The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-11-26T22:17:47Z Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T22:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 |    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List. Lively Debate Continues: Do High Quality Uniforms Affect Team Performance? 2014-07-14T01:55:19Z lively-debate-continues-do-high-quality-uniforms-affect-team-performance Perth, WA, 14 July 2014 - Although nobody has ever done a double-blind study because it may be impossible to do in sports, there is growing support for anecdotal “evidence” that high quality uniforms can affect team performance on all levels, from recreational to professional sports. In elite professional sports, all teams have high quality uniforms. Shoddy uniforms are not an option because they present an unprofessional image. Teams looking for every edge they can get, both from a competitive and a promotional standpoint, put a lot of money into their uniforms, from design to materials to the final product. Once the uniforms are delivered, professional leagues and teams have strict rules as to how uniforms must be worn. From the promotional end, this allows teams and leagues to present their product in a standardised manner and allows for ultimate quality control. From a playing standpoint, most professional and elite amateur athletes are very proud of their uniforms. When an athlete retires from competition, there is almost always a reference to “putting the uniform on for the last time.” This is no accident. The uniform, while it may seem to just be a few articles of clothing, represents the fact that an athlete is playing for the team whose uniform he or she wears. What It Means to the Recreational Athlete or SponsorLook Great, Play GreatNumerous studies have shown that appearance has an effect on self-confidence. In other words, people tend to feel the most confident when they look the best. In sports, it is universally accepted by sports psychologists that there is a direct correlation between self-confidence and performance.All for One, One for All…All research leans toward uniforms increasing the individual’s identification with their team. When everyone is dressed in a uniform of which they are proud of, it tends to make a team more cohesive and can increase camaraderie. These are all generally accepted as factors for higher performance.PrideFrom recreational to professional, most athletes wear high-quality uniforms with pride. From a sponsor’s point of view, this can be important, because the recreational athlete will wear their uniform to and from events and often when they practise, especially in the case of bicycling, running or triathlons. But Does it Make a Difference?Scott Eaton, owner of ImagePak Marketing, provides custom team uniforms in the Perth area. He has provided uniforms for numerous teams, including the Port Hedland Darts team. According to Mr Eaton, “I don’t think anyone is going to say that a uniform can magically turn someone with no talent into a star, but I do think that a high quality uniform helps people play their best.”Mr Eaton continued, “A high quality uniform makes people look better, and when you look better, you feel more confident. We can’t guarantee looking great will help, but it certainly can’t hurt.”ImagePak Marketing is a custom team uniform provider based in Perth. Besides uniforms and other personalised apparel, they provide a full line of personalised promotional items such as stubby holders, Javacups and banners. For more information, call 1300 658 745 or visit their website: "H. P.T.U." 2014-05-21T08:25:00Z h-p-t-u                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Thyer " H. P.T.U. "        The only thing that the "I'm in again Parties" - you know the ones that go in when the other mob goes out and can't you hear them yell 'I'm in Again!'?          The only thing they create is H.P.T.U.- H  for HARDSHIP P    "   PAIN T    "   TAXES U    "   UNEMPLOYMENT           they have been in an out so many times they must be worn out and past their use-by date.            AUSTRALIA NEEDS A NEW ERA! "N.K.F.L." N   for NO MORE LOSS OF JOBS. K    "   KEEP MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA F     "   FREE DOCTOR VISITS - REVERSE $7 FEES. L     "   LESS TAXES. IT CAN BE SO!  I KNOW HOW TO DO IT - THEY DON'T! KICK THEM OUT - JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" I NEED 1650 MEMBERS NOW TO REGISTER MY PARTY! TIME IS SHORT!  Send me an email with "I wish to join" subject line to for an enrolment form if you think you will make a SENATOR/ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/ STATE PREMIER/  LOCAL MAYOR. Send no money.   LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (    JOIN " AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY FOR A BETTER FUTURE! 2014-05-19T00:27:00Z join-australia-new-era-party-today-for-a-better-future JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY! I need 1650 members to get my party registered - Let's make things happen together.  BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO!  What lies ahead? Disease now for our children - no $7 - no vaccine! CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MUCH MORE PAIN! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" TIME IS SHORT- Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands. AFTER THE HYPE IT IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! 2014-05-15T11:11:00Z after-the-hype-it-is-austerity-by-the-bucket-load-1 AFTER THE HYPE THE REALITY IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! AFTER THE HYPE THE REALITY IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! I will reverse all these unnecessary budget imposts when my party "Australia New Era Party" is elected. Its all "Pie in the sky" accounting I know what to do to save Australia without such unnecessary imposts they obviously don't! ENOUGH ALREADY! Join now send an email to with "I wish to join" subject line. You deserve better, your family deserve better. Australia is in your hands. Cheers Ray Thyer. President. BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER 2014-05-14T02:34:00Z black-tuesday-13-budget-imposts-are-all-unnecessary-a-recipe-for-disaster BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- What lies ahead? CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MANY MORE! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands. CALLING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL FEDERAL, STATE,LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEATS ACROSS AUSTRALIA! 2014-05-12T00:34:00Z calling-applications-for-all-federal-state-local-government-seats-across-australia CALLING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEATS ACROSS AUSTRALIA! Join now "Australia New Era Party". Email with your name, resume, address and telephone number with subject line; "I want to be .....................................................of .............................................................." e.g. I want to be Minister for Arts/ Premier of N.S.W/ Mayor of Melbourne. for an application form.      Time is short to select candidates for one hundred and fifty Ministers of parliament twelve senators from every state and four from NT and ACT, six Premiers, two Chief Ministers from NT & ACT and Mayors and Councillors across Australia.    You must not be a member of another party. You can resign from the "I'm in again parties and join "Australia New Era Party" but you must be enrolled  on the AEC Electoral Roll. This is our motto: ( written by Shane Chandler) "From such small seeds that are sowed an orchard thus it will grow, momentum gathers and the snowball rolls, we will beat them in the polls. We start anew, we start afresh, enough already, they have failed the test. Once again I do exclaim- "Australia New Era Party" will ease the pain. The lucky country is no more thus our faith we must reinstall. It is in our hands how we run our land, this lucky country, our promised land." AUSTRALIA  NEEDS A NEW DIRECTION- A NEW ERA! I need one thousand six hundred and fifty members to register my party. Australians eighteen years and over are eligible to join "Australia New Era Party". You deserve a better future , your family deserves a better future that you will only achieve by joining "Australia New Era Party".  AUSTRALIA IS IN YOUR HANDS. signed  R.H. ( Ray) Thyer ( President ). TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! 2014-05-11T09:23:00Z tuesday-s-horror-budget-imposts-are-unnecessary TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! Austerity leads to anarchy when people can't afford to pay imposts of high taxes, double dipping on petrol excise with GST and indexed to inflation every six months. Hecs demands of immediate payment, $7 doctor visit fees, Disability job ultimatums, Death wish on persons 65 years +, Debt levy, Parents and high incomes taxed, Plus possible higher excise and taxes on cigarettes, beer and wine, the list goes on.  But you might say they have put a freeze on their salaries from any rises - Well that's after e.g. A backbencher's salary increased $54,000 to $ 195,130.00 and Ian Watt, Secretary to Department of Prime Minister rose a staggering $40,000 to $844,000! (source Sunday Mail 11 May 2014). Make no mistake these measures will create such high loss of jobs and Canberra runs the risk of becoming a ghost town with loss of 15,OOO jobs and the flow on to hospitality workers, food  distributors and farmers will be enormous. I say again- TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! The hell and purgatory that will follow must not be allowed to continue for very long. I will reverse all of the above when you elect me and my party! I promise and I don't make promises I don't keep. I can create more wealth and thousands of new jobs and turn the national debt around without imposts they want to apply to you and your families. I know how to save Australia they don't!  