The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-07-07T23:44:06Z MEDIA ALERT - RED CARPET ARRIVALS FOR LAST CAB TO DARWIN BRISBANE PREMIERE 2015-07-07T23:44:06Z media-alert-red-carpet-arrivals-for-last-cab-to-darwin-brisbane-premiere Media are invited to cover the red carpet arrivals for the Brisbane premiere to Last Cab to Darwin on the 12th July 2015 at Dendy Cinemas Portside. Interview & photograph opportunities will include Film Star Michael Caton, Film Director Jeremy Sims, and various other VIP’s. WHAT: Last Cab to Darwin Brisbane Premiere, Red Carpet Arrivals DATE: 12th July 2015, media check-in at 5:30 for red carpet arrivals at 6:00pm (Meet publicity team in foyer at media check-in table) WHERE: Dendy Cinemas Portside, Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street Hamilton MEDIA OPS:Various photo/interview opportunities with Michael Caton, Jeremy Sims and other VIP guests  Red carpet media accreditation MUST be approved ahead of time, and media MUST check-in with event publicists on the day. For red carpet accreditation and any special red carpet requests contact: Jeremy Hansen, GlowBored Publicity Coordinator | jeremy@glowbored.com, 0434 247 671, 07 3806 1754 OR Katelyn Aspery, Publicity Manager, Dendy | katelyna@dendy.com.au, 07 3137 6002, 0401 476 199. Filled with humour and heart, Last Cab to Darwin tells the story of Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver who, when told he does not have long to live, set’s off on an epic journey to Darwin to die on his own terms. Starring Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Ningali Lawford-Wolf and Mark Coles Smith, Last Cab to Darwin has been captivating critics and audiences alike. Brother Australia launches its new range of mid-level computerised sewing, quilting and embroidery machines - an exciting new chapter for sewing enthusiasts 2015-07-07T09:13:30Z brother-australia-launches-its-new-range-of-mid-level-computerised-sewing-quilting-and-embroidery-machines-an-exciting-new-chapter-for-sewing-enthusiasts Sydney, Australia - 6 July 2015 – Brother International Australia; a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, has recently introduced a new and exciting range of  computerised sewing, quilting and embroidery machines; the NV Series. This range is designed to inspire and help sewing enthusiasts unleash their creativity.The NV Series is starting a new chapter in the sewing industry; a feature packed range of machines that provides great value for money. This new range offers fast sewing and embroidery speeds, large 8.3” needle to arm workspaces and high quality sewing functions, including improved sewing. Comprising of 5 very capable and advanced models, the series includes 1 combination sewing and embroidery machine packed with a wide range of built-in designs including Disney characters, 1 specialised embroidery only machine with a large embroidery area and 3 sewing and quilting machines that will help users create beautiful quilts and outstanding fashion projects.“Brother knows that features and technology are very important for our customers, a sewing machine must be capable and reliable so that it becomes the perfect partner that accompanies them through their creative journey. The new NV Series is not only packed with the innovation that Brother is renowned for, but is also affordable and extremely easy to use. We are very excited to continue to make history and begin a new chapter in which our products and our company provide the inspiration that our customers deserve” stated Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.The top of the range and combination model is the Innov-is NQ3500D sewing, quilting and embroidery machine. An ideal machine for hobbyists of all skill levels, users can not only take advantage of the 290 built-in sewing stitches, but can also design their own with the Brother exclusive My Custom Stitch feature that allows users to combine and edit custom and built-in stitches. Importing embroidery designs from a built-in USB memory stick is easily accomplished while expanding design capabilities beyond the generous 173 built-in embroidery designs, which include 35 designs featuring Disney characters.For users looking to add an embroidery-only machine to their existing sewing machine, Brother introduces the Innov-is NV800E. With a large 260 x 160mm embroidery area and 138 built-in embroidery designs, users will create beautiful embroidery in no-time.Shining a bright spotlight on creativity and convenience, the NV Series sewing and quilting range is perfect for those who want to easy bring quilts and fashion projects to life. The Innov-is NV1800Q sewing and quilting machine gives sewers the ability to take garment construction to new heights with 290 sewing stitches and the My Custom Stitch feature, which allows the creation of personalised stitches. Whether sewing silk, denim, or leather, the Automatic Height