The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-21T22:43:01Z Get ready to party! The Wiggles announce their 'Party Time! Big Show!' Tour Dates! 2019-07-21T22:43:01Z get-ready-to-party-the-wiggles-announce-their-party-time-big-show-national-tour-dates GET READY TO PARTY! PERFORMING A RECORD 345 SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA THIS YEAR, THE WIGGLES ARE CELEBRATING BY TAKING THEIR ‘PARTY TIME! BIG SHOW!’ ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER, DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY!   The Wiggles will explode onto stages all around Australia, when they bring their brand-new ‘Party Time! Big Show!’ around the country this November, December and February! The ‘Party Time! Big Show’ will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘E-M-M-A’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear’, as well as some hits from their dazzling new ‘Party Time!’ album and more Wiggly classics! Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog as well as their brand-new Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn. You’ll also see the Wiggly Dancers, Santa Claus, dancing reindeers and much more!   Last year The Wiggles hit the headlines when a record 90,000 Big Show tickets were sold in the first 24 hours on sale! Seeing The Wiggles Big Show is an annual event for families across Australia. Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and carers don’t want to miss out on sharing this experience with their children. This year, The Wiggles have toured all around Australia as well as the US, Canada and New Zealand! The ‘Party Time! Big Show!’ celebrations will be coming to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane!   In an exciting year, The Wiggles continue to soar to new heights with their TV shows broadcast in over 190 countries, including Series 2 of the Emma TV series and there are so many more exciting video specials and albums to look forward to in the New Year! The Wiggles new ‘Party Time!’ album and video features so many varied styles of music perfect for any party! It features songs such as ‘Rattlin’ Bog’, ‘Simon Says’ (starring Simon Burke) and classic party songs like ‘Pass the Parcel’ and ‘Happy Birthday’. The Wiggles have been entertaining children around the world for over 28 years. Blue Wiggle Anthony says, “It’s wonderful to see children who once saw The Wiggles are now bringing their children to see us perform!” Last year The Wiggles performed 330 shows in 150 locations to over 330,000 fans, making The Wiggles the world’s most successful children’s entertainment group. The ‘Party Time! Big Show!’ will get your tinsel-toes tapping, so come along and see Emma, Lachy, Simon, Anthony, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn, Santa and his reindeers in their BIGGEST show yet! Buy your tickets from 10:00am on Thursday, July 25 as they’ll sell like… Hot Potatoes!   Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am on Thursday, July 25 from www.thewiggles.com/tours     16th November          Wollongong – WIN Entertainment Centre 23rd November          Perth – RAC Arena 24th November          Perth – RAC Arena 30th November          Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 1st December             Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 3rd December            Darwin - Darwin Entertainment Centre 7th December            Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena 8th December            Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena 12th December          Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre 14th December          Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre 15th December          Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre 17th December          Canberra - Canberra Theatre Centre 18th December          Canberra - Canberra Theatre Centre 19th December          Canberra - Canberra Theatre Centre 21st December          Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena 22nd December         Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena 1st February              Hobart - Derwent Entertainment Centre 2nd February             Launceston - Silverdome   Families can continue the party with the ‘Party Time’ DVD and album on sale from October in Dymocks, JB Hi-Fi, Sanity, iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify.   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).       How to reduce period pain in winter 2019-07-15T00:23:59Z how-to-reduce-period-pain-in-winter Media Release - July 2019 Winter can be a troublesome time for women who suffer from menstrual pain and cramps. While many use medication to relieve pain, it has actually been proven that heat therapy is much more effective when it comes to period pain. HOTPOD, the next generation hot water bottle, is a great alternative to wheat packs and is more effective and safer than ordinary hot water bottles. Nick Barnes, Founder of the HOTPOD says, “Applying heat to your abdomen has been shown to alleviate menstrual pain and our HOTPOD Electric Hot Pack offers the perfect solution to provide relief and keep you cosy and snug this chilly season”. Cold weather means we spend more time indoors; move less and tend to eat more. Unfortunately this can have a negative effect on period symptoms, worsening pain and cramps and can even prolong your cycle. The Electric Hot Pack, HOTPOD, provides relief for up to 6 hours in a warm environment, and up to 3 hours in a cold environment, so that you can get on with doing the things you love even during the chilly winter months. Key benefits of HOTPOD include: Ready in 10-15 minutes No refilling required Thermal auto cut-out Safety cut out Suitable for all ages from 5 years + Lasts 3 – 6 hours in a warm environment 1 year warranty “So whether you are going to curl up on the couch for a movie marathon, drive up the coast for the weekend to visit family or go to the kids footy or netball finals, the HOTPOD Electric Hot Pack has got you covered!” added Nick. The HOTPOD Electric Hot Pack is available now from Chemist Warehouse and selected pharmacies nationwide at an RRP of $39.95. www.mcgloins-supertex.com Glencore Supports Reading Program Across Eight Regional Queensland Schools 2019-07-11T11:09:38Z glencore-supports-reading-program-across-eight-regional-queensland-schools The Books in Homes Program will continue in north west Queensland for another five years thanks to Glencore extending its support by funding eight primary schools in the region. With over 4,000 students participating each year, this translates into Glencore delivering over an estimated 60,000 new and quality books-of-choice between 2019 and 2023. Furthermore, an additional 5,760 books will be donated to the participating school libraries and 3,300 books will be awarded to children for improved attendance, excellent citizenship towards their peers, accelerated reading results and who are generally “Caught Being Good”. That’s a total of almost 70,000 books supplied over five years to children in remote, regional and Indigenous communities in north west Queensland.   Glencore first started supporting Books in Homes in 2007, and to date has funded over $1.1 million and provided over 160,000 books to children in schools living in disadvantaged circumstances, remote or Indigenous communities, including schools in Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Camooweal and Dajarra. Of those 160,000 books, over 143,000 books-of-choice went directly to the children and their families. This continuity of commitment to providing children with access to the Books in Homes Program so they can build their home libraries has forged a strong bond between the students and the Glencore staff who attend the Book Giving Assemblies as Role Models during Terms 1, 2 and 4 each year when the Program operates. On these occasions the Glencore representatives read stories to the students, encourage and inspire them to read, as well as demonstrate that reading, accompanied by strong core values such as persistence, is the pathway to educational success. Indeed, reading forms the basis of every other subject including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In the process, Glencore has established itself as a strong proactive community leader that is not only helping facilitate the foundations of literacy to enrich children in school but also benefit them in later life and in their future professions.   In regard to the importance of having books in the home, a 20-year study of 27 nations by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, found that having as few as 20 books around the house can significantly impact a child’s future education. The more books added, the greater the benefit.1   In addition, in the Australian Kids and Family Reading Report (2015) conducted by Scholastic Australia and YouGov, 91% of the children surveyed said their favourite books are the ones they have picked out themselves. Indeed, 89% of the children surveyed said they were more likely to finish reading books they have picked out themselves.2 Having children choose their own books is tantamount to the philosophy and mission of the Books in Homes Program, which offers books across four reading levels and that predicates Glencore’s recognition of the value of their sponsorship within their community.   Peter Large, CEO from Books in Homes Australia, spoke about the value of Glencore’s long-term association with Books in Homes and the sponsored schools:   “On behalf of the children and their families that receive Books in Homes courtesy of Glencore, we are very appreciative of the contribution Glencore makes to Books in Homes Australia assisting to improve educational outcomes in the regions in which Glencore operates. Feedback from the schools and families involved paints a positive picture of the children’s books-of-choice increasing their engagement in reading and participation in their school environment. Glencore’s partnership with Books in Homes aligns with their goal to create sustainable communities in the areas in which they operate. Books in Homes is proud to be a partner of Glencore to help build better outcomes for families in regional and remote Australia.”   Thank you and congratulations, Glencore, for helping to build better communities and a better future for so many young Australians.   ENDS   REFERENCES 1 Science Daily. (21 May 2010). Books in home as important as parents’ education in determining children’s educational level. ScienceDaily. University of Nevada. Retrieved on 28 January 2019. 2 Scholastic Australia., & YouGov. (2015). Australian Kids and Family Reading Report. Lisarow: Scholastic Australia. Retrieved on 23 January 2019. Baby sleeping bag giving more than a warm night’s sleep 2019-07-11T07:20:39Z baby-sleeping-bag-giving-more-than-a-warm-night-s-sleep When Jessica’s daughter, Mackenzie, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 8-weeks old, she found it hard to keep her warm during Melbourne’s winter. Understanding the trials and tribulations of life with a baby in a Pavlik Harness Jessica, together with her mum Kathy, created Hipsleepers in 2017, catering for the special needs of babies who are receiving treatment for hip dysplasia. In September 2018, they launched their much anticipated extra wide 2.5 tog sleeping bag, filling a gap a in the market for a winter weight sleeping bag catering for children receiving treatment for hip dysplasia.   Healthy Hips Australia is pleased to announce Hipsleepers has joined their Hip Wise program as a product partner with their extra wide 2.5 tog sleeping bag.    Hip Wise, a community service program, is an initiative of not-for-profit organisation Healthy Hips Australia. Working to improve awareness, support and early diagnosis for hip dysplasia, Healthy Hips Australia hopes the initiative will aid consumers, especially parents and parents-to-be, as well as older individuals living with hip dysplasia, to make wiser choices about the products they select with respect to healthy hip development and maintenance.   Approximately 11 infants a day are being diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia. It is the most common abnormality in newborns worldwide, yet community awareness of the condition remains low. Left undiagnosed, it’s one of the leading causes of early-onset arthritis of the hip, which often leads to a hip replacement, and is a significant public health issue.  Hip dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. Sometimes this is due to abnormal development and/or lack of growth of the hip joint. It can result in months — and in some cases years — of medical treatment.  While the Hip Wise program and the product partners do not claim to offer cures or treatment for hip dysplasia, we facilitate people make wiser choices, and take the hassle of finding treatment friendly products for those impacted by the condition as well. The support of Hip Wise partners enables Healthy Hips Australia to further our support and awareness initiatives in Australia.   For more information on hip dysplasia visit: www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au For more information about the Hip Wise program visit: www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au/services/hip-wise-program/   For more information about Hipsleepers visit: www.hipsleepers.com.au Actura and ASI Solutions Announce New Strategic Partnership 2019-07-11T04:12:43Z actura-and-asi-solutions-announce-new-strategic-partnership Actura Australia is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with ASI Solutions. Actura’s mission is to provide an innovative and comprehensive robotic STEAM learning solutions to the rapidly changing world of education, while ASI Solutions is an ICT solutions provider that introduces innovative IT solutions to private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. Because of strong dedication to encouraging comprehensive  STEAM robotics solutions and shared mission, Actura is proud to announce ASI Solutions as their new channel partner. - FlipRobot Solution Framework is the only robotics solution built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills. These skills have been identified by academics and business leaders as being the necessary transportable skills required to be successful in any chosen career. - The CASE robotic curriculum has been carefully developed with clear learning outcomes. Actura then designed a robot to deliver the rich CASE curriculum. - The FlipRobot learning kit and software environment are engineered to be a complete, out-of-the-box solution, along with State Certified Professional Development to help support our educators. You can find out more about FlipRobot here: http://www.actura.com.au/fliprobot/ Justin Lowe, Director of ASI Solution expressed his thoughts on the new partnership: “As a longstanding IT partner to schools Australia wide, it is our goal to deliver the latest technologies to empower students on their learning journey and provide teachers with the tools they need to achieve their pedagogical goals. ASI’s set of technology solutions brings classrooms, schools and communities together and we feel the STEAM partnership with Actura further enhances this offering.” Charles Chung, CEO of Actura responded: “We are delighted to be working with ASI Solutions on our comprehensive FlipRobot solution. ASI and Actura share the same mission and vision when it comes to education. We are both incredibly passionate about providing all Australian teachers and students with the tools and support they need to master critical STEAM related skills. Students will need these skills to successfully navigate the fast-changing workforce shaped by automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and globalization enabling them to become 21st century leaders” About Actura Established in Australia since 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution spanning from in-class to out-of-class environments. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. For the out-of-class solution, the CASE Space school International Study program aims to deliver the once in a life time, best STEAM experience in the most inspiring organisation, NASA.  http://www.actura.com.au About ASI ASI Solutions has been a provider of innovative and pioneering business technology solutions to Australian private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. We choose innovative technology solutions which are matched to each client¹s unique business needs, taking a solutions oriented approach and working to deliver a clear return on investment. Our global technology offerings and professional implementation model provides greater efficiency and returns for all customers. We make this happen with real insight into the external forces impacting IT environments, and we balance the needs of business to help our customers’ transition to the operating challenges of tomorrow. https://www.asi.com.au/ Bendigo Writers Festival 2019 program 2019-07-03T02:22:51Z bendigo-writers-festival-2019-program-1 Bendigo Writers Festival has unveiled the full three-day program for August 9 to 11, with a galaxy of stars and a supernova of sessions set to light up the end of winter. “We’ve dusted off the mirror balls, for a bit of retro party-time,” Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloyd says. “With a new venue to add to our constellation, the Festival Precinct will now be even more accessible and welcoming, so audiences will enjoy hearing all the absolutely brilliant writers on this year’s program.” The Festival launch was held at Bendigo Bowls Club, which will host sessions throughout the day, and then become the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen announced the international writers on the program, as well as some of the 150 Australian speakers heading to Bendigo in August. Festival guest Greg Fleet spoke about the writing life, as a comedian, memoirist and novelist. Feature events in Ulumbarra Theatre at the Festival this year include Friday night’s World of Food with Food Safari presenter, Maeve O’Meara. On Saturday night, world-renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies tackles the biggest question of them all - What Is Life? And for a dazzling finale, the internationally acclaimed surgeon Munjed Al Muderis will present the Closing Address on Sunday at 4.30pm, talking about how hope and courage can change lives. “Gastronomy is big on this year’s program,” Ms Sorensen said. “We are keen supporters of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so we have food writer Jill Dupleix, sustainable farmer Charles Massy and food-and-mood expert Felice Jacka, on the program. “We’re welcoming British philosopher AC Grayling for discussions about democracy, criminal psychologist Julia Shaw, to talk about evil, and from New York, Min Jin Lee, to talk about Korea.” Also on the program: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys Louise Milligan on Cardinal John Marsden on Parenting Alan Kohler on Money and Ethics Benjamin Law on Growing Up Gay Ranjana Srivastava on A Better Death Speakers include Peter Doherty, Chloe Hooper, Kerry O’Brien, Ginger Gorman, Kate Forsyth, Jessica Rowe, Don Walker, Greg Fleet, Jane Caro and Don Watson. The Text Marks the Spot free schools program takes place on Friday, and a new series of Entrée Events on Friday morning give audiences a chance to get out and about in Bendigo. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, for an event with the “bad Buddhist”, Meshel Laurie,” Ms Sorensen said. “And in the heart of Bendigo, at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall, there’s a first-time event about the women poets of Central Victoria writing during the First World War. “There’s a special launch too, of a new book about Bendigo, called Sludge, to be launched by John Brumby, Chancellor of La Trobe University.” Bendigo Writers Festival is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with La Trobe University and supported by Bendigo Tourism. https://www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au/ Why Documentaries seeks Celebrities for new Multicultural project 2019-07-02T23:16:06Z why-documentaries-seeks-celebrities-for-new-multicultural-project The project U and Me tells the stories of ordinary Australians with sometimes extraordinary friendships. Mostly friendships between people from different cultural backgrounds, the aim of the online series is to showcase tolerance, our positive multicultural Australia and provide a reference point that normalises these friendships that occur everywhere but are rarely highlighted in the media. A UN Human Rights Award finalist, the next series of 6 short films will work with refugees to the Illawarra to tell more stories. The aim is to work with celebrities and we urge celebrities interested in telling great stories to come forward. info@whydocumentaries.com.au and view stories here https://www.facebook.com/UandMeAustralia/ Early Reviews For Li’l Champs School App Are In, And They Are All Positive 2019-07-01T08:32:55Z early-reviews-for-li-l-champs-school-app-are-in-and-they-are-all-positive The latest educational app for kids - named Li’l Champs - has taken the Indian markets by storm. Teachers from leading schools, as well as parents of young learners, have given the platform a uniform thumbs up. Li’l Champs promotes a more active learning practice, through greater interactions and gamifications - and if early trends are anything to go by, students are absolutely loving it. Expressing delight at the superlative response for Li’l Champs in India, co-owner Maria Bohari stated that the education industry is evolving rapidly, and the role of tech in education is growing fast. In fact, education technology is revolutionising the way in which youngsters are being taught - both at schools and at homes. In her capacity as a noted child psychoanalyst, Maria is fully aware of the perils of overburdening a child with boring lessons and exercises. Li’l Champs is an ambitious effort on her behalf to bring back the fun element in learning. “A bit of healthy competition is great for kids”, says Maria, “and children often tend to pick up new things unknowingly.” This knowledge led her to conceptualising the Li’l Champs school app platform. The single and multi-player learning games in the app foster that sense of competition (either with other kids, or with the built-in AI system of the app). Each game covers an important topic - and repeatedly playing the games can be instrumental in helping kids grasp the topics more easily, and in a more fun way. To set the ball rolling, Li’l Champs has launched (in the App Store and the Play Store) with 60+ educational games - each with unique illustrations, cute animations, and intuitive gameplay & controls. Over 30 subjects - under English, GK and Mathematics - are covered in the games. Being an academician herself, Maria has personally ensured that the topics covered in the Li’l Champs games adhere to the latest school curriculum syllabi. The app is an excellent learning tool for complementing traditional classroom education. Modern-day kids get familiar with mobile devices and other smart gadgets from a very early age. Maria confirms that smartphone addiction among kids is indeed a growing problem across the globe. The Li’l Champs learning platform offers an excellent way out from this problem. All that kids want to do is play mobile games - and on this school app, they can do just that, without any problems. However, since the games are educational, the ‘game time’ gets utilised in a much more productive manner. What’s more, teachers and parents can limit the total playing time on the app - ruling out over-addiction risks. Elaborating further, Maria pointed out that Li’l Champs is not just another run-of-the-mill learning app for kids. On this platform, the focus is on ‘learning with personalised monitoring’. There is a dedicated admin panel, from where teachers can select subject and class, and set assignments. The time and duration of these assignments can also be set. The performance of individual students on these games can also be tracked real-time - through custom-generated, detailed progress reports. This, in turn, enables the teachers to provide customised assistance and help to the young learners. The sheer user-friendliness of the Li’l Champs app, the way in which its games combine fun with learning, and its value as a teaching aid have all contributed to the uniformly positive early reviews. To handle the actual development of this app, Maria had collaborated with Hussain Fakhruddin, noted software architect and the global head of the Teksmobile company. The duo had worked with each other earlier too for the creation of the Story Time