ENOUGH ALREADY! I need people to contest every Federal and State and Senate Seats who are sick and tired of  high and higher taxes and now enormous imposts on us and our families. Time is short - if you think you have the ability to become a State, Federal Member of parliament and the Senate send me an email NOW with "I wish to join" in subject line to  AUSTRALIA NEEDS YOU NOW!  TOGETHER WE CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE! THE ROTTEN... 2014-05-10T10:08:00Z the-rotten THE ROTTEN.... NOW I NEED 1650 MEMBERS! THE ROTTEN.... NOW I NEED 1650 MEMBERS! - did you see this? - Source ABC- "With the support of the Coalition, Labor and the Greens, the recommendations are almost certain to pass through both houses of Parliament. Recommendations from the inquiry include tripling the number of party members needed to register a party, and changing the rules in the Senate so voters are not obliged to number every box.Did you see the part _"Tripling the number of party members needed to register a party" ? Now I need 1650 MEMBERS TO CHUCK THEM ALL OUT!  If you can't trust them TRUST ME and join my party send me an email with  "I wish to join" in subject line to  Australia is in your hands! Thanks Ray. A MESSAGE FOR FARMERS AND COUNTRY FOLK IN AUSTRALIA 2014-05-09T09:28:00Z a-message-for-farmers-and-country-folk-in-australia A MESSAGE FOR FARMERS AND COUNTRY FOLK IN AUSTRALIA. A message for farmers and country folk throughout Australia, we are going to be punished for living in the country next Tuesday May13 in a horror budget. We have to motor hundreds of miles to shop and see a doctor in town and use diesel aplenty. ENOUGH ALREADY! I will cancel the GST on petrol and diesel and the $6 to see a doctor fee!Before they sell off your farm and Australia is owned by some other country join now my "Australia New Era Party'. Yesterday I bought some oranges at a supermarket and they taste awful. I used to enjoy an orange with lunch but as many as I have tasted over the past few months none are what might be described as nice. Where do these oranges come from? I loved farm bought oranges but now the local orchard is gone and the trees are dead. I will change this and once more farmers, milk and dairy producers will have a decent income and living. I don't make promises I don't keep I am not a politician and have never been a member of a political party and can think and do as I want. Join my "Australia New Era Party" for a fair go. Australia is in your hands, Cheers Ray. THE BIGGEST DOUBLE DIIP OF ALL! 2014-05-08T10:10:00Z the-biggest-double-diip-of-all THE BIGGEST "DOUBLE DIP"OF ALL! THE BIGGEST "DOUBLE DIP"OF ALL - 42% PETROL EXCISE AND GROWING YEARLY PLUS 10% GST!  THAT'S THEIR POLICY! END THE RIPOFFS - ENOUGH ALREADY -  Join my "Australia New Era Party" I promise "NO/ NIL/ ZERO GST ON PETROL & DIESEL!"  It can be done and I know how to do it!, Cheers Ray. HOT BREAKFAST, THE US MASTERS BEAMED LIVE AND 18 HOLES OF GOLF… 2014-04-09T02:55:00Z hot-breakfast-the-us-masters-beamed-live-and-18-holes-of-golf-the-hermitage-by-sekisui-house-throws-support-behind-starlight-foundation-fundraiser HOT BREAKFAST, THE US MASTERS BEAMED LIVE AND 18 HOLES OF GOLF… The Hermitage by Sekisui House throws support behind Starlight Foundation Fundraiser 2 APRIL 2014: More than 150 golfing enthusiasts from businesses around Macarthur will gather at Camden Lakeside Golf Club this month to raise much-needed funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Sekisui House, developer of the popular residential community The Hermitage, is one of the event’s key sponsors and hopes to help hit the fund-raising target. “The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a great organisation that carries out life-changing work for many seriously ill children and their families. We have many children living at the Hermitage, so we’re very conscious of the importance of a happy, healthy family – and how difficult life can be when you’re not so lucky,” said Sekisui House’s NSW Marketing Manager Moonmoon Sahu. A team from The Hermitage will also play in the day’s tournament, which kicks off on Monday April 14 with a 6am hot buffet breakfast timed to catch the final day of the 2014 US Masters Golf Tournament beamed live to the Camden Lakeside clubhouse. Guests