The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-01T08:46:54Z 7 Tips for Overcoming Shyness on World Introvert Day - January 2, 2019 2019-01-01T08:46:54Z 7-tips-for-overcoming-shyness-on-world-introvert-day-january-2-2019 SYDNEY, Australia, January 2, 2019—Author, life coach and recovered shy-guy, Joel Annesley, rings in the New Year on World Introvert Day with hands-on hope, and healing advice for wallflowers everywhere suffering from the debilitating effects of shyness.  Between 40 and 60 per cent of adults define themselves as being shy, says Annesley, and most of us, he says, will at some time in our lives experience shyness.   In Quiet Confidence: Breaking Up with Shyness, released today on Amazon and published by Power Writers Publishing Group, Annesley assures those plagued by shyness that they can overcome the traumas that caused their shyness to develop, learn to embrace the beauty within and express themselves with confidence.     Annesley once had an overbearing relationship with shyness, the result of being publicly humiliated in front of his friends by his first-grade teacher. The experience left him insecure and unable to speak up, an affliction that affected him into adulthood, personally and professionally.  Unlike introversion - a basic personality trait characterized by inward-looking thoughts and feelings vs external stimulation - shyness most often occurs as a result of a painful experience, says Annesley. Shyness can be overcome, says Annesley, by changing our inner dialogue and strengthening the voice within.   Annesley overcame his shyness once he began exploring the roots of his shyness and was then able to make the decision to finally break up with shyness, see life with new eyes and live a life of quiet confidence. He shares his journey and offers tips such as these in Quiet Confidence: Breaking Up with Shyness:   1.     Avoid labels. Labels can build you up or destroy you; choose the label that empowers you instead of tears you down. Think Quietly Confident instead of Shy. 2.     Look within. The key to finding your true self is to look within and to celebrate who you really are. Practice non-judgemental awareness, self-compassion and loving kindness for the beautiful person you are inside and the way you see the world.   3.     Stop overthinking everything. Overthinking and shyness go hand-in-hand. Overthinking leads to indecisiveness, mental exhaustion and self-defeating, negative thoughts. The solution is to learn how to outsmart your overthinking. 4.     Find your safe place. When you develop your safe environment, a place where you can be free to be vulnerable, you will have no need to overthink things. When you slowly expand this environment, your Quiet Confidence will also expand and grow. 5.     Find your tribe. Spend time with those who build you up, and support and encourage you unconditionally to express yourself. 6.     Find a creative outlet. Developing and expressing your creative passions can lead you to become a Subject Matter Expert, which will help you will naturally become more confident. 7.     Develop positive body talk. Confidence doesn’t have to be verbal. Becoming aware of, and adjusting, your body language, posture and physical appearance can provide you with instant confidence.   Inside Quiet Confidence: Breaking Up with Shyness, readers will discover simple, easy-to-follow steps to build the courage to break up with their shyness, and embrace the beauty within.   Readers will learn to create a life-changing blueprint to release the grip that shyness has held over them for far too long, and help them develop the calm, quiet, and courageous voice they have always dreamed of but never thought they would ever find.   About Joel Annesley   A self-proclaimed introvert and recovered shy-guy, Joel Annesley was born in Queensland, Australia to two alternative-thinking parents who nurtured his passion for the natural world. He attended the Queensland University of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Creative Industries.   To order copies of Quiet Confidence: Breaking Up with Shyness, visit quietconfidencebook.com MICHELLE OBAMA TOPS BOOKTOPIA CHRISTMAS BESTSELLERS LIST 2018-12-20T22:50:04Z michelle-obama-tops-booktopia-christmas-bestsellers-list WHAT DO MICHELLE OBAMA, LEIGH SALES, JONATHAN THURSTON & DAVID WALLIAMS  ALL  HAVE IN COMMON? They are all on the just released, hot off the presses, annual BOOKTOPIA CHRISTMAS BEST SELLERS list! Multi award winning Booktopia, is Australia’s leading  online book retailer and their Christmas Best Sellers List is Australia’s answer to The New York Times best sellers list , with just as much gravity.   Tony Nash CEO and co-founder of Booktopia says “Michelle Obama is top of the Booktopia Best Sellers list this Christmas for biographies and memoirs, followed closely by Jonathan Thurston: The Autobiography and Damon Kitney’s  Price Of Fortune : The Untold story of Being James Packer. Also on the top 10 are Celeste Barber, Kerry O’Brien , Osher Gunsberg and Eric Idle. We’ve compiled the Booktopia Best Sellers lists for cooking too ( see below) plus fiction, crime and thrillers, self-help and personal development and Children …which is where David Walliams is Number 1 and King of The Kids with The Ice Monster!”   “Leigh Sales tops the Booktopia Best Sellers list for History and True Stories with  Any Ordinary Day. Also on the TOP 10 at number 2 is her fellow ABC journalist Richard Glover with The Land Before Avocado and Peter FitSimons comes in at number 3 with Mutiny on the Bounty.” Concludes Tony.   TO INTERVIEW TONY NASH ABOUT WHAT AUSTRALIANS ARE READING THIS CHRISTMAS, e-COMMERCE SALES OR BOOKTOPIA'S EXCITING CROWDFUNDING CAPITAL RAISE... email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601. Coming soon! BOOKTOPIA BEST SELLERS LIST FOR 2018 – WHAT AUSTRALIA READ IN 2018!We’re open all through the Christmas break ready and willing to answer your call! If you need content this Xmas/New Year season then Tony Nash is available for TV, radio and print interviews.     