The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-06-24T05:11:26Z The Cataclysm ‪‎crowdfunding‬ project is on ‎pozilble‬ 2016-06-24T05:11:26Z the-cataclysm-crowdfunding-project-is-on-pozilble The Cataclysm ‪‎crowdfunding‬ project is on ‎pozilble‬ Alien's unknowingly release an evil entity from it's confinement, leads to Earth's destruction. Team of ex-solders onboard an experimental starship battle enter an old cube in orbit around a small gas giant orbiting dual red dwarf stars. The entity ends up destroying Earth and its solar system. However, it’s not a where there is a time agent trapped in the outer reaches of the new nebular... The Infinite Loop- An Exhibition of Abstraction 2016-06-22T06:27:50Z the-infinite-loop-an-exhibition-of-abstraction THE ARTIST NETWORK 3 German and 3 Australian artists re-imagine the Justin Art House Museum  A globalised network of international and Melbourne based artists are set to create a collaborative exhibition of abstract interventions at the Justin Art House Museum this coming August. The Infinite Loop will showcase both existing and new work of German artists Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag, Guido Münch (Konsortium) and Melbourne based artists, Justin Andrews, John Nixon and Stephen Bram. Further extending upon connections formed during his 2014 residency in Finland, artist/curator Justin Andrews, draws upon an existing network of abstract artists that have been widely recognised for challenging the institutional status quo by reimagining the artist collective as an exhibiting force within a globalised context. This is a show not just about Abstract Art, but also the conversations and questions that occur during the process of its inception. Justin Andrews contends that ‘this exhibition will reveal a range of shared forms and elements, symbolising a like-mindedness between all six artists. There is a real shared history behind this network of artists that has yet to be fully explored.’ JAHM proudly presents itself as the first Australian platform in which these discussions can take place. A reading room established especially for this exhibition, featuring a range of ephemera collected over the years by each of the artists, will provide further insight into these conversations. A must for those who wish to further engage with the history of this globalised network. The newly established JAHM, home to Charles and Leah Justin will facilitate and host the artists during the exhibition installation. As a ‘creative hub’ JAHM seeks to provide a space that is welcoming and supportive of a dialogue that promotes divergent concepts towards contemporary art and its participation. ‘As a private institution we are able to provide an alternative voice to the existing public institutions, and a variety of voices within the discussion of contemporary art, is exactly what we need at this time’ Charles’ statement echoes the thoughts of many who have celebrated the pluralistic and inclusive approach to art history and curating in recent years. As an authority on the history of Abstract Art, Dr Caroline Barnes will write a critical text that contextualises this project.  Quick Facts: •                Justin Art House Museum, 3 Lumley Court, Prahran www.jahm.com.au •                 Exhibition: The Infinite Loop, 14 August  - 20 November 2016 •                 Open to the public by bookings made via the website •                 For further information, or to arrange an interview or media tour please contact Gina Lee on 0411 8188 62 or contact@whatginadidnext.com.au •                 High resolution images available on request. •                 For more information on Konsortium http://www.konsortium-d.de/index2.htm ### Charities to Benefit From Online Shopping 2016-06-21T03:10:04Z charities-to-benefit-from-online-shopping It is now easier than ever to donate to your favourite charity just by shopping online. Gifts4Good is a website that places a donation to your chosen charity when you shop at your favourite online retailers via Gifts4Good. But what happens if you forget to shop through Gifts4Good? Alison Gray, the founder of Gifts4Good has developed the Shop 4 Good Reminder App. The Shop 4 Good Reminder App works with your browser to identify Gifts4Good partners. Users download the app to their desktop and when they shop at a Gifts4Good partner a pop-up appears asking if they would like to make a donation to the charity of their choice at no extra cost. Gray developed the Gifts4Good website as she wanted to make it easier for consumers to support their favourite causes with their shopping. Alison says, ‘Gifts4Good is about the shopper being able to choose which causes they want to support. Many people have more than one favourite cause so I really wanted to create a tool that allowed them to choose their preferred charity at the time of purchase, not just support a default charity or one Gifts4Good chooses for them.’ She was then motivated to develop the Shop 4 Good Reminder when her friends told her they had shopped but had forgotten to use the Gifts4Good website. She realised a reminder tool was an effective way to remind shoppers they could donate to their favourite charities. Alison says, ‘I knew it was important to be able to remind supporters about Gifts4Good at the moment they were ready to buy - the pop-up does this.’ Gifts4Good and the Shop 4 Good Reminder App come at a time when shopping by referral or for incentive is commonplace. With so many websites ready to reward consumers for their online loyalty, it makes sense that charities are given more opportunities to earn some of the online dollars being spent. Shoppers do not pay any extra to make a charity donation. All donations are made by the retailer so consumers can shop for their favourite brands while doing good. To learn more about Gifts4Good or the Shop 4 Good Reminder App visit www.gifts4good.org.au/ reminder or contact Alison Gray on 0427 151 844. Gifts4Good is an online shopping portal where every purchase supports a good cause. The business is presently taking part in a six-month startup incubator program for social enterprises (companies who want to do good and make money) called Two Feet, run by TDi and subsidised by National Australia Bank.  