The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Tragedy turns to farce 2018-08-01T08:48:18Z tragedy-turns-to-farce Dear Editor, Historical events, they say, always happen twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. The tragedy happened in 2016 when the NSW government went to water on its principled decision to ban the vile greyhound industry. That decision followed an investigation that found widespread use of live piglets, possums and rabbits to “blood” the dogs. It found also that these highly social and sensitive dogs are sentenced to life in cramped cages or kennels, and that many are shot, bludgeoned to death or simply abandoned when they're deemed too old, injured, slow or exhausted to continue racing profitably. It was tragic that this well-reasoned and widely supported action was overturned due to a noisy minority intent on making money from this misery. The farce was the announcement this week that NSW taxpayers will give this industry $500,000. It’s for a racing prize, and the only condition is that the owner who wins it isn't allowed to kill the winning dog. Other than that, it’s dirty business as usual. Farce arises from absurdity, and this decision to throw away public funds on that cruel industry plumbs new depths of senselessness. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 DesmondB@PETA.org.au 0411 577416 Businesses Are Investing in Technology to Improve Customer Experience, but Many Are Still Falling Short of Giving Customers What They Want 2018-06-06T23:06:57Z businesses-are-investing-in-technology-to-improve-customer-experience-but-many-are-still-falling-short-of-giving-customers-what-they-want Nearly two-thirds (60%) of respondents in Australia say more work is needed by companies to improve their online experience Customer experience (CX) ratings vary by vertical with hospitality leading the way globally More than half of all respondents think machine-to-people interactions will improve CX Australian consumers still believe they will have the better customer experience in a physical location than an online store A new Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) survey of 5,000 adults from Australia, the United States, UK, France and Germany indicates a measurable disconnect between the advancements organisations think they are making to deliver exceptional customer experience and how customers actually view their commercial interactions. Specifically, less than half of respondents believe the technology needed to deliver the perfect online buying experience is available. This stands in stark contrast to findings of a previous Mitel survey in which 90 percent of IT decision-makers optimistically reported progress in improving customer experience through the use of technology. While a clear sign of the growing pains associated with digital transformation initiatives underway globally, the new survey also uncovers an opportunity for technology to play a key role in defining and keeping pace with changing buyer behaviour and preferences. In fact, over half of those surveyed believe machine-to-people interactions will positively transform the customer experience (51% in Australia). Vertical Visionaries, Leaders and Followers As customer experience becomes increasingly critical for businesses to remain relevant and compete, Mitel’s survey shows differences in customer satisfaction across vertical industries. Growing use of cloud communications and applications, combined with emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), are creating new ways for companies to nurture and build customer relationships. Winning companies will be those that are able to differentiate their brands by delivering seamless experiences across physical and digital environments, devices and channels. Currently, some segments are doing better than others. Hospitality leads the charge: Hospitality management knows the first stop on the itinerary for today’s travellers are online review sites. Before booking a trip, consumers want to hear what others have to say. In fact, it’s a near-universal activity. Given the impact reviews can have on average daily room rates, it’s no surprise this industry takes customer satisfaction seriously, receiving top marks among those surveyed. Australians also responded with high satisfaction rates (41%) with regards to their online experience with hospitality providers. Physical retail isn’t dead, but the customer experience is: More than 60 percent of shopping done by respondents still takes place in a physical store, though that number is shifting. When asked about the challenges faced by today’s brick-and-mortar retail outlets, three out of five respondents say the fact retail stores are struggling has more to do with the customer experience they provide, not products. While Australians are currently shopping in physical stores at much higher levels (74%) they agree with their global counterparts that customer service just doesn’t exist anymore. A seamless omnichannel approach is critical for this market, where more than one-third (36%) of Australian respondents note they make purchasing decisions based on the experiences brands provide versus the products and services offered. Chatbots can be used to manage