Bestselling Biographies and Memoirs 9780241334140 Becoming Michelle Obama 9781460752609 Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography Johnathan Thurston 9781460757116 Challenge Accepted! Celeste Barber 9781460756690 The Price of Fortune: The Untold Story of Being James Packer Damon Kitney 9781760296438 Kerry O'Brien, a Memoir Kerry O'Brien 9781743318416 Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir Anne Summers 9781460756249 Back, After the Break Osher Gunsberg 9781474610285 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Eric Idle 9780733339875 Able: Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings Dylan Alcott 9780522873153 One Hundred Years of Dirt Rick Morton Bestselling Cookbooks 9781785031168 Ottolenghi SIMPLE Yotam Ottolenghi 9781760631949 Special Guest: Recipes for the happily imperfect host Annabel Crabb 9781460756713 Modern Baking Donna Hay 9781760554576 Family: New Vegetable Classics to Comfort and Nourish Hetty McKinnon 9781760554590 I Quit Sugar: Simplicious Flow Sarah Wilson 9780670079018 One Handed Cooks Jessica Beaton 9781419732454 Matty Matheson: A Cookbook Matty Matheson 9781760550370 Eat Your Greens Pete Evans 9781925481501 The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet Pennie Taylor 9781925791457 Good Food Guide 2019 Myffy Rigby Bestselling History and True Stories 9780143789963 Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life Leigh Sales 9780733339813 The Land Before Avocado Richard Glover 9780733634116 Mutiny on the Bounty: A saga of sex, sedition, mayhem and mutiny, and survival against extraordinary odds Peter FitzSimons 9781760632335 Boys Will be Boys: Power, Patriarchy and the Toxic Bonds of Mateship Clementine Ford 9781471181290 Fear: Trump in the White House Bob Woodward 9781787330870 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Yuval Noah Harari 9781760555382 No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison Behrouz Boochani 9781460756454 The Dogs that Made Australia: The Story of the Dogs that Brought about Australia's Transformation from Starving Colony to Pastoral Powerhouse Guy Hull 9780571308040 Beastie Boys Book Michael Diamond 9780316490672 Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World Bradley Hope TO INTERVIEW TONY NASH ABOUT WHAT AUSTRALIANS ARE READING THIS CHRISTMAS, e-COMMERCE SALES OR BOOKTOPIA'S EXCITING CROWDFUNDING CAPITAL RAISE... email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601. Coming soon! BOOKTOPIA BEST SELLERS LIST FOR 2018 – WHAT AUSTRALIA READ IN 2018!We’re open all through the Christmas break ready and willing to answer your call! If you need content this Xmas/New Year season then Tony Nash is available for TV, radio and print interviews.     AMAZING AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE STORIES 2018-12-20T22:46:47Z refugees-australian-christmas-miracle AMAZING AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE STORIES #New book delves deep into the refugee experience #The true lives of refugees in Australia #Trauma, inspiration of refugees miracle stories   The heart-wrenching and inspirational stories of refugees who have found safety and new a life in Australia this Christmas are told in visceral and compelling detail in a new book published this week. ‘Refugee Stories: In their own words’ has collected the first-hand accounts of dozens of refugees who have fled conflict or persecution and begun new lives in Australia. The book recounts the hair-raising and deeply human journeys of people who have had to flee their homes and it reveals their hopes and dreams for their future. Refugee Stories include : Syrian Christian man ‘George’ who survived a year as a captive of the brutal militant Islamist group ISIS and who was constantly threatened with death while being ignorant of the fate of his wife and daughter.   Cambodian refugee Hap Dan who, as a small boy sitting on his father’s shoulders, made a fateful journey to freedom and safety through Pol Pot’s infamous ‘killing fields’.   South Vietnamese naval officer Hao Quach, who steered a rickety boat through stormy seas filled with pirates on an epic journey to safety and salvation.  ‘Refugee Stories’ author Laurie Nowell said the book was aimed at building awareness about the reasons refugees come to Australia and the contributions they make. “Many of the refugees who settle in Australia have experienced trauma, torture or the loss of loved ones. They bring with them memories, traditions, culture and history,” Mr Nowell said. “They also bring with them hopes, dreams and ambitions for their children. They are, by definition, resilient and ingenious people who have overcome challenges and dangers just to get here,” he said.  “Refugees have always, and still, have a lot to offer this country,” Mr Nowell said  AMES Australia CEO Cath Scarth said the book was a reminder of the contributions refugees make to Australia. “Refugees bring with them resilience, optimism and a deep work ethic. Australia is fortunate to have people with these qualities,” Ms Scarth said.  ‘Refugee Stories’ is about the experiences and the hopes and aspirations of refugees who have made Australia home.Refugee  Stories: In Their Own Words, Laurie Nowell, Wilkinson Publishing, $29.99 RRP, available where good books sold or from www.wilkinsonpublishing.com.au  Funds raised by the sale of the book will go to support refugees and asylum seekers in need.   Closing the literacy gap for Indigenous students and inmates 2018-12-18T02:36:09Z closing-the-literacy-gap-for-indigenous-students-and-inmates  Immediate Release A series of books called Reading Tracks recently launched to help older Indigenous students learn to read has proven to be so successful they have been introduced to every State-run prison in Western Australia, in an effort to improve the literacy skills of adults. Margaret James, author of the series said she was filling a gap in literacy resources for older students who struggled to grasp reading in their younger years.  “There are plenty of early reading resources for younger students but limited appropriate learn-to-read material for teenagers and older students. These books have been designed to help engage those older students who are substantially behind their peers in print literacy.  “The project was deemed to be of such enormous significance that it was funded by the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s office,” said Ms James. The fifteen learn-to-read books, and seven storybooks, featuring the cultural practices of food gathering – hunting tracking and fishing, took three years from concept to print and were developed in collaboration with students and Central Desert Elders.  “I had the full support of the Elders who advised and mentored me. After proofing the finals drafts, I was given permission for the books to go to print.   “Aboriginal language words and light Aboriginal English are included in the dialogue to keep the characters authentic and to draw attention to the ancient languages of our First Nations people, still spoken in Australia. Standard English is used in the narrative to make the books accessible to all Australian learners.” explained the author.  WA’s Department of Justice, as well as a number of schools nationwide, have placed orders for the books which where were launched in Perth at an educational conference mid-year.  According to Jane Stapel, Adult Basic Education Coordinator, Department of Justice, the books are a valuable and unique resource for the prisoners.   “Our Literacy and Numeracy Strategy prioritises the engagement of prisoners identified as educationally at risk. We are constantly exploring creative and innovative strategies to promote and encourage the engagement of reluctant learners and the Reading Tracks series have been very well received,” said Ms Stapel.  “As the largest provider of Adult Indigenous literacy programs in WA, we recognise the importance of education to Indigenous economic, social and cultural development. The Reading Tracks stories are developed in consultation with individual Elders and make the learning for our students relevant, meaningful and engaging. The books are beautifully illustrated and the stories help to teach reading and writing in a culturally appropriate context.”  To ensure the authenticity of the stories Ms James worked closely with Elders, accepting invitations to go ‘bush’ with them. The stories cover fishing for barramundi, tracking and hunting for emus, perenties, kangaroos, echidnas, and goanna; and digging for witchetty grubs and honey ants.  “We dug for goannas hidden in their burrows, in freezing winds in the Gibson Desert winter; looked for signs of witchetty grubs living deep in the roots of witchetty trees in Central Australian temperatures in the high 40s; and dug waist high for a tiny sip of honey from an ochre-coloured honey ant in the Western MacDonnell ranges,” said Ms James.  The former lecturer in Indigenous Tertiary Education enlisted the help of middle and high school students in several schools in the Northern Territory.  Students from WA’s, Ngaanyatiarra Lands School as well as those from Marrara College, St John’s and Kormilda Colleges in Darwin and Yirara and St Phillip’s Colleges in Alice Springs were involved at the beginning of the project giving their input into what stories they would like to see developed and of the 12 illustrators, six were Middle School students at Tiwi College on Melville Island.  ------------------------------------------------ Background info - Margaret James: www.readingtracks.com.au Margaret has taught English to migrants and refugees. As a child growing up in rural South Africa, living on a farm amongst Indigenous languages influenced her interest and involvement in Indigenous Education in Australia. They also influenced the choice of Linguistics and Psychology as majors at Rhodes University. She has studied French, German, Icelandic and Japanese. Studied M.Ed (TESOL) at QUT; M Choral conducting at Griffith Univ; and postgraduate humanities at UNE Sings in several Aboriginal languages. Margaret was a singing teacher and choral conductor (Trained at Queensland Con) She has presented at conferences on Aboriginal English, Linguistics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, literacy, preschool education and literacy education. Margaret usually gets the audience to interact by singing when she presents at conferences.  2012 Australian of the Year finalist.  QUT outstanding alumni, Faculty of Education 2012.        Have Yourself a Happy Gut Christmas. 2018-12-11T22:00:30Z have-yourself-a-happy-gut-christmas The festive season is often a time of over-indulgence. It’s a familiar sight. Reclined on the lounge, hands resting on bloated stomach, sighs and moans of regret (and a little satisfaction, let’s be honest) after a big Christmas meal. For those of us who don’t want to scrooge on the delicious food, but would prefer to avoid the bloat, Hemple Nutritionist Liv Kaplan shares cleaner twists on classic festive recipes and a few helpful tips. Liv’s tips: 1. Keep routines and the right motivation... For many the holidays is an excuse to let health go out the window. While I’m all for letting go, when your motives for making healthy choices are in the right place you’ll find you naturally make good (or at least better) choices. This means eating well because you want to feel healthy and happy, and not to reach any specific weight or follow any diet. 2. Make gut friendly alternatives... These days with so many amazing gut friendly foods available, that taste amazing too, it’s so easy to say no to desserts and foods that may set off digestive issues. Since most of the time we’re celebrating with food, bring a platter of your favourite gut friendly desserts. What does this look like? Well for optimal gut health you want something free of gluten, wheat and refined sugar. Even better is to keep natural sugars like dried fruit to a minimum. Stuck for ideas? How about our gluten and dairy free Raw Vegan Mince Tarts, Christmas Hemp Halva Slice or Hemp Blinis for appetisers! 3. Keep calm and don’t stress... Easier said than done I know, but I think many if not most of our gut symptoms can be attributed to the mind rather than the plate. So relax! Focus on the fun times spent with friends and loved ones and stop stressing about food. 4. Breathe deeply... For optimal digestion, we want our bodies to be in the “rest and digest” state rather than the “fight or flight”. Unfortunately lots of stress, caffeine, lack of sleep and disrupted circadian rhythms leave us in this state constantly! It’s no wonder gut distress is at an all time high. So what do you do? Of course slowing down, less caffeine, yoga and meditation help. But immediately? Just 10 deep belly breaths is enough to take us out of fight or flight and into rest and digest. You’ll find your digestion is far better after doing just this one, simple thing! Recipes: Raw Vegan Mince Tarts Serves: 12 Prep time: 30 mins Typically a sugar-filled treat, Liv’s gluten-free version of a Christmas favourite, mince tarts, brings all the flavour of the original, plus plant protein and a low GI. Ingredients 1.5 cup almond meal 1/2 cup Hemple Raw 1/2 cup dried inca berries 6 dried figs chopped Zest of one orange 2 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup coconut oil Avocado frosting 2 avocados 3⁄4 cup coconut yoghurt 20 drops liquid stevia 1⁄4 cup raw cacao powder (for the chocolate flavour) For serving: Fresh raspberries Dried orange slices Hemple Hearts Cacao powder Method 1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a sticky dough forms. 2. Using your hands, press into a silicone mini muffin tin, or a normal mini muffin tin lined with paper cases. Place in the fridge to set. 3. To make the frosting place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! For the green version of the frosting, omit the cacao powder. Or divide frosting into two and make one green and one chocolate! Christmas Hemp Halva Bites Serves: 20-30 To up this dish’s health cred, the traditional sesame seeds are swapped for omega 3 and 6 balanced hemp. This raw, vegan, gluten and sugar-free recipe has the nutty sesame-like flavour of the original, and since it’s Christmas, Liv adds all-natural plant pigments for a festive finishing touch. Ingredients 5 cups dessicated coconut 2 cups Hemple Hearts 20 drops liquid stevia 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped 1 tablespoon beetroot powder Method 1. In a high powered blender or food processor, blend the coconut and Hemple Hearts until the texture is smooth and liquid. ​ 2. Add in the stevia and vanilla and combine. 