For Kids app - which has bagged several awards and notched up over a million downloads. Maria is quietly confident of Li’l Champs matching, or even surpassing, the performance of Li’l Champs. Maria and her team had released Li’l Champs in the Australian market first. Buoyed by the encouraging response, she has now brought it (and customised it) for Indian students and teachers. The fact that this learning app for kids puts equal emphasis on knowledge, speed and accuracy has come in for high praise from several experienced school teachers. The games are meant for students from kindergarten to the fourth grade, and contain handcrafted, carefully researched questions. There are no chances of repetitions either - thanks to the huge database of questions that the platform is powered by. Through Li’l Champs, Maria has added an innovative touch to early learning, and given kids a glimpse of the latest element in cutting-edge education technology - augmented reality. There is a select set of AR games, which can be played after downloading a set of specially designed image files. Since all the games are highly engaging, students are encouraged to follow a more ‘involved’ approach to learning. That is precisely what Maria wanted to achieve with Li’l Champs. It’s still early days for the Li’l Champs school app in India - but early reviews suggest that it has the potential to grow extremely popular over time. Teksmobile has a proud track record of churning out uber-successful kids’ apps, and with Li’l Champs, the app company seems to have yet another winner on its hands. Visit https://lilchamps.in/ to know more about this all-new school app platform. The iOS version of Lil Champs is available for download here (https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/lilchamps/id1434375701), while the Android version can be downloaded from here (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lilchamps&hl=en). Li’l Champs is available for schools on an annual subscription basis, and it can easily become one of the drivers of education technology in India. Crucial ANZ reveals the future of 3D printing and customisation 2019-06-26T23:55:37Z crucial-anz-reveals-the-future-of-3d-printing-and-customisation Not that long ago, the concept of printing 3D objects seemed like a sci-fi fantasy and the only famous 3D printer was Star Trek’s meal ‘replicator’. Today, however, 3D printing is an increasingly important technology that is used across industries to speed up processes and cut costs; it is also enabling consumers to benefit from personalised products. As Netflix-style content consumption rises, consumer demand for personalisation grows. We now expect our TV shows to be recommended to us or our food choices to be logged and remembered. This demand for personalisation, extends across everything we do, including our hobbies. Benjamin Lzicar, Technical Analyst at Crucial explained, “With the promise of a truly unique and personalised product, people who build their own PCs are turning to 3D printers to ensure their builds stand-out and make an impression. As more and more gamers move away from buying off-the-shelf PCs and start building their own, there’s a growing trend for creating personalised and customised rigs. Not only do people building PCs enjoy the experience of designing and making them, but it satisfies their demand for a truly unique PC that sets them apart from the crowd. Like everyone, gamers yearn to have something to call their own. When you build a computer that you have invested lots of time and money in, and that computer reflects your personality creatively, you can’t help but feel rewarded every time you boot it up to play a game.” As it becomes easier to share ideas and information about building custom computers via Facebook groups, forums or Reddit, more people are empowered to take a shot at creating a unique gaming system of their own than ever before. Lzicar continued, “`By 3D printing your own parts, you are able to personalise a lot more than just the colour of your case. For example, say you bought some RGB DRAM for your build and not only did you want to customise the lighting setup, but you also wanted to customise the lightbar itself — with 3D printing, you can. If you need an adapter to mount your new SSD but don’t have one, you can simply print one in your house. You can also 3D print your favourite gaming character and have him stand guard inside your case over your precious graphics card!” Making these small, personalised touches to your PC build isn’t tricky and doesn’t require a huge 3D printer. In fact, many people go to a local library or Maker Lab that rent out printers, so it’s even possible to get your custom-made PC without purchasing a pricey unit. Lzicar added, “When 3D printers for consumers first entered the market, they would cost several thousands of dollars, while industrial 3D printers used in manufacturing cost as much as a million dollars each. Nowadays, a good consumer 3D printer would cost several hundred dollars or even less, thanks to advancements in the technology that have reduced cost and complexity. Combine those two factors with the ever-growing DIY tech scene, and we’ll continue to see more and more people utilise the wide world of 3D printing, whether it’s to create a custom fan grill for a PC or making unique cookie cutters for their grandma.” As the widespread adoption of 3D printing practice continues and 3D printing technology advances, we will see prices continue to fall over time. At the moment, there are still some financial and practical limitations to 3D printing such as printer cost, printer size, and time; however, improvements are continually being made and 3D printing opportunities are more accessible than ever. While many industries, such as aerospace and automotive, already benefit from 3D printing, we’ll start to see the consumer benefit as costs come down, and perhaps someday you will find a printer in everyone’s garage. But practically, how would this work? Well, many companies provide starter files that allow you to design your own computer accessory. Or you can find lots of computer related things to print in online repositories like Thingverse. You can import these files into a free 3D editing program like Blender, make your own custom modifications, export to your printer splicing software, then print away! However, this technology doesn’t stop at PC builds; the potential for its use is massive. The cars we drive, medicine we take, and food we eat can all be impacted by 3D printing — building a PC is just an awesome addition Benjamin Lzicar concluded, “So, if you would like to personalise your PC, try 3D printing parts for yourself. Whether that’s with your own 3D printer or using one in a shop down the road, if you want your PC build to be truly unique, 3D printing your parts is a fun and cost-effective way to do so.” Follow Crucial onlineFacebook: www.facebook.com/crucialmemoryTwitter: www.twitter.com/crucialmemoryYouTube™: www.youtube.com/crucialmemory Parents’ digital addiction the inspiration behind new children’s book and thought-busting Superhero! 