk to the company if you intend to use the vehicle to tow or go off road. Which hire car company is rated highest? While several negative experiences were highlighted by the survey, many respondents reported great value for money and customer service. “It’s natural to remember negative experiences for longer than positives ones, but we did receive plenty of very encouraging feedback,” said Mrs Doyle. “Many spoke highly of quick and easy booking processes, helpful and professional staff, and clean and tidy vehicles. Others were grateful for being upgraded to newer, better models at no extra charge.” Respondents to the Canstar Blue survey were asked to rate the most recent hire car company they used across a range of research criteria, including the booking process, customer service and value for money. Avis was the only operator to earn a five-star rating for overall satisfaction. “Most people are willing to accept some faults, like accessories – or even the vehicle they booked – not being available when they arrive at the pick-up point. But they don’t want to be taken for a ride when it comes to costs,” said Mrs Doyle. “It’s a consumer’s responsibility to make sure they understand the agreement they enter into, but operators should also do their best to be as transparent and helpful as possible.”  Keep everyone connected with new colourful UHF handheld radios 2015-05-12T23:20:00Z keep-everyone-connected-with-new-colourful-uhf-handheld-radios Day trippers, weekend warriors and outdoor adventurers can stay connected while on the move with the latest range of colourful two-way handheld radios from Uniden.   The UH35 series UHF two-way handheld radios combine performance, robust design and ease-of-use for better group communication. Available in triple and quad packs (UH35-3 and UH35-4), the UH35 series offers everyone their own dedicated radio to clip on when travelling or exploring the world around them.   The ultra-compact, shock resistant and temperature tested radios are perfect for hiking, camping, skiing and cycling or just hanging out in the urban jungle. With access to up to 80 channels, Uniden’s handheld radios are affordable and reliable, particularly in locations where there is little to no mobile phone coverage.   The radios provide superior range and more efficient battery performance when compared with standard UHF radios in the market. The UH35 series operates up to 20 hours and can communicate across a range of up to three kilometres. Depending on the location of the local repeater station and topographical conditions, the communication range can be extended further using the Range Extender (Duplex) Capability. Auto Squelch blocks out low level hissing noises for a stronger incoming signal and clearer messages.   The radios’ lightweight and bright designs let users choose a colour to suit their personality, packing away neatly in luggage for extended trips. Other convenient features include an LCD screen, Auto Battery Save to conserve power when in standby mode and a Battery Level indicator.  Pricing and availability UH35-3 triple pack, colours include lime, blue and orange - RRP $79.95 UH35-4 quad pack, colours include pink, lime, blue and orange - RRP $99.95   The new Uniden UH35 series UHF two-way handheld radios are available now from leading specialist electrical retailers. Uniden customer enquiries: phone 1300 366 895 or visit ABS Release March 2015 Australian Housing Finance Statistics 2015-05-12T01:50:46Z abs-release-march-2015-australian-housing-finance-statistics ABS Release March 2015 Australian Housing Finance Statistics MARCH KEY FIGURES Trend estimates Seasonally adjusted estimates Mar 2015 Feb 2015 to Mar 2015 Mar 2015 Feb 2015 to Mar 2015 Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b) $m % change $m % change Total dwellings 31 264 0.8 31 622 3.5 Owner occupied housing 18 623 0.8 18 710 1.6 Investment housing - fixed loans(c) 12 641 0.8 12 913 6.4 Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b) no. % change no. % change Owner occupied housing 54 190 0.4 54 686 1.6 Construction of dwellings 5 836 -1.4 5 804 -1.8 Purchase of new dwellings 2 680 -0.1 2 777 2.9 Purchase of established dwellings 45 674 0.7 46 105 2.0 (a) Includes refinancing (see Glossary). (b) Excludes alterations and additions. (c) Excludes revolving credit. Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing MARCH KEY POINTSVALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTSMarch 2015 compared with February 2015: The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.8%. Owner occupied housing commitments rose 0.8% and investment housing commitments rose 0.8%. In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 3.5%. NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTSMarch 2015 compared with February 2015: In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance rose 0.4% in March 2015. In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose 0.7%, while the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings fell 1.4% and the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings fell 0.1%. In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments fell to 14.7% in March 2015 from 15.1% in February 2015. Source: LAIA Mortgage Brokers - Home Loans Lending and Investment Advisors - Property Investment Home Loans Gold Coast lady helps people avoid toxic medications 2015-05-12T01:50:32Z gold-coast-lady-helps-people-avoid-toxic-medications A Gold Coast woman is on a mission to help people across Australia understand the principles of good health to avoid being a medical misdiagnosis statistic. Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine president Mark Graber estimates diagnostic errors in Australia are 140,000 cases every year with 21,000 cases of serious harm and between 2000 and 4000 deaths. “These errors cause appreciable suffering and harm everywhere,” Mr Graber said. Known as The Spirit Warrior, Liz Collett said she had heard of increasing numbers of people who had been having severe side effects from medication prescribed by doctors. ‘Doctors are practicing on people because they’re not in tune with people’s specific body chemistry, which is as unique for each person as their fingerprints,” Ms Collett said. “From my own experiences, I refuse to take their advice as gospel.” Ms Collett found she had a gift communicating with spirit after ‘busting her knee open’ when she slipped on a grape at Runaway Bay Shopping Mall in January 2013. The well-known Gold Coast line dancing instructor of 22 years ‘was unable to dance for 12 months’ and had a tension band wire criss-crossed through her knee bone with two pins in it for 8 months. Her healing journey involved a slow one-year process of hospital visits and physiotherapy. This gave her an opportunity to connect with her angels and spirit guides, initially through a psychic circle. She then found that all her questions were being answered on health, wellbeing, business and future projections through the motions of a crystal pendulum. “It’s important to be aware of what we put into our bodies,” Ms Collett said. “Many people are suffering badly from toxic food, radiation, products etc and are being diagnosed with conditions like autism and ADD, which can be avoided and cured easily.” She will be running low-cost Awakening the World retreats in Queensland this year and is writing a book about her story called It’s All About Me, which is due out later this year. Her instructional line dancing DVDs, done in collaboration with musician Paul Fitz-Patrick, ‘Line Dance with Liz Collett’, released in 2005, have sold to people in South Arica, the US, UK, New Zealand and Poland. Her classes have attracted up to 120 people in venues like Southport Sharks, where she currently teaches, as well as William Duncan State School, Nerang. She has also taught at workshops across Australia, in New Zealand, China and Florida, US. She is passionate about helping people get back in touch with themselves and embracing their power.  “Your angels and spirit guides are there to help with your problems. You need to take charge of your own life – stand up and say I’m not copping this. People will respect you more,” she said. She advises that people be aware of toxic medications that are often being given out by pharmacies. “It’s time for people to take responsibility,” she said. “We are in the Age of Aquarius now, good people will rise and have a voice.” Liz will run Awakening the World retreats from July 4 to 5 and August 1 to 2, 2015, at Stacey's at the Gap, on the Cunningham Highway towards Warwick. To book, call 0411 602 974. ________________________________  MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: Aldwyn Altuney, AA Xposé Media Director, Ph: (07) 5571 0233, 0409 895 055 Email: