The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-09-19T06:06:14Z Northgate State School chooses new Epson EB-595Wi finger touch-enabled interactive projectors 2014-09-19T06:06:14Z northgate-state-school-chooses-new-epson-eb-595wi-finger-touch-enabled-interactive-projectors Northgate State School was the first school in Queensland to have all teachers complete their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) certification. As a result the smartboards housed in all the school’s classrooms were no longer considered as a dependable resource for learning and a better alternative was sought. The alternative that was found was the new Epson EB-595Wi finger touch-enabled interactive projector.   Northgate State School Principal Carol Scriven explained, “We needed projectors that were affordable and reliable and that the students and staff could use with relative ease. Clarity of images was also very important as was the dual capacity of touchscreen and pen usage. Finally a multi-user capability was paramount. So we did our research and the EB-595Wi was assessed to be the ideal projector for our needs.”   Scriven and her team researched all the options available to them studying each as to how closely they matched the school’s unique requirements.   She added, “The EB-595Wi ticks a lot of boxes. It has dual capacity of usage for students and staff, a very high quality of the imagery, can be used with any whiteboard and has excellent interactive functions. In addition the size of images can be large without distorting, we can easily and wirelessly connect students’ work to multiple screens and the price of replacement bulbs is very low. All of that combined with the excellent reputation of Epson interactive projectors at other schools made our decision to purchase the EB-595Wi a very compelling one.” Northgate State School conducted six months of research into the benefits of projectors over smartboards. Prior to the launch of the EB-595Wi Carol Scriven saw pros and cons in both.   She continued, “We’d had good experiences with previous Epson projectors and with smartboards although neither fully met all of our requirements. The new EB-595Wi however exceeded our expectations both in terms of capability and affordability.”   All Northgate State School teaching staff use the new EB-595Wi projectors to implement the Australian curriculum. As is regular practice in many schools part of the education process also involves research using the Internet and access to external websites and social media such as You Tube.   Carol Scriven added, “We use the EB-595Wi projectors and their wireless connectivity with iPads and Android tablets as they give us the ability to view and compare at least four pieces of student work simultaneously. We can also easily annotate and save each piece of work in order to continue from where the class left off in future lessons. Thus the EB-595Wi presents us with great review opportunities and clearly demonstrates the distance travelled in learning. This will be further enhanced in the near future as our school is one of the first to be connected to the NBN in Queensland.”   Northgate State School’s projectors have been installed in all classrooms giving the school a common platform for use in all teaching spaces and the opportunity for the staff to learn and share resources and practices as a team. Carol Scriven concluded, “It’s early days with our new EB-595Wi projectors but so far we are really enjoying the capacity to go from finger touch to pen touch to whiteboard and to the Internet in such easy steps. Students from prep through to Year 7 are very engaged and motivated by their opportunity to be more interactive than they ever were able to be previously.”   For more information on the new Epson EB-595Wi finger touch-enabled interactive projector go to: 3D printing creating new waves for boat builders 2014-09-17T23:25:41Z 3d-printing-creating-new-waves-for-boat-builders New Zealanders have a fascination with boats which doesn’t just mean a lot of them on the water. The country is also home to a vibrant marine industry which employs over 10 000 people and generates over $2.2-billion in annual sales. But it is a competitive environment, which means the arrival of affordable 3D printing technology gives this industry the opportunity to transform the way it operates. That’s according to Paul Francois, product manager at Comworth Technologies, who notes that custom boat builders and component manufacturers often deal with unusual shapes, bespoke designs and experimental deck layouts. “The ability to very quickly print out ideas and see how things will look in real life, as opposed to on the drawing board or computer screen, gives manufacturers a major boost,” he says. Instead of relying on building balsa models, a time consuming and costly process, boat builders and subcontractors can 3D print their designs on the spot. “That’s made possible with the availability of affordable 3D printing technology like the XYZ Printing Da Vinci. This device retails for around $900 and can produce models of up to 20 cubic centimetres,” says Francois. Angus Small, who has 12 years’ experience as a marine production manager, says the ability to rapidly produce models directly addresses one of the major challenges facing boat builders – the cost of labour. “New Zealand’s industry has to compete on a global stage, but our labour costs are substantially higher than those of countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or China. A low-cost 3D printer reduces the time and cost required to build models of objects using wood – and in this industry, there are a lot of small items and components which can be prototyped before handing them over to the stainless steel or composite fabricators,” he explains. Small says the ability to have a physical object to work with provides a further distinct advantage. “When the cost of producing a model is a $900 device with inexpensive consumables, I think you’ll find a lot more prototyping going on. A lot of items which would ordinarily only be presented on a 3D onscreen drawing can now be printed out, giving members of design teams a far better way of understanding how different components will look and whether or not they will work together.” With a shorter time frame for development, Small says the marine industry can get a major boost in its competitiveness. “Being able to do this in-house at the early stages of product development is a leap forward. Typically, good designs are copied by outsiders within a year or less, so if you can accelerate