will then tee off for 18 holes from approximately 9.30am, and will have the opportunity to take home a Greg Norman signed Cobra Golf Bag, a framed and signed artist’s impression of Greg, or a selection of Greg Norman Wines, kindly donated by world renowned golfing legend Greg Norman. Hosted by the Camden Lakeside Golf Club and Chamber Developments, this will be the fourth Masters Charity Golf Tournament. The Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW was the previous recipient of the fundraising from the Masters Charity Golf Day. Director of Chamber Developments Brian Brown says that everyone involved understands that life isn’t always fair, and that families and children sometimes have to deal with tragedy. “Each year we run the Masters Breakfast Charity Golf Day to raise money for charities that receive very little or no financial support from the government,” he says. “Along with our key sponsors, we believe it is our duty to help those in in our community who not only have to face the challenges of dealing with seriously ill children but the financial burden that comes with the need to provide the best long term care for them.” For Sekisui House, it’s also a chance to contribute to the broader community around The Hermitage, which launched in 2012 and is now home to more than 200 residents. Camden Lakeside Golf Club is also part of the future long-term vision of The Hermitage as it grows in coming years. “Events and sponsorships like this are key for us, because we have such a strong focus on creating friendly, supportive communities that residents feel at home in,” says Moonmoon. “The opportunity to combine community development and charity support is one we wouldn’t miss.” Sekisui House supports several community-building events and takes on a number of sponsorship opportunities across their communities throughout the year. The Address and The Waterfront at Wentworth Point enjoyed a taste of Europe at multicultural festival EuroFesta last month (Sunday 30 March), and residents of The Hermitage are to be treated to their own cinema under the stars complete with popcorn, wood fired pizzas, fairy floss and bean bags on Sunday 13 April. The resident and business community at Central Park in Chippendale also engage in several creative arts and community projects. Sekisui House fund and support these events as part of their firm belief in social engagement as a key to building community pride. Contribution: Included in your $95.00 per person (discount for members) are your Golf, Cart, Buffet Breakfast, two on-course refreshments, Sandwiches, Super-pin Entry, Gift Pack and Trophies. All money raised from the event will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Your attendance and generous donations will be greatly appreciated. All bookings can be made through (02) 8777 1000. About The HermitageThe Hermitage is set on an 307-hectare site bound by Camden Valley Way, Raby Road and Gregory Hills Drive, and will feature a central three kilometre green corridor and more than 10 kilometres of bicycle and pedestrian walkways. A planned hilltop village complete with boutique convenience shopping, cafes and community facilities will also be a key feature of the community. Upon completion, an existing 18-hole golf course will also be at the centre of this community, with an additional 9 holes currently proposed with practice facilities. The Hermitage’s carefully considered master-plan is designed to create harmony between humans and nature.  In to this naturally focused process, Sekisui House has added the essential elements to help make The Hermitage a truly special place to live. About The Starlight FoundationSince 1988, Starlight Children’s Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, young people, and their families by delivering innovative programs that restore the laughter and joy that serious illness takes away. Starlight’s programs connect those children and their families with the magic of the Starlight world, including; Captain Starlight – magical superheroes bring unlimited entertainment, fun, and laughter Starlight Express Rooms, Starlight TV/Radio & Fun Centres – diversion and entertainment in all major pediatric hospitals throughout Australia Starlight Wishgranting – providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children – a safe and supportive online community that helps young people aged 10-20 years, and their families, cope with the impact of a serious illness, chronic health condition, or disability.  