The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-19T04:48:44Z The Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) presents a new YouTube Series: The Mum Drum. 2019-09-19T04:48:44Z the-centre-of-perinatal-excellence-cope-presents-a-new-youtube-series-the-mum-drum-2 Introducing The Mum Drum, a new YouTube series designed to help mums navigate the beautiful chaos of pregnancy and motherhood. Brought to you by the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), The Mum Drum is presented by Clinical Psychologist and podcaster Amy Felman and Dr Nicole Highet, Founder and Executive Director of COPE. COPE recently conducted a survey on over 1000 mums who had struggled with depression and anxiety in pregnancy and early parenthood. The study revealed that a staggering 84% feel there is a lot of pressure to be the perfect mum. The Mum Drum looks to normalise motherhood by including real-talk on infertility, body image, juggling work and motherhood, as well as coping with loneliness, breastfeeding and changes to your relationships. Through interviews with experts and mothers, including Rachel Watts of Seven’s Yummy Mummies, The Mum Drum aims to shine a light on the hidden and unexpected realities of becoming a parent, what mums and dads wish they’d known before embarking on their journeys - and the advice they’d give to others. Amy Felman says, "Chatting to these mum’s and mad’s was like being invited into a cosy living room late at night, where the level of comfort enables a willingness for intimate conversations. As a mum, hearing these stories was both normalising and at times inspiring!  As a psychologist - I have no doubt our viewers will find them therapeutic! Such a gift to mums and dads." There’s also a focus on the emotional and mental challenges of pregnancy and early motherhood – what’s normal, what’s not and how you can seek help if you’re concerned. Hear the stories of some incredible people who share their own experiences of depression and anxiety with courage, candour and humour. Dr Nicole Highet says, “The Mum provides a powerful platform to facilitate open, honest discussion between mums, dads and experts. By unveiling many hidden truths about becoming a parent, we endeavour to remind parents that they are not alone in their struggles, and, through reflection and supportive advice, the series will serve to be of great benefit to others.”  ENDS For more information, or to interview Dr Nicole Highet and Amy Felman, please contact: Megan Chambers | megan@moderncurrency.com.au       About Nicole Highet Nicole is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence: COPE. Following her extensive research and consultation with women, men and health professionals about their needs and experiences at this critical time of life, Nicole established COPE in 2013 to provide much needed information and support. Her work at COPE includes the development of Australia’s Clinical Practice Guideline and equipping health professionals with the knowledge and skills to support women at risk of or experiencing emotional and mental health problems. About Amy Felman Amy is a Clinical Psychologist, working with expectant and new parents across a range of settings. She is also the creator, producer and host of a podcast for early career psychologists called We All Wear it Differently (WAWID). Watch The Mum Drum trailer here: https://www.cope.org.au/mumdrum/ The Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider 2019-09-11T06:54:34Z the-number-one-robotics-steam-education-solution-provider HONG KONG, CHINA – 2019   ·       Local Australian company, the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider is nominated on APAC Business Headlines Magazine’s list of the “Ten Fastest Growing Robotics  Solution Providers to Watch in 2019”. ·        Company specialises in delivering STEAM learning solutions for students to learn both inside and outside the classroom environment. Local Australian company Actura is the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider. APAC Business Headlines Magazine recently released its list of the “Ten Fastest Growing Robotics Solution Providers to Watch in 2019”, with Actura being nominated on this prestigious list. Actura specialises in delivering high-quality in-classroom and out-of-classroom STEAM learning solutions that set it apart as the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider. As an innovative company, Actura provides international study programs with prestigious organisations like NASA and CASE (California Association for STEAM Education). It also provides a comprehensive in-classroom Robotics Learning Solution. APAC Business Headlines Magazine profiles the most promising technology and business applications and the heads behind them. The magazine documents the opinions and expectations of the global technology community, shedding light on how robotics companies have evolved to mature firms. Being nominated in the category of Robotic Solution for Education & Learning has further acknowledged the company’s success in the small business technology world. Actura’s FlipRobot in-class solution consists of five pivotal areas: construct, control, interact, kinetic energy and artificial intelligence. As a package, the FlipRobot learning kits in conjunction with the CASE robotic curriculum are designed to provide students with essential STEAM skills for their future careers. The curriculum is mapped with national standards and is a University of California 5.0 GPA approved college preparatory course. Actura’s FlipRobot Solution is complimented by FlipCloud, Actura’s function and resource-rich coding and programming support environment. FlipRobot is uniquely positioned to be the only robotic learning solution that focuses heavily on the