The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-04T08:21:50Z SANDY PAWS & WAGGING TAILS RETURN TO FIRST POINT 2017-10-04T08:21:50Z sandy-paws-amp-wagging-tails-return-to-first-point The VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Championships will be back on the shores of Laguna Bay Noosa for a seventh consecutive year in 2018. A firm favourite for not just locals, but also national and international visitors to Noosa, images and film of the dogs are shared across the world to hundreds of thousands of viewers. The surfing dogs will once more be donning their rash vests, zinc-ing up their noses and taking to the waves, but this time with a couple of new tricks up their furry sleeves! VetShopAustralia will be running free workshops in the lead-up to next year’s event, perennial competitor Paul Jones sharing tips and skills for surfing dogs and their two-legged co-pilots. All are invited to these unique workshops, helping owners to better connect with their dogs through standup paddling, as well as back on dry land, assisting and improving training and bonding skills. After a busy year, ‘Mr DogSurf’, Chris De Aboitiz, and his SupDogOz team are looking forward to returning to Noosa next March: “The Noosa Festival with the VetShopAustralia team was such a good vibe this year,” says Chris. “We loved the massive turn out of people at Noosa for the Dog Spectacular. “SupDogOz kicked off the year with a great dog workshop tour. It was awesome to capture the key dog training tips to share in our upcoming training videos. We even taught ‘Bondi Vet’, Dr Chris Brown how to surf with Gypsy the dog.” As if hosting workshops across the country and presenting the Noosa Festival’s Surfing Dog Championship wasn’t enough, Chris has been teaching his old dogs new tricks, elevating above the waves with his canine companions on SUPs and kiteboards mounted with hydrofoils. The relatively new phenomenon of foil surfing is taking the world by storm, and Chris and his four-legged friends weren’t going to be left behind. With the right conditions and a little luck, Chris will be demonstrating this gravity-defying new talent to the ever-appreciative Noosa crowd in 2018. To top off his jam-packed 2017, De Aboitiz and his dog team set a new world record: “So stoked we did it,” Chris enthuses. “It took 25 dogs, a former world champion tandem surfer and an oversize standup paddleboard to break the rather peculiar world record. We trained and prepared to get the dogs onto a 17ft SUP to set the record for the most dogs surfing on a board, and the whole thing was recorded by the Queensland Weekender TV show!” The Surfing Dog Championships have always had a strong focus on promoting pet health and care, and this year VetShopAustralia is excited to announce Simparica as its co-sponsor. Providing water-resistant flea and tick protection for all sizes of hydro hounds in a convenient and tasty chew, Simparica is the perfect partner for the aquatic antics of our canine counterparts. With SupDogOz launching a video series of dog training solutions later this year and De Aboitiz once more hosting a ‘SUP with Your Pup’ workshop prior to the main event on Sunday 11 March next year, there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to get involved and excited for the 2018 VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Championships. Find out more about VetShopAutsralia and SupDogOz at www.surfingdogspectacular.com.au For more information on the Noosa Festival of Surfing, please visit: www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com REDBALLOON BREAKS WORLD RECORD WITH 320 SURFING SANTAS AT BONDI 2015-12-15T00:36:25Z redballoon-breaks-world-record-with-320-surfing-santas-at-bondi RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience gift retailer, has organised a beach spectacle showcasing a truly Aussie Christmas experience: 320 surfing Santas at Bondi!   The new record for the “world’s largest surf lesson” was officially announced by Guinness World Records at Bondi Beach this morning, after 320 locals paddled out and participated in a 30 minute surf lesson from RedBalloon supplier ‘Let’s Go Surfing’.   In the spirit of the festive season, RedBalloon invited Bondi locals, surfing communities and more to participate in the free event and to become part of the world record books.   Nick Baker, CEO of RedBalloon, said: “Surfing in December truly highlights the Australian summer Christmas. We were really excited to work with ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and with Bondi locals to break this record and to share an unforgettable RedBalloon experience with all 320 who participated. Today was a great example of what RedBalloon stands for at Christmas - that the best gifts cannot be wrapped."   Further spreading the spirt of Christmas, RedBalloon is donating $10 for every participant in the 250 needed to break the record to ‘One Wave’, a non-profit Bondi surf community raising awareness for mental health. Nick Baker said, “One Wave are an inspiring organisation that does fantastic work with the community. We are thrilled to be able to support this like-minded group that understands the importance of positive experience to wellbeing.”   Surf lessons are just one of the thousands of experiences offered by RedBalloon this Christmas. With the 25th of December just around the corner, RedBalloon is making it easier for Australians to find truly special presents with an expanded range of over 3,000 experiential and personalised gifts. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers will be available throughout the whole festive season, meaning last minute shoppers can purchase unique and meaningful presents right up to Christmas morning.   Visit www.redballoon.com.au for the great suggestions on personalised gifts and experiences.  END  ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001 with the vision of delivering experience activities as gifts. Today it offers more than 3000 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au.Further Information: Andrew Kingsford-Smith, akingsford-smith@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2138 / 0411 424 186   Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T22:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 | pepper@decpr.com.au    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List. Australia’s largest electronics manufacturer launches first product on global crowdfunding platform 2015-11-21T01:21:14Z australia-s-largest-electronics-manufacturer-launches-first-product-on-global-crowdfunding-platform E3 Style the country’s largest product developer of consumer electronics has announced they will launch their first product, the MiGear ExtremeX Shot 5 action camera, via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo this week.Founder of the company Vanessa Garrard says the move makes sense on many levels. “We see crowd funding as a fantastic platform for us to reach out directly to early adopters of tech products and obtain valuable feedback during the product development phase.” The Brisbane based company has partnered with crowdfunding specialist agency, The Creative Collective to launch the campaign, who have so far achieved two hugely successful campaigns via crowdfunding raising $200k over a 45 day period for a 21 year old techpreneur from Lithgow, NSW in April this year with the Nextear wireless earphones, and $100k over a 30 day period for a 27 year old from Brisbane, QLD in September this year with the Alice in Wonderland 150 year anniversary book. The first product to be released via crowdfunding platform for E3 Style will be the MiGear ExtremeX Shot 5 4K action camera, which features specifications that exceed other branded action cameras in the market.  The Shot 5 action camera is fully waterproof without the need for a separate case, it also has a vivid 2” LCD Display so you can instantly view your video footage it is also jam packed with loads of other features including GPS and geo tagging, WIFI so you can instantly share your footage on social media and to top it off, it has 4K recording at 30 frames per second. It will eventually retail at $399 but people who back the crowdfunding campaign will gain access to discounted early bird special of $279.   Though to date both E3 Style and MiGear ExtremeX (which is just one of the company’s many tech brands) are relatively unknown, E3 Style actually sells more action cameras in Australia every year than any competitor. Garrard believes this is because the company consistently offer feature rich products that offer better value for consumers. “Our mantra is to bring products to the market at a mainstream price point. Whatever is on trend we’ll bring out something that has great specs, if not better, at a more affordable price point.  Garrard should know about tech consumer trends. 1 in 2 people in Australia now have one of her products (around 13 million products are in the AU/NZ marketplace alone), and E3 Style are the largest private labeled supplier of consumer electronics, the largest supplier of technology focused on youth in Australia and the company’s products dominate the largest amount of retail space in electronics stores around Australia. Vanessa herself is a mother of four children aged 4, 5, 7 and 10 years old.   The Indiegogo campaign will commence on 20 November US time. A limited number of media samples of the product can be made available after the product release. If you are interested in receiving one of these,please complete the form here. See the crowdfunding page here. Also see the company’s website athttp://www.migearextremex.com/ and social channels: ·       www.facebook.com/migearextremeX ·       www.twitter.com/migearextremex ·       www.instagram.com/migearrextremex ·       https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7lkZSUfmbNSkWb5C_xuBA     >ENDS< Media interested in arranging an interview or photos should contact Yvette Adams on 0405 022 977 or pr@thecreativecollective.com.au.   BIO ON VANESSA GARRARD Vanessa Garrard co-founded E3 Style in 2006, which is now Australia’s leading supplier of consumer electronics and accessories to the retail market. 1 in 2 Australians owns a product her company has developed.  