The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-08-17T01:36:24Z Australian Team Named for 2016 Quiz Olympiad 2016-08-17T01:36:24Z 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? 2016-08-17T00:59:06Z 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 www.bigmarker.com/music 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) While the Mining Boom in Western Australia Runs Dry, Craft Beer Shines with One WA Brewery Voted Australia’s Best 2016-08-12T01:46:14Z while-the-mining-boom-in-western-australia-runs-dry-craft-beer-shines-with-one-wa-brewery-voted-australia-s-best Created by craft beer retailer Beer Cartel, the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey is the most comprehensive, publicly available research ever undertaken with Australian craft beer drinkers. Richard Kelsey, Director of Beer Cartel said Feral Brewing being voted Australia’s best craft brewery was evidence of the quality of beer being produced out of Western Australia. “We’ve always looked to WA as one of the great pioneering craft beer states in Australia,’” said Mr Kelsey. “Feral Brewing has been producing exceptional craft beer over the last ten years, regularly picking up awards by the Australian beer judging community. This latest accolade builds upon these numerous awards, showing Feral is considered by the craft drinking public in the same light as these judges.” Key findings of the research included: - Feral Brewing is Australia’s best craft brewery: Feral beat national craft beer brands to be voted Australia’s best, including James Squire, Little Creatures and Matilda Bay (all of which are owned by large multi-national companies). - Pale Ale is Australia’s most consumed style of beer: consumed by 91% of craft beer drinkers. - Australian craft beer drinkers are highly patriotic: voting Australia the best beer producing nation. - 88% are frustrated by the beer selection at sporting and music events - 81% believe the government should do more to support Australian craft breweries Chris McNamara, Executive Officer of the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) of Australia said that the study was a fantastic initiative at better understanding the Australian craft beer drinking landscape. “This study by Beer Cartel confirms a lot of perceptions we had towards the Australia craft beer market, but builds upon these further,” said Mr McNamara. To learn more about the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey contact Richard Kelsey 0405 251 864. To view the survey results click here. While Australia Suffers #censusfail One Survey Shines Through 2016-08-10T02:31:14Z while-australia-suffers-censusfail-one-survey-shines-through Created by craft beer retailer Beer Cartel, the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey is the most comprehensive, publicly available research ever undertaken with Australian craft beer drinkers. Richard Kelsey, Director of Beer Cartel said the results of the survey to be released Friday 12th August provide an excellent insight into the Australian craft beer landscape. “Before getting into craft beer, my former working life was in market research. This is my opportunity to give back to a young and vibrant industry,” said Mr Kelsey. “We have designed the research to provide a fantastic bird’s eye view of the growing Australian craft beer scene, in the only segment of the beer market which is in continuous growth. This inaugural study will provide a clear understanding of consumer trends towards craft beer.” The research will reveal: - Australia’s best craft brewery - Australia’s most consumed beer style - Australia’s favourite beer style - The number one beer producing nation in the world - Craft beer purchase and consumption habits - Attitudes to craft beer Chris McNamara, Executive Officer of the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) of Australia said that the study was a fantastic initiative at better understanding the Australian craft beer drinking landscape. “This study by Beer Cartel will help reveal a lot of perceptions we have towards the Australia craft beer market, while building upon these further,” said Mr McNamara. To learn more about the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey contact Richard Kelsey +61 405251864. Brother International Australia unveils two new retail models in the next generation range of its revolutionary ScanNCut machine 2016-08-03T10:39:49Z brother-international-australia-unveils-two-new-retail-models-in-the-next-generation-range-of-its-revolutionary-scanncut-machine Sydney, Australia – 3 August 2016 - Brother International Australia is proud to announce the rollout of two new retail models in the next generation range of ScanNCut. The CM350 is sold exclusively at Spotlight and the CM700 is sold in Lincraft and selected resellers. Both models launch into store this month and feature a number of exciting upgrades. Similar to  the CM900, the first next generation ScanNCut released through Authorised Brother dealers in late 2015, the new CM350 and CM700 Brother ScanNCut machines feature wireless network capability for instantaneous two-way connectivity using ScanNCut Canvas (Brother’s free cloud based online software) and an additional port for quick PC import and export of design files.  