2019-06-21T03:55:18Z parents-digital-addiction-the-inspiration-behind-new-children-s-book-and-thought-busting-superhero Sydney, Australia, 21st June 2019 –  Mother of two Michelle Lowbeer today announced that her children’s book I Am Important!,  featuring Hairy Thought-Buster (a Superhero for young minds), will be launching on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter on 22nd August.The book was written to help children learn the truth of their being - that they are important – even if their parents are sometimes busy or distracted.   The book follows on from research by Asurion[i] that the average person checks their phone 80 times a day, and research by AVG Technologies[ii] that nearly one third of children feel unimportant when their parents are using smartphones.“Children’s negative thoughts – if left unchallenged – can turn into negative beliefs that can limit a child for the rest of their lives,” Ms Lowbeer said.  “So I wrote a children’s book about it, because I know that children learn through the power of story.” In I Am Important!  the main character Katie concludes she’s not important, because her parents are often busy and distracted by their digital devices.  Then Katie meets Hairy Thought-Buster – a lovable, humorous and hairy Superhero – who busts her negative thought with his magic popper and replaces it with the more empowering thought “I am important!”.  He explains to Katie that the conclusion she reached was normal, but gives Katie an alternative reason as to why her parents were not being attentive to her.Ms Lowbeer says that her book I am Important! was not written not to judge or shame parents (as she also admits to checking her own phone more often than completely necessary!), but to help them become aware of the issue, and to communicate with their children that they matter.  The book contains questions that can be used as the basis for a family discussion.  Ms Lowbeer was inspired to write the book after listening to audio parenting program Parenting the Lefkoe Way, in which she learned that children are always concluding things about themselves based on their interactions with their parents.  “I wondered whether perhaps there might be a whole generation of children growing up with the belief ‘I’m not important’,” Ms Lowbeer said, “as we are now living in an age where digital addiction is the norm.” Parenting educator Shelley Lefkoe (founder of Parenting the Lefkoe Way) concurred.  “I love this book,” Ms Lefkoe said. “It lets parents know that their actions have consequences in a respectful and loving way. This book is a must read with your child.” Ms Lowbeer came up with the character Hairy Thought-Buster after brainstorming for a name that sounded like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.  Since his creation, Ms Lowbeer says, Hairy Thought-Buster has taken on a life of his own. He is second cousins with the tooth fairy, and in his spare time likes rolling around in bubble wrap. Ms Lowbeer is aiming to raise at least $6,000 AUD on Kickstarter, to fund the first production run of I Am Important!.  During the Kickstarter campaign (from 22/8 – 19/09) a hardcover copy of the book will be available for pre-order at a cost of $20.   To register your interest and to be eligible for an earlybird discount visit http://www.hairythoughtbuster.com.   Ms Lowbeer is also available for author talks and thought-busting workshops for children in Sydney’s north shore or by Skype.  Contact michelle@hairythoughtbuster.com for further details.  Hairy Thought-Buster was busy busting children’s negative thoughts in Greenland, and was not available for comment. [i] https://nypost.com/2017/11/08/americans-check-their-phones-80-times-a-day-study/ [ii] https://www.parenting.com/news-break/kids-feel-unimportant-to-cell-phone-addicted-parents   Making Sense Of The Child Dental Benefits Schedule 2019-06-21T01:48:11Z making-sense-of-the-child-dental-benefits-schedule You may have seen some Newcastle dentists recently advertise up to $1000 in free dental treatments for children.  It’s part of an initiative by the Australian Government that is delivered through Medicare called the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The scheme is aimed at families who are already receiving other benefits, such as Family Tax Benefit A payments. At the Good Dentist, we believe this scheme is vitally important to ensure that children attend the dentist regularly. However, not all dentists provide services under the scheme so make sure you check with the dentist before you book your appointment. Who is eligible? There are about 3 million children in Australia that are eligible under the CDBS. The schedule covers part or the full cost of some dental services for children aged 2 to 17 years old that are eligible for Medicare. You or your child must also receive at least one of the following benefits for at least 1 day of the calendar year: Family Tax Benefit Part A Parenting Payment Double Orphan Pension ABSTUDY Carer Payment Disability Support Pension Special Benefit Youth Allowance Or receive assistance under: the Veterans Children Education Scheme the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme If you are not sure whether your child is eligible, just get in contact with us on 4929 6007 and we can reach out