The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-19T02:11:49Z Royal Caribbean Launches New Adventures from Barbados 2021-01-19T02:11:49Z royal-caribbean-launches-new-adventures-from-barbados  Royal Caribbean International will for the first time call Barbados “home” next winter, offering travelers fresh ways to experience the southern Caribbean on Grandeur of the Seas. Three distinct 7- and 14-night itineraries will each feature a unique lineup of bucket-list destinations – including three new ports of call in the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent. Showcasing the natural beauty and cultures of the region, weeklong sailings will island hop to a different destination every day or offer late-night stays in the famed ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Grandeur’s longer escapes will tout an overnight stay in Aruba coupled with visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, among others. “We are excited to grow our longstanding partnership with Barbados and introduce Bridgetown as Royal Caribbean’s newest home port. Sailing from the heart of the Windward Islands unlocks new memorable vacations to share with family and friends in breathtaking places, such as Grenada, St. Lucia, and now St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The pink-sand beaches and unexpected adventures across Barbados also make it an ideal destination for our guests to experience even more of the Caribbean charm and culture before or after their cruise.”     “After the year the industry and region have had, this is a shining light to look forward to this coming winter season. We have wanted to see for some time more homeporting operations from Barbados, the incorporation of pre- and post-stay vacations which expose cruisers to the best Barbados has to offer and at a regional level, the development of new itineraries that elevates the cruise experience throughout the Caribbean,” said Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism and International Transport for Barbados. “So, we are extremely pleased to extend the welcome mat for Grandeur of the Seas to Barbados. We are looking forward to displaying our Bajan hospitality, wide range of accommodations, rich culture, diversity of experiences, world class cuisine, unique attractions, and especially want to share the warmth of the Barbadian people. These are the things that keep visitors coming back for more!”   Barbados is known for its rich history and celebrated for its kind and hospitable people – a defining Bajan trait passed on for almost 400 years and still strong today. Adventure-seekers looking to discover the Bajan island vibe will have diverse experiences to choose from across the country’s 11 parishes – a mix of coastal, rural and urban neighborhoods, some sophisticated and luxurious, others immersive and based in nature. Spanning 166 square miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the island affectionately known as “Little England” is chock-full of natural and cultural heritage to satisfy wanderlust of all types. Royal Caribbean’s new 2021-22 winter cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados open for sale today. The itineraries depart on Sundays and ports of call for each are: ·       7-night Southern Caribbean Island Hop: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting Scarborough, Tobago (new); Port of Spain, Trinidad (new); St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Roseau, Dominica; and Castries, St. Lucia ·       7-night Southern Caribbean Adventure: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Port of Spain, Trinidad (new) ·       14-night Ultimate Caribbean: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba (overnight); Willemstad, Curacao; Port of Spain, Trinidad (new); Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Royal Caribbean’s inaugural season sailing from Barbados adds even more variety to the cruise line’s current 2021-22 winter season. New departure ports and destinations will bring a breadth of fresh experiences for travelers to make the most of their highly anticipated vacations. About Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionise holidays with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 16 consecutive years in the US Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.  Media can stay up to date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter, @RCIaustraliaandnz on Facebook and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, holidaymakers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com.au; or call 1800 754 500.   FREE PERSONALISED BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS COURTESY OF ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE, CLUEY LEARNING 2021-01-17T07:56:13Z free-personalised-back-to-school-haircuts-courtesy-of-online-tutoring-service-cluey-learning Online tutoring service Cluey Learning is offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. Applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.The initiative – just in time for the new school term – is designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences, whether that’s something as routine as a haircut, or as fundamental as how children learn. Research released today shows that 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning offers school children live, face-to-face tutoring support in a 1-to-1 and small group setting. Kids can learn at their own pace, in their own way,in addition to school. Its online adaptive platform delivers a personalised experience like no other, with over 790 tutors, bespoke tutor and student matching and an array of digital technologies to aid performance and delivery of the Australian National Curriculum. Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Selina Samuels says, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners. Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.” Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit themSchool children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr. Selina SamuelsDr. Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first-come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ Sunset Cinema Wollongong 2021-01-15T01:13:21Z sunset-cinema-wollongong It’s a new year and Sunset Cinema has released a shiny new program! What better way to enjoy getting outdoors this summer than under the stars in the iconic Wollongong Botanic Gardens.   Embrace your inner superhero with the long awaited blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984.  Prepare to be totally enthralled by Eric Bana’s performance in the gripping Australian thriller The Dry, fast becoming this seasons critic’s choice.   Sunset cinema is the perfect activity in this time of social distancing and the event is tailored for your safety, whilst maintaining the signature Sunset vibe you know and love.   There’s entertainment for the whole family with animated adventure The Croods 2 and Disney’s classic the Lion King. From the big screen, follow Indianna Jones swinging into action in Raiders of The Lost Ark or have your wands at the ready for Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone.   Feel the draw of the ocean with legendary surfing documentary The longest wave and the empowering true story Girls Can’t Surf.   On arrival will be touch free entry, Service NSW check in and hygiene marshals to direct you to physically distanced seating. The venue and amenities will be cleaned and sanitised before, during and after each screening including all seating. Satisfy your taste buds at our yummy food trucks. To streamline your experience and minimise queuing you can now order on site from our app and receive an alert when your food is ready to collect, easy! Enjoy the warm evening air with a refreshing pink gin and tonic from Manly Spirits or a frothy cold one from the selection of Bent Spoke Beers at the licensed bar. Stock up on all your essential movie snacks including Serendipity choc tops and fresh, hot popcorn. Treat yourself and snuggle up on a ridiculously comfy bean bed (with free popcorn!) in the lawn lounge or pick up a sunset chair and spread out your blankets with a picnic. The gates open at 6.30pm, so come and enjoy the alfresco atmosphere before settling in for your movie experience. For the full program please visit https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/wollongong/   Sunset Cinema North Sydney 2021-01-15T01:10:41Z sunset-cinema-north-sydney Enjoy the sun going down and the stars coming out from the iconic North Sydney Oval as Sunset Cinema brings you the ultimate Australian summer experience.   This season will be a real showstopper with a bunch of fresh new releases, timeless classics and family favourites. So, whether you’re treating the kids, catching up with the girls or taking someone on a date to remember, there’s something to delight everyone this summer.   Embrace your inner superhero with the long-awaited blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984. Prepare to be totally enthralled by Eric Bana’s performance in the gripping Australian thriller The Dry and let your spirits be lifted by the inspirational story of Penguin Bloom.   Have your light sabres at the ready to re-live the original Star Wars saga across two weekends with A New Hope, the remastered 40th anniversary edition of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.   Sunset Cinema is perfect for getting back outdoors and in this time of social distancing the event is tailored for your safety, whilst maintaining the signature Sunset vibe you know and love.   This season Sunset will also be hosting a mini anime festival, with classics including studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle, award winning Spirited Away & Akira – with more to be announced.   Looking for a memorable Valentine’s experience? Whether you’re a true romantic or prefer something a little different there’s plenty to choose from, whilst soaking up the atmosphere, under the starlight with your favourite person. Treat yourself and snuggle up on a ridiculously comfy bean lounge (with free popcorn!) in the Lawn Lounge or pick up a sunset chair and spread out your blankets with a picnic. To ensure a safe event, we have implemented a range of measures, including touch free entry, Service NSW check in, larger seating areas, minimised capacity and onsite hygiene marshals to direct patrons to physically distanced seating. The venue and amenities will be cleaned and sanitised before, during and after each screening including all seating. Come and satisfy your taste buds at the yummy hot food vendor. To streamline your experience and minimise queuing you can now order from the online menu and get a notification when your food is ready to collect, easy! Enjoy the warm evening air with a refreshing pink gin and tonic from local legend Manly Spirits or a frothy cold one from a selection of delicious Bent Spoke Beers at the licensed bar. Stock up on all your essential movie snacks like Serendipity choc tops and fresh, hot popcorn. The gates open at 6.30pm Wednesday to Saturday, so come and enjoy the alfresco atmosphere before settling in for your movie experience. A shiny new program will be released each month, check out the website for upcoming screenings: https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/north-sydney Screening from January 28th – April 3rd. END Australian Smart Tech