The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-10-21T02:51:12Z BCT Solutions included in Sage Power 50 of veteran companies 2018-10-21T02:51:12Z bct-solutions-included-in-sage-power-50-of-veteran-companies A publication profiling veteran companies across Australia, Canada, UK and US, the Sage Power 50, has just been launched. BCT Solutions is both humbled and excited to be selected as one of the 50 members. With so many veterans making the transition, those that have already trodden the path should be able to help make the journey smoother. The Sage Power 50 reveals the challenges, sacrifices and tough decisions that underpin the transition into business for many veterans; as well as the advice and insight that helps to make service-honed skills ready for the world of entrepreneurship. Sage, a premier partner of Invictus Games 2018, has launched the publication in the run up to the Games in Sydney from 20-27 Oct 18. The belief is that that by sharing the compelling stories more can be done to educate and inspire the next generation of veteran business leaders. Sage Power 50 members were nominated by leading military nonprofits in countries who have hosted the Invictus Games. The companies were nominated for their leadership and determination to succeed. BCT Solutions is proud to share it with other great veteran-run companies in Australia including: Mirragin, Bench On, StevTech and Major Freedom. Thank you to Sage for leading this investment for veterans in business and we wish everyone the best of luck at the Invictus Games. Noodz Boutique’s Clearance Sale Starting from $29 AUD 2018-10-20T07:14:26Z noodz-boutique-s-clearance-sale-starting-from-29-aud Waiting for the year-end sale? Now you don’t need to wait too long as Noodz Boutique is inviting all fashionistas to grab stylish dresses starting from the range of $29 AUD under clearance sale.  Noodz Boutique is a leading high-end couture engaged in providing the most stylish and elegant collection of body-hugging dresses at affordable prices. Each of their dress has been carefully detailed with the aim to give you perfect feminine look and enhance your body curves.   Now get the best deals on these luxurious dresses and glam up your look as Noodz Boutique allows you to explore ultimate collection even under their stock clearance section. From Cosmos Playsuit to two-piece dress to mermaid gowns, you can choose from the wide range of dress although in different shades.  No matter whether you are slim or have a clumsy figure, they can offer you these dresses from XL to 3XL size to perfectly fits your curvy figure. The best part about this clearance sale is you can buy now and pay later with a Zip Payment account or make four interest-free payments fortnightly with Afterpay.   Shop now before your favorite dress gets out of stock! Buy here TAMARA DEAN AWARDED THE JOSEPHINE ULRICK AND WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2018 2018-10-19T09:00:08Z tamara-dean-awarded-the-josephine-ulrick-and-win-schubert-photography-award-2018 The coveted contemporary photography award offers a generous cash prize of $25,000 with the winner’s work acquired as part of the Gallery at HOTA’s impressive collection of contemporary Australian photography. With over 200 outstanding entries and 45 finalists from a diverse range of photographers this year, Tamara Dean captured the win for her work titled, Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in Autumn from the series In our Nature 2017 – an inkjet print, courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary. Cherie McNair, who judged the 2018 Award, expressed that Tamara’s work accurately depicted modern day photography. “Tamara Dean creates work that confirms photography’s veracity in the twenty-first century. Collaboration, connection with contemporary issues are coupled with a quiet introspection and exploration of ritual,” she said. “The ambiguous and fluid nature of the medium is used to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. The work confirms Dean’s mastery of the medium, ability to connect with her subject and presents us with a contemplative moment that captures both the dynamism of human movement and the stillness of the landscape.” “Dean has a distinctive ability to capture important moments, very much reflective of her career as a photojournalist. This attribute extends into her art practice, imbuing important moments with a Pre-Raphaelite, otherworldly quality,” added Cherie. An initiative of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation, the award honours the philanthropy of Win Schubert AO (1937-2017) and her extraordinary generosity as a lifelong custodian of Australian photography, art and creativity. It is now also the biggest award in photography for Queensland and second in Australia, acting as a touchstone for contemporary photographic practice nationwide. This year, an additional $25,000 for acquisitions was also awarded to selected finalists, Abdul Abdullah - Delegated risk management from the Weddings series 2017, Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson - Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017, Kai Wasikowski – Realtree #4 2018, and Honey Long and Prue Stent – Salt Pool 2018, with their works to be displayed as part of the Gallery at HOTA’s notable collection. Award submissions for 2018 showcased the breadth of photographic practice and talent in Australia, with potent subject matter and photographic techniques used to describe the work of entrants this year. Diana Warnes, Head of Curatorial Projects at HOTA, said the Award gives the winner and finalists an opportunity for gallery and industry exposure. “The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provides photographers of all levels the opportunity to showcase their work,” she said. “The Award plays a significant role in enhancing the profile of emerging and established artists at a national level, and we’re so fortunate to be able to promote this within our community as the Gold Coast’s arts and culture scene blooms.” All works by finalists will be displayed in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018 exhibition in the Gallery at HOTA from 20 October to 25 November. *Images and image credits are available for download from this LINK. For more information on the Gallery at HOTA, visit their website: ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 | E: Step into Life launches its revitalised brand 2018-10-19T04:56:38Z step-into-life-launches-its-revitalised-brand Friday 19, October 2018 As Step into Life continues its Australian and International journey in creating fitter and healthier communities, the recent ownership changeover has accelerated the evolution of its brand identity. As Electra Tounis, National Marketing & Franchise Recruitment puts it: “The Leadership team saw the changeover as an ideal opportunity to revitalise the brand to support our new vision that focuses on fun, fitness, friendship and fresh air to make our members feel great!” We are confident that this will create organic opportunities for growth and generate long term benefits for the company going forward. “We want our brand to be aspirational and our long-term ambition is ‘to be our members’ favourite place to exercise’. Simply because of the way it makes them feel. We know many of our members have membership at backup gyms and are regular participants in other sport activities. They stick with Step into Life because we are offer more than just fitness. Our holistic approach to fitness makes them feel great! “We know our trainers are at their best when delivering on this promise.They are people-person and it’s what they love to do.I hear it all the time from our members and share their experiences when I attend those same sessions. As does our CEO who makes a point of participating in the full range of activities that we offer” says Electra. “Where we differ from the high volume, intermittently staffed, 24/7 gyms is that Step into Life actually offers a personalised approach to wellbeing. There’s no magic formula! Just quality service tailored to individual needs, that delivers promised results and sustained personal satisfaction.” Electra finishes, “Our revitalised logo and brand story will help communities recognise who we are, what we stand for and most importantly, what we will deliver.”     Our Brand Story Let us inspire you to lead an active and healthy life. It’s no secret that exercise delivers wide range of health benefits. In many respects exercise is the ultimate cure but for most people, life’s daily challenges make time the obstacle. Your time is valuable, so you want to get the most out of it that you can. We understand that your wellbeing journey is different from others. That’s why at Step into Life, we take the time to listen to what you want, help you understand what your body has been through and shape a lifestyle exercise plan to achieve your goals and live a brighter life. We help discover a world of fun and social interaction with outdoor exercise routines that are never the same. You learn to embrace your body strengths and compensate for your weaknesses. Ultimately, you understand that taking time out to treat yourself properly, makes you feel great and really does lift your mood and create happiness. Who doesn’t want to be happy! Our new arrow graphic has been designed to mirror this philosophy. The arrows link representing our partnership and they build as we work incrementally to achieving your goals. Keeping true to our outdoor experience, we have retained our corporate colours of blue and green representing the sky and grass. Nothing beats exercising in the outdoors and breathing in the fresh air.Did you know just 20 minutes of exercising outside is equivalent to drinking one cup of coffee in terms of its energy-boosting effects? Exercise can be your new caffeine addiction! So, our new logo is about us moving forward together to make your life brighter through fun, fitness, friendship in the fresh air. Step into Life and ‘feel great’!   What does this mean to members and the public?  