3. Split mixture into two bowls. Reserve one aside. Stir beetroot powder into the other bowl and pour into loaf tin lined with baking paper. Place in the fridge to set for 1 hour. 4. When set, remove from the fridge and pour in the other bowl. Place back into the fridge to set completely. Slice to serve. 3 Ingredient Hemp Blinis Makes: 8 A light bite that’s gluten and dairy free, easy to digest, high in bioavailable protein and tastes even better than the original. Ingredients 1/4 cup Hemple Raw 1/4 cup hemp or nut milk 1 medium egg 1 pinch sea salt Coconut oil for cooking Method To make the blinis, combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Heat a large pan over a medium heat and grease with a little coconut oil. Pour in two tablespoons worth of the mixture for each blini. Leave to cook and wait until bubbles appear, about 2–3 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Top with your favourite toppings to serve! For avo and hemp seed, top with sliced avo, Hemple Hearts, Hemple Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and salt and pepper. For the salmon, top with smoked salmon, red onion, fresh dill, capers and coconut yoghurt. Drizzle with Hemple Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. To request high res images or more information contact: Georgia Branch Ph: 0410 690 408 Email: georgia@hemple.com About Hemple: Stocked in over 350 stores nationally, Hemple worships your body with functional hemp-based nutrition supporting body and mind. For more healthy recipes visit www.hemple.com and for discussions on life-changing wellbeing search for the Hemple Podcast on iTunes. Link to: Hemple product images BETTINA ARNDT'S NEW BOOK #MENTOO - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY 2018-12-01T22:23:49Z bettina-arndt-s-new-book-mentoo-the-other-side-of-the-story #MENTOO - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY   Bettina Arndt is a rare public voice speaking on behalf of men – and the women who love them.  Her new book #MENTOO is released in mid-December and breaks the silence about what it means to be a man in Australia today.   TO INTERVIEW BETTINA ARNDT email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   This respected social commentator is renowned for tackling unmentionable topics. A former clinical psychologist and one of Australia’s first sex therapists, she first became well-known for breaking down taboos about talking about sex.   Now it is men’s lives we aren’t allowed to speak about – the very real problems confronting men and boys in our male-bashing society. #MenToo breaks the silence about what it means to be a man in Australia today.   For decades Bettina has been telling it how it is. She writes about sex-starved husbands, the politics of cleavage, fathers losing contact with children after divorce, false domestic violence allegations, men’s soaring suicide rates, the scary grip of feminism.       Bettina sees #MenToo as simply the latest salvo in a long crusade by feminists to crush male sexuality. She finds most women are appalled by unproven allegations are being used to destroy men's careers and fed up with trivial issues being blown up as sexism. Read her powerful arguments about why feminism has gone off the rails – tilting laws, practises and regulations to unfairly advantage women at the expense of men.   This year she faced hostile protesters on university campuses as she spoke out against the fake rape crisis, the myth that our universities are unsafe for young women. Her campus tour prompted a government inquiry seeking to support campus free speech.       #MenToo – collected wisdom from decades of Bettina’s passionate advocacy for men and boys is published by Wilkinson Publishing, retails for $29.99 and is available now online from www.wilkinsonpublishing.com.au   TO INTERVIEW BETTINA ARNDT email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601           Max Markson 0412501601    ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. New book out now. Order your signed copy at www.booktopia.com.au   AN EVENING WITH DUSTIN MARTIN MELBOURNE & HOBART December 9 & 14 2018   AN EVENING WITH STEVEN SEAGAL SYDNEY & MELBOURNE February 1 & 2 2019 www.stevenseagal.com.au   ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER  MELBOURNE March 15-17 2019 www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.au     Outgoing Artlands Victoria Creative Producer and Director Ros Abercrombie appointed Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia 2018-11-26T03:49:28Z outgoing-artlands-victoria-creative-producer-and-director-ros-abercrombie-appointed-executive-director-of-regional-arts-australia “Ros is an extraordinary advocate for regional arts practice. We’re thrilled to continue working with her in this critical national leadership role.” – Joe Toohey, Regional Arts Victoria, Director and CEO The Chair of Regional Arts Australia (RAA), Simon Spain today announced the appointment of Ros Abercrombie as the new Executive Director for the organisation. Ros will commence in the role next month. “We are delighted to welcome Ros to this important role.  Ros has an impressive record. She is an inspiring creative leader who has worked incredibly successfully with a wide range of community groups over an extensive career. Her work as a producer, a creative director and as a catalyst for community engagement signals a beginning of a new era for RAA, and the Board is looking forward to supporting Ros and her team,” Simon said. Ros has been working in the arts industry for over 20 years with experience across strategic design, creative direction, organisational modelling, identity and brand development and management. She recently filled the role of Director and Creative Producer for Artlands Victoria in Bendigo last month where her commitment to First Nations engagement with the Dja Dja Wurrung community underscored the event. Ros succeeds John Oster who has led the organisation for the past four years. John said “It is such a pleasure to hand this great job over to a person of the calibre of Ros Abercrombie. Ros is committed to serving the artists and the audiences of rural, regional and remote Australia and I wish her well.” “I am excited about commencing this role and am looking forward to working collaboratively to advocate and support the long-term regional sustainability for the rural and regional arts and creative communities in which RAA works,” Ros said. Ros Abercrombie commences as Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia on Monday 10 December 2018. VISIT SINGAPORE for Chinese New Year, 2019 2018-11-20T02:23:02Z visit-singapore-for-chinese-new-year-2019 Planning to visit Singapore? Then do so when it's Chinese New Year! To ring in the Year of the Pig, Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens Consultative Committee are holding spectacular festive celebrations in Singapore’s Chinatown. The 2019 theme is called: “Celebration of Abundance and Prosperity” (新春大吉福满城 欣欣向荣庆丰年) and promises a line-up of exciting performances and a plethora of festive delicacies.   