simple tasks, while IoT and team collaboration tools open up new avenues for communications across media, whether it’s voice, email, SMS, web chat, social media or a website. Speed is the game in sports and entertainment: In the fast-paced world of sports and entertainment, immediate and clear communication is a necessity. Forty-nine percent of Australian respondents point to simplicity and speed as the most important factor in a good customer service experience, slightly higher than the global average (45%). Availability vital in healthcare: Healthcare organisations receive the lowest marks from respondents in all countries when it comes to customer service. Australian respondents, in particular, say availability and 24/7 service (40%) is the most important feature they look for from healthcare services, followed by simplicity and speed (36%). Additional insights from the data indicate: Bots, AI and machines can fill the customer service gap: Consumers appear to be increasingly comfortable with machine-to-people interactions when shopping online, with over 78 percent of Australian respondents saying they are satisfied dealing with automated processes. Most do not want to interact with a person while shopping online unless the service is very complicated, or they are having trouble finding the product or service they need. Half of Australian consumers and over 60 percent of U.S. respondents say if they could shop without speaking to a person, it would be a good thing. Even so, physical retailers need to balance the use of technology. Consumers do expect people to efficiently help them when shopping in a physical storefront. Mobile reigns supreme in the United States; Australia favours in-store: Of all respondents, U.S. and Australian consumers shop most frequently during a typical week. There are also notable differences by country regarding how and where consumers shop. U.S. respondents reach for their smartphone and use apps; Britons like shopping online via their tablets; French shoppers most often use their laptops; Germans are more likely to use a desktop computer; and Australians prefer a physical store location (74%). In Australia, brands can’t be complacent about improving their online presence. While more Australians still prefer buying goods and services in physical stores, more than two in five (42%) say they want to shop even more online, and just one in ten Australians (9%) say they don’t like shopping online at all. Seven in ten Australians (71%) say overall, shopping online is more convenient than shopping in a store. To meet this growing demand for online services, and the change taking place in consumer behaviours and expectations, brands need to consider a greater level of consistency across both the online and physical experience for their customers. Mitel’s study is the latest in its Business Insights Survey Series, which builds on previous research from August 2017 where more than 75 percent of IT decision-makers said they planned to tie together devices, emerging technologies, and communications and collaboration capabilities within two years to enable machine-to-people interactions to improve customer experience. This body of work expands on the concept established by Mitel in 2016 of “Giving Machines a Voice” to enable IoT and other machine triggers to launch real-time communications workflows that can improve how companies work and collaborate. Exploring a different angle, this survey examines how consumers view customer experience in shopping for goods and services across market segments, including retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment, health care, financial services and utilities. For more results and a closer look at regional or country-specific data, download the white paper. Quotes “As physical and digital worlds begin to seamlessly intersect, how effectively a company serves its customers across both domains determines tomorrow’s winners and losers,” said Jon Brinton, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Solutions at Mitel. “By supplementing existing applications and investments with new technologies such as AI, team collaboration and IoT, companies can better communicate and collaborate internally and externally and begin to proactively deliver the level of customer experience buyers expect.” “The data shows no matter where you are in the world, customer experience matters—bottom line,” said survey administrator Regina Corso of Regina Corso Consulting. “In order to truly connect with customers on their own terms, organisations must look for new ways to balance technology investments with personalised customer service. Those that are able to navigate this balance will go on to build strong brand loyalty with their customers, helping them succeed in today’s highly competitive purchasing environment.” Additional Facts Mitel has been recognised as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications for four consecutive years. Synergy Research Group has confirmed Mitel’s position as the #2 unified communications as a service (UCaaS) vendor worldwide. Mitel hosted cloud solutions are trusted by more than one million global subscribers. Related Materials Download the “Giving Machines a Voice” white paper