Adjustor (AHA) feature will help deliver smooth, even stitches every time.The Innov-is NV1300 sewing and quilting machine is loaded with features such as 240 built-in stitches, including 58 combinable stitches and 10 one-step auto-size buttonhole styles, and the Brother exclusive My Custom Stitch feature. And last but not least, the Innov-is NV1100 sewing and quilting machine features 180 built-in stitches, including 40 combinable stitches and 10 one-step auto-size buttonhole styles, improved sewing with longer feed dogs and zigzag foot and a reinforcement stitch button to automatically sew a tie-off stitch. Since the NV Series was introduced in Australia earlier this year, Brother has worked with highly recognised bloggers like Angie Wilson from Gnome Angel in order to provide users with more inspiration as well as insights regarding this new range. “I have worked with Brother since their Pink Christmas campaign in December last year, more recently I started using the Innov-is NQ3500D and I can’t imagine life without my machine! The ease of use and extensive functionality available provides the serious sewer with enough scope and range to create their sewing, crafting and embroidery projects,  the Innov-is NQ3500D is the perfect go-to machine for years to come!” stated Angie Wilson.The NV Series is exclusively sold across the Brother Authorised Dealer network. To find out more about the great features that this range has to offer visit the home sewing machines pages of the Brother Australia website (www.brother.com.au) or a Brother Authorised Dealer.Range Overview    Innov-is NQ3500D •    Sewing, embroidery and quilting machine•    290 built-in stitches including 58 combinable stitches, 10 one-step buttonhole styles and 5 sewing fonts•    173 built-in embroidery designs including 35 designs featuring Disney characters, 140 frame pattern    combinations and 11 embroidery fonts•    Large260 x 160mm (10"x6") embroidery area•    8.3" from needle to arm - 14% larger workspace (versus previous model without extension table)•    3.7” colour LCD touch screen display•    Built-in USB port to import designs from your memory stick•    Embroider and sew up to 850 stitches per minute•    Automatic Height Adjuster (AHA) feature•    Pivot Function for fast and easy fabric manipulation•    Enhanced My Custom Stitch feature with the ability to combine and edit custom and built-in sample stitches•    On-screen editing in embroidery includes letter editing, enhanced zoom, resizing, rotating, repositioning and combining designs•    Hard case included•    Wide range of included accessories  Innov-is NV800E  •    Embroidery-only machine•    138 built-in embroidery designs, 140 frame pattern combinations and 11 embroidery lettering fonts•    Large 260 x 160mm (10" x 6") embroidery area•    8.3" from needle to arm - 59% larger workspace versus previous models•    3.7”  colour LCD touch screen display•    Built-in USB port to import designs from your memory stick•    Embroider designs at up to 850 stitches per minute•    On-screen editing includes letter editing, enhanced zoom, resizing, rotating, repositioning, and combining designs•    Advanced needle threading system and automatic thread tension   Innov-is NV1800Q  •    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    Innov-is NV1300  •    Sewing and quilting machine•    240 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 (versus previous model without extension table)•    Sideways sewing•    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•    Advanced needle threading system and automatic thread tension•    Jam-resistant Quick-Set drop-in top bobbin•    Hard case included   Innov-is NV1100   •    Sewing and quilting machine•    180 built-in stitches including 40 combinable stitches, 10 one-step buttonhole styles and 5 sewing fonts•    8.3" from needle to arm•    14% larger workspace (versus previous model without extension table)•    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•    Advanced needle threading system•    Jam-resistant Quick-Set drop-in top bobbin•    Super easy bobbin winding system•    Hard case included Pricing and AvailabilityVendor: Brother International AustraliaAustralia Distributor: Available from Authorised Brother Home Sewing Machine DealersWarranty: 5 year return to base (RTB)Website: www.brother.com.auAvailable: Now  Pricing:          Model RRP (AUD) NQ3500D   $3,999 NV800E $2,399 NV1800Q $1,799 NV1300 $1,499 NV1100 $1,299 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 www.brotherearth.com. Looking for Luxury Accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand? 2015-07-07T05:33:18Z looking-for-luxury-accommodation-in-auckland-new-zealand Finally, Auckland, the gateway to New Zealand has a bespoke full service luxury accommodation Villa to accommodate those who want nothing less than the best of everything!If a property epitomises how far Auckland has matured into