The 5 Things Travel Insurers Want Australians to Know Now About Claims 2016-06-20T04:22:30Z the-5-things-travel-insurers-want-australians-to-know-now-about-claims The importance of buying travel insurance before heading overseas has become well recognised across Australians of all ages. But many travellers still hold mistaken beliefs that can mean being surprised by a claim being rejected. “You’re encouraged to read any Travel Insurer’s product disclosure statement before you purchase a policy,” said Dean Van Es, the CEO of Fast Cover. “This is so that you better understand the policy benefits and what is excluded.” The Travel Insurance Specialist team at Fast Cover has had numerous conversations with Australian travellers who are confused about what travel insurance really is and what it can cover. Here are five of the more worrisome ideas they’ve talked about with Australian travellers.   1.     1.  It’s illegal to lie to an insurer about a claim In an independent survey of over 1000 Australian travellers commissioned by Fast Cover it was found that 5.2% of travellers had attempted to lodge a false claim. “Lodging a false claim is illegal. Fraudulent claims can also increase the price of policy premiums for everyone,” said Mr Van Es. “Travel insurance provides cover to travellers who have experienced an emergency. If you become injured or need to be taken to hospital by helicopter for example, travel insurance can cover you.”     2.     2. Not telling your insurer about a pre-existing medical condition doesn’t mean you’ll have cover for it If you become sick or injured due to a pre-existing medical condition that isn’t covered by your insurer, it is highly unlikely that your claim will be successful. Your pre-existing medical condition may also affect your level of cover. For example, some insurers do not cover medical expenses for claims related to taking the prescription blood thinner Warfarin and others don’t provide cover for pregnancy complications for women pregnant with twins or triplets.   3.    3.  Pre-existing medical conditions apply to cancellation claims If you become sick due to a pre-existing medical condition before you start travelling and your travel insurer does not provide cover for that condition, it is highly unlikely that your claim will be approved. “Some people forget that pre-existing medical conditions are often taken into account with cancellation claims. If a pre-existing medical condition might prevent you from travelling, it’s worth finding out if you can purchase cover for that condition,” said Mr Van Es.   4.    4.  Cover for domestic cruises is different from cover for inland holidays While there are doctors on board cruises, they are most often private practitioners which you will have to pay as you won’t be covered by Medicare or your private health insurance while offshore. Without travel insurance that provides cover for emergency medical expenses, you may be responsible for the cost of seeing a doctor on board or a helicopter flight if you need to be evacuated to a hospital on the mainland. 5.    5.  Excess applies to each claimable incident Some insurers apply a ‘standard excess’ to their policies, which defines how much of any claim you would be responsible for. This excess usually applies to each separate claimable incident. For example, a $100 excess means that if you claim for a $1,000 phone and a $3,000 laptop that were stolen at the same time from the one incident, your maximum pay-out is $3,900. If however, your phone was stolen in one incident and your laptop stolen a few weeks later in a separate incident, the $100 excess would apply to each incident and your maximum payout from both claims combined would be $3,800.   “Reading the product disclosure statement provided by your insurer is important to know what your policy covers you for,” said Mr Van Es.   Dean Van Es, CEO, fastcover.com.au   Dean is available for further comment or an interview and can be contacted by: Phone: 1300 409 322 Email: dean@fastcover.com.au   Fast Cover Pty Ltd ABN 98 143 196 098 AR No.381399 (“Fast Cover”) arranges this insurance as an authorised representative of AGA Assistance Australia Pty Ltd, ABN 52 097 227 177, AFSL 245631 trading as Allianz Global Assistance. This insurance is issued and managed by Allianz Global Assistance as agent of the insurer Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708. Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. We do not provide any advice on this insurance based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before buying this product, you should consider the Combined Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement (including policy wording) available on the Fast Cover website www.fastcover.com.au to decide if this product is right for you. If you purchase a policy, Fast Cover receives a commission which is a percentage of your premium - ask us for more information before we provide you with any services on this product. COSPLAYER YUEGENE FAY TO ATTEND SMASH!’s 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT 2016-06-15T11:01:59Z cosplayer-yuegene-fay-to-attend-smash-s-10th-anniversary-event Sydney, NSW, June 14th, 2016 —For fans of geek and pop-culture, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show in spectacular style. SMASH! is delighted to announce that the internationally recognised cosplayer, YUEGENE FAY, will be coming to celebrate SMASH!’s 10th anniversary event on August 20th and 21st. YUEGENE FAY is Thailand’s top-ranking cosplayer who is well-renowned for her accurate ‘cross-play’ portrayal of characters from the multi-verse realms of manga, anime, gaming and music. Amongst her anime and gaming cosplays, Yuegene Fay is best known for cosplays such as Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan), Rin Matsuoka (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club), and Mikoto Suoh (K). Yuegene Fay’s attendance comes after having international cosplay guests REIKA and KANAME⭐ at SMASH! 2015. The popular cosplay duo attracted thousands of fans to Q&As, tutorials and signings. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes Yuegene’s attendance reflects fans’ “enthusiasm for authentic cosplay talent” at pop-culture conventions like SMASH!. “With a profound status in the cosplay scene, Yuegene Fay is without a doubt a fitting guest choice for SMASH! 2016,” Qiu said. “Regardless of gender and skills, cosplay has the power to unite like-minded fans. It offers them the opportunity to dress up and express their passion for pop-culture in the unique form of cosplay.” Yuegene Fay will join previously announced guests: Japanese voice actor Hideo Ishikawa (Naruto) and Japanese voice actress Ai Nonaka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica). SMASH! 