Step into Life are going to follow a SLOW roll-out and mirror the same approach that much larger organisations have successfully adopted. Over the next year or so, you will see a hybrid of branding, but due to our strategy of retaining the typography and colouring, the difference will be minimal. And as time goes by; company material, clothing, equipment and signage will be replaced with our new, fresh and modern look. We have exciting times ahead and we look forward to sharing this journey with you. Electra Fair Go Finance appoint Bonfire for Digital Marketing transformation 2018-10-19T03:09:31Z fair-go-finance-appoint-bonfire-for-digital-marketing-transformation Australian small loans provider, Fair Go Finance, have selected digital agency Bonfire to transform their search marketing strategy to improve their brand equity and success online.   Based in Perth, Fair Go Finance have provided a wide range of competitive short-term loans - including car and debt consolidation loans - since 2008.  Following the company's recent acquisition of Capfin Money, Arno Dolz, Marketing Manager for Fair Go Finance, conducted a review of existing suppliers to best support the business to achieve their goal of becoming one of the nation's top personal loan providers. This review resulted  In Fair Go Finance appointing Bonfire, consolidating four suppliers into on, to strengthen their digital marketing.   This partnership entails Bonfire executing a robust organic and paid search plan to help Fair Go Finance gain market share via Google, and establish their brand as a leading online personal loans company.   Fair Go Finance's Marketing Manager Arnold Dölz said Bonfire's expertise in search marketing and data-driven approach resonated with their business objectives. "Bonfire’s significant experience, local knowledge of the Australian market and forward-thinking approach was a standout when looking for an agency partner to drive the success of our Online Search campaigns."   "We operate in a competitive vertical, but have full confidence that Bonfire will assist in helping our business achieve the goals and objectives that we have set for these channels."  "Working with one of Australia’s leading Specialist Search Agencies is an exciting prospect and we look forward to seeing the results that they deliver," said Mr Dölz.  Bonfire's CEO and Director Clay Cook said the agency was excited to help Fair Go Finance realise their full potential.  "Our team can't wait to get started and help transform the return on investment of their digital marketing activities," said Mr Cook.   -   ENDS   - Actura and ASI Solutions Announce New Strategic Partnership 2018-10-19T02:44:11Z actura-and-asi-solutions-announce-new-strategic-partnership Actura Australia is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with ASI Solutions. Actura’s mission is to provide an innovative and comprehensive robotic STEAM learning solutions to the rapidly changing world of education, while ASI Solutions is an ICT solutions provider that introduces innovative IT solutions to private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. Because of strong dedication to encouraging comprehensive  STEAM robotics solutions and shared mission, Actura is proud to announce ASI Solutions as their new channel partner. ●     FlipRobot Solution Framework is the only robotics solution built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills. These skills have been identified by academics and business leaders as being the necessary transportable skills required to be successful in any chosen career. ●     The CASE robotic curriculum has been carefully developed with clear learning outcomes. Actura then designed a robot to deliver the rich CASE curriculum. ●     The FlipRobot learning kit and software environment are engineered to be a complete, out-of-the-box solution, along with State Certified Professional Development to help support our educators. You can find out more about FlipRobot here: Justin Lowe, Director of ASI Solution expressed his thoughts on the new partnership: “As a longstanding IT partner to schools Australia wide, it is our goal to deliver the latest technologies to empower students on their learning journey and provide teachers with the tools they need to achieve their pedagogical goals.  ASI’s set of technology solutions brings classrooms, schools and communities together and we feel the STEAM partnership with Actura further enhances this offering.” Charles Chung, CEO of Actura responded: “We are delighted to be working with ASI Solutions on our comprehensive FlipRobot solution. ASI and Actura share the same mission and vison when it comes to education. We are both incredibly passionate about providing all Australian teachers and students with the tools and support they need to master critical STEAM related skills. Students will need these skills to successfully navigate the fast-changing workforce shaped by automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and globalization enabling them to become 21st century leaders” About Actura Established in Australia since 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution spanning from in-class to out-of-class environments. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. For the out-of-class solution, the CASE Space school International Study program aims to deliver the once in a life time, best STEAM experience in the most inspiring organisation, NASA. About ASI ASI Solutions has been a provider of innovative and pioneering business technology solutions to Australian private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. We choose innovative technology solutions which are matched to each client¹s unique business needs, taking a solutions oriented approach and working to deliver a clear return on investment. Our global technology offerings and professional implementation model provides greater efficiency and returns for all customers. We make this happen with real insight into the external forces impacting IT environments, and we balance the needs of business to help our customers’ transition to the operating challenges of tomorrow. iWorld Australia releases Two New Robotic STEM Products from Robobloq 2018-10-19T01:54:00Z iworld-australia-releases-two-new-robotic-stem-products-from-robobloq Melbourne, Australia - October 17, 2018 - iWorld Australia in partnership with Robobloq have launched two new STEM products from Robobloq, the Q-Elephant Robot Kit and the Q-Dino Robot Kit. The kits will be available in Australia and New Zealand at selected retail locations, online and education resellers. The Robobloq Robot Kits allow students to use scratch code, an easy to use and understand programming language that can be used to make the robots do different things and interact with the real world using the nine different types of sensors that are available to connect to this kit. The Robobloq software for scratch coding is available in the iOS and the Google Play store for phones and tablets and chrome books. There is also Windows and MAC software available for desktop and laptop computers. Robobloq Q-Elephant Robot Kit The Robobloq Q-Elephant Robot Kit is a mid-level metal building block robot kit. It contains more than 267 parts and can be used to build an elephant or a unicorn. Children can learn to build the robot and then learn about electronics and coding with the motor and sensors. Product Details Modular design Transformable Programmable on Windows 7+, Mac 10.9+, iOS 8+, Android 4.4+ Drag and drop coding Based on Arduino platform Total Parts: 267+ Wireless control over Bluetooth 4.0 using Robobloq App Recommended Age : 8+  Robobloq Q-Dino Robot Kit The Robobloq Q-Dino Robot Kit is a mid-level metal building block robot kit. It is interactive with eyes that express emotions and a large mouth that can be built into a dinosaur or a crocodile. Children can learn to build the robot and then learn about electronics and coding with the motor and sensors. Product Details Modular design Transformable Programmable on Windows 7+, Mac 10.9+, iOS 8+, Android 4.4+ Drag and drop coding Based on Arduino platform Wireless control over Bluetooth 4.0 using Robobloq App Recommended Age : 8+   About iWorld AustraliaiWorld Australia is a leading exclusive distributor of STEM/STEAM Education products across Australia and New Zealand. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of STEAM education products within schools and households in order to prepare students for careers of the future. Our success is based on quality customer support and solid long term business relationships forged with major retail customers and high profile quality manufacturers. We are also an approved member of the Australian Toy Association (ATA).   Threat Intelligence Completes Final Round Presentation in Inaugural Optus Innovation Challenge 2018-10-18T22:30:00Z threat-intelligence-completes-final-round-presentation-in-inaugural-optus-innovation-challenge Threat Intelligence today confirmed its Evolve security automation platform has successfully completed its final round presentation in the inaugural Optus Innovation Challenge. Shortlisted from a list of 85 applications, its Evolve platform showcased how an easy-to-use automated security solution could address the security issues faced by SMBs and families in Australia and provide greater on-demand protection. For Ty Miller, managing director of Threat Intelligence the nomination as a finalist validates the recently-launched platform: “The Evolve security automation platform is unique. It’s designed to give business and individuals cost-effective access to a new level of IT security capability – even for threats they may not be aware of. It’s cloud based so it can be accessed quickly and from anywhere.” The Optus Innovation Challenge was delivered in partnership with the Macquarie University Incubator and held at the Optus Innovation Hub over a six-week program. The finalists were selected on their ability to help SMBs to grow digitally. The final pitch round presented to an audience of Optus’ IT Innovation, Digital and SMB Go-To-Market teams in the Sydney Innovation Hub, Stone & Chalk. The innovation behind the Evolve security automation platform tackles evolving global threats and the challenges SMBs face with limited security budgets, skills and resources. Launched in August this year, Threat Intelligence now has a clear vision on the application and rollout of Evolve with SMBs in Australia. “We know many SMBs and families would love to be able to better protect themselves from security challenges, rather than constantly managing security issues. Evolve