The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-15T05:10:55Z FLOWERS ON TEDDER AMONGST THE BEST BUNCH IN FIRST YEAR 2017-08-15T05:10:55Z flowers-on-tedder-amongst-the-best-bunch-in-first-year In less than a year, Flowers on Tedder has become a local business success story being nominated as a finalist in the search for the Best of the Gold Coast Florists 2017. This comes after Gold Coast Bulletin readers nominated the Main Beach florist, alongside another 20 well-established florists over the past weekend. Owner Margot de Groot said she was both thrilled and surprised to have been nominated within her first year of business.  The store is an exciting new endeavour for Margot, the founder of a national law firm, a published author with many philanthropic achievements to her credit. Finally, she has found time to indulge one of her great passions. “I’ve reached a point in my life where I have the opportunity to pursue a dream,” she said. “With a career in wills and estate planning, flowers have always featured in our business life - they make people happy and I like being part of that.” Flowers on Tedder specialises in finely crafted floral arrangements for weddings and corporate events. They play to the skills of its key staff, florists Nicole Jordan and Hannah Grigg and Margot’s daughter Alice, a professional prop maker recently graduated from NIDA who, with stylist Emma Goody, provides artistic input.  “We wanted to stay true to the original version of a florist’s shop, where every arrangement is handcrafted to suit the people and the occasion, so we take time to listen to our customers and understand the message they are wanting to convey,“ said Margot. “Starting my own floristry boutique was a dream at the time but gradually my ideas have evolved. I believe you never stop learning and growing and this is my next adventure. My mother loved fashion and flowers so the store is a tribute to her sense of style.” The shop captures an elegant European look thanks to the efforts of top Brisbane interior designer Mary Durack - and Mary's daughter, Kate, who did the graphic design work for the shop. Click Here To Vote for Flowers on Tedder To interview Margot de Groot, contact Deanna Nott of Wings Public Relations on 0422 504540  Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2017 program revealed 2017-08-15T00:40:13Z parrtjima-a-festival-in-light-2017-program-revealed The second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light will illuminate Alice Springs with extraordinary contemporary art by some of Central Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists over 10 nights from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017, as revealed in the new creative program announced today. The free public event will transform Alice Springs Desert Park into a mesmerising outdoor gallery of light and sound with a breathtaking illumination of a 300-million-year-old natural canvas, the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, and a series of new installations involving Aboriginal artists from the central desert region. The festival program, created by Parrtjima curator and renowned First Nations creative director Rhoda Roberts OA, showcases the oldest continuous culture on earth and puts the magnificent Aboriginal art and culture of Central Australia on centre stage. “We are proud to present the creative program for Parrtjima 2017 and look forward to bringing senior Aboriginal artists together in Alice Springs – home of the Arrernte of Mparntwe – to share their vibrant artwork and stories with thousands of visitors at this truly unique event. “It has been a privilege to work with each artist to bring new light to their work using the newest technology, and it is our shared hope that the festival will inspire all visitors to learn more about the rich culture of the central desert artists who continue to paint country and keep our knowledge alive for future generations.” Roberts worked closely with AGB Events and Aboriginal artists and art centres from across the desert region to develop the festival program, with endorsement from the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group and ongoing consultation with a wider network of respected Arrernte persons. The creative program features the following elements and installations:   The Heartbeat of Elements of Country Alhe Itethe (Central and Eastern Arrernte) / Arna Itatha (Western Arrarnta)The majestic MacDonnell Ranges will be illuminated with a stunning light treatment celebrating the heartbeat of country, pulsating through expression of the elements wind, fire and water. Up to two kilometres of the 300-million-year-old natural canvas will be bathed with colour during a six-minute theatrical light display timed to music, playing on a 20-minute cycle. The spectacle respects the life of the land and its elements, reflecting their drama and inherent beauty. The kaleidoscopic display of colour, texture and movement is the result of consultation with a network of respected Arrernte people, some of whom gave this display on the range the Arrernte name and spellings: Alhe Itethe (Central and Eastern Arrernte) and Arna Itatha (Western Arrernte), saying it means: “The sands and lands are alive. It’s all alive and we are all still here.” Interactive Space – Wave Space Between the cycles of the Alhe Itethe/Arna Itatha display, visitors can step into a booth and experience lighting the range using a world-first interactive control system that follows arm and hand movements to change the lighting colours and patterns, discovering how their gestures affect the motion of the lights in real time. Expression Space – Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists Expression Space is a gallery of giant lampshades suspended beneath the stars, giving a panoramic perspective of the vibrant contemporary artworks created by Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists (Lifestyle Solutions). The luminous artworks portray the essence, beauty and humour of Central Australia and each artwork is a radiant reflection of the life and surrounds of the region as seen, known and loved by the group of artists involved in the installation. Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists is an art centre in Alice Springs supporting Aboriginal adults with disabilities to express story and paint country. Artists include Adrian Jangala Robertson, Billy Tjampijinpa Kenda, Charles Jangala, Ingkamala, Jane Mervin, Kukula McDonald and Lance James. The lampshade frames are made by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled business, Centre of Appropriate Technologies, Desert Knowledge Precinct, Alice Springs. Honouring Space – Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre Honouring Space is presented in collaboration with Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre in Alice Springs, which supports Hermannsburg School-style watercolour artists who paint in the tradition of their grandfather and relative, Albert ‘Elea’ Namatjira. To honour the community, Parrtjima will represent landscape paintings by artists Gloria Pannka and Mervyn Rubuntja in collaboration with Reinhold Inkamala, Vanessa Inkamala and Kathy Inkamala in windows suspended in the desert, as if viewing the landscape. Pannka’s painting will be represented in the style of large-scale windows, as if looking out onto a landscape rendered in watercolour. The remainder of the installation will evolve over the 10 nights as the artists return to Desert Park each day to paint a scene especially for Parrtjima. The artworks are displayed between two arches made by Aboriginal-owned social enterprise Tangentyere Constructions, which is based in Alice Springs. Grounded The much-loved Grounded installation returns in 2017, showcasing a fresh crop of artworks by Ikuntji Artists Eunice Napanangka Jack and Gordon Butcher, and Arrernte Artists Patricia Ansell Dodds, Carol Turner and Greg McAdam, and artists from Barkly Regional Arts. Using a powerful digital projection onto the desert sands, the sequence of works creates a giant, seamless canvas on country, accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape and recordings of stories told by the artists. Visitors can enter the projection space for an immersive experience and become part of the art. Respected Arrernte people gave permission to display artwork by artists and arts centres from other areas on Arrernte country. The audio and specialised projection equipment for Grounded is provided by the Aboriginal-owned Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), as part of a three-year agreement to allow for a fully integrated audio-visual experience at Parrtjima. The partnership will allow local suppliers to take ownership of the spectacular installation; acquiring world class equipment and expertise and will see the implementation of a training program to develop a long-term crew of Aboriginal employees for events. Visitors to the free family-friendly event can explore the installations at their leisure and relax at the Festival Hub in the beautiful surrounds of Alice Springs Desert Park while sampling local food and drink. An expanded program of events, including live music and artist talks will soon be announced. Andrew Hopper, General Manager, Northern Territory Major Events Company said: “Parrtjima is an uplifting family-friendly event, connecting visitors with original, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art, while providing meaningful artistic opportunities to Central Australian artists and paving the way for local growth in capacity, jobs and training.” The festival is open to the public at Alice Springs Desert Park from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and visitors are asked to register their attendance for one of four sessions held each night. A free park ‘n ride shuttle bus is available to and from the festival at Alice Springs Desert Park, stopping at several locations around Alice Springs. Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma) comes from the Arrernte group of languages, which has many dialects and ways of spelling words. In Central and Eastern Arrernte, ‘apateme’ means ‘to have trouble understanding something’ and ‘pwarrtyeme’ means ‘to shine’. The event name suggests shedding both light and understanding on a subject. The first Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world, Parrtjima is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and event partners Northern Territory Major Events Company, AGB Events, Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs Town Council, Alice in the Territory and Diggamen Civil Contracting. Join the conversation with #ParrtjimaAustralia. For more information and to register to attend, please visit EVENT DETAILS Event                Parrtjima – A Festival in Light Date                 22 September – 1 October 2017 Time                6:30pm – 10:30pm Location           Alice Springs Desert Park, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, NT Entry                Free URL         -ENDS- Media contact: Sarah Shields, +61 408 283 091 | Rachael Ryan, +61 406 484 929 | About Northern Territory Major Events Company Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) is a dynamic organisation that delivers and supports significant events across the Territory. Owned by the Northern Territory Government, NTMEC was established in 1999 and has the responsibility of developing, delivering and promoting world class events in the Northern Territory.   Chinatown Sydney Historical Walking Tour now available on izi.TRAVEL. app 2017-08-08T03:11:37Z chinatown-sydney-historical-walking-tour-now-available-on-izi-travel-app MEDIA RELEASE 26 JULY 2017 Chinatown Sydney Historical Walking Tour now available on izi.TRAVEL. app  Exploring Chinatown Sydney and the Haymarket area has never been a more exciting and rewarding experience.   The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce it’s new “Chinatown Sydney Historical Walking Tour” launched in collaboration with izi.TRAVEL. Whether you are a local Sydneysider aiming to get active and fit walking around Sydney or an exploring tourist looking for interesting places in Sydney, this is one app you must download. Discovering public art and hidden gems by foot is an incredible way to enjoy Chinatown Sydney & the Haymarket area. Available for FREE download on both Apple and Android, the izi.TRAVEL app is you own personal pocket tour guide. All you have to do is type in the search function Chinatown Sydney, once you have downloaded the free izi.TRAVEL app and walk around Haymarket and Chinatown Sydney area. While the app is open on your phone, it will automatically recognise the site you are walking past and start telling you interesting and captivating stories. Getting to Chinatown and Haymarket is easy. You can walk from Central Station or Town Hall Station or take the light rail. This incredible immersive audio walking tour takes approximately 28 minutes (1.4 km) and guides you with interesting tales and historical facts of 15 sites, the itinerary starting with the Golden Water Mouth and The Ceremonial Arches and ending with the Chinese Gardens of Friendship and the Capitol Theatre. About izi.TRAVEL izi.TRAVEL is an app that aims to bring the world closer to you, and help you learn more about the places that you visit all over the world. It does this by bringing audio guides and trip maps from all over the internet into one single app that uses Google Maps for the best experience possible. With many of the thousands of guides available for free, izi.TRAVEL has something for everyone in Australia, England, Europe and many, many other locations. About Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is a not for profit organisation committed to the commercial and culturally diverse growth and development of its communities throughout Haymarket’s Chinatown, Thai Town and Korea Town.  This unique precinct is one of Australia’s leading destinations to live, work, invest and visit, attracting over 1 million visitors annually, representing 16,000 residents and over 40,000 workers. HCC aims are to support the commercial and cultural diversity across Haymarket’s local businesses, visitors, residents and investors to encourage economic growth, cultural transformation and to maintain a sustainable, resilient and connected local community and market place. Over the next five years, we will experience a historic transformation with investment, tourism and local and international population growth.  Haymarket’s evolution from its traditional base as Sydney’s Chinatown to an expanding precinct that will see new infrastructure, increased public transport and new residential and commercial developments to become the most innovative and culturally diverse metropolis of South East Asia.   HAYMARKET FACTS ·       One of the top three precincts to increase employment by 23% ·       16,644 Residents* ABS ·       48,071 workers ·       Over 3,000 businesses ·       Australia’s most walkable precinct* ·       Number 1 precinct for migrants* ABS ·       The most popular precinct for shopping / food & dining & art, design and culture in Sydney* NSW Tourism ·       In the top three most visited locations for events* NSW Tourism   For more media information and or interviews please contact:   Emilia Podetti Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Ph: 0424 314 192 Facebook:   Haymarket Sydney Community           Instagram:  #Haymarket love                         fresh look at the differences between 2 stroke & 4 stroke outboards on boats 2017-08-07T00:29:48Z fresh-look-at-the-differences-between-2-stroke-amp-4-stroke-outboards-on-boats If you own a boat or have ever looked at buying one, the engine on it will have been described as either a 2 stroke or a 4 stroke.  In this post we’ll have a quick look at the mechanical differences for those that are interested or just skip down to the characteristics if that’s all you’re looking for. Mechanical differences of 2 stroke vs 4 stroke outboards There are 4 basic stages of how an engine makes power – Sucks air & fuel in Squeezes that mix until its nice and hot Ignites that hot mix Blows the gas out of the exhaust The above image is how a 4 stroke outboard works, it has a stroke (up or down movement) for each stage of the process. A 2 stroke outboard still has to have the 4 stages but combines them into just 2 strokes (As the name would suggest…) which are. Sucks the air in and Ignites the previous mix Squeezes the fuel mix to make it hot and blows the previous mix’s gas out. Characteristics of 2 stroke outboards Lightweight One of the reasons for their lighter weight is that the flywheel can be made lighter.  The flywheel is the part that effectively stores energy and delivers it much smoother instead of a big jolt followed by nothing.  4 stroke outboards have to have a heavier flywheel in order to balance out the fact that it only gets 1 kick every 4 strokes whereas the 2 stroke gets powered every 2 strokes instead. Imagine having to throw a ball 100m.  A 2 stroke can throw 2 x fairly easy 50m throws but a 4 stroke has to throw one MASSIVE 100m throw. This is why 2 strokes are used in handheld, portable things like chainsaws, lawn mowers and on smaller boats.  The 4 stroke also has a lot more extra parts & complexity that adds to the weight of it. Power/responsiveness Obviously a 2 stroke 60HP has the same power as a 4 stroke 60HP but it is how that power is delivered that changes.  As the 2 stroke is firing (Igniting the fuel mix) a lot more often, it becomes a lot more responsive and generally a bit more ‘zippy.’ Cheaper to buy The 4 stroke outboard is more complex with intake & exhaust valves, a heavier flywheel and a few other considerations.  This means that the 2 stroke engine is simpler to build & simple to build means cheaper to buy. Characteristics of 4 stroke outboards Fuel efficiency & emissions You can see in the images above of the 2 stroke engine that the fuel is being transferred into the chamber at the same time that the exhaust port is open.  