2016 is a two-day pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st. Featuring a line-up of cosplay, gaming and anime events, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is an event not to be missed. For more information, visit www.smash.org.au.  ***ENDS***     SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au New visual analytics app compares cost of living across Asia Pacific 2016-06-15T00:00:00Z new-visual-analytics-app-compares-cost-of-living-across-asia-pacific Qlik® (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, has developed a new web-based app for consumers that allows them to quickly and easily compare the cost of living across eight key cities in Asia Pacific (APAC) – Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.   Built on Qlik Sense®, the Qlik APAC Cost of Living app uses embedded visual analytics to enable users to uncover insights into the cost of living across different cities in the region. The app incorporates a broad cross-section of goods such as property, transport, education, entertainment, utilities, food, restaurants and clothing, in addition to allowing users to select ‘Budget’, ‘Mid-range’ or ‘Expensive’ across any cost category.    “With the constant fluctuations in Asian economies and changing consumer price indices (CPI), getting to grips with the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living before you move somewhere can be difficult,” said Phillip Beniac, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific for Qlik. “The Qlik APAC Cost of Living app takes the pain out of the process by using visual analytics to compare the average cost of living in various cities. Easy to assimilate visual representations enable expatriates, as well as local residents, to compare selected APAC cities side by side, and drill into the data to find out how their city of choice stacks up against the rest.”  Tokyo most expensive, Hong Kong and Sydney close behind   Japan’s most populated city, Tokyo, takes the overall title as the most expensive city, with costs 39% higher than the APAC average. However, delving deeper into the data reveals that all is not how it may seem. For example, looking only at the ‘Expensive’ category of items shows that Hong Kong usurps Tokyo as the most expensive city to live the high life. At the other end of the spectrum, exploring ‘Budget’ costs shows Sydney elevated in the rankings to second behind only Tokyo, showing that Australia’s sparkling harbor jewel is no place to try and live on a budget.   “APAC is well regarded as an attractive location for expats and also sees a great deal of mobility from within the region, with potential to accelerate due to recent initiatives such as the Asian Economic Community formed in December 2015,” commented Professor Wong Poh Kam, National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School.   “Part of this attractiveness of the region is the perceived low cost of living in various countries. However, cost of living standards can often be misunderstood unless people have access to a good level of detailed information that informs them what it will cost to live their particular lifestyle. For example, not everyone wants or needs to own a car, which can be a particularly expensive proposition in some APAC cities, especially Singapore and Tokyo, where the public transport network is already extensive.”  Deeper insights with visual analytics   Using heat maps, the Qlik APAC Cost of Living app instantly illustrates how the prices of individual items in various countries differ from the APAC average, with red highlighting the costliest and blue denoting the least expensive. A ‘Highs and Lows’ page enables users to track prices of particular items – from alcohol and entertainment to clothing and household essentials – across APAC, and literally watch the colors change. With so many variables to choose from in the app, some interesting insights that one can find include:  Education: Sydney has the second most expensive education costs in APAC for public and private schools, which cost 41% and 39% more than the region average respectively. The cost of sending a child to private school in Sydney equates to sending 16 children to a private school in Mumbai.  Transportation: The most expensive public buses by far belong to Sydney being 208% more costly than the APAC average. Driving is comparatively more attractive in Sydney than the rest of APAC, with petrol being 22% cheaper and the Vokswagen Golf being 46% cheaper, both being the second cheapest for their region.  Travel: Holidaying in Sydney is a mixed bag of costs. Staying at a 5-star hotel costs 51% less than the rest of APAC, but a meal for two in a hotel restaurant will cost up to AUD$342.75. That is about twice what it costs in Shanghai ($184.54) or Tokyo ($160.56). While lavish lodging in Sydney will be cheaper in APAC, the meals will compensate with their price. For cheaper budgets, when compared to the APAC average, a 1-star hotel costs 56% and street food will be 24% more.   Property: Sydney is always noted as having very expensive property and rent costs, but the city actually has a much lower property price variance compared to the average across Asia Pacific. Renting and purchasing in the inner suburbs is 44% cheaper than the APAC average, while renting and purchasing outside of the city centre is 28% and 21% cheaper respectively.  Lifestyle: Sydney drinks are notorious for being expensive. Local and imported beers are 66% and 63% more expensive respectively in Sydney than the average across APAC. However premium alcohol such as Hennessey XO Cognac is actually cheaper in Sydney, retailing at AUD$211.69 compared to the APAC average of $232.95. Similarly, entertainment is pricier in the lower end of Sydney compared to APAC, with movie tickets costing 43% more and theatre tickets 30% more, but a premium game of golf will be 60% cheaper. “In the same way that organisations now routinely use business intelligence, individuals are seeking ways to use everyday data to analyse and derive insights into what’s going on in their lives. The Qlik Cost of Living app is a great example of how you don’t have to be a data scientist to get useful insights from data, by using visual analytics,” added Beniac.   