The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-02-21T02:57:15Z Introducing The Newest Trending Vegan, Cruelty Free & No Nasties Facial Mask 2019-02-21T02:57:15Z introducing-the-newest-trending-vegan-cruelty-free-no-nasties-facial-mask derma aesthetics, exclusive distributors of dermaviduals, is pleased to unveil their newest facial mask, epi nouvelle+ naturelle. The mask is expected to be the fastest trending 100% vegan, cruelty-free, pure and natural facial mask across Australia in 2019. Containing no preservatives and no nasties, the mask has been formulated in Germany with the principles of Corneotherapy in mind. Reika Roberts, Co-Managing Director of derma aesthetics said, “We know Australians are looking for more natural options that are vegan and cruelty-free, so we’re thrilled to introduce the epi nouvelle+ naturelle mask specifically based on demand. We pride ourselves on keeping ahead of trends globally as well as locally. The demand for vegan masks has been higher than ever before, so we’re expecting a large number of salon enquiries over the coming weeks.” The soft and flexible surface of the mask follows the facial outline like a second skin, providing the closest moisturising, cooling and skin smoothing properties. Simone Vescio, Co-Managing Director of derma aesthetics said, “We’re proud to announce our new facial, with the addition of the epi nouvelle+ naturelle, is suitable for all skin types and conditions. It’s also suitable for people with perioral dermatitis, acne, allergic skin reactions and sunburn.” The new mask brought to you by derma aesthetics can be applied directly to the skin after microneedling, after peels, microdermabrasion, laser, IPL, skin resurfacing treatments and anti-wrinkle injections. Benefits of the new epi nouvelle+ naturelle mask include: Dramatic reduction of swelling, redness, and itching Moisturising, cooling and soothing properties Supports skin regeneration Improves complexion Reduced downtime of treatments that cause inflammation 100% sterile enabling intraoperative use 100% vegan and cruelty-free Cellulose with no preservatives or additives Pure and natural ingredients Can be used in conjunction with active ingredients derma aesthetics epi nouvelle+ naturelle facial masks are available individually for AU$36.20 each or as a 4 pack for AU$144.80 in leading salons across Australia. Travelling Tips From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-20T04:57:27Z travelling-tips-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prides itself on providing top service and best value for money deals, and they have gold medal Consumer Fairness status to prove it. However, CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson says disputes do sometimes arise when clients return hired vehicles, and they are usually because of misunderstandings regarding certain usage restrictions, and the higher bills that can result. Darryl says that all rental companies have restrictions on where their vehicles may be driven, with the smaller companies restricting users to local motoring only. Larger rental groups with multiple branch locations generally offer a wider scope of driving destinations.Darryl says that apart from when you want a car, the next question that his staff asks customers is where they want to go in the car. This is an early opportunity to discuss any usage area issues, preventing post rental negativity. His staff often suggest expanded usage zones where they believe that particular customers might enjoy travelling to popular attractions or areas that are “out of town”. All of Darryl’s rental contracts clearly describe the permitted driving areas, whilst most other rental companies, make no similar specification, relying on the fine print of their rental terms and conditions.Not Just Anyone Can Drive the Car Letting just anybody drive the rental car could cause serious problems if something went wrong, including leading to the insurance on the car being cancelled, and any claim nullified. Darryl points out that this is why all those other than the principal driver who might drive the car at some point during the rental period also need to be registered when the rental contract is signed. Many operators require all drivers to be present, with their drivers’ licences in hand, when the contract is signed, however, his company is happy to accept licence details over the phone for supplementary drivers.Watch Where You Drive ItIf a car rental company does not advertise that you can drive their vehicles “off road”, or on beaches, they do not permit such activity. The vast majority of rental companies do not allow their vehicles to be driven on unsealed roads, the more understanding rental companies have created exceptions to such a ban to allow for unsealed areas of roads under repair or for access to holiday resorts or private residences.Darryl is only aware of a couple of rental companies that allow their cars to be taken on licenced car ferries, despite such vessels being an integral part of the Australian transport infrastructure. In some areas, there are time of day restrictions in relation to rental cars – remote areas generally exclude driving between sundown and sun up. The issue is knowing whether you are in such an area.Whilst there is reasonable freedom for cross border travel between Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Queensland, almost every car rental operator excludes cross border travel into or out of Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia.However, those who choose to ignore the challenges these terrains offer, and the restrictions placed by most car rental operations on where their rentals may be driven, could well find themselves in trouble when they check their account at the end of the rental period, as it could be a lot steeper than expected due to vehicle damage or for breaching the restrictions.How Far Can You Go?Usage zones which set boundaries on the area within the rental car can be driven, and the distances that can be cover in a day or during the entire rental period, may differ from one car rental to another. In some cases, unlimited distance allowances are offered when the rental period is longer than 3 days. And it may sometimes be possible to extend usage zones for a single day or for the entire period at a small extra insurance cost. Darryl says in most cases these changes can be negotiated beforehand to fit a planned itinerary or phoned in if plans suddenly change. Drivers should always interpret unlimited distance allowances to mean “unlimited distance allowances within the permitted usage area”.Keeping on the Right Side of the LawDarryl warns that renters will end up carrying the bill (and the penalty