This inevitably means that some fuel will be escaping before it gets burnt. Not only does this lead to wasting fuel but that’s also why 2 strokes tend to be smokier with the smell that everyone knows is a 2 stroke smell!  If you’re planning on taking kids or family out then this is definitely a biggy as if you’re downwind of the motor then you will almost be able to taste the fumes. The 4 stroke on the other hand is more complex and advanced in its technology to minimise any fuel loss, giving it a much more efficient burn rate despite the added weight.  So a trip to across to Straddie will use a lot less fuel with a 4 stroke than with a 2 stroke engine. Quieter & less vibrations As the 4 stroke is not firing as much as the 2 stroke, you don’t get that annoying high pitched noise that you hear on 2 stroke engines.  That noise that is familiar to anyone who has used a chainsaw or mower before. So you’ll find that 4 stroke engines are very quiet and also produce a lot less vibration when idling.  Customers often don’t even realise that the 4 stroke 150HP we’ve got on the back of our performance pontoon hire boat is running when it’s idling! No extra oil in the fuel 2 stroke engines need you to add a bit of oil in with the fuel at every fill up.  This is because the fuel & air mix surrounds the crankshaft and a few other moving parts which need lubrication.  May not seem like much hassle but it can only take 1 run without oil to destroy your engine if you’re unlucky. Conclusion 2 stroke engines still have a place, their lightweight, zippiness and budget friendly nature mean that they are great for small boats and portability so if you’re looking at an engine for a tender or car topper then grab a 2 stroke. But for most of the other things that we love boats for, tubing, trawling whilst fishing, getting away from the crowds, then 4 strokes are definitely going to be worth the extra investment.  This is why we run all of our performance hire boats on 4 stroke engines, their extra reliability can also give us peace of mind that our guys are safe out on the water, especially when they’re up fishing at jumpinpin or when there’s a couple of families relying on us to make their day awesome! Drive a brand NEW motorhome through Europe in 2018 2017-08-02T02:27:56Z drive-a-brand-new-motorhome-through-europe-in-2018 Treat yourself to the ultimate European motorhome adventure in 2018 – a brand new, Italian styled, luxurious motorhome driven fresh out of the factory. For a limited time only DriveAway Holidays are offering the Just go Euro lease for pick ups from March through until May 2018 at half price. Be quick – stocks are limited. The sleek and practical vehicles come in a variety of sizes catering for groups of two, four or six people and all feature toilet & shower as well as a fully operational kitchen. Start the adventure from Tuscany in Italy and return to the UK with prices from just AU$44.80 per day, including unlimited kilometres and duration, no one-way fees, full European insurance cover, kitchen packages, and much more. The perks don’t stop there! You have the options as well to travel through 18 countries with the Just go motorhome, giving you complete control and flexibility of your own holiday. For more information, contact DriveAway’s dedicated motorhome team on 1300 363 500 or visit the website Junior World Quiz Championships 2017-07-31T05:32:23Z junior-world-quiz-championships The International Quizzing Association and Quizzing Australia will host Australian legs of the 2017 Junior World Quizzing Championships on Saturday, 16th September. The contest is open to high school students aged 14-18 years of age. It will be a written quiz of 120 questions spread across eight categories: ·                  Culture: Art, Architecture, Philosophy, and Religion ·                  Entertainment: TV, Radio, Classical and Pop Music ·                  History: Ancient times through to Current Affairs ·                  Lifestyle: Brands, Fashion, Design, Celebrities, Health & Fitness ·                  Media: Films, Literature, Theatre, Comics and Newspapers ·                  Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, Zoology ·                  Sport & Games: Olympics, Team Sports, Video and other games ·                  World: Astronomy, Human and Physical Geography, Travel Venues are planned for Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. As well as playing for the World title, Quizzing Australia will recognise Australian, state and category champions. The event is being run by the International Quizzing Association which has held adult world championships annually since 2003. “Supernerd” Issa Schultz from The Chase Australia is a five-time winner of the Australian round. The Junior version was first held in 2016, though Australia did not participate that year. Students interested in participating should visit the Quizzing Australia or Junior World Quizzing Championships websites. Sample questions 1.      What is the maximum number of characters allowed in a single tweet on Twitter? 2.      Viti Levu the largest island of which nation in the South Pacific? 3.      What is the chemical symbol of tungsten? 4.      Which singer performed the official theme song for the Bond movie ‘Skyfall’?   Answers 1.      1. 140;   2.  