A new compatibility upgrade from previous retail models of ScanNCut is the ability to now read SVG data – a universal design file format used in most graphic applications. As the world’s first home hobby cutting machine with abuilt in scanner, the scanning component of the new Brother retail models of ScanNCut has also received an inbuilt upgrade with RGB colour recognition when using the 300DPI scanning feature for direct cutting around images.Sherene Grace, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia said “Brother has invested significantly on driving the performance of our ScanNCut technology to deliver enhanced speed, efficiency and ease of use to consumers. We have changed the goal posts with the second generation of ScanNCut and are excited to be able to now offer these exciting upgrades with our two new retail models.” Additional new features in the new retail ScanNCut models include a 30% larger screen for improved image viewing and editing capability in the CM350 model and compatibility on the CM700 with the 12” x 24” (30cm x  60cm) scanning mat for easy integration of large designs.   When Brother introduced the first ScanNCut to the market, the industry named the technology a show stopper. The original ScanNCut was awarded two of the most prestigious awards in the crafting and technology industries with an Innovation & Design Award at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and a unanimous vote for the #1 Most Creative Item at the Craft & Hobby Mega Show in Anaheim, USA by the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). The next generation of Brother’s ScanNCut range continues to provide users unlimited creative versatility but now with greater ease and efficiency. Scan anything seen, create any artwork desired, save it to the machines memory and produce endless cut and draw designs without using a computer or having to purchase a single cartridge,  To see the next generation ScanNCut machine in action click here. Alternatively, visit our Facebook page for more information at www.facebook.com/BrotherAustralia or the Brother website at www.brother.com.au About the Brother ScanNCut range The award winning Brother ScanNCut home and hobby cutting machine allows consumers to: • See it – See it in a magazine? Online? In your mind? Have a favourite photo? Then pull it out, print it or sketch it • Scan it – Then, scan in those photos, printouts or sketches with the 300 DPI built-in scanner • Cut it – Choose your material – paper, fabric, vinyl – press a button, then cut it perfectly! • Draw it – Scan or select from hundreds of inbuilt designs and set the machine to precisely draw your desired artwork • Create it – Showcase your beautifully cut designs throughout your favourite projectsVariety of Built-In Designs, Quilt Patterns and Fonts. Basic shapes, intricate designs, borders, quilt patterns, fonts and more are all available on the easy-to-use colour LCD touch screen display. Simply select a design, and then have it cut out on your material of choice. For even more variety in your creations, combine built-in designs or scan an image to create a one-of-a-kind design.Direct Cut. Single Pass…See it, Cut it! No more fussy cutting! Relax, and let the ScanNCut do the work for you. With just a few simple steps, a printed image or an illustration can be scanned and the outline is detected which allows it to be cut out. This revolutionary feature will eliminate the hassle of hand-cutting designs from your favourite papers and fabrics!Scan-to-Cut-Data. Scan and convert to cut data. Using the technology of the 300 DPI smart scanner, scan in your design and save it as a cut or draw file to use later. The ScanNCut will create cut lines automatically, and then within minutes, hand drawn elements can grace the pages of your art work as a cut element or drawing with the assistance of the pen drawing feature.Fabric Cut. Yes, it can cut fabric - easily! Cut precise fabric shapes with ease! Pair the draw function feature of drawing your seam allowance with the erasable pen, providing precise sewing guidelines – making sewing, quilting and applique projects easier to create.Pen Draw. Creative Embellishment. Have you ever dreamt about adding custom drawings to your crafting projects? The ScanNCut gives you the ability to change your cut file – whether it’s from a previously scanned image or a built-in design, and replicate the design into a drawing in virtually seconds! With six coloured drawing pens and two erasable pens, you can now take all your sewing and crafting projects to the next level.About ScanNCut Canvas ScanNCut Canvas is Brother’s free cloud-based web application allowing designers to take their work to another level, creating original cut drawing data and convert compatible files to FCM files which are readable by the ScanNCut machine. About your scanner Never lose another document or cherished family photo again—just use the ScanNCut as your own personal home scanner. Pricing and Availability Vendor: Brother International (Australia) PtyltdAustralian Distributor: Available from Authorised Brother Home Sewing Machine Dealers Warranty:1 year return to base (RTB) Website: www.brother.com.au  Available: Now Pricing (RRP): $649 for CM700 & CM350 and $699 for CM900About 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.Brother Earth Brother 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 A real sailboat that comes in a bag 2016-08-03T06:05:01Z a-real-sailboat-that-comes-in-a-bag Any dinghy or catamaran sailor will tell you how much fun this sort of sailing is... but having to tow your dinghy or cat on a trailer and getting it in and out of the water, not so much! Now Australian sailors have an alternative - the Ducky inflatable catamaran range - all of which can be carried around in a car and assembled ready to sail in a very short time - in the case of the smallest Ducky 13, in under 30 minutes. And when you've finished sailing you just deflate the pontoons, take the catamaran apart and pack it away, all in under 20 minutes, then stow it in a cupboard or in a corner of the garage (watch the timelapse video of a Ducky 13 being assembled and disassembled on the website). “We've spent a bit of time looking for a real catamaran that performs like a regular