The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-20T21:57:23Z ESL and WESA partner with Occitanie Region to bring the ninth season of the CS:GO Pro League Finals to Montpellier 2019-03-20T21:57:23Z esl-and-wesa-partner-with-occitanie-region-to-bring-the-ninth-season-of-the-cs-go-pro-league-finals-to-montpellier ESL, WESA and Occitanie Region are proud to announce their very first major Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) event in France, as the Pro League Season Nine Finals are set to take place in Montpellier on June 21-23, 2019 as highlight of Occitanie Esports 2019. The world’s top 16 CS:GO teams from Europe, Americas and the Asia-Pacific region will battle it out for a total prize pool of US $750,000 at the Sud de France Arena. In addition to the tournament, Occitanie Esports 2019 will feature LAN tournaments for more than 800 players and a convention area with over 50 booths.   Only the best 6 teams that have proven themselves during the offline group stages, which will be held on June 18-20 at the Montpellier Exhibition Center, will proceed to the playoffs. The winners can not only claim the coveted title but also another point towards the Intel® Grand Slam, where a US $1 million bonus prize is up for grabs.   “We are looking forward to bringing the CS:GO Pro League Finals to a completely new location”, said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “The French community is known for its passion for esports and especially CS:GO, which comes as no surprise considering some of the top players are from France. With a brand new Pro League format featuring live studio matches and groups system we are breaking it down to some of the purest esports the community has ever seen.”   “WESA is excited by the positive development of the CS:GO Pro League and is looking forward to the new season played under WESA regulations,” said Dr. Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA. “The revised competition format and expansion to new locations supports our mission to further grow and professionalize esports.”   “It’s a first for France and consequently a real sense of pride for the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region to have been chosen to host the Pro League Finals this June, at the 2nd edition of Occitanie Esports, an event co-created by ESL, Futurolan, Occitanie Events and supported by the Occitanie Region,” said Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. “The inaugural edition in 2018 attracted 7,000 participants to the Sud de France Arena and our region is once again preparing to host this major international tournament and become the venue of choice for gamers worldwide. In doing so, Occitanie is building on its status as a region for innovation and digital creation due, to an increasingly capable and successful video gaming sector.”   Tickets for the Pro League Season Nine Finals in Montpellier will go on sale on March 22 at 4pm CET / 7am PT  and will be available here. Fans will have the choice between Day tickets (25€), Weekend tickets (50€) and Premium tickets (100€). All ticket types will grant access to Occitanie Esports 2019 where fans can participate in local LAN tournaments, explore different booths at the convention, take part in giveaways or join meet and greets and signing sessions with pro players and teams.   For more information about the CS:GO Pro League please visit the official CS:GO Pro League website. Be sure to follow ESL CS on both, Twitter and Facebook to receive the latest updates and don’t forget to check out the official CS:GO Pro League announcement trailer, for a first look at what it is all about.   ###   About ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest independent esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).   About WESA WESA was founded in May 2016 and counts as its members thirteen of the world’s most popular esports teams (EnVyUS, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, Optic, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.Pro) together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company.  This elite group share a collective vision to continue to professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations and revenue sharing for teams.  Based on traditional sports association models, WESA also aims to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters by engaging all appropriate stakeholders. Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the first professional esports competition that is played under WESA regulations (www.wesa.gg).   About Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region Occitanie lies in the heart of Southern Europe and is France’s 2nd largest region (72,724 km²). With more than 600 jobs and 88 companies based here, the region offers a particularly attractive ecosystem in the video game sector. It is combining several support measures to boost and sustain the drive for innovation which is so vital to the growth of this sector. These include, in particular, its individual aid or collective support schemes. In June 2018, the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region also supported Occitanie Esports, the largest gamer community gathering organised in the South of France, attracting more than 7,000 participants. Soon, with the Cité de l’Économie et des Métiers de Demain (economy and jobs of the future) in Montpellier or the Cité des Start-ups (Start-up Business Village) in Toulouse, the Region will play a key role in this ecosystem by helping those working in the video game sector to prosper. The 4 Marketing Tactics Every Fitness Guru Should Know 2019-03-19T22:19:59Z the-4-marketing-tactics-every-fitness-guru-should-know Digital marketing for fitness businesses and personal trainers Digital marketing is one of the most effective tools for small businesses but figuring out how to get started can feel daunting. Different sources will recommend different tactics, and with all the options it’s hard to know what digital marketing tools you should start with. We have outlined four easy digital marketing tactics specifically aimed to help fitness professionals. 