lets them do this and can scale up or down to meet their needs at different times,” concluded Miller. /Ends Note to Editors: Photos available on request. About Evolve Evolve is a cloud-based security automation platform designed to integrate multiple layers of security and response capabilities in one easy to use interface. Evolve maximises security budgets, streamlines security capabilities, and provides far greater visibility and control of threats, risks and security breaches. For more information visit About Threat Intelligence Threat Intelligence is a specialist consultancy defining the next era of security, intelligence and security automation. It was established in response to the new challenges of an ever-evolving global threat environment. Services include security automation design, penetration testing, security training, agile security, forensic investigations and security architecture services. Its founder, Ty Miller, is one of Australia’s leading information security specialists and is a prolific commentator and author on intelligence-based security. Royal Couple misses out on Melbourne's biggest and best Baby Expo! 2018-10-18T11:45:44Z royal-couple-misses-out-on-melbourne-s-biggest-and-best-baby-expo As the Royal Couple leaves Melbourne we open our doors to Melbourne’s best and biggest pregnancy and parenting event. Showcasing over 200 Exhibitors featuring the best and latest in nursery essentials plus huge variety of interactive feature areas providing vital parenting help and resources. With Victoria’s birth rate soaring and maternity wards overflowing there is even more need for reliable expert pregnancy and parenting advice and information. We have four antenatal classes running per day, a multitude of talks, hands-on workshops and a Car Restraint Safety Advice Centre. Visitors can also take advantage of the St John CPR Lab and learn how to save their babies life. Another unique feature of our Expo is what we like to call our Invictus Exhibitors. They are Australian families who have suffered the tragedy of losing a child and from that adversity have come through to provide education and support so that other families may not suffer the same heartbreak they have been through. They include: ·         Light for Riley who lost their 3 month old son Riley to whooping cough and will be offering free vaccinations to pregnant women in their third trimester.  They will also be handing out immunisation information packs and sharing Riley's important and educational story. ·         Still Aware, suffering a still birth at 40 weeks, founder Claire Foord is committed to ending preventable stillbirth, because it is the leading cause of infant death in Australia. Their stand will provide resources and one on one advice. ·         River’s Gift had to face the trauma of Sudden Infant Death of their 4 month old son River and ever since have become the largest source of funding for SIDS research in Australia.  They will be delivering a Safe Sleep talk plus will have information and handouts on their stand. ·         Georgina Josephine Foundation, Peter and Emma lost their daughter to a driveway accident, at just 15 months old. “We want people to be inspired to change, not to think we are brave. We can’t improve the situation for us, but we can try to make it better for other people.”  A full-size driveway safety display will be at the Expo to show the hazards and traps to avoid in order to save a life or serious injury. See these inspiring exhibitors and all the latest, must have parenting gadgets and accessories all under one roof this weekend! Australian Investments in the EU 2018-10-18T09:53:42Z australian-investments-in-the-eu Australia and the European Union have a long history of doing business, but recently efforts have ramped up to build an even better working relationship between the two continents. Imports and exports between Australia and the EU have been steadily increasing annually and government officials began negotiating a new free trade agreement this year back in June. With the global economy picking up, it’s a good time to revisit the investments Australia has with the EU and how the continents interact on trade. Trade Agreements The European Union and Australia have been in discussions for a free trade agreement that would aim to further open business channels between the two continents. With such an agreement in place, the business climate would become more stable and markets would be more predictable. Exchanges could be made with fewer holdups and customers on both continents would have better choices. Imports Australia’s largest trading partner is China, but the EU is a close second thanks to a steadily increasing supply of imports. The two biggest items coming into Australia from the European Union are cars, medical supplies, and pharmaceutical products. The United Kingdom and Germany are the two countries within the EU supplying the most goods to Australia, followed by Italy and France. Exports When it comes to exports, much of the European Union buys gold from Australia, especially the United Kingdom. The UK is a big player on the world gold market, so agreements with Australia are extremely