curriculum. Charles Chung, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Actura has remarked: “FlipRobot facilitates schools so that educators can adopt STEAM learning with ease. It starts with the CASE FlipRobot curriculum, spanning from K to 12. FlipRobot is an innovative framework that provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment”. Mark Tong, Editor-in-Chief at APAC Business Headlines Magazine has commented: “Actura Australia has been on our radar for quite a long time, and this year it became clear that enterprises of all sizes alike trust the company for its incredible innovations and services in the industry”. Mark Tong, Editor-in-Chief at APAC Business Headlines Magazine also commented: “It was a great pleasure reviewing these companies, as they all had inspiring as well as thought-provoking stories to share”. Rin Kachui, Senior Editor at APAC Business Headlines Magazine further added: “Our editorial team has not only selected the companies on account of their services, but also on their abilities to transform the user-experience of customers”. Actura’s FlipRobot Solution as acknowledged in APAC Business Headlines Magazine signals its significance in the robotics technology market. Being nominated on the “Ten Fastest Growing Robotics Solution Providers to Watch for 2019” list is significant as it signifies a list of companies that will provide valuable insights by these industry leaders to assist customers to achieve their business goals efficiently. As the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider, Actura’s status has been further elevated in its field. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale. Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media Resources Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au       Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au See How Local Company Creatively Engages Students in STEAM Effectively 2019-09-11T06:53:53Z see-how-local-company-creatively-engages-students-in-steam-effectively HOUSTON, TEXAS Local company delivers creative Space School STEAM program. Students are stimulated and inspired through the program's immersive experiential activities. Unique Space School program empowers youth to pursue STEAM for the future. ·      Students from schools around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, China and Taiwan recently took part in local company Actura’s CASE Space School program. Over 390 students participated in the fourteen-day expedition at NASA’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. The students have recently returned home engaged, invigorated and inspired by the Space School program which focuses on critical STEAM skills. Through the program’s creative design – a combination of practical and theoretical STEAM-based elements, the students have been empowered for their future success. The fourteen-day CASE Space School program includes Junior and Senior elements for students in Years 7-9 and Years 10-12. For the Juniors, among the activities, students explore NASA’s latest technologies and learn about astronaut training. They participate in practical laboratory activities and perform shark dissections and cellular analysis to understand how the human body survives in space. The Senior program focuses on leadership and management skills and gives students the opportunity to manage a $600 million Mission to Mars Project and to participate in the ChallengeX project to solve real space industry problems. Both programs include presentations from inspirational guest speakers from within the space industry and NASA. The specifically-developed STEAM program aims to broaden the mind, cultivate drive and instill curiosity and the spirit of exploration in the students. The program’s foundation of key learning outcomes is the basis for its success. The program is based on Dr Tony Wagner’s (Harvard University) Seven Survival Skills - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence; Agility and Adaptability; Initiative and Entrepreneurialism; Effective Oral and Written Communication; Accessing and Analyzing Information and Curiosity and Imagination. Detailed post-tour reviews for all participating schools are currently being conducted, with the aim of ensuring the program’s quality. Surveys and results have been overwhelmingly positive so far. For example, one hundred percent of parents and students from Pittwater School responded to and recommended the Space School program. “We are again astounded by the phenomenal success of the CASE Space School and the way that the expeditions have continued to inspire our students”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura “I really enjoyed my experience at Space School. Everyone who talked to us inspired me and motivated me. I feel like I have come out of this experience with a more positive mindset. I also gained a lot of interest in STEAM subjects on the trip. Hearing so many incredible people tell me to follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, was really reassuring and powerful. Overall, I learned so much about STEAM and myself as a person”. Charlotte Walsh, Student, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School “Space School was a very interesting experience for me in which I learnt many ‘firsts’ about space. Doing activities so closely related to what people at NASA or other people involved in space do, as well as meeting those sorts of people, has inspired me to pursue a STEAM career, particularly one which could allow me to work in the space industry later in life”.   Timothy Hugh Barrett, Student, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) “The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has given my daughter the knowledge and confidence that she is capable of doing anything that she puts her mind to”.   