The Qlik APAC Cost of Living app built on Qlik Sense, is based on data collected from varied sources including desktop research as well as surveys of regional retail chains and hotels. The app is available at www.qlik.com/apaccostofliving   About Qlik Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) is a leader in visual analytics. Its portfolio of products meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics. Approximately 39,000 customers rely on Qlik solutions to gain meaning out of information from varied sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik has offices around the world with more than 1700 partners covering more than 100 countries.   ### © 2016 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. Qlik®, Qlik Sense®, QlikView®, QlikTech®, Qlik® Cloud, Qlik® DataMarket, Qlik® Analytics Platform and the QlikTech logos are trademarks of QlikTech International AB which have been registered in multiple countries. Other marks and logos mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016 2016-06-12T00:17:21Z trail-blazing-australian-teen-lights-a-path-to-rio-2016 Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016  Tasmanian teen’s community contribution earns him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay   HOBART – 12 June 2016 - A Tasmanian teenager has been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent his country by running in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. 16-year-old Geoff Papi-Watson of Glenorchy, Hobart, who finds inspiration in helping others, was selected based on his outstanding community contribution through his extensive volunteer work with the Glenorchy Youth Task Force whose mission is to make a difference to young people in the local area.   The inspirational teenager has been recognised and hand picked for his great involvement in the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle, as well as other local community initiatives through the Glenorchy Youth Task Force such as RUOK? Day, Mental Health Week, Bike Kitchens and Gig in the Gardens.     The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle - a national program that has seen 10,000 Australian teens receive a brand new bike since its launch in December 2013 - chose Geoff for this unique experience, which will see him travel to Saõ Paulo to run a 200m leg of the Olympic Torch Relay on 23 July, two weeks before the commencement of the Games.   Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle ambassador and Olympian Sam Willoughby, said when the opportunity came up to nominate a candidate to carry the Olympic torch, there was no doubt that Geoff was the deserving teen for the job.   “We first met Geoff two years ago at the first Hobart Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle event where his passion, enthusiasm and leadership skills really stood out. Since then, Geoff has not only returned as a program volunteer, he continues to encourage locals in his community to keep riding. It was this commitment, along with Geoff’s extensive community volunteer work, that earned him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay,” said Willoughby.   To be selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific as an Olympic Torchbearer came as a huge surprise to Geoff, who hasn’t previously travelled overseas.   “To be chosen as a torchbearer by Coca-Cola South Pacific was really exciting. I’m thrilled to be given the chance to go to Rio and carry the torch. My sister introduced me to the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle two years ago; I enjoyed being a volunteer for the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle so much, I had to do it again. It's great to be recognised for something I love to do, giving back to the community, which I think is really important,” said Geoff.   Glenorchy City Council Mayor, alderman Kristie Johnston commented, “Glenorchy City Council is extremely proud of the contribution that young people make in our community through the Glenorchy Youth Taskforce. The Taskforce is the longest continuous running council supported youth group in the nation and its members assist with delivering great programs such as the Happiness Cycle. Geoff is a fantastic ambassador for Glenorchy young people as he models a commitment to his community through volunteering with many organisations and stepping up to be a voice for younger people.”   Roberto Mercadé, Coca-Cola South Pacific President said Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Olympic Torch Relay has spanned many years.   “We are proud to be sponsoring Geoff’s Olympic journey in recognition of his positive contribution and support for his local community. Coca-Cola chooses its torchbearers in-line with the Olympics’ fundamental values of inspiring positive change, hence why we have chosen Geoff as our Rio 2016 Olympic torch bearer,” said Mr Mercadé.   Geoff has been selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific to join 2,400 other Coca-Cola torchbearers around the world, as part of the Company’s sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.   Coca-Cola first partnered with the International Olympic Torchbearers program in 1992.   For more information on The Happiness Cycle, visit: www.thehappinesscycle.com.au   - ENDS -  Media enquires: Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014 5035coca-cola@decpr.com.au  About the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle The Happiness Cycle is a youth engagement program of Coca-Cola South Pacific. Each year, the program travels around Australia visiting communities in each state. To date, it has donated almost 10,000 bikes to teenagers across the country. In 2016, the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle program is preparing to improve the lives of thousands more teens across Australia, offering them the opportunity to own a brand new bike. The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle has been held in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia with the cooperation and participation of Beacon Foundation member schools.  About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Powerade and many more.  Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colajourney.com.au. Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca‑Cola Company’s beverage brands in Australia.  Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, provides marketing and technical/quality services to The Coca-Cola Company in Australia. Pyrex Launches Atlantic Blue Bakeware 2016-06-07T00:09:18Z pyrex-launches-atlantic-blue-bakeware Iconic kitchenware brand Pyrex® has launched a new range of its much-loved glass bakeware - Easy Grab™ Atlantic Blue - a line of versatile glass baking dishes in a classic blue-tinted glass. Available in three functional shapes and sizes; a 9.5” Pie Plate, 3qt Oblong Baker and an 8” Square Baker with Lid, the range of bakeware is a must-have for every home cook. Pyrex’s Easy Grab™ range is designed with convenient Easy Grab handles and soft contours, making the bakeware easy to hold and transport straight from the oven to table. From baking pies to roasting vegetables, microwaving, serving, and storage, the multi-function bakeware is made from Pyrex’s trusted Opal glass and is dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and oven safe. The Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Atlantic Blue range is available now in Coles and World Kitchen outlet stores with RRPs ranging from $12.95 to $29.95. For more information about the Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Atlantic Blue range, please visit www.pyrex.net.au. -ENDS- Pricing for the Pyrex Easy Grab Atlantic Blue range is as follows: Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Atlantic Blue 9.5” Pie Plate - $12.95 RRP Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Atlantic Blue 3-qt Oblong Baker - $26.95 RRP Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Atlantic Blue 8" Square Baker with Lid - $29.95 RRP For more information or high res images, please contact:  Laura Minns | Access | 02 9292 7002 | 0431 375 990 | laura@accesspr.com.au Emma Reyes | Access | 02 9292 7006 | 0424 425 813 | emmar@accesspr.com.au About the Pyrex Brand With a century of innovation, the Pyrex brand has become a household name renowned for exceptional quality and masterful design since 1915. With a history of invention and creativity, Pyrex brand glass was originally used in lantern globes on railways. The progression from railways to kitchens came about when a railway engineer’s wife used the same heat resistant glass to bake a cake and an iconic brand was born. Today the Pyrex product range features a vast collection of prepware, glassware, storage, bakeware and drinkware. Pyrex products are available from department stores, leading independent homewares stores and grocery stores nationally. About World Kitchen: World Kitchen develops a suite of well-known and much loved brands including CorningWare, Pyrex, Corelle, Snapware, Bakers Secret and Visions. World Kitchen products are available from major retailers and an extensive range of specialty kitchenware outlets through Australia. World Kitchen has a factory outlet and showroom located in Alexandria, NSW. For more information, visit www.worldkitchen.com.au "Supernerd" regains national quiz title 2016-06-06T09:29:42Z supernerd-regains-national-quiz-title "Supernerd" regains national quiz title Issa Schultz, star of The Chase – Australia, regained his national title with victory in the Australian leg of the World Quizzing Championships on Saturday, 4th June. It was the fourth national title for Schultz when he reclaimed the title from two-time winner Ross Evans who finished fourth.  Rick Bakker (second) and Yolanda Stopbar (third) filled the other places. Schultz also claimed his fifth successive Australian Pairs title, and third in succession with Michael Logue. Evans teamed up with Leon Derry, Jim Huxley and Shane Francis to take the Australian Teams title. Part of the 14th World Quizzing Championships, almost 2,000 quizzers from all over the world took part simultaneously with the Australian round hosted in Sydney by Quizzing Australia. Kevin Ashman, star of the BBC quiz show Eggheads was the overall event winner, claiming his fifth world title. The WQC was first held in 2003 in England with about 50 participants, but is now a genuinely worldwide event with about 100 venues across more than 40 countries. Unlike the pub trivia many people are familiar with, the WQC is an individual, written quiz and the questions are not for the faint-hearted. It had added importance this year as the inaugural Quiz Olympiad will be held in Athens, Greece in November 2016 and the WQC is the main section trial for the Australian team.  Quizzing Australia will announce the Australian team in August.   --- Sample questions (answers below) 1.      The only film on Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations, which 1950 film starred Bette Davis as an aging Broadway star and also provided Marilyn Monroe with one of her first important roles? 2. Known for its ice rink and Christmas tree, the main building of which New York art deco complex is known as 30 Rock? 3. From independence in 1965 until 2015, which country expanded its territory by 23%- not via military conquest, but by land reclamation? 4. Which European country leads the water polo medal tables at all Olympic Games, with nine golds? 5. Now used for many alcoholic beverages, what name was originally given to a drink made with water, weak beer and rum that was introduced into Britain’s Royal Navy in 1740?    ---   Answers   1.       All About Eve 2.       Rockefeller Centre 3.       Singapore 4.       Hungary 5.       Grog ---   Contact: www.quizzingaustralia.org info@quizzingaustralia.org Christian Kelly (Director) 0419 705526 Cocoons launches Airbnb style website for artists and musicians 2016-06-02T03:26:07Z cocoons-launches-airbnb-style-website-for-artists-and-musicians MELBOURNE, VIC, June 1, 2016—Cocoons.co is a new peer-to-peer website that helps artists, performers and musicians sublet or find the perfect space to perfect their craft—from rehearsal spaces to warehouses and backyard studios. With a handful of spaces already listed in Melbourne and Sydney, Cocoons plans to expand to other culture hubs around the world. “COCOONS BRINGS THE SHARING ECONOMY TO PEOPLE WHO LOVE SHARING THE MOST: THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY.”—ADAM FERNS Similar to every traveller’s favourite website for apartment stays, Cocoons lets people easily browse listings and book online; for a few days or even a couple of hours.  Cocoons accepts all kinds of creative spaces for rent including warehouses, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, photography and art studios—even amatuer garage studios. Every listing comes with its own description, photos, user ratings and optional equipment list.   