to Medicare to confirm this for you and make your child a suitable appointment that suits your schedule. Accessing dental services under the Schedule It's best before we proceed with the treatment that you ask any questions you have about treatment costs or any restrictions on the dental items. When the treatment has been completed on the day, our receptionist will process your claim through Medicare, stress and hassle free. Dental services available at The Good Dentist that are covered by Medicare under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule include: Examinations X-Rays Cleaning Fissure sealing Fillings Root Canal Therapy Teeth extractions Visit the Australian Government’s Human Services website for more information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Entertainer, James Bustar, Shows Juggling is Good for the Brain and Heart 2019-06-21T01:18:04Z entertainer-james-bustar-shows-juggling-is-good-for-the-brain-and-heart Australian entertainer, James Bustar, is leading the crusade as Australia’s funniest juggler. Bustar began juggling at age 11, and was juggling almost 24 hours a day; he now takes his comedic and skilful routine to arenas and corporate events all over the country.  “It’s actually a surprisingly decent workout. Juggling burns roughly 280 calories per hour, and the average gym session burns about 300.” According to neuroscientists and physiologists, completing regular juggling exercises can improve both physical and mental health. In an Oxford University study published in Nature Neuroscience, participants who practiced a daily juggling routine were shown to gain a 5% increase in cerebral 'white matter' as seen on an MRI. That reinforced the findings of previous studies, which showed similar boosts in grey matter. The areas of the brain impacted by juggling include those dedicated to spatial calculation and awareness — in other words, the better you are at juggling, the better you will be at hand-eye coordination. In turn, hand-eye coordination has flow-on effects to social communication skills, reading, writing, and mathematics, according to research from Indiana University and the University of Leeds. In an era of tablet computers and virtual reality goggles, a juggling kit seems decidedly low-tech. “I believe juggling is something everyone should be able to do. Well, maybe not everyone. I don’t want to talk myself out of a job. But there are so many different benefits to it: in motor skills, physical health, focus, problem-solving ability.” Bustar believes that juggling should be encouraged in young people, and should even be taught at school. “It’s never too early or late to start learning. The important thing is to practice, practice, practice.” The world-renowned juggling-funny-man has also produced an in-depth instructional DVD titled “The Art of Throwing Up,” which teaches how to juggle up to five balls. The DVD is available from www.jamesbustar.com http://www.jamesbustar.com Media Release Ends 15 minute coffee breaks are costing Australian businesses 2019-06-17T23:36:19Z 15-minute-coffee-breaks-are-costing-australian-businesses How much are coffee breaks costing your business? Media Release - 18 June 2019 JURA Australia reveals innocent 15 minute coffee breaks are costing Australian businesses much more money and time than they may realise. On average, according to JURA’s ‘Best Coffee Machines For Office’ Calculators, coffee breaks are costing businesses with 10 employees over $10,000 and 270 hours in lost time every year. Investing in a JURA coffee machine for your office space will increase productivity as it will minimise trips outside the office and is proven to boost employee morale. George Liakatos, General Manager of JURA Australia says, “Productivity is key in business. Employees need to feel empowered and committed to the overall mission and goals in order to be productive during their working hours. JURA fully automatic coffee machines are the ultimate workplace perk that cuts costs, saves time and delivers big for Australian businesses. Our range of professional machines increase employee morale and productivity all while saving precious company money. It’s a win-win for both employer and employee.” While the small company statistics may be scary – for larger companies with 50 employees, coffee breaks can cost the business an average of $46,000 and 1,350 hours in lost time each year! In this case, the cost of a JURA coffee machine would pay for itself within only two months of use. The average coffee break in Australian workplaces is 15 minutes, but offices with a coffee machine can get back that valuable work time. A JURA coffee machine for your office is a cost-effective approach that guarantees barista quality coffee at the touch of a button, as the machines use freshly ground beans, not capsuled pods. What is the JURA difference? All machines use beans, not pods (tastes like barista quality and great option for sustainably conscious businesses) The JURA J.O.E app allows users to create a coffee profile for each user down to the grind, amount of milk and type of coffee (save even more time as employees can save their own personal drink settings!) Save money, calculate how much here: www.bestcoffeemachineforoffice.com.au/calculators/ Simply press a profile and the machine will start making the personalised coffee (at the touch of a button) Easy to clean, simply plug in, add the cleaning solution and the job is done (no maintenance worries!) All in the one unit (except the milk container) The best office coffee machines: JURA WE8: 30 cups per day Featuring a wide choice of speciality coffees, the WE8 is equipped with a 3L water tank, a bean container for 500g of coffee beans and a grounds container with the capacity of 25 portions. The One-Touch function creates trend specialities like latte macchiato, flat white or cappuccino very simply at the touch of a button. The modern TFT display make operation incredibly simple even for inexperienced users. RRP $2,690. JURA X8: 80 cups per day The X8 is incredibly versatile: it can prepare the full range of speciality coffees finished with milk and milk foam as well as black coffees and the classic pot of coffee. For tea lovers, it also prepares hot water at different temperature levels. With its solid, height-adjustable dual spout, it can create a speciality coffee – or even two beverages simultaneously – and dispense them into the cups or glasses, at the touch of a button. RRP $3,949. *All calculations are general in nature and based on prices and offerings of JURA professional coffee machines. To discuss your exact needs and deals contact JURA or your local distributor. 