Starlight provides programs integral to the total care of seriously ill children – while health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child, giving them the opportunity to laugh, play and be a child again. About Sekisui House Established in 1960, Sekisui House is one of Japan's most respected homebuilders and new community developers. With over two million homes to their credit, and a multitude of awards for innovation, quality and sustainability, Sekisui House is now a major player in the Australian market. Sekisui House’s portfolio of residential projects in New South Wales includes, The Waterfront at Wentworth Point, The Address also in Wentworth Point and Central Park, in partnership with Frasers Property Group, in Chippendale, The Hermitage in Gledswood Hills. Sekisui House also have a number of other major interests and joint ventures in Victoria and masterplanned communities in the making in Queensland. The company’s designs have been developed through collaborations between talented Australian and Japanese designers. It’s this unique approach that has allowed Sekisui House to take the best of Japanese expertise and technology and adapt it to Australian design tastes, lifestyle needs and climates. Sekisui House aim to bring a positive change to the face of community development and home building in Australia. The company’s commitment to their communities was highlighted by their response to the devastating earthquakes that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. Sekisui House promptly opened a Disaster Response Headquarters at their head office in Japan and local disaster response stations in the stricken areas, thus establishing an internal system to effectively take initial response actions and confirm safety. Sekisui House is still determined to achieve post-earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction of the stricken areas. -Ends- Media enquiries: Holly Reynolds, Managing Director, Left Field Public Relations P: 02 9331 6671      M: 0409 462 112      E: Ellie Fraser, Account Executive, Left Field Public Relations P: 02 9331 6671      M: 0417 888 569     E:   Latest research reveals that many travellers don’t enjoy their holiday 2014-01-29T08:16:22Z latest-research-reveals-that-many-travellers-don-t-enjoy-their-holiday Latest Galaxy poll research shows that a third of travellers come home unhappy from their holiday, while one in five people feel just as tired as they did before they went away. The research - commissioned by Carnival Cruise Lines – found that 90 percent of people feel they have to compromise on what they want from their holiday so that they can please their partners or family members. The top three issues that people feel they have to compromise on are: ·  Deciding on a destination (33%) ·   Whether to go somewhere new or somewhere familiar (28%) ·  Choosing between a relaxing or stimulating surroundings (22%) Lisa Murray, Director of Australia Trip Planner said that there’s always a level of compromise when you’re travelling with family and friends but it should not hinder your holiday experience. “There are three keys to having a great holiday: planning, research, and catering to the style of holiday you’re after. “Firstly, planning a holiday is like marriage – speak up or forever hold your peace! Talk about where and when you want to go, and what you want from your holiday. It’s much easier to combine everyone’s wants and desires when it’s out in the open. “Secondly, knowledge is power so the more research you do and the more information you have, the greater chance you have of enjoying your holiday. “Thirdly, cater to the style of holiday you’re booking. For instance, if it’s a family friendly holiday with little kids, ditch the romantic dinners because unhappy children at an expensive and sexy restaurant will only leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.” Lisa said that people are forever compromising, so we expect our holidays to be a selfish indulgence. Don’t look at it as compromise but as a broader holiday experience. You’re sharing new experiences with people you love. Look at all the wonderful memories you’ll create. “As for coming home tired, holidays are exhausting. You’re doing new things, you’re out of your regular environment and comfort zone, and then there’s the sudden shock to your system when you have to return to your normality. But seriously, is a bit of post-holiday tiredness really enough to make you stop taking holidays?” Plan your holiday experience with the help of Australia Trip Planner. Create a personalised holiday itinerary to suit your holiday style. Lawn bowls a change of pace for startups 2013-11-13T01:38:36Z lawn-bowls-a-change-of-pace-for-startups The event, dubbed Startup Barefoot Bowls, was an opportunity for local digital businesses to meet and share their experiences.   Coorparoo-based digital publishing startup, Liquid State organised the event to celebrate the achievements of Brisbane startups throughout the year.   