points) should they contravene any road rules or traffic laws. When and how they pay is dependent on how and when they receive the ticket and fine. If the fine notice is attached to the car, or given to the driver in person, payment must be made directly by the driver before the expiry date on the notice. If this notification is ignored, both the authorities and the car rental operation will add penalties to the amount before it is deducted from the renter’s credit card. If it’s a camera fine, it will still ultimately reach the driver, but with steeper added costs. Generally, an unpaid parking fine will be sent to the rental company as registered owner, with a small additional fee added for a registration search. The rental company will add their service fee to this amount and charge the renter. Service fees vary between rental companies, some charging $25 or less, others charging $99 to $150. Speed camera fines require the rental company to make a statutory declaration as to the identity of the person responsible, statutory declaration fees vary from $25 to $250, depending on the rental company. For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city and into the Gold Coast Hinterland in a rental car, learn more details about these restrictions, or book a guaranteed best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Corinna Wilderness Experience -TASMANIA - Accommodation Stay Deal 2019-02-20T04:50:52Z corinna-wilderness-experience-tasmania-accommodation-stay-deal Corinna Wilderness Experience Stay Deal Available for 3 night bookings between: 1st May 2019 - 1st September 2019 Inclusions: Stay in a Queen Eco Retreat cabin Hearty breakfast packs daily (to be enjoyed in your room at leisure)  Dinner Pack - first night only (hearty chef pre prepared delicious meal) Bottle of Corinna Wine (Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Noir) to celebrate an awesome day in the wilds of Tasmania.   Cost Single: $650.00 / Saving: $157.00 Cost Double: $700.00 / Saving: $198.00   Promo Code: WINTERWARMER2019   Corinna is an eco-conscious retreat and gateway to an exceptional wilderness located at the Southern end of the Tarkine, the largest temperate rainforest in Australia. The dramatic Tarkine landscape is home to unique flora and fauna including rare species such as quolls, healthy Tasmanian Devils, Wedge-tailed eagles and giant freshwater lobsters. A stay here is a truly uplifting and authentic experience, rich in history, nature and personal anecdote. Book online at or preferably speak with our friendly staff on (03) 6446 1170. FOR PR enquiries/images please contact or 0415 290023   World’s first dedicated range of red lipsticks makes finding your perfect red simple by naming shades according to skin tone. 2019-02-20T03:16:31Z world-s-first-dedicated-range-of-red-lipsticks-makes-finding-your-perfect-red-simple-by-naming-shades-according-to-skin-tone Red Cosmetica, the rapidly growing Australian luxury cosmetics brand that launched the world’s first and only lipstick range devoted just to reds has announced another first by making it easier than ever for women to find their perfect shades of red in a heartbeat. Red Cosmetica has re-named all 15 shades of its popular red lipstick range and given them codenames that relate to the skin tone they suit and the finish of the lipstick. The first letter of each shade name is the skin tone it suits: C = cool; W = warm; A = all.  The second letter is the finish: M = matte; C = cream; G = gloss. Red Cosmetica Founder, Adam Coutts said, “We’re always thinking about how we can make it easier for women to find their killer shades of red, and how to make the brand even more relevant and irresistible to our customers. The new shade names do just that, by making it easy for women quickly hone in on the shades that suit their skin tone and the finish they prefer: matte, cream or gloss. Now, not only is Red Cosmetica the first dedicated range of red lipsticks in the world, but also the first lipstick brand to code each shade according to skin tone and finish.” Red Cosmetica is also the only lipstick brand to offer a ‘What’s my shade’ service via its website. Simply email a recent headshot and the answer to three questions to the Red Cosmetica beauty team and within 48 hours you’ll receive an email with a list of the perfect shades of red lipstick for their skin tone, hair colour and facial features. Red Cosmetica should be the first and final stop for every woman searching for her perfect red. Australian health and wellness guru Rachel Cohen to feature as a prominent thought leader in Celebrity Publishing’s: 2019-02-19T23:34:24Z australian-health-and-wellness-guru-rachel-cohen-to-feature-as-a-prominent-thought-leader-in-celebrity-publishing-s-1 Sydney, 18 February 2019– Rachel Cohen, life coach, fitness and Tai Chi instructor, nutritionist and public speaker will appear alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Cydney O’Sullivan and Dr Adam Arnold in the latest of the bestselling ‘Think Big’ titles. Cohen has spent the last twenty years building her Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition brand aimed at the 40+ market and is now considered one of the country’s leading experts. “Rachel’s inspiring programs, training, and support have changed my life. I’m so much healthier, fitter, and happier than I ever thought possible.” —Layne Frost, Newport, New South Wales Why does Cohen market to the over 40s? It was while working at her former company Polymedia (a successful event production company) that she witnessed how stress and exhaustion affected her colleagues. Around the same time, she also saw both her parents succumb to lifestyle diseases. Cohen vowed to make a difference and help people to improve their physical and mental health through fitness and wellbeing. Cohen left Polymedia and launched full time into Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition. Her continuing education, development and determination have seen her strive to change people’s lives for the better. Her renowned ‘five truths’ plan uses the latest research and science to give people actionable strategies to help slow down ageing and stay fit, healthy and young. Turning her back on gimmick diets and fitness fads, Cohen shares her latest findings and health and fitness rules with Think Big readers: ‘It’s time to stop putting your health and wellness on hold until you find more time to pay attention. The clock is ticking!’ she says.   THINK BIG: INSIGHTS FROM SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS release date February 18, 2019. It shares strategies, advice and knowledge from highly successful leaders that the reader can use to advance their businesses, careers and lifestyle. Quotes throughout the book inspire and allow the reader to dip into the book to gain daily motivation.   