a city that has it all, St Mary’s Residence in St Mary’s Bay in Auckland is it. This heritage harbour-view luxury accommodation, only minutes from Auckland CBD & downtown with a chic designer personality provides the ideal escape from the ordinary in every way. Manjit Kaur and Michael Coutts, well-travelled entrepreneurs with a hospitality background, have created a home away from home experience in the style and comfort of the most luxurious and refined Hotels and private Villa’s in the world. “I have stayed at The Ritz in Paris, The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and,The Oriental In Bangkok, Raffles in Singapore, Four Seasons and Aman Resorts and of course many top private Villas worldwide and I can assure any accommodation connoisseur that St Mary’s Residence will conform to their taste.” – Mr Bowler, Villa Getaways Chairman. Here one will find all they require to begin a memorable visit to Auckland, the City of Sails. Villa Getaways is proud to add this valuable asset to their database of Auckland Luxury Accommodation Villas. Visit below link to view full details: http://www.villagetaways.com/new-zealand/villa-rentals-auckland-671.html Auckland City has grown in population by almost 1 million in the past 25 years and that substantial growth has brought an international flavour to what once was a quiet city at the end of the world. Now one can dine in true International style, attend world class live shows, visit markets filled with Asian and European visitors and residents.  Auckland’s sprawling tree lined suburbs reach out in each direction surrounding the Waitemata Harbour and bridging the calm island-dotted Hauraki Gulf and the exotic rain forests and exhilarating wild beaches of the West Coast. St Mary’s Residence is now available for luxury holiday rental by Villa Getaways – Luxury Villas World Wide Interview Opportunity: APD Glenn Cardwell to discuss new findings on vitamin D research 2015-07-06T21:00:00Z mushrooms-provide-100-daily-vitamin-d-according-to-new-data-published-by-food-standards-anz Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has published new data around vitamin D levels in food, on the government website:http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/nutrientables/Pages/Data-provided-by-food-companies-and-organisations.aspx   The new data published by FSANZ show Mushrooms, like people, absorb vitamin d and we can achieve our daily intake just by eating them. In fact, they are the ONLY food to provide 100 per cent of the vitamin D you need in just one serve (three mushrooms + 1hr of sunlight).   "As we approach the middle of winter, now is the time to be increasing vitamin D rich foods. These findings are extremely timely as one in two Aussies will be deciecient in vitamin D by the end of next month," says Acredited Practicing Dietitian, Glenn Carwell.    APD Glenn Cardwell is available for interview, to discuss: The new figures from the National Measurement Institute One serve of store-bought mushrooms can provide 20 per cent of an adult’s daily vitamin D needs One serve of mushrooms left in the sun for an hour, as well as ‘vitamin D’ labelled mushrooms, will provide more than 100 per cent of your daily vitamin D needs More than four in five (84%) Australians don’t know they can achieve vitamin D through food they eat and many aren’t aware of the health risks associated with low vitamin D levels Who is most as risk of a dificiency: Women, 18-34 year olds, those who live in southern parts of Australia, city dwellers Do let me know if you wish to arrange an interview, or would like to see copies of the research.  Ashley Mawer Account Director, Porter Novelli amawer@porternovelli.com 0403 133 699 02 8987 2130 EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE WITH STAR AND DIRECTOR OF LAST CAB TO DARWIN 2015-07-06T04:52:58Z exclusive-premiere-with-star-and-director-of-last-cab-to-darwin It’s time to put the kettle on as Icon Film Distribution proudly announces that cast & crew from the new Australian feature film, LAST CAB TO DARWIN will be pulling up at Dendy Portside on July 12 for the exclusive Brisbane Premiere. Director, Jeremy Sims and star Michael Caton will be in attendance for this special event screening of the movie. Following the films highly successful World Premiere launch at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival in June, Brisbane will be one of several locations in a national tour that is set to rival the very journey depicted in the film and the actual journey undertaken to make it. Michael Caton gives the performance of a lifetime as Rex, a Broken Hill Cab Driver who, when told he does not have long to live, set’s off on an epic journey to Darwin to die on his own terms. Along the way he finds his horizons expanded as he meets new people and finds new perspectives; reminding us all that it’s never too late to start living. Acclaimed Australian actress Ningali