the time from initial design to production, you’re on to a win,” he adds. Continuing, Francois says the Da Vinci offers ease of use, so any CAD operator will have no difficulty using the machine. “This is a plug n play device and even changing the 600 gram consumable is as simple as changing a toner cartridge,” he says. “And, while more detailed models might be sent offsite to specialist 3D printers, a low cost machine like this is ideal for initial prototyping and evaluation of experimental designs on site and at very low cost. That takes out development time and eliminates the need for expensive testing of designs which won’t work.” Distributed exclusively by Comworth and available from resellers nationwide, the XYZ Printing Da Vinci 1.0 is available immediately. Eleven Clever Ways to a Summer Dream Body 2014-09-17T06:58:19Z eleven-clever-ways-to-a-summer-dream-body Perth, WA, 17 September 2014 – Summer is around the corner in Australia, and many women are curious how to adopt a ‘summer body’ quickly and efficiently.Michelle Monks, Gym Manager at Warwick Women’s Centre, says if women follow most, if not all, of the eleven best suggestions their staff offered, they’ll be on track to a beach-worthy physique.“We worked out some tips that are worthy,” she says. “The obvious ones are eating right and keeping active, and those are very important all year long. But there are several more things to accelerate weight loss in time for beach season.”Monks recommends working out at higher intensity levels: skipping rope, jumping jacks or running in place. She and her staff also advocate balancing your workouts with a combination of strength training and cardio. “This is a super effective workout,” Monks says. “At Warwick Women’s Workout, we offer a circuit that combines both regimens into one. When done this way, it helps build endurance, energy and works your larger muscle sets.” Rowing is also a great way to work several muscle groups at the same time. Rowing machines are effective when used in a gym setting, but rowing a boat or paddling a canoe or kayak will also suffice.If one is strength training, the WWW fitness team agrees that the exercises with the best results are deadlifts, pull-ups and bench presses.Monks says, “We invite women of all ages to try our fitness community. However, during the days when you can’t visit the gym, you can continue with your fitness regime and get some of the same results at home. You can do sit ups, squats and push-ups as easily in your home.”Hiring a personal health coach is helpful as well. These health and fitness experts help keep track goals, address and correct their clients’ fitness weaknesses, offer nutritional advice and much more.One might not think of it, but sleep cycles are important to fitness health. “Your circadian rhythm inside your body helps regulate wakefulness and sleepiness,” Monks says. “If you keep track of your body’s personal clock, find the time that you have the most energy and use that time to exercise. Exercising when you’re already exhausted is essentially futile.”Sleep heals, too, she says. Getting adequate rest helps the body reset for a new day. A good night of rest will regulate metabolism, appetite and keep moods stable.“You should also say no to a big, carb-heavy dinner,” Monks says. “Your body metabolises better earlier in the day. The last thing you want is a plate of pasta sitting in your belly overnight. Carbs can convert to fat unless they’re burned off immediately. So try a salad or even a light soup instead for dinner.”“Hopefully some of these suggestions will mobilise our friends to kickstart their healthy summer bodies!” At Warwick Women’s Workout, our exclusive women’s fitness facility located in Perth, WA, our staff are happy to give advice on keeping healthy. Contact Michelle Monks and join us in better health. View our web page at or contact us at (08) 9342 9028. “Get the Most Out of Your Timber,” Supplier in Brisbane Says 2014-09-17T04:34:41Z get-the-most-out-of-your-timber-supplier-in-brisbane-says Brisbane, QLD, 17 September 2014 - Timber flooring, decking and fencing have become popular in the Brisbane area. Many homeowners find timber attractive because of its natural appearance, especially when the grain shows through. Timber helps a home blend into natural surroundings and, in the eyes of many decorators, can even help integrate the outdoors into the home’s decor. One of timber’s drawbacks is that if it isn’t properly treated, it becomes vulnerable to the elements, especially insects, fungi and water. Recently, Owner Jack Kyle of Narangba Timbers informed readers of his company blog about ways to ensure that timber lasts as long as possible. Mr Kyle centred his post around two aspects of getting the most out of timber: life-extending protective treatments and choosing the right timber for the right project. According to Mr Kyle:“When it is selected right and treated right, timber can last longer than the person who builds the project. If everything is done correctly, one can expect their timber project to be around for as long as they own their home, even if they stay in it for life.”Mr Kyle recommends that timber be treated for water and insects whenever possible, then protected with a finish such as varnish or paint. This dual-protection strategy protects timber on multiple levels from insects, water, fungi and excessive swelling or drying due to changes in heat and humidity.Fencing and CCA TreatmentFencing can be treated with CCA, which stands for Chromated Copper Arsenate. Although it isn’t cleared for applications in which any of the chemical can contaminate a home or its occupants, it is cleared for fencing because the amount of arsenic that bleeds into the earth doesn’t significantly raise the level of arsenic that is already present as a mineral in soil.CCA protects fencing from insects, moisture and fungi. In addition, it makes finishes adhere to the timber better. The only caveat is that one should dispose of old fencing at a facility instead of burning it in the yard due to possible toxic fumes when burning.CCA treated fencing can be purchased from many timber suppliers, including Narangba Timbers.Retail Timber TreatmentsRetail outlets have plenty of DIY timber treatments available for various insects and for water. They are all cleared for residential use with only one caveat: always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Timber FinishesThere are two ways to approach finishing timber. One can use paint to cover and protect it or one can use a varnish to protect the wood. Stains can be applied before varnish or the varnish can be applied over bare timber, allowing the natural colour of the timber to show through.  Varnishes can range from an “old school” oil-based varnish to a coating made of plastic such as polyurethane. Mr Kyle concludes, “If you protect your timber correctly, it will provide years of service.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier for projects such as fencing, decking and flooring. They have served the Brisbane area since 1972. They pride themselves in giving friendly, knowledgeable customer service. For more information or a quote, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Green Planet Grass Improving Lifestyles for Many Families 2014-09-17T02:54:26Z green-planet-grass-improving-lifestyles-for-many-families Perth, WA, 17 September 2014 - Artificial grass is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in the Perth area. There are many documented benefits to artificial grass, but Justin Everley, Director of Green Planet Grass, recently pointed out a benefit that is not often cited: enhancement of family life. According to Mr Everley, “The documented benefits of an artificial lawn are well-known, but each of those benefits also has its own benefit: improving family life.”The Documented Benefits of Synthetic GrassSynthetic grass have proven to be an effective solution for many homeowners who had problems maintaining a full, green natural grass lawn in the Perth area due to the climate. Here are some of the benefits of an artificial lawn from Green Planet Grass.SafetyGreen Planet Grass has a system called “PlayGrass” that is formulated to be the ultimate “safe surface” for children. It uses a combination of lush fibres, child-friendly infill and shockpads to provide a surface that exceeds Australian Critical Fall Height Standards. In addition, since an artificial grass surface doesn’t degrade from heavy use or extreme weather, the surface is always consistent. There are no slippery puddles or bare spots on a Green Planet Grass lawn. Pest-FreeGreen Planet Grass is manufactured using an antimicrobial agent that makes it resistant to bacteria and fungi. This makes it impossible for microbial pests to gain a “foothold.” Since there is no food for insects, they tend to stay away. There is nothing for vermin to eat, either, making Green Planet Grass unattractive to all pests. No ChemicalsGreen Planet Grass doesn’t require chemicals such as weed killers, pesticides or fertilisers. These are all chemicals that can be accidentally ingested by children and also contaminate the immediate environment. Minimal MaintenanceThe only real maintenance required to keep Green Planet Grass in shape is to keep it free of debris and take care of spills as soon as possible. This saves a lot of time and money.How Documented Benefits Create Family BenefitsAccording to Mr Everley, when the documented benefits of artificial grass are viewed through a “big picture” lens, they create a host of benefits for families:“Since we created our next generation artificial grass, we have known of these benefits. But the real magic happens when families take advantage of them. The inherent safety of Green Planet Grass PlayGrass makes it far less likely that their children will be injured while playing. Even if they do sustain bumps and bruises, they are usually less severe than on a natural grass playground.”Mr Everley continued, “Children play more on a Green Planet Grass lawn because it is so green and so soft. Usually, a Green Planet Grass lawn turns into the neighbourhood play hub. The kids get more exercise and have a better social life, as do their parents who can spend the time usually spent maintaining a natural lawn in their garden with their loved ones.Mr Everley concluded, “This is a family’s best-case scenario.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs artificial grass. Their offices are in Perth and their manufacturing plant is in WA. They provide synthetic grass for numerous residential, commercial and sport applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: PEPSICO’S DORITOS BRAND INVITES FANS WORLDWIDE TO CREATE THEIR OWN DORITOS ADVERTISEMENTS FOR CHANCE TO WIN $1 MILLION GRAND PRIZE 2014-09-16T05:32:55Z pepsico-s-doritos-brand-invites-fans-worldwide-to-create-their-own-doritos-advertisements-for-chance-to-win-1-million-grand-prize AUSTRALIA — PepsiCo’s Doritos brand is asking fans in Australia and around the world to create a Doritos television advertisement for the chance to see their ads air for an audience of millions. Two winning ads will air for a global television audience with the creator of the ad that receives the most consumer votes winning a $1 million (U.S.) grand prize and a life-changing opportunity to work for a full year onsite as a contractor at Universal Pictures. For more than 100 years, Universal has created global hits from “Jaws” to “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” as well as the blockbuster films of the “Jurassic Park,” “Fast & Furious,” “Bourne,” “Ted” and “Despicable Me” series.  More eligibility details and official rules are available at             This opportunity for aspiring filmmakers around the world is part of the ninth installment of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. Since it began in 2007, the annual contest has invited consumers to create and submit 30-second homemade ads celebrating their love of Doritos tortilla chips for a chance to see their work during the Super Bowl broadcast — the annual championship game of the National Football League. The program regularly draws more than 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone and millions more around the world. This marks the second time in the history of the competition that consumers in participating countries worldwide have been invited to enter. Winning ads will be potentially aired in each creator’s respective markets even after the Super Bowl broadcast.               While working onsite at Universal Pictures, this year’s winner will experience firsthand the inner workings of this major motion picture studio and have the chance to lend his or her creative talents to a variety of projects, including future Universal Pictures releases such as “Pitch Perfect 2” and other big comedies. This year’s winner will also collaborate with some of the most talented stars in Hollywood, including Elizabeth Banks, who will be making her directorial debut on “Pitch Perfect 2.” Banks has starred in critically-acclaimed films such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” and “Pitch Perfect,” as well as global franchises like “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games” and “Spider-Man.” In addition to her role as a collaborator with this year’s Crash the Super Bowl winner, Banks will also serve on the judging panel that determines the contest finalists.             “The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest is such an exciting program because it gives aspiring filmmakers around the world an opportunity to break into the entertainment industry,” Banks said. “Making my directorial debut with ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a dream-come-true for me, and Universal is the studio giving me that shot. I love that Universal and Doritos are also taking a chance on a talented fan, opening doors that could catapult this year’s Crash winner to the big time and change his or her life.”             A qualified panel of judges, including Banks, executives from the Doritos brand and advertising professionals, will select 10 finalist ads — twice as many as the previous year’s contest. Ultimately, two spots will air during the Super Bowl broadcast — one will be selected by fan votes on and the other by the Doritos brand. The creator of the finalist ad with the highest total number of votes will receive a $1 million (U.S.) grand prize and the opportunity of a lifetime working at Universal Pictures, where he or she will work firsthand with writers, directors and producers to get real-world entertainment industry experience in the heart of Hollywood. “The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest has a tremendous legacy of engaging bold Doritos fans in the U.S. and the brand is thrilled to bring this renowned program to international markets,” said Lorraine Chow Hansen, President, Global Snacks Group, PepsiCo. “This career-launching opportunity for aspiring filmmakers highlights the amazing creativity of Doritos consumers and we know our fans around the world are up to the challenge. The chance to have their talents showcased during one of the biggest sporting events of the year, win an incredible $1 million prize and work onsite at one of the most renowned movie studios in the world has raised the bar once again for fans to create the ultimate Doritos commercial. We can’t wait to see what they deliver.”  Since Crash the Super Bowl was first introduced, the Doritos brand has received more than 27,000 consumer-created ad submissions with contest winners consistently ranking among the most memorable and buzzed-about Super Bowl commercials. Last year marked the first time the contest was open to fans from participating countries around the world, resulting in more than 5,400 entries from 30 countries. Over the years, creators of winning Doritos ads have been awarded millions of dollars in grand prize money and have gone on to receive commercial work, film deals, Hollywood talent representation and other life-changing experiences. Each of the 10 Crash the Super Bowl finalists will win an invitation to Arizona, to attend Super Bowl XLIX and watch the game from a private suite, where they will tune in to learn which finalist ads will air for the world to see. The eight finalists whose commercials don’t air during the broadcast will each win $25,000. The Super Bowl XLIX broadcast is set for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, on NBC in the United States and local broadcast networks around the world. ESPN and Foxtel will bring the game to Australia. Starting Friday, Sept. 13, 2014, the Doritos brand will be accepting submissions until Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. As one of the leading snack brands in the world, Doritos has a presence in 46 countries and six continents. With flavors ranging from Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch to Sweet Chili Pepper and Tangy Cheese, the worldwide Doritos portfolio currently offers more than 70 unique varieties.   About Universal Pictures Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (  Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal.  NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.   About DoritosDoritos is one of the leading brands from PepsiCo’s (NYSE: PEP) global snack portfolio. To learn more about the Doritos brand, visit its website at   About PepsiCo PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.   At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit   Follow PepsiCo: ·                 Twitter (@PepsiCo) ·                 Facebook ·                 PepsiCo Blogs ·                 PepsiCo Press Releases ·                 PepsiCo Multimedia ·                 PepsiCo Videos ### BROADCAST / PRINT / TV MEDIA: Broadcast quality video, photo stills and press information is available to preview, download and share at       Granite Belt Wine Country Events 2014-09-16T05:00:06Z granite-belt-wine-country-events Saturday 20th September. Gamekeepers Dinner - The Barrel Room at Ballendean Estate.  6.30pm. A five course meal featuring game meats, such as quail, duck and local venison perfectly matched with Ballandean Estate's award winning wines $120pp. 07 46 841 326 September 25th to 26th October Crisps Art Show 2014 - The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery -, Free Admission. Crisps Art Show returns this year as local school children are asked to create artworks until the theme of “2014: The International Year of Family Farming”. 074681 1874 Sunday 28th September Opera in the Swigmore Hall - Robert Channon Wines. 2pm. Tickets are $20 including a glass of wine at the interval and a delicious $30 buffet in the Singing Lake Cafe beforehand. “Wine and Roses” program will feature soprano Emily Burke and mezzosoprano Hayley Sugars - 07 4683 3260 Sunday 28th September The Opera Bus. Travelling to Opera in the Swigmore Hall - Robert Channon Wines. Hosted by Lindy Hume, OperaQ’s Artistic Director. Departs Brisbane South Bank at 8.30am returns at 6.30pm $100 incl. hosted return luxury coach travel, special wine tasting inclusive of new vintages, lunch at the Singing Lake Café, “Wine and Roses” program ticket, wine glass at interval. Saturday 4th October Octoberfest - Granite Belt Brewery -. 10am. Beer Drinking, Meat Munching, Live Music and Dancing. What does all this mean? Oktoberfest!! 07 4681 1370 Saturday 4th October Kefi at the Winery - Kominos Wines – 6.30pm. $85pp. A celebration of fine Kominos Wines with Greek cuisine and live Greek bouzouki and Latin dance music. 07 4683 4311 Sunday 5th October The Winemaker and the Chef- Golden Grove Estate- Strangebird Degustation Dinners – 6.30pm. $135pp. Join the Golden Grove family for a night of alternative wines and food to match. 