For more information, review copies, to arrange interviews and all other details about Rachel Cohen; please contact:   Rachel Cohen Email: Facebook: Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition @xpertezefitness Amazon link: Carole J Stokes ND, Founder and CEO of Gener8 Awareness Pty Ltd, Dream Analyst, public speaker, mentor, coach and entrepreneur to feature as a prominent thought leader in Celebrity Publishing’s, 2019-02-19T23:07:21Z carole-j-stokes-nd-founder-and-ceo-of-gener8-awareness-pty-ltd-dream-analyst-public-speaker-mentor-coach-and-entrepreneur-to-feature-as-a-prominent-thought-leader-in-celebrity-publishing-s Sydney, 19 February 2019– Naturopath Homoeopath and renowned Dream Analyst Carole J Stokes ND, will appear alongside Sir Richard Branson, Cydney O’Sullivan and Dr Rosina McAlpine in the latest of the bestselling ‘Think Big’ book titles. In her chapter in Think Big: Dreaming Your Way To Success In Life and Business, Carole J Stokes encourages readers to not only interpret their dreams but to live them out. By showing people the importance of connecting to their inner guidance, Stokes empowers readers to live the life of their dreams. ‘Believe in yourself and your own abilities. Remove any doubts of your worth and you will fill your life with both pleasures and worthwhile tasks. Have confidence in yourself. Confidence brings pleasure to everything you do.’ Carole J StokesND Stokes’ achievements are plentiful. In 2005, the founder of Gener8 Awareness won the Australian Achiever Award; as a popular radio personality, she hosted her Dream Time show on the Creating Calm Network as well as interviews on national radio. She is currently hosting Webinars ‘How Your Dreams Can Help You Harness The Power Of Your Unconscious Mind: A Journey Of Self Discovery’ and regularly speaks at seminars and lectures. Her focus is to connect you with your heart and your soul. Stokes, a renowned and leading authority on dream analysis, has taught her dream interpretation system to thousands of students through the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne, TAFE colleges and new-age centres around Australia. THINK BIG: INSIGHTS FROM SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS released February 18, 2019. Think Big shares strategies, advice and knowledge from highly successful leaders that readers can use to advance their business, career and lifestyle. Quotes throughout the book offer a daily dose of inspiration.   For more information, review copies, to arrange interviews and all other details about Carole J Stokes and other Think Big contributors; please contact:   Carole J Stokes ND Amazon link: Facebook: Facebook: Website: Why Do My Heels Hurt - Plantar Fasciitis Says Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist 2019-02-19T22:00:26Z why-do-my-heels-hurt-plantar-fasciitis-says-leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist If you experience a sharp stabbing pain in your heel, especially first thing in the morning, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to podiatrists. Heel pain to the extent that it disrupts your preparation for the day, is cause for some concern. Leading Sports Podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin, understands this common complaint and possibilities for treatment. "The plantar fascia is a collection of strong connective tissue and ligaments that support the foot arch," says Lin. "Composed of a broad band of collagen fibres, the plantar fascia absorb walking related shock, and any time you are pounding your heels down while you walk, all that shock goes to the plantar fascia." It seems too much hard walking and not enough cushioning can damage the plantar fascia. Fallen arches and flat feet unbalance the biomechanical system of the feet and can contribute to the development of the condition. Lin agrees and adds, "Wearing high heels often can lead to development of plantar fasciitis, as this causes the Achilles tendon to tighten." Sorry Jimmy Choo! "The condition is also more prevalent with ageing, as the heels naturally flatten as we grow older, putting tension on the ligament," Lin says. Why does my heel hurt in the morning? A sore heel in the morning, also known as ‘first-step’ pain, is post static dyskinesia which is pain that’s worse and most noticeable after rest, or after getting out of bed in the morning. Lin comments, “During the day, the fascia adapts to the impact of daily movement but during sleep, the ligaments and connective tissue of the foot and calf naturally contract. When stretched out again as you take your first morning steps, this can cause a sharp stabbing pain. This is a typical indication of strain on the tendons and fascia”. Nerve entrapment A nerve entrapment condition called Baxter’s neuritis can also be caused by plantar fasciitis and is often misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, as the symptoms overlap. "Neuritis in the foot is fairly common, as the nerves can easily be damaged when any other part of the foot suffers an injury. In the case of plantar fasciitis and Baxter’s neuritis, small tears in the plantar fascia cause inflammation and thickening of the tissue. This can pinch or trap the Baxter’s nerve, which runs under the plantar fascia," says Lin. The pain is often described as a shooting pain from the heel to the middle of the foot, and some sufferers are unable to stand on their feet for more than a few minutes. What’s worse is that pain medication may not bring relief. Heel spurs Chronic inflammation and pulling on the plantar fascia can result in the development of a heel spur. This is a bony growth that develops underneath the heel bone or on the back of it and is also related to tightness in the Achilles tendon. A heel spur can become very painful, especially when it rubs on the Baxter’s nerve. Treatment for heel pain Heel pain treatment is focussed on reducing pressure on the heel and alleviating the stress in the soft tissue of the foot. Footwork Podiatry offer various non-invasive treatments to alleviate heel pain, with Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® being principal among these. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a hands-on therapeutic method used to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg. Lin says, "FMT improves joint mobility by breaking up connective tissue adhesions and restrictions around the joints. Freeing up these restrictions and relieving stiffness improves the position of the joints to naturally restore optimal biomechanics." What is Trigenics? On the other hand, TRIGENICS® is a neurological muscle assessment, treatment and training system which reprograms the way the brain communicates with the body. Mark Lin is the first Podiatrist in Australia to be trained and specialised in this unique neuro-muscular treatment system. Says Lin, “When a joint, tendon, muscle or ligament suffers damage, stress or injury, their nerve sensors send improper or false signals which confuse the brain. The brain responds by sending false controlling signals to the muscles and tendons. These muscles then become neurologically tight or weak, causing dysfunctional joint movement through a process known as neurological inhibition. If left untreated, this leads to weak links and abnormal muscle pull patterns, resulting in chronic pain, re-injury and deterioration”. Footwork Podiatry employ a multi-modal treatment system, combining Trigenics® with a number of other treatment techniques for a cumulative therapeutic effect and enhanced treatment outcome, Radial Shockwave therapy is another cutting-edge technology. This technique uses high-intensity sound wave treatment to break down scar tissue or adhesions and stimulate tissue repair. The sound waves penetrate up to 4cm deep and create therapeutic cavitation bubbles and microscopic biological effects within the tissue, activating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Shockwave therapy has proven to be effective where around 80% of patients report a substantial improvement of their condition after only three treatment sessions. Contact Footwork Podiatry to find out how Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® can assist with your heel pain. They can help reduce reliance on medication for pain relief for chronic conditions and they will perform a measurable and functional assessment to determine whether you are at risks of other pain and injuries. Their evidence-based assessment system allows them to collect meaningful data that convert to an accurate treatment plan. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. This information is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Malolo Island Resort Fijij Wins Best Quality Accommodation Award Once Again 2019-02-19T06:13:51Z malolo-island-resort-fijij-wins-best-quality-accommodation-award-once-again News Release February 2019: Ahura Resorts is delighted to announce that its Malolo Island Resort was awarded the Best Quality Accommodation 2018 award at the annual ANZ Fiji Tourism Excellence in Tourism Awards on February 16th. Already multi award-winning and 100% Fijian-owned, Malolo Island Resort is an idyllic Fiji island paradise where guests escape the stress of modern living and relax amongst golden sandy beaches, abundant coral reefs, swaying coconut palms and azure seas. This is the 6th time Malolo has won this prestigious award since 2010.  The Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards are judged by local and international business and tourism professionals. More than 500 people from the Fiji travel industry, including major hotels, airlines, tour operators and tourism service providers, were present at this year’s Awards event. Ahura Group General Manager Steve Anstey said, ”We are once again honoured that Malolo has won this award again.    This is a significant continued achievement that demonstrates the consistency, passion and hard work of the whole Malolo team – both on the island and in our mainland and international offices, and who are all dedicated to giving guests an exceptional resort experience.   “Malolo, with its friendly service, quality cuisine and the happiest of kids clubs, is a unique destination, but it’s the people at Malolo who truly make the difference. I’d like to thank everyone for helping create a starring product that is adored by so many. “I’d also like to thank our guests, 25% of whom come back year after year to relax, recharge and experience the magic of Malolo” said Anstey. Ahura Fijian owner and Managing Director, Tony Whitton, adds:  “Receiving this award is especially auspicious as we celebrate our 20th anniversary later this year.   We would once again like to thank the Fijian and greater travel and tourism industry, our loyal guests, and our amazing team who continue to work towards creating “magical Malolo memories” to last a lifetime. We are a Fijian family business and through hard work and having a remarkable team we are very happy to see Malolo continue to shine.” Further information on Malolo Island Resort including special offers: Image link Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only authentic over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.  www.ahuraresorts.comFor further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023   Find the Best Cheap Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies for Under 21 drivers in the Gold Coast, Queensland 2019-02-19T04:52:51Z find-the-best-cheap-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-for-under-21-drivers-in-the-gold-coast-queensland It remains to be seen what 2019 will bring, but 2018 was a right royal year for Queensland and the Gold Coast. Five English Royals headed for the eastern Australian state named for 19th Century British (and Australian) monarch, Queen Victoria. And, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, while five royal visits in one year might have been unusual, the state’s ability to attract royalty has been evident in visits from various royal houses for many years.While Queen Victoria never saw the state named after her, or even set foot in Australia, Elizabeth II, the current Queen and only reigning English monarch to have visited Australia, has done a lot to make up for those who didn’t visit their subjects Down Under. Since her first tour in 1954, she has notched up a total of sixteen tours, with stops in all states (including Queensland) as well as the two territories. Most royals that have left their footprints in the Queensland capital, Brisbane, or, more rarely, on the Gold Coast, were part of the British royal line. However, Darryl points out that royals from other monarchies, including Denmark, Holland and Sweden, have also been drawn to Australia, and many of them to Queensland.Places Royals Did, Could, or Should VisitDarryl says there are a number of places in the Sunshine State which provide memories fit for royals. These range from fairy-tale moments in rain forests, viewing beautiful coastlines, and taking in breath-taking scenery, to regal luxury in cities like Gold Coast City, with lots of other options in between. These include the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, more than 1,000 national parks and a third of the Australian World Heritage sites. And those hiring his rental cars on the Gold Coast to follow in