Fiji;   3. W;   4. Adele Adkins   Ends. The perfect Father’s Day gift: become a thoroughbred racehorse owner 2017-07-27T02:28:43Z the-perfect-father-s-day-gift-become-a-thoroughbred-racehorse-owner Sydney, 27 July 2017 - Forget supercar experience days, socks and tandem skydives. For the first time this Father’s Day, the perfect gift option is available: affordable part-ownership of a thoroughbred racehorse. A new website, called miRunners,  offers digital racehorse ownership experiences to anyone in Australia. It makes it easy and affordable for anyone to be a part-owner of a pedigree thoroughbred racehorse: ownership units cost  just $165 each, with a small monthly management and care fee capped at $15 per month. For the first time, ownership units can be bought via mobile or desktop in a few clicks. “Owning a part of a  thoroughbred racehorse in this way is an amazing Father’s Day gift idea,” says miRunners executive chairman Chris Ryan. “Until now, fewer than 100,000 Australians have been able to afford to own a racehorse, because ownership has been expensive and complicated. Yet millions engage in the sport. Now, anyone can enjoy a wonderful racehorse ownership experience.” MiRunners purchased its first colt for $165,000 in the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sales event in January 2017, and created 1,000 equal ‘ownership units’ with no mark-up to unit owners. The colt is being trained by leading trainer Kris Lees, one of the most sought-after trainers in Australia. Families wanting to buy a unit as a Father’s Day gift can simply go to the miRunners web site, enter their details, and with a credit card and a few clicks, become a part-owner.  “For most families and dads, ownership will be a new concept.  Race fans or those with a love of horses will instantly love the idea, and now anyone looking to buy an unusual Father’s Day gift that lasts will too,” says Chris Ryan. “Dad can share that experience with the whole family, as part of this new community of co-owners. Trainer Kris Lees updates owners each week via app or email on the colt’s progress and development. Everything from track training to playing in the paddock are captured and shared, with expert commentary. And there’s nothing more exciting than being at a race on race day as an owner.” As one owner says, “The way miRunners keeps us owners involved with everything the colt does is fantastic.” Once the colt starts its racing career, winnings will be divided equally per unit share. To saddle up for Father’s Day, go to Ends. Note to editors & writers: photographs available on request. MiRunners is at: For more information, contact: Alan Smith, Digivizer, 0404 432 700 Chris Ryan, miRunners, 0457 092 666 Australian brother’s innovations providing interest in golf training 2017-07-14T04:23:13Z australian-brother-s-innovations-providing-interest-in-golf-training Long-time Australian PGA members Brett and Mark Officer are creating a great deal of interest in their recently released innovations relating to technology in golf training. The brothers have developed electric hydraulically controlled adjustable hitting and putting platforms that can be used as stand-alone products as well as with existing technologies. Their Perfectstroke Adjustable Putting Platform can be utilised in an indoor putting studio environment to create straight and breaking putts of up to twelve feet. The putting platform can be used with SAM Puttlab to analyse golfers putting strokes firstly with straight ten foot putts which is the industry standard and then in the case of more advanced players, measure putts where break is involved. The underlying goal in analysing the breaking putts is to ascertain whether the player can maintain aim and stroke technique when putting in whatever situation, this is a commonality in good putters. The putting platform can be set up in a studio situation with a fixed camera system which when used in conjunction with the SAM Puttlab provides incredible feedback. Players can do live training using either the Puttlab or the camera system which can include audio feedback on putter face angle at address. In addition each platform has a backboard with degree and inch markings that an elevated line can be attached to. This then provides a definitive aim point where ball start direction can be monitored on straight and breaking putts which relates back to the players ability to aim and produce the same stroke mechanics on every putt. Golfers training with this system have shown incredible improvement in aim at address, technique and distance control. Managing Director of Perfectstroke Mark Officer said “We have decided to manufacture and make available to golf academies, facilities and avid golfers both the hitting platform and putting platform which up until recently was only available in our own facilities. Our first electric putting platform was put into operation in 2007 and since then we have continued to refine and develop the products which we believe to be world class”. Officer went on to say “The hitting platform used in conjuction with the Foresight GC Quad has created a great deal of interest because of its ability to simulate on course situations that you can’t normally practice. How hitting from different slopes can affect path and plane and lead to swing changes is well known to top level coaches as well.” The Perfectstroke Adjustable Hitting Platform has been designed to be recessed into the floor of a studio and can be used in normal level position or to create slopes of up to 10% or combinations of slope such as ball above feet and downhill lie each of 5%. It is controlled manually from a fixed wired control box and takes less than twenty seconds to adjust to a considerable 6% slope. “For players that are at a professional level or those aspiring to become professionals it is imperative that they can train in situations that closely simulate real course situations. Our putting platform surface runs at a stimp of 12 feet and we have a proven record of being able to dramatically improve a players putting performance. To be able to practice with a launch monitor and our adjustable hitting platform provides a glimpse into how high performance training for golf will happen in the future” Officer stated. The Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre is located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia where golf lessons are delivered daily and where interested persons can see technologies such as Foresight GC Quad, the SAM Puttlab, K-Vest and the adjustable platforms in action. Seminars featuring the products in use and how they relate to teaching and club fitting are scheduled to be held later in the year and in early 2018. For further information contact Mark Officer at or phone 61 416 078 332 Fast Cover Travel Insurance Releases New Bali Survivor Game 2017-07-06T04:13:27Z fast-cover-travel-insurance-releases-new-interactive-bali-survivor-game Do you have what it takes to survive a trip to Bali? Find out by playing Fast Cover's new "Bali Survivor" online board game! Equal parts entertaining and educational, it’s packed with practical tips to help you to stay safe, stay healthy and stay out of trouble on your next Balinese holiday. Prepared frequent travellers will cruise around the board with ease, but risky travellers beware! Make the wrong choices and you could find yourself in hospital, deported, or even behind bars in an Indonesian jail. All games aside, these activities can result in much more serious consequences in real life than just losing a couple of turns. But if you make it safely around the board you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to do (and what not to do) to have an amazing safe holiday in Bali. View the full infographic here: Brother Australia announces the launch of the 17th International Quilting Contest 2017-07-04T03:31:20Z brother-australia-announces-the-launch-of-the-17th-international-quilting-contest Sydney, Australia – 3rd July 2017 – Brother International Australia is proud to announce the launch of its 17th International Quilting Contest. This annual competition is a fantastic opportunity for Australian quilt-makers to be inspired and create a quilt surrounding the theme of “Eco” with the opportunity to be recognised at a national and international level.The search is on for the next quilting champion after Australian quilter, Jill Hessing, was selected as the local and international prize winner of the 16th International Quilting Contest for her quilt titled “Bitter Pill”. In addition, a total of six out of eighteen international prize wins were awarded to local Australian quilters in 2015, further cementing Australia’s ongoing success in the international contest.While past years have seen local winners awarded with sewing, embroidery and craft machines machines, this year Brother are offering an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity to hop onboard a luxurious quilting cruise to Singapore with craft expert and Brother machine user, Michelle Marvig. Valued at over $7,020 AUD, the 16-night cruise on the renowned Ovation of the Seas will see the winner enjoy a luxurious cruise ship experience with sightseeing tours of Brisbane, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore all whilst learning quilting techniques from Australia’s finest craft experts. Departing from Sydney Harbour, the prize also includes a welcome drinks party followed by 26 quilting workshops led by highly regarded teachers, Michelle Marvig, Sue Daley, Karen Styles, Jane MacDonald and Wendy Williams. Read more about the cruise including dates and inclusions here.The Eco theme, which has been consistent year on year, is inspired by Brother Earth; Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future and protect the environment at large. The contest is open to all quilt-makers in Asia Pacific with participants required to create a 70cm x 70cm original quilt using different methods of construction such as decoration or embroidery and showcase creative, original work.In addition, the top 10 quilts will join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest. A panel of Fashion College and Magazine Experts will judge all entries and award a collective prize pool in excess of $3,700 USD. Great exposure is also on offer as quilts may be used at Brother Events throughout 2017 and 2018 including the Brother booth at the famous Tokyo Quilt Show in 2018.“Brother’s International Quilting Contest is a great platform for Australian quilters to be inspired and recognised for their creation; the entries received are always phenomenal. Last year, 6 stunning quilts submitted by Australia for judging in Tokyo received prizes!  We hope that many other Australian quilt-makers get excited and participate in this year’s contest” stated Julia Springbett, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.This year, Brother hopes local chapters of quilting guilds get behind the contest and encourage their members to enter and showcase Australia’s formidable quilting talent on the international stage.About Brother International (Aust) Pty LtdWith over 100 years in operation, Brother International is globally recognised as a brand synonymous with delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction. A specialist in its product lines, Brother is always ‘At Your Side,’ with its customer first approach in all aspects of business. Brother combines this customer satisfaction and its strong commitment to environmental conservation to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products in the printing, sewing, imaging and labelling markets.Brother International Australia was established in 1977 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. With a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia, Brother has grown from humble beginnings to a diversified multinational corporation.About Brother EarthBrother has made a commitment to sustainability and making a positive difference to the environment. Brother Earth is a Brother initiative and aims to build a society that achieves sustainable development by taking responsibility and considering the environmental impact of all aspects of business operations. At Brother Earth, visitors can choose how funds are allocated and see how Brother is contributing to environmental sustainability on a global level. ‘Click for the Earth’ at and Brother will contribute to an environmental conservation project on a consumer’s behalf. Sony ANZ Launches new Laser Light Source Z-Phosphor Projectors 2017-07-03T22:06:40Z sony-anz-launches-new-laser-light-source-z-phosphor-projectors Sony is expanding its range of laser light source (Z-Phosphor™) projectors by introducing two new models aimed at making laser technology more cost-effective for the installation market. Designed for applications, including classrooms and meeting rooms, the new VPL-PHZ10 (WUXGA) and VPL-PWZ10 (WXGA) projectors bring the benefits of laser technology — image quality, colour reproduction and virtually zero-maintenance — to customers who previously may have only been able to experience lamp-based projection. The new fixed wide zoom lens models provide users with a lower-cost, high-quality option for installing laser projections in rooms traditionally geared toward lamp-based technology. The new projectors’ light source have a total constant brightness of 4,500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours depending on usage environment, enabling users to experience the projectors’ original level of image quality over 5 years in standard use, while achieving a maximum 5,000 lumens brightness when the constant brightness mode is off. With these two new introductions, Sony’s laser-based professional projector family now grows to a total of 11 models, with lumen levels starting at 2,000 and resolutions ranging from WXGA, WUXGA up to 4K. Group Manager – Business & Institutional Sony Professional Solutions Brad Hanrahan said, “Projector users need options, since every room is different with varying installation and environmental challenges. With these two new models, users now have the option of converting to laser throughout a facility, where in the past, a mix of laser and lamp models made more sense due to budget constraints.” The new projectors inherit many popular and convenient features from Sony’s existing laser models such as BrightEra® 3LCD panel technology, which reproduces red, green and blue components of an image separately to ensure natural-looking and vivid colours. The new models are designed to deliver enhanced picture quality with features such as “Reality Creation,” a technology already in use by Sony’s home theatre projection systems for high-end consumer entertainment. The Reality CreaSony’s laser light source means there’s no lamp that needs to slowly warm up or cool down, no lamp to limit tilt angle and no trade-off between high brightness and high resolution. The laser projectors are designed for up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, depending on the usage environment, which contributes to reducing users’ total cost of ownership.In addition to the long-life laser light source design, the projectors are designed for energy efficiency due to their 3LCD engine. The new models’ low power consumption also reduces heat dissipation, in turn lowering fan noise.Each projector has a compact blend-in slim design, with a weight of 8.7kg, and each measures 20”x 4.4” x 14” (WxHxD), making them about 50% smaller and 30 % lighter than Sony’s existing FHZ/FWZ laser models. The new models have a wider lens shift range evenequipped with built-in HDBaseT™ interfaces, enabling easier connectivity and reducing total system costs by using a single cable which runs all the video, audio, control and IP signal up to 100 metres.The VPL-PHZ10 (SRP. $4,899) and VPL-PWZ10 (SRP. $3,599) are available now from and all good, authorised Sony projector retailers and resellers. Japanese voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi to attend SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:28:57Z japanese-voice-actor-daisuke-sakaguchi-to-attend-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, May 2nd, 2017 — Sydney’s #1 anime convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is highly acclaimed for bringing prolific guests to the Australian pop-culture scene. Following the guest announcement of international cosplayers BAOZI and HANA, SMASH! is delighted to reveal the second guest for SMASH! 2017: Japanese voice actor DAISUKE SAKAGUCHI. With a career that spans over twenty years, Daisuke Sakaguchi is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime, dubbing, and gaming industry. Sakaguchi is best known for his roles as Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama), Leonardo Watch (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Satoshi Fukube (Hyouka), Youhei Sunohara (Clannad), and Uso Ewin (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam). Besides his voice-acting work in anime, Sakaguchi has worked in the video gaming industry as well. Some of his recent titles include Gnome (Tales of Symphonia), Yuki Mishima (Persona 5), and Tatsu (Xenoblade Chronicles X). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says there is a “significant demand” to bring Japanese voice talent to the convention every year. “It is a great honour to have Mr Sakaguchi as one of our special guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Australian fans are always eager to learn about the Japanese animation industry. This is a great chance for fans to learn more about Sakaguchi’s journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the industry.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Daisuke Sakaguchi at the convention and attend exclusive Q&A panels. SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit ***ENDS*** SMASH! welcomes cosplay duo Baozi and Hana to SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:11:26Z smash-welcomes-cosplay-duo-baozi-and-hana-to-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, April 18th, 2017 — For fans of geek and costuming, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show to a whole new level. Introducing not one - but two guests - SMASH! is delighted to announce that the international cosplay duo, BAOZI and HANA, will be attending SMASH! 2017 as official guests.  