Amassing a slew of achievements, Vanessa has been ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneur list every year since 2010, and was recognized for her entrepreneurial achievements in 2011 taking out the QLD Telstra Young Business Women’s Award. She has also topped the BRW Fast Starters and Fast 100 lists, and was named the Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Industry in 2013.  More recently, Vanessa was recognised with an Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence award, and she is also an Ambassador for StartUp Australia. Vanessa also has the global consumer electronics license for Warner Bros., allowing E3 to produce and sell products featuring Warner Bros. icons such as Scooby Doo, Superman and Batman. 5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone 2015-10-23T02:24:51Z 5-tips-on-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer). 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. Christmas Gift Ideas for people who love technology 2015-10-23T01:43:49Z christmas-gift-ideas-for-people-who-love-technology Picking the right gift for family and friends who love technology just got easier, with the release of new ideas to help them take their favourite device away camping, to school or even to work. Mophie H2Pro case for iPhone 6/6S and Lifeproof Fre Power Case have it all: military-grade tough, waterproof and dropproof tough case, with inbuilt rechargeable battery pack, so you get 100% extra battery life built into your case wherever you go. Powertraveller Powermonkey Expedition solar charger is a revolution in portable charging technology, bringing together multiple ways in which to naturally, yet efficiently generate power - all housed in strong, aluminium, waterproof casing. The waterproof (IP65 rated) powermonkey expedition houses a 10,500mAh lithium polymer battery which can be charged in three ways; via hand-powered crank, solar or via the international AC mains charger. Does your home or office have multiple devices to recharge every day? A charging station can charge up to 5 devices from one powerpoint. Griffin PowerDock 5 and BlueFlame 4 Device Charging Station can save space, time and sanity. Educational technology toys mean the kids won’t realise they are learning while they have fun. Osmo Game System brings iPad into the physical play, with interactive games for creative thinking and problem solving. LittleBits Electronics, including kits on space and Arduino, teaches them about circuitry, leading them to robotics, coding and much more. Working with iPad is so much easier with an inbuilt keyboard in a protective case. Zagg Slim Book case for iPad Air 2 has backlit keyboard to make working that bit easier, even in low light. Powered Life helps you maximise your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Protect your devices with the choice of best brand protective tough cases while recharging anywhere with solar and portable power. Reduce admin cost and time of managing multiple devices in your school or business with charge-sync solutions. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! Power up your Dad this Father's Day 2015-08-21T03:15:16Z power-up-your-dad-this-father-s-day Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and spend their time doing different types of things. Here are some great gift ideas for YOUR kind of Dad. Sporty Dad If Dad likes to bike or hike, he might like to take his mobile phone with him. MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra) often like to record their hard-earned kms so waterproof phone kit with a mount to keep it safe while he works the pedals is a great gift. Lifeproof has waterproof, drop proof, dust proof cases for mobile phones – so they are also Dad proof – including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. iPod users get protected too. Add on an optional mount kit so Dad has his phone on his bike, car, boat - anywhere.   Business Dad Mophie’s range of powered cases for mobile phones is legendary. Yes, you read right: built-in back-up battery in a protective case. Flick a switch and recharge anywhere. Stock available right now for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus as well as Samsung Galaxy S5. Lifeproof makes Dad even more powerful (get it??) with a waterproof PLUS powered case. Perfect for the endlessly busy Dad, the clumsy Dad; the travelling or tradie Dad. If Dad likes to recharge more than just his phone, check out the Mophie Powerstation XL which can recharge 2 devices at once, from its 12,000mAh rechargeable battery pack. Or a ruggedised powerstation with the Mophie Powerstation Pro, with a 6000mAh power bank that is drop proof and water resistant.   Adventure Dad Does Dad like to get out there in the wilds? Powertraveller portable power gear means Dad can venture far, while keeping in contact with his world, with solar and rechargeable power packs. Powermonkey Explorer 2 is crushproof, waterproof while Powermonkey Solarmonkey Adventurer has endless power for mobile devices. For the hardened explorer, the brand new Powermonkey Expedition power pack includes solar and hand crank recharge options. For the Dad who ventures overseas, the BlueFlame World Charger plus Portable Battery Pack can make simple work of recharging devices, with a single AC adaptor with international pins, plus a detachable portable pack to keep him recharged anywhere. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps you choose where to work or play. Use your mobile phone, tablet or notebook - anywhere, any time - with top brand portable power and tough cases for mobile devices including Lifeproof, Mophie, Powertraveller and much more. Solar chargers, waterproof mobile phone cases, kid-proof iPad/tablet cases. Glider Yachts Partners with Aalco Metals 2015-07-06T10:07:58Z glider-yachts-partners-with-aalco-metals Glider Yachts Limited, a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, has announced today that it has partnered with Aalco Metals to supply all of the major aluminium components for its SD18 sports yacht, which is currently being built by Burgess Marine and is to be publicly launched at Monaco boat show this September. "Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts and to this end we have assembled a team of highly innovative partners and suppliers, who are devoted to excellence and are regarded and accredited as being the best in their particular field," said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. Aalco supplies metals to the marine industry of the world’s highest marine standards and has provided specialist services to customers in this sector and allied industries, for many years. The metals for the debut Glider Yacht is being supplied from Aalco’s dedicated marine kit fabrication facility in Southampton, UK. "Aalco was selected as our metals supply partner due to the firm’s impressive track record in the marine industry and we are thrilled to be working with such an innovative leader in its field," continued Robert McCall. A particularly important and unique part of the Aalco offer is the company’s expertise in supplying marine ‘kits’, supplied shaped to size and ready for immediate assembly at the point of delivery, essential for this type of marine build. Simon Barron, General Manager, Aalco said: "Aalco is delighted to have been selected as the metals supplier to Glider Yachts, which is a very unique and exciting design that we are proud to be involved with." "Our unique approach means that the boat designer provides drawings that Aalco imports into our sophisticated cutting equipment. This produces precise cut pieces that are individually numbered and ready for welding. Our capability means that we can nest the component parts for the most efficient yield from the plates. Aalco supplies rider bars, bulb bars, keel sections, standard angles, channels and tees - indeed everything needed so that an entire hull, deck and superstructure can be built from a kit all sourced from the same supplier," continued Simon Barron. Aalco supplies ‘kits’ for many leading yacht manufacturers and recent interest from far eastern markets will continue its growth. Ends Notes for editors: There are a selection of accompanying images: Aalco  & Glider Yachts partnership celebration at Glider Yachts’ HQ – from left to right, Clive Bush – Aalco Metals, Southampton, Simon Barron, General Manager, Aalco Metals Southampton & Jeremy Chase, Aalco Metals, Southampton. About Aalco Metals Aalco is one of Europe’s largest independent stockholders, processors and distributors of Aluminium, aluminium extrusion, transition joints (Triplate®), stainless steels and copper alloys. It specialises in the supply of semi-finished metal products including bar, sheet, plate, tube, custom die extrusions and forgings to the marine, oil and gas and high tech industries. Aalco offers a complete processing service including plate and bar sawing, guillotining, waterjet, router and laser profiling. Its inventory covers a wide range of grades/alloys, shapes and sizes – both industry standards and special or bespoke items for particular applications or customer requirements. With offices in 18 locations around the UK including Southampton, Norwich, Hull and Aberdeen, all of which currently service the marine industry, Aalco is able to utilise its extensive distribution network to deliver guaranteed delivery on time and to customer specification. Please see www.aalco.co.uk for more information. About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | UK: +44 (0)161 923 4994 Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: USA on +1 (786) 374 2429 Aalco - UK Simon Trott, Shaw & Underwood PR E: simontrott@shawandunderwood.co.uk  - Tel: +44 (0)121 454 5584 Top 5 Family Activity Easter Holidays from Health and Fitness Travel 2015-03-25T01:46:00Z top-5-family-activity-easter-holidays-from-health-and-fitness-travel What most parents want this Easter is a fun-filled family activity holiday to burn off all the extra energy the kids have built up from all the Easter treats. From sports breaks in Thailand to active escapes in Portugal, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide, recommend their top five family activity holidays for the 2015 Easter break. A great time to venture abroad on a family getaway, with two consecutive four day weeks and without the peak summer prices, there are special offers available around the globe. Thailand: Thanyapura Escape on a family fitness holiday in Thailand with guaranteed fun for all the family. With a variety of sports academies and activities at the kids Tree Club, enjoy the chance to kick back and relax knowing the kids are well looked after whilst discovering a new sport or hobby. Take the time to unwind in the luxury spa, shoot some hoops on the basketball court or be put through your paces on the Athletics track, before making the most of family time with a family game of tennis or beach volleyball on an active fitness holiday for the whole family.   