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. www.au.jura.com For more information, hi-res imagery or to trial a JURA coffee machine, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 – rachel@360pr.com.au Level Lemonade Now Available Nationally 2019-06-17T22:56:06Z level-lemonade-now-available-nationally Level Lemonade, the new “better for you” soft-drink range taking lemonade to a new level, is now available nationally at Caltex in three flavours; Original Lemon, Lemon&Orange and Lemon&Pineapple. In one single 300ml bottle, Level Lemonade contains the highest amount of magnesium found in any other drink on the market and also includes 100% of your daily intake of Vitamin C, while also being low in sugar. Based on the latest nutritional recommendations, Level Lemonade shows you how delicious a soft drink can be while also being ‘better-for-you’. One of Australia’s leading Dietitians and Nutritionists, Rebecca Gawthorne says, “Australians are becoming increasingly health conscious and seeking healthier alternatives to high sugar foods and beverages, including soft drink. I’m excited that Level Lemonade is now available nationally, as it gives Aussies the opportunity to choose a better drink option that tastes delicious and fits in with their healthy lifestyle.” “As well as being low in sugar, Level Lemonade contains Magnesium and Vitamin C. Magnesium is needed by our bodies to generate energy, make new proteins and helps keep our muscles and nerves healthy. Vitamin C helps protect our bodies cells from damage and is important for our skin, bones, connective tissue and immune system,” adds Rebecca. Level Beverages, the creators behind the new range, is excited to expand their existing range of “better for you” drink brands, which already consists of 28 BLACK natural energy drink and AriZona Iced Tea. Australia is the first country in the world to receive this truly innovative soft-drink range, with other Asia Pacific markets to follow. Managing Director of Level Beverages since 2013, Chrish Graebner, says, “We are very proud – after many years of research and development – to launch what we believe truly to be the next generation of soft-drinks. Looking for a healthful carbonated beverage is a major global consumer trend.” Level Lemonade is a premium soft drink and is ideal for anyone, the soft drink lover, for the sport and fitness fanatic, health conscious or maybe even for those in need of a hangover preventative to take as your last drink of the night. There’s a time and a place for everyone! Key differences between Level Lemonade and other soft drinks on the market include: High in Magnesium – with 160 mg per bottle Level Lemonade contains the highest amount of magnesium found in any other drink. Low Sugar – Level Lemonade is 97.5% sugar free. High in Vitamin C – The tangy drink will provide the 100% recommended daily intake of Vitamin C! High in Fizz – Level Lemonade has been carefully designed for consumers who like carbonated soft drinks, but are looking for a healthier alternative. “With kombucha being a popular choice for consumers of late, I am convinced that there are many people out there looking for a healthier, refreshing alternative who do not like the taste proposition of a fermented drink,” says Chrish. Level Lemonade is available now at Caltex nationally for RRP $3.85, selected Ezy Marts, a growing number of other fine retailers or online: www.level-lemonade.com @levellemonade #levellemonade For further information, images or product samples please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR: rachel@360pr.com.au or (02) 9571 4448 COCOBARE BABY NATURALLY CARES FOR LITTLE ONES 2019-06-13T23:55:53Z cocobare-baby-naturally-cares-for-little-ones From a brand that naturally cares for little ones, CocoBare Baby, has released a new 300ml range, exclusive to Woolworths, that uses only carefully selected and natural ingredients. Loaded with coconut oil, CocoBare Baby’s formulations will keep baby’s sensitive skin hydrated, moisturised and also help to kill of harmful pathogens during the important first years of their life.   CocoBare Baby is MIT, paraben and palm oil free, and uses only the purest organic essential oils and the healing effects of Coconut oil that will care for a babies skin in the most natural way.   While many baby products contain synthetic ingredients that are designed to heal external tissue, the Coconut oil in CocoBare Baby is designed to penetrate deeper, making it a nourishing, gentle moisturiser. Coconut oil also assists with eczema, nappy rash and dry scalp, and is naturally helpful in protecting the skin from potential pathogens (bacteria) and killing microorganisms.   “A baby’s skin is incredibly delicate, and is actually 20 to 30% thinner than adult’s skin, so it’s vital that only products that are free from harmful chemicals are used,” says Jeff Sher, Director of Healthy Generation, the creators of CocoBare Baby.   “Products with synthetic ingredients can cause skin irritation and rashes, which is why we’re passionate about creating products that are completely natural. Not only is the CocoBare Baby range safe for use on a baby’s skin, but it is also safe for the planet.”   Exclusive to Woolworths, the new 300ml range will consist of the CocoBare Baby Conditioner. Other items, also available at Woolworths and in various sizes, include a Baby Lotion containing Shea Butter and Chamomile; a Shampoo with Shea Butter and the essence of Calendula; and a 2-in-1 Shampoo and Body wash with hydrating Aloe Vera and Chamomile extract. There is also massage oil, bottom balm, and a lotion to keep baby nourished from head to toe.   Further information on the range can be found at www.cocobarebaby.com Follow CocoBare Baby on Instagram @cocobarebaby