07 4684 1291 Sunday 5th October Market in the Mountains – 9am-1pm.  Celebrate locals who make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, and offer a diverse range of handmade products. 0417 760 529 Saturday 11th October Pranzo Italiano – The Barrel Room at Ballandean Estate- 12 Noon. $50pp. A five course long lunch featuring authentic live Italian music and food with house wine included. 07 4684 1326 Saturday 11th October Tapas and Tempranillo – Hidden Creek Winery- 12-3.30 pm.  $15. Tapas and Tempranillo is an afternoon of fabulous music, fantastic Spanish style tapas and fine wine. 07 4684 1383 Saturday 11th October Sunset Vineyard Walk – Twisted Gum Wines 4 pm. $ tasting with artisan cheese. Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand tended vineyard. 07 4684 1282 Saturday 25th October Australian Small Winemakers 2014 Public Tasting -. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to taste over 1,500 wines from Australia's and New Zealand's premier wine districts. 07 4681 4482 Saturday 1st November Feast of Saint Martin- Golden Grove Estate (pan’e vino, San Martino) -12 Noon. $58pp. Celebrate the feast of Saint Martin, patron saint of wine, mounted soldiers, & beggars at Golden Grove Estate, with a bountiful beggar’s lunch. 07 4684 1291 Saturday 8th November Sunset Vineyard Walk - Twisted Gum Wines - 4 pm. $ tasting and artisan cheese. Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand tended vineyard. 07 4684 1282 Sunday 9th November Market in the Mountains -. 9am to 1 pm. Celebrate locals who make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, and offer a diverse range of handmade products. 0417 760 529 Sunday 9th November Primi Piatti Italian Yum Cha -. The Barrel Room at Ballendean Estate. From $6.50A twist on the traditional Chinese Yum Cha. Featuring a huge array of savoury and sweet options, from arancini, meat balls,  fried bait fish to tiramisu. 07 46 841 326 Saturday 15th November Stanthorpe Rocks 2014 - Ballandean Estate Wines. Featuring Leo Sayer, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, 1927, The Eurogliders and local acts. 12- 9 pm. $99. Tickets available at Saturday 22nd November The Caxton Street Jazz Band - Robert Channon Wines. 2.30pm $20/$15.incl.glasss of wine at interval. Join us  in our concert hall for another blast of trad jazz delivered with the Caxton Street ‘s own special brand of humour. 07 4683 3260 Saturday 22nd November – Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski - Banquet on the Belt: A Sumptuous Feast –Stanthorpe Exhibition Centre.6 pm. $150 The finest Granite Belt produce matched with local medal winning wine from the Australain Small Winemakers Show. - 07 4681 2107 Tall Trees Care Communities Encourage Friendship for Health’s Sake 2014-09-15T05:44:32Z tall-trees-care-communities-encourage-friendship-for-health-s-sake Australia, 15 September 2014 - Tall Trees Care Communities are known for their revolutionary approach in providing an alternative to standard aged care. Their model is based on consumer-directed care, which means that their residents elect the level of care they receive. Unlike standard aged care facilities or homes, residents of Tall Trees purchase their own homes and retain the same rights that any other homeowner would have.Residents of Tall Trees don’t feel like they are in an aged care facility because they aren’t. Tall Trees can be better described as a retirement community with the options for chef-prepared meals, 24 hour nursing care, world class medical care and amenities that encourage social interaction between residents. Those amenities include the community grounds, the community centre, a dining room, a lounge and other common areas. Recently, on the company’s blog, Co-founder Phil Usher explained why their approach is so centred on encouraging the residents to socialise and become friends. Mr Usher cited some well-documented conclusions that have resulted from studies concerning the relationship between friendships and health. The Relationship Between Friendship and HealthMost studies concerning the effects of social interaction and friendship on health, especially when compared to isolation and sadness, have concluded that positive emotions and events have a positive effect on health while negative emotions and events have a negative effect on health. The more scientific studies usually credit the positive effects of friendship and socialisation to the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and beta-endorphins. Negative effects are seen as being caused by stress-related hormones such as cortisol. The macro-analysis is that happy people live longer, better lives and sad people tend to live shorter lives with diminished quality of life.According to Mr Usher, savvy use of this information can help seniors live longer, happier lives:“Ten years ago, when we decided to create the kind of haven that our mums and dads would like to live in, we found out all we could about ageing, health and quality of life. Most of all, we asked our mums and dads what would make them happy. We found that independence, dignity and social interaction were very important to them. So, we decided we would create a model in which independence and dignity were valued and encouraged. We also decided that we would provide plenty of opportunities for social interaction and friendship.”Mr Usher continued, “We wanted to make sure that our residents could maintain their independence but avoid the isolation that so often happens to the elderly. At the same time, we wanted to maintain a standard of competent but non-obtrusive care.”Mr Usher concluded, “The result has been five communities that have exceeded my original expectations. We are proud to have the ability to make a difference in so many lives.”Tall Trees Care Communities are providers of an alternative to the traditional aged care and nursing home models in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. They currently have five locations where residents purchase their homes and determine their own level of care. To learn more, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: Home Extensions Improving Lifestyles of Many Perth Homeowners 2014-09-15T04:01:11Z home-extensions-improving-lifestyles-of-many-perth-homeowners Perth, WA, 15 September 2014 - Due to record high housing prices, home extensions are becoming a very popular item in the Perth housing market. The median price for a home in Perth is currently $565,000. Many families that find they have