Find out more at Cocoons.co ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Media images: For high-resolution versions of the website and logo, please visit cocoons.co/media ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About Cocoons Cocoons.co is a peer-to-peer website that specialises in non-traditional spaces for hire, lease or sublet.   The website was started by a creative trio who often found it hard to track down interesting and inspiring spaces, in their own city or wherever they travelled.   Long-time Melbourne local, now Berlin-based designer and musician, Adam Ferns splits his time between freelance work, personal projects and travel. Based in Melbourne, Phon Vongdara is a freelance writer who writes ads during the day and works on his own ideas at night. While Andy Rovenko is the creative technologist and photographer who makes all the magic happen.   Together, they want to build a global creative community and to inspire people to do what they love most: making stuff. Tenant Education Skills Program launch, NSW North Coast 2016-05-30T00:58:06Z tenant-education-skills-program-launch-nsw-north-coast Monday 30 May, 2016 Partnership announced between North Coast Community College and North Coast Community Housing North Coast Community College and North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) have developed a partnership agreement to offer NCCH tenants access to education and training opportunities.  “Our mutual goal is to improve quality of life for local people through education and training”, said Narelle Millar, Executive Officer, North Coast Community College.  We aim to empower students to participate in the community to their full potential.” Both local community agencies have a long standing and strong commitment to social responsibility, respecting the diversity and different needs of the individuals they work with.  This new program will be a valuable extension of the services they offer to local people. “NCCH is more than just a good landlord” said NCCH Chief Executive Officer, John McKenna. “We believe in providing opportunity, supporting change and building positive neighbourhoods and communities. These types of programs allow us to work together with like-minded community organisations to help create a better future for our tenants”. The new program, Tenant Education and Skills Program (TESP), will enable NCCH clients to access training through the existing programs run by the college and the provision of subsidies by NCCH. This will be an additional commitment to the incentives for social housing tenants already provided by the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Scholarships “Our course program has something for everyone” said Mrs Millar, “whether it is training in technology for seniors, nationally recognised qualifications, Workskills or special interest courses”. “This is just fantastic for all of our tenants. Whether you are one of our valued senior tenants wanting to get connected online or you’re one of our kids living in our youth housing program who wants a better chance of getting a job, we can now help you do that”, said Mr McKenna. The program is available to all NCCH housing tenants. It is envisaged TESP will help to alleviate social isolation - with participating tenants becoming more connected to their communities - and support overall health and wellbeing outcomes. Tenants interested in participating in the TESP are encouraged make contact with North Coast Community College to discuss relevant courses they may be interested in undertaking. North Coast Community College (Alstonville) ph: 66285426 (Yamba) ph: 66469094.           Full college programme available to view online at www.northcoastcc.edu.au Media contacts: North Coast Community Housing: John McKenna, Chief Executive Officer:  0434 674 711 North Coast Community College; Megan Drummond (Marketing): 0410 421 404     New Research Shows Australian Watering Habits Have Changed 2016-05-30T00:49:24Z new-research-shows-australian-watering-habits-have-changed The so-called ‘Millennium Drought’ of the 2000s emphasised the importance of water to the Australian people and, in many parts of the country, 2006 was the driest year on record; by the end of the drought in 2012, the Federal Government had provided $4.5 billion in drought assistance. Since then, an increasing number of Australians are incorporating intelligent water usage into their daily lives.  A recent survey of over 2,000 people was conducted by garden hose specialists, Hoselink, to discover the changing hose habits of households across the nation. The survey discovered that more than 30 per cent of Australian homes are using at least some recycled water to water the garden.  Victorians (40%) and Queenslanders (35%) are leading the way for the use of recycled water. According to Tim Kierath, founder of Hoselink, this is a welcome change of habit.  “The hose habits of Australians have changed since the last drought when severe water restrictions were put in place and it’s refreshing to see that Australians are increasingly embracing the use of recycled water,” said Tim.  “As our community expands and we develop new subdivisions that offer recycled water,  there will be an increase in this important initiative.” But there are also other ways to conserve water around the home.  Besides watering the garden, hoses are being put to work to clean the house and outdoor areas.  More than two thirds (70%) of respondents said that they use their hose to clean down the deck, pavers and tiled areas and 60 per cent are hosing down the house and washing the windows. “Particularly in coastal areas, it is recommended to clean the salt off the house to avoid corrosion,” said Tim.  “But for decks and paved areas, we recommend first clearing away the bulk of the leaves and dirt with a rake, broom or leaf blower.  Using a high pressure washer or specialty jet sprayer on the hose is ideal as they use a relatively small amount of water.  Further savings can be enjoyed by fitting good quality hose connectors to your hose and pressure washer to guarantee no wastage by leaking or bursting under pressure.” Hoselink is home to Australia’s trusted no-burst hose fittings and has a range of products to make watering more enjoyable, including hoses, fittings, hose reels, sprinklers, sprayers and accessories.  