Lawford-Wolf and now Hollywood sensation Jacki Weaver play the key roles of Polly, Rex’s neighbour and sometime lover in Broken Hill and Dr Farmer, the Darwin based doctor he believes has the answers to his condition. Variety recognised the performances of these talented actresses and Caton as “never less that note-perfect”. Mark Coles Smith is a standout as Tilly, with The Hollywood Reporter calling him “superb” and “a dead ringer for Brad Pitt’s hustler in Thelma & Louise”. London based Australian actress Emma Hamilton also bring the pivotal character of Julie, a nurse-turned-backpacker to life with spark and sensitivity. Filled with humour and heart LAST CAB TO DARWIN has been captivating critics and audiences alike. Invited media and VIP’s for this exclusive event are sure to join the legion of fans that are fast building ahead of the films national release on August 6th. For red carpet media accreditation for the LAST CAB TO DARWIN Brisbane Premiere on July 12th, please contact: Jeremy Hansen, GlowBored Publicity Coordinator | jeremy@glowbored.com, 0434 247 671, 07 3806 1753.  Get behind the wheel for a USA & Canada Road Trip! 2015-07-06T00:56:34Z get-behind-the-wheel-for-a-usa-amp-canada-road-trip DriveAway Holidays has just launched a dedicated USA & Canada self-drive sale. Get behind the wheel with car rental deals that include GPS hire, a tank of fuel and additional drivers on selected vehicles in the US. In Canada, never get lost with a GPS included in selected rentals. For a great road trip experience, there's no better way to discover the serenity of North America’s National Parks than with the freedom of a motorhome rental. If thinking of heading off on a one-way road trip, check out the one-way deals and possibly save up to USD700. For collections after next March, there's a 15% Earlybird discount deal which includes a free GPS hire and 50% discounted convenience kits on a 4 berth model. DriveAway Holidays also has winter savings of 15% on selected USA & Canada motorhome rentals. If you fancy the adrenaline trip of a lifetime, rent a motorcycle and cruise along the scenic byways. Save up to 20% off selected motorcycle rentals for travel in July of this year or July of next. Ride Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago and receive unlimited mileage, a 5% discount plus no one-way fees. Other great motorcycle deals include a free GoPro camera or free Bluetooth headset. To get you on your way, download DriveAway Holidays’ free digital USA & Canada Self-drive Guides which include many itinerary suggestions to get the most out of a road trip. For more information and to book, simply visit www.driveaway.co.nz or call a DriveAway Holidays Self-drive Specialist on 0800 885 590. Full booking conditions, travel dates and vehicle specifics can be found on the website. Get behind the wheel for a USA & Canada Road Trip! 2015-07-06T00:52:37Z get-behind-the-wheel-for-a-usa-amp-canada-road-trip-1 DriveAway Holidays has just launched a dedicated USA & Canada self-drive sale. Get behind the wheel with car rental deals that include GPS hire, a tank of fuel and additional drivers on selected vehicles in the US. In Canada, never get lost with a GPS included in selected rentals. For a great road trip experience, there's no better way to discover the serenity of North America’s National Parks than with the freedom of a motorhome rental. If thinking of heading off on a one-way road trip, check out the one-way deals and possibly save up to USD700. For collections after next March, there's a 15% Earlybird discount deal which includes a free GPS hire and 50% discounted convenience kits on a 4 berth model. DriveAway Holidays also has winter savings of 15% on selected USA & Canada motorhome rentals. If you fancy the adrenaline trip of a lifetime, rent a motorcycle and cruise along the scenic byways. Save up to 20% off selected motorcycle rentals for travel in July of this year or July of next. Ride Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago and receive unlimited mileage, a 5% discount plus no one-way fees. Other great motorcycle deals include a free GoPro camera or free Bluetooth headset. To get you on your way, download DriveAway Holidays' free digital USA & Canada Self-drive Guides which include many itinerary suggestions to get the most out of a road trip. For more information and to book, simply visit www.driveaway.com.au or call a DriveAway Holidays Self-drive Specialist on 1300 723 972. Full booking conditions, travel dates and vehicle specifics can be found on the website. 175 years of regular ocean liner travel. 2015-07-04T03:23:10Z 175-years-of-regular-ocean-liner-travel On 4 July 1840, exactly 175 years ago, the way people travel changed for ever.  It was on this day in 1840 that Sir Samuel Cunard along with a group of fare paying passengers set sail aboard the RMS. Britannia.  