The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-21T07:36:45Z IS THIS AUSTRALIA'S HEALTHIEST BREAD? 2017-08-21T07:36:45Z is-this-australias-healthiest-bread Every second week there’s a story on bread. Should we or should we not eat it? What are the best choices on the market and where can we find them? Unfortunately, products from the big players in the food industry are always highlighted when comparing bread, but it’s becoming more apparent that smaller companies like Herman Brot are developing and producing the most nutritious products. Is there a freshly baked bread that is as nutritious as ours? Please let us know if you find one? Herman Brot Lower Carb Bread has been on the market now for 3 years and still nothing compares in the freshly baked bread category. The bread has only 5.4 grams of carbohydrates per 100g, which is significantly lower than their next freshly baked bread competitor whose product delivers 27.1 grams per 100g. As well as having access to such a low carbohydrate bread, Diabetics have been able to put bread back on the menu as it has a GI rating of only 24 and a Glycaemic load of 1, making it the lowest GI bread on the market. A lot of companies don’t even mention or list the GI rating on their products. The bread also has an astounding 25.6g of protein per 100g, making it a perfect source of protein for vegetarians, vegans and anyone looking for a protein alternative. The benefits of the bread are also clearly highlighted by the 5 Health Star Rating. The products are regularly recommended by industry professionals for people with type 2 diabetes; those on Keto diet programs; for Vegans and vegetarians; and some Herman Brot customers receiving cancer treatment have also been put on low carb diets that include Herman Brot products. Co-founder Christian Coenen who cured his diabetes 3 years ago using the bread as his “staple” food, believes that Herman Brot products are at the forefront of intelligent eating. “It is proven that intelligent eating (low carb, high protein, low GI) is partly able to reduce or replace medication and can play a part in making people’s life healthier. More and more research is showing that sugar is a killer and the key challenge for intelligent eating is finding staple foods with low sugar content. “Current studies and diet trends are seeing a strong shift back to this style of eating; and our aim is to continue to create a full suite of low carb, high protein, low GI staple foods for the Australian market,” Christian said. In contrast to the major food and beverage suppliers who fool the consumer with misleading slogans and advertising campaigns, the team at Herman Brot pride themselves on creating good quality nutritional products with packaging that features clear facts and real figures. Herman Brot also produce Lower Carb Pasta and have recently launched their Protein Muesli in 3 flavours. - ENDS - + PRODUCT SAMPLING FOR REVIEW AVAILABLE ON REQUEST + All media enquiries - Karen Smith, M10 Communications | Ph: 0407 527366 | email: karen@m10.com.au MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z mindkits-wins-mercedes-benz-vans-hack-my-van-2017-will-take-stem-workshops-to-schools-across-new-zealand 17 August 2017 -- Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas. Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbird Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions. Diane Tarr Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand said, “We created this event because we know that when used creatively the Vito can be transformative for a small business. Once again this year the entries were extremely diverse, and we were so pleased to extend into New Zealand, with three of the six finalists - including our winner - traveling across the ditch to be part of the event.” “Congratulations to Tim and Fay from MindKits who are already providing such a valuable service to school children in New Zealand by delivering hands-on STEM learning experiences. We cannot wait to see them achieve their dreams of taking their workshops on the road to more kids and more schools.” MindKits was established in December 2008 after seeing a lack of support for New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. Co-founders Tim Carr and Fay Cobbett said,"Winning the Vito enables us to take our proven engaging STEM workshops and bring them to schools with fewer resources, independent of their wealth and status. For the business this opens a new chapter and an expanding market, with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Vans." www.hackmyvan.com.au | #hackmyvan ---- ends For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character +61 487 328 738 | kate@ofcharacter.com Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7y21qf3v3d4hzxb/AACO1FiRrOGDcUQL5Iw8qI_ba?dl=0 About the Mercedes-Benz Vito Whether it‘s work or play, the Vito is purpose-designed to take care of your every need. It‘s a van built not just to fulfil the tasks it‘s set but make that all-important difference when it comes to flexibility, safety, economic efficiency and quality. This peace of mind is something you only get from a genuine commercial vehicle specialist. https://www.mercedes-benz.com.au/content/australia/mpc/mpc_australia__website/en/home_mpc/van.html