Croatia: Radisson Blu Challenge the family to a game of doubles tennis before cooling off in the spa’s lagoon swimming pool at this child-friendly resort nestled on the Croatian coastline. Winner of the SPA Traveller Award for two years running, the OCCO Spa features 30 luxurious experiences incorporating all-natural ingredients. A range of facilities including coal & salt saunas, aromatherapy steam room, and Thalassotherapy spa bath with 252 invigorative power jets, will leave you feeling ready to tackle anything. Featuring activities such as Banana Olympic relay games and face painting, the kids club will ensure the kids are active and entertained throughout the day on a healthy holiday for the whole family.   Portugal: Penha Longa This family friendly activity retreat can be found nestled within a stunning national nature reserve, not far from the coastal town of Cascais. Shape-up at the fitness centre with a yoga or Pilates class whilst the kids try their hands at tennis, golf, surfing or even horse riding lessons. The Rookie’s Kids Club Room offers an exciting program including picnics, cooking lessons and fashion nights, whilst the luxury spa invites the kids to join in with their own tailored spa treatments including a manicure, pedicure or a visit to the salon for a special occasion up-do.   Morocco: Paradis Plage You’ll be spoilt for choice on an affordable family holiday at the beach front destination of Paradis Plage in exotic Morocco. Boasting a whole host of beach side activities to entertain you all, the kids will love learning a new skill with organised surf lessons and canoeing. With a round-the-clock experienced babysitter service, mum and dad can take some time to focus on their health and fitness, knowing their little ones are well looked after. Make the most of your stay with complimentary access to all group activities and fitness classes, ranging from yoga to belly dancing and beach mountain walks.   Mauritius: Shanti Maurice   This award winning luxury resort with world class spa provides a welcoming environment and ideal setting for families to relax and enjoy time together. Situated on the untouched south coast of Mauritius, with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean, this healthy holiday offers a huge range of activities including water sports, tennis, golf, jogging, hiking, Pilates, cooking classes and more. The specially designed Kids Club comes with its own toddler’s pool, games room, computers, and PlayStations. Weekly activity programs include pursuits such as kid’s yoga, face painting and musical games.   For information about special offers available and booking at any of these properties and more visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au/family-holidays  or call 1300 551 353     -Ends-   For further information and hi-res imagery please email Samantha@healthandfitnesstravel.com.au or call 02 9021 0909 Notes to Editors:   Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel has also created their own collection of healthy holidays in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness and Discover Recover, offering clients the best value and holiday experience. For more information visit: www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au  Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter (@HFTravelAU) Follow us on InstagramJoin  us on Google+Follow us on Pinterest 360 PR Secure Shark Shield PR Account 2015-02-02T01:26:07Z 360-pr-secure-shark-shield-pr-account Today, we are very excited to announce that 360 PR  will be representing the public relations for Shark Shield, the world’s only proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent designed to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter.    The Shark Shield range of electrical shark deterrents are the result of over twenty years of scientific research by some of the world’s leading experts in sharks. Scientific tests of the Shark Shield, conducted using bait to attract sharks have shown that the Shark Shield reduces the chance of the shark moving closer than several feet from the device.   The technology behind Shark Shield devices sends pulses from the electrodes that interfere with the shark’s electroreceptor system, located in the shark’s snout. This results in muscular spasms and levels of discomfort to the shark, but does not harm it – Deterring it from coming too close.  Lindsay Lyon, Director of Shark Shield says, “We are focused on the environmental welfare of the ocean and its inhabitants. We believe that Shark Shield can reduce the culling of sharks directly by ultimately replacing shark nets, and indirectly by protecting all types of ocean users. These devices have no long-term effect on sharks or indeed any other creature.   “Shark Shield is increasing the levels of participation in water sports and we help make peoples working environment much safer – we provide peace of mind for individuals, families and employees so everyone can enjoy the world’s oceans,” said Lindsay.   It would be great if you could add us to your call-outs, our contact details are: Lisa Solomons: lisa@360pr.com.au or 0416 175 518 Jessica Durrington: jessica@360pr.com.au or 0423 833 814 Lydia San: lydia@360pr.com.au or 0432 205 309   Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information, expert opinion or images. Shark Shield is available at: www.sharkshield.com Teamster App Is a Sporty Tinder & Instagram Sandwich 2015-01-29T02:45:37Z teamster-app-is-a-sporty-tinder-amp-instagram-sandwich Melbourne, VIC, Australia (PRWIRE) January 29, 2015 Available today, the app Teamster offers users the ability to find people nearby to play sport with, as well as organise sports activities with friends and Teamster users. With 19 sports currently on offer, Teamster is designed for everyday runners, cyclists, ball or water sportsmen and women, as well as being a huge benefit to travellers. Whether the user is a beginner or an elite athlete, Teamster will find new training buddies and sort out who is coming to play on the weekend without having to ask everyone individually. After logging in through Facebook, users will be asked to select the sports they play and the skill level associated with each sport, from Level 1 (Beginner), to Level 5 (Elite). Teamster will then suggest the best suited people through its precise recommendation engine. The user can begin Tinder style swiping through the users who play the same sport, with a similar skill level, in their area. A swipe to the right will send a team request, while a swipe to the left will skip the user. On the Instagram inspired activity feed users will be able to see and join upcoming nearby activities that their teammates and other users have created for their selected sports, (an activity is a sports session with a set day, time, location, specific sport and level). The activity map reveals the same activities in a map format, with each activity displayed as a sports symbol in the location that the activity will be taking place. When any user joins an activity the creator will receive a notification, while all attendees will be reminded of the activity prior to the start time. To create an activity, the user clicks on the Instagram-like orange button in the centre of the bottom menu bar. The user can then enter the activity details; sport type, day & time, description, duration, location and select who can join the activity, (anyone, teammates and their friends or teammates only). Users also have the option of posting the activity to Facebook. “As an ex racing cyclist and runner, I realised there was room for a platform that would make it easier for sportsmen and women to connect and see what everyone is doing for the week, it’s something that I wish was created earlier” says 22 year old Teamster CEO and Co-Founder, Sam McCallum. The design and functionality of Teamster has a sporty feel to it, with users’ profile pages as an American style college locker, featuring a jersey with the user’s last name and the jersey number as the user’s age. Users are able to upload 5 profile photos and write a small bio which is all shared with other users. User privacy has been taken into consideration at every stage of Teamster’s development; users have the ability to block their profile from being seen and contacted by the opposite gender, while users between the ages of 13 and 17 will only be able to see other users within this age bracket. Teamster is currently available for free on iPhone & iPad, with the Android version coming soon. Please visit http://www.GoTeamster.com for more information on Teamster, including app videos, screenshots, a press kit, all social media accounts and a brief description on the development team behind Teamster. To install Teamster:    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teamster/id909633954?ls=1&mt=8 Travel gets a jump start 2015-01-20T03:30:17Z travel-gets-a-jump-start Whether you are travelling or just running a busy life with a car full of kids or clients, NOTHING wrecks the day more than a flat car battery. Or if it’s on the water, a boat battery that just won’t kick over, leaving you stranded, or ruining a perfect day’s fishing before it’s even begun. Times like these you wish you had the solution in your pocket. Well, now you can. PowerOn Portable Jump Start Kit is a small-sized lifesaver. It’s a jump start for your car, boat, bike or whatever, capable of jump starting your vehicle’s battery up to 20 times from a full charge. It takes up less than the space tor a set of jumper leads but can get you out of a tight spot in a minute. Of course, sometimes flat battery emergencies can be of the OTHER type, such as a flat mobile phone or iPad battery, leaving you uncontactable, or worse, having to listen to the