Brand, G-mee, Partners with Australia Post 2021-01-12T22:52:49Z australian-smart-tech-brand-g-mee-partners-with-australia-post-1 Images available here.Australian smart tech start-up, G-mee, has secured Australia Post as a national retail partner for the brand’s G-mee Connect smartphone. The G-mee range, consisting of the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone, is an Australian innovation created to support the safe exploration of smart technology by young users. G-mee offers all the features desired for on-the-go-entertainment and removes digital temptations. With no digital camera and a built-in G-mee App Lock, G-mee is already being recognised as the smart device to satisfy both parent and child needs. The G-mee Connect is the smartphone model of the range and offers access to Google mobile services such as Google Play and YouTube, as well as 4G cellular connectivity. This device facilitates phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime. Like all G-mee devices, the G-mee Connect comes with a built-in App Lock to ensure users only access age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers at specific times of the day. G-mee creator, Australian tech expert and father of three daughters, Charlie Brown, says the partnership with Australia Post will make safe smart technology accessible to more users. “One of the key things we’ve learned from the events of 2020, is that smart devices are now a necessity. So too is having an awareness of keeping safe online,” Mr Brown explains. “We launched G-mee online last year and our online sales show great promise. Parents are seeing the benefits of G-mee for their kids’ digital use and are telling their friends. Now it’s time to take G-mee to another level.” “We’re excited to offer G-mee Connect smartphones through participating Australia Post outlets nationally. Aussie families will now be able to find a smartphone option to help keep kids safe online at participating Australia Post outlets so they can stay connected once they return to school in 2021.” “Australia Post outlets across the country have evolved to become more than just a place to send letters and packages. Now they are also regarded as a source for quality technology and gadgets at a reasonable price point.” “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable device option that prioritises online safety for young users. Our products give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future.” The G-mee Connect is available at participating Australia Post outlets nationally for $149. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their three young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was appropriate. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. Samira Vivette's pastel pink poetry collection 2021-01-12T18:54:40Z samira-vivette-puts-a-twist-on-poetry-with-her-best-selling-debut-collection Author and poet, Samira Vivette has made it to the top, already by reaching out directly to the readers’ hearts! Her book release, 'Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts' is a 355-page collection of poems and prose. It is pastel pink, and because it packs in the mixed bag of themes, the author lovingly calls it ‘a mixed bag of candy.’ Each chapter in this book works on a heart-rending theme of emotion. It stirs, shakes, consoles, motivates, and comforts the readers.  The book comprises ten chapters, each delving into a theme – some light and some dark. There are topics of darkness, broken friendships, toxic love, anxiety, solitude, memories, femininity, finding your soulmate, grief, and memories. Samira Vivette puts a twist on poetry as the themes in her book are entirely different from one another, with one reader, Asia, on Goodreads referring to the book as a “carnival of emotions”. The true essence of poetry is to express and pull the heartstrings in the ways one would never know. ‘Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts’ wove in similar magic in the hearts of the readers in the right way. The book raced up in the Best Seller's Category just in 24 hours of its release. Top critics have claimed a distinctive style of writing to be catchy and heart-rending. Back to school: G-mee smartphone satisfies tech wish lists of teens and parents 2021-01-11T23:09:58Z back-to-school-g-mee-smartphone-satisfies-tech-wish-lists-of-teens-and-parents Images available here. Music, Google Apps, audiobooks, calls and text are among the features that top the wish lists of young smartphone users. For parents, reducing exposure to online risks is paramount when considering a first smartphone purchase for their child. The ideal mobile for first time users, the G-mee Connect smartphone facilitates on-the-go entertainment and social connections but has no camera and integrates in-built parental controls to quickly adjust device functionality to create a safe online experience for young users. Created by Aussie father and tech expert, Charlie Brown, the G-mee Connect smartphone is designed to help kids develop their online readiness to become technologically informed and confident users into the future. In 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(1). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(2). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(3). A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(4). To support a positive online experience for young users, the G-mee Connect smartphone comes with an in-built App Lock to ensure users only access and engage with age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers and phone use at specific times of the day. “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable first phone option that prioritises online safety for young users. G-mee smart devices give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future,” said G-mee creator, Charlie Brown.The G-mee Connect has a RRP of $149.95 and is available for purchase via www.g-mee.com and at participating Australia Post outlets nationally. G-mee Connect smartphone - Key Features:No digital camera – reduces the temptation to overshare online.Access to apps via Google Play Store. Comes with pre-loaded Google Apps.G-mee App Lock: ability to lock apps with pin code.4G cellular connectivity to facilitate phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime.Facilitates mobile network calls and SMS and blocking of unwanted calls and SMS.Free Call Manager App - parents can allow and disallow calls from specific numbers and specific times of the day.In-built G-mee App Lock so that parents can restrict and free up device functionality to suit the digital readiness of the user.Android 9.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi.8GB in-built memory storage.Micro SD: to to 32GB.5-inch plastic touch screen.3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS G-mee product and lifestyle imagery available here. Sources:ACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016Office of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital Age Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their two young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was safe. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. Darrell Kelley Commemorates Black History Event 2021-01-11T16:26:03Z darrell-kelley-commemorates-black-history-event Between the official certification of our new president and vice-president, and the runoff elections in Georgia providing a new party majority now in both the House and the Senate, it's been quite a week. Presidential Inauguration Day on January 20th this year will be a historic event and Georgia musician Darrell Kelley commemorates it with “Kamala” (Viral Records), his latest single about the first black woman to hold the office of vice-president of the United States. As Kamala Harris takes office this month it will mark yet another major milestone achieved within the civil and women’s rights movements.  Democrat Harris, a current junior senator and former attorney general for the state of California, along with Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the incumbent Republican president, and vice-president during the heated and bitter 2020 elections last November. This makes her not only the highest-ranking female ever elected in the USA but also the first African American as well as Asian American to hold this vice-presidential office. This may also make the song “Kamala” the first song ever written and recorded about a duly elected United States VP. Kelley, a prominent player in both the R&B and Gospel music world, perseveres in setting his sights during 2021 on his continued crusade of making socially conscious recordings that shine a spotlight on how many of the less fortunate and minority races within our population must deal on a daily basis with the huge discrepancy in society’s unfair meting out of justice and guarantees of basic human rights. A crusade he has tirelessly pursued all throughout his career in the entertainment industry.   The single will be distributed globally by his record company to all major digital retailers and streaming platforms on the internet. In addition, a North American radio and press campaign has just been launched to promote “Kamala”. Mainstream Top 40, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, and Adult Contemporary format radio stations have already been serviced with the release. Multiple personal appearances will be booked later this month. To learn more go to www.darrellkelleyofficial.com.  Darrell is currently available for interviews and/or appearances. Added news updates and other information about upcoming events may be found at https://www.facebook.com/darrellkelleysmusic, and is where Viral Records plans to debut his “Kamala” music video in the coming weeks. Darrell Kelley’s press kit will be provided upon request to members of the media by contacting the representative below. Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com SHAKING UP THE INVESTMENT PROPERTY LEADS INDUSTRY 2021-01-10T22:44:59Z shaking-up-the-investment-property-leads-industry Lead generation is typically an expensive and risky exercise for investment property companies. High spend and low returns are rife. But that reality is changing on the back of an innovative approach from one Australian company.  Cobra Digital, the boutique Gold Coast agency driving this shakeup, is calling for change. Reuben Scheckter, the company's Managing Director says it is time for the industry to evolve and be held accountable for its performance. "It is common to hear horror stories where clients have spent thousands of dollars with no return," he says. "Lead generation shouldn't operate like this. It's time for the industry to become more competitive and take a step up in terms of its credibility and deliverability." Scheckter says price gouging and poor performance are standard. Many agencies take advantage of the fact few clients understand the digital marketing space, overcharging and enjoying high margins as a result. "Clients are often backed into a corner because they don't have the technical knowledge to back up the feeling they have had a bad experience," he says. Cobra Digital are taking an alternate approach and the results are impressive. High quality investment property leads are being delivered at a third of the cost, against industry average, often coupled with double-digit return on investment. "It’s all about taking a stand for quality and transparency with fairer prices. Effective processes have reduced our cost base and we can pass those saving onto clients. Customised technology also enables us to maximise the volume of consistent leads we can deliver daily," says Scheckter. Jack Corbett, Co-Founder and CEO of Corbwood & Associates has benefited from this new approach. Corbett's turnover has doubled since engaging Cobra Digital to manage lead generation less than a year ago. "They have reduced my cost per lead and increased the number of qualified opportunities I'm getting, which has helped us reach this level of growth. The team are second to none," he says. Cobra Digital has generated over 13,715 investment property leads for Corbwood this year, with a peak volume at 90 leads per day and a return on investment of 18 times.  