beneficial. In fact, according to 99% of gold exported into the UK came from Australia in 2016. Other exports of note going from Australia to the EU include coal, fruits and seed, and (of course) wine and alcoholic beverages. The UK receives 50% of all the EU’s exports from Australia, with Germany and the Netherlands taking in another 25%. Foreign Investment Foreign investment is a huge part of the relationship between the EU and Australia. With over $90 billion in goods and services being exchanged each year, it’s important for each continent to invest in the success of the other. The EU is the second largest direct investor in Australia, with total investments currently valued at over $165 billion. According to - Over 3000 EU-majority run businesses were open in Australia as of 2014, employing nearly 300,000 people. In the other hand, Australia has over $100 billion of investments in EU member countries, representing 20% of their total international investment budget. Australia and the European Union are eager to open up new business channels in the coming years and trade between the two has never been stronger. It’s something worth keeping in eye on in the future as the business world becomes more and more global. Leading Airbnb Property Management Company, Hometime, acquires Hey Tom 2018-10-18T08:05:08Z leading-airbnb-property-management-company-hometime-acquires-hey-tom-1 Australia and New Zealand leading property management service company for short-term rental market Airbnb, Hometime, (, has announced the acquisition of Hey Tom, a Sydney-based Airbnb property management provider. This recent acquisition firmly strengthens Hometime as a leading force in the short-term home rental market in Australia and New Zealand. This announcement furthers Hometime’s status as an official Professional Co-Host by Airbnb - the only company in Asia and Australia to currently enjoy this level of accreditation. Together with Hey Tom, its annualised revenue run-rate growth will exceed 350% since October 2017 making it the largest and fastest growing provider to date in Australia. Launched in 2016, by founders Dave Thompson and William Crock, Hometime’s property management and housekeeping platform allows hosts to “put their Airbnb properties on autopilot” by handling each aspect of the hosting experience whilst delivering superior returns. Hometime CEO and co-founder Dave Thompson welcomed Hey Tom to the Hometime family: “Hometime has experienced and managed substantial growth through a combination of our technology and platform, outstanding host and guest support, and the direct benefits that our close relationship to Airbnb provide.  The Hey Tom team shared our vision, ambition, and commitment to ensuring we are collectively the best choice for a host to manage their home - which we do with great care and consideration.”   William Crock, Hometime co-founder and COO added: “We are delighted the Hey Tom team chose to combine forces with Hometime. We were impressed by the quality and professionalism of their operation and, believe in combination, we will continue to advance our leadership in the Australian market.” Hey Tom, founded in 2015 by founders Joel Cacciotti, Phillip Rose and Luke Baker, has established a leading reputation for professional Airbnb property management. Joel Cacciotti said, “We are thrilled to join Hometime in the journey to become a leading global provider of Airbnb property management services. Phillip, Luke and I felt that the scale, technology platform, Airbnb professional co-host status, and ambitions of Hometime demonstrated that they were the right partners to join forces with.  “We will continue in the business as part of the Hometime management team. We will ensure a seamless transition for our property hosts and look forward to accelerating our growth together.” Hometime was advised by Asia Principal Capital (“APC”) for the transaction. A partner of APC, Martin Dalgleish, an ex PBL and Optus Senior Executive and experienced technology investor and Director, is Chairman of Hometime and works with the Hometime founders to develop organic and acquisition strategies to ultimately position Hometime as a global dominant player in Airbnb property management. India’s Cultural Diversity in a Journey Across Five Cities – Confluence: Festival of India in Australia 2018 Set to Kick off from October 26 In Perth 2018-10-18T07:00:56Z india-s-cultural-diversity-in-a-journey-across-five-cities-confluence-festival-of-india-in-australia-2018-set-to-kick-off-from-october-26-in-perth From Friday 26 October 2018, the third chapter of Confluence: Festival of India in Australia will touch down in Perth to commence its six-week journey across five cities. Once again, the festival will travel across the nation leaving in its trails a colourful and collaborative tapestry of arts and culture. This year, residents of Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Melbourne and Perth will witness the very best of Indian culture in both a contemporary and classical context. Across these five cities, Confluence will showcase a diverse spectrum of arts including dance, theatre, literature, and well-being practices. Confluence: Festival of India in Australia is a recognition and celebration of India and Australia’s rapidly advancing bilateral relationship. It represents a meeting point, one that sees the convergence of ideas, arts, cultures, and civilizations. The festival is focused on highlighting this incredible tie through artistic demonstration, the convergence of Indian and Australian culture in a way that has never been seen before, and in a way that provides attendees with truly unforgettable experiences. "Confluence, incorporating the dynamism and vitality of the Indian subcontinent, manifesting in its science and technology, trade & commerce, education and sports, would attempt to merge the Australian aesthetics with the Indian cultural efflorescence in Australia and I am sure, leave a deep imprint on the audience here. I hope the spirit of the Festival will transcend into the vital people-to-people bonds of trust and faith, which underwrite the growing interaction between Australia and India.” His Excellency, Dr. A.M Gondane, High Commissioner of India in Australia The 2018 program will feature a revitalised line up to deliver an exciting range of new experiences for residents across Australia. Namely, the legendary Grammy award winning percussionist Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram will be performing alongside his sons Selvaganesh and Umashankar, as well as his grandson Swaminathan to form 3G, a celebration of classical Indian music conveyed across three generations of the one family. For music lovers seeking a unique experience, Kabir Café will be bringing their distinctive musical concoction of pop, reggae, rock, folk fusion, and Carnatic influence to Bundaberg, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. The theatrical component of Confluence 2018 will be headed by the wonderfully quirky Elephant in the Room, which reinterprets the mythological narrative of the young boy, Master Tuck, who mysteriously awakens alone in the forest with the head of an elephant. In addition to the new artists and performers, Confluence will also be returning with several fan favourites from previous editions of the festival. Those looking to immerse themselves in Indian culture with a hands-on experience can look forward to Gilles Chuyen’s Bollywood Workshop, which will be returning this year with the same infectious energy and accessibility that made it a hit in 2017. Also headed by Gilles, the Guided Yoga and Meditation Workshops will take guests on a journey mind and body as he shares the world-renowned techniques and practices of the Karmic Research Centre in New Dehli. For the first time ever, Confluence will be working in conjunction with OzAsia Festival in Adelaide to deliver JLF Adelaide. An extension of the world’s largest literary festival, Jaipur Literature Festival, JLF Adelaide will feature more than 30 authors, journalists, activists, and literary minds from across the globe who will engage over topics such as politics, economics, sport, magic, travel and cinema, to gender, environment, science, history and arts. OzAsia Festival will also be featuring some of Confluence’s major acts including Kabir Café and 3G. To view the full program and stay up to date with important festival announcements, visit the website here.                                                                       -end- FRESHER, CLEANER WATER FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY 2018-10-18T06:10:31Z fresher-cleaner-water-for-you-and-your-family   For over 20 years, Polymaster has been at the forefront of rainwater tank innovation. Waterguard, our exclusive new range of antimicrobial poly tanks continues this tradition.   Partnering with global leaders SANITIZED AG, our new Waterguard rainwater tanks are built with Sanitized® Protection - an antimicrobial treatment in the polymer, designed to protect the water tank, which in return produces fresher, cleaner water for your home.   SAVE MONEY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Installing Waterguard rainwater tanks helps reduce household water usage and your water bills. You can use the rainwater to wash your clothes, water the garden, fill the pool and even flush the toilet. 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Our Waterguard range is available in 3 models — Domestic, Slimline and our 2020L Slimline Tank Package in 8 of the most popular COLORBOND® colours.  All Waterguard rainwater tanks:  •    Installing a Waterguard rainwater tank will help you achieve a 6-star energy rating when building a new home •    Designed with solid one-piece construction with zero joins •    Made with food-grade polyethylene  Each tank is manufactured to the highest quality and certified to: •    AS/NZS 4766:2006 Polyethylene storage tanks for water and chemicals •    AS/NZS 4020:2002 Australian Standard for drinking water •    AS 2070 Part 1 and Part 8 Australian Standard for food contact  Domestic Rainwater Tanks •    Available for 200L – 9000L •    Suitable for small rural properties •    20-year warranty  Slimline Rainwater Tanks •    Available for 2000L – 3000L •    Suitable for urban properties where space is minimal •    7-year warranty  2020L Slimline Rainwater Tank Package •    Available for 2020L •    New modern design, quick to install with a built-in pump •    Available for Single and Double-Storey pump combinations •    10-year warranty  For more information on Product: Website:            Email:                 SapphireOne ERP Business Accounting software launched Version 17: Training Day held on 8th October 2018 2018-10-18T05:22:47Z sapphireone-erp-business-accounting-software-launched-version-17-training-day-held-on-8th-october-2018 On 8th October 2018, SapphireOne, an Australian ERP Business Accounting software company launched Version 17 in the Ros Packer room of the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club.   