the royal footsteps, or create their own personalised “royal” tours, would be certain to remember these attractions forever.The most recent royal visitors, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, picked the World Heritage site of Fraser Island as a destination when they toured a few months ago. Darryl says this unique area is a “must see” for every Australian and it should be high on the agenda for visitors from overseas.The island offers the only rain forest in the world that grows in pure sand, as well as Lake McKenzie, considered sacred by the indigenous Butchulla people. There’s also the chance to see some ocean royalty in the form of humpback whales on a boat trip similar to that undertaken by Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Whilst the best place to see the whales is in the Hervey Bay/Fraser Island area, Darryl reminded us that the next best place for whale sightings is his home town, the Gold Coast.Earlier in 2018, the Gold Coast was the focus of the visit by Prince Harry’s father and heir apparent to the English throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. There to represent the queen and deliver her opening address at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Prince Charles’ emulated his mother in notching up his 16th trip to Australia to do so. Joining Prince Charles at the Games was his youngest brother, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The third of the Windsor brothers, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, dropped by for a short visit to the Gold Coast during the build-up to the games in 2017, but did not attend the sporting event itself.Other Royals Who Visited AustraliaOther Royal visitors over the years have included Danish Queen Margrethe II who visited in 1987, as well as her son Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife Crown Princess Mary, and their children. Crown Princess Mary has visited her hometown, Hobart, many times, but has also made stops in other areas such as the Gold Coast, when she and her children visited Mermaid Beach.Princess Birgitta, sister of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and wife of Prince Johann of Hohenzollern, visited Sydney for the 100th anniversary of the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce in 2011. On a similar tour two years ago, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited the Queensland capital as well as Sydney, Canberra and Perth, in recognition of the emigration of about 160,000 Dutch nationals to Australia between 1947 and 1971.Those looking for a gold carriage to take to the road in pursuit of kings, queens or princes, and enjoy the sort of places they would visit, may have a hard time finding one. However, those looking for royal treatment and the best value for money, can easily hire a Family Car Rentals vehicle that’s guaranteed to be the best value for money on the Gold Coast by booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Encryption Act has potential to undermine the international reputation of Australian tech companies, says AIIA 2019-02-19T04:15:36Z encryption-act-has-potential-to-undermine-the-international-reputation-of-australian-tech-companies-says-aiia Sydney, Australia – 19 February 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has expressed its disappointment that the proposed amendments to the new Assistance and Access Act 2018 were not passed by Parliament last week. The Act has the potential to undermine the reputation of Australian technology businesses both locally and in international markets. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups may very well find themselves locked out of overseas markets with their products being viewed as untrustworthy, says the AIIA. Passed by the Senate on 6 December 2018, the compliance requirements proposed by the new legislation could have a negative impact on multinational and Australian technology companies operating in Australia – due to a lack of clarity around definitions of key terms. AIIA came together with a broad coalition of industry groups to make suggested amendments to the Government’s contested encryption legislation in a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on 23 January 2019. The AIIA also made a separate submission on 4 February 2019 to highlight additional issues raised by its members. While the proposed amendments to the definitions were debated in parliament last week, the activities fell short of expectations and amendments were not passed. The next opportunity for the proposed amendments to be passed will be on 2 April 2019, and will compete with time allocated by Parliament for the Federal Budget. Commenting on the Assistance and Access Act 2018, Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA, said: “We are disappointed that the amendments proposed were not passed by Parliament. However, we are heartened to see that some members of Parliament are starting to focus on the economic impact of the legislation on Australia’s ICT innovation and export activities. “The Act is likely to negatively impact the competitiveness of Australian software and hardware manufacturers in international markets. We believe this could result in declining employment and export revenue, and consequently a significant reduction in local R&D and manufacturing. “We need to ask how the legislation will impact on the exportability of Australian ICT products and services – there is a real risk they will be perceived as less secure than those in other jurisdictions. We are particularly concerned that Australian SMEs and start-ups – those companies that form the backbone of Australia’s economy – will be locked out of global markets as trust in their products is compromised,” said Mr Gauci. The top two priorities for amendments to the Act include clarifying the definitions of ‘systemic weakness/vulnerability’ and ‘target technology’, and ensuring judicial oversight over the issuance of Technical Assistance Notices (TAN) and Technical Capability Notices (TCN). # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 OZTENT LAUNCHES NEW FOXWING RANGE 2019-02-19T02:42:11Z oztent-launches-new-foxwing-range Always toiling to create better equipment, so you can have better adventures, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest FOXWING range of vehicle awnings and accessories. The new series will be available in store from Monday 25 February 2019. The OZTENT Group first created FOXWING, now one of the leading names in retractable vehicle awnings, back in 2008. “We were so inspired by the wings of our native flying foxes that we engineered a product which would replicate their durability, flexibility and functionality, hence its unique patented design and the name.