outgrown their homes don’t want to spend the time or money to sell their old home, buy a new one and move.This situation has made home extensions a convenient and economical option for many families looking for more living space. Here are some typical reasons why homeowners opt to expand their homes.Larger FamilyWhen a couple buys its first home, they often don’t expect their family to grow as large as it ultimately does. Many couples plan to have no children or only one, but end up with two or more. If they bought a two-bedroom home when they first got married, thinking it would be large enough for their needs, they find themselves needing more space.Many families opt to build a second storey addition with extra bedrooms and bathrooms. This provides enough bedrooms for children and gives parents some peace. Sometimes, the family decides to renovate the downstairs with an open floor plan or an extra family room while putting the master bedroom upstairs with the rest of the family. Both of these solutions provide enough extra space for a family to grow and thrive. More Entertainment SpaceOne of the more popular options is to expand the first floor to include a family room that transitions into an alfresco living area. This is for families that like to entertain guests often or find that their home has become a hub of their social group. Adding a party area that seamlessly integrates the outdoors into the home can create a lot more living space while making the living area look even larger than it is.Home Office or Hobby RoomsAnother use for ground floor house extensions is adding a home office and/or one or more hobby rooms. More and more Australians are working at home and the trend doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. The home office is becoming a popular addition to Perth homes. Hobby rooms are also popular, especially as baby boomers become empty nesters and reconnect with hobbies and pastimes of their youth. For example, a rekindled interest in art or music is well-served and nurtured by adding an extra room to the house. A husband and wife with different hobbies can add two hobby rooms to their home and have space left over for a family room. Craig Johns, Director of Next Level Extensions, a home extension builder from Perth, has helped numerous families achieve better lifestyles without moving from their current homes: “For someone who doesn’t want the monumental expense or hassle of selling, buying and moving, home extensions are a lifesaver.”Next Level Extensions provides home extensions in Perth. They are equally proficient in providing ground floor or second storey home additions. To learn more or for an obligation-free consultation, call their Perth office on 1300 948 094 or visit their website: The Biggest Natural Bodybuilding Competition Comes to the NSW Central Coast 2014-09-12T09:57:12Z the-biggest-natural-bodybuiulding-competition-comes-to-the-nsw-central-coast The sport of bodybuilding comes to the NSW Central Coast on September 27 to the Impact Centre, Erina.  The ANB Central Coast Natural Physique Championships are presented by the Mick Moss, owner of VIP Fitness Personal Training.  "This year we will witness the best line-ups of athletes in the contest's 12-year history with a record number of competitors", he said.Years of hard work and dedication will be on competing in various categories for both men and women in either bodybuilding, figure, fitness and model categories with ages ranging from teenagers to GrandMasters. Competitors train all year round, but the real competition preparation begins about three months prior to competition, shedding fat by exercising at least six days a week and tailoring their diets to get lean for competition. Its total focus and dedication to being in the best shape possible on stage says Mr Moss. Competitors are very strict with their diets eats five or six meals every day  to hone their bodies as they want to maintain muscle while burning body fat. Its not just about losing fat, this is a real science. Its a lot of work and dedication. For each and every competitor up on stage it is a testament to their commitment, mental strength to overcome challenges, and focus. It takes real heart to compete, says Mr Moss, himself a multiple National and World Champion.The competition is open for entry by natural athletes of all ages and members of ANB Australia. The ANB have a pro-active ASADA drug testing policy to keep the sport clean. The event is a 1-show format incorporating the Prejudging, which is where all competitors in each category appear on stage as a group performing their mandatory poses. This enables the judges to be able to assess like-to-like, followed by the Finals and announcement of Winners. Each category winner is invited at the end to compete for the coveted title of Overall Champions.Apart from the competition on stage, there will be displays by leading suppliers to the sporting athlete, or the fitness conscious.  The finals of the Fitwear NSW Brand Ambassador search will also happen at the event with announcement and presentation of the winner.  This competition is a facebook competition where potential Brand Ambassadors are invited to post a photo of themselves with a supporting statement of why they would make the best Ambassador the Fitwear NSW.  All entrants into the competition are to use the #ANBCentralCoast hashtag.A lucky door prize will also be drawn from entries submitted on the day to win a huge basket of healthy products for body, mind and business.  Contents of the basket include products from JC Fine Foods, Bakers Delight, Well Naturally, the Digital Delusion's latest book on social media and online marketing, Conversational Hypnosis Academy 1 hour 'Breakthrough' session,  the Marketing Muscle 1 hour marketing consult, Chavez Chiropractic adjustment session ... just to name a few.This is going to be the biggest event.  Come join the lineup! #ANBCentralCoastVenue:  Impact Centre, 19 Chetwynd Road, Erina  NSW  2250Date:  Saturday 27 September 2014Time:  Starts at 10.30am Hardwood Flooring Supplier in Brisbane: “You Cannot Make Mistakes While Sanding.” 2014-09-12T01:50:22Z hardwood-flooring-supplier-in-brisbane-you-cannot-make-mistakes-while-sanding Brisbane, QLD, 12 September 2014 - The average hardwood floor is 19 millimetres thick. However, only 5 mm is available to be used as the surface of the floor. The other 14 millimetres consist of the tongue and groove configuration that provides structure and support for the floor. This means that, over the life of a timber floor, there are only 5 millimetres that can be removed for sanding, finishing and refinishing.Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber supplier that provides hardwood flooring in Brisbane, cautions his customers who prefer the DIY approach to be very careful when sanding and finishing a hardwood floor: “For a professional who has access to professional equipment, the 5 millimetre threshold never comes into play. But for an amateur who has to go to a hire shop for a floor sander, there is a lot less margin for error because a small mistake can have large consequences.”Mr Kyle recently provided two posts for readers of his blog. The first was an overview on how to sand and finish a floor and the second was about how to avoid the two most costly mistakes that amateurs tend to make when sanding a floor.Sanding a FloorThe steps to sanding a floor are simple but must be executed for a positive outcome. First, the room must be emptied of all furniture and possessions such as curtains and area rugs. Heating and cooling ducts, electrical outlets and light fixtures must be covered with duct tape and plastic to prevent saturation by grit and dust. The room must also be adequately ventilated. After every stage of sanding, dust and grit should be removed via a combination of sweeping and vacuuming. Sanding is done in three stages: rough, medium and fine. Rough and medium sanding are done in a diagonal direction and fine sanding is done in an up and down direction along the length of the boards. Sanding starts with 24 grit and 40 grit for rough sanding, 80 grit for medium sanding and ends from 100-120 grit for fine sanding.The Costly MistakesThere are two mistakes that can be costly when sanding a floor. The most common error is allowing the sanding belt of the floor sander to touch the floor while turning the machine on or off. The other mistake is concentrating on one area of the floor and creating a spot that is sanded too deep.According to Mr Kyle, “The machine should always be leaned on its rear wheels to remove the belt from contact with the floor when turning the machine on or off. And you should always run it all the way to the wall without stopping in the middle of the floor. That eliminates the two most costly mistakes amateurs make and gives you the best chance for professional results.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier that provides hardwood flooring in Brisbane. They are a third-generation family business that was established in 1972. They only carry the best timber and feature a strong commitment to providing great customer service. For more information, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Rochedale Morning Tea Provides Uplifting Experience for Seniors 2014-09-11T02:34:17Z rochedale-morning-tea-provides-uplifting-experience-for-seniors Australia, 11 September 2014 - Recently, the Tall Trees Care Community in Rochedale offered a morning tea and all day tour experience for prospective residents and interested family members. Co-founder Phil Usher was on hand to meet and answer questions. Attendees also had the opportunity to talk to staff members ranging from carers to administrative staff to maintenance personnel. They were given a full tour of the facilities, including dining rooms, a lounge, the community centre and the community grounds. During the later part of the event, they were given the opportunity to experience the apartments that are currently for sale. What are Tall Trees Care Communities?Tall Trees Care Communities are a group of five communities offering an alternative to traditional aged care and nursing homes in the Brisbane and Gold Coast markets. Mr Usher and his co-founders solicited the advice of their parents and asked them what they thought was most important to provide for the elderly.Most of the answers were centred around choices, dignity and independence. None of their parents wanted to feel like they were in an institution where they no longer had rights and were supervised all day, unable to have a free moment without a staff member breathing down their necks, telling them what to do.Mr Usher and his co-founders listened and made a promise that has become the company’s motto: “If it’s not good enough for our mums and dads, it’s just not good enough.” They decided to provide two features that are unique in the aged care industry: resident-owned apartments and consumer-directed care.Residents buy their apartments and have the same ownership rights of anyone who owns an apartment. They are allowed to have visitors whenever they want and are allowed to have pets. They have the option of purchasing meals cooked by a chef to eat in one of the dining rooms or in their own homes. They can also cook their own meals if they wish. Tall Trees aims to provide the “best of both worlds.” Residents retain their full independence and dignity but are around like-minded individuals in group settings as often as they wish to be. Residents are given plenty of chances to socialise during organised activities, but there are also plenty of opportunities to interact on the grounds and in the common facility. Why Tall Trees is So SuccessfulMr Usher is very happy with the way Tall Trees Care Communities have worked out and is excited for the future. According to Mr Usher, “When we started Tall Trees Care Communities, we wanted a place where our mums and dads could live out their lives with the care they deserved while retaining their independence and dignity. We never dreamed we would be able to help this many people. We are truly blessed.” Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to traditional aged care and nursing homes with five locations in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. Their residents own their homes and select the level of care they desire. To learn more or to arrange a trial visit, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: Childcare Centre Manager: Give Your Child a Head Start on School in the Kitchen 2014-09-10T02:30:12Z childcare-centre-manager-give-your-child-a-head-start-on-school-in-the-kitchen Perth, WA, 10 September 2014 - At Cuddles Childcare Centres, their motto is “Learning Through Play.” The staff at Cuddles Childcare Centres takes their motto very seriously and have turned it into more of a mission statement. One of the new programs at Cuddles Childcare Centres is called “Shake ‘n’ Bake,” in which children help cook food and eat it when it is finished.According to Operations Manager Michelle Novatscou, the program is so beneficial that she recommends it as a home strategy for helping a child learn through play.Kitchen