Download the "Customer Experience for Dummies" e-book. Read the guide on "5 Steps to Increase Revenue Through Customer Experience." Download the "Digital Transformation for Dummies" e-book. About Mitel A global market leader in business communications powering more than two billion business connections, Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) helps businesses and service providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 70 million business users in more than 100 countries. For more information, go to www.mitel.com/en-au and follow us on Twitter @Mitel_AU. Contact Information PR agency contact Martin Aungle Explore Communications +61 (0)415 917 381 maungle@explorecomms.com.au Media – EMEA & APAC Sandrine Quinton +33 (0)130-964-301 sandrine.quinton@mitel.com Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T23:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 | pepper@decpr.com.au    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List. "H. P.T.U." 2014-05-21T09:25:00Z h-p-t-u                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Thyer " H. P.T.U. "        The only thing that the "I'm in again Parties" - you know the ones that go in when the other mob goes out and can't you hear them yell 'I'm in Again!'?          The only thing they create is H.P.T.U.- H  for HARDSHIP P    "   PAIN T    "   TAXES U    "   UNEMPLOYMENT           they have been in an out so many times they must be worn out and past their use-by date.            AUSTRALIA NEEDS A NEW ERA! "N.K.F.L." N   for NO MORE LOSS OF JOBS. K    "   KEEP MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA F     "   FREE DOCTOR VISITS - REVERSE $7 FEES. L     "   LESS TAXES. IT CAN BE SO!  I KNOW HOW TO DO IT - THEY DON'T! KICK THEM OUT - JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" I NEED 1650 MEMBERS NOW TO REGISTER MY PARTY! TIME IS SHORT!  Send me an email with "I wish to join" subject line to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form if you think you will make a SENATOR/ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/ STATE PREMIER/  LOCAL MAYOR. Send no money.   LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (    JOIN " AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY FOR A BETTER FUTURE! 2014-05-19T01:27:00Z join-australia-new-era-party-today-for-a-better-future JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY! I need 1650 members to get my party registered - Let's make things happen together.  BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO!  What lies ahead? Disease now for our children - no $7 - no vaccine! CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MUCH MORE PAIN! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" TIME IS SHORT- Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands. AFTER THE HYPE IT IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! 2014-05-15T12:11:00Z after-the-hype-it-is-austerity-by-the-bucket-load-1 AFTER THE HYPE THE REALITY IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! AFTER THE HYPE THE REALITY IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! I will reverse all these unnecessary budget imposts when my party "Australia New Era Party" is elected. Its all "Pie in the sky" accounting I know what to do to save Australia without such unnecessary imposts they obviously don't! ENOUGH ALREADY! Join now send an email to ray.thyer@bigpond.com with "I wish to join" subject line. You deserve better, your family deserve better. Australia is in your hands. Cheers Ray Thyer. President. BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER 2014-05-14T03:34:00Z black-tuesday-13-budget-imposts-are-all-unnecessary-a-recipe-for-disaster BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- What lies ahead? CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MANY MORE! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands. CALLING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL FEDERAL, STATE,LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEATS ACROSS AUSTRALIA! 2014-05-12T01:34:00Z calling-applications-for-all-federal-state-local-government-seats-across-australia CALLING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEATS ACROSS AUSTRALIA! Join now "Australia New Era Party". Email ray.thyer@bigpond.com with your name, resume, address and telephone number with subject line; "I want to be .....................................................of .............................................................." e.g. I want to be Minister for Arts/ Premier of N.S.W/ Mayor of Melbourne. for an application form.      Time is short to select candidates for one hundred and fifty Ministers of parliament twelve senators from every state and four from NT and ACT, six Premiers, two Chief Ministers from NT & ACT and Mayors and Councillors across Australia.    You must not be a member of another party. You can resign from the "I'm in again parties and join "Australia New Era Party" but you must be enrolled  on the AEC Electoral Roll. This is our motto: ( written by Shane Chandler) "From such small seeds that are sowed an orchard thus it will grow, momentum gathers and the snowball rolls, we will beat them in the polls. We start anew, we start afresh, enough already, they have failed the test. Once again I do exclaim- "Australia New Era Party" will ease the pain. The lucky country is no more thus our faith we must reinstall. It is in our hands how we run our land, this lucky country, our promised land." AUSTRALIA  NEEDS A NEW DIRECTION- A NEW ERA! I need one thousand six hundred and fifty members to register my party. Australians eighteen years and over are eligible to join "Australia New Era Party". You deserve a better future , your family deserves a better future that you will only achieve by joining "Australia New Era Party".  AUSTRALIA IS IN YOUR HANDS. signed  R.H. ( Ray) Thyer ( President ). TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! 2014-05-11T10:23:00Z tuesday-s-horror-budget-imposts-are-unnecessary TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! Austerity leads to anarchy when people can't afford to pay imposts of high taxes, double dipping on petrol excise with GST and indexed to inflation every six months. Hecs demands of immediate payment, $7 doctor visit fees, Disability job ultimatums, Death wish on persons 65 years +, Debt levy, Parents and high incomes taxed, Plus possible higher excise and taxes on cigarettes, beer and wine, the list goes on.  But you might say they have put a freeze on their salaries from any rises - Well that's after e.g. A backbencher's salary increased $54,000 to $ 195,130.00 and Ian Watt, Secretary to Department of Prime Minister rose a staggering $40,000 to $844,000! (source Sunday Mail 11 May 2014). Make no mistake these measures will create such high loss of jobs and Canberra runs the risk of becoming a ghost town with loss of 15,OOO jobs and the flow on to hospitality workers, food  distributors and farmers will be enormous. I say again- TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! The hell and purgatory that will follow must not be allowed to continue for very long. I will reverse all of the above when you elect me and my party! I promise and I don't make promises I don't keep. I can create more wealth and thousands of new jobs and turn the national debt around without imposts they want to apply to you and your families. I know how to save Australia they don't!  ENOUGH ALREADY! I need people to contest every Federal and State and Senate Seats who are sick and tired of  high and higher taxes and now enormous imposts on us and our families. Time is short - if you think you have the ability to become a State, Federal Member of parliament and the Senate send me an email NOW with "I wish to join" in subject line to ray.thyer@bigpond.com  AUSTRALIA NEEDS YOU NOW!  TOGETHER WE CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE! THE ROTTEN... 2014-05-10T11:08:00Z the-rotten THE ROTTEN.... NOW I NEED 1650 MEMBERS! THE ROTTEN.... NOW I NEED 1650 MEMBERS! - did you see this? - Source ABC- "With the support of the Coalition, Labor and the Greens, the recommendations are almost certain to pass through both houses of Parliament. Recommendations from the inquiry include tripling the number of party members needed to register a party, and changing the rules in the Senate so voters are not obliged to number every box.Did you see the part _"Tripling the number of party members needed to register a party" ? Now I need 1650 MEMBERS TO CHUCK THEM ALL OUT!  If you can't trust them TRUST ME and join my party send me an email with  "I wish to join" in subject line to ray.thyer@bigpond.com  Australia is in your hands! Thanks Ray. A MESSAGE FOR FARMERS AND COUNTRY FOLK IN AUSTRALIA 2014-05-09T10:28:00Z a-message-for-farmers-and-country-folk-in-australia A MESSAGE FOR FARMERS AND COUNTRY FOLK IN AUSTRALIA. A message for farmers and country folk throughout Australia, we are going to be punished for living in the country next Tuesday May13 in a horror budget. We have to motor hundreds of miles to shop and see a doctor in town and use diesel aplenty. ENOUGH ALREADY! I will cancel the GST on petrol and diesel and the $6 to see a doctor fee!Before they sell off your farm and Australia is owned by some other country join now my "Australia New Era Party'. Yesterday I bought some oranges at a supermarket and they taste awful. I used to enjoy an orange with lunch but as many as I have tasted over the past few months none are what might be described as nice. Where do these oranges come from? I loved farm bought oranges but now the local orchard is gone and the trees are dead. I will change this and once more farmers, milk and dairy producers will have a decent income and living. I don't make promises I don't keep I am not a politician and have never been a member of a political party and can think and do as I want. Join my "Australia New Era Party" for a fair go. Australia is in your hands, Cheers Ray. THE BIGGEST DOUBLE DIIP OF ALL! 2014-05-08T11:10:00Z the-biggest-double-diip-of-all THE BIGGEST "DOUBLE DIP"OF ALL! THE BIGGEST "DOUBLE DIP"OF ALL - 42% PETROL EXCISE AND GROWING YEARLY PLUS 10% GST!  THAT'S THEIR POLICY! END THE RIPOFFS - ENOUGH ALREADY -  Join my "Australia New Era Party" I promise "NO/ NIL/ ZERO GST ON PETROL & DIESEL!"  It can be done and I know how to do it!, Cheers Ray. HOT BREAKFAST, THE US MASTERS BEAMED LIVE AND 18 HOLES OF GOLF… 2014-04-09T03:55:00Z hot-breakfast-the-us-masters-beamed-live-and-18-holes-of-golf-the-hermitage-by-sekisui-house-throws-support-behind-starlight-foundation-fundraiser HOT BREAKFAST, THE US MASTERS BEAMED LIVE AND 18 HOLES OF GOLF… The Hermitage by Sekisui House throws support behind Starlight Foundation Fundraiser 2 APRIL 2014: More than 150 golfing enthusiasts from businesses around Macarthur will gather at Camden Lakeside Golf Club this month to raise much-needed funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Sekisui House, developer of the popular residential community The Hermitage, is one of the event’s key sponsors and hopes to help hit the fund-raising target. “The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a great organisation that carries out life-changing work for many seriously ill children and their families. We have many children living at the Hermitage, so we’re very conscious of the importance of a happy, healthy family – and how difficult life can be when you’re not so lucky,” said Sekisui House’s NSW Marketing Manager Moonmoon Sahu. A team from The Hermitage will also play in the day’s tournament, which kicks off on Monday April 14 with a 6am hot buffet breakfast timed to catch the final day of the 2014 US Masters Golf Tournament beamed live to the Camden Lakeside clubhouse. Guests will then tee off for 18 holes from approximately 9.30am, and will have the opportunity to take home a Greg Norman signed Cobra Golf Bag, a framed and signed artist’s impression of Greg, or a selection of Greg Norman Wines, kindly donated by world renowned golfing legend Greg Norman. Hosted by the Camden Lakeside Golf Club and Chamber Developments, this will be the fourth Masters Charity Golf Tournament. The Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW was the previous recipient of the fundraising from the Masters Charity Golf Day. Director of Chamber Developments Brian Brown says that everyone involved understands that life isn’t always fair, and that families and children sometimes have to deal with tragedy. “Each year we run the Masters Breakfast Charity Golf Day to raise money for charities that receive very little or no financial support from the government,” he says. “Along with our key sponsors, we believe it is our duty to help those in in our community who not only have to face the challenges of dealing with seriously ill children but the financial burden that comes with the need to provide the best long term care for them.” For Sekisui House, it’s also a chance to contribute to the broader community around The Hermitage, which launched in 2012 and is now home to more than 200 residents. Camden Lakeside Golf Club is also part of the future long-term vision of The Hermitage as it grows in coming years. “Events and sponsorships like this are key for us, because we have such a strong focus on creating friendly, supportive communities that residents feel at home in,” says Moonmoon. “The opportunity to combine community development and charity support is one we wouldn’t miss.” Sekisui House supports several community-building events and takes on a number of sponsorship opportunities across their communities throughout the year. The Address and The Waterfront at Wentworth Point enjoyed a taste of Europe at multicultural festival EuroFesta last month (Sunday 30 March), and residents of The Hermitage are to be treated to their own cinema under the stars complete with popcorn, wood fired pizzas, fairy floss and bean bags on Sunday 13 April. The resident and business community at Central Park in Chippendale also engage in several creative arts and community projects. Sekisui House fund and support these events as part of their firm belief in social engagement as a key to building community pride. Contribution: Included in your $95.00 per person (discount for members) are your Golf, Cart, Buffet Breakfast, two on-course refreshments, Sandwiches, Super-pin Entry, Gift Pack and Trophies. All money raised from the event will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Your attendance and generous donations will be greatly appreciated. All bookings can be made through (02) 8777 1000. About The HermitageThe Hermitage is set on an 307-hectare site bound by Camden Valley Way, Raby Road and Gregory Hills Drive, and will feature a central three kilometre green corridor and more than 10 kilometres of bicycle and pedestrian walkways. A planned hilltop village complete with boutique convenience shopping, cafes and community facilities will also be a key feature of the community. Upon completion, an existing 18-hole golf course will also be at the centre of this community, with an additional 9 holes currently proposed with practice facilities. The Hermitage’s carefully considered master-plan is designed to create harmony between humans and nature.  