About MindKits MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning. www.mindkits.co.nz New Bounce Plant Protein Range 2017-08-15T06:25:05Z new-bounce-plant-protein-range Media Release - August 2017 Australia’s leading healthy snack brand, Bounce, is excited to announce the launch of a new breakthrough vegan range. Live the vegan life naturally or simply enjoy the benefits of plant-based protein – all in one tasty and nutritious protein ball! As the plant-based product trend continues to skyrocket, the new balls show how delicious and healthy a vegan product really can be! Bounce Nutritionist Susie Burrell, one of Australia’s leading nutritionists with almost 20 years of experience, says, “The winning combo of pea and brown rice proteins replicates the amino acid chain of whey protein. That means, by skipping the whey, there’s no missing out on essential amino acids that the body doesn’t produce naturally. As always, Bounce has ensured the range is nutritionally balanced for sustained energy to power through the day.” Benefits of Bounce’s new plant protein energy balls include: Rich in protein with 22-23% protein per ball Contains amino acids and easily digested Lactose and gluten free gives a better tummy feeling! Sustained energy and feel fuller for longer GMO free No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives Cold pressed to maintain ingredient integrity for optimum nutrition The first two new flavours launched in the range include: Almond Kale: Kale needs no introduction; it’s one of the trendiest health foods on the planet. Not down with exactly what you’re meant to do with it though? Don’t stress, Bounce have taken out all the guesswork and created the new Almond Kale ball. Packed with 8.8g plant protein and loads of functional ingredients, enjoy an extra antioxidant boost. Cashew Peanut: Cashews and peanuts are not nuts at all: they’re actually very sane. They’re also highly nutritious, packed with an array of vitamins and minerals: B, E and manganese to name a few. With 9.2g plant protein, this is a delicious concoction of cashews, peanuts, and a whole lot of other nuts and a list of functional ingredients! New Bounce Plant Protein balls are available now exclusively at Coles for $3.29 per ball. Wellness Starts In The Home 2017-08-07T00:25:48Z wellness-starts-in-the-home Living a fast paced, hectic lifestyle can often leave us overstimulated and underwhelmed, with constant digital connection creating the need for mindfulness in our everyday life. Making a few simple changes to your home environment can uplift your mood and re-energise your life. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, says, “Mindful living spaces are designed with the purpose of reducing depression and anxiety, and supporting an overall sense of wellbeing by offering a relaxing respite from our daily lives. Take some time to redecorate using plenty of natural light and sustainable materials to get back to nature and give back to the earth.” Justine shares her top mindful living tips to help transform your home: 1. Declutter and De-stress Nothing clears the mental confusion quite like decluttering your home! Clear out the living areas by donating and recycling any disused or unloved items. Pack and store seasonal items to create more space and help lighten the load of mental and emotional clutter. 2. Let there be light Natural light does wonders for uplifting your mood and recharging your energy, especially when you have spent your day planted in front of a screen or under fluorescent light. Consider changing window treatments, repainting walls a lighter colour and adding reflective surfaces to create the illusion of more light. Adding skylights can also give light to dark hallways and staircases, allowing light to flood the living spaces. 3. Interior finishes When selecting finishes for your home, invest in items both meaningful and environmentally conscious. This will create a space that enhances your mood and reduces your carbon footprint. Using natural raw wood, seagrass, hemp and organic cotton, linen or wool can create a beautiful and harmonious natural space to unwind, recharge and connect in. Earthy textures inside will also reconnect you to the natural environment outside. 4. Get closer to nature Nature has a huge impact on our overall wellbeing and incorporating it into our interior helps us de-stress and create a natural space. Consider a terrarium, a green wall or an internal courtyard garden will breathe life into otherwise static internal spaces. Tending to these living installations can be relaxing and therapeutic, by bringing a little bit of the outdoors into the home. 5. Indulge in colour therapy In a psychological sense blues, greens and muted tones that mimic nature can create a calm and serene space. When crisp white and neutral tones are used they help to open up the space and create a peaceful setting. By selecting light tones rather than dark, your mood will be uplifted and it will reflect back the natural light, giving the impression of a larger lighter space. www.vaultinteriors.com.au 1000 Hour celebrates 25 years and unveils new ambassador! 