Tania Thompson, Parent, Senior Space School “Wow! Just again a big thank you to all those involved in taking, caring for, and safely bringing back our now highly inspired, creative and more confident daughter, Lucy. Myself and my husband will never forget this trip. Oh! And just so you know, Lucy has been wearing the NASA & Space Camp T-shirts nearly every day since she’s been back! Love it!!”. Susan Barber, Parent, Junior Space School Local company Actura has unlocked the key to inspiring our youth to reach their potential. CASE Space School’s high-impact experiential study program has resulted in students returning from the program enlivened and inspired for their future. Offering enriched STEAM activities, inspiring leadership and personal development that is not possible in an in-class learning environment, the CASE Space School is truly a unique experience. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura is the exclusive global partner of the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE). Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CASE was established by educators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extra-curricular education programs. Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media and Resources CONTACT: Name - Nerilee Chen - Marketing and Communications Specialist Phone - Office: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email - nerilee.chen@actura.com.au   Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au Sisters of Charity Foundation to meet with domestic violence survivors 2019-09-05T01:55:28Z sisters-of-charity-foundation-to-meet-with-domestic-violence-survivors Moving Forward is a specialist case management service for women and children who are experiencing, escaping or have left domestic and family violence. Based in Sydney’s south, it provides comprehensive practical support as well as therapeutic and educational workshops and case management. “For the past five years the Sisters of Charity Foundation has supported our organisation with an annual grant of $10k,” says Moving Forward Manager Jan Christie. “Every year we purchase grocery vouchers to distribute to the women and children we support. “We have found if they are able to financially support themselves and their family they are less inclined to stay or go back to an abusive relationship.” Foundation visitors will join Moving Forward’s staff and clients for lunch, and speak one-on-one with brave domestic violence survivors who are ready to share their stories. “We’re grateful to be allowed to gain this deeply personal insight,” says Sisters of Charity Foundation CEO Reba Meagher. “Although we’ve had regular updates from Moving Forward over the years, there’s nothing quite like hearing directly from someone your donation has helped. For me it reinforces why we do what we do. “Moving Forward provides a much-needed service to the community and we’re proud to support them.”   About the Sisters of Charity Foundation Every year the Sisters of Charity Foundation is able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that receive little or no funding from other sources, that benefit the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community, no matter their gender, ethnicity, age or ability. AdviceOne’s Andrew Halliday wins Sentry’s national Adviser Excellence Award – local charities benefit 2019-09-02T05:21:51Z adviceone-s-andrew-halliday-wins-sentry-s-national-adviser-excellence-award AdviceOne Financial Services principal Andrew Halliday has won Sentry Advice (Sentry) inaugural Bryan Hills Memorial Award as Sentry’s outstanding individual adviser.   Bryan Hills was a founding executive director of Sentry who sadly passed away in July 2018 after a long and courageous battle against cancer.  It is the national licensee’s highest individual honour in recognition of personal professionalism, but also courtesy and respect.   The award is conducted through a nomination process and the winner determined by a consensus of Sentry staff that consider each nominee against the above criteria.   In congratulating Andrew Halliday, Sentry’s CEO, David Newman said he has consistently distinguished himself by his inspirational community minded spirit and support of local groups as a Chaplin, mentor and sports coach.    “Andrew’s a true professional and role model adviser – but it’s his conduct, politeness, team spirit and gentlemanly demeanour that were regarded most highly as his most appreciated attributes”, added David Newman.    “It was therefore most fitting that Andrew was the unanimous winner of the Award”.       Andrew Halliday said he was truly humbled to be the recipient of the inaugural Bryan Hills Memorial Award as the nomination process and recipient are determined by a consensus of the national organisation’s staff.    “Bryan Hills was always appreciated for his compassion, integrity and respect for the people he worked with – and I’m truly honoured to receive this Award in his memory and for the values it acknowledges”, said Andrew Halliday.   “At its core, the values of the advisory profession are to help clients realise their financial dreams while protecting their lifestyles and families.  Values that are also reflected in my personal community and social activities”.   In keeping with the principles of the Bryan Hills Award, the recipient receives a monetary award that is able to be made to a charity organisation(s) or group(s) nominated by the winner.   Without doubt, the most rewarding and satisfying outcome of winning the Award was donating the monetary prize to three immensely worthy and inspirational local community charity groups said Andrew Halliday.  These are as follows –   The Shack Community Centre – is a committed group of volunteers and a vital thread in the fabric of the Nambour community.  They devote their time and resources to support drug-dependent individuals into detox, rehab and counselling.  In addition, they have referred numerous people to accommodation, established drug and alcohol groups to domestic violence support groups.   Jades Legacy Foundation – was established in memoriam of Jade Lily Dixson.  The foundation educates young drivers through defensive driver education programs as far too many are dying in senseless, tragic accidents that with driver education could be avoided.   Orange Sky Laundry – one in 200 Australians are homeless with 5% ‘sleeping rough’ whilst the others stay in shelters, boarding houses, temporary accommodation or severely crowded homes.  With specially built vehicles the charity’s volunteers provide a regular laundry/shower service while supporting the often ignored and disconnected individuals.   Andrew Halliday concluded, “Whilst immensely honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the national Bryan Hills Memorial Award I am most proud that the beneficiaries are three very worthy local community / charity groups”.   Donations to the above charities are most welcome and can be made via their respective websites –        The Shack Community Centre     www.theshackcommunitycentre.com.au      Jades Legacy Foundation            www.jadeslegacy.com.au        Orange Sky Laundry                   www.orangesky.org.au   Issued by AdviceOne Financial Services Pty Ltd    www.adviceone.com.au           Media enquiries:  Mr Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd T:  +61 3 9324 0362   M:  +61 412 112 545  E:  jperri@joeperri.com.au     Children's Book Genre Sees Substantial Growth 2019-09-02T03:10:52Z children-s-book-genre-sees-substantial-growth According to recent Nielsen Bookscan data the book industry has seen significant growth (5%) in the children’s book genre.  As a company QBD Books are excited to see the growth in this area.  We believe reading is a timeless form of entertainment, and that the importance of a book to help us learn and understand cannot be underestimated. As children grow older it’s comforting to know that 75% of parents with children aged 6-17 wish that their child would engage in more page time, and less screen time. This is despite children themselves admitting that they would prefer to read print books over e-books. [1] Reading aloud to children every day not only creates a shared reading experience with parents, it can enhance cognitive development improving a child’s attention span, listening skills, literacy and numeracy skills.[2]  QBD Books children’s category has also seen year on year growth. Currently it is the most rapidly growing genre of 2019.   A significant part of this uplift can be attributed to the launch of QBD’s Mini Book Collection in sales across children’s books, particularly the 12 books featured in the collection. The most popular? Australian children’s classic Storm Boy.   The full QBD Mini Books collection includes titles ranging from picture books to junior fiction novels. Accompanied by a gorgeous collector’s book shop case it will appeal to children ages 3-12 and lovers of mini collectables everywhere. Each mini book and the collector’s case are 100% recyclable.    “There’s something about a miniature. I guess it’s a kind of magic. The surprise of it, like the discovery of a tiny jewel that’s precious and unique and instantly endearing.” – Anna Feinberg, author of the Tashi series. For further information, interviews or photos please contact: Margaret Milton| Shannon Edwards QBD Books Marketing P: (07) 3291 7411 |(07) 3291 7437 E: QBDPR@qbd.com.au WEB: https://www.qbd.com.au                         FB: facebook.com/QBDBooks INSTAGRAM: @qbdbooks [1] Research figures quoted are taken from Scholastic Australia’s 2019 Australian Kids & Family Reading Report   [2] Research quoted taken from SBS family article “How Reading Aloud To Your Children Can Boost Their Vocabulary” by Margaret Kristin Merga, Senior Education Lecturer Cowan University, published 13/2/2019   Sleeping In Fresh Air Makes Babies Happy Nappers 2019-09-02T01:30:57Z sleeping-in-fresh-air-makes-babies-happy-nappers Putting babies and toddlers outside for their daily rest is a well-established routine in many Scandinavian countries - even when temperatures plummet well below zero. It’s said to have significant benefits and while the Scandinavians have long believed that outdoor naps are essential for the health and hearty development of their young children, it seems that Australians are starting to embrace the idea too. The theory behind sleeping outdoors is that exposing young children to fresh air is good for their overall health and wellbeing.  At Nido Early School childcare centres, fresh air naps are standard practice.  Of course, the staff takes safety very seriously and great care is taken to make sure that the conditions are appropriate, that children have the appropriate clothing, bedding and sunscreen if necessary and that they have appropriate supervision. Nido Early School says their motivation for putting the children outside for al fresco naps is huge.  “We believe children get a better sleep and they sleep for longer,” says Nadia Wilson-Ali of Nido Early School.  “Children who sleep outdoors are also healthier.  Because the children spend less time in enclosed spaces, their exposure to germs is decreased which means they have fewer colds and bugs.  Plus they learn to nap anywhere, which is a real life skill as they get older. “Of course, safety is a priority but provided the area is secure, it’s not raining and there’s no risk from animals, there’s no reason why children can’t sleep outdoors especially when the benefits are so significant,” she added. In Norway, Sweden and Finland, it’s common for babies and young children to sleep outside - even in the depths of their freezing, snowy winters.  