1. Make fitness videos Instructional workout videos make for great promotional materials. Since you already spend your days teaching others how to reach their fitness goals, this option is a no brainer. You can post these videos on your website, social media pages, or even create a YouTube channel. Many fitness gurus have found success by making workout videos available on a variety of platforms. Everyone loves being able to search for a workout video and exercise from home. Creating fitness videos provides potential clients with a valuable resource that will pique their interest. To learn more about the other 3 marketing tactics, please visit our website. Click Here Ash Taylor Building a Career on and off the Field 2019-03-17T22:38:37Z ash-taylor-building-a-career-on-and-off-the-field A footballers career is an exhilarating one, just ask Ash Taylor, half-back for the Gold Coast Titans. In the 2018 season Ash achieved 17 try-assists for the team and his pre-season lead-up this year indicates he is one to watch, evident in his commitment for ongoing improvement.  But like many elite sporting careers, football careers often run short and players can find themselves hanging up their boots with no other skills to fall back on.  This is where the Queensland Government’s pilot program, Elite Sportsperson Apprenticeship & Traineeship (ESAT), has stepped in. The program aims to support elite athletes, who have long training hours and scheduled games or competition events, into apprenticeship training opportunities with companies that can work around their sporting commitments.  Ash is excited to be one of the first elite athletes to sign up to the program, commencing a part-time Carpentry Apprenticeship with Koryzma Constructions.  “I’m grateful for Koryzma Constructions for giving me this opportunity. It’d be great to make a lifetime career out of football but it’s important to have a back-up plan as there are limited opportunities in the industry once you finish playing the game. I’ve always been interested in building and actually started a school-based apprenticeship in carpentry back in 2011, before football took over”, Ash stated.   BUSY At Work is the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider who has signed up the apprenticeship opportunity and Ash’s Carpentry Apprenticeship training will be delivered through Building Industry Training.  “BUSY At Work and Building Industry Training, have made the whole process easy and we are looking forward to having Ash on board”, Shannon Koryzma from Koryzma Constructions stated.  Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work further stated “It’s exciting that Ash Taylor, an incredible athlete, is one of the first to be involved in ESAT, a worthwhile program for athletes that allows them to diversify skills and earning capacity throughout their lifetime. Ash is the third elite athlete that BUSY has signed to part time construction-industry apprenticeships and we are proud to be pioneering this pilot program. We look forward to following Ash’s career, both on and off the field.”    For more information on the ESAT program or employing a trainee or apprentice for your business, contact BUSY At Work on 13 BUSY (13 28 79) or visit www.busyatwork.com.au   Racing and Footy collaboration puts Sydney’s West first 2019-03-14T21:50:21Z racing-and-footy-collaboration-puts-sydneys-west-first It took the love of Sydney’s West to close the divide between Horse Racing, AFL and the NRL. In a first for the region, the Australian Turf Club (ATC), AFL club GWS Giants and NRL club Wests Tigers have come together to cross-promote their stellar line-up of events all occurring on the 23 and 24 March, to help drive visitation to the area. Spearheaded by Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC) and funded by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW (DNSW), the campaign leverages the united influence of the three powerhouse sporting organisations to deliver the message about what is available in Sydney’s West. With Longines Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on 23 March and then GWS Giants playing Essendon Bombers at Sydney Showground Stadium, as well as Wests Tigers playing the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium on 24 March, the stage was set for an innovative collaboration to join forces and pool marketing resources. General Manager of WSBC Amanda Brisot, said as Sydney’s West had three nationally significant events happening on the same weekend, it made sense for all involved to come together. “As a first, the partners needed to think outside the square to collaborate and deliver this project. However, the comradery and enthusiasm across the sporting administrations to work together has been exceptional. “They are all passionate about supporting Sydney’s West, and ensuring that the benefit of these events occurring in the area are shared with as many communities and businesses as possible. The economic impact of this weekend alone will be significant and into the millions,” said Ms Brisot. Carly Reger, Head of Membership & Ticketing, GWS Giants said, joining forces with the ATC and NRL is a creative way of delivering positive results for WSBC, Partners and consumers alike. “We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative and together, our marketing efforts are leveraged to a new level; it is a win-win for us all,” said Ms Reger. Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the event provides avid sports fans with the ideal opportunity to enjoy a weekend getaway in Western Sydney. “Racing, AFL and NRL are among Australia’s most popular spectator sports. To have all three in Western Sydney on a single weekend is a major win for the region; turbocharging local economies and driving investment. I strongly urge sports fans and families alike to make the most of this unique opportunity and head to Western Sydney for this blockbuster weekend,” Ms Chipchase said. The Ultimate Weekend brings together the top three sporting events of the 23-24 March weekend being hosted in Sydney’s West, as well as special deals from Featherdale Wildlife Park, PARKROYAL Parramatta, Taste Cultural Food Tours and Rydges Campbelltown. Tickets and offers available at: www.sydneyswest.com -ends- Notes to Editors: Amanda Brisot is available for interviews, please request through the media contacts listed. Media Contacts: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 624 013 | marlise@zadroagency.com.au Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au About WSBC The Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC) is a not for profit member-based organisation. It represents the needs of over 5,000 Western Sydney businesses