fibreglass model but with the adaptability of an inflatable unit - and the Ducky range is it. All of the Ducky models are internationally certified and we're so confident of the build quality we offer a 3 year manufacturer’s guarantee against any manufacturing fault. We're looking forward to introducing Australian sailing enthusiasts to the Ducky range.” said Ducky Catamarans Australia's Peter Stewart. The Ducky range has been available in Europe since 1999 and Ducky catamarans are popular for recreational sailing and racing and have even been used for adventure sailing in remote areas such as Greenland and Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. The entry level model, the Ducky 13, weighs just 35kg and is packed into two bags, one 1.8m long and the other 0.8m long. As with all of the Ducky models, no tools are needed to assemble it and the Ducky 13 doesn't use ropes for rigging either. All models are constructed using a range of lightweight yet strong materials - the frame, mast and connecting units are made of anodised high quality aluminium alloy. The profiled centreboard and rudder are made of fibreglass reinforced plastic and the sail is made of Dimension-Polyant dacron (170 g/m2). All fastening elements are made of stainless steel. The float cases are made out of Valmex, a special PVC boat fabric (1000 g/sq.m). Ducky now gives avid sailors (and would-be sailors) in Australia a chance to own a sailing catamaran without the associated problems of where to park it when you're not using it or of needing to have a trailer to go sailing. Throw it in the back of the car (or check it in as luggage when travelling) and away you go! <ends> About Ducky Catamarans Australia More information is available on the Ducky range in Australia on the website - http://duckycatamaransaustralia.com.au/. Media contacts: David Bateson 0402 332287 / Peter Stewart 1300 474330 or email service@duckycatamarans.com.au One of the Ducky catamarans will be available for media testing soon. Please call us for details. Bomber Eyewear, The Sunglasses Fishermen Never Let Get Away! 2016-08-02T04:25:30Z bomber-eyewear-the-sunglasses-fishermen-never-let-get-away Bomber Eyewear Australia, Suppliers of Patented Floating Sunglasses for Sports and Recreation To produce correct mirror coatings and tints on sun glass lenses is a complex science. Sunglasses for fishermen are specially designed to ensure that the wearer’s eyes are totally protected from the sun and the sun’s glare off the water while enjoying this outdoor sport. Full protection for your eyes, especially if you are an avid fisherman, is very important and you do not want to skimp on your sunglasses. A cheap pair of sunglasses may keep you from squinting and perhaps save you a little money, but they may not properly block UV rays or offer total glare protection. If you are serious about protecting your eyes while enjoying your sport, you need to select your sunglasses carefully, choose Bomber Eyewear. Bomber Polarized Smoke Lens Sunglasses are meant to be used on bright sunny days. The polarized smoke lens tint reduces the sun’s intense glare on water, whether you are fishing on a lake or the ocean. These fishermen’s sun glasses also offer blue mirror handles. Bomber Polarized Brown Lens – This special pair of sunglasses utilize a special brown tin that contrasts with increased light transmission to provide a greatly reduced glare in warm light conditions. This means that this pair of sun glasses is perfect for use during low light mornings or evenings. If you enjoy fishing as the sun rises or sets, this pair of sunglasses will ensure that you can see better during those specific times. Floating polarized sunglasses. Like the above, Bomber Eyewear also offers a patented floating technology. If you should accidentally drop your sunglasses into the water, they can easily be retrieved. If you are serious about fishing with the best equipment, start with a polarized pair of bomber sunglasses that will minimize glare and help you to fish better. It is important to remember that you only get one set of eyes. Bomber Eyewear has been offering the best in eye protection for those who enjoy outdoor sports since 1997. Founded by World Champion Jet Ski Racer, Tommy "the Bomber" Bonacci, the team at Bomber Eyewear understands the issues those who participate in outdoor sports face. Because of this, they have been able to develop stylish sunglasses that are effective in protecting eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. Whatever is your chosen form of water sport, whether you’re into kite-boarding, wake-boarding, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, or with the family on the beach, or by the pool. Bomber Floating Sunglasses are the just the thing for looking cool whilst still keeping your eyes protected. Check out the full range of sunglasses available at the Bomber Eyewear Australia Online Shop. JOIN BARANGAROO RESERVE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY 2016-08-01T05:44:59Z join-barangaroo-reserve-s-first-birthday-party The Barangaroo Delivery Authority is inviting Sydney to a special celebration to mark the first birthday of Sydney’s spectacular Harbour headland park, Barangaroo Reserve, on Sunday, 21 August 2016. Free to the public, the immersive, family-friendly event will include a range of entertainment and activities spread across the six-hectare headland reserve from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The celebration coincides with the final day of the major sculpture exhibition, Sculpture at Barangaroo.  