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. The new FOXWING series borrows from the success of the original range but adds some new features to make them easier and faster to use. The range includes: 270o Awning [RRP $879] – this patented design is engineered to deliver maximum shade with absolute ease. Its FAST™ setup system allows a single person to erect this expansive shade in seconds. Made from ModCan™ fabric [highly durable, UV protected, waterproof and mould resistant] it has zippered edges you can set up a whole camp site from one awning. 270o Tapered Awning Extension [RRP $199] – to provide even more cover on wet and windy days, or a little more space for shady storage we’ve got it covered. Simply zip a tapered extension to your FOXWING 270o Awning and peg as required. Buy four and create your own palace off the side of your vehicle. 270o Awning Extension [RRP $249] – sold as a set of two walls that can be quickly zipped the FOXWING 270o Awning this extension delivers protection from the elements on two sides or can be raised to extend your shade. FOXWING TAGALONG TENT [RRP $699] – with the unique ability of being able to attach to any brand of awning in the market, this tagalong delivers all the ease of an OZTENT and its ESTS™ system sees it up in seconds. Comfortably sleeping four people, it is a standalone tent, meaning that you can, simply unzip it from the awning, peg in the guy ropes and drive off adventuring. For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | Inaugural conference The Business of Events exceeds expectations 2019-02-18T22:24:06Z inaugural-conference-the-business-of-events-exceeds-expectations Media Release: 18 February 2019 Inaugural conference The Business of Events exceeds expectations Last week, The Business of Events conference, themed ‘Powering Growth’, took place at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney. The inaugural event was a great success, living up to its promise of being unlike any other conference in the industry. The conference covered key topics including international events; creating engagement; data security and business risk; and sales and marketing. Attendees walked away with invaluable insights and knowledge on the future of the events industry. Opening the event was former White House Director of Events and conference MC, Laura Schwartz, who started by saying; “Events are about creating an atmosphere for people to share challenges and search for solutions – while they eat, drink and succeed.” Following Laura’s opening address was the first panel session, ‘The Business of Making an Australian Event an International Success’, where she was joined by six industry stalwarts and experts to explore the changing role of the events industry and how this impacts the future of events. The panel also delved into the importance of building communities and looking to the future, setting the tone for the rest of the conference. ‘Industry Growth and the Big Picture’ presented by Craig James, Chief Economist, CommSec, gave attendees an overview of the global and domestic economic outlook, raising the question of how this will impact the events industry. Last year the global economy grew 3.7% and this year the forecast is 3%. This will likely impact company’s expenditure and may impact event sponsorship budgets, and companies wanting to hold events. Attendees were empowered and encouraged to voice their opinions with presenters, opening the floor to conversations that are typically hard to have in the events industry, but need to happen. Mitchell Turner, Hotel Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, said he learnt a lot from the two days. “The structure, thought process, and execution of this event was cleverly considered and very professional. As a hotelier I understand how events should be run and have a keen eye for detail, and the event overall appeared seamless with lots of delegate engagement throughout. “The content and quality of the speakers was very impressive with CEOs and relevant associations of the events industry in attendance sharing their expertise. Overall the event was extremely insightful, enjoyable and a true reflection of Exhibition & Trade Fair’s understanding of what is needed by the industry and by their clientele,” said Mr Turner. Gary Daly, Managing Director of conference organiser, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said the hard conversations need to happen. “The events industry has changed, it’s all about growth and adapting, what we have been able to do is acknowledge these changes and actually provide some key insights into the global events landscape. The Business of Events presenters led fantastic discussions around the challenges and issues faced in the international marketplace. We’ve had great feedback and the conference was a success,” said Mr Daly. The Business of Events exceeded expectations and delivered the next ‘must attend’ conference in the events industry. For more information visit: -ends- Media Contact: Zadro Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager | +61 2 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: 1. Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events 2. Panel discussion with (L-R) Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events Andrew Stark, General Manager, World Surf League Australia Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 3. Panel discussion with (L-R) Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia 4. Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events, Opening Address About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. Cutting the Costs and Saving on Top Gold Coast Car Rentals and Airport Family Holiday Vehicle Hire Deals 2019-02-18T04:48:57Z cutting-the-costs-and-saving-on-top-gold-coast-car-rentals-and-airport-family-holiday-vehicle-hire-deals Headline deals on rental cars have been flooding the internet, the press and leaflets during the build-up to the holiday season, and some of the prices advertised look pretty good. And many of them may be the real deal, but Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson warns that in some cases, they may be too good to be true.Holidaymakers Warned to Check the ExtrasHe cautions holidaymakers who don’t do their homework that they may feel they have been duped when faced with the final account if they hurry to sign a deal based solely on the reduced daily rental advertised. But Darryl hastens to add that this is not necessarily because of false advertising.The promoted base daily tariff is usually genuine, particularly when backed by well-known names in the car rental sector. And those companies will undoubtedly stand