2017-08-03T06:03:23Z 1000-hour-celebrates-25-years-and-unveils-new-ambassador In celebration of iconic beauty brand 1000 HOUR turning 25, Tegan Martin has today announced that her mum, Cherie Martin, will be joining her as an ambassador for the brand. Australia’s number one selling at-home lash and brow dye kits have been a beauty secret that mothers have been passing onto their daughters for over a quarter of a century. Tegan Martin, former Miss Universe Australia and 1000 HOUR Ambassador says, “I remember as a teenager my mum and I dying each others lashes and brows, it was part of our special pamper afternoons. And, doing this shoot with her was so special too – plus so much fun. Doesn’t she look amazing!” 1000 HOUR Eyelash and Brow Dye Kit was the first product in the range, inspiring the brand name with results that lasted up to six weeks - or 1000 hours. Across 25 years the range has grown to include other DIY beauty products including artificial lashes, hair colour mascaras, sticks and powders, instant brow mascara and utensils designed to help enhance natural beauty. Cherie Martin, 1000 HOUR’s new campaign ambassador says, “When 1000 HOUR approached me to join the 25th birthday celebrations, it was a yes for me straight away. I have religiously used their lash and brow dye kits for as long as I can remember, I can’t actually think of a time when a packet hasn’t been in my bathroom cupboard.” Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, the distributor of 1000 HOUR, Erica Galea says, “We’re really excited to have Cherie on board as a part of the 1000 HOUR brand. We really have her to thank for introducing Tegan to the brand all those years ago. It definitely goes to show that our mums really are our first beauty influencers. This partnership also accurately represents the first users and loyalists of the brand, as well as the next generation of beauty lovers. ” The 1000 HOUR range is available from Priceline, Woolworths, Coles, and independent pharmacies and specialist stores nationally and www.1000hour.com.au 1000 HOUR Eyelash & Brow Dye Kits RRP $18.95 www.1000hour.com.au New Mathletics Tri-Nations Challenge 2017-08-02T23:47:22Z new-mathletics-tri-nations-challenge Registrations are now open for Mathletics’ first Tri-Nations Challenge. The free to enter Mathletics competition between schools from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will take place online from 14 – 20 August. Rebekah O’Flaherty, CEO & Executive Director at 3P Learning says, “The Tri-Nations Challenge is a new and exciting online maths competition that provides a great way to have a bit of fun while improving mathematical fluency for primary and secondary students. It also creates a sense of community as each student earns participation points that count not only towards their personal points total but that of their school. “Our Mathletics program is used by over 4 million students around the world, so we’re expecting some fierce competition between those taking part,” said Rebekah. The Mathletics Tri-Nations Challenge is open to students from Kindergarten to Year 10, with engaging activities appropriate for all year levels. Split into two rounds, students from registered schools will be able to access the program for a training period the week prior to the official competition. There are thousands of dollars worth of prizes to be won by the top schools and students. Key Dates: Registrations open: Now! Registrations close: 13 August 2017 Training Week: 7-13 August 2017 Challenge week: 14-20 August 2017 In addition to the online challenge, Mathletics has also provided the following free resources to ensure all students can take part in the challenge: - Mathletics Tri-Nations Launch Kit - Customisable reward certificates - Mathletics Reward System wall chart - Multiplication tables wall chart - Formulae and Laws factsheets - Mathletics art sheets About Mathletics: Mathletics is a captivating online learning space providing students with all the tools they need to be successful learners, both in the classroom and beyond. Powerful courses aligned to Australian Curriculum maths standards across the primary and secondary years, matched with dynamic tools and reporting for teachers. Mathletics supports and caters to each teacher’s unique blend of student-driven learning and teacher-led instruction. For registrations go to: http://mathletics.com/tri-nations For further information, images or to speak with Rebekah O’Flaherty, contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Australia's opportunity to lead the world in shark human management & ocean conservation 2017-08-02T20:00:00Z australias-opportunity-to-lead-the-world-in-shark-human-management-ocean-conservation Shark Shield is urging governments to implement an innovative technology solution to solve the serious shark problem in Australia. Statistically, shark attacks will continue to increase as our population rises along with our increased passion for the ocean. As a result, our country will continue to be branded as the shark attack capital of the world. Now is the time to change this. Shark Shield proposes world first innovation to re-brand Australia as having the safest beaches in the world. Shark Shield CEO, Lindsay Lyon, addressed the Committee on Friday afternoon at the Senate Inquiry into Shark Mitigation and Deterrent Measures. Lyon questioned why Australian governments have not moved forward