The free outdoor exhibition is presented in partnership with Sculpture by the Sea, which has been delighting Sydney with its outdoor exhibitions along the Bondi coastal walk for almost 20 years. Craig van der Laan, Barangaroo Delivery Authority Chief Executive, said: “This is a terrific milestone for the people of Sydney and one we want to mark in a very special way that reflects how 900,000 people have enjoyed visiting this beautiful place.  “From the very first moment we opened the Reserve last August, we saw how people embraced the unique qualities of this recreated Harbour headland – from the 10,000 sandstone blocks to the native parkland and the whole new view of Sydney. “We have hosted a range of events in the Reserve, we have introduced an Aboriginal cultural tour program and we have become one of the must-see locations for visitors to Sydney,” he said. The first birthday celebrations will start at 10am with a Welcome to Country on Walumil Lawn and a performance by Sydney Children’s Choir overlooking Sydney Harbour. There will also be the cutting of a birthday cake and 3,000 free birthday cupcakes (first come first served).  Entertainment and activities throughout the day include: ·         Pop Up Nature Playground in the Cutaway, 10:00am-3:00pm: Kids 1-12 can play in the giant sand pit, landscape a garden in the mulch pit, sow their own seedling to keep, brew native bush tea and taste and smell native and exotic herbal teas.  Kids can help build the giant gunya tunnel, their own mini cubby houses or create their own stone artwork.  There is plenty of space close by for adults to sit in and enjoy a coffee and watch the creation of Barangaroo Reserve on the big screen. ·         Orienteering Race around Barangaroo Reserve, 11:00am-3:00pm: Everyone is invited to meet in the Cutaway to take part in an orienteering race and explore the natural environment of the reserve. ·         Roving music and theatre performances throughout the reserve. ·         A delicious selection of food and beverages available to purchase. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch among the sculptures on the last day of Sculpture at Barangaroo. Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Millers Point and The Rocks. The closest train stations are Wynyard and Circular Quay. For more information, visit www.barangaroo.sydney. - ENDS- For media inquiries, please contact: Emma Reyes | 02 9292 7006 | 0424 425 813 | emmar@accesspr.com.au Samantha Boyd |02 9292 7013 | 0414 408 198 | samb@accesspr.com.au 200 teams, 3,800kms and seven-days – Shitbox Rally takes on outback Australia in 2017 2016-07-31T22:00:00Z 200-teams-3-800kms-and-seven-days-shitbox-rally-takes-on-outback-australia-in-2017-1 Red dust, blue skies, a convoy of shitboxes and horizons that span for endless miles. In May 2017, 450 participants will take to the Australian outback in cars worth less than $1,000 all to raise much-needed funds for critical cancer research initiatives. The largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council, Shitbox Rally will embark on an arduous 3,800km seven-day adventure from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway starting on Saturday 27th May 2017.   It’s a voyage into the unknown for many of the 200 teams as they experience the classic elements that make the Australian outback legendary. From the red orca dust and surprise river crossings to the remote cattle stations and the breathtaking vastness of Lake Eyre, Shitbox Rally 2017 promises to be an unforgettable challenge to achieve the unthinkable.   The rally will bring together an eclectic mix of 2wd vehicles of illrepute for the challenge to cross some of Australia’s toughest 4x4 tracks. It’s an audacious adventure that takes teams out of their comfort zones and into the desert, travelling from the city streets of Adelaide to the tropical rainforests of Cairns.   As Box Rallies Founder James Freeman explains, Shitbox Rally is not only about exploring the vastness of Australia, it’s about bringing people together from all corners of the country to help achieve the extraordinary.   “Each year, Shitbox Rally challenges participants to explore some of the most rugged and remote regions of Australia in cars that would never be considered outback-worthy. Making it across the finish line is a testament to the spirit of the rally as teams help each other pull through with gaffer tape, cable ties and a whole lot of laughter.”   Alongside the drive, this year the fundraiser aims to raise $1.4 million in the fight against cancer with teams required to raise at least $4000.   “The rally is really a reward for all the dedicated fundraising the teams do for Cancer Council. From the trivia nights to the chocolate sales, the teams go above and beyond to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research, and it brings a great sense of pride to the rally community. When you’re driving on the rally, you feel completely at home in an area that is entirely isolated, not only because of the connection you feel to the Australian landscape, but also the community rallying around you. That’s what Shitbox Rally is all about,” said Freeman.   Shitbox Rally caters to those who crave something different, providing an adventure of a lifetime all in the name of a good cause. Whilst registrations for this year’s rally have now closed, budding participants are encouraged to submit their details for future rallies. For further information or to support the cause with a donation, visit http://www.facebook.com/shitboxrally or www.shitboxrally.com.au.   