through collaboration and building strong networks across industry and government. It is the prime facilitator of business engagement and growth in Western Sydney. https://wsbc.org.au/ Sydney's West the winner of sporting collaboration 2019-03-14T05:41:55Z sydneys-west-the-winner-of-sporting-collaboration It isn’t often that different sports cross-promote, however in a first for NSW, the Australian Turf Club (ATC), AFL club GWS Giants and NRL club Wests Tigers have united to promote a new tourism product for Sydney’s West, called The Ultimate Weekend. Spearheaded by Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC) and funded by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the campaign is aimed at promoting Sydney’s West as a destination for fun, families, entertainment and sport. With Longines Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on 23 March and then GWS Giants playing Essendon Bombers at Sydney Showground Stadium, as well as Wests Tigers playing the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium on 24 March, the stage was set for an innovative collaboration to join forces and pool marketing resources. General Manager of WSBC Amanda Brisot, said Sydney’s West provides such a diverse range of weekend activities, and with three nationally significant events happening on the same weekend, it made sense for all involved to come together. “All the partners have needed to think outside the square to collaborate and deliver this project. However, the comradery and enthusiasm across the sporting administrations to work together has been exceptional. “The success of this partnership lays the foundation for more innovative projects to come for the region,” said Ms Brisot. Scott Kennedy, General Manager Sales Partnerships, ATC says this year’s Longines Golden Slipper Day, which will host the World’s Best Horse, Winx at her very last home ground run is a perfect opportunity to headline The Ultimate Weekend campaign. “We know a lot of our customers come to the region for the weekend and providing them additional links with other events in the area just makes sense. It’s a win-win for all the partners and the communities of Sydney’s West,” said Mr Kennedy. Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the event provides avid sports fans with the ideal opportunity to enjoy a weekend getaway in Western Sydney. “Racing, AFL and NRL are among Australia’s most popular spectator sports. To have all three in Western Sydney on a single weekend is a major win for the region; turbocharging local economies and driving investment. I strongly urge sports fans and families alike to make the most of this unique opportunity and head to Western Sydney for this blockbuster weekend,” Ms Chipchase said. The Ultimate Weekend brings together the top three sporting events of the 23-24 March weekend being hosted in Sydney’s West, as well as special deals from Featherdale Wildlife Park, PARKROYAL Parramatta, Taste Cultural Food Tours and Rydges Campbelltown. Tickets and offers available at: www.sydneyswest.com -ends- Notes to Editors: Amanda Brisot is available for interviews, please request through the media contacts listed. Media Contacts: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 624 013 | marlise@zadroagency.com.au Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au About WSBC The Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC) is a not for profit member-based organisation. It represents the needs of over 5,000 Western Sydney businesses through collaboration and building strong networks across industry and government. It is the prime facilitator of business engagement and growth in Western Sydney. https://wsbc.org.au/ Brisbane's biggest stairclimb fundraiser - RIVER TO ROOFTOP. Raising funds to tackle domestic and family violence. 2019-03-13T03:00:46Z brisbane-s-biggest-stairclimb-fundraiser-river-to-rooftop-raising-funds-to-tackle-domestic-and-family-violence Brisbane’s biggest stair climb is ready for lift off with participants stepping up to the challenge of scaling more than 1,000 steps to the rooftop of one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers while raising much needed funds to help tackle domestic and family violence.  Registrations for the 2019 River to Rooftop event are now open.  This much anticipated event will be held on Friday, August 2, with Brisbane’s corporate, sporting, fitness and philanthropic communities coming together to scale the 1,040 steps over 55 levels to the rooftop of the iconic ONE ONE ONE Eagle Street skyscraper in the heart of the CBD. River to Rooftop supports Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ), which each year provides free legal assistance and welfare to help women and children at risk from the scourge of domestic violence.  Women’s Legal Service Queensland CEO Angela Lynch, says: “Every year, Women’s Legal Service provides vital help to around 16,000 women when they need it most. But for every two women who receive help, another call cannot be answered due to capacity constraints. There is no way to know when these women will have the courage or the opportunity to call again.  “By donating to participants in River to Rooftop, you are helping another woman and her children to safety. We really do rely on amazing individuals to get involved in River to Rooftop and help us raise much-needed funds to help thousands of Queensland women and their children experiencing domestic violence to find a safer future.  “The funds raised go directly to supporting and expanding the frontline services of Women’s Legal Service Queensland so we can continue to assist women in crisis.”  Organisers of River to Rooftop aim to raise $100,000 for WLSQ this year. The event will be held between 7am and 9am on August 2 and is an opportunity to have fun, get fit and snap the perfect rooftop selfie while making a difference for women and children who experience domestic violence.  The event is open to all fitness levels, and participants can form a team or race against other individuals. Teams can work together to scale up their fundraising and stair climb targets. Teams must have a minimum of four climbers with the fastest four climbers counted from each team.   There are terrific prizes on offer including awards for the highest fundraising individuals and teams as well as the fastest participants. Elite climbers are expected to complete the event in around eight minutes!  