kids argue in the back seat for the next 2 hours 48 minutes. So the PowerOn Jump start kit is also a power pack, ready to recharge any 5V/1.2A USB chargeable device from its massive 12000mAh battery pack. Plus the built-in safety LED torch, and your travels just became a whole lot easier. It can put out 86 lumens of light and up to 100 meters of illumination, with multiple illumination modes: torch, strobe light, and SOS. An emergency light capable of lasting up to 120 hours on a full charge! >> Find out more about PowerOn Portable Jump Start Kit here Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps travellers enjoy the outdoors and remote adventures while keeping their mobile devices charged and protected. From solar chargers and portable power packs, and drop-proof and waterproof protective cases for devices, to mounts for keeping your device anywhere, our products help you maximise your fun whether you are glamping or hiking mountains with goats. Live a powered life!  6 tips for buying a school-proof iPad case 2015-01-20T03:16:35Z 6-tips-for-buying-a-school-proof-ipad-case More schools are offering bring-your-own-device, or BYOD programs, for children to bring their own iPad to school to use in class teaching. This reduces the impact on the school’s budget, but also makes students and their parents responsible for protecting the iPad to, from and at school. So what should you consider for your school-going iPad? Here are our top 6 tips on what you should focus on. Protective case with genuine drop protection This iPad will be dropped. Face this fact right now. So you need to give it genuine protection from the inevitable – this is not the time for a cheap and cheerful plastic wrapper over your $600 iPad. High quality brands such as Gumdrop, Otterbox, Trident and Lifeproof engineer their cases to handle drops, shocks and more. This can include inbuilt air chambers, high density silicone, ABS plastic internal frames and other forms of clever to kid-proof your device. The dozen dollars or so you will spend on it will be worth it for the extended life of your iPad, and the fact that your little Jonny won’t be the only one without an iPad at school for a week while you get it fixed – again. Screen cover Screens cop a bit from grubby little people. Sand and grit being dragged across the screen can leave lasting damage to the glass and frankly you really need a screen to be clear to get the most out of a tablet. Many good quality cases include an inbuilt plastic screen cover that is both tough but also sensitive so the ever-so-slightly heavier finger pressure required to activate the screen is well worth it for the protection it provides. Of special note is the Otterbox Defender case which has an integrated plastic screen cover but also a detachable screen guard/stand which provides a tough ABS plastic barrier between your child’s iPad and compass set. Alternatively, some come with adhesive screen protectors, such as Kensington BlackBelt and Safegrip models. Adhesive covers can be purchased separately so added to other cases, and replaced when required. Port covers Mashed banana in your charge port, m’am? No thanks! Make sure that your iPad case includes secure port covers to keep the nasties out of vulnerable places. Stand up Having a stand on the iPad case can make a difference to a child’s head and neck position while using the device, and assist to ensure good posture. Cases such as Gumdrop Hideaway, Kensington Blackbelt and Otterbox Defender include stands, while Trident Kraken AMS Media Stand is an optional accessory. Protection in class – storage for lunch breaks etc One of the major worries for schools is how to secure the iPads while they are not in use. Wall cages with charge systems – such as PC Locs or Ergotron - may be the answer, otherwise lockable trolleys to move devices around. There are many options available and the school needs to have a solution so that your iPad doesn’t vanish while the kids are at lunch. Accessorise for success Make sure that your child has the gear they need for using the iPad in class. This may be a child-friendly stylus pen, or volume limited headphones so that they can’t blast their heads off. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps families and schools maximise iPads and tablets for learning, while minimising the cost. Protective cases and covers for children of all ages including those with special needs. Styluses, headphones, keyboards and other accessories. Charge-sync-storage systems for schools to reduce admin cost. All the best quality brands, all in one place at www.poweredlife.com.au or 1300 POWER 4 LIFE (1300 76937 4 5433) or hello@poweredlife.com.au.  Water Saving Pocket Shower Is Launched 2014-06-02T02:26:52Z water-saving-pocket-shower-is-launched The SpaTap, is a pocket sized, flexible, portable eco-friendly shower and hand wash device.  SpaTap simply attaches to water filled plastic bottles to give a flow controllable water saving shower or tap. Use it with recycled plastic bottles or new water bottles. Keep it in your rucksack, camping gear, handbag, car, baby buggy, sports kit or first aid kit. Wash when and where you need it. After several rounds of prototyping, SpaTap have created sleek and functional prototypes out of medical grade materials and have tested them in both the National Parks of Queensland and the Beaches of The Sunshine Coast.   It’s a project they’re very excited about.  However, “As a start-up, our self-financing limit has been reached,” says Stuart Mason, Founder of SpaTap.  Therefore, Stuart and the SpaTeam have taken their idea to Kickstarter.com in an attempt to raise $40,000 in 30 days. Mason says, “We have set our funding target lower than we actually want to raise, because Kickstarter campaigns operate under an  ‘all-or-nothing’ funding model so we want to make sure we  reach  our goal at the end of 30 days and we need people to back us right now.” The Numerous uses of the  SpaTap include: camping, surfing, sport, barbequing, outside latrines, inside field kitchens, temporary housing, cleaning a baby, showering cubicles, mobile doctors, first aid tents, trekking, fishing, on a boat, in a car, in the garden, before eating, or doing the dishes! Anywhere you need a tap, SpaTap is the portable answer. SpaTap Founder Stuart Mason remarked, “For too long plastic bottles have been going into the ocean or landfill. Lack of awareness and alternative uses of this resource continues to have dire consequences for our marine health, wildlife and pollution. Recycling is great but is only part of the answer, we can also upcycle which is the top of the list as far as environmentally friendly procedures go. Upcycling is re-purposing a waste material and turning it into something useful.” SpaTaps’s unique ability to instantly transform a plastic bottle into a flow controllable tap has already gathered interest from international aid and relief agencies, as a hygiene and sanitation solution for emergency and disaster situations and backers from all corners of the world have embraced this eco friendly product from the moment of launch.  To find out more visit the SpaTap Kickstarter page and watch the video. To follow their project, be sure to find them on https://twitter.com/spatap and https://www.facebook.com/spatap and spread the word to your social media networks.  Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life.  If you decide to donate more, you might be among the first in the world to travel  with a pocket sized water saving shower. SpaTap - A portable shower that fits in your pocket 2014-05-29T06:11:38Z spatap-a-portable-shower-that-fits-in-your-pocket The SpaTap, is a pocket sized, flexible, portable eco-friendly shower and hand wash device.  SpaTap simply attaches to water filled plastic bottles to give a flow controllable water saving shower or tap. Use it with recycled plastic bottles or new water bottles. Keep it in your rucksack, camping gear, handbag, car, baby buggy, sports kit or first aid kit. Wash when and where you need it. Ideal uses for SpaTap include: camping, surfing, sport, barbequing, outside latrines, inside field kitchens, temporary housing, cleaning a baby, showering cubicles, mobile doctors, first aid tents, trekking, fishing, on a boat, in a car, in the garden, before eating, or doing the dishes! Anywhere you need a tap, SpaTap is the portable answer. SpaTap Founder Stuart Mason remarked, “For too long plastic bottles have been going into the ocean or landfill. Lack of awareness and alternative uses of this resource continues to have dire consequences for our marine health, wildlife and pollution. Recycling is great but is only part of the answer, we can also upcycle which is the top of the list as far as environmentally friendly procedures go. Upcycling is re-purposing a waste material and turning it into something useful.” SpaTaps’s unique ability to instantly transform a plastic bottle into a flow controllable tap has already gathered interest from international aid and relief agencies, as a hygiene and sanitation solution for emergency and disaster situations. Mason says, “We want to launch the SpaTap for people’s everyday use and enjoyment and also to help the developing world overcome basic hygiene issues which can help save lives”. SpaTap will be launching their innovative eco-friendly water saving tap on 2nd June on the Kickstarter website, to watch the video and find out more about the SpaTap and how it works visit www.spatap.com You Can Watch The SpaTap Kickstarter Video Herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTcKL9dPDGc The SpaTap Surf Video Herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLm1blKO0iwThe SpaTap and AFLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvS6j_tf13A SpaTap Media Packhttp://tinyurl.com/qfgvkf7 Company InfoThe SpaTap company produces a range of pocket sized devices that can transform any plastic bottle into a water reservoir feeding a tap, shower, heater or water purifier. The SpaTap product range can be used for washing, heating, storage and purification of water easily, quickly and anywhere.www.spatap.com    78 Suncoast Beach Drive, Mount Coolum, Queensland, Australia 4573 If every person in Australia used a SpaTap to wash and shower it is estimated the amount of water saved would exceed 162,585,965,000 litres annually.