The year of the Pig   A vibrant and innovative Piglet-themed light-up, conceptualised and designed by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), will adorn the main streets of Chinatown. The street light-up along South Bridge Road will see rows of lanterns forming a giant “春” (Spring) and the auspicious Carp, a beautiful sight from an aerial view.  The famous festive street bazaar, nightly stage shows and the exciting lion dance competition will be some of the highlights. Do not miss The Chinese New Year Countdown Party as we usher in the Lunar New Year.     The Official Light-up and Opening Ceremony will kick-start the Chinatown Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations on 19 January 2019, followed by continuous days of street light-up along Chinatown until the 6 March 2019. Against a dynamic and hi-tech stage backdrop, visitors can expect spectacular live performances with awe-inspiring visual effects comprising skits, songs, and dance, acrobatic and martial arts performances put up by performing troupes from Singapore and China.     With a wide variety of street stalls operating from 18 January to 4 February 2019 at the upcoming 2019’s Festive Street Bazaar, visitors can browse through a huge array of traditional Chinese New Year goodies from mouth-watering delicacies like sweets, traditional cookies, waxed duck and preserved fruit, to decorative items like potted plants, fresh flowers and even festive clothing.     Those hunting for high-spirited entertainment can catch the Chinatown Nightly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square, a popular gathering point for local Chinese communities and also home to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Rhythmic drumming and clashing of cymbals will lead visitors to the Lion Dance Competition on 26 January 2019 that will wow the crowd with heart-stopping displays of skilful stunts and intricate manoeuvres. The competition is a rare chance to witness the most renowned and prolific troupes from Singapore and around Asia Pacific pit themselves against one another to vie for the grand title of ‘King of the Lions’.     Other key highlights of this year’s festival include:  Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party, with appearances by local celebrities, culminating in a rousing display of fireworks  Chinatown Walking Trail, a free expedition covering Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street, and New Bridge Road  Chingay @ Chinatown, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia will make an appearance on the 15th day of Chinese New Year  For past festival photos, please download here Please contact Michelle Hubbard @ Affluence PR for more information  See the World’s Wonders Your Way: Win the Ultimate #My7WorldWonders Experience 2018-11-12T00:04:22Z see-the-world-s-wonders-your-way-win-the-ultimate-my7worldwonders-experience Whether it’s the Great Pyramid at Giza or the Grand Canyon, for centuries people around the world have argued about which of the most remarkable places on the planet count as the seven world wonders. Exodus Travels is thrilled to kick-off an once-in-a-lifetime contest offering aspiring travellers the chance to see the world’s wonders their way.   Exodus Travels is giving travellers the opportunity to choose their own unique list of wonders; travellers can select their personal seven World Wonders to create the ultimate global adventure and enter to win a life-changing, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, Instagram-worthy travel experience to see them all.   From being captivated by the Northern Lights dancing over Iceland’s snow-capped mountains, spotting India’s elusive Bengal Tiger in the wilderness, marveling at the mysterious moai of Easter Island to taking in the history of Cambodia while exploring Angkor Wat’s lesser-visited temples – one lucky winner will have the chance to win the ultimate adventure to see all seven of their personal World Wonders on seven awe-inspiring trips with Exodus Travels.   The #My7WorldWonders contest runs from 12 November, 2018 until 15 January, 2019 and is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand.   To enter, simply visit https://my7worldwonders.com, complete the online entry form by selecting your seven World Wonders from the video content and hit submit. After entering the contest, each entrant will receive a short, personalized video based on the trips that they have selected. Entrants can share their contest video with others for the chance to receive an additional entry if a new user enters using their unique referral link, with up to 50 bonus entries.   The winners will be randomly selected on 17, January 2019.   Terms & Conditions: The contest is open to all legal residents of Australia and New Zealand who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry.* There will be one winner from Australia and New Zealand.   *For more Terms & Conditions, visit: https://www.exodustravels.com/au/win-my-7-world-wonders-contest   ENDS   For all media requests, please contact: Erin Sing  |  erin@moderncurrency.com.auAshlee Marsico  |  ashlee@moderncurrency.com.au TONY ABBOTT, ALAN JONES LAUNCH DR.KEVIN DONNELLY'S NEW PC BOOK 2018-11-11T23:54:31Z tony-abbott-alan-jones-launch-dr-kevin-donnelly-s-new-pc-book TONY ABBOTT, ALAN JONES LAUNCH NEW PC BOOK # HOW POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS DESTROYING EDUCATION # BOOK LAUNCH EVENT 11AM TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER SOFITEL WENTWORTH PHILIP ST SYDNEY   Tony Abbott and Alan Jones will officially launch How Political Correctness is Destroying Education and Your Child’s Future by  Dr. Kevin Donnelly AM on Tuesday morning 20th November at 11am at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000. “This book is both smart and brave: smart, because no one knows education from the inside like Kevin Donnelly; and brave , because he chronicles the long march of the cultural-left through ours schools” Tony Abbott. “ Kevin Donnelly has the courage and insight to confront the scourge of our era: the cultural-left’s long march through the education system and its attack on childhood” Miranda Devine.   ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Dr Kevin Donnelly AM is a staunch defender of the strengths and benefits of Western civilisation and our Judeo-Christian heritage and is one of Australia’s leading conservative commentators and authors. Opinion pieces have been published in all of Australia’s mainstream print and digital media, including: the Australian, the Herald Sun, the Daily Telegraph, the Courier Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and Newsweek. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and Director of the Education Standards Institute.   New book launch: China’s Children 2018-11-09T05:11:20Z new-book-launch-china-s-children In the Spring of 1980, Photographer Mike Emery was on board one of the first ever American passenger cruise ships sailing the China coast. No one on board had been to China, in fact, it was a seldom visited country for Westerners. Mike found himself arriving at a time of rapid change and excitement, with economic, political and cultural reforms sweeping the country. With his bright clothes, fair hair and Nikon camera, Mike stood out in the streets of the cities he visited in China. Local people were intrigued. Having never seen a camera before, people didn’t know how to react. Mike played the clown to gauge reactions. He’d pull faces, poke out his tongue, even lay in the middle of the street to get noticed. Sometimes he’d get crowds of up to 50 people, wanting to speak English or just satisfy their curiosity about this strange westerner. As a result, Mike was able to capture the essence of the time, found both in people’s faces and the unique urban landscapes they inhabited. 38 years later, and Mike has collected his finest images and memories into a uniquely beautiful coffee table book. China’s Children is not solely a collection of works featuring children, rather it captures a time over which a generation grew up. It captures everyday people in their lives with a freshness and reality rarely seen. About the Author Mike Emery was born and raised is Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England. After a Diploma of Education in visual arts and communications, Mike transferred to train as a professional photographer. Wanting to diversify, he also became a croupier and for several years traveled the world employed on cruise ships. It was that first cruise into China in 1980 that completely took Mike by surprise and began his love for capturing people and street life with his lens. Mike eventually settled in Sydney where he has worked successfully as a photographer for many years. His love for China, the people and images he captured, drive his passion to share their unique beauty. www.chinaschildren1980.com Top 7 Ways an Airbnb Manager in Melbourne Can Save You Time and Make You Money 2018-10-23T04:30:34Z top-7-ways-an-airbnb-manager-in-melbourne-can-save-you-time-and-make-you-money-2 Have you always wanted to use some or all of your property as a vacation-style rental, or are you already in the business and not making as much as you thought you would? Airbnb Handsfree can take your home or apartment and create bookings. The company covers all aspect of the business from initial preparations, pricing, handling questions, guests, along with departures and restocking. Here are seven ways the team at Airbnb Handsfree can save you time and frustration, and take your property and launch it into a manageable vacation rental for you. 1. Highest Price One of the most critical factors in renting out your Airbnb is getting the highest rate possible. The managers in Melbourne use tested techniques to help owners achieve that. It is part of their optimisation package. The leader and founder, a software and mechanical engineer educated in technology systems, works with a well-traveled team, who utilize their experience and expertise to help you gain unseen advantages in the vacation rental space. Their proprietary software detects when properties, similar to yours, become in demand. From that data, the manager can determine when to increase or lower prices to attract visitors. Your price structure will be evaluated daily. Things like days of the week, seasons, and events will factor into the overall rate revisions. 2. 24/7 An Airbnb manager in Melbourne never rests when it comes to your listing. In addition to rate optimisation, a system member responds to Airbnb inquiries in a few minutes and never more than one hour later. If a visitor should need help, the concierge service is always available whether it’s 2 o'clock in the morning or Christmas day. Consumers like speed and quick responses on their platforms. Instant Book is another feature many guests like and look for, so the program supports it and maintains the booking calendar. 3. Professional Showcasing This company uses professional photographers to make the property stand out. Pictures are one of the top reasons consumers select certain Airbnbs, and the Handsfree professional team of photographers are aware of the guest and owner's needs. They have perfected the art of real estate photography. The photographers will highlight the best features and functions of the property, home, and each room. After the photos, the listing needs to be compelling, entertaining, and factual. Creative marketing experts create pieces that draw visitors in. The photographs married with the listing are strategically designed to capture more guests and increase your occupancy rate. 4. Style and Furniture Not every Airbnb is rent ready. Another service offered includes recommendations on interior decorating and settings. Interior designers are professionals who can place pieces to create warm, inviting areas or make space feel airy and open. They decorate with colors, fabrics, and lighting. Along with professional styling advice, there is a program for furniture delivery and setup. If you have a vacant home and want to use it as an Airbnb, the designers can select and set up an entire home or room depending on your individual needs. The setups range from lower cost settings to make a home functional, mid-priced for comfort and convenience, to high-end luxury packages for estates, penthouses, and apartments. To make the process even more accessible, an owner does not need to be there. The managers will coordinate the delivery and arrangements. 5. Arrivals Concierges will graciously greet the guest. The professional greeters work around the clock so they can always be available on the visitor’s schedule. Guests that have a hassle-free check-in and out will usually note that in the reviews; this could lead to higher ratings. As well as being there upon arrival, the concierge will walk the guests through the home and explain the features. If you opted for the house manual or hamper, they will be set out prominently for the visitors. Hampers can be wine and cheese, local treats, or entire meals. After the tour, the greeter will share some location tips and area hotspots. No worries after the guest have departed because of the various key-safe products used by this company. 