To register for River to Rooftop and for fitness and fundraising tips as well as other information about the event, visit www.rivertorooftop.com.au  -ENDS- Swimwear Shack Super Saturday + Ariarne Titmus + Speedo Australia + World's Greatest Shave 9/3/19 2019-03-07T03:50:08Z swimwear-shack-super-saturday-ariarne-titmus-speedo-australia-world-s-greatest-shave-9-3-19 SUPER SATURDAY 9th March 2019 Local Woollongabba business is inviting Brisbane residents to celebrate the launch of a new Speedo Performance range, meet Ariarne Titmus and help beat blood cancer! Co-Owner of Swimwear shack, Aaron Clarke, will be shaving off his much loved mullet to raise funds as part of the World's Greatest Shave. Speedo athletes Ariarne Titmus and Cylde Lewis will be making appearances at 11am, showcasing the new Speedo Performance range and allowing local swimmers to meet these amazing athletes. Swimwear Shack is located at 9/58 Deshon Street Woolloongabba QLD 4102. For more information please contact: AARON CLARKE 0406 800 272 aaron@swimmerslife.com True Evo wireless earphones by Altec Lansing 2019-03-07T02:59:06Z true-evo-wireless-earphones-by-altec-lansing Altec Lansing introduces new True Evo Wireless Earbuds. No wires, no mess, no fuss! Certified IPX6 waterproof rated, these earbuds can be immersed in water or handle the toughest workouts. The True Evo Wireless Earbuds are loaded with 4 hours of battery life featuring a convenient charging carry case to recharge your battery after every use. Receive up to 4 charges on the go. No need to worry when your case has lost battery, simply place your case on a QI Charging pad and receive a boost in a flash! Now featuring “Just Ask” with a quick tap, access your Siri or Google Voice Assistant via Bluetooth on your smartphone to your earbuds. The True Evo Wireless Earbuds provide a listening experience you will have to hear to believe!   ·         Truly Wireless Earbuds: Complete freedom to move while still providing impressive sound. ·         Qi Wireless Charging: Comes with a QI Wireless charging case to power the earbuds for four extra charges. Simply place your case on a compatible QI Wireless pad and watch it charge! Each charge lasts up to four hours so you can keep on moving without interruption. ·         IPX6 Water Resistant Rating: Can withstand any weather conditions or sweat as you endure your toughest workout. ·         “Just Ask”: Access Siri or Hey Google Voice Assistant with a simple voice command, providing instant access to music playlists, weather reports, directions, and other information from wherever, whenever. ·         Compact and Comfortable: Features two sets of foam and silicone eartips for customized comfort that fit around your lifestyle.   “We’ve seen the True EVO Wireless Earbuds get rave reviews for its immersive sound coupled with convenient charging and comfortable long lasting wear,” said Joseph Campos, VP of Sales and Marketing of Altec Lansing   KEY FEATURES ·         Truly Wireless – no wires, no mess ·         Up to 4 hours of battery ·         Qi Wireless charging case provides an extra 4 charges! ·         IPX6 Water Resistant ·         “Just Ask” access Siri and Hey Google voice assistant ·         Silicone and foam ear tips included for customizable fit ·         6mm Drivers ·         30-Foot Wireless Range ·         Integrated microphone   Pricing and Availability True EVO Wireless earphones are available now at www.alteclansing.com.au MSRP $179.   Social: Facebook www.facebook.com/alteclansingaus/ #alteclansingaus Twitter @alteclansingaus Instagram #ALTECLANSINGAUS   The Altec Lansing range is distributed exclusively by Multimedia Technology in Australia   About Altec Lansing Since 1927, generations of music enthusiasts have recognized Altec Lansing as a premier brand that consistently delivers high quality and rich sound in a host of audio products including; headphones, earphones, everything-proof speakers, home and car audio, DJ speakers, turntables, mobile accessories, and more. Altec Lansing provides a seamless combination of beautiful design aesthetics and terrific sound to exceed every audiophile’s expectations. Those who know audio, know Altec Lansing. www.alteclansing.com.au   About Multimedia Technology Multimedia Technology is one of Australia's premier national IT/AV distributors, representing the leading IT/AV/Software and Communications vendors from around the globe. Established in 1990, the Company has experienced exceptional growth and is now a major player in the Australian IT industry. www.mmt.com.au Altec Lansing introduces the XPEDITION 8 2019-03-07T02:55:24Z altec-lansing-introduces-the-xpedition-8 Altec Lansing, innovator in audio, launches the Xpedition 8 in Australia. The XPEDITION 8 party speaker is the latest in Altec Lansing’s line of durable, environment-battling speakers. The Xpedition 8 is the biggest, loudest, and best sounding portable IP67 speaker that actually floats. The speaker was designed to float in a position where the woofers and tweeters do not hit the water so the sound is just as good in the water as it is on land.   Largest & loudest As consumers continue to want bigger speakers, Altec Lansing has delivered with the Xpedition 8 – this Bluetooth speaker delivers big sound and is the largest in its category. Move bodies anywhere with 420 Watts of peak power. Fitted with Dual 8" woofers with passive radiators for massive bass and three 1” Tweeters. Everything Proof Its IP67 rating means confidence and trust in its ability to defend against dust, dirt, water and just about anything else that can be thrown at it. Designed to float in a position where the woofers and tweeters do not hit the water so the sound is just as good in the water as it is on land. In addition to floating the XPEDITION 8 can withstand submersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes. Turn any place into a party The speaker is also equipped with a multi-colored LED lightshow, including strobe lights; the lights are actually effected by the music and have multiple modes, including locking in to one specific colour as well as turning them off completely Total portability Listeners will get up to 24 hours of clear sound before needing a charge and can be comfortable knowing its built-in Bluetooth will give them the best product performance with low power consumption. Never lose connection; charge your phone or other portable devices right from the speaker with