BAOZI and HANA is China’s most active cosplay duo who are renowned for their portrayal of male and female characters from a variety of Japanese manga and anime series. Since their formation in 2011, both Baozi and Hana are widely recognised for their talent in costuming and makeup skills. Some of their most popular cosplays include Katsuki Yuuri and Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice), Rin Okumura and Yukiko Okumura (Ao No Exorcist), and Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami (Kuroko no Basket). With more than 232,000 followers on Facebook and 148,000 followers on Instagram, the cosplay duo has an international fanbase that spans from Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil. Over the last ten years, SMASH! has had a notable reputation of bringing high profile cosplayers to Australia, including Reika, Kaname and Yuegene. Baozi and Hana’s appearance at SMASH! 2017 is expected to attract hundreds of fans to Q&As, signings, and cosplay tutorials. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says SMASH! “strives to deliver fans’ expectations” by bringing international talent to the convention every year.  “We are absolutely delighted to have Baozi and Hana as our first guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Baozi and Hana are some of the world’s best cosplayers in the cosplay community. This is a great chance for fans to meet them in person and learn valuable cosplay skills.” SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit ***ENDS*** Time to get training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 2017 2017-06-21T06:28:48Z time-to-get-training-for-the-lake-taupo-cycle-challenge-2017 There’s around 150 days left to get ready for New Zealand’s largest cycle event, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. VBike indoor cycling studio's head coach Jianni Koutsos says now is the time to start training, particularly for anyone entering the 160-kilometre category. “If you don’t have much riding experience, that’s a long way. Proper preparation is key to having fun and avoiding injuries," he says. But with winter bringing short, dark days, Koutsos admits finding time to train is hard. When it’s impossible to ride outdoors New Zealand’s first dedicated indoor cycling studio, VBike, provides a realistic and effective training option. Its high-tech approach delivers cyclists tailored workouts that drive fitness gains. Each class includes high and low intensity intervals to help riders get fit and avoid over or under training. Alongside regular classes, VBike has designed a Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme that’s suitable for cyclists of all abilities.  The 12-week Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme includes regular fitness assessments, weekly indoor training sessions and a pre-race virtual ride of the most difficult elements of the course.  To support cyclists riding Taupo, VBike’s also providing a regular series of cycling tips like maintaining form over winter with a long ride each month.  Find out more at VBike, New Zealand’s first indoor cycling studio for cyclists.     Melbourne Magic Festival Reaches a Decade 2017-06-19T00:40:41Z melbourne-magic-festival-reaches-a-decade This July marks a significant birthday for all things trickery and illusion with the 10th Annual Melbourne Magic Festival coming to our shores – or at the very least, our pavements. Melbourne loves a good festival whether it be Wine and Cheese, Comedy, Mind Body & Spirit, Truffles, Drag Queens or even Chocolate. So it’s no surprise we are currently seeing anticipation levels approaching those of Tony Abbott’s fall from grace, or the legalisation of gay marriage – we’ll get there Australia! The Melbourne Magic Festival kicks into action on July 3 at the Northcote Town Hall, running through to July 15. And as well as 60 local magicians, the festival includes a range of special guests from overseas including E G Lee from South Korea, Dani Da Ortiz from Spain and Joshua Jay from the USA (yes it rhymes, people). In 2016, the Festival broke the world record for the longest ever magic show, with 20 magicians collaborating to provide more than 72 hours of non-stop magic! The previous year, Wayne Houchin perpetuated the stereotype that all Americans are crazy by hanging from his feet from a crane 100 feet in the air, while escaping from a straight jacket. Image: from event website It's anyone’s guess what 2017 will bring, but one thing’s for sure, there will be plenty of amazed audiences and a whole lot of gaping mouths! A couple of shows that have caught our eye come from two Melbourne magicians, one young and one not so young. Nicholas J Johnson is known in the industry as the “honest conman” and has been uncovering the secret of how to cheat, lie and swindle…without getting caught! He has over 20 years’ experience in the trickery game, and in that time has become an award winning magician and best-selling author. "I love the festival”, Nicholas stated in a recent chat. “Magicians don't often get to work with each other and so it's a pleasure to be able to join together to create magic as a team." His 2017 show, The Confidence Artist, is basically a crash course in con artistry. Be enthralled as Nicholas shows why people still fall for the oldest tricks in the book, and provides tips that you can easily use on your own mates. For those of you who missed the Comedy Festival, this show is sure to deliver plenty of laughs! Another performer making waves is Bayside magician Josh Staley. At only 20 years, he has already performed in 4 previous Melbourne festivals and won the Australian Junior Champion of Close Up Magic. Like Nicholas, he integrates comedy into his shows, and is very passionate. “I just want to perform; magic is close to my heart but I like to make people laugh too”, Staley said. “Magic is about creating a moment in time, where something truly impossible takes place, that you'll never forget witnessing.” At 9.30pm each night, the festival reaches its peak with The Best of the Magic Fest. Hosted by Nicholas, it features an array of both local and international magicians doing their thing, and is a great way to get up close and personal. So drop your hat (or pull a rabbit from it) and get on down to the Northcote Town Hall this July!