In to this naturally focused process, Sekisui House has added the essential elements to help make The Hermitage a truly special place to live. About The Starlight FoundationSince 1988, Starlight Children’s Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, young people, and their families by delivering innovative programs that restore the laughter and joy that serious illness takes away. Starlight’s programs connect those children and their families with the magic of the Starlight world, including; Captain Starlight – magical superheroes bring unlimited entertainment, fun, and laughter Starlight Express Rooms, Starlight TV/Radio & Fun Centres – diversion and entertainment in all major pediatric hospitals throughout Australia Starlight Wishgranting – providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children Livewire.org.au – a safe and supportive online community that helps young people aged 10-20 years, and their families, cope with the impact of a serious illness, chronic health condition, or disability.  Starlight provides programs integral to the total care of seriously ill children – while health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child, giving them the opportunity to laugh, play and be a child again. About Sekisui House Established in 1960, Sekisui House is one of Japan's most respected homebuilders and new community developers. With over two million homes to their credit, and a multitude of awards for innovation, quality and sustainability, Sekisui House is now a major player in the Australian market. Sekisui House’s portfolio of residential projects in New South Wales includes, The Waterfront at Wentworth Point, The Address also in Wentworth Point and Central Park, in partnership with Frasers Property Group, in Chippendale, The Hermitage in Gledswood Hills. Sekisui House also have a number of other major interests and joint ventures in Victoria and masterplanned communities in the making in Queensland. The company’s designs have been developed through collaborations between talented Australian and Japanese designers. It’s this unique approach that has allowed Sekisui House to take the best of Japanese expertise and technology and adapt it to Australian design tastes, lifestyle needs and climates. Sekisui House aim to bring a positive change to the face of community development and home building in Australia. The company’s commitment to their communities was highlighted by their response to the devastating earthquakes that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. Sekisui House promptly opened a Disaster Response Headquarters at their head office in Japan and local disaster response stations in the stricken areas, thus establishing an internal system to effectively take initial response actions and confirm safety. Sekisui House is still determined to achieve post-earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction of the stricken areas. -Ends- Media enquiries: Holly Reynolds, Managing Director, Left Field Public Relations P: 02 9331 6671      M: 0409 462 112      E: holly@leftfield.com.au Ellie Fraser, Account Executive, Left Field Public Relations P: 02 9331 6671      M: 0417 888 569     E: ellie@leftfield.com.au   Latest research reveals that many travellers don’t enjoy their holiday 2014-01-29T09:16:22Z latest-research-reveals-that-many-travellers-don-t-enjoy-their-holiday Latest Galaxy poll research shows that a third of travellers come home unhappy from their holiday, while one in five people feel just as tired as they did before they went away. The research - commissioned by Carnival Cruise Lines – found that 90 percent of people feel they have to compromise on what they want from their holiday so that they can please their partners or family members. The top three issues that people feel they have to compromise on are: ·  Deciding on a destination (33%) ·   Whether to go somewhere new or somewhere familiar (28%) ·  Choosing between a relaxing or stimulating surroundings (22%) Lisa Murray, Director of Australia Trip Planner said that there’s always a level of compromise when you’re travelling with family and friends but it should not hinder your holiday experience. “There are three keys to having a great holiday: planning, research, and catering to the style of holiday you’re after. “Firstly, planning a holiday is like marriage – speak up or forever hold your peace! Talk about where and when you want to go, and what you want from your holiday. It’s much easier to combine everyone’s wants and desires when it’s out in the open. “Secondly, knowledge is power so the more research you do and the more information you have, the greater chance you have of enjoying your holiday. “Thirdly, cater to the style of holiday you’re booking. For instance, if it’s a family friendly holiday with little kids, ditch the romantic dinners because unhappy children at an expensive and sexy restaurant will only leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.” Lisa said that people are forever compromising, so we expect our holidays to be a selfish indulgence. Don’t look at it as compromise but as a broader holiday experience. You’re sharing new experiences with people you love. Look at all the wonderful memories you’ll create. “As for coming home tired, holidays are exhausting. You’re doing new things, you’re out of your regular environment and comfort zone, and then there’s the sudden shock to your system when you have to return to your normality. But seriously, is a bit of post-holiday tiredness really enough to make you stop taking holidays?” Plan your holiday experience with the help of Australia Trip Planner. Create a personalised holiday itinerary to suit your holiday style.