USB. Keep your Xpedition 8 charged with the DC power source, ideal for camping and tailgating events. KEY FEATURES ·         Active Battery Powered Loudspeaker with up to 24 Hour Battery Life ·         420W of peak power for incredible room-filling sound ·         Dual 8” Woofers and three 1” Tweeters ·         Designed to Float with Woofers and Tweeters Out of the Water ·         XPEDITION 8 can withstand one meter of water for 30 min. ·         LED lightshow features 12 color combinations from the woofers plus two strobe lights ·         IP67 rated speaker is dust proof and waterproof ·         Link up with a second XPEDITION 8 to create a stereo pair. ·         Built-in Bluetooth and NFC make streaming music easy ·         Total portability with DC Power Charging and battery operated ·         Integrated handles make the Xpedition easy to carry   Pricing and Availability The Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 is available now at www.alteclansing.com.au MSRP $699. YouTube Video https://youtu.be/Gk4MKtiESbY   About Altec Lansing Since 1927, generations of music enthusiasts have recognized Altec Lansing as a premier brand that consistently delivers high quality and rich sound in a host of audio products including; headphones, earphones, everything-proof speakers, home and car audio, DJ speakers, turntables, mobile accessories, and more. Altec Lansing provides a seamless combination of beautiful design aesthetics and terrific sound to exceed every audiophile’s expectations. Those who know audio, know Altec Lansing. www.alteclansing.com.au   About Multimedia Technology Multimedia Technology is one of Australia's premier national IT/AV distributors, representing the leading IT/AV/Software and Communications vendors from around the globe. Established in 1990, the Company has experienced exceptional growth and is now a major player in the Australian IT industry. www.mmt.com.au The Autumn Racing Carnival is here! Check your BAC before driving home 2019-02-28T04:44:21Z the-autumn-racing-carnival-is-here-check-your-bac-before-driving-home The Autumn Racing Carnival has finally arrived with multi-million-dollar races at Randwick, Rosehill, Warwick Farm as well as Melbourne and Adelaide tracks over the next two months. But while visitors can have fun and success at the track, it can all turn sour if you get caught drink-driving. To help ensure this doesn’t happen, it’s best to use a personal breathalyser during the day to test your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Having a few drinks to celebrate winning races or just enjoying the atmosphere at the track is fine but when it’s time to go home, drivers must be under .05. A personal breathalyser can show what your reading is before the police do. No-one wants to lose their licence, cop a hefty fine and have their car impounded so it’s best to conduct a personal breath test before you even head to the car park. If you aren’t within the legal limit, only time will bring the BAC down. Regular testing during the day using a personal breathalyser is easy with slim and lightweight units that fit into the palm of your hand. It’s best to make sure it is certified to Australian Standards, it’s reliable and provides an accurate reading in seconds. Good personal breathalysers should provide a BAC reading to three decimal places with an accuracy of +/-.005% BAC and takes the guesswork out of knowing whether or not it is safe to drive a motor vehicle. More information about breathalysers can be found here: www.andatech.com.au More information about the Autumn Racing Carnival can be found here: https://www.horseracinginfo.com.au/sydney-autumn-racing-carnival.php and here: https://www.horseracinginfo.com.au/melbourne-autumn-racing-carnival.php ends Note to editor: If you would like to review an AlcoSense personal breathalyser, please contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 or wendy@wmcpr.com.au with details of your request and she can organise for a unit to be sent to you. BAC refers to blood alcohol concentration or blood alcohol content and describes the percentage of alcohol present in an individual’s bloodstream at a particular point in time. It is the key variable that determines whether law enforcement can legally arrest a driver for impairment. AlcoSense breathalysers come with a three-year warranty that is extendable up to a lifetime as long as the unit is calibrated every six months. This is provided under the ‘AlcoSense Guarantee’, which applies to all Andatech breathalysers. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/pages/alcosense-guarantee About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 Ant Williams Journeys To The Arctic To Become the Deepest Man Under Ice 2019-02-20T03:47:17Z ant-williams-journeys-to-the-arctic-to-become-the-deepest-man-under-ice Melbourne, Australia: Today, Ant Williams, a Psychologist and freediver, announced his intention to break the World Record for the deepest ever freedive (breath-hold dive) under ice. In March, Ant and his support crew will travel to Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, to a frozen fjord to cut a hole in the metre thick ice. Ant will then dive down to reach the world record depth under ice in a discipline called constant weight. Of this ambitious challenge, Ant Williams said, “My ICE DIVER world record attempt is the culmination of a personal and professional journey. Years ago, I chose what I perceived to be an extreme sport for myself – freediving – to see if I could overcome fear, anxiety, and my own nerves. With this project, my team of 8 are undertaking something at the outer edge of an extreme sport. On average the temperature will be minus 20 degrees centigrade each day. We have real risk from exposure to harsh weather and dangers that are new to the crew members – multiple snowmobiles riding across frozen lakes, chainsaws cutting deep holes in the ice, and all of this in remote wilderness locations. The objective of the adventure is to answer one question – how deep can a person dive underneath the ice? An additional goal with the ICE DIVER project is learning how to reduce risk on a challenging project. My aspiration is to translate what I learn into my leadership development work to help others balance their own risk – in business and life." Throughout March, Ant Williams and his team will hit the following milestones in the lead up to his world record attempt in the final