See what happened at the SapphireOne Launch Version 17 - Performance Improvements   There are some amazing performance improvements in the large processing functions in version 17. For example, when processing Month End or Business Activity Statement (BAS SBR2), which historically have been two of the more time-consuming processes in the SapphireOne ERP, now there are some dramatic increases in performance of up to ten times than earlier versions.    New BAS SBR2 and STP working with ATO, adding your AUSkey to SapphireOne   SapphireOne version 17 incorporates the ATO Standard Business Reporting SBR2, Single Touch Payroll STP and Tax File Declaration TFN for SapphireOne users who have installed their AUSkey into their SapphireOne datafile. These clients now benefit from what used to be a very time-consuming task with the ATO business portal, where they often had to reinstall java or change browsers frequently so they could lodge their BAS. Now with SapphireOne, there is no requirement for a browser as the interface seamlessly connects to the ATO. SPS Commerce Fulfilment EDI Integration SPS Commerce’s integrated end-to-end EDI solution, automatically populates orders into version 17 of the Sapphire and SapphireOne ERP accounting software system, while checking for errors when sending and receiving transactions. It also verifies that all transactions were sent and received successfully, providing critical process controls for vendors and suppliers. Implementing SPS commerce’s fulfilment EDI has brought many benefits into SapphireOne. It has reduced or eliminated manual data entry, saved chargeback penalties, streamlined inventory management, increased the speed time-to-market (TTM) delivery, boosted productivity without increasing staff, expedited receipt verification, improved record-keeping processes. The overall result is greater competitiveness, which will help SapphireOne users to be a major player in the market with larger enterprise retailers. Web Pack upgrade Version 17 of the Sapphire Web Pack has seen an upgrade of the original web interface bringing the application a fresher look to users. This includes a scalable interface which allows for minimal change of user interface from smaller devices such as iPhones through to web browsers being used on large monitors linked to desktop computers. Some new features such as the Sapphire Market WebPack, Leave Request, Time Sheets, Stock List and Stock Count have given users more functionality to access using this popular Sapphire product.    Single Document Interface (SDI) With the release of Version 17, SapphireOne has now implemented SDI Single Document Interface. This new interface provides a new menu navigator which allows for every data entry screen, inquiry and reporting and processing screens to be opened simultaneously. This is a major advantage for those power users who require to run reports while still being able to make inquiries and process data entry. Opportunity Knocks at Newcastle Mum’s Door 2018-10-18T04:07:27Z opportunity-knocks-at-newcastle-mum-s-door October 18, 2018, Newcastle, NSW, Australia: The Australian owned and operated online store, K Collect, began as a passion project for Newcastle mother of two, Angela. She wanted to offer a range of the most useful, innovative, best selling and popular products that would help the Australian community of mums. K Collect stocks baby products, products for Mums, homewares, eco-friendly products, kids watches and lunch box items. Before starting K Collect Angela was a graphic designer. She was able to use the skills that she had gained from her working life to create the online store and start her entrepreneurship. Angela became a mother two years ago. Since then she has been able to test and try a multitude of products and create an online collection of the most helpful things. “It was a way for me to channel my creativity and product knowledge to create a collection of products that would ultimately make the lives of my customers easier, helping them to go about day-to-day life with the most useful tools. I have done the research for my customers and have collated a wonderful product range and am always researching new brands and products and adding to the range.” To learn more about the online store, propose a product for K Collect to stock, or to book an interview, contact Angela via email,, or visit the website at WEBSITE: Facebook: @K Collect Instagram: @k_collect Pinterest: K Collect Twitter: @KCollect_AUS ###