Key dates for this year’s route include:   27th May: Departing from Adelaide, SA 2nd June: Arriving in Cairns, QLD    ABOUT BOX RALLIES  Shitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its most arduous roads - all to raise money for cancer research. Shitbox Rally was founded in 2009 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other as a way of raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer – a disease that now affects so many people. Over the last seven years, Shitbox Rally has raised over $7.8 million for cancer research, making the rally the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. The rally is a reward for all the fundraising the dedicated participants do to put into research for prevention and ultimately to help find a cure for cancer, and it’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see our vast and beautiful country in a totally unique way. To qualify to be in Shitbox Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $4,000. 2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 2016 Mackay to Hobart across Bass Strait, 2015 Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track, 2014 Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road, 2013 Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, 2012 Melbourne to Cairns via Innamincka, 2011 Brisbane to Darwin via the Savannah Way and 2010 Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta Track. For more details please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au.   Overwhelmed by the tremendous success in its first international destination in New Zealand, Shitbox Rally NZ is returning in February 2017. To register for 2017 Shitbox Rally New Zealand, or to find out more information, visit www.shitboxrally.co.nz.   An additional $1.175 million has also been raised for Cancer Council Australia over the past three years of Mystery Box Rally, a similar concept also created by James Freeman. Known as Shitbox Rally’s mad baby brother, Mystery Box is, as the name suggests, a mysterious adventure in mystery cars with a shorter distance and less days travelling. Unlike Shitbox Rally, this rally takes care of finding the cars and each location is a mystery, adding to the excitement and adventure of the drive. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.    -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Malolo Island Resort Fiji Shines With Award Win 2016-07-29T02:27:13Z malolo-island-resort-fiji-shines-with-award-win Australia’s family travel magazine, Out & About with Kids, announces the results of its annual ‘Best of Family Travel’ Readers Choice Awards 2016, with winners and finalists named in 18 categories. The Awards received nominations from well-travelled families around Australia for the best local and international family resorts, holiday parks, family attractions, ski resorts, overall destinations, cruises and road trips. Malolo is thrilled to be the shining star of the pacific islands.  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey comments, “We are always honored to be recognised with these accolades, especially when our past guests share their love of Malolo. Our team takes pride in ensuring all guests and families experience the magic of Malolo in their own unique and special way”  For confirmation of the winners, please click on this link - outandaboutwithkids.com.au/winners-of-the-best-of-family-travel-awards-2016/  About Out & About with Kids - Australia’s premier travel magazine, distributed to both consumers and travel agents with a circulation of 30,000 printed. They have a growing OAWK e-Magazine with a readership of over 27,000 online.  Issue #49 2016 Ebook issuu.com/oawkids/docs/oawk_49 More information on Malolo www.maloloisland.com.    For further information, please contact - Tracey Leitch – Impressions Marketing Communications Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au or 0415 290023 Ahura Resorts Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolized 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 Resort, and the luxury escape for couples that features Fiji’s first and only over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.     Likuliku Lagoon - Only Over Water Bure Resort In Fiji - Luxury Island Holiday Deals To Tempt 2016-07-28T04:28:36Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-island-luxury-deals-to-tempt-only-over-water-bure-resort-in-fiji Likuliku, one of Fiji's outstanding island resorts offers special packages – 3, 5 and 7 night luxe Fiji stay deals  Valid 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 “INDULGENCE PACKAGE” – FREE TRANSFERS Stay 7 nights or more and receive complimentary return island transfers by helicopter, seaplane or private water taxi and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.  Water Taxi option also includes complimentary road transfer/s to/from the Airport and Marina. Conditions Apply: Min 7nt stay. Not available 19 December 2016 to 6 January 2017. Not available in Garden Beachfront Bure category. Not available with any other offer. Booking Code: INDULGE7 Prices from: F$8,204pp for 7 nights including all meals, exclusive amenities, free WiFi and non-motorised watersports.  “CELEBRATION” PACKAGE Stay 5 nights or more for your anniversary, honeymoon, renewal of vows, babymoon or birthday celebration, and receive the following for FREE: 1 hr Aromatic Couples Massage in “Tatadra Spa” Bottle of Pelorus Sparkling Wine Conditions Apply: Min 5nt stay. Not available in Garden Beachfront Bure category. Not available with any other offer. Booking Code: CELEB5 Prices from F$5,860pp for 5 nights including all meals, exclusive amenities, free WiFi and non-motorised watersports.  “SHORT BREAK” PACKAGE Stay 3 nights and receive the following for FREE: 1.5 hr Snorkelling Adventure Trip A complimentary cocktail of your choice from the Masima Island Bar Conditions Apply: Min 3nt stay. Not available in Garden Beachfront Bure category.  Not available with any other offer. Booking Code: SB3 Prices from F$3,516pp for 3 nights including all meals, exclusive amenities, free WiFi and non-motorised watersports.  