6. Cleaning and Replenishing A big job after visitors leave is the laundry. There are sheets, bedding, blankets, towels, and mats to launder. The staff at Airbnb Handsfree will exchange the linens. The replacements will be hotel quality. Housekeeping will clean the building to hotel specifications from top to bottom. Cleanings include kitchen, bedrooms, living spaces, and baths. While cleaning, restocking will occur. Items in the kitchen, such as tea towels, coffee, tea, and sugar are replenished. As well as bath toiletries, which include soaps, shampoos, and paper goods. The property and rooms will be quickly left spotless and restocked for the next group. 7. Getting Started Getting property physically ready to list, registering with Airbnb, stocking the house, and taking pictures can be a daunting task. Let the professionals help you whether you are just getting started or you have been running along by yourself for a while and realize there may be a better way. If the property is listed under other websites, the system can handle the juggling act for you. Vetting parameters can be established and adjusted to your wishes. Whether you are new to the rental market, have an empty house and want to do something with it, or moving away and need to be absentee rental holders, all of the staff at Airbnb Handsfree will work together to create the valuable property for you. Current serviced locations are Brisbane, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney. The goal is to achieve a booked calendar at maximum rates coupled with a 5-star status, which helps foster a steady stream of guests at the best possible prices. High ratings are achieved when the property is as described in the listing, checking in and out is easy, the hosts are available, and the property is clean and well stocked. It takes a combination of actions to make happy guests and get a 5-star rating, and it takes consistency to keep it. Contact Airbnb Handsfree to get your property to this elite level today. Artist and Model Unite For Launch of Plastic Free Bondi 2018-10-14T23:19:15Z artist-and-model-unite-for-launch-of-plastic-free-bondi FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 15th October 2018 Internationally acclaimed artist Marina DeBris and marine scientist and model Laura Wells have joined forces to launch Plastic Free Bondi, a campaign that aims to reduce single-use plastic in Bondi, on Saturday 20th of October. Attendees can help eco-artist Marina Debris transform rubbish found during the event’s beach clean into a sculpture. Ms Wells will be the event’s ‘Takeaway Queen’, modelling one of Ms Debris wearable artworks created entirely from discarded take-away packaging. “A lot of plastic packaging that we as individuals end up with is due to unnecessary over-packaging of food. But the answer is simple: get educated – look and shop for better choices and carry your own reusable items. It makes a huge difference to your own plastic footprint and what ends up in landfill.” said Wells. Along with cigarettes, drink containers and takeaway food packaging makes up more than 60 per cent of the litter found across Australia. Plastic Free Bondi‘s goal is to reduce single-use plastic found in the coastal area. A recent survey of local businesses conducted as part of Waverley Council’s “Bondi Unwrapped” program, showed that 90% of local cafes felt that litter adversely affects the community. Campaign Leader Dr. Alicia Lloyd said “The majority of businesses are willing to allow customers to bring their own containers, thereby reducing waste altogether, but only 5% of their customers actually bring their own containers” “By helping businesses and empowering customers, this is a gap we aim to close.” Plastic free Bondi hopes to encourage businesses in the local community to transition away from single-use plastic by providing the resources, education and inspiration to do so. “We’re launching this campaign in Bondi because we know locals and visitors love the ocean and getting salty is an important part of our lifestyle. While we all want to protect the ocean, making the right sustainable choices can be difficult which is why Plastic Free Bondi is here to help.” Dr. Lloyd said. Plastic Free Bondi launches at 2pm, Saturday October 20thon Bondi Beach (near the lifeguard tower). Find out more on Plastic Free Bondi’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeBondi/ About Plastic Free Bondi Plastic Free Bondi’s mission is to support Bondi residents, businesses and visitors to kick the plastic habit and in the process, inspire other communities around the world to do the same. Over summer 2018-19, Plastic Free Bondi will engage with hundreds of local cafes and restaurants to encourage them to choose sustainable alternatives to single-use packaging. Plastic Free Bondi is a community-driven movement, led by a team of locals who are committed to protecting this paradise we call home. The project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. This project is also funded by Waverley Council. Media Contact: Alicia Lloyd E: plasticfreebondi@gmail.com P: 0438 259 295 Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeBondi/ Launch event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/306066476847931/ Indigenous Scholarship in NDIS Business Development helps close the gap in Indigenous health and leadership 2018-10-09T20:11:48Z indigenous-scholarship-in-ndis-business-development-helps-close-the-gap-in-indigenous-health-and-leadership Applications for the 2019 Growing Potential Indigenous Scholarship in the field of National Disability Insurance Scheme Business Development are now open.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country with an interest in disability services are encouraged to apply. This is the second round in a series of four scholarships, borne out of a joint initiative between Growing Potential Limited and the University of New England (UNE) aimed at strengthening Indigenous leadership in the disability sector. Chief Executive Officer Mr Otto Henfling said that Growing Potential is dedicated to empowering Indigenous people in all areas of their lives. “With our commitment to disability and Indigenous services through our Windaan and Growing Early Minds services, we saw a need to help others build their Indigenous businesses in the NDIS and disability space.  Mr. Henfling said. “The scholarship is our way of giving back; to help Indigenous people reach their education and leadership goals so they can provide disability and NDIS support to their own communities.”  The scholarship will support an Indigenous recipient to study UNE’s Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development.  This two-year, part-time course was developed by UNE in consultation with the disability sector to help organisations adapt to the new NDIS client-centred business model.  The content is highly relevant to industry and equips students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the issues affecting the disability sector, in particular, legal processes and obligations applicable to organisational business development priorities in the NDIS. The scholarship has proved very beneficial to the inaugural recipient, Carroll Towney of Galambila Aboriginal Health Services, who continues to go from strength to strength.  “The course is giving me greater knowledge for responding to the needs of our clients with disabilities so we can give our mob the best possible outcomes.” Carroll said.  Applications for the 2019 Scholarship close on 31 October 2018. The finalist will be announced at a Scholarship Ceremony to be held in March 2019. For more information and to apply for the Scholarship, please visit  https://growingpotential.org.au/scholarship/.     The Original West Enders perform Semaphore Music Festival 2018-09-13T03:50:43Z the-original-west-enders-perform-semaphore-music-festival The Original West Enders - Live At The Cumby - Stage Alphabet 7:00pm - 11:30pm Thursday 27th September, Friday 28th September and Saturday 29th September 2018 Cumberland Hotel - 76 Causeway Road - Glanville SA - 08 8242 7736 Visit Live At The Cumby Website @LiveAtTheCumby Facebook and @LiveAtTheCumby Twitter Featuring Dominic Anthony Guida Band, Darren Constable with Wormwood, Potoč and Adam Cocca $10 per evening tickets Buy Tickets Here  The Cumby located in Glanville was established in 1870 with new publican Michael Parker driving live original music. On the original music fron Michael is also creating opportunity for performers that have written music but whom have had to perform covers most of their lives to make ends meet bringing up families and never having their original material heard. These local artists will be recorded Live At The Cumby and released on electronic platforms through the newly formed Port Adelaide based Sly Grog Records and Distributed to the world by Ditto Music. To deliver Sly Grog Records into the world, Michael has teamed up with long time music business manager and promoter Darrel Baird from Blue Tongue Management whom has worked with The Angels, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Brewster Brothers, Kevin Borich, Monshine Jug and String Band, The Radiators, Adrain Belew (USA), former AC/DC and current Rose Tattoo Bassist Mark Evans, The Brown Brothers, Darren Jack and a host of youth acts across Australia over 21 years. The inaugural session titled The Original West Enders is supported by West End Brewery and launches at the Semaphore Music Festival 27th September 2018 Boasting two new purpose built stages, Live At The Cumby 'Stage Alphabet’ inside the venue has been named and dedicated to celebrate the life of legendary West End promoter Romauld Josep Szewczuwianiec (R.I.P). or Ron Alphabet as he was better known, for his massive input into the music industry in the region since the 70’s and for his 30 years of service to The Cumberland Hotel. (Ron was quoted by Jimmy Barnes as giving Cold Chisel their first break). Stage Alphabet will be graced with electric Rock, Blues, Rockabilly, Punk, Metal, Country and Psychedelic/Experimental bands. The second stage, situated in the revamped beer garden, now with its own bar and disabled facilities, 'Live At The Garden', will feature acoustic and light electric performers and different genre including blues, country, folk and adult contemporary throughout the summer of 2018/19. The front of the venue is currently being constructed into new outdoor alfresco dining experience ready for the Semaphore Music Festival on the September long-weekend. The Original West Enders is all about bringing together local song writing musicians of Adelaide’s western coastal suburbs to perform live, record and release their original music. Sponsored by West End Breweries and The Cumberland Hotel, proprietor of Live At The Cumby Michael Parker is dedicated to raising opportunity for the regions amazingly talented musicians whom have for the most part, not had a lot of opportunity to have their original songs recorded and released. As a result the formation of Port Adelaide based record label Sly Grog Records. The shows will be delivered and recorded Live At The Cumby on 'Stage Alphabet’ https://www.facebook.com/originalwestenders      The Original West Enders Website The inaugural line-up for The Original West Enders event held over three nights during the Semaphore Festival @LiveAtTheCumby are as below: Dominic Anthony Guida who has held a professional career spanning over 25 years Dominic has travelled extensively performing nationally and internationally. As an accomplished guitarist and inspiring singer Dominic covers many styles of music including, pop, rock, blues, country, jazz, soul and reggae. As a songwriter, Dominic has recorded his own music as well as performed with such artists as Suzi Quatro, Wendy Mathews, Neil Sedaka, Glenn Shorrock, Phil Emmanuel, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson and Daryl Braithwaite to name a few. http://www.dominicanthony.com.au      http://www.facebook.com/dominicanthonyofficial    http://twitter.com/domanthonymusic Wormwood featuring Darren Constable will be performing in this reformed late 90’s Adelaide band with original progressive rock songs that shout that era's experimental times. Darren‘s performances have spanned 30 years and this show will be showcasing his original works from through-out his career https://www.facebook.com/darrenconstablesolo Potoč (pronounced Potoch) has spent his music career writing away on his own compositions pretty much in secret hidden away in the family den on the Lefevre Peninsula while performing cover songs to the locals. This talented musicians style is best described as rock on a country guitar by a classically trained musician, Potoč delivers his song lines with his pristine alto vocals. Haven never been given the chance to record and release his original music, this leather clad performer will be showcasing his music at The Semaphore Festival Live At The Cumby. https://www.facebook.com/Steve-Simon-Potočnik-754758657971910/ Adam Cocca first performed in the 1980’s pub rock band Woodstock and later joined High Voltage. Adam has been performing across Adelaide with Acoustic Blonde, however, Adams song writing has been on going through his career with no vehicle to deliver his original music live until now. One voice, one guitar and a whole heap of feel is what you’ll get from this unique and entertaining artist as he performs a selection of his own compositions during The Semaphore Festival.