with Shark Shield to implement its new Ocean Guardian beach barrier solution, stating this is scientifically proven technology, it is not science fiction. Lyon said, “We are amazed given the lives lost and community economic damage from shark attacks as to why there has been no interest in commissioning a pilot or test site for Ocean Guardian. It is based on scientifically proven deterrent technology that has been on the market for twenty years. The electromagnetic transducer has also been used in the medial industry with clinical studies showing it is safe for humans and animals. “Shark Shield is building the new Ocean Guardian products for the luxury yacht and commercial markets. At this point in time we are not progressing with solutions for the beach barrier community protection, as there clearly appears to be no commercial interest in a solution to protect beaches and the environment. “Shark Shield has delivered a global habitat changing technology; this is a significant opportunity for Australia to lead the world in shark human management and ocean conservation. We would hope that both State and Federal Governments would be interested in implementing this solution yesterday.” (Please see press release attached for more information) For info, contact Rachel King @ 360 PR: rachel@360pr.com.au | 0423 833 814 | (02) 9571 4448 Mercedes-Benz Vans teams up with Airbnb for the Australian launch of the Marco Polo ACTIVITY 2017-07-31T23:40:41Z mercedes-benz-vans-teams-up-with-airbnb-for-the-australian-launch-of-the-marco-polo-activity Tuesday 1st August, 2017. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is partnering with Airbnb to give lucky adventurers an opportunity to spend a night on Cockatoo Island in the brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY and wake up to priceless views of Sydney. Mercedes-Benz Vans will set up three brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY vans on Cockatoo Island for three nights only from 10-12 August 2017. Nine adventurous couples will have the unique opportunity to book through Airbnb and experience a one night stay in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY with a perfect view of Sydney Harbour, for the small cost of the booking fee (AUD$15). The Marco Polo ACTIVITY is a luxurious five to seven seater van with a roof that can pop-up and back seats that fold down to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, go wherever you want. Styled by Megan Morton, Australia’s leading stylist and celebrated author, guests will enjoy a modern glamping interior with a signature Morton touch. All guests will have a dedicated host on hand to assist with everything they might need to enjoy their stay, and will receive delicious hampers and breakfast provided by SONOMA. Diane Tarr, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand says the brand likes to do things a little differently. “The Marco Polo ACTIVITY combines the best of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities in one vehicle. Instead of a regular vehicle launch, we wanted to bring the spirit of the Marco Polo to life - the feeling of adventure, and the notion that with the Marco Polo ACTIVITY you can experience truly unique destinations. What better way to do this than to wake up with the most iconic view in the world - Sydney harbour. We’re truly excited to be collaborating with our agency partners, The Royals and Character, to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience on Airbnb.” Country Manager for Airbnb Australia and New Zealand Sam McDonagh added, “Airbnb connects people with unique travel experiences all around the world so they can belong anywhere. We are delighted to be teaming up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to a few lucky guests, offering them an opportunity to spend the night on the world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island and wake up to one of the most breathtaking views in the world.” The vans will be available to book on Airbnb from 12.00pm on Tuesday 1st August 2017 on a first-come first-serve basis. For your opportunity to spend the night in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY on Cockatoo Island, visit www.airbnb.com.au/marcopolo - ends - #GlampfireGetaways #MarcoPoloACTIVITY Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qnm9dgqnhnepzat/AABSxT_Bg5br9d5AO4r0FQmHa?dl=0 For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 (0) 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character, kate@ofcharacter.com, +61 (0) 487 328 738 Follow Mercedes-Benz Vans on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzVansAustralia/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mercedesbenzvans_au/ About the Marco Polo ACTIVITY The Marco Polo ACTIVITY’s seamless mix of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities means your daily driver can now also be your home away from home. A five to seven seater that comfortably sleeps up to four adults. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, wherever you want. Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T01:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Treasury packs a punch for upcoming ‘Money Fight’ 2017-07-26T00:48:52Z treasury-packs-a-punch-for-upcoming-money-fight Hