The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-10-20T03:08:23Z 4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Writing A Business Plan – Part 2 2016-10-20T03:08:23Z 4-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-writing-a-business-plan-part-2 Many people misinterpret business planning to mean writing a business plan.When in fact, writing a business plan is the end stage of business planning.In part 2 of "4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Writing A Business Plan," we'll cover the necessities of understanding what money, if any, is available to fund your business and then move on to essential due-diligence homework when researching an existing business or franchise? If you can confidently answer these final two pre-qualifying questions, then you are in a very strong position and ready to begin writing a business plan that unlocks your dream and sets you up for success. 3. What can you financially contribute to the business? Before rushing to a bank and getting finance, it’s important for you to know how much you spend on your lifestyle, how much can you contribute to the business and how much you will need to borrow. By first understanding your personal position and what lifestyle costs will need to be covered, it will soon become apparent if you have a level of self-funding available. Knowing whether you have enough to start or grow is not necessarily the right way of thinking.  What you should be asking yourself and calculating is "how much additional money will be needed to carry the business until it starts to be profitable?" Do you need clarity around your lifestyle and family costs? Budget One’s Personal Budget Plan will show you if you are spending more or less than you can afford and provide you with a road map to balance your spending and saving. The review will highlight where you should direct your money most so you can stay on top of bills and if there is additional money available for desired or family treats as well as starting or growing a business.   4. How well do you know an appealing business or franchise?  I'm going to sound like a parrot, but before launching into buying an existing business or franchise, you must do your homework and do it well. The more questions you ask, the less risk there will be. Failing to ask the right questions could easily see your doors shutting within a few years. Here's a few questions that should definitely be on your due-diligence check-list. Will you supply complete financial documentation of the business? You will need access to the business' financial data to assess the strength of the business and future earnings.  This will also help you validate their asking price. What are your biggest hurdles right now? Most sellers with give you just the bells and whistles, but generally if a business is selling, they are experiencing some pains.  Finding out these issues is critical to determining the risk involved and provides you with vital information for determining if this business is the right fit as well as room for negotiation. How did you arrive at your asking price? Get the seller and or franchisor to prove with quantitative information, how they came up with their asking price.  Many owners and even some franchisors stumble on this question. How much does your business depend on a key customer? If a business or franchise territory relies heavily on one or even two customers and they are potentially loyal to the previous owner, there is a very high risk that they will jump ship, leaving you high and dry with no clientele. Requesting to contact existing clients and finding out their intentions is the best way to confirming the likelihood of income and the perfect opportunity to asking and listening to what they want. Do you need help with your due-diligence? Budget One can work with you to lower the risk and find the right business or franchise model that meets your desired result. Our Start Up Success program will review and challenge the business plan and financials to make sure you’re selecting and entering into a business with a robust profit model. Our team will crunch the numbers and shape questions for you to take back so you can make a well-informed decision and potentially avoid making a costly mistake. If you can confidently answer three or four of our pre-qualifying questions then you are ready to begin writing a business plan. Author Taso Tounis Taso Tounis is a business planning, cash flow management and budgeting consultant. He is passionate about equipping soon-to-be business owners with insightful knowledge on the outlook of a prospective business so they can decide if its the right fit and has great success potential. Learn more  about Taso. Want to know more about Budget One? Read more on our strategic planning, cash flow management, budgeting and financial services. AHURA RESORTS FIJI IN THE TOP TEN OF CONDE NAST TRAVELLER’S TOP RESORTS AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC 2106 2016-10-20T02:57:53Z ahura-resorts-fiji-in-the-top-ten-of-conde-nast-traveller-s-top-resorts-australia-amp-south-pacific-2106 Ahura Resorts is delighted to announce that their multi award-winning resorts - Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Malolo Island Resort, have added another prestigious award by being named in the Top 10 in the Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards 2016 -  Likuliku at No. 9 and Malolo at No. 10 - surrounded by equally amazing company from throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. More than 300,000 travellers took part in the 29th annual Readers' Choice Awards survey—a new record—submitting millions of ratings and over 75,000 comments to help create a list of winning favourites. The breadth of the top-rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti. Chosen were tiny private islands in the tropics, small culture rich cities in Europe, and intimate river cruises. Most notably, it showed a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected—finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world. Ahura Group General Manager Steve Anstey says, “The Conde Naste Readers Choice Awards have  long been regarded as a leading, worldwide authority as far as travel awards go. It is generally a much sought after place to receive one of these accolades, so naturally, we are thrilled to have had both resorts included.   We continue to be humbled and amazed to be recognised in this way.  It is a wonderful achievement and it is a testament to the quality of the products we have and the delivery of our promise to our guests.     Thank you to our incredible staff and of course, to all our valued guests for their continued amazing support”. Ahura Fijian owner and Managing Director, Tony Whitton, said, “This is big news for both of our resort teams - that we have Fiji Resort experiences continually being counted amongst some of the best in the world, holding their own with other famous hotel and resort brands – some of which who are giants in the industry.  We believe we have firmly established and filled a niche in Fiji on all things Fijian, from traditional Fijian architecture to service delivery and with a unique product offering of Fiji’s first and only over-water bures. We thank past guests and the travel industry at large for this acknowledgement.” For further information on both resorts including special offers:  Image links Likuliku Malolo Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.  www.ahuraresorts.comFor further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – 0415 290023     Discover the Amazing Textiles of Southern Spain! 2016-10-03T23:36:07Z discover-the-amazing-textiles-of-southern-spain A unique textile experience is waiting for you!  This tour will take you into the deep South of Spain to discover the extraordinary variety of textile traditions which are still being continued today. The tour focuses on Andalusia which is the largest region in the South and one of Spain's most vibrant, it has a long, rich textile culture. We will also enjoy some of Spain's most delicious food, mesmerising music and dance. These are sure to be two unforgettable weeks, culminating in an evening at the famous Feria de Sevilla (The Fair of Seville) which is one of the most beautiful festivals in Spain. This tour begins and ends in Seville 19 April - 3 May 2017 Places are limited, for more information see: See our video about the tour here: Brother Australia announces the launch of the 16th International Quilting Contest Seeking the next Australian quilting champion 2016-09-26T04:45:30Z brother-australia-announces-the-launch-of-the-16th-international-quilting-contest-seeking-the-next-australian-quilting-champion Sydney, Australia – 26th September 2016 - This spring, Brother Australia is proud to announce the launch of its 16th International Quilting Contest, a fantastic opportunity for Australian quilt-makers to be inspired, create an “Eco” themed quilt and in return be recognised at a national and international level.The search is on for the next quilting champion after Australian quilters received high accolades earlier this year following Australian Julie Harding’s 1st Prize win for “Koalas” and a total of six out of eighteen international prize wins were again awarded to local Australian quilters.The Eco theme, which has been consistent year on year, is inspired by Brother Earth; Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future. The contest is open to all quilt-makers in Asia Pacific with participants required to create a 70cm x 70cm original quilt using different methods of construction such as decoration or embroidery and showcase creative, original work. There are over $2,400 AUD in prizes to be awarded to the winning Australian entry, a Brother Innov-is NV1800Q sewing and quilting machine (RRP $1,799) and the revolutionary ScanNCut CM900 (RRP $699).In addition, the top 10 quilts will join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest. A panel of Fashion College and Magazine Experts will judge all entries and award a collective prize pool in excess of $3,700 USD. Quilts may be used at Brother Events throughout 2016 and 2017 including the Brother booth at the famous Tokyo Quilt Show in 2017.“Brother wants to encourage our talented quilting community to showcase their passion in an artwork that will resonate with the public and prompt thoughtful consideration around the topic of environmental sustainability. Personal interpretations of the theme in previous years has resulted in many outstanding works, with each work resonating its own unique message. Throughout 2016 all current international award winning quilts are being exhibited at Craft & Quilt shows around the nation, bringing further acclaim to our Australian prize winners and helping to inspire our local quilting and craft community,” stated Sherene Grace, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.This year, Brother hopes local chapters of quilting guilds get behind the contest and help encourage their members to enter and showcase Australia’s formidable quilting talent on the international stage.A competition package including application form and conditions of entry is now available for download on Brother Australia will close on 14th November 2016.About the Brother International Quilt Contest Australian Winner Pack  Innov-is NV1800QRRP $1,799  •    Sewing and quilting machine•    290 built-in stitches including 58 combinable stitches, 10 one-step buttonhole styles and 5 sewing fonts•    8.3" from needle to arm•    14% larger workspace and included wide table for large projects such as quilts (versus previous model without extension table: 36% larger with extension table)•    Sideways sewing•    Automatic Height Adjuster (AHA) feature•    Pivot Function for fast and easy fabric manipulation•    My Custom Stitch feature allows the creation of personalised stitches•    Improved sewing with longer feed dogs and zigzag foot•    Reinforcement stitch button to automatically sew a tie-off stitch and to easily sew a row of decorative stitches•    Advanced needle threading system and automatic thread tension•    Jam-resistant quick-set drop-in top bobbin•    Hard case included•    Wide range of included accessories ScanNCut CM900RRP $699  •    World’s first home and hobby cutting machine with a 300 DPI built-in scanner. Scan virtually anything - from a handmade drawing to your most cherished family photo•    No design cartridges or PC required. With over 840 built-in designs and the ability to scan virtually anything, your creative freedom is no longer limited!•    Large 3.7” colour LCD touch screen with on-screen editing capabilities such as rotating, welding, resizing and organizing•    11.7” wide scanning and cutting area to accommodate large projects•    Easy to use right out of the box with a limited set up time and user-friendly interface•    WiFi compatible –  easy access and editing from the machine with Brother’s ScanNCut Canvas cloud based creative tool•    Now available with 12”x 24” scanning for larger projects About Brother International (Aust) Pty LtdWith over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, label printers, Multi-Function Centres®, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, typewriters and sewing machines. A specialist in its product lines, Brother combines customer satisfaction and comprehensive measures for environmental conservation, to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products to enhance the consumer's lifestyle.Brother Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and State offices located in Brisbane and Melbourne.Brother EarthBrother Earth is Brother’s commitment to play a part in building a society with better sustainable development. By clicking on the Brother Earth site you can determine how funds are allocated and play a part in contributing to a variety of global environmental protection activities.  Visit The new Gramovox Floating Record Player now available in Australia 2016-09-22T04:04:28Z experience-the-art-and-sound-of-vertical-vinyl-with-the-new-gramovox-floating-record-player See the sound and experience the art of vertical vinylGramovox Floating Record Player The official data is in. The popularity of vinyl in Australia is sky-rocketing. After two years of steady growth, vinyl sales in Australia now represent close to 15% of the music industry’s physical sales. Australian vinyl sales overall are up around 80% in 2016 and this isn’t an anomaly – it follows sales growth of 38% in 2015 and a staggering 127% in 2014. It’s a trend across much of the western world. Vinyl sales in the U.S. have increased for a tenth straight year, now selling more than 2.8 million units per year. The UK is close behind, with sales also growing for the eighth consecutive year, and over 2 million units sold annually. All this comes as no surprise to the owners of Gramovox, the Chicago-based firm behind the ground-breaking 2013 Bluetooth Gramophone, who set out on their next mission to reimagine the turntable. The result is this visually stunning Floating Record player which combines the beauty and nostalgia of yesterday’s turntable with modern sound technology and cool, contemporary design. Whether you are playing vintage vinyl or a freshly pressed new release from today’s hit makers, the sleek design of the Floating Record will spoil your ears while treating your eyes. Experience the design and fall in love with the Floating Record player here And the only place to get your hands on a Floating Record player is at Australia’s leading online vinyl store The Sound of Vinyl – the only authorised stockist in Australia. The Sound of Vinyl is Australia’s most comprehensive online offering of new release and limited edition vinyl spanning all genres of music, so it makes sense that they provide music loving fans with a player that’s not only worthy of their vinyl, its sound quality and design also fits in with their contemporary world. Gramovox Co-Founder and CEO Pavan Bapu explains: “We treat vinyl as the art form that it is. Watching the vinyl as it spins, which always looks so different from record to record, is all part of the experience. We wanted to create a visceral vinyl experience that showcased the record as both art and a medium to produce fantastic sound. And we’re proud that we spared no resources in ensuring the engineering was perfect, so it plays flawlessly in this vertical format. “We want our products to evoke nostalgia, to bloom in the design space, and allow you to rediscover the way you experience your music. The result is a high-performance turntable that plays your records vertically—producing the illusion that it’s floating.” The quality craftsmanship means each player is hand-assembled in Chicago, with electro-mechanical engineers hand-tuning each product before they leave their door. There’s also almost no setup required when it arrives, it’s simply taken out of the box and ready for you to play. And because it’s made by music-lovers, The Floating Record player is a high-performance turntable that comes complete with dynamic full-range stereo speakers. But of course, with built-in RCA line out ports, you can also choose to bypass the integrated speakers and use your own existing audio set up. Additionally, you can use your headphones through the built-in 3.5mm stereo jack. You can easily switch between formats too, catering for both 33 ⅓ or 45 RPMs by moving the silicon belt over the inner or outer groove of the middle gear, plus record clamps for both types of records are provided. Features: Easy to use, all-in-one system Walnut or Maple Veneer Wood Base Carbon-Fiber Tone-Arm Hi-Fi Phono Pre-amp International Voltage Compatible Built-in 2" full-range stereo speakers - Tymphany 2" neodymium speakers driven by a 15w per channel digital amplifier Belt-Drive System (catering for both 33 1/3 or 45 RPM) RCA Line Out Vibration Dampening Feet Pre-installed AT95E Cartridge Hand-assembled in Chicago, IL Rediscover the joy of a music experience that engages your senses. Touch, see and feel the soul of your favourite music as you immerse yourself in the rich, unique sound of vinyl, played like never before. About The Sound of Vinyl The Sound of Vinyl is Australia’s leading online vinyl store and the only authorised Australian stockist of Gramovox’s Floating Record turntable. About Gramovox Gramovox is a consumer electronics start-up that reimagines vintage audio design with modern technology. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Gramovox strives to build quality-manufactured goods with premium materials. *** For more information, interview opportunities with the founders of Gramovox Floating Record Player or Sound of Vinyl, or for review or styling loan opportunities, please contact The Comms Department: Yanna MoutzourisPH:  0410 678 918 E: FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE: Top Tips to Help Protect Your Big Day Abroad 2016-09-20T23:19:16Z for-better-or-for-worse-top-tips-to-help-protect-your-big-day-abroad Australian couples are increasingly bucking tradition in favour of a wedding with an exotic back drop and a reasonable price tag. And given the average wedding now costs more than $65,000[1], this is no surprise. With wedding season officially here – October and November being the most popular months for nuptials[2]  – Claudio Saita, Deputy CEO and Executive Director in Australia for Tokio Marine, underwriters for award-winning World2Cover travel insurance, warns that some of the most precious items are often inadvertently left at risk when planning a wedding abroad. “Twenty eight per cent of brides spend over $2,500 on the all-important wedding dress2, but when travelling, most luggage is only covered up to the value of $1,000 per item – leaving a big shortfall should anything happen during the trip.” For brides and grooms getting hitched overseas this spring or just starting to plan their destination wedding, the team at World2Cover have provided six top tips to ensure this dream day doesn’t turn into a disaster: The rings – The good news is, the rings can be entrusted to the Maid of Honour or Best Man as they do not have to stay with the insurance policy holder to be protected. However, check your cover prior to departure as there could be exclusions if they are left in checked luggage or unattended in a vehicle.The dress – If you don’t want to let them out of your sight you can transport it as carry-on luggage. However, being a larger item, you will likely be asked to store it in an overhead compartment during take-off and landing. Other options include shipping it beforehand or even buying the dress its own seat on the plane!Destination – If you’re planning to go to an exotic location, add a reminder in the ‘save the date’ for guests to check with their doctor about any required immunisations. How long you’re going for and the season you’re travelling can also affect which vaccinations you need, so the more detail you can provide the better. The food – Food-borne illness is a major cause of sickness overseas[3]. While buffet service is popular at weddings, leaving food in the open for long periods can increase the chances of disease causing bacteria and viruses. Help evade any unwanted tummy bugs by avoiding seafood dishes and providing guests with hand sanitizer.Cancellations – Flight cancellations can and do happen. This could impact on your venue, caterers, celebrant and more, if you can’t get to the altar in time. Check travel news sites before you book and prior to departure as well, as your dream destination could be flagged as a ‘do not travel zone’ at little to no notice. If you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked, this won’t be an issue as you are covered for cancellations and if the destination becomes an off-limits area*. Honeymoon plans – Whether you’re planning to relax by the pool or fill your days with adventures like scuba-diving or cruising after saying ‘I do’, purchase an insurance policy that covers your entire trip – from the day you leave to the day you arrive home, including all the activities in between.   “More and more Aussies are heading off-shore to popular beachside destinations such as Bali, Thailand and Fiji[1], as it is predicted they can save up to three times what they would pay for a wedding at home. Of course, total costs can vary depending on the destination and number of guests, but savvy couples can opt to reinvest any extra cash into other items – from the rings to unique honeymoon experiences, which will stay with them long after they return home,” Mr Saita concluded.     For more information on the coverage options from World2Cover, visit *Limits, conditions and exclusions apply. Please read the PDS and full policy to ensure the cover is right for your circumstances.   END For further information or images please contact: April Rose Account Manager T: (02) 8046 4848  M: 0401 966 374 World2Cover travel insurance has been announced as the 2016 winner of CANSTAR Outstanding Value Travel Insurance Awards for both its international and domestic products. World2Cover ‘Good Company’ Philosophy: World2Cover’s philosophy of a Good Company are based upon the pillars of looking beyond profit, empowering people, and delivering on commitments.World2Cover will also exemplify the Japanese spirit of Omotenashi, the belief that great customer service and developing a solid relationship is critical to any product which is embedded in the wider Tokio Marine Group. About Tokio Marine: Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd (TMNF) was founded in 1879 as The Tokio Marine Insurance Company, Ltd.  and has been operating in Australia since 1963. TMNF is Japan's largest non-life insurance company and is placed in the top ranking of non-life insurance companies worldwide. The Company began its operations in the marine insurance field, where it has long been recognised as a world leader with a long history of financial stability and an excellent security rating. They are now present in over 39 countries around the world with more than 40,000 employees globally. [1] 2015, Bride to Be magazine Cost of Love survey [2] Easy Weddings Annual Australian Wedding Survey [3] America's #! Kingsford Charcoal launches in Australia 2016-09-19T00:41:26Z america-s-kingsford-charcoal-launches-in-australia AMERICA’S #1 KINGSFORD CHARCOAL LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA     Kingsford Charcoal, America’s #1 Charcoal brand launched in Sydney recently. Hosted by Dale Vine from tv’s “The Block’, the event launched Kingsford Charcoal, which has enjoyed a long history in the United States, stretching back to the founding father Henry Ford, who created the brand almost 100 years ago. With strong environmental credentials and providing superior taste and performance, Kingsford Charcoal is manufactured solely in the United States and repurposes more than 1 billion tonnes of sawdust each year.  With extensive research and development facilities, they are able to develop and create the best products to put in to the market. Kingsford is known for its quick lighting ability and the time it lasts when cooking. The superior taste it provides comes from its origins as sawdust and dates back to Henry Ford using the wood scraps from the production of the famous Model T’s to make charcoal briquettes. He built a plant and the rest, as they say, is history.  Fast forward to today and Kingsford Charcoal is America’s most trusted bbq brand and the variety of products is available across the USA.  Now, its Australia’s turn to enjoy the benefits of cooking with Kingsford Charcoal, and discovering the superior taste, the ease with which it lights and the longer burning time.  With grilling, smoking and charcoal cooking continuing to develop in popularity in Australia, it’s time we were able to experience the delicious smoky flavours today and taste how good food can taste when cooked with superior Kingsford Charcoal. For further information, interview opportunities or imagery, please contact Under One Roof. | 0409 142 365 | EXPLORE NATURE’S PLAYGROUND AT THE AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE FESTIVAL IN EAST GIPPSLAND 2016-09-15T01:19:25Z explore-nature-s-playground-at-the-australian-adventure-festival-in-east-gippsland The family-friendly event, which brings together a range of adventure sports into a single, ultimate outdoor festival, will be held over three days from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23.   Created by East Gippsland Marketing Inc. to showcase the region, the Australian Adventure Festival provides athletes with events across several disciplines in some of the most beautiful wilderness in Australia.   Nestled in Victoria’s eastern corner, East Gippsland boasts a mild climate and stunning natural environment with high-country grandeur, isolated beaches, rugged coastal outcrops and Australia's largest inland water system, the Gippsland Lakes. It is rich in natural attractions, ranging from the remote wilderness of the UNESCO-recognised Croajingolong National Park in the east, to the rugged beauty of the Snowy River and Alpine national parks and the vast expanse of the Lakes National Park, fringed by lakes and dunes.   “East Gippsland is an unspoiled corner of Australia and is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world,” the chair of East Gippsland Marketing Inc, Richard Rijs, said.   “Many people know of the Gippsland Lakes, but we also have the Ninety Mile Beach and the second longest silt jetties in the world along the banks of the Mitchell River, all just a short drive from Melbourne.”   Race director Steve Peterson said the festival would include an adventure race, ultra and half marathon, trail running, mountain bike events of varying lengths, plus an adventure fun run and activities for children.   Professional race directors run the events with a team of 150 volunteers and staff.   “The scope and scale of events means that everyone from the professional athlete to the person new to the sport can have a go at adventure sports,” Mr Peterson said. “We have made sure the kids have some great events too to kick off their interest in adventure sports.”   Those not wishing to compete can enjoy the region’s other natural attractions; boating or fishing on the Gippsland Lakes, bird watching in the hides of Macleod Morass boardwalk, explore the Mitchell River silt jetties, or spot koalas on Raymond Island.   The food bowl of Victoria, East Gippsland also is renowned for its high quality local produce, including wild-caught seafood, Gippsland beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, artisanal cheeses and wine.  And with some of the best trails in the state, organisers believe they are well placed to grow the festival into a major event for Victoria.   “The Australian Adventure Festival is the only one of its kind in Australia to provide the best and most challenging events in the competition categories of mountain biking, trail running and kayaking,” Mr Rijs said.  “We are thrilled to be able to showcase our magical region by hosting this important event.”   The festival has attracted strong local support, including financial and in-kind support from local sponsors such as Patties Foods, Saltwater Properties, Gippsland Lakes Community Health, Karls Megasports, Riviera Cycles, Fitness 4U, the Victorian Government’s Regional Development Victoria and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.   To register log onto or see   SALAMANCA WHARF HOTEL – HOBART – ANNOUNCES STAY DEALS 2016-09-14T22:38:24Z salamanca-wharf-hotel-hobart-announces-stay-deals Pre-Christmas Break PackagesRecharge your batteries or get the party started early with a hot deal in Hobart. Want to get away with your special friend for a break before the madness of Christmas takes over?  Hobart is absolutely picturesque in late Spring, and our daylight is stretching out till well after 8pm, making it the perfect time to enjoy our evenings.  There has been an explosion of new restaurants and bars that have opened right on our doorstep in the last few months, so come and discover what’s new in Salamanca. Book your accommodation now and get 15% off our Premium Apartment accommodation or our Loft Penthouse apartment accommodation. Applicable stay dates are – 20/11/16 until 22/12/16, and are for bookings of two or more nights in a Premium Apartment or Loft Penthouse.  These packages are only available if you book with us directly (online or by phone). See the Premium Special or the Penthouse Special on our booking page. Early Bird Autumn & Winter 2017 PackagesFortune favours the organized, book now to save 20%! We are rewarding those who would like to lock in a visit with us for May, June, July or August 2017 now.  Book your trip to Tasmania next year and make us your Hobart base.  Enjoy Mona, Mt Wellington, Port Arthur, Richmond, Bruny Island and the Huon Valley all within easy reach of the Salamanca Wharf Hotel.  Retire from your daily explorations of our wild State to enjoy beautiful fresh produce at one of the many award winning restaurants and bars just a short stroll from our hotel. Book your accommodation now and get 20% off our Premium Apartment accommodation or our Loft Penthouse apartment accommodation. Applicable stay dates for the Early Bird Autumn & Winter 2017 promotion are – 1/5/17 until 31/8/17, and are for bookings of two or more nights in a Premium Apartment or Loft Penthouse.  These packages are only available if you book with us directly (online or by phone). See the special packages entitled Early Bird Penthouse or Early Bird Premium Apartment on our booking page.For further information and bookings head to or call 03 62 247 007. IMAGES _ PR contact-Tracey Leitch - Impressions PR -   0415 29 00 23 Changing The Way We Travel 2016-09-14T08:38:14Z changing-the-way-we-travel Bondi, Sydney – A Vida Local is a Sydney based start-up that has launched Australia’s first online marketplace for Travel & Tourism. The idea behind the site is that local people across Australia can now offer interesting and unique experiences and advice to people visiting. At present some of the experiences on offer include; scenic walks, surf lessons, yoga by the beach, historic pub tours or just good old fashioned local advice at the end of the phone.     It’s always the local people that give you the flavour for the place, says Matthew Evans, co-founder of A Vida Local. ‘I’d just got back from travelling South America (hence the name) and came to the realisation that for much of the trip, I’d spoken English with others from English speaking countries and wondered – “have I actually experienced South America?” The situation is a familiar one for those of us that have found ourselves on an open top bus tour or sat on the production line of restaurants in an old town square.    The site enables locals to sign up and post listings to the site and offers visitors the opportunity to catch up and book with the locals - all through the online platform. The key to the success of A Vida Local and any share economy, is the people that sign up says William Astrom the sites developer ‘We worked exceptionally hard on the verification process of locals and to control of the content that goes live on the site - so that we can ensure quality local experiences only’.        Over the next 3 months A Vida Local is looking to promote over 100 new and unique local offerings across Australia from the city to the country, the coast to the outback. Exciting times for the travel sector here in Oz.  Bionic Runner, Mick Thwaites, takes out third place at Badwater for second consecutive year 2016-09-06T01:47:22Z bionic-runner-mick-thwaites-takes-out-third-place-at-badwater-for-second-consecutive-year September 2016: Ask most people how they felt before, during and after a 24 hour, 217km race in 40+ degree heat and they’ll probably usher a few expletives. Ask Brisbane-based Mick Thwaites, however, and he’ll tell you he felt “Absolutely awesome!”Known as the toughest footrace on the planet, Badwater is such an extreme challenge many seasoned ultra marathon runners won’t even attempt it – or will fail to complete the event. 2016, however, represented Mick Thwaites’ second Badwater ultra marathon – and his second appearance on the podium. Perhaps even more startling, Mick only started running seriously back in 2012, when he kicked a 20-a-day smoking habit and signed up for his first half marathon.Set in California’s Death Valley, and scheduled for July, when temperatures can peak at around 49 degrees Celsius, race challenges include not only fierce weather conditions but also a grueling climb from 279 feet below sea level to 8360 feet above.Having secured third place in 2015, Mick took out the third position for the second consecutive year, and walked away with a time improvement of 2.5 hours. Whilst it was a particularly fast field of athletes, Mick himself credits some of this time improvement to the revolutionary way in which he trained for this year’s event. “I have been training with the Bionic Runner since December 2015, when I suffered a heel stress fracture,” he explains. “Initially the Bionic Runner was an integral part of my recovery process but that has developed and it’s now a solid part of my regular training program.”Like Mick, the Bionic Runner hails from Brisbane, but is now popping up in every corner of the world, having been sold into 31 countries and counting. As the only non-impact fitness trainer to mimic the natural gait and timing of running, it’s easy to see why the Bionic Runner is proving so popular with runners who, like Mick, either need to recover from injury, or put in more miles ahead of a big race – without stressing their joints.   Unlike an elliptical trainer, the Bionic Runner has a unique 60% swing and 40% stance phase timing, which guides the foot along the path of a mid-foot running gait. This means you not only look and feel as if you’re running, you engage the same muscles as you do running, too, which sets the Bionic Runner apart from any other cross trainer in the market. The difference is, with the Bionic Runner, you eliminate the risk of injury from the two most common causes of joint, tendon and muscle-related strain injuries - impact fatigue and joint over extension.For those needing to put in increasing numbers of miles ahead of any long-distance event, therefore increasing the risk of injury before the big day, the Bionic Runner is a game changer, allowing athletes to complete their running training without loading stress on the body.“I now use the Bionic Runner in my running program to target long fat burning sessions along with some high intensity low impact work,” says Mick, who sees the Bionic Runner as a real advantage when it comes to race training.“The Bionic Runner helped me minimise stress on the legs whilst adapting to a fast turnover,” he explains. “This adaptation to cover the distance and the specific HR training without placing overdue stress on the leg muscles, combined with the minimal impact on the system with an increased anabolic effort, has to be a winner,” he adds.Whilst Mick has suffered injuries in the past, leading up to Badwater he was fortunately injury free. That’s not to say the race didn’t throw up any challenges. “The wind and weather provided some un nerving moments. Also my body was throwing up some challenges in the first 100km.”Still, asked how he felt before, during and after the race, Mick’s response was: “Before? Absolutely awesome. During? A little bit awesome. After? Absolutely awesome!”Of course, ask any runner and the training doesn’t finish on the day of the event. Recovery needs some serious thought, too. For Mick, the Bionic Runner was also key to his rapid and effective race recovery.“I have been using the Bionic Runner religiously for recovery and training since my rehab last year,” he says. “The Bionic Runner is now integral to my recovery and I will include one session or two in my program. As well as a great recovery aid, it is also a top of the line training aid!” ENDSFor all press enquiries please contact +61 (0) 430 925028 or email lizzy@run4.comTimes of availability: 9am-7pm EST or by appointment.More information can be found at: The Bionic Runner is available to purchase from Brother International Australia supports National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise funds and awareness with a craft and sewing initiative 2016-09-01T06:53:33Z brother-international-australia-supports-national-breast-cancer-foundation-s-pink-ribbon-breakfast-to-raise-funds-and-awareness-with-a-craft-and-sewing-initiative Sydney, Australia – 1 September 2016 – Brother International Australia is proud to announce an exciting craft and sewing initiative supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  In the lead up to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Brother is reaching out to the community and inviting crafters and sewing enthusiasts to create a limited edition 2016 Pink Ribbon Breakfast apron. The initiative is designed to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. To enter, participants are being asked to create their own pink apron masterpiece, upload the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo to the Brother Inspires website and either send the apron in to NBCF directly for judging or drop it off at a participating dealer.   Pink Ribbon Breakfast ambassadors, Kate Ceberano, award-winning Australian music artist, and Kim McCosker, 4 Ingredients cookbook author will be judging the entries and selecting the top 20 finalists and one ultimate Grand Prize Winner. The top 20 aprons will be signed by Kim and Kate and used as fundraising prizes at Pink Ribbon Breakfast events throughout October and November with the grand prize winner to receive a high tea experience valued at $500. All aprons entered into the competition will be used by NBCF to support fundraising efforts towards breast cancer research. The competition is now open for entries with the cut off on 21st September 2016. “As a longtime partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation we are excited to be able to inspire our sewing community, supporting dealers and general public to get crafty in support of the valuable work NBCF do.” said Sherene Grace, Marketing Manager, HSM at Brother International Australia. “We are looking forward to watching the community take up the chance to get involved by pulling out their sewing machines and unleashing their creativity for charity. It’s a chance to put rusty skills to good use for those that haven’t sewn in a while, learn a new skill, or even get a group together for a sewing bee to support a worthwhile cause”. All competition details, list of participating dealers, as well as terms and conditions can be found on the Brother Inspires website or by clicking here. Dr Sarah Hosking, CEO of NBCF, thanked Brother for their ongoing generous support. “On behalf of everyone at NBCF and all the women and men affected by breast cancer, thank you so much for your support. Your commitment makes a huge difference,” she said. This October friends, family and colleagues will get together to raise funds for NBCF’s life-changing breast cancer research by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. There are many ways to get involved: enjoy a Pink Ribbon Breakfast on your own or with friends, organise a morning tea with your workmates at the office, host a sausage sizzle with your sports team or turn your school pink for a day. “By hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, you are ensuring that we can continue to fund the very best cancer research in Australia,” continued Dr Hosking. To register to get involved in NBCF’s Pink Ribbon Breakfasts see:  About Brother International & The National Breast Cancer Foundations Partnership Brother International Australia have been an official partner of NBCF for 3 years and currently hold a Platinum level partnership for their support. To date, Brother have proudly contributed $450,000 which has resulted in the purchase of: • 450 Transilluminators that allow researchers to visualise DNA strands and help them understand the underlying factors causing breast cancer. • 90 Microscopes and 64,000 microscope slides that allow researchers to see deep into cells and tissue. • Training programs for Radiographers to improve the rates of early detection of breast cancer. • Resources to support and empower young women to make informed decisions about treatment options and how that may impact on their fertility.About Pink Ribbon Breakfast Research is the only way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. By supporting Pink Ribbon Breakfasts in October, Australians will be helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to continue to fund world-class research and move closer to achieving their goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. NBCF is the only national body that funds life-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. Through its 2016 Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign, NBCF hopes to raise more than $2 million through community and corporate support, to fund breast cancer research.   Register today to get involved in Pink Ribbon Breakfasts -  About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, label printers, Multi-Function Centres®, scanners, mobile printers, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, typewriters and sewing machines. A specialist in its product lines, Brother combines customer satisfaction and comprehensive measures for environmental conservation, to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products to enhance the consumer's lifestyle. Brother Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and State offices located in Brisbane and Melbourne. Maritime Marketplace now Sold Out 2016-09-01T02:26:37Z maritime-marketplace-now-sold-out The popular Maritime Marketplace at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart is fully subscribed for 2017, with all display spaces now booked. 65 marine companies from Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia have registered to display, a record for the festival marketplace.  "The range of quality marine products and services on display is comprehensive and covers the full range of recreational boating requirements", said Tim Oxley, Commercial Sales Manager for the festival. "Not only can visitors see the latest products in marine paint, propellers, electronics, deck gear, engines and much more, they can discuss their boating needs with supplier principals and boating experts." Many festival visitors are boat owners and always include the Maritime Marketplace when visiting the festival, to be held next in Febraury 2017. The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival started in 1994 and has grown into the largest wooden boat festival in the southern hemisphere. Over 550 wooden boats will fill the Port of Hobart, and over 200,000 visitors will enjoy the sights, entertainment as well as local gourmet food and beverages. The Maritime Marketplace is held in Princes Wharf Number 1 Shed, a fully refurbished former storage facility which now plays host to the Taste of Tasmania and many other festivals and large displays. Despite being over 110 metres long and 30 metres wide, the shed is no longer big enough for the Maritime Marketplace and some displays are elsewhere in the festival. Over 80 wooden boats are registered to sail to Tasmania for the festival in 2017. Many stay on for post festival activities, and are attracted to the great sailing locations and marine facilities in Tasmania. "The Maritime Marketplace has become an important feature of the Tasmanian recreational marine industry', said Mr Oxley. What: Maritime Marketplace, Australian Wooden Boat Festival  When: 10th - 13th February 2017 Where: Princes Wharf No1 Shed, Castray Esplanade, Tasmania Cost for visitors: free For more information visit Australian Team Named for 2016 Quiz Olympiad 2016-08-17T00:36:24Z australian-team-named-for-2016-quiz-olympiad Australian Team Named for 2016 Quiz Olympiad Quizzing Australia is pleased to announce that the following teams will represent Australia in the inaugural Quiz Olympiad to be held from 3rd to 6th November in Athens, Greece. A team ·         Ross Evans - NSW (c) ·         Yolanda Stopar - Vic ·         Rick Bakker - Qld ·         Gordon McGregor - NSW B team ·         Christian Kelly - Qld (c) ·         David Regal - NSW ·         Paul Bakker - Qld ·         Michael Logue – ACT Team selections were based on performances in the annual World Quizzing Championships which was first held in 2003. Both the WQC and Quiz Olympiad are run by the International Quizzing Association. Ross Evans and David Regal are both past Australian champions (the reigning champion Supernerd Issa Schultz is unable to attend due to commitments with The Chase – Australia), while Yolanda Stopar won nearly one million dollars on the Channel Seven game show Temptation in 2006. More than 500 quizzers from all over the world are expected to take part in the Quiz Olympiad. Confirmed attendees include: ·         “The Governess” Anne Hegerty, star of The Chase – Australia. ·         Barry Simmons from the BBC quiz show Eggheads ·         Ken Jennings who won 74 consecutive episodes of the US game show Jeopardy! Sample questions  1.    Based on a Sara Gruen novel of the same name, which 2011 movie starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, tells the story of Berzini Brothers Circus employees Jacob and Marlena during the Great Depression? 2.      Located in different cities but in the same state, what is the only name shared by a NHL (hockey) and an NBA (basketball) team? 3.      ‘People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad’ is an Islamist terrorist organisation based in northern Nigeria. They are better known by what two-word Hausa name roughly meaning ‘Western education is sinful’? 4.      Which mortal angered the goddess Athena by beating her in a weaving contest? 5.      They may be the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the USA, but being established only in 1909 they are 200+ years younger than their alma mater. To which Ivy League institution do The Whiffenpoofs belong?      Answers 1. Water for Elephants 2.  Kings 3.  Boko Harem 4. Arachne 5.  Yale University The world’s easiest music learning system – at last? 2016-08-16T23:59:06Z the-world-s-easiest-music-learning-system-at-last Dr Tom Benjamin credits IP Australia’s unique Innovation Patent system: “My system is so easy that once demonstrated everyone and their dog will want to claim they invented it. The IP Australia system allowed me to lodge it so that no one can monopolize it.”  He is bequeathing the system to the public domain as he wants everyone to use it.  Dr Benjamin describes it as an ergonomic approach that allows people to start playing guitar and ukulele in minutes. Instead of gadgets or gimmicks it takes the revolutionary step of reversing the learning process:  “Traditional systems require the player and instrument to adjust to the music score. My system reverses this by re-writing the music to fit the ergonomics. One-finger and zero-finger chords fit comfortably with special backing tracks made possible with computer technology.”  Dr Benjamin is a psychologist and educational researcher but credits the origins of his invention to campfires and as a wedding and frat party singer in Detroit: “I developed these one-finger chords to quickly play requests by ear. A professor from Victoria spotted my guitar system in a bundle of my research correspondence and encouraged me to publish it. International music education conferences are constantly calling out for ways to engage kids by making it practical to play their pop music styles.”   The system is designed for teachers and community groups who have to immediately get learner attention and start making passable music in minutes. Tom will be launching the system as an international online Music Club in USA.  Over a 4-week cycle Tom will take participants from total beginner level through to full multitrack music video, every Thursday at 10:30AM (Australian Eastern)