For further information:http://likulikulagoon.com/packages/ For reservations and enquiries online: Email: likulikures1@ahuraresorts.com   www.Likulikulagoon.com Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a multi award-winning, unique haven of relaxed refinement and is Fiji’s only resort with over-water accommodation.  Since opening in 2007, Likuliku has welcomed tens of thousands of guests from all over the world and has also welcomed back over 4000 return guests with some couples on their 16th stay.   Situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji west, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located 25km/16miles from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter, seaplane, private speedboat, or fast catamaran transfer. There are 45 bures, all air conditioned and offering mesmerising views of the coral lagoon and ocean, with the over-water bures suspended over the magnificent Lagoon’s reef edge. The beating heart of the resort is the Central Facility housing the magnificent Fijian canoe house designed reception, signature restaurant, guest lounge, boutique and main bar. Guests can relax in the horizon-edge pool, rejuvenate in the gym or spa or watch the sun set at Masima Island Bar in the middle of the Lagoon in a very special piece of paradise. *approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates. Conditions apply. Whatever the season, Honeymooners staying a minimum of five nights will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival and a one hour Couples Massage. +Conditions apply.  Ahura ResortsAhura 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.com Image link - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/51ul3pibptrb9en/AACcsJYJ6ryddtn_Sz15HVh4a?dl=0   Media contact: Tracey Leitch PR Representative for Likuliku Lagoon Resort Impressions Marketing Communications t: (02) 9969 2042 - 0415 290023   e: tracey@impressionsmc.com.au    Love taking photos? Share your photographs this August 19th with World Photo Day and join the global celebration. 2016-07-27T13:32:41Z love-taking-photos-share-your-photographs-this-august-19th-with-world-photo-day-and-join-the-global-celebration Hosted on August 19th, World Photo Day is a global photography celebration that’s uniting local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography. By using technology to connect with ordinary people that love taking photos World Photo Day is using those connections to promote a passion for photography that positively impacts our communities. “Photography is a powerful method of communication that we can use to uplift, inspire and initiate change in our world”, says World Photo Day Founder, Korske Ara.  “A picture is worth a thousand words and those words can be in any of the 6,500 languages on planet earth”. World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World”. With an estimated 4 billion cameras used around the world, 3.56 billion on smartphones, photography is more accessible today than ever before. This August 19th, celebrate the joy of photography with the world. Find your best photo of the year and share it with the world at worldphotoday.com. IBD Shop officially launches in China – provides Chinese access to high-quality, authentic goods 2016-07-25T13:30:10Z ibd-shop-officially-launches-in-china-provides-chinese-access-to-high-quality-authentic-goods SHANGHAI (August, 2016) International Brands Direct Limited announced the launch of IBD Shop (IBDSHOP.COM), a Chinese online brand and sales platform that allows global brands to sell directly to Chinese consumers in China on a simple and cost-effective basis. The launch follows the launch of International Brands Direct successful Shop Abroad platform in late 2015. Provides brands an opportunity to effectively reach Chinese consumers Approximately 60% of luxury purchases are still bought offshore by Chinese consumers, either online or during shopping trips abroad. Fake products are still a rampant problem in China – both online as well as in bricks and mortar stores. IBD was conceived based upon these desires and trends, as well as the fact that Chinese consumers are starting to look for unique brands that are either not available in China or available only in the main cities. International brands are looking for a trustworthy platform that connects, communicates and can transact with consumers in cities all over China. IBD allows Chinese consumers to buy genuine products directly via a legal, established cross border sales platform. IBD Shop brings luxury brands – from well-known brands to unique, niche brands – the opportunity to build brand awareness and new customers through a turnkey platform that includes: marketing promotions, Chinese social media, media tie-ups, and data marketing. IBD converts brand awareness into sales by driving the consumers to the Shop Online platform to directly purchase and safely transact online. IBD Chairman Andrew Waters emphasized: “Both retailers and Chinese consumers want to connect and are hesitant to sell and buy on the major portals in China due to concerns over brand destruction and product authenticity." Easy transactions for Chinese customers IBD Shop makes it easy for both the merchant and the Chinese consumer, bridging that gap to facilitate a seamless sales transaction. IBD is a Chinese-only language platform as it is targeted directly to the Chinese market, allowing them to navigate the site easily. IBD provides full translation and brand messaging to ensure relevance to the target audience. Moreover, consumers can pay in Chinese RMB currency via the most popular local payment platform, capturing a large segment of customers who may not have a credit card enabled for online transactions. For brands this means more customers, and more sales. IBD handles all logistics, including the shipping of