Most daycare centres there put children to rest outdoors and you see prams on pavements outside shops and cafes everywhere.  It’s part of their culture. The internationally renowned Norwegian obstetrician, Dr Gro Nylander attested in her best-selling book Becoming a Mother that looking at the sky or swaying branches has a calming effect on babies and toddlers when they’re falling asleep.  Dr Nylander is acknowledged around the world as a voice of reason in child-rearing and her book combines modern research with personal experience to give new mothers sensible and practical advice and strategies. Exposure to nature is also a key factor in Nido Early School’s approach to childhood learning and education and it’s one of the reasons behind their move to outdoor nap time.  Their centres are inspired by Reggio Emilia which adheres to the principle of the physical environment being the ‘third teacher’, stimulating the children’s imaginations, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and their sense of wonder.     The rows of sleeping littlies under the watchful and caring eyes of their highly trained professionals at Nido Early School centres speak volumes about the benefits of outdoor napping.  Calm, quiet and peaceful, it’s a restorative atmosphere that benefits both the children and those who watch over them. “The change of season usually means extra bugs going around our centres, but we find that a nap in the fresh air does a lot of good keeping the nasties at bay,” said Wilson-Ali. “The benefits of outdoor naps are so significant and everyone loves them, so there’s every reason to continue the practice - provided parents agree.” For more information about Nido Early School early learning and childcare centres, please visit www.nidoearlyschool.com.au. Christmas Gift Guide - McGloins Supertex 2019-09-01T23:36:52Z christmas-gift-guide-mcgloins-supertex-1 Christmas is quickly approaching and as everyone says every year, it’s always the earlier the better to start planning your Christmas gifts! McGloins Supertex has all the perfect beauty gift ideas for him, for her and to fill the Christmas stocking or the office Kris Kringle. For Him: Holiday Spirit Soap – RRP $12.95 – Stockist: Terry White Chemmart from October Bring on the Holiday Spirit with a masculine paper-wrapped triple milled soap bar, available in three fresh fragrances: Sage, Black Pepper & Ginger and Spearmint & Patchouli. Christmas Gift Card with Soap – RRP $14.95 – Stockist: Blooms The Chemist from October Spread some holiday cheer with a happy holiday card with an adorable heart-shaped soap in the centre. Comes with gift box. Available with three Christmassy designs: Happy Holidays, Christmas Decoration and I Love You Dearly. BodyPlus Skin Oil – RRP $19.95 – Stockist: Chemist Warehouse and www.mstx.com.au available now An intensive face and body moisturiser, bath oil or a soothing relief for sun-worn and dry skin. Also a great beard oil for softer healthier growth. For Her: Mini Pamper Set – RRP $14.95 – Stockist: www.mstx.com.au Soak in seasonal aromas! Each Mini Pamper Set includes a Body Wash, Hand Cream and Bath Caviar. Available in two fragrances: Winter Pine and Cranberry. Floral Soap & Hand Cream Set – RRP $14.95 – Stockist: Terry White Chemmart from October Nourishing and delightfully packaged, this duo set including a soap bar and hand cream leaves your skin cleansed and hydrated. Available in two fragrances: Fern and Moss. L’Action 1 Minute Solutions – RRP $16.95-$19.95 – Stockist: www.mstx.com.au available now L’Action Paris has recently launched their new 1 Minute Solutions range with a fresh look! The top three picks for Christmas this year include the new Miracle Cleansing Gel (RRP $16.95), Eyelash Treatment (RRP $16.95) and the Lip Enhancer (RRP $19.95). Stocking Fillers: Bobble Hat Soaps – RRP $11.95 – Stockist: Terry White Chemmart from October Smell delicious with these adorably packaged soaps! Available in three delightful fragrances: Plum Flower, Eucalyptus and Redcurrant & Fig. Bath Fizzer Bar – RRP $12.95 – Stockist: Blooms The Chemist & Terry White Chemmart from October Perfect addition to bath time! Snap off a cube or two of this bath bomb to colour, soften and scent your bath water. Available in 3 fun fragrances; Tropical Fruit, Pomelo Fizz and Cucumber Cactus. Festive Cheer Set – RRP $14.95 – Stockist: Terry White Chemmart from October A mini hand care set, with packaging designed in the shape of a Christmas bauble decoration. 
 These perfect gifting ideas from McGloins Supertex will be available from the stockists listed above. It is Game On with the new series ‘The Onliners’ 2019-08-30T23:19:51Z it-is-game-on-with-the-new-series-the-onliners It is Game On with the new series ‘The Onliners’. Animation, Learning, Entertainment meets 360 video/Virtual Reality Launched today and free online is a new series “The Onliners”. It is in 360 video or Virtual Reality for those with VR Goggles.   360 video allows you to look around the environment and interact with the screen while the animation plays.  It is a 360 degree view taking animation to a new level.  Oh, all you have to do is remember to touch the screen with your finger/mouse while the animation plays. Not only is this a whole new way to watch a cartoon, “The Onliners” is educational and entertaining as a world of computer gamers compete to be the first to explore the internet from the inside out.  Competing in teams of three, the top three teams will go online to face the challenges of life online.  