With Cobra Digital generating close to 250,000 quality leads for their clients this year, it is clear the days of companies needing to accept high cost, low return campaigns are numbered.  About Cobra Digital: Cobra Digital is a lead generation agency that offers exclusive leads for service-based businesses, with real time delivery on a cost-per-lead basis. We've driven by a single goal — to simplify lead gen. And we're proud to say we've made that a reality for the hundreds of lead buyers we service every day around the world in some of the most competitive markets and niches operating today, with and without large sales teams. For further details contact: Sam Brown VP of Growth/Strategy, Cobra Digital P: 0408 625 199  E: sam.brown@cobradigital.com.au W: www.cobradigital.com.au Breakthrough on Banned Drinkers Register forges expansion of Scantek Verification Solutions 2021-01-06T08:43:08Z breakthrough-on-banned-drinkers-register-forges-expansion-of-scantek-verification-solutions Key Points Instant access for takeaway liquor outlets to identify banned drinkers expanding into the Kimberley Uses cutting-edge technology developed by WA-owned and run business  Identifying alcohol buyers strengthening community safety, reducing alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and health-related harm The expansion of the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) into the Kimberley has been confirmed by WA Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia following its successful launch and implementation in the Pilbara. The trial is to be implemented for a two-year period, across the Kimberley and will include a Takeaway Alcohol Management System (TAMS), which allows customers to buy alcohol according to a daily volume limit for their area.  TAMS was implemented in Kununurra and Wyndham several years ago by the local shire and Scantek and continues to provide a consistent application of liquor management for residents and visitors.  TAMS works by scanning a person's identification and notifying the retailer if they have purchased alcohol elsewhere. The trial expansion of the BDR will complement the existing TAMS system and will run simultaneously with the Pilbara region to ensure sufficient data is secured during the trial period.Racing and Gaming Minister Pual Papalia added "The BDR concept targets explicitly people with alcohol problems, rather than blanket restrictions that impact the entire community.   "The TAMS component provides an effective tool for people to consume alcohol responsibly and to reduce alcohol-related harm. The McGowan Government is investing in extending the highly regarded community safety initiative to continue to support reducing access to takeaway liquor for problem drinkers. The planned expansion of the BDR is thanks to the collaboration between the region’s councils, the State Government and Identity Verification specialist, Scantek. Scantek’s cutting-edge technology enables liquor outlets to verify a person's identity in real-time, confirming whether they are listed on the BDR. The entire scanning process takes seconds, making it easier for liquor outlets to apply the BDR consistently. Scantek’s solution will provide local businesses instant access to an extensive banned drinkers register, delivering assistance in helping them reduce alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and health-related harm.  Developed in Western Australia, artificial intelligence is at the heart of the BDR solution, using a unique mix of optical character recognition and machine learning techniques. The expansion of BDR enables Scantek to continue their support of the Government of Western Australia Community initiatives, WA business owners, their staff and Community. Ches Rafferty, Scantek Co-Founder and CEO said: “The expansion of BDR is a fantastic outcome. Scantek is proud to continue to support the Government of Western Australia and deliver solutions that support WA Business owners, their staff and the community safe.”   --- END --- About Scantek Scantek provides software solutions to verify identities in real-time, anywhere. Founded in 2012, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, Scantek is leading the way in digital verification of identity.  Scantek specialises in instant identity verification built on facial recognition technologies and identity documentation and card verification. Scantek solutions serve as a SaaS model and are designed to combat fraud, increase security and improve user and customer experience.  To find out more about Scantek, please contact their Marketing Manager Kaleigh Kingstone. M: 0405 777 557 / E: kaleigh@scantek.com.au / W: scantek.com.au 2020 Older Pet Survey Results Show Needs Unmet 2021-01-06T06:16:35Z 2020-older-pet-survey-results-show-needs-unmet The results of the first annual survey of the needs of Australia’s senior dogs and cats  by the Older Pet Alliance have now been released. Read more.....https://olderpet.com.au/facts/2020-older-pet-survey-results-show-needs-unmet/ Innovative Glass Scratch Removal Service Now Available In Sydney 2021-01-06T04:57:09Z innovative-glass-scratch-removal-service-now-available-in-sydney Using revolutionary glass polishing solutions and techniques, the talented team of technicians at Glass Restore Australia are now providing state of the art glass scratch removal services for private, strata, commercial and industrial clients in the Greater Sydney region. With a proven track record of exceptional workmanship and results, Glass Restore Australia has established a reputation as the industry leader and innovator. For effective glass scratch removal services visit the company website today. Glass Restore Australia Address: PO Box 309, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 Phone: 0413 617 000 Website: https://glassrepairer.com.au/ ELK Publishing Launches Inspirational LILIWIOFE Diaries 2021-01-04T06:18:19Z elk-publishing-launches-inspirational-liliwiofe-diaries 2021 is a new era for ELK Publishing - with the release of their first, annual publication of the inspirational - LILIWIOFE Diaries. Dropbox link to photos ‘LILIWIOFE’ is an acronym for ‘Live Life Without Fear’ - a diary that enables timid individuals to push past the debilitating fear of: fear itself; success and somehow not being good enough to bring an idea to fruition.  It inspires individuals to take charge of their lives; leads them to greater confidence; re-ignites their passion and their belief in the impossible – a phrase coined by the late Audrey Hepburn who once stated, "the word itself says ‘I’m Possible!"   Designed out of personal necessity and in dedication to Sketa’s late father, who passed away from cancer in 2014; creation of the diary gave Sketa a new found strength to push past her barriers of pain and loss, enabling her to achieve that which she deemed ‘impossible’. The 2021 hardcover diary went on sale at A$26.95 - in late November, while the 2022 diary is expected to hit bookstores early in the New Year.  CEO and founder - Selina Kucks a.k.a. Sketa stated, "…with the onslaught of CoVid across the globe, there will be many individuals who like me, will need a little help getting started, again." The diary uses the power of: daily quotes, hashtags and the comfort of Instagram to support like-minded individuals - who will in effect, ensure accountability for making dreams come true. "We are the Fairy Godmothers to wishes granted and yes, it is a wonderful way to safely hold each other’s hand through the whole process." It encourages individuals to push past those fears and doubts to just - ‘make it happen’ - with a little help from the #liliwiofe family.  " We are already taking orders for the 2022 diaries and as soon as they arrive on my desk for proof, we’ll be able to presell next year’s diary." They will be available in select, retail stores and of course, through www.elk-publishing.com. "I can’t think of a better way to support those doing it tough, than to just gift a diary to a friend."   You’ve got this!  #makeithappen #liliwiofe For more information on this press release visit: www.elk-publishing.com   ELK Publishing Press and Publicity Officer Phone: +61 0475 923 670 E-mail: contactus@elk-publishing.com Web: www.elk-publishing.com   FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram -  ELK Publishing @  www.instagram.com/elkpublishing Facebook – ELK Publishing @  www.facebook.com/elkpublishing Iso, Sunshine, Zoom and Dreamer - dog names predicted to take off in 2021 2021-01-04T05:23:10Z iso-sunshine-zoom-and-dreamer-dog-names-predicted-to-take-off-in-2021 With the Coronavirus pandemic and the increase in demand for highly personalised pet care services, the team at Pawshake predicts that 2021 will result in pet parents choosing unique names that reflect and inspire hope: Arrow Buttercup Captain  Dreamer Storm Halo Hero Hope Iso Rona Sunshine Zoom 2020 has resulted in the largest number of pet adoptions across Australia. Over the last 8 months, many pet rescue organisations reported a record number of adoptions and several instances where their kennels have been completely empty. Bella, Luna, Charlie and Max continue to be four of the most popular Australian dog names in 2020. According to over 250,000 dog profiles on the Pawshake platform, those four names consistently make the top 10 list each year. They are followed closely by Rosie, Molly, Alfie and Oscar. Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers is not surprised, “with an increase in the humanisation of pets, it’s not unusual to see human names gaining popularity with pet parents. In fact, all the male and female dog names on our top 10 most popular list this year are all human names.” “Especially during difficult times, people have a stronger desire to connect with their pets more than ever.” According to recent research from Pawshake, 97% say owning a pet has helped them through tough times. Additionally, 68% of participants confirmed that they spent more time with their pet in 2020 than in previous years.  