Time is Quality TimeWhen a parent spends time in the kitchen, cooking with their child, it is the best of quality time. It helps the child bond with the parent and exposes them to plenty of things they wouldn’t normally get to see or do.Self Esteem RisesWhen a child gets to be part of a completed project in the kitchen such as a batch of cookies, they feel a better sense of self esteem because they made something they are going to eat.A Sense of AdventureIf your child cooks food they don’t like, they are more willing to try it and maybe eat it due to the fact that it was they who cooked it. Math SkillsTo execute a recipe, one must be handy with math. Cooking helps develop a lot of different skills relating to math. It teaches fractions, as in ½ of a teaspoon. It teaches counting, as in three cups of water. It teaches geometry, such as the dimensions of a baking pan. It also teaches temperatures such as the boiling point of water. Reading SkillsIf your child has a genuine interest in food, it will enhance their reading skills. You can have them do as much of the reading as possible, but keep your expectations realistic. If your child learns to read a recipe all the way through and follow instructions, it is a great achievement. ChemistryThe mixing and cooking of many recipes teaches children a lot about chemistry. Reactions to heat and cold are basic building blocks in chemistry. How foods mix together is another.Fine Motor SkillsCooking involves a lot of subtle movements that help children develop fine motor skills.Putting it all TogetherAccording to Ms Novatscou, cooking is one of the best ways for a child to have fun and learn while playing in a child care centre or at home: “We give children a lot of opportunities to learn while playing and our Shake ‘n’ Bake program is one of the best. The children have a lot of fun and they learn valuable skills while helping us cook. Shake ‘n’ Bake is so successful that we tell parents to try it at home.”Cuddles Childcare Centres live by their motto, “learning through play.” They have three locations in the Perth area and they provide numerous play opportunities for preschoolers. To learn more about Cuddles Childcare Centres, call any of their three locations or visit their website: 3rdspace launches ballsy execution for Sportsbet 2014-09-09T22:36:54Z 3rdspace-launches-ballsy-execution-for-sportsbet What he didn’t know was he’d be returning to his home town with a tin of blue paint to make over its most famous landmark. Sportsbet wanted a big and ballsy stunt to promote its support for Blue September, an initiative that highlights men’s cancer and the importance of regular checks for testicular cancer. And that’s exactly what 3rdspace gave them. As part of the campaign Sportsbet will also be making a $20 000 donation to Blue September. For more information, please contact: Rob Logan 3rdspace M: 0419 722 151 E: Aussie consumers want quality customer service 2014-09-08T23:10:19Z aussie-consumers-want-quality-customer-service One in four Australians will get advice on electronics in store but then return home to buy the product online at a cheaper price. That’s one of the findings of a study by customer satisfaction research company Canstar Blue, which shows that Gen Y Aussies are three times more likely than Baby Boomers to research a product in store before looking for a bargain on the internet. Of those who admit to taking advantage of in-store advice before buying online, only one in three said they feel guilty for doing so. The Canstar Blue survey, of more than 1,500 Australian adults who have made a purchase from an electronics retailer in the last six months, reveals that a quarter of Aussies will allow themselves to splurge on purchasing new electronic devices, but one in five claim to have bought “must-have” electronic gadgets and then never used them. And more than a quarter of Aussies say they have electronic gadgets in their home that they regret buying because they are unnecessary. The Good Guys has received Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – Electronics Retailers for the fourth year in succession. With five-star ratings across all survey criteria – including value for money and overall satisfaction – The Good Guys takes the award ahead of some of Australia’s most recognisable retailers. Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi both received four-star ratings for overall satisfaction, while Dick Smith and Bing Lee scored three stars. The Canstar Blue study found that quality customer service was of the utmost importance to Aussie consumers looking to make a purchase from an electronics retailer. “Good point of sale service is even more important than the feeling of getting good value for money, our research shows,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “The range of products on offer and even the layout of the store are big priorities for Australian consumers. “Most Aussies are looking for good, well-informed sales people to assist them in their purchase decision-making process and this was an area The Good Guys performed very well in. “Congratulations to everyone involved with The Good Guys on an exceptional set of results. To achieve our Most Satisfied Customers Award – Electronics Retailers for the fourth year in a row is a truly fantastic achievement.” The Good Guys also recorded five-star ratings for price compared to other bricks and mortar retailers, product range and store layout. “Since its inception as a family business back in 1952, the company has always maintained the philosophy that delivering strong customer service is essential for both business credibility and customer retention,” said Cathy Rennie Matos, The Good Guys Manager – Marketing Services. “Receiving such widespread positive feedback regarding our customer service from Australian consumers is extremely humbling for our team, as it reinforces the hard work and serious commitment within the organisation to making The Good Guys not only a great place to shop but a great place to work.” “We know from experience that satisfied customers typically become loyal customers that are more likely to share their experience with family and friends. The Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey provides an extremely reliable and representative way in which to help measure this.” The Canstar Blue survey also shows that 30% of Aussies spend more time reading catalogues from electronics retailers than they do reading books, while a quarter of respondents admitted to experiencing “electronics envy” when visiting friends and family.