behind those printed tariffs to the letter. However, according to Darryl, a problem could lie hidden in the letters which are not printed in the advertisement. Those are the ones which spell out the add-ons, make up the list of terms and restrictions, and they usually have varying numbers of dollars attached to them.Counting the Costs of Cheap DealsThis is because the special deal is usually only related to the base tariff for daily rental, and by comparison with others in that regard, at this level, it might appear to be the best option. But, on digging deeper into the fee structure and comparing the other fees involved, that is not necessarily the case.Australian Consumer Law mandates that all compulsory charges are to be either included in the published price, or shown in close proximity to the published price, in the same font size. Optional extras need not be included in an advertised price, but of course, they should be included in any price that is specific to the enquirer’s stated needs.Darryl believes that there is a string of factors that need to be included in any rental car comparison. Among these are the where, when, and how far the car can be driven, as well as how many people can drive it. And there are others, such as where it’s collected, and where it’s dropped. All of these fees can vary considerably between rental companies, as do insurance excess charges and what they cover.Comparing Apples with ApplesAs a Consumer Fairness Gold Medal award-winner, Darryl is committed to making the total cost of car rentals as transparent as possible. An accountant and business consultant before he moved to Gold Coast 17 years ago, and devoted his life to turning two small car rental businesses into the thriving Gold Coast Family Car Rentals that exist today, Darryl looks at the whole package when it comes to cost to the customer.He even offers a Best Value Guarantee for rentals of four days or more. There’s a generous refund attached if a customer finds a better local price. However, it only applies when the so-called cheaper option’s full-service package is identical to his, including optional extras, insurance excesses and other fees. And that’s because of his conviction that car rental costs can only be compared in terms of total service value.For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city, and particularly between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, and including the Gold Coast Airport, by making sure to book online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. The Rise and Fall of Discount Deal Sites 2019-02-18T00:17:33Z the-rise-and-fall-of-discount-deal-sites Discount deal sites with the power of social media extend the benefits of pricing by allowing merchants to reach beyond their usual pools of potential consumers and turn newly acquired customers into online advocates for a product or brand. That advocacy raises brand awareness. Today, we are all too familiar with discount deal sites such as Groupon, Scoopon, and MyDeal. Real bargain hunters would also have these sites saved in their bookmark bar with the constant bombarding of emails sharing daily deals. However, we have also seen these sites taking a few blows over the years from Groupon cutting staff and firing it’s CEO to the $17.8 million loss of e-commerce company Catch Group who recently sold Scoopon. But one great insight into discount deal sites is search history, which has slowly declined over 5 years. Groupon stepped into the cyberspace in 2008 and the first-ever Groupon deal was two-for-one pizzas at a pizzeria located in the same building as Groupon's Chicago office. This began Groupon's plan to change how people buy and how merchants sell their goods. Coupons were made cool by the façade of technology and made shareable via social media. In 2009, AdAge wrote that Groupon had "revived couponing for the Facebook and Twitter generation." A Wall Street Journal report from the same year suggested that Groupon was a perfect expression of the national climate: "The economic slowdown has helped spur Groupon's rapid growth. The market’s behaviour showed that buyers are increasingly eager to save money using coupons, vouchers or promotional codes. But how are consumers spending more money on their purchases, when they are buying cheaper (discounted) products?The psychology behind discount deal sites is time and what makes consumers buy more and often, is that the product is available at a discount in just a short and limited period of time. Unfortunately, in 2011 the online deal space was getting jammed with competitors, like Living Social, and Google. While competition is building, consumers are also questioning the quality of Groupon’s offerings. Those who are disgruntled with Groupon often broadcast it on Yelp, a user review website that rates merchants. There’s even a “Yelp Effect,” named for the way angry customers drive down the merchants’ Yelp ratings proving that discount deal sites aren’t a cost-effective marketing model. Furthermore, this type of advertising does not penetrate the target market effectively. Although discount vouchers are still used by various shops, from food (pizza, restaurants) to holiday booking, discount deal sites tend to specialise today in the niches where the products are purchased and delivered digitally. In time, these sites will require creativity and imagination in order to develop new strategies that will keep the buyers interested.However, an app is in the works to redefine the way merchants advertise their brand providing the same advantages that buyers have when using discount vouchers— economic benefits, simplicity, and speed of use but with the power of augmented reality and more! Zukaz, a location-based, augmented reality mobile application that is free-to-play, allowing merchants to market directly to consumers through real cash vouchers which can be redeemed in-store or traded on the Zukaz trading exchange.Zukaz “Hunters” will be able to collect vouchers virtually anywhere and redeem or sell them to make a profit. The inspiration behind Zukaz is “Pokémon Go," the biggest mobile phenomenon in 2016, which blends augmented reality (AR) with real-world scenarios. According to Matthew Endresz, project owner of Zukaz, “Certain partnerships are in place for Zukaz to scale rapidly and to go global.”With a good amount of people and merchants engaged in the ecosystem, Allan Endresz, advisor of Zukaz believes “it’s only getting bigger”. What makes Zukaz unique is that merchants won’t be charged unless a successful redemption is placed. Other strategies like incentives, achievements, vouchers, and database acquisition from larger merchants will be carried out to retain customers. About Zukaz Zukaz will be the new force in augmented reality by integrating marketing, sales, loyalty and global social networking. Merchants and their customers meet in real time to collect, trade, redeem & win discounts, vouchers, cash rewards, loyalty points and participate in global interactive adventures.  