the product directly to the end consumer, working with China customs as well as providing local customer service support to ensure continuous customer satisfaction. Building awareness directly with Chinese fashion fans IBD Shop attracts and communicates with Chinese fashion followers through popular social media channels, focusing on fashion and related beauty and lifestyle brands. Until now, quality fashion brands have not had access to a dedicated fashion-driven platform to connect, communicate and transact directly with Chinese fashion followers. Chinese fashion consumers much prefer to buy directly from a trusted dedicated platform like IBD Shop, which gives them the comfort of purchasing genuine and authentic brand products in their own language, and in their own currency. International retailers now have the option to go directly to Chinese consumers, avoid large discounting sales platforms, and to control their brand positioning and counterfeit goods through a direct communications and sales platform. # # # For more information: Contacts China: Lisa Chai (lisa.chai@ibdshop.com) UK: Wing-Yun Wong (wy.wong@firstcp.com) AUSTRALIA: Monique Haylen (monique.haylen@ibdshop.com) How to stay running-injury free, for life 2016-07-25T03:57:16Z how-to-stay-running-injury-free-for-life Brisbane, July 2016 – Be it shin splints, a stress fracture or runner’s knee, if you’re a keen runner, the statistics say you’ll probably experience a running-related injury at some point in your career. In fact, some estimate that as many as 80% of runners are injured each and every year.   For those who are passionate about running, injury can present a real hurdle. Whilst some injuries are minor, and easily overcome, others can put pay to much-trained-for races, personal bests, and even conclude running careers.   A better way to train   Motivated by the certainty that there was a better way to train, Australian company run4 have spent the last few years developing a running tool that can change these overwhelming statistics. One that can proactively prevent running injuries.   “Most running injuries are caused by overuse—applying repeated force over a prolonged period of time,” explains Steve Cranitch, founder of run4. “Sudden changes in training volume can also do some damage, all adding up to inflammation, irritation and, ultimately, pain that prevents you from running.”   “The injury rates incurred by runners always struck me as alarming,” adds Steve, who witnessed a number of his friends abandon running altogether and instead turn to cycling. “For people who love running, cycling – or indeed any form of indoor cross training –  isn’t really an adequate alternative, so we set out to find a way for runners to improve their training and remove the risk of injury.”   What Steve and his team came up with has, over the past year, proven to change the way in which athletes both train and view injury prevention.      A supplementary training aid   Launched via a successful crowd funding campaign just one year ago, the Australian-born Bionic Runner is the world’s first – and only – non-impact outdoor fitness trainer to replicate the motion of running.   “Unlike an elliptical trainer, the Bionic Runner has a unique patent-pending 60% swing and 40% stance phase timing, which guides the foot along the path of a mid-foot running gait,” explains Steve. “Basically, you not only look and feel as if you’re running, you engage the same muscles as you would pounding the pavement, too, which sets the Bionic Runner apart from any other cross trainer in the market.”   Thanks to its non-impact closed kinetic chain, training with the Bionic Runner also eliminates the risk of injury from impact fatigue and joint over extension – the two most common causes of joint, tendon and muscle-related strain injuries.   A proactive training tool   Whilst injured runners around the world have been clamoring to buy the Bionic Runner in order to maintain their running fitness through injury, for others, the decision to purchase has been more about proactively preventing running injuries.   For US Masters marathon runner, Maggie Mason, the decision to purchase a Bionic Runner was all about preventing injury – and therefore keeping her outside, doing the thing she loves most – running.   “I have had my share of strained hamstrings, psoas or hip flexor spasms, popliteus tendinitis, etc., some of which sidelined me for weeks at a time,” she says. “Usually these occur during high-mileage weeks during a track or tempo session during marathon training.” The options available to Maggie in the past weren’t always enjoyable, particularly as they kept her indoors. “When I’ve been injured in the past, I’ve gone to what I call ellipticHell, which means going to the gym and doing hours of training indoors on the elliptical machine,” she says. “Whilst I don’t have any current injuries, I wanted to be proactive about cross training, so I could still be competitive as an older masters athlete.”   Maggie now uses the Bionic Runner to supplement her road running, therefore saving her legs from the pounding they would get, should she put in all the miles on the road. “I can’t do 70 mile weeks anymore, but the Bionic Runner lets me put in the equivalent,” she explains. “The Bionic Runner is a fantastic complement to running, and as a supplementary training aid there’s nothing better.” Backed by Research   The claims made by the team behind the Bionic Runner are also backed by research published in peer-reviewed journals. Collected over the last year, data published in the Australian Journal of Strength and Conditioning shows that, whether using the Bionic Runner for interval, Fartlek, tempo or hill sessions, the runner offers the same intensity as conventional running – without the risk of injury from over extension or impact fatigue.   Thanks to the Bionic Runner there is now a way for athletes to put in the mileage they need to each week to meet their running goals, without putting the strain on their body that will ultimately result in injury. ENDS     Contact information:   Running Trainer Pty Ltd   PO Box 761 Coorparoo Qld 4151.   CEO:                                  Steve Cranitch Marketing and PR:             Lizzy Fowler   For all press enquiries please contact +61 (0) 430 925028 or email lizzy@run4.com   Times of availability: 9am-7pm EST or by appointment.   More information can be found at: www.run4.com. The Bionic Runner is available to purchase from run4.com 63-year old John Shaw sets a second world running record in 2016 2016-07-25T03:50:32Z the-secret-weapon-behind-63-year-old-queenslander-s-two-running-world-records-in-2016 Brisbane, July 2016 – Running a world record at any age is a phenomenal achievement. Running a world record at 63 is perhaps even more so. Brisbane local, John Shaw, however, is now coming to terms with setting not one, but two world records in 2016 – and he only returned to running three short years ago, back when he celebrated his 60th birthday.   Now ranked #2 in the world for his age group (60-64), John’s road to success has not always been easy. Indeed, the outcome may have been very different had he not discovered the Bionic Runner, which also calls Queensland home.   Launched via a successful crowd funding campaign just one year ago, the Australian-born Bionic Runner is the world’s first – and only – non-impact fitness trainer to replicate the motion of running. As a cross-trainer, it has already taken the global running community by storm, changing the way in which athletes both train and view injury prevention. And whilst the majority of seasoned runners have sought out the Bionic Runner to help them run through injuries – and prevent their recurrence – for others, like John, the decision to train on a Bionic Runner has been all about pushing harder – and faster – than ever before.   Two world records in 2016    Earlier this year, saddled with a recurring calf injury, John decided to run a half marathon with just five week’s training – something that would have been impossible – or at the very least short sighted – without the help of the Bionic Runner.   “The Bionic Runner was my saviour during this dark period,” he recalls. “I put in 2-2.5 hour runs on the Bionic Runner every other day to maintain my aerobic fitness, but when race day came, I didn’t set a goal time, I just decided to try my best.”   Unbelievably, John ran 1.21.16 on an undulating course, with a 70 second PB. Fast forward just two weeks, and John joined team mates Ron Peters, Peter Reeves and Ian Cameron on the tarmac to attempt to beat a 4 x 1500m relay record that had stood for 20 years.   “On a hot summer’s morning we broke not one, but three records: the world record by 27 seconds; the Australian by 1:07 and the state by 3:01,” John recalls. “The regular hard workouts during my injury downtime made me a strong runner,” he adds. “With a stronger core, hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings I could push myself harder than I had ever done before.”   Of course, John hasn’t stopped there, going on to set a single-age world record for his time of 2.45.23 in the recent Gold Coast Marathon on July 3rd 2016. “Whilst training for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon I completed a 45-minute session on the Bionic Runner twice a week during light 80-110km training weeks, and once a week during heavier 110-160km training weeks,” says John. “Over time, this made me stronger in the hips and increased my cadence.”   A game-changer for serious runners   The Bionic Runner is the only non-impact fitness trainer to mimic the natural gait and timing of running. “Unlike an elliptical trainer, the Bionic Runner has a unique patent-pending 60% swing and 40% stance phase timing, which guides the foot along the path of a mid-foot running gait,” explains Steve Cranitch, founder of Run4, the company behind the Bionic Runner. “Basically, you not only look and feel as if you’re running, you engage the same muscles as you would pounding the pavement, too, which sets the Bionic Runner apart from any other cross trainer in the market.”   Thanks to its non-impact closed kinetic chain, training with the Bionic Runner also eliminates the risk of injury from impact fatigue and joint over extension – the two most common causes of joint, tendon and muscle-related strain injuries.   For runners like John, who ran a three-minute PB in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the Bionic Runner represents a game changer when it comes to training – allowing him to pro-actively prevent injury, or continue training through injury, when it occurs.   Speeding Recovery   Significantly for John, the Bionic Runner also represents a secret weapon when it comes to recovery. With just a few short weeks until his next challenge – the Marathon at the World Masters’ Games in Perth – John needs to get back into training immediately.    “The BR has been a saviour in recovery,” he says. “My lower legs “rejoice” when they are on the Bionic Runner as they get to have a holiday while the rest of my body gets back to the business of running.       Contact information:   Running Trainer Pty Ltd T/A Run4
 PO Box 52
 Broadwater NSW 2472 Australia   CEO:                                  Steve Cranitch Marketing and PR:             Lizzy Fowler   For all press enquiries please contact +61 (0) 430 925028 or email lizzy@run4.com   Times of availability: 9am-7pm EST or by appointment.   More information can be found at: www.run4.com. The Bionic Runner is available to purchase from run4.com