The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-31T02:59:09Z MAKE YOUR MARK: Leaders in Heels launches crowdfunding campaign to inspire women 2014-10-31T02:59:09Z make-your-mark-leaders-in-heels-launches-crowdfunding-campaign-to-inspire-women Sydney-based Gospos is joining the crowdfunding revolution to enable women across the globe to get behind the Leaders in Heels campaign to fund inspirational notebooks using social enterprise platform StartSomeGood.com. The Leaders in Heels MAKE YOUR MARK notebooks have been designed to encourage and inspire women to follow their passion, to be more creative and innovative in their lives, to feel more confident and determined in their endeavours and to maintain a kind heart while becoming successful. The campaign ends on 9 November 2014. “My goal is to create more female leaders,” explained Gospos. “Women hold only 5.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and the gender pay gap in Australia currently stands at 17.5%. Women hold 9.2% of ASX 500 directorships.  We desperately need more female leaders.” “I created the Leaders in Heels website to connect with successful women, learn about their leadership styles and then to share the experiences with other women. Our MAKE YOUR MARK notebook is an extension of our mission to nurture, inspire and empower future female leaders. We have already reached over 30% of our target goal within the first few days.” “I often get opportunities to meet and interview successful, inspirational female leaders. After passionately observing women who make their mark in both the corporate and entrepreneurial sphere, I realised that there were common traits that they all used and shared in their careers,” she said. “They were passionate, creative, innovative, confident, determined and kind. These traits are now part of the Leaders in Heels Manifesto and the core of our MAKE YOUR MARK notebook” Every page of the notebook has been infused with positive quotes, thoughts and assignments to stimulate a new way of thinking. As women use the notebook daily and focus on each quality chapter by chapter, the traits become habits. Former CEO of Apple Australia and Founder of Xplore of Success, Diana Ryall is supportive of the new venture by Leaders in Heels. “I get really excited when I see young women like Kasia doing something that supports other women” said Ryall. "In my career I have seen many women that were lacking confidence or were giving up too early. I encourage everyone to make their mark with this inspiring notebook." Crowdfunding allows many small donations to be collected towards a large, concrete goal. Campaigns on the site StartSomeGood.com must be aimed at creating positive social change.  "Our goal is to create a world where anyone can create a new future for their community," explained StartSomeGood co-founder Alex Budak. “We look forward to connecting more changemakers from Sydney and around the world with the resources they need to make a difference.”   Crowdfunding page:http://startsomegood.com/makeyourmark Notebook RRP: AU$29; Crowdfunding offer: AU$27 + additional rewards and discounts. Campaigns ends: 9th November 2014.   High resolution images available at Dropbox: Media Folder About Leaders in Heelshttp://leadersinheels.com/ Leaders in Heels is an online community and a magazine where female leaders are nurtured, inspired and empowered. What started as a humble blog in 2011 it now reaches 50,000 page views per month and have over 20,000 social followers run by 7 team members and over 30 regular contributors. About StartSomeGoodhttp://www.startsomegood.com StartSomeGood aims to empower people from around the world to create social impact by connecting those with ideas for improving the world with the financial and intellectual capital they need to take action. Notebook features: - A5 size (strategically slightly shorter in length so it fits easily in your handbag) - Elegant stylish cover with matt cello and UV spot (gloss) - 140 beautifully designed pages - 6 structured sections inspired by the Leaders in Heels Manifesto – to develop six leadership traits, one at a time: passion, creativity, innovation, confidence, determination, kindness. - Each chapter has thoughts and assignments designed to inspire a new way of thinking. - Each page has been infused with inspirational quotes directly related to these traits. - Plenty of room to make daily notes, thoughts and set goals - Just for this crowdfunding campaign the notebook price is AU$27 with free shipping in Australia and 50% off shipping outside of Australia (RRP AU$29) - Just for this crowdfunding campaign the notebooks include complimentary Manifesto card   Media Contacts: Kasia Gospos Founder of Leaders in Heels kat@leadersinheels.com +61 450 787 442   Karen Gould Communications Manager karen@startsomegood.com     Lost Pet Finders launches in New Zealand 2014-10-30T01:50:22Z lost-pet-finders-launches-in-new-zealand LostPetFinders.co.nz launches rapid phone alert system PET ALERT Thursday 30 October 2014 @ 11:01 LostPetFinders.co.nz announced today the launch of PET ALERT, an innovative online phone service that allows the owners of lost pets to quickly broadcast the details of their lost pet to the relevant professionals and individuals in their area, and quickly find their lost animal.LostPetFinders.co.nz has an ever-expanding database of vets, shelters, pounds, groomers, trainers, clubs and welfare groups, along with other businesses willing to help find lost pets, who have agreed to be contacted about any lost animal in their area. This group of professionals is joined by the members of LostPetFinders.co.nz themselves, providing access to potentially thousands of people in your local area who are willing to help find a lost pet – all accessible with a single phone call. The idea was born when, some years ago, LostPetFinders.co.nz CEO Tony Ryder lost his dog Jessy. “The feeling of dread was horrible,” he says. “I quickly found that there was no-one to assist.” Tony faced a difficult choice: “Do I spend time contacting vets and pounds, or should I be outside looking? It was a very stressful time.” Although Jessy was found shortly afterwards (the kids who were playing with him had already started talking about adopting him), Tony says that he learned that time is critical when finding a lost pet. When he later came across technology allowing telemarketers to make automated, geographically targeted bulk calls at an affordable rate per call, PET ALERT was born. About LostPetFinders.co.nz LostPetFinders.co.nz was set up to reunite lost animals with their owners, and has built a community of pet-owners and professionals who work together to reunite lost animals with their owners. Founded in 2011, the community currently has a membership of 17,150 and growing. For more on how PET ALERT works, visit http://www.lostpetfinders.co.nz. LostPetFinders.com.au Tony Rydertony@lostpetfinders.co.nzwww.lostpetfinders.co.nz yd. uses Epson SureColor SC-F7100 64” large format dye sublimation printer for new spring/summer advertising campaign 2014-10-29T21:50:05Z yd-uses-epson-surecolor-sc-f7100-64-large-format-dye-sublimation-printer-for-new-spring-summer-advertising-campaign Recently yd., the innovative menswear retailer, had a requirement to produce a fresh, new advertising campaign for their current spring/summer range in 97 standalone stores across Australia and New Zealand. With the creative concept completed by agency Paper Stone Scissors the decision was made to print the campaign on Epson’s new SureColor SC-F7100 64” large format dye sublimation printer at Flash Graphics. The SC-F7100 was supplied to Flash Graphics by Andreas Johansson of graphic arts, sign & display specialists and Epson dealer Kayell Australia.   Head of Marketing at yd. Georgina Toskas explained, “For spring/summer 2014 we wanted to produce a campaign that created a strong visual impact. We wanted a young, fresh, modern look and feel that defines our brand position with confidence in the marketplace. The purpose of this campaign is to show yd. as the first stop for on-trend menswear to cover all occasions. To achieve this, we brought in the expertise of creative agency Paper Stone Scissors who did an amazing job of delivering our vision for the season.”   Paper Stone Scissors used Flash Graphics to uniquely print the in-store campaign on fabric, something Toskas sees as adding significant weight to the creative.   She continued, “The print on fabric looks fantastic! It creates such a positive and strong branding message. From afar, you cannot tell that the images are produced on fabrics, they look that good! The results have well exceeded our expectations and the quality and detail in the shots have translated onto the prints effortlessly. The amount of detail that has been able to come out on the fabrics is amazing. These are by far the best print results we have ever seen.”   Epson’s SureColor SC-F7100 64” large format dye sublimation printer has been designed for high-speed - up to 59m2/hr - roll-to-roll production and incorporates the very latest in inkjet technology - Epson's revolutionary new PrecisionCore™ Thin Film Print (TFP) head. The PrecisionCore TFP head consists of micro-fine nozzles that provide exceptionally high resolution imaging with pinpoint positional accuracy and outstanding uniformity. The head also supports resolutions up to 720x1440 dpi with Variable Sized Dot Technology for superior colour, finer detail and minimised ink consumption.   Georgina Toskas concluded, “The quality of the prints from the F7100 in our spring/summer campaign is exceptional. The prints create such a strong impact in store, especially being in black and white, as they stand out and do not get hidden by all the other ‘noise’ that is happening around them.”   Fredrik Uden from Flash Graphics added, “The complete yd. spring/summer campaign was produced on the SureColor SC-F7100 on 400 large fabrics. What made the SC-F7100 perfect for this campaign was that it showed off the quality of the photography and the texture in the clothing - every detail is there.We purchased the SC-F7100 as we have a good relationship with Kayell and Epson and together we are always aiming for print perfection. It makes sense that after an Epson proof follows an Epson Print. The SureColor SC-F7100 and its superior build quality gives us a high speed solution that produces the best possible results.For transfer-type dye sublimation this machine represents great value and we have not seen anything that prints sharper than the SC-F7100. It also gives great tracking of media with good drying capacity even at high speed. Even before we started the yd. campaign we were very confident the SC-F7100 would deliver the results the client was looking for as we had already seen the quality of the prints it produces.”   The Tuffline Fabric ® used in the yd. campaign is part of the Adversol range of products and was provided by specialist supplier Charles Parsons & Co. Sales manager at Charles Parsons & Co. Gary Di Losa, who saw the yd. campaign in production added, “The Adversol range of products are specifically developed for use within the print media sector and thus were ideal for the yd. campaign. I walked through production while the job was being printed and I can honestly say it was one of the best black and white print jobs I have ever seen on polyester. Getting black and white to look good on fabric is far more difficult than colour, which made this job even more impressive.”   For more information on Epson’s new SureColor SC-F7100 including official resellers and Where To Buy the printer go to: www.epson.com.au/textile BEN & JERRY’S OPENAIR CINEMAS ANNOUNCE DATES FOR SUMMER 2014 / 2015 & SEASON HEADLINERS HUSKY! 2014-10-29T02:22:27Z ben-amp-jerry-s-openair-cinemas-announce-dates-for-summer-2014-2015-amp-season-headliners-husky-1 Brisbane: Sunday 28th September – Sunday 9th November Melbourne: Sunday 30th November – Sunday 21st December Canberra: Sunday 18th January – Sunday 22nd February Sydney: Thursday 22nd January – Sunday 1st March Adelaide: Sunday 1st March – Sunday 12th April Perth: Thursday 19th March – Sunday 26th April   MEDIA RELEASE – SYDNEY, OCTOBER 2014: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are returning this summer, bringing music by day and movies by night to six cities across Australia. As part of a nationwide tour that reaches 150,000 festivalgoers, the season has kicked off at Brisbane’s South Bank on September 28 under the tropical woodland canopy of the Rainforest Green. Following the Queensland edition, the event will go on to visit Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth at spectacular waterside locations.   Triple-J Unearthed winner Husky have been brought onboard as the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions season headliners, and will perform at the Charity Launch Night in each respective city. Having toured with the likes of Gotye and Mumford & Sons, the Melbourne trio is set to perform tracks from their forthcoming second album, ‘Rucker’s Hill’. All proceeds from the Charity Launch Nights’ ticket sales will go to WWF-Australia’s efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Raising $30,000 for the cause last season, Ben & Jerry’s and Openair Cinemas are proud to support WWF-Australia’s work on the Great Barrier Reef. Husky says: “We’re really looking forward to playing the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions. You can’t go wrong with film, music and ice cream. Plus we get a chance to help a great cause, the World Wide Fund For Nature.” Films on offer include an assortment of the latest and greatest new releases, a selection of sci-fi thrillers, cult classics and firm family favourites. The Brisbane program is currently available online, and features the likes of What We Do in the Shadows, The Boxtrolls, Begin Again, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Grease Sing-a-Long and Jurassic Park. The entertainment schedule for the other cities will be released closer to event dates. Guests can look forward to enjoying an alfresco cinema experience like no other, with a 2K HD digital cinema system and a huge 12m by 6m screen to ensure they don’t miss any of the action. Adding a touch of comfort to a night under the stars, deckchairs, bean loungers and blankets can be hired as part of the ticket packages available. Cinemagoers can also opt for an all-new Volkswagen Polo Class ticket, which includes reserved premium seating with a blanket and cushion for extra film-watching luxury, a drink and a Ben & Jerry’s shortie. Complementing the entertainment line-up is a fully licensed bar stocked with a wide selection of beverages, and local gourmet food vendors will be serving up a delicious range of food unique to each venue. Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions once again include the best up-and-coming local musicians performing live, games on the lawn and free Ben & Jerry’s for all ticketholders before the main event every Sunday. On top of all this, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas will be the ultimate place to kickstart the weekend each and every Friday, as Aperol Sunsets will see the best local DJs take to the decks to provide the perfect musical backdrop for Aperol Spritz sundowners. Tickets are available from openaircinemas.com.au. - END -   Notes to Editors: For further information, images and interview requests contact: Ben Cooper - 0424 160 198 ben.cooper@thesoundcampaign.com   Listings information: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Brisbane Dates: Sunday 28th September – Sunday 9th November 2014 Address: Rainforest Green, South Bank Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky, The Altais, Jackie Marshall, Brother Fox, Sahara Beck Food: Vespa Pizza   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Melbourne Dates: Sunday 30th November – Sunday 21st December 2014 Address: South Beach Reserve, St Kilda Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Ladro   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Canberra Dates: Sunday 18th January – Sunday 22nd February 2015 Address: Patrick White Lawns, Canberra Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Rocketboy   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Sydney Dates: Thursday 22nd January – Sunday 1st March 2015 Address: Bondi Park Reserve, Bondi Beach  Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Pop-up Pizza   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Adelaide Dates: Sunday 1st March – Sunday 12th April 2015 Address: Glenelg Beach, Glenelg Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Ambient   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Perth Dates: Thursday 19th March – Sunday 26th April 2015 Address: Ozone Reserve, East Perth Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Capture the spirit of summer with Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas’ annual season of live outdoor music and feature films. Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are quintessential summer events, with feature films lighting up our huge outdoor movie screen under the moonlight from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the fully licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local DJs. BEN & JERRY’S OPENAIR CINEMAS ANNOUNCE DATES FOR SUMMER 2014 / 2015 & SEASON HEADLINERS HUSKY! 2014-10-29T02:14:59Z ben-amp-jerry-s-openair-cinemas-announce-dates-for-summer-2014-2015-amp-season-headliners-husky Brisbane: Sunday 28th September – Sunday 9th November Melbourne: Sunday 30th November – Sunday 21st December Canberra: Sunday 18th January – Sunday 22nd February Sydney: Thursday 22nd January – Sunday 1st March Adelaide: Sunday 1st March – Sunday 12th April Perth: Thursday 19th March – Sunday 26th April   MEDIA RELEASE – SYDNEY, OCTOBER 2014: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are returning this summer, bringing music by day and movies by night to six cities across Australia. As part of a nationwide tour that reaches 150,000 festival goers, the season has kicked off at Brisbane’s South Bank on September 28 under the tropical woodland canopy of the Rainforest Green. Following the Queensland edition, the event will go on to visit Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth at spectacular waterside locations.   Triple-J Unearthed winner Husky have been brought onboard as the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions season headliners, and will perform at the Charity Launch Night in each respective city. Having toured with the likes of Gotye and Mumford & Sons, the Melbourne trio is set to perform tracks from their forthcoming second album, ‘Rucker’s Hill’. All proceeds from the Charity Launch Nights’ ticket sales will go to WWF-Australia’s efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Raising $30,000 for the cause last season, Ben & Jerry’s and Openair Cinemas are proud to support WWF-Australia’s work on the Great Barrier Reef. Husky says: “We’re really looking forward to playing the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions. You can’t go wrong with film, music and ice cream. Plus we get a chance to help a great cause, the World Wide Fund For Nature.” Films on offer include an assortment of the latest and greatest new releases, a selection of sci-fi thrillers, cult classics and firm family favourites. The Brisbane program is currently available online, and features the likes of What We Do in the Shadows, The Boxtrolls, Begin Again, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Grease Sing-a-Long and Jurassic Park. The entertainment schedule for the other cities will be released closer to event dates. Guests can look forward to enjoying an alfresco cinema experience like no other, with a 2K HD digital cinema system and a huge 12m by 6m screen to ensure they don’t miss any of the action. Adding a touch of comfort to a night under the stars, deckchairs, bean loungers and blankets can be hired as part of the ticket packages available. Cinemagoers can also opt for an all-new Volkswagen Polo Class ticket, which includes reserved premium seating with a blanket and cushion for extra film-watching luxury, a drink and a Ben & Jerry’s shortie. Complementing the entertainment line-up is a fully licensed bar stocked with a wide selection of beverages, and local gourmet food vendors will be serving up a delicious range of food unique to each venue. Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions once again include the best up-and-coming local musicians performing live, games on the lawn and free Ben & Jerry’s for all ticketholders before the main event every Sunday. On top of all this, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas will be the ultimate place to kickstart the weekend each and every Friday, as Aperol Sunsets will see the best local DJs take to the decks to provide the perfect musical backdrop for Aperol Spritz sundowners. Tickets are available from openaircinemas.com.au. - END - Listings information: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Brisbane Dates: Sunday 28th September – Sunday 9th November 2014 Address: Rainforest Green, South Bank Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky, The Altais, Jackie Marshall, Brother Fox, Sahara Beck Food: Vespa Pizza Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Melbourne Dates: Sunday 30th November – Sunday 21st December 2014 Address: South Beach Reserve, St Kilda Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky, Soli Tesema, JR Reyne & More Food: Ladro   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Canberra Dates: Sunday 18th January – Sunday 22nd February 2015 Address: Patrick White Lawns, Canberra Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Rocketboy   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Sydney Dates: Thursday 22nd January – Sunday 1st March 2015 Address: Bondi Park Reserve, Bondi Beach  Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Pop-up Pizza   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Adelaide Dates: Sunday 1st March – Sunday 12th April 2015 Address: Glenelg Beach, Glenelg Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC Food: Ambient   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Perth Dates: Thursday 19th March – Sunday 26th April 2015 Address: Ozone Reserve, East Perth Tickets: openaircinemas.com.au Artists: Husky & more TBC   Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Capture the spirit of summer with Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas’ annual season of live outdoor music and feature films. Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are quintessential summer events, with feature films lighting up our huge outdoor movie screen under the moonlight from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the fully licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local DJs. Growing and Knowing Grevilleas 2014-10-27T23:41:19Z growing-and-knowing-grevilleas Growing and Knowing Grevilleas Get to know more about Grevilleas with the "Growing and Knowing Grevilleas" ebook. Written by John Mason and the staff of ACS Distance Education, this ebook is 134 pages of stunning colour pictures and information on Grevillea varieties, propagation, landscaping and ideal growing conditions. Given the diverse varieties, there are so many uses for this attractive plant within a garden or landscape.Grevilleas include trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Almost all are indigenous to Australia with a few originating from surrounding areas such as Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Celebes) and New Caledonia. They are chiefly grown for their attractive foliage and flowers which are produced in a number of different forms. Given the vast array of different species, hybrids and cultivars of Grevilleas, the range of variation of flowers and foliage can vary, as can the different climates that the plants grow well in. The ebook covers Classification, Cultivation, Landscaping and other uses for Grevilleas, Species, Hybrids and other cultivars as well as other species.   This ebook is available from our online bookshop now: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-growing-knowing-grevilleas-pdf-ebook-5958.aspx   For a high resolution cover and sample file, please visit: http://dl.acsebook.com/mediadl.aspx Intelligent location and smart spatial solutions at GeoNext 2015 2014-10-27T22:57:58Z intelligent-location-and-smart-spatial-solutions-at-geonext-2015 The GeoNext Conference has a reputation for attracting leading speakers in the geospatial sector, and in 2015 keynotes at the event will include Julian Carver, from Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Chris Sheldrick, of What3Words. For the last nine years Julian Carver has led strategies and projects across central and local  government agencies, CRIs and Universities, the private sector and NGOs. Julian led the IT and Geospatial strategy for the Christchurch earthquake recovery, is now Acting Group Manager Business Development at LINZ, and will share his experience and key learnings at GeoNext. Co-founder and CEO of What3Words, Chris Sheldrick, will also join the conference as a keynote. What3Words is a revolutionary mobile application which can pinpoint any location in the world using just three words. In response to popular demand, the one day conference will be held in Melbourne at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is a move that will see GeoNext continue to be a forum for cutting edge knowledge, software and hardware in a format where delegates can enjoy in-depth presentations as well as network with industry colleagues. The rest of the speaker line-up is still to be determined, and call for papers is now open. The conference committee welcomes submissions based on the following topics: Transport Intelligent Transport Systems Smart Cities Sensorisation, Ubiquitous hyperlocal sensors The role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Travel & navigation Presentations can be submitted online, at www.geonext.com.au/call-for-papers. About GeoNext ConferenceGeoNext is the event for leading and like-minded developers, users and entrepreneurs, and experts in the GIS field. Delegates attend GeoNext to learn what’s next in the world of Geographic Information technology, the latest start-ups, gadgets and much more. Delegates include App developers, Engineering and Location Information professionals, ICT professionals, Business Consultants, Architects, Town and Transport Planners, Insurance underwriters, Emergency Managers, Surveyors, Game developers, Academics, Representatives from all levels of Government, and many more. www.geonext.com.au More informationMelanie Robertson Marketing Manager, Interpoint Events Phone: (02) 9660 2113 Email: melanie@intermedia.com.au One of Australia's largest Hackathon events - tickets now on sale 2014-10-27T08:52:40Z one-of-australia-s-largest-hackathon-events-tickets-now-on-sale One of the biggest Hackathons in the country, the Wollongong 'HackagongX' event, venue and date confirmed: UOW UniCentre, 29-30 Nov 2014. The Hackagong event is a little broader than many 'programming-only' style hackathons. Anyone with an idea they want to bring to life is invited to attend. People who go to Hackagong may be designers, programmers, engineers, 'garage inventors', entrepreneurs or people who just want to tinker with some new bit of technology. There will be 3D printers available for free use! Categories include:     Design     Programming     Entrepreneurship     3D printing     Big data     Data visualisation     Game development     Cryptocurrencies Tickets now on sale, go to the website hackagong.com or email press@hackagong.com for more information. The Perfect, healthy “Back to School” Snack to write about in your Back to School stories! 2014-10-27T05:07:40Z the-perfect-back-to-school-snack-for-your-february-issues These days, parents are much more conscious of putting healthy, all-natural snacks in the mouths of their kids (and, themselves). Fortunately, nestled snuggly in the premium snack aisle of Coles and Woolworths are ABES Bagel Crisps.  ABES Bagel Crisps are the perfect snack for your kids, either in their lunch boxes or as a healthy, satisfying after school snack.  ABES Bagel Crisps have not only 60% less fat than traditional potato chips, they contain ZERO artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. They are also completely void of MSG and cholesterol, so mums & dads can be assured these are super healthy snacks for their kids.  ABES Bagel Crisps come in three mouth-watering flavours: Marlborough Sea Salt, Roasted Garlic, and Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Vinegar. Pop them in your child’s lunch box to munch on during morning tea or as a side to lunch, or offer them when the kids burst through the door after school, completely famished from the school day.  Their scooping power and fun crunch is also unbeatable for healthy dips such as hoummos or guacamole!    ABES Bagel Crisps are available in both Coles and Woolworths in the premium snack aisle, and retail for $3.29 per pack.  For a sample, please contact Anna at New Future PR anna@newfuturepr.com or 0411 481 477 Smart Driver ID Uses QR Technology To Save Lives 2014-10-27T02:53:06Z smart-driver-id-uses-qr-technology-to-save-lives The Myionu Smart Driver ID with Roll Over Detection uses start of the art camera technology to capture 1D and 2D codes to relay via 1-wire or via serial.  Using the built in roll-over sensor the Smart Driver ID will trigger an output. he Smart Driver ID uses red LEDs for illumination, so the engine shows better reading performance on, barcodes printed in non-red colours. For applications involving red barcodes, it is advised to turn off the engine’s illumination and use non-red supplementary  lighting instead.  Myionu Smart Driver ID can read barcodes on virtually any medium – paper, plastic cards, mobile phones. The embedded roll over alerting system will trigger a location  raising an automated alert which is sent via email as well as being displayed on the Myionu web based portal showing the precise location on a map along with full driver details to provide responder as much detail as possible. Smart Driver ID is launched in Australia on November 1st 2014 and will retail for $499 and will work with most vehicle tracking systems. Specifications: Output: 1-Wire® RS 232 1 x External output  (ground) Roll Over detection external alert. Input Voltage    12 – 24V Performance Precision   ≥ 5mil UPC-A (13mil)  55mm -270mm Depth of Field Code 39 (20mil)   50mm -340mm PDF 417 (6.67mil)   70 mm-165 mm Data Matrix (10mil)   55 mm -180 mm QR Code (20mil)   35 mm -275mm Symbol Contrast   ≥ 30% Scan Angle**   Roll: 360; Pitch: ±50; Skew: ±50° Field of View   Horizontal 36°; Vertical 23° Image Sensor   752 ×480 CMOS Illumination   Red LED 625 ±10 nm Size  50mm x 50mm x 10mm Environmental Operating Temperature   – 20℃ – +60 ℃ Storage Temperature   – 40℃ – +8 0 ℃ Humidity   5% – 95% (non-condensing) Ambient Light   0 ~ 100000 lux (natural light) New Kickstarter Titanium Outdoors Filter Campaign Launched by Go Walkabout 2014-10-22T23:19:16Z new-kickstarter-titanium-outdoors-filter-campaign-launched-by-go-walkabout The outdoors lifestyle is pretty demanding on gear. The freezing cold nights, hot days, packing, unpacking and carrying gear around all cause a lot of wear and tear. The Australian Walkabout Ti filters have been developed and designed with this in mind and, with a successful Kickstarter campaign, they will be introduced as the world’s first Titanium personal water filter. According to Go Walkabout Engineering Manager Matt Munoz, "We have made and tested filters using a number of different metals. We know that weight, size and ruggedness are always considerations when looking at outdoor gear, so decided to use Titanium for the Walkabout line of personal water filters. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It is also the most hypoallergenic material known and doesn’t add any flavor to the water you drink.” A Titanium filtration membrane forms the core of Walkabout Ti filters. Sealed inside a tough Titanium casing, this membrane can be safely frozen or boiled. The filtration process involves pre-filtration and filtration stages to hold back harmful bacteria and particles. On the larger filter an activated carbon filtration stage removes chlorine, heavy metals and odors. The flexible and lightweight filtration system can be used in a variety of ways such as a squeeze filter, gravity filter, pumped filter, filter straw, or as an inline filter. Since the filters are Titanium inside and out, the only real weak point is the O-ring seal. With this in mind, Go Walkabout has designed in an integrity indicator. This means that if a seal starts leaking, water drips out of the filter instead of through to the clean side. While Go Walkabout’s current equipment has successfully produced prototypes, the manufacturing process in uneconomical, making Walkabout Ti filters too expensive to be a good value in the outdoor gear market. Go Walkabout has determined that minimal additional tooling and equipment will result in the production of readily affordable filters Adequate funding through their Kickstarter campaign will allow Go Walkabout to purchase the needed material and tools. The funding target for this campaign is $48,000, and it will close on November 18th, 2014. The filters are being offered in their campaign below the expected retail price. To find out more about the campaign, please visit the campaign The official website of Go Walkabout is http://www.wegowalkabout.com/ 24 Hour Gyms Increase to 26% of all Gym and Fitness Centres 2014-10-22T04:28:23Z 24-hour-gyms-increase-to-26-of-all-gym-and-fitness-centres According to the recent Fitness Industry Survey conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong,26% of the gyms and fitness centres now operate 24 hours a day.  This is up by 15% from last year when only 11% of all gyms and fitness centres were open 24 hours a day.   With over 11,000 members and nearly 1,000 clubs responding to the survey in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong the survey is the largest of it's kind in the world.  Now the 2014 Club Infograph has been compiled by the Fitness Industry Survey team and is available for download for FREE from the Ezypay website.The 2014 Club Infograph include data on gyms and fitness clubs for: The type of club or fitness centre you offer. Membership duration Why members stay at a club Why members choose a club Why members leave a club Top 4 issues facing clubs More infographs will follow including ones on: Members Past members Staff Salaries Personal Training Fitness Technology and Communication These will be released over the following weeks.  About EzypayEzypay is an outsourced direct debit service provider dedicated to offering a payment collection system that assists businesses in the regulation of their cash flow and revenue without the hassle of managing members' bills. With close links to the fitness industry Ezypay offer small to medium growth business of all types an easy online payment collection options at www.ezypay.com. Fitness Industry Survey Uncovers Why Over 60% of Gym Members are Satisfied With their Gym 2014-10-22T04:23:04Z fitness-industry-survey-uncovers-why-over-60-of-gym-members-are-satisfied-with-their-gym Since 2008, the Fitness Industry Survey has proven that gym member satisfaction has remained steady at a rate of 60%. This year, the survey delves deeper into what exactly determines the satisfaction of active gym members. The 2014 member infograph recently released by Fitness Industry Survey conducted by Australian-based Ezypay in collaboration with membership management software iconnect360 interviews over 11,300 respondents from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong on the main reason they signed up for a gym membership as well as what they like about their gym or fitness club. The latest findings also includes citations from current members on what they feel business owners of fitness centres and gyms should work on to further push the satisfaction rating above 60%. A gym with a strategic location remains as the number one reason over 50% of gym members continue to subscribe to a gym or fitness club. A survey respondent of the 2014 Fitness Industry Survey remarked: “It (the gym) is located across the road from my house and I have been using the facilities for 30 years”.  What is remarkable about this year’s data is that “value for money” is cited as the second highest factor in determining a member’s long-term commitment. Remarks such as “full range of equipment, types of classes, all forms of training range, swimming pool, women’s only classes, flexible class times after working hours and high quality training sessions” indicates that gym members are willing to invest in fitness clubs and gyms that provide greater perceived value, as opposed to training centres that provide only the most basic equipment and supervision. This data is further reinforced by members responding to the question on where their gym should be investing in 2015. 1 in 4 gym members believe that gyms and fitness centres should provide more group fitness classes whereas a substantial 41% of gym members believe that fitness centres should provide bigger facilities and better equipment for their members. The professionalism of the staff ranked in as the third determining factor of whether or not a member will prolong his/her membership at a gym or fitness centre. Over 60% of gym members believe that interaction with the fitness club staff during each visit is important, suggesting that staff should be trained to extend their service and dialogue with their clients past a successful sales pitch. A survey respondent best surmised this by saying, “Location, cleanliness and equipment are all good, but the instructor’s personality and ability to motivate is crucial to the participant’s enjoyment levels and desire to keep returning.” The 2014 Members infograph is one of the many free infographs available for download at the Ezypay website. Lauretta Stace, CEO of Fitness Australia says that, “The Fitness Industry Survey is the first class resource for the industry.” It is the largest fitness industry survey in the world and includes data on the latest fitness trends, past gym members, personal trainers, staff salary and marketing. Find Out What it Would Take to Win Back Ex-Gym Members 2014-10-22T04:18:41Z find-out-what-it-would-take-to-win-back-ex-gym-members An astounding 51% of past gym members in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia have admitted that they would return to their previous gym or fitness club under certain financial provisions. The 2014 annual Fitness Industry Survey conducted by Ezypay and iconnect360 indicates that in the midst of an increasingly competitive fitness industry, there is an untapped revenue source and growth opportunities awaiting gyms and fitness centres that can adapt to the hectic lifestyles and financial constraints of its past members. The latest infograph released by the Fitness Industry Survey offers in-depth insight on past members who feel that while being actively fit should be a lifestyle priority for the sake of long-term health, nearly 1 in 5 of these members also have difficulty balancing time to go the gym against work commitments and personal time.  Of the 1,325 respondents interviewed, 40% have paid for gym memberships for over 12 months whereas 21% were gym members for at least 10 to 12 months. This is another strong indicator that gyms and fitness clubs who can successfully woo these past gym members back into the club can increase their revenue by at least 40% to 60% in the next 10 to 12 months. When asked for the main reason he/she left the gym, a respondent of the 2014 Fitness Industry survey was cited as saying: “Too busy, could never get on equipment, spent more time waiting than working out.” Over 1,000 respondents from 5 countries similarly echo this remark – an indication that gym members who feel sidelined, undervalued or under appreciated are more likely to quit their membership in the long term, regardless of the gym equipment, classes or facilities provided. Interesting enough, the top three factors that would entice past members to re-join the same gym are all related to monetary gains. 25% of past members would re-join their club if the membership contract is waived, whereas 14% would re-join if there was no additional joining fee and another 14% would re-join at the same price rate as before. One other notable factor that can alter the past member’s decision to join or leave a gym is the personal training package and buddy promotion. 11% of past members would re-join a gym if they are offered free personal training sessions whereas 9% of past members are of the opinion that they would be much more likely to re-join a gym if they can invite a friend/family member along for the workout session. Taking into consideration that only 10% of the past members interviewed would never renew they gym membership, the latest Fitness Industry Survey indicates that it would be worth looking into winning over the other 90% of past gym members who would consider re-joining the gym under the right circumstances.    The 2014 Past Gym Members Infograph is a part of the annual Fitness Industry Survey conducted by Ezypay and iconnect360.  It is the largest fitness survey conducted with over 11,000 respondents from 5 countries. Within the next month, the Fitness Industry Survey will also release findings on personal trainers, staff salary and marketing.  Epson Sponsors AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 and launches Free Ticket Promotion 2014-10-22T01:37:54Z epson-sponsors-afc-asian-cup-australia-2015-and-launches-free-ticket-promotion Epson has launched its AFC Asian Cup Ticket Promotion as part of the company’s sponsorship of the event. The promotion entitles anyone who purchases a selected Epson WorkForce multifunction inkjet printer from an Australian Epson reseller or from the Epson Australia website between 1 October 2014 and 30 November 2014 to claim free category 1 or 2 tickets to the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.   From its humble beginnings in 1956, the AFC Asian Cup has grown into the continent’s biggest soccer event bringing together Asia’s top national teams every four years. The 2015 competition promises to be a global phenomenon with Asia's 16 top nations primed to participate in Australia in January 2015. The tournament’s qualifying nations include regional soccer powerhouses Australia, Japan and Korea Republic alongside Iran, Korea DPR, Kuwait, Oman, Uzbekistan, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China PR, Iraq, Palestine and Qatar.   When buying a printer there are also further tickets that can be claimed if an additional set of four Genuine Epson DURABrite Ultra ink cartridges are purchased along with the printer in one transaction:   ELIGIBLE PRINTER MODEL       PRINTER                       PRINTER & ADDITIONAL TICKETS                        INK TICKETS            Epson WorkForce WF-2650            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets Epson WorkForce WF-2660            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets                         Epson WorkForce WF-3620            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-3640            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets              Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630      2 Tickets                      3 Tickets Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4640      2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-7610             2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-7620             2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              The AFC ASIAN CUP kicks off at 8pm on 9 January 2015 with Australia vs. Kuwait at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.   For more information on the Epson AFC Asian Cup Ticket Promotion go to: https://www.clubepson.com.au/competitions/data/2014_800433/promotion.asp