Zukaz delivers merchants a powerful interactive management system to globally brand and advertise their products directly to customers in both the virtual and real worlds. Hunt, trade, redeem and win with Zukaz. Contact:Matthew Endresz (Zukaz Project Owner) 457 679 101 Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Explains Why Manual Therapy is the Preferred Alternative Treatment for Bunions 2019-02-17T22:00:52Z leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist-explains-why-manual-therapy-is-the-preferred-alternative-treatment-for-bunions If your big toe points towards your smaller toes, or you have a bony growth on the side of your big toe, you probably have a condition called Hallux Valgus commonly known as bunions. This deviation of the big toe towards the smaller toes causes a bony growth or bunion to form on the side or over the top of the big toe joint. Bunions are usually but not always immediately painful and can make wearing shoes difficult and uncomfortable, says leading sports podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin. "They can also cause embarrassment due to the change in appearance of the sufferer’s feet." Studies show that symptoms often only occur after the condition has progressed to an advanced level. Therefore by the time a bunion starts hurting, significant irreversible damage has already occurred. Lin's associate, Wei Lee says "Bunions are generally believed to be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight, inherited genetic traits or by medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis." Lin adds, "Stress on the foot from participating in sports can also be a cause. However the primary cause is often due to an underlying biomechanical problem in the feet, resulting in a compensation which results in a bunion being formed." Bunions are caused primarily by the way that a person walks and stands. Misalignment of the ankle, restricted joints in the foot, inactive foot muscles, flatfeet and foot pronation can all contribute to the development of a bunion. If left untreated, deviation of the big toe is likely to increase over time, resulting in the bunion getting larger. This can lead to secondary issues including osteoarthritis. The smaller toes may also develop deformities causing hammertoes or clawed toes. Both bunions and hammertoes are progressive and do not go away by themselves. Introducing an Alternative to Bunion Surgery While surgery is the traditional treatment for bunions, most people would rather avoid it due to the cost, pain involved and protracted recovery time. Fortunately, there is a less invasive and more effective alternative. Foot mobilisation is a technique which corrects the misalignment of the foot joints and strengthen the muscles around the joint to reinforce the correct position. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a manual therapeutic method to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg, and is widely recognised by therapists including chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. Mark Lin and partner Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry are experienced practitioners in this technique. “The treatment helps not only in improving the alignment of the big toe but also addresses the underlying problems that cause the bunion. This is combined with corrective exercises to strengthen weak and tight muscles and soft tissue that has been compensating to hold the big toe in the misaligned position.” says Lin. "Foot mobilisation has a high success rate and is recommended as early as possible, even if the sufferer feels no pain. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner the underlying cause can be addressed, improving the chances of correcting the misalignment and reducing the bony growth." says Lee. In many cases, when treatment has been delayed, the chances that the deformity can be fully corrected is unlikely. However it is still possible to reduce pain, improve the function of the foot, maintain mobility of the bunion joint, and prevent the bunion from getting worse. FMT therapy aims to improve the position of the joints to allow your body to naturally restore optimal biomechanics. The joints will be taken through their natural motions to break up adhesions and restrictions and simple corrective exercises will be prescribed to maintain effect of the treatment. FMT Therapy still viable after bunion fusion surgery Foot mobilisation treatment is still beneficial even after bunion surgery. The big toe joint plays a significant part in our ability to walk and once the joint has been fused, our body compensates. Restriction of the joint can lead to foot, ankle, knee, hip and even lower back issues. Long term management is likely to be necessary to maintain optimum function of the lower limb. Why Foot Mobilisation is the preferred treatment of choice for bunions A safe alternative treatment to treat bunions naturally and guide the joints and big toe to their correct position without orthotics or invasive surgeries A corrective approach that not only treats the symptoms but addresses the underlying cause of the problem, allowing the body to heal naturally. The therapy allows you to continue normal daily activities in most cases. Mark Lin, the Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director for Footwork Podiatry elaborates, “At Footwork Podiatry, our sports podiatrists are highly trained and experienced in unique techniques to fix foot and ankle problems. We help you to feel better, move better and perform better without medication, surgeries, or changing your footwear in a majority of the cases. We believe the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself from injuries. Chronic or recurring symptoms occur when there is an interference to the healing process such as scar tissue, biomechanical stress, structural misalignment, active trigger points or repetitive strain. Our hands-on techniques help to eliminate this interference to healing, by stimulating the body’s natural healing response.” Footwork Podiatry focus on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle pain using advanced musculoskeletal techniques. They are experts in lower limb pain and injury treatment and are committed to providing holistic health care. Get in touch with them to experience the benefits of this new and improved bunion therapy. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media.