week of March: ● Ant will ease into his record attempt by first travelling to New Zealand to undertake deep water training in the cold waters of Lake Taupo. ● After New Zealand, Ant and his support crew will travel to Lake Päijänne in Finland to continue his deep water preparation in frigid waters. ● In the final week of March, Ant Williams and team head up to Kirkenes, Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle. They will travel 10 km each day on snowmobiles to a frozen fjord and spend the first day cutting holes in the ice. Each subsequent day will be spent on Ant’s world record attempt to become the deepest man under ice. The current record is – 65m, Ant is going for – 80m. About Ant Williams: Ant is a Business Psychologist who has held senior leadership roles in management consulting firms and now specialises in Leadership Development and executive education with his firm, Modus Leadership. Ant Williams first trained as a Sport Psychologist, then became a world-ranking athlete in his own right when he successfully dived -100m (330ft) straight down on a single breath of air in a World Cup competition. ### Why Do My Heels Hurt - Plantar Fasciitis Says Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist 2019-02-19T22:00:26Z why-do-my-heels-hurt-plantar-fasciitis-says-leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist If you experience a sharp stabbing pain in your heel, especially first thing in the morning, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to podiatrists. Heel pain to the extent that it disrupts your preparation for the day, is cause for some concern. Leading Sports Podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin, understands this common complaint and possibilities for treatment. "The plantar fascia is a collection of strong connective tissue and ligaments that support the foot arch," says Lin. "Composed of a broad band of collagen fibres, the plantar fascia absorb walking related shock, and any time you are pounding your heels down while you walk, all that shock goes to the plantar fascia." It seems too much hard walking and not enough cushioning can damage the plantar fascia. Fallen arches and flat feet unbalance the biomechanical system of the feet and can contribute to the development of the condition. Lin agrees and adds, "Wearing high heels often can lead to development of plantar fasciitis, as this causes the Achilles tendon to tighten." Sorry Jimmy Choo! "The condition is also more prevalent with ageing, as the heels naturally flatten as we grow older, putting tension on the ligament," Lin says. Why does my heel hurt in the morning? A sore heel in the morning, also known as ‘first-step’ pain, is post static dyskinesia which is pain that’s worse and most noticeable after rest, or after getting out of bed in the morning. Lin comments, “During the day, the fascia adapts to the impact of daily movement but during sleep, the ligaments and connective tissue of the foot and calf naturally contract. When stretched out again as you take your first morning steps, this can cause a sharp stabbing pain. This is a typical indication of strain on the tendons and fascia”. Nerve entrapment A nerve entrapment condition called Baxter’s neuritis can also be caused by plantar fasciitis and is often misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, as the symptoms overlap. "Neuritis in the foot is fairly common, as the nerves can easily be damaged when any other part of the foot suffers an injury. In the case of plantar fasciitis and Baxter’s neuritis, small tears in the plantar fascia cause inflammation and thickening of the tissue. This can pinch or trap the Baxter’s nerve, which runs under the plantar fascia," says Lin. The pain is often described as a shooting pain from the heel to the middle of the foot, and some sufferers are unable to stand on their feet for more than a few minutes. What’s worse is that pain medication may not bring relief. Heel spurs Chronic inflammation and pulling on the plantar fascia can result in the development of a heel spur. This is a bony growth that develops underneath the heel bone or on the back of it and is also related to tightness in the Achilles tendon. A heel spur can become very painful, especially when it rubs on the Baxter’s nerve. Treatment for heel pain Heel pain treatment is focussed on reducing pressure on the heel and alleviating the stress in the soft tissue of the foot. Footwork Podiatry offer various non-invasive treatments to alleviate heel pain, with Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® being principal among these. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a hands-on therapeutic method used to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg. Lin says, "FMT improves joint mobility by breaking up connective tissue adhesions and restrictions around the joints. Freeing up these restrictions and relieving stiffness improves the position of the joints to naturally restore optimal biomechanics." What is Trigenics? On the other hand, TRIGENICS® is a neurological muscle assessment, treatment and training system which reprograms the way the brain communicates with the body. Mark Lin is the first Podiatrist in Australia to be trained and specialised in this unique neuro-muscular treatment system. Says Lin, “When a joint, tendon, muscle or ligament suffers damage, stress or injury, their nerve sensors send improper or false signals which confuse the brain. The brain responds by sending false controlling signals to the muscles and tendons. These muscles then become neurologically tight or weak, causing dysfunctional joint movement through a process known as neurological inhibition. If left untreated, this leads to weak links and abnormal muscle pull patterns, resulting in chronic pain, re-injury and deterioration”. Footwork Podiatry employ a multi-modal treatment system, combining Trigenics® with a number of other treatment techniques for a cumulative therapeutic effect and enhanced treatment outcome, Radial Shockwave therapy is another cutting-edge technology. This technique uses high-intensity sound wave treatment to break down scar tissue or adhesions and stimulate tissue repair. The sound waves penetrate up to 4cm deep and create therapeutic cavitation bubbles and microscopic biological effects within the tissue, activating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Shockwave therapy has proven to be effective where around 80% of patients report a substantial improvement of their condition after only three treatment sessions. Contact Footwork Podiatry to find out how Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® can assist with your heel pain. They can help reduce reliance on medication for pain relief for chronic conditions and they will perform a measurable and functional assessment to determine whether you are at risks of other pain and injuries. Their evidence-based assessment system allows them to collect meaningful data that convert to an accurate treatment plan. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. This information is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Explains Why Manual Therapy is the Preferred Alternative Treatment for Bunions 2019-02-17T22:00:52Z leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist-explains-why-manual-therapy-is-the-preferred-alternative-treatment-for-bunions If your big toe points towards your smaller toes, or you have a bony growth on the side of your big toe, you probably have a condition called Hallux Valgus commonly known as bunions. This deviation of the big toe towards the smaller toes causes a bony growth or bunion to form on the side or over the top of the big toe joint. Bunions are usually but not always immediately painful and can make wearing shoes difficult and uncomfortable, says leading sports podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin. "They can also cause embarrassment due to the change in appearance of the sufferer’s feet." Studies show that symptoms often only occur after the condition has progressed to an advanced level. Therefore by the time a bunion starts hurting, significant irreversible damage has already occurred. Lin's associate, Wei Lee says "Bunions are generally believed to be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight, inherited genetic traits or by medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis." Lin adds, "Stress on the foot from participating in sports can also be a cause. However the primary cause is often due to an underlying biomechanical problem in the feet, resulting in a compensation which results in a bunion being formed." Bunions are caused primarily by the way that a person walks and stands. Misalignment of the ankle, restricted joints in the foot, inactive foot muscles, flatfeet and foot pronation can all contribute to the development of a bunion. If left untreated, deviation of the big toe is likely to increase over time, resulting in the bunion getting larger. This can lead to secondary issues including osteoarthritis. The smaller toes may also develop deformities causing hammertoes or clawed toes. Both bunions and hammertoes are progressive and do not go away by themselves. Introducing an Alternative to Bunion Surgery While surgery is the traditional treatment for bunions, most people would rather avoid it due to the cost, pain involved and protracted recovery time. Fortunately, there is a less invasive and more effective alternative. Foot mobilisation is a technique which corrects the misalignment of the foot joints and strengthen the muscles around the joint to reinforce the correct position. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a manual therapeutic method to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg, and is widely recognised by therapists including chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. Mark Lin and partner Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry are experienced practitioners in this technique. “The treatment helps not only in improving the alignment of the big toe but also addresses the underlying problems that cause the bunion. This is combined with corrective exercises to strengthen weak and tight muscles and soft tissue that has been compensating to hold the big toe in the misaligned position.” says Lin. "Foot mobilisation has a high success rate and is recommended as early as possible, even if the sufferer feels no pain. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner the underlying cause can be addressed, improving the chances of correcting the misalignment and reducing the bony growth." says Lee. In many cases, when treatment has been delayed, the chances that the deformity can be fully corrected is unlikely. However it is still possible to reduce pain, improve the function of the foot, maintain mobility of the bunion joint, and prevent the bunion from getting worse. FMT therapy aims to improve the position of the joints to allow your body to naturally restore optimal biomechanics. The joints will be taken through their natural motions to break up adhesions and restrictions and simple corrective exercises will be prescribed to maintain effect of the treatment. FMT Therapy still viable after bunion fusion surgery Foot mobilisation treatment is still beneficial even after bunion surgery. The big toe joint plays a significant part in our ability to walk and once the joint has been fused, our body compensates. Restriction of the joint can lead to foot, ankle, knee, hip and even lower back issues. Long term management is likely to be necessary to maintain optimum function of the lower limb. Why Foot Mobilisation is the preferred treatment of choice for bunions A safe alternative treatment to treat bunions naturally and guide the joints and big toe to their correct position without orthotics or invasive surgeries A corrective approach that not only treats the symptoms but addresses the underlying cause of the problem, allowing the body to heal naturally. The therapy allows you to continue normal daily activities in most cases. Mark Lin, the Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director for Footwork Podiatry elaborates, “At Footwork Podiatry, our sports podiatrists are highly trained and experienced in unique techniques to fix foot and ankle problems. We help you to feel better, move better and perform better without medication, surgeries, or changing your footwear in a majority of the cases. We believe the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself from injuries. Chronic or recurring symptoms occur when there is an interference to the healing process such as scar tissue, biomechanical stress, structural misalignment, active trigger points or repetitive strain. Our hands-on techniques help to eliminate this interference to healing, by stimulating the body’s natural healing response.” Footwork Podiatry focus on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle pain using advanced musculoskeletal techniques. They are experts in lower limb pain and injury treatment and are committed to providing holistic health care. Get in touch with them to experience the benefits of this new and improved bunion therapy. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media. ESL evolves its master brand to reinforce founding values with updated visual identity 2019-02-15T20:56:59Z esl-evolves-its-master-brand-to-reinforce-founding-values-with-updated-visual-identity (Cologne) 14th. of February - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced a brand refresh that highlights the company values and supports the strategy to continue leading the esports industry. ESL was founded with a core belief that everyone has a chance to fulfill their dreams. ESL has supported the growth of esports and set itself on a journey, over the last 19 years, to build leagues and tournaments for gamers that would create more opportunities for participation and progression than any other sport. The new brand positioning, “where everybody can be somebody”, reflects that founding story of the company that is still very much in its employees’ DNA. The new updated brand, developed with the global brand agency Superunion, is a metaphor for the journey to become somebody and stand out, creating a place for partners, players and fans to stand out too.   ESL had a significant role in shaping the industry in terms of broadcast, production and event experience across the world’s most prestigious esports brands and products such as the IntelⓇ Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and ESL National Championships, pioneering stadium events and consistently breaking industry records. Esports enjoys worldwide recognition as the fastest growing segment of media and entertainment, with the youngest and most coveted fan base. This brand refresh is a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy which will enable a better integration of its partner brands, clarify the path from zero to hero across the multiple leagues and tournaments, and continue attracting an ever-growing fan base.   “The updated ESL identity is more than a look and feel. It’s a strategic tool that helps ESL to meet its most important objectives. Creating a place where ‘everybody can be somebody’ was our purpose and what drove our founding members since the beginning of ESL to present and highlight the inspiring story of the company,” said Rodrigo Samwell, CMO at ESL. “We want to build a place where every fan has a voice. Where the path from zero to hero is as short as possible and where opportunities are endless. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to update our products to reflect our new global brand strategy.”   In 2018, more than 240 million people experienced ESL’s leagues and tournaments, witnessing players becoming stars and achieving greatness. Starting with ESL One Genting in January, ESL hosted 10 mega events throughout the past year in eight countries. More than 12,000 tournaments and cups were played online on the grassroot platform ESL Play. ESL’s strong presence in 2018 Katowice events, 169,000 fans filled Spodek for a front row seat to two of the most prestigious competitions in all of esports over the course of two weekends. ESL will continue driving esports all over the world in 2019 starting next with its flagship tournaments at Katowice 2019 beginning later this month.   More details about the brand refresh and the new visual identity can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at www.about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.     ###   ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. (www.about.eslgaming.com) Books in Homes Australia to partner with the GIANTS to share the importance of reading and literacy 2019-02-15T04:49:02Z books-in-homes-australia-to-partner-with-the-giants-to-share-the-importance-of-reading-and-literacy Books in Homes Australia is delighted to announce its new partnership with Australian Football League (AFL) club—the Greater Western Sydney Giants (GIANTS). The GIANTS work with community partners and charities as part of their social responsibility initiatives within Western Sydney, the ACT, Southern NSW and broader communities. Within this context, Books in Homes will work within the GIANTS communities to share the importance of reading and literacy, while identifying the schools with the greatest need for books.   Books in Homes Australia is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. The program aims to overcome the inequality of educational opportunities in communities where access to books for families is limited or non-existent and resources are often scarce. In doing so, the program contributes to helping overcome generational poverty by enhancing the chances of success in early education thereby opening up options, choices and potential in later life. Since 2001, Books in Homes has distributed over 2.5 million new books to children through schools and communities around Australia.   Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to create an Australia where every child and family has access to books in the home, and one of the areas where this focus is needed is the Western and South Western suburbs of Sydney.   Peter Large, CEO from Books in Homes Australia, said, “Books in Homes is partnering with the GIANTS with a common cause for the Western Sydney region. We have worked with members of the GIANTS Community team for several years now and we greatly value the work they do in reaching, supporting and encouraging youth from the many diverse backgrounds in Western and South Western Sydney. Books in Homes has had many years’ experience in promoting literacy and reading in Western Sydney. Our partnership aspires to deliver a powerful and exciting future for the families of the supporter base of the GIANTS and Western Sydney children.”   The partnership will have its first public appearance at the GIANTS Fan Day, which will be held on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Blacktown International Sports Park, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill NSW 2766. Books in Homes will hold live readings and storytelling sessions for children at its stand, featuring some of Australia’s finest children’s authors, illustrators, as well as Storyville storytellers.   ENDS