This has led to the increase in the number of bespoke dog experiences Pawshake pet sitters are offering as part of their services. “We have seen a wave of more personalised pet sitting experiences,” Tanguy confirms. “From home organic home cooked meals to doggy spa days, doggy birthday parties and bush walking adventures. Dog parents are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a carer for their mate.” 2020 was also a record year for unique pet names on Pawshake. With 21% of all the registered dog names on Pawshake being one of a kind. Many were inspired by food and fictional characters. If you are looking for a special name, here are Pawshake’s top 10 most unique dog names: Food Inspired Dog Names Baguette Blueberry Cheddar Hotpot Lambchop Lamington Merlot Omelette Pistachio Satay Fictional Character Inspired Dog Names Alexis Rose Batman Elsa Moira Rose Mr Meowgi Murphy Brown Obiwan Olaf Snoopy Tigger Top 10 female pet names Bella Molly Ruby Luna Coco Daisy Lucy Rosie Lola Millie Top 10 male pet names Charlie Max Buddy Oscar Archie Ollie Milo Toby Leo Alfie While it may seem exciting to give your dog a name that is just as special as them, it’s also important to consider how it will sound out loud - especially for dogs. Names that are too long or hard to pronounce can cause confusion with your dog and for anyone who may be looking after them! According to Tanguy, “gone are the days of a simple walk around the block. 2020 proved that it was all about the unique names and pet care experiences. And we expect this trend to continue to grow in 2021.” Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the platform in 2020. It looks forward to supporting Aussie pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets in 2021. With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home. For more information, visit www.pawshake.com.au Facebook www.facebook.com/pawshakeaustralia, Instagram www.instagram.com/pawshakeau. Pawshake analysed over 250,000 Australian pet profiles from it’s website database. For additional quotes, high res imagery or to arrange an interview with a Pawshake spokesperson, please contact jessica@pawshake.com or tanguy@pawshake.com About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund. MARK WAHLBERG BRINGS WAHLBURGERS TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 2021-01-03T19:12:57Z mark-wahlberg-brings-wahlburgers-to-australia-and-new-zealand MARK WAHLBERG BRINGS WAHLBURGERS TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND JANUARY 4, 2020 - Hollywood superstar actor, producer, restaurateur, businessman and philanthropist Mark Wahlberg is bringing his Wahlburgers family restaurant chain to Australia and New Zealand in partnership with the Mustaca family who have built United Cinemas into Australia’s largest independent, family-owned owned cinema chain.   Mark Wahlberg says, “I am excited to be working with the Mustaca family to bring Wahlburgers to Australia. I love all the things we have in common especially family, film, restaurant experience and music. I’m really looking forward to our first opening and visiting with my brothers and Wahlburgers co-founders, Chef Paul Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg.”   CEO of United Cinemas, Sam Mustaca says, “We are thrilled to bring Wahlburgers to guests here in Australia and New Zealand. We had been following the concept for years and with its natural ties to the entertainment industry, bringing Wahlburgers into the experience at United Cinemas just seemed like a perfect fit.  The first Wahlburgers will be in Sydney’s CBD and we plan to roll out 20 more as stand-alone restaurants as well as in some of our United Cinema locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and New Zealand.  With really great food, beers and a fun atmosphere, we think it’s going to be a big hit.” Wahlberg continues, “There are 49 Wahlburgers across the USA, two in Toronto Canada and one on the American Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Just last week, we opened a location in Huntsville, Alabama and have others in various stages of construction in the US with our franchise partners. This all started with my brother Chef Paul who has spent his entire career in the kitchen.  For the last 10 years he’s dedicated himself to bringing guests an exceptional experience, no matter where in the world they are visiting a Wahlburgers.  We could not be more thrilled to take this brand to Australia and are so looking forward to growing this partnership with the Mustaca family.”  TO INTERVIEW MARK WAHLBERG or SAM MUSTACA email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601.     ABOUT UNITED CINEMAS Following a successful career as an Opera singer Roy Mustaca started United Cinemas in the ’80’s with one cinema on Collaroy Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. Over the last 37 years the chain has grown to over 57 screens across Australia and New Zealand with 19 more screens presently being built.  United Cinemas are in Indooroopilly Brisbane, Craigieburn Melbourne, Rockingham Perth, Katoomba Blue Mountains and Sydney’s Narellan, Collaroy, Warriewood, Avalon and Opera Quays at the Opera House.   ABOUT WAHLBURGERS Wahlburgers is a casual dining restaurant & bar founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg, which wrapped 10 successful seasons of A&E Network's Emmy-nominated reality show in 2019. While its interior decor is filled with photos and memories celebrating the brothers' life journeys from Dorchester neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, Wahlburgers makes food, beverages and its guests the real stars. With menu items like delicious fresh ground beef burgers, entrée salads and sandwiches, loaded tots and frothy shakes, Chef Paul and team are obsessed with making guests happy and feeling like family. Wahlburgers currently has 52 locations throughout North America and Europe, and is dedicated to giving back in every community it serves. For the last two years, Fast Casual named Wahlburgers in the Top 100 Movers & Shakers. Wahlburgers At Home, the brands’ line of proprietary blended Certified Angus Beef and signature Wahl Sauce is available in thousands of retail stores throughout the US. Learn more at www.wahlburgers.com and follow along @Wahlburgers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.