For more information, visit www.hoselink.com.au. Twitter and KKBOX bring the Chinese Pop Wave to the World 2016-05-27T22:11:41Z twitter-and-kkbox-bring-the-chinese-pop-wave-to-the-world SINGAPORE, May 27, 2016 - Twitter and KKBOX, Asia's leading music streaming brand, are working to expand the appreciation of Chinese pop music, or Cpop (#Cpop), to a global audience. KKBOX is creating #OnlyOnTwitter Cpop content on their official Twitter account (@KKBOX), including weekly live Twitter Q&A interviews with Cpop artists, autographed video clips from Cpop musicians and producers using Twitter's Challenger app, regular #KKvote contests to engage overseas Cpop fans, and live broadcasting of Cpop concerts and the annual KKBOX music awards via Periscope (@KKBOXTW) to the world.An increasing number of Cpop artists such as Jam Hsiao (@JamHsiao0330), Z-Chen (@zchen0508), May Day (@Mayday_EN), IO Band (@ioband), Tia Ray (@tiaraymusic), Vanness Wu (@VanNessVanWu), Stefanie Sun (@Stefsunyanzi), Kelly Lin (@kellyhlin), JJ Lin (@JJ_Lin), GEM (@GEMoving), Shung Xiao Yu (@ShungXiaoyu), Coco Lee (@cocolee117), and Erika Liu (@ErikaLiu0314) are already on Twitter to amplify their music to the world. With the #LoveCpop campaign from now, Cpop artists are showing support to KKBOX to bring Chinese-language music to the world.Catherine Chien, Marketing VP of KKBOX, said: "KKBOX offers the most comprehensive Asia-pop music library. This year, KKBOX's tracks have grown from 20 million to 25 million. Also, over 2,500 artists and celebrities are longtime supporters of KKBOX. With Twitter as our social media partner, we will co-create exclusive content on Twitter for Cpop fans and artists to share their music appreciation with the world through the live communications platform."Margot Ling, Head of Media Partnerships of Twitter Greater China, said: "We want to bring more Chinese-language content to Twitter to make our global communications platform the live connection to Chinese culture for our users around the world. Music is something that everyone can appreciate and our KKBOX collaboration is a new and exciting way to promote Cpop to the world through real-time interactions and live conversations on our platform. We're thrilled that KKBOX, one of Asia's top music streaming service platforms, will regularly create unique Twitter content with established and emerging Cpop artists, as well as during music concerts and award shows."Twitter and Periscope will be the first social media platform to livecast behind-the-scenes action and song highlights of all Cpop concerts hosted by KKBOX in Taipei and Hong Kong this year. The first KKBOX music event to be featured on Twitter and Periscope will be Z-Chen (@zchen0508)'s concert starting from 8pm Taipei Time on Friday, May 27th.Follow @KKBOX on Twitter and @KKBOXTW on Periscope to enjoy the live video highlights of the upcoming KKBOX LIVE concerts with more to come.- May 27 - Happy Z-Day with Z-Chen - Z-Chen Zhang is a Malaysian Cpop singer who debuted in 2001 and is often called the R&B Prince- June 5 - Jason Chan x Phil Lam Live - featuring the two Canadian-Hong Kong Cpop singers- June 17 - Binghem Yeh x Shennio Lin Live - bringing both the Taiwanese award-winning singers togetherEmbeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/KKBOX/status/735412651702902784 About TwitterTwitter is an iconic service and global platform for self-expression and live conversation. Twitter has always been the best place to see what's happening now. Whether it's breaking news, entertainment, sports, or everyday topics, only Twitter lets you connect with people anywhere in the world with live conversation. Anything that happens, you see it first on Twitter. By developing a fundamentally new way for people to consume, create, distribute and discover content, Twitter enables any voice to echo around the world instantly and unfiltered. Twitter is available in more than 40 languages around the world. The service can be accessed at Twitter.com, on a variety of mobile devices and via SMS. For more information, visit about.twitter.com or follow @twitter.Media contact:Deborah NgTwitter Asia Pacificdng@twitter.com@d_eb THAT’S A WRAP: SHITBOX RALLY 2016 RAISES $1.52 MILLION FOR CANCER RESEARCH AND PREVENTION 2016-05-20T01:55:46Z that-s-a-wrap-shitbox-rally-2016-raises-1-52-million-for-cancer-research-and-prevention Photo Credit: Lachlan Gardiner   After driving through floods and snow and sailing across Bass Strait, the seventh annual Shitbox Rally 2016 has wrapped up for another year, raising an enormous $1.52 million, exceeding the target of $1.4 million. The rally has raised over $7.8 million since its inception in 2010, making it the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia. Kicking off in tropical Mackay, Queensland on 7 May, the colour convoy of 200 shitboxes, worth less than $1,000 each, drove over 3,500kms through some of Australia’s most dusty, muddy and rugged roads to raise awareness and critical funds for cancer research and prevention. The rally marked an end to its 7-day adventure this year in Hobart, Tasmania. Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman, speaks very fondly of this challenging yet successful rally. “I am truly impressed by how the teams have made every endeavour to raise money. The team that raised the most funds was Marco Giacomazzi and Nigel Mukhi from Mario Bros, who managed an impressive $32,392.67 and broke the rally’s record. The rally brought together like-minded individuals that otherwise may never meet on a memorable and rewarding adventure, all in the name of raising much-needed funds for the fight against cancer. A heart-felt thank you to everyone that has supported this year’s rally, and I am very proud of what we have achieved.”   Alongside quintessential Australian sights, the rally also experienced a unique ‘Shipbox Rally’ leg this year. For the first time ever in the rally’s history, shitboxes were transformed into `shipboxes’ with all 450 participants dressing up as pirates to sail overnight across the tumultuous seas of Bass Strait with Spirit of Tasmania. This was also the first time the rally set wheels on Tasmanian soil.   Shitbox Rally 2016 proved to be another test of endurance for both teams and their beloved vehicles. Despite the rally encountering intense rainfall on their second night and making unplanned stopovers, of the 200 shitboxes that triumphantly drove out of Bluewater Quay in Mackay, only 8 cars did not make it to the finish line at Red Square, Hobart. There were some spectacular breakdowns along the way including a complete engine transplant for a 1975 Ford Escort panel van from an engine found under a bush at the back of Bourke, making the support teams pull more than a few MacGyver moments in reviving cars to stay on the road. The post-rally auction held at Manhiem Hobart was an emotional spectacle of well-loved shitboxes going under the hammer and the auction raised $42,500. Local residents from Bridgewater showed their support, bidding against some of the teams who were not ready to farewell their cars. Following the auction, the 2016 Shitbox Rally award ceremony celebrated those teams that had given their all to the rally. Awards were given out for Best Car, Best Team Theme, Best Breakdown, Best Repair, Least Likely to Make It, Largest Fundraiser and for the team that upholds the essence of Shitbox Rally by helping their mates, Spirit of the Rally. If you are looking for a remarkable adventure for a good cause, join the Shitbox Rally community and get involved in future rallies. Simply head to the “Contact Us” link on the website to put your name onto the database. For further information or to support the cause with a donation, visit http://www.facebook.com/shitboxrally or www.shitboxrally.com.au.    ABOUT BOX RALLIESShitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1000 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. 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. 2016 marked the seventh Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 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: 0407 078 407 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Chemson Pacific produces world's first PVC filament for 3D printers 2016-05-13T02:51:35Z chemson-pacific-produces-world-s-first-pvc-filament-for-3d-printers Sydney-based manufacturer of PVC stabilizers, Chemson Pacific P/L, has today announced the launch of 3D Vinyl™ PVC, a ground breaking invention which was 100 per cent conceived, developed and tested in Australia. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the world. With the development and successful laboratory and field-testing of 3D Vinyl™, Chemson Pacific has proven that the time for PVC to enter the polymer-based 3D printing market segment has arrived. By pioneering a PVC formulation with true “thermoplastic” 3D printing properties and specifically designed for use as a 3D printing filament feedstock, the Chemson invention significantly broadens the options available for users of 3D printing; from cottage-industry makers and hobbyists, to advanced manufacturing. 3D Vinyl™ stands to make a significant impact within the Direct Digital Manufacturing market, as its unique qualities remove the constraints formerly imposed on the majority of accessible 3D printing platforms. The product will enable these systems to venture beyond the boundaries of rapid prototyping, allowing all users of 3DVinyl™ to develop end-use parts and products in a variety of low-run production deployments. Key attributes of 3D Vinyl: ·       UV resistant ·       Weatherproof ·       Solvent resistant ·       "Group 1" Fire retardant (capable of AS3837 compliance)  ·       Low embodied energy content when compared to incumbent polymer-based filaments ·       Sustainable footprint – requiring 50 per cent fewer fossil fuel inputs (3DVinyl™ uses abundant natural gas while some incumbents are derived from crude oil.) ·       Improved rigidity ·       Elimination of bottom layer warping and poor bed adhesion ·       Excellent for generating support structures, which are easily removed Regional alliances with PVC industry leader Welvic, CSIRO and tertiary bodies will bring 3DVinyl™ to market for Australia/NZ/ASEAN.  Additionally, a strategic partnership with Functionalize, the U.S.-based leader in functional 3D printing materials, will co-develop conductive, electrostatic dissipative and other specialised formulations of 3DVinyl™, and expand its market reach in North America, Europe and beyond. “3D Vinyl provides a strong, weatherable and durable alternative for conventional ABS use cases, while simultaneously expanding the materials options for the vast market of PLA-only printers,” said Michael Toutonghi, CEO of Functionalize. “We’re excited to partner with Chemson Pacific on commercialisation and distribution of this important new material, and we look forward to functionalising it for a broad range of manufacturing and maker applications”.   Benefits of 3D Vinyl for industrial 3D printing: ·       Low melt viscosity ·       Excellent flow properties ·       Heat stability ·       Excellent layer adhesion ·       Enhanced durability  "3D VinylTM is a definitive new 3D printing material that will bring a combination of physical properties not available with the current incumbent polymeric materials.                                            3D Printing is currently one of the fastest growing, value-adding industries internationally and will be an important source of mentally-stimulating career paths and new business growth for the future, which I’m absolutely proud to be a part of,” said Dennis Planner of Chemson Pacific. “3D VinylTM brings a new era for the PVC Industry and Advanced Manufacturing, here in Australia and worldwide." 3D Vinyl™ was tested using the AIO Robotics Zeus 3D printer, with testing performed by Marc Jolivet of PMMCO. About Chemson Pacific Chemson Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chemson Group (part of the OYAK Group of Companies), focused on the formulation & manufacture of non-toxic and non-heavy metal based heat stabiliser technologies for PVC. Chemson Pacific pioneered the benign Organic (OBS®) heavy-metal free stabiliser and new Calcium/Zinc systems to replace Lead (and all other additives deemed undesirable) in PVC for potable water & fire-retardant building applications in Australia. The formulation acumen acquired over many years enabled the successful development and proof-testing of 3D VinylTM PVC for 3D Printing. About Functionalize: Functionalize is focused on creating breakthrough 3D printing materials and technologies that allow anyone to go from concept to functional product, catalyzing the next wave of the new industrial revolution. Founder and CEO, Michael Toutonghi is a 30-year serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur veteran, former Microsoft vice president and technical fellow, inventor and co-inventor on 29 issued patents, as well as Functionalize’s pending patents on nano-material synthesis and polymer technology. To find out more, visit: www.functionalize.com