Nine characters dressed as an avatar for security reasons will encounter bullies, bots and baddies that are sabotaging the internet and the race is on to protect the worlds data, while we are reminded to protect our privacy and security online.  Creator of ‘The Onliners’ Kerry Hurst has spent the last 2 years making and shaping the educational series, hoping to promote online education in a new and entertaining way of learning.  Kerry has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry, making apps and training people from all different areas of life and understands the issues facing both children and parents with multiple devices connecting to the internet. Her hope is that ‘The Onliners’ provides parents with some support in reminding and educating children from a young age about the importance of security and privacy online. This six episode series is available now for free on youtube [https://youtu.be/tH-kV2lXXYQ] and provides a fun and entertaining way to discover and learn about life online.  You can meet ‘The Onliners’, at http://www.pro360duction.com.au .   About Kerry Hurst Kerry has a Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Ecommerce and I am a strong advocate for Child Safety Online. I am the owner operator of Kerry’s Computer Company which is a computer training and repair business in Brisbane Australia. Media contact Kerry Hurst Brisbane QLD 4012 AU Telephone 0415 212 737 Email kerry@pro360duction.com.au Website http://www.pro360duction.com.au       Global Robotics Competition to Challenge Students from around the World to Navigate through the Smart Cities of the Future 2019-08-28T06:31:36Z global-robotics-competition-to-challenge-students-from-around-the-world-to-navigate-through-the-smart-cities-of-the-future SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES – August 2019 Australian company Actura’s inaugural OneWorld Robotics Competition is set to launch in November 2019. ·       The competition brings together students from Years 7, 8 and 9 from around the world, competing to solve real-world STEAM problems. Australian company Actura’s OneWorld Robotics Competition will challenge students to apply STEAM skills through robotics to solve real-world problems. Area Competitions commence in November 2019. The competition involves students from Years 7, 8 and 9 from Singapore, Taiwan, China, New Zealand and Australia. The category of smart cities will challenge the students to come up with solutions to the problems of our cities of the future. Subjects to contend with will include transport congestion, pollution, environmental sustainability and over-crowding. The Autonomous Vehicle will be a solution to many of these problems and students will consider the technical, legal, social and ethical solutions, including privacy and cybersecurity risks, through their technical application of robotics. The students will consider the Autonomous Vehicle as a solution to relieving congestion. A panel of industry leaders will judge the students based on Dr Tony Wagner’s 7 Survival Skills, critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration across networks and leading by influence; agility and adaptability; initiative and entrepreneurialism; effective oral and written communication; accessing and analysing information and curiosity and imagination. The Global Competition will be held in March 2020, with the top three teams competing against one another. The OneWorld Robotics Competition is set to challenge students to apply STEAM skills to solve the problems associated with navigating our smart cities of the future. Students will hone their STEAM skills including critical thinking and problem-solving in order to find solutions through robotics, and present these to a panel of industry experts. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale. Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media and Resources Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au   Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au   Keeping our oceans clean and forests green 2019-08-26T23:45:33Z keeping-our-oceans-clean-and-forests-green Media Release - 27 August 2019 Did you know that every year, at least 9 million trees are flushed down toilets and 8 million tonnes of plastic flood the oceans, all to make standard toilet paper? To combat the devastating effects a simple trip to the loo can have on the environment, global household brand Pure Planet Club introduced their tree-free and plastic-free range of eco-friendly toilet paper back in 2017. Now, this month, the brand will launch their new Marine Collection with six ocean-inspired designs to celebrate all the creatures large and small they are saving one roll at a time. Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club says, “Toilet paper is something we can’t avoid using, but we can make the conscious choice to use plastic-free options and therefore minimise damage to our environment. Since launching in 2017, we have seen an increasing demand in the Australian market for plastic-free, plant based, sustainable solutions for everything we do in life; toilet paper being one of many areas for improvement.” All Pure Planet Club toilet tissue is: 100% plastic-free and tree-free. Made from 100% plant-based materials, bamboo and sugarcane waste. Biodegradable and made from renewable and recycled materials. Septic-safe, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, BPA-free and recyclable. The new-look Marine Collection toilet paper in 190 sheet rolls (regular length) will be available in six designs: Dugong – Did you know it’s thought that dugongs were the inspiration for maritime fables of mermaids and sirens… Orca – Whale poop, or ambergris can fetch up to $180,000 and is sought after to use in luxury fragrances. Seahorse – Did you know sea horses are the only animal on the planet in which males bear offspring? Seal – Did you know micro-plastics have been found in seal poop – one of the first signs of the effect of plastic on the marine food chain. Turtles – Oddly enough, some turtles poop and breathe through the same openings – weird! Whale – Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, growing over 30m long and weighing over 130,000kg. The truth about the impact of standard toilet paper on the environment. Did you know? It takes approximately 140 litres of water to make one roll of standard toilet paper. 15% of the world’s deforestation is from the creation of toilet paper. Global toilet paper production wipes out approximately 27,000 trees per day, which is equivalent to around 9 million trees per year. It takes 1 acre of trees to provide enough oxygen for 18 people per year. Trees combat Global Warming by lowering the air temperature from evaporating water in their leaves. “Through our shared belief that there are more sustainable solutions for our everyday business, we can make small changes that go a long way to protect future generations,” says Christina. Pure Planet Club’s new Marine Collection toilet paper will be available from September for RRP $48.00 per 36 pack carton, or $43.20 per carton on subscription. pureplanet.com.au For more information, product samples, hi-res imagery or to interview Christina Kjaergaard please contact: 360 PR – Rachel King – (02) 9571 4448 – rachel@360pr.com.au Parke Lawyers Becomes a GoodWILL Champion 2019-08-26T03:36:12Z parke-lawyers-becomes-a-goodwill-champion Parke Lawyers, a highly respected law firm based in Melbourne, Australia recently became a GoodWILL Champion, supporting the work of UNICEF to improve the lives of children around the world. What is the GoodWILL Project? The GoodWILL Project is an initiative of UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), an organisation that was created in 1946 to provide emergency healthcare and food to mothers and children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. It has now expanded its directive to focus on improving the lives of all disadvantaged children and their families around the world, working towards overcoming the obstacles that poverty, disease, discrimination and violence place in the path of children. The GoodWILL Project was created to link lawyers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children with clients who have the same beliefs and want to leave the world a better place for all children. In essence, UNICEF wants to encourage people to include a bequest in their Will that will provide vital assistance to disadvantaged children. What does a GoodWILL Champion do? Lawyers and law firms who are GoodWILL Champions offer to prepare, free of charge, simple Wills for anyone who wants to leave a bequest to UNICEF Australia. The reason that this project is so successful is because studies have indicated that people are happy to make these bequests, if they were approached by their lawyer at the time of writing their Will. This research provides an opportunity for UNICEF to leverage this goodwill for the greater good of children everywhere. As a GoodWILL Champion, Parke Lawyers are proud to be in a position where they can empower their clients to help improve the lives of vulnerable children in Australia. Managing director of Parke Lawyers, Jim Parke stated that “Leaving a gift in your Will is a powerful way to help improve the lives of children in need and fighting for children’s rights in every corner of the world”. Three practical UNICEF bequests that aid disadvantaged children Jim Parke takes the time to emphasise that there are real-world benefits of each UNIVEF bequest made by his clients. Each bequest increases the awareness of UNICEF and the vital role they play in the lives of disadvantaged children, not only around the world, but also closer to home. “As well as enabling people to leave a gift in their Wills, we are also able to increase awareness of the vital work of UNICEF around the world, including close to home within the Asia Pacific region”. Whilst a UNICEF bequest will provide many opportunities for improving the lives of vulnerable children, Parke states that there are three practical bequests that are popular with their clients: 1.      A gift of real estate, as this helps organisations purchase and transport vaccinations to inaccessible areas of the Pacific. 2.      Bequeathing 1% of their estate to UNICEF Australia, as this helps to provide an education to children in war-torn countries. 3.      Gifting shares to UNICEF Australia, as this helps remote communities to receive hygiene programs, fresh water and sanitation. Finally, Parke states that “remembering UNICEF Australia in your Will means the organisation can carry on protecting vulnerable children far into the future”. New Charcoal Bamboo Face Mask by L'Action 2019-08-20T23:32:24Z new-charcoal-bamboo-face-mask-by-laction New Charcoal Bamboo Face Mask Creating beauty moments to make you feel good Media Release - August 2019 As winter wraps up and warmer weather is approaching, now is the time to freshen up your face and introduce regular face masks to combat skincare troubles. L’Action Paris has developed a Charcoal Bamboo Sheet Face Mask which leaves your skin fresh and glowing. CEO of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes says, “This face mask is perfect for rebalancing your skin and kick starting great skin care. The active ingredient includes charcoal which absorbs excess sebum, leaving you with a post day spa glow.” The Charcoal Bamboo Sheet Face Mask rebalances combination to oily skin with sebum-absorbing charcoal to tighten pores and improve skin elasticity. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin for 15 minutes for optimum results. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before delicately removing the mask and lightly tapping your face for optimal absorption. Implementing the mask into your routine 2 – 3 times per week will help improve your skin elasticity, tighten pores and leave you with a clean, glowing complexion. About L’Action Currently sold in over 40 countries on four continents around the world, there are over 50 different products that are available in Australia. All products in the collection include natural active ingredients, are developed in their Paris laboratory, are dermatologically tested and are NOT tested on animals. The new L’Action Paris Charcoal Bamboo Face Mask is available online for RRP $4.95. www.mcgloins-supertex.com.au @lactionparis_au JURA Christmas Edition - Snow White! 2019-08-20T23:17:56Z jura-christmas-edition-snow-white Spreading the Christmas spirit with JURA – Snow White Media Release - August 2019 As we enter the busiest time of the year, the months continue to fly by and before you know it, we’ll be unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day. Don’t let this festive season sneak up on you! JURA has the perfect fully automatic coffee machine to bring the winter wonderland into your home this Christmas – the new JURA ENA 8 in Nordic White. George Liakatos, Managing Director of JURA Australia says, “Compact in size, the ENA 8 line is the perfect machine of any type of kitchen. Designed to fit into the smallest of apartments, JURA’s ENA 8 in Nordic White was inspired by the purity and clarity in the snow swept mountains of the Swiss Alps. This Christmas, let JURA take you a step away from the world of colour and explore the vast land beyond with the Nordic White ENA 8.” Small, stunning and simple, eliminate capsules this festive season and fill your home with the aroma of freshly ground coffee. A must-have for all coffee lovers and connoisseurs, the ENA 8 impresses with speciality coffees and personalisation features at the touch of a button; it is sure to delight even the most discerning palates. The new JURA ENA 8 includes the following features and benefits: Small – Only 27.1 cm wide, 32.3 cm high and 44.5 cm deep – this one-cup machine will comfortably fit anywhere. Stunning – A cylindrical shaped water tank inspired by premium crystal carafes; a key highlight of the design. Simple – Easy to use 2.8” TFT display and clearly defined operating panels Automatic filter type detection – RFID technology detects whether the new CLARIS Smart mini (30L capacity) or CLARIS Smart (50L capacity) is being used and adapts settings automatically. Freshly ground, not capsuled – Freshly extracted every time from coffee beans. The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®) optimises the aroma of a short ristretto or espresso. Fine foam technology – Creates airy, feather-light milk foam. 10 specialties at the touch of a button – Providing the perfect cup every time. The JURA ENA 8 in Nordic White is available now for RRP $1,899 online at www.au.jura.com as well as selected electrical retailers, department stores, independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. Spring Styling Tips by Justine Wilson, Vault Interiors 2019-08-20T22:55:23Z spring-styling-tips-by-justine-wilson-vault-interiors Maximise the value of your property this Spring selling season Essential styling tips for selling your property Media Release - August 2019 With spring selling season right around the corner and some slow months in property, housing prices and stock levels are on the rise. To make a property stand out and to guarantee the best return on investment this spring, it is important to invest in every part of your home, sharing the TLC. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, shares her top styling tips for spring 2019. Justine Wilson says, “Any touch ups around the home, small or large, will help add value when it comes to selling your property this spring. Whether you create a cosy alfresco area, study nook or turn a spare room into an optional bedroom, added areas around the property will encourage potential buyers to imagine themselves living there and create an emotional connection to the space.” Styling your entire property will best showcase the functionality and flow of each space leaving potential buyers feeling emotionally connected to the space. Take advantage of market conditions and prepare your home for the new spring selling season with Justine’s top tips for styling your property: Don’t underestimate a fresh coat – Refresh the paint, clean the gardens, and consider new carpets to get your property looking spick and span. This will help time-poor buyers feel assured the property is ready to go and has been well maintained. Fresh, bright and light – Bring the outdoors inside your home with pops of colour to uplift the mood. Introduce light and airy colour accents such as mint green, soft yellow and soft pink through spring flowers. Use fresh foliage in clear vases for a pretty display. Bring greenery indoors to signify the change of the seasons and represent a new beginning. Artwork – Transform a space by creating a great base palette, add some unique artwork, simple designs and complement with a selection of candles. Place floral scent displays in a cluster or on a tray. This will help the winter musk smells disappear and will complement the warmer weather and creates a cosy home-like feeling. Natural and sustainable – Sustainability in a home will impress potential buyers. Signified by raw materials, reclaimed rustic furniture and an earthy look, this trend truly represents spring time adventures. Achieve this look by adding natural woods, candles and repurposed glass jars to table centrepieces or book shelving. About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages.