The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-06T03:08:40Z Australian Skincare Product Brings Home Editor’s Choice in 2019 Beauty Shortlist Awards… Again! 
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 6th March 2019 The Annual Beauty Shortlist Awards has announced the winners after six months of thoroughly testing ethical, natural and eco-friendly beauty products from over 30 countries. Since starting in 2012 in the UK, the awards have become the most trusted in the industry by consumers. Claiming to be 100% sponsorship, advertisement and partnership free, the aim is to actively seek out ethical brands on the market and undergo intense testing and judging by an international judging panel of industry leaders from the UK, USA and Australia. Paudha Healing was created by Valley Heights local Renee Tilley while studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). Renee discovered the incredible healing properties of herbs and plants growing wild and in abundance around her home in the Blue Mountains - often being considered weeds! Renee went on to study cosmetic chemistry to combine her in depth knowledge of herbs with advanced chemical formulations to create skincare products that were safe and effective for all skin types. Hand made in the Blue Mountains using locally sourced Australian Certified Organic ingredients wherever possible and accredited as a cruelty free skincare company by Choose Cruelty Free Australia. Paudha Healing’s Nourish & Repair Face Oil also won the Editor’s Choice Award in 2017. This blend has been carefully selected to provide deep healing and moisturizing, fight signs of premature ageing, reduce redness and is suitable for ALL skin types. “Our Nourish & Repair Face Oil continues to be one of our top selling products each month and winning this award back in 2017 and for the second time in 2019, really confirms what our customers are saying about this amazing oil.” Says Renee Tilley, Owner and Director of Paudha Healing. Nourish & Repair Face Oil Contains: Certified Organic Jojoba Oil Certified Organic Rosehip CO2 Extract Certified Organic Calendula Flower Extract Certified Organic Sunflower Seed Oil Certified Organic Rosemary Extract Certified Organic Frankincense Essential Oil Rose Geranium Essential Oil RRP: $33 for 30mls. For more information on this multi award-winning product click here. Paudha Healing is looking to expand its network of retail stockists with the goal of being readily available in all states across Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2019. “I have been using this oil now for over 12 months and am totally thrilled with the results! I used to use a good quality anti aging cream but this oil is giving me better results by far! I love this product so much” Karmell via website. “5 stars plus for this amazing oil. After turning 40 I found my skin changed dramatically, becoming dry and showing sun spots. After using this oil for a month, my spots are disappearing and my skin feels nourished and glowing. I no longer wear foundation on a day to day basis. I am in love with this product!” Nicole via website. For samples or media enquiries contact: Renee Tilley Owner/Director Paudha Healing 0416 212 889 Ocean Lovers Come Clean. 2019-02-15T01:39:36Z ocean-lovers-come-clean OCEAN LOVERS COME CLEAN. REDUCING OUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT. FOSTERING THE BYO REUSABLES CULTURE. Plastic Free Bondi and Sydney Water are helping tackle the issue of plastic waste of on Sydney’s waterways and beaches with the Beat the Bottle beach clean-up from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, 16 February at Bondi Beach. Let the rhythmic sounds of percussion group Jackyard Beats entertain you as you collect litter along the beach with like-minded ocean lovers. There will be face painting for the kids and plenty of opportunities to help raise awareness of the impact of plastics on our beaches, oceans and waterways. Lauren Hockey, founding volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi, said: “Our growing community is raising awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and empowering businesses and individuals to reduce single-use plastics”. Dr Alicia Lloyd, Project Manager, Plastic Free Bondi, said the most common types of plastic waste seen at beaches were cigarette butts and plastic food packaging. “We hope that involving the community during the clean-up will inspire people to ‘be the change’ that they wish to see for our oceans,” Dr Lloyd said. Sermin Erden, local business engagement volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi? said the easiest way to reduce plastic bottle pollution in our waterways and beaches is to refuse single use plastics and always choose to reuse and refill. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Waverley Council support Plastic Free Bondi and the Beat the Bottle initiative. To learn more and to register for the free event, visit Dr Alicia Lloyd, Lauren Hockey and Sermin Erden are available for interviews. For all media inquiries, please contact Dr Lloyd on 0438 259 295 or For images and media assets, visit: QUICK STATISTICS About 480 billion plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 – that’s the equivalent of a million bottles per minute. Less than half of these bottles were collected for recycling (source: The Guardian). NSW and Queensland are among the nation’s biggest litterers (source:Keep Australia Beautiful Litter Index25 January 2018). Sydney Water removes more than 1 million plastic bottles from Sydney’s waterways each year – before they get to our beaches. Globally, there are around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic going into the oceans each year (source: The Conversation 2015). The UN estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Sydney has some of the strictest drinking water monitoring standards in the world. It undergoes 70 different tests before it reaches our taps. It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water. Most water bottles end in landfill accounting for 38% of the total rubbish volume. Drinking water has 1% the environmental impact of bottled water. Bottled water production makes 600 times more carbon dioxide than drinking water. Drinking an average of 8 cups of water a day saves 1,825 litres of water that would have been used to produce bottled water. Nine Ways the Airbnb Manager of Melbourne Can Help You Garner Better Reviews 2019-02-13T09:35:20Z nine-ways-the-airbnb-manager-of-melbourne-can-help-you-garner-better-reviews-1 Do you have a home that you make available as an Airbnb? If so, you probably know of at least a few other homeowners in your area who also have Airbnbs. You understand that most people who are looking for an Airbnb are paying close attention to the reviews of former guests. Hiring an Airbnb manager in Melbourne can be the first step toward earning more positive reviews for your accommodations. Discover nine ways that hiring this type of manager can help you move toward the five-star rating your Airbnb deserves. 1. Provide Fast, First-Rate Customer Service Most Airbnb guests want to know their questions will be answered in a timely fashion. This is true even if they don’t have any questions that come to mind! Excellent communication is a critical part of providing first-rate customer service. So, whether a guest has a question about an appliance in the home or wants some suggestions on where to find a great restaurant that serves Italian food, the person wants an answer right away. Our property management service provides a concierge who responds to guests’ questions and/or issues within an hour. In addition, if there is a maintenance issue in the home, guests have 24/7 access to staff members who can help. First-rate customer service means your guests never have to feel they are on their own if a question or issue arises. 2. Treat Your Guests Like Friends Some people prefer to stay in an Airbnb because it feels more personal than a hotel. We make your guests feel like friends by giving them a warm welcome no matter when they arrive at your Airbnb. We let them know right away that we are glad they chose your Airbnb for their stay! A weary guest who has traveled a long way to your Airbnb is sure to be touched by the welcome they receive upon arrival. This may be the precise thing that earns your Airbnb a five-star rating from your guests. 3. Provide Guests with a Clean, Well-Stocked Airbnb When guests open the door to your Airbnb, they’ll be greeted by a collection of clean rooms as well as stocked bathrooms and kitchen. When your previous guests check out, we send a team of cleaners into your Airbnb to clean each of the rooms in a thorough way. The work of our cleaners is up to the standard of a cleaning team in a hotel. Also, our cleaning team restocks the basics in the kitchen as well as the bathrooms. So, a tired guest checking into your Airbnb will have things like sugar for their coffee, clean linens and bottles of shampoo for a quick shower. All of these small details combine to leave your guests with a favorable impression of your Airbnb. 4. Make Check-In Convenient for Tired Guests Guests who experience a stress-free, quick check-in process will surely be left with an excellent impression of your Airbnb. You have access to a key safe for your Airbnb which allows your guests to access a key without delay. This key safe gives you peace of mind about the security of your home’s keys and gives guests a quick way to settle in for their stay. 5. Create Ads That Speak to Potential Guests The first look at your Airbnb comes via its advertisement. So, why not make your listing as appealing as it can be? We take professional photographs in order to set a pleasant scene inside your Airbnb. We want potential guests to imagine themselves enjoying a relaxing stay in your home. We also describe your Airbnb and its surroundings in an appealing way to enhance the look of the photos. 6. Make Your Airbnb Easy to Find Online Creating an enticing advertisement for your Airbnb isn’t much good if it doesn’t come up early in an online search. So, we study search engine algorithms in an effort to place your Airbnb high up in the search results. Most potential guests don’t want to dedicate a lot of time looking for a beautiful Airbnb with positive reviews. That’s why we work to optimize your online search results. 7. Add an Extra Touch of Style to Your Place The style and appearance of the furnishings in your Airbnb contribute to its comfortable atmosphere. We can evaluate the furnishings in your home and advise you on how you can make your Airbnb look even more stylish. Our decorating is done according to your budget. Your guests will appreciate the beautiful décor as they enjoy their time in your Airbnb. 8. Create a House Manual to Make Your Guests Feel at Home When your guests check into your Airbnb, we provide them with a colorful, house manual. If a guest needs to know where to find a certain item in your home or wants to learn more about a feature in your home, the house manual can be very helpful. The house manual is professionally-crafted and is yet another way to let guests know they are staying in a special place. 9. Show Your Guests You Appreciate Them All of the above services combine to convey appreciation to guests staying in your Airbnb. But, why not take that appreciation a step further? We can arrange to leave a hamper of goodies in your Airbnb for arriving guests to enjoy. This hamper could contain wine, cheese or delicious breakfast items. What a pleasant sight for guests to see as they open the door to your Airbnb! Finally, with the improved online reviews of your Airbnb you’re likely to enjoy favorable word of mouth reviews. You may even start to see some guests return for a stay in your Airbnb on a yearly or seasonal basis! Going out of your way to show great appreciation for your guests can benefit your Airbnb in countless ways. Market the Heart in Wangaratta 2019-02-12T06:26:15Z market-the-heart-in-wangaratta Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts Connect series heads to Wangaratta on Sunday 24 February and Whitfield on Saturday 23 March as part of a program fostering skills and collaborations between regional artists. Arts Connect Wangaratta: Market the Heart, a day-long workshop presented by John Paul Fischbach (CEO of Auspicious Arts Incubator and author of No More Starving Artists: How to Master Your Art, Your Life and Build Your Business), inspires local artists, arts organisations and event coordinators with innovative marketing strategies. The series responds to the needs of artists, arts organisations and event coordinators within the community. Attendees of John Paul’s Arts Connect marketing sessions in 2019 said they, “would jump at attending another session like this,” and, “[he] taught me to look at my practice in a different way. Turn it upside down and start from there.” Arts Connect Whitfield is a one day professional development intensive that brings artists and community leaders together to extend their knowledge. Panel discussions, presentations and case studies will address needs specific to the region such as building creative networks, volunteer fatigue, pricing artistic work and others.  Director of Partnerships at Regional Arts Victoria Liz Zito says that the Arts Connect Series supports regional artists and arts organisations to realise their ambitions.  "Regional artists across Victoria are creating outstanding, innovative work. The Arts Connect Series supports the promotion of that work, allowing it to have a life outside of its local community,” Ms Zito said. “Each Arts Connect event is tailored for its community, building on local strengths and working to address local needs. It has become a means to strengthen local creative leadership and build stronger connections throughout a network of creative people across the state.” The Arts Connect Series is supported by Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund and Regional Arts Victoria, with partnership support from Local Government Authorities and Regional Arts Victoria’s members. The Arts Connect Series expands upon Regional Arts Victoria’s Regional Cultural Forums that ran from 2012-2016, and continues Regional Arts Victoria’s commitment to providing professional development opportunities and support for regional artists. Locally, this event is supported by the Rural City of Wangaratta. Find out more about the Arts Connect Series, and stay up to date with upcoming events, by visiting our website. EVENT DETAILS Arts Connect Wangaratta: Market the Heart Sunday 24 February 2019 09.30am – 5.00pm Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Cnr Ford & Ovens StreetsWangaratta VIC 3677 FREE, but bookings are essential.   Arts Connect Whitfield Saturday 23 March 2019 10.00am – 5.00pm King Valley Community Complex Lot 2 Mansfield-Whitfield RoadWhitfield VIC 3733 FREE, but bookings are essential. -- Regional Arts Victoria is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations in Victoria and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria. We are inspired by arts across the state, and through partnerships, programming and projects, we develop creative practice all over Victoria. -- SESAME STREET CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AND COUNTING 2019-02-05T00:14:34Z sesame-street-celebrates-50-years-and-counting It all began in 1969 on a street where colorful Muppets and humans lived -- and learned -- side by side.  Today, 50 years later, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, announced a yearlong anniversary celebration to mark the occasion. Throughout 2019, Sesame Workshop will bring people together around the timeless lessons that Sesame Street has always taught:  everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity – and joy.   Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question: could television be used to level the playing field and help prepare less advantaged children for school? The founders tapped educational advisors and researchers, entertainers and television producers, and other visionaries to create what became the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  Ever since, Sesame Street has helped children around the world to learn, feel included and respect others. With a curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of every new generation, it is now a force for good in over 70 languages and 150 countries.   “This is a remarkable milestone for kids, for education and for television. Sesame Street has now brought the life-changing benefits of early learning to children around the globe for 50 years,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder knows no geographic boundaries. We’re everywhere families are and we never stop innovating and growing. That’s what keeps us timeless.”   The anniversary will bring people together through social impact initiatives, digital campaigns, and community events that reflect Sesame Street’s unifying messages. Throughout 2019, fans and families around the world can join their favorite furry friends in celebrating Sesame Street’s past, present, and future, with:   A 50th television season which focuses on the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes.   An expansion of the growing Sesame Street in Communities initiative, addressing issues including substance abuse and foster care to better support vulnerable children and families.   The launch of a new local version of Sesame Street created for displaced Syrian families and their new neighbours in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, as part of a large-scale early childhood intervention in the region.   A signature research report that will explore an important issue facing kids and families today.   Celebrity and fan-fueled social media campaigns including #ThisIsMyStreet, showcasing favorite Sesame Street memories.   New collaborations across fashion, lifestyle, and themed entertainment for Sesame Street fans of all ages.   “We’re often asked what Sesame Street’s legacy will be,” said Joan Ganz Cooney, Co-Founder. “To me, a legacy is when something’s over…and this isn’t over.”   “Sesame Street had a profound impact on children’s media, setting a template that the industry has followed for generations,” said Lloyd Morrisett, Co-founder. “Fifty years later, Sesame Workshop continues to deliver on its mission every day, across multiple platforms, on six continents. We started as an experiment - and it worked.”   Sesame Workshop will release details about upcoming events and activities throughout the year. In the meantime, Sesame friends and fans can always stay in touch on   ###   About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit   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 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 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 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  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: 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: 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 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 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   TO INTERVIEW BETTINA ARNDT email 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   AN EVENING WITH DUSTIN MARTIN MELBOURNE & HOBART December 9 & 14 2018   AN EVENING WITH STEVEN SEAGAL SYDNEY & MELBOURNE February 1 & 2 2019   ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER  MELBOURNE March 15-17 2019     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, 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:   ENDS   For all media requests, please contact: Erin Sing  | Marsico  | 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.