Liquid State CEO, Philip Andrews, said the unusual choice of activity suited the startup culture in Brisbane.   “Networking events can be a bit too corporate and we wanted people to let their hair down, so we thought barefoot bowls would be perfect,” he said.   Larger organisations attended the event as well, including representatives from the Microsoft Innovation Centre, and Brisbane Marketing, which is currently implementing the Digital Brisbane Strategy.   Mr. Andrews said the diverse turnout was due to the culture of open collaboration in Brisbane’s tech scene.   “We’re very lucky in Brisbane to have many established businesses and a local government both of whom are always ready to lend a hand to startups.”   Mr. Andrews also took the opportunity to demonstrate some of the new features Liquid State is building into their product, including support for publishing to Android devices, and the option to publish apps from PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.   “When it comes to digital publishing, no platform or file format should be second best. Create once, publish everywhere,” he said.   The Liquid State software platform is cloud-based and is a simple, fast and economical way to produce and publish content to desktop and mobile devices.   The company recently raised $785,000, through a combination of private angel investors and a government grant through the Commercialisation Australia (CA) initiative.   The Microsoft Innovation Centre opened in Brisbane in 2012 and is the first of its kind in Australia. Its aim is to equip and inspire startups, students, and developers to innovate.   The Yeronga Bowls Club is one of Brisbane’s oldest running lawn bowls clubs and celebrated its centenary in 2012.For further information, interviews and photos, contact:Kit KriewaldtLiquid StateEMAIL: kit@liquid-state.comWEB: http://liquid-state.comPRESS KIT (Includes Backgrounder & photos): PHOTOS: MEDIA RELEASE: EXTRAVAGANZA CELEBRATES ENRICHING LIVES OF VICTORIAN SENIORS FOR 20 YEARS 2013-10-02T03:00:00Z media-release-extravaganza-celebrates-enriching-lives-of-victorian-seniors-for-20-years ​MEDIA RELEASE2 October 2013FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEEXTRAVAGANZA CELEBRATES ENRICHING LIVES OF VICTORIAN SENIORS FOR 20 YEARSBlueCross’ award winning STARfish Extravaganza, held Friday 4 October at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, is this year celebrating 20 years of BlueCross enriching lives.The Extravaganza, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons and Victoria’s Seniors Festival, is a celebration of making the most out of life, no matter what age you are.David Eccles, Managing Director of BlueCross, has said that the Extravaganza is ‘an exciting time for BlueCross as we reflect on the contributions we have made to Victoria’s ageing community.‘While we reflect, it is also important to look forward to how we can continue to enrich lives and explore what this means to us, our residents and clients.’The BlueCross STARfish Extravaganza has received many awards in previous years including the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Award in 2012 and the Better Practice Award in 2011.The Extravaganza reflects our commitment to positive ageing and person centred care, with a focus on our STARFish principles, which are; Be There, Have Fun, Choose Your Attitude and Make Their Day.‘We are changing the face of aged care by challenging the stereotypes out there and embracing the philosophies of Living Longer, Living Better,’ says Carol Allen, CEO of BlueCross.‘BlueCross is an inclusive organisation that is spurring innovation forward with events such as our awarded Extravaganza and live internet feeds on the day.’The Extravaganza will be streamed live online so all BlueCross residents, families, guests and staff unable to attend do not miss out.The event will run from 12 – 3 pm with special guests including; Noeline Brown, David Mann, the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, the Hon. Mitch Fifield MP, Jenny Mikakos MLC and many more.BlueCross would like to thank our platinum sponsors for their support of the Extravaganza; AMP Capital Investors, Arbour Ridge Consulting, Cura Health Group, DeNova Group, HMH Chartered Accountants & Financial Advisors, Medirest, Moores Legal and Trident Computer Services, this event is possible thanks to your contributions. -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACTPlease contact Carol Allen, CEO, on 0405 145 684 or for quotes and enquires relating to the STARFish Extravaganza’s awards, LLLB and celebrating positive aged care.Please contact Louise Westaway, Marketing and Communications Manager, on 0408 862 509 or for press passes, event information and all other enquiries.