She set sail from Liverpool bound for Halifax and Boston to inaugurate the first regularly scheduled transatlantic service.  Britannia was a steam powered liner, the first of four ships designed to operate these crossings. Maritime Author Chris Frame says this voyage changed the way people travel forever,  "175 years ago this first regularly scheduled crossing changed the world. It changed the way people travel. For the first time in history there was regular and safe travel by steam ship. It was a revolution because now people could plan their travel around a reliable schedule. " These early steam ships were vastly different from the cruise ships in service today. There was no luxury on these early Cunard ships. They were purposely built to be as simple as possible, with cargo storage taking up much of the space. Passengers shared cramped quarters, and there was a cow carried aboard for milk and chickens for eggs as commercial refrigeration hadn't been invented yet.  Over the years, many other lines were established and thousands of ships were built. The great ocean liners helped drive change in society, being instrumental in the immigration booms to the USA, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.  Ocean Liners were also used to pioneer and perfect many technologies, with wireless radio, electric call bells and turbine engines all utilised aboard liners before they were widely adopted on land. These great ships were also used during both world wars, as Maritime Author Chris Frame reflects, "During both wars, the ocean liners were used by the military as troop ships."  He continues, "Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were converted for use as troop ships in World War II and could each carry over 16,000 people per crossing. Winston Churchill actually acknowledged their impact on the allied war effort, saying they helped shorten the war by at least one year." To learn more about the ocean liner please visit www.chriscunard.com or you can hear Chris Frame's full one hour interview on the subject at ABC's conversations page: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/07/01/4264798.htm  FootGolf Australia launches FGA-League 2015-07-02T14:12:21Z footgolf-australia-launches-fga-league FootGolf Australia is launching FGA-League, the national competition that will qualify players to represent Australia in the FootGolf World Cup that will take place in Argentina in January 2016. FGA-League is managed by FootGolf Australia (FGA) and locally run by each of the participating Accredited FootGolf courses. In Sydney, Colonial Golf and FootGolf Course will be hosting FGA-League competitions. Registration is now open for male and female players aged 16+. Sign-up fee is $130 and includes player insurance; handicap management; and registration fee to play 6 qualifying competitions. Qualifying Competitions From 29 August to 15 November 2015, players will participate in a minimum of 6 Qualifying Competitions in order to have a handicap and to be ranked. At each participating course, players will be ranked using their best 6 scores. Players can participate in as many qualifying competitions as their selected club offers. Even though the 2016 FootGolf World Cup is an individual men’s event, FGA-League is also open to female players and teams of four (4). No additional fees will be paid by players participating both as individuals and as part of a team. State Open The best players in each participating club will play the State Open in December 2015. The State Open will host the best 72 players in each State and will be run by one of the participating courses. Australian Team for the 2016 World Cup in Argentina There are 16 spots for Australia in the World Cup. These spots will be filled by the top players in each of the State Opens. The number of spots available for each State will depend on the total number of players registered in FGA-League in each State. For more information, please visit www.fgaleague.org.au Say Hello To Mystro's New and Improved Pricing 2015-07-01T23:57:17Z say-hello-to-mystro-s-new-and-improved-pricing-1 We’ve received some awesome suggestions over the past few months on ways we can improve our existing pricing structure. We’ve listened to your feedback and have come up with a simpler, less expensive pricing structure, which we think you’ll love! You’ll no longer have to pay for a subscription that limits the number of businesses, locations, and service providers that you can add to your account, nor limit the features you have access to. Instead, you’ll only pay for what you need (that is, you and any additional active team members) and you will have access to all of our current and upcoming features.View our new pricing → https://www.mystro.co/pricingAs before, your subscription is still billed in your country’s currency. Our new pricing structure means that you will now be billed in arrears based on you and the number of additional active team members added to your account during your last billing cycle. We still offer a free option, which now grants you up to 10 customers. If you plan to use Mystro for free, you will now also have access to all of our features, including connecting a payment gateway to accept payments online!What is an active team member? An active team member is an additional Service Provider or User added to your account who’s status is set as ‘active’ within your account for more than 1 hour during your monthly billing cycle. This could be a therapist, practitioner, receptionist, scheduler, etc. If a team member’s status is set as ‘inactive’ during your monthly billing cycle and has not been active for more than 1 hour, you won’t be billed for that team member at the end of your billing cycle! If a team member’s status is set as ‘inactive’ during your monthly billing cycle and has not been active for more than 1 hour, you won’t be billed for that team member at the end of your billing cycle!Track your billing You can view your current active team members and next billing amount in the Subscription page of your account. Have your say and never miss an update at https://blog.mystro.co/our-new-and-improved-pricing/ Over 20,000 Children Australia wide dance for a cause! 2015-07-01T06:38:28Z over-20-000-children-australia-wide-dance-for-a-cause On Friday 26th June 2015 over 20,000 littlies Australia wide switched on Little Rockers Radio to disco dance for 1-hour, wear red noses and raise funds for SIDS & Kids. The Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco ran through Child Care Centres Australia wide for the first time in 2015 and was a huge success with close to 500 Child Care Centres switching on the disco and over 20,000 children dancing to The Wiggles, The MikMaks, Sam Moran, The Kazoos and more in an hour of disco fun! SIDS and Kids Australia CEO Associate Professor Leanne Raven is delighted to have brought the Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco into Child Care Centres for the first time this year; “It’s fantastic to have our littlest members of the community joining in the fun this year to support the Red Nose Disco for Red Nose Day. Babies and children are who SIDS and Kids is all about, so it great to have them and their families supporting us.” The Little Rockers RED NOSE 12-hour Disco also took place for the first time on Red Nose Day at Luna Park, Melbourne. With support from both Luna Park and ABC Music the 12-hour Disco was filled with live music (with Shelley Craft and Beau Young performing live for the first time as Animals Rock), disco dancing, face painting, ballooning and hula hooping fun! Sarah Morrissey, founder of Little Rockers Radio, initially approached SIDS & Kids with the idea of a disco to raise funds for Red Nose Day in memory of her nephew, Dylan. “I’m delighted that SIDS & Kids were keen to work on it together and I hope to see it grow in the future, helping to generate funds and awareness for SIDS & Kids,” said Sarah. For more information on the Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco, little Rockers Radio or SIDS & Kids please contact Sarah Morrissey, sarah@littlerockersradio.com.au. Property Bubble affects Regional and Rural Australia 2015-07-01T05:02:45Z property-bubble-affects-regional-and-rural-australia For immediate release  RENT INCREASES EFFECTS REGIONAL AUSTRALIA  John Stericker, founder and owner of global online portal for share accommodation, flatmate.com has said today that rent increases experienced in Sydney, Melbourne and other Australian capital cities have an effect on regional and rural Australia as well. “Its pretty simple – as people are being priced out of the market in the inner urban areas, they are increasingly buying property in regional and rural Australia to get in to the property market, and commuting further to work.  This will have an effect on property availability in regional areas that are close to our capital cities and could have a flow on effect for housing affordability in these areas” he said. A Council to Homeless Persons report released in April 2015 has identified that soaring prices are squeezing lower income earners in regional Victoria out of the rental property market.  The report shows a rental increase of 17% over the past five years and in some regional areas its up to 30% “This will see an increase in people sharing rental space to economise and make their money go further,” said Stericker.  “It also means it increases the risk of homelessness for some low income earners in regional areas.  What we expect to see in the next few years are more single parent families sharing houses and apartments in regional areas to make ends meet, as is happening in the bigger metropolitan centres now” he concluded. With Sydney and Melbourne reportedly in housing bubbles, entering the property market in cities is becoming more difficult for young Australians and more and more people are moving to inner regional areas. There is also the issue of investors buying small parcels of land, hobby farms and other rural properties as they consider retirement and what their future looks like. flatmate.com provides a global platform for people to offer rooms and share houses for rent or to set up arrangements for shared houses. The refurbished site, launching on July 28 will also mean the people in regional areas across the country can use the site as effectively as those in metropolitan and urban areas.   ENDS John Stericker is available for comment or interview About John Stericker: Founder and Owner, flatmate.com With a background in the service and IT industries, John Stericker founded flatmate.com in 1998 before facebook and twitter were born, to assist people in finding share accommodation or likeminded people to share with. Stericker is an entrepreneur, elearning trainer and IT specialist, and is committed to new and evolving technologies. He lives in Sydney with his partner and two children.  From the golden age of transatlantic crossings, to the crucial role of these ships in wartime, Chris Frame says ocean liners changed the world. 2015-07-01T03:47:28Z from-the-golden-age-of-transatlantic-crossings-to-the-crucial-role-of-these-ships-in-wartime-chris-frame-says-ocean-liners-changed-the-world On the eve of the 175th anniversary of scheduled ocean liner voyages, Chris Frame tells Sarah Kanowski ocean liners changed the world. Chris Frame, Australian Maritime Historian and author of ten books about Ocean Liners talks on ABC's acclaimed "Conversations" programme about the history of the ocean liner, and the impact these ships had on world events.  From the golden age of transatlantic crossings, to the crucial role of these ships in wartime, Chris Frame says ocean liners changed the world. Liners were used to test and trial technologies including wireless radios, electricity, lighting, refrigeration, and turbine and diesel engines. Chris spends as much time as he possibly can on the ocean and has lost count of the number of voyages he's made. But the magic of that first step on the gangway is for him, as strong as ever. Chris Frame and Rachelle Cross have recently published "175 Years of Cunard" as well as "A Photographic History of P&O Cruises", the lattter co-authored with archivists Rob Henderson and Doug Cremer.  Hear the full interview about the era of the Ocean Liner here: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/07/01/4264798.htm  Australia Boutique 2015-07-01T03:43:01Z australia-boutique NEW PERSONAL SHOPPING WEBSITE SUPPORTS AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS. Australia Boutique makes it all easy. All the retailers. All the products. One website. One transaction. One delivery. Australia Boutique is a brand new website that allows customers to buy from as many retailers as they like, with free shipping and receive everything in one parcel. www.australiaboutique.com.au By solving the shipping issues that have always been a barrier to e-commerce in Australia, this site allows small and medium Australian retailers to compete with the bog box retailers and also the giants of the internet. By selling items on Australia Boutique, the retailers can increase their customer footprint from just their suburb to the whole of Australia and beyond. The extra customer base means they are better able to keep their physical store open and keep the local Australian high streets thriving. The directors of Australia Boutique have had first hand experience of the UK market in which small, boutique style stores, with high street or back street locations have been squeezed out of the market by large grocers owned by mega corporations such as the grocers, warehouses, Amazon & Ebay to mention but a few. It means the death of the high street in many small towns and the loss of the heart of the community. In a true win-win, not only do we support true blue Aussie businesses but we provide a solution to customers who are too busy to browse for a suburb's hidden gems and who only have a short list of stores that they will physically visit such as Target or Kmart. We also offer an invaluable opportunity for people for whom the drive time to a major CBD is simply an occasional luxury, to access the best of CBDs across Australia. Imagine how long it would take to travel between stores in Manly, Bondi, Liverpool, Byron or even Melbourne. It would takes days. Even with a store having online presence you pay a fortune for shipping. Australia Boutique makes it easy. All the retailers. All the products. One website. One transaction. One Delivery. ENDS Peer Communication At Teknowledge Gets The WhatsApp Edge 2015-06-29T07:50:13Z peer-communication-at-teknowledge-gets-the-whatsapp-edge From professional executives and movie crew members, to people with common interests and old friends and colleagues - people from diverse spheres are turning to WhatsApp groups to stay in touch with each other. Teknowledge Mobile Studio, the multiple award-winning cross-platform mobile app company, is the latest to jump on this bandwagon. An informal WhatsApp group for the Teks employees had been formed about six months back - and it has now become the preferred mode of interaction among people working at the company. Interestingly titled as ‘Teks Freaks’, the in-house Whatsapp group of Teknowledge serves up multiple advantages. Foremost among them, according to Mr Fakhruddin (the CEO of the company) is the boost to teamwork. The group has made it extremely easy for the Android/iOS app developers to keep each other updated - while working on a common project. Important discussions between the developers, testers and mobile UI/UX designers are also carried out in the group. According to well-placed sources within the company, developers can share their daily scrum in the Whatsapp Group too! The growing popularity of ‘Teks Freaks’ and the fact that everyone at Teknowledge own smartphones have helped the company expand its work-hours. According to Mr. Fakhruddin, Teknowledge is not a regular 10-to-7 company, and the WhatsApp group has made it possible for him to contact multiple employees at practically any time. The app developers can also interact and chalk out their coding plans on this virtual platform. It is certainly a more effective technique than simply exchanging emails. Not everything about ‘Teks Freaks’ is work-related though. It had been initially created as a channel for informal bonding of the employees - something that is not always possible in an office environment. Even now, specific app-related topics form only a small fraction of the total conversations in the WhatsApp Group. Puzzles, brain teasers, trick questions, and general awareness tidbits are shared by the members regularly. Anyone is free to answer questions and/or send teasers of their own. Professional mobile app development experts need to be a sharp, well-informed lot - and ‘Teks Freaks’ is an interesting way of ensuring that. The fun-quotient of the Teks Whatsapp Group does not end with text conversations either. A team of iPhone app developers informed that photos and short videos are also often shared in ‘Teks Freaks’ - often by the CEO himself, or other senior personnel. ‘Teks Freaks’ reaches its liveliest best during weekends - when hilarious one-liners, jokes, punchlines and other such fun stuff is shared around. A fair bit of good-humored leg-pulling also goes on in the group, as some of the employees at Teks testified. Mr. Fakhruddin deserves all the credits for conceptualizing this instant chat group, and then making it the virtual hub of all interactions in his company. He makes it a point to take out time from his hectic daily schedule to contribute to ‘Teks Freaks’ (most other members feel that he is the biggest contributor in the group). The entire maintenance of the group is also handled by the CEO. Right from inviting new recruits to ‘Teks Freaks’, to monitoring the type of posts that are being shared - Mr. Fakhruddin does them all. If anything, he enjoys having casual chitchats with his team, unrelated to app development projects. ‘Teks Freaks’ is not like the scores of WhatsApp groups where only a handful of members do all the ‘talking’, while the others remain passive. Over here, everyone actively participates - including the ones who are fairly new at the company. From the eager, expressive ones to the quiet introverts - everyone takes part in the discussions. Many friendships among peers have also struck up through this WhatsApp Group. Mr. Fakhruddin had conceived ‘Teks Freaks’ as a platform for icebreaking and team-building. Clearly, the group has already become more than that. Making a difference in the field of mobile app development has always been Teks’ motto - and this value proposition is reflected in the name of the WhatsApp group of the company. The members of the group do justice to the name ‘Teks Freaks’ - by sharing only the most interesting, most important, most hilarious things on the platform. Being freaky in a good way, that’s what ‘Teks Freaks’ allows them to do. Creating WhatsApp groups for solely work-related purposes is nothing new. ‘Teks Freaks’, however, stands out from most other similar groups due to the sheer variety of topics that are discussed here. Mr. Fakhruddin believes that everyone at Teks should be able to express themselves - and this group has proved to be an ideal channel for that. A roaring success, one might say. Go to http://teks.co.in to find out more about Teknowledge Software. If you wish to know more about the workflow at the company, send emails to info@teks.co.in or call 91-33-40649087. The ‘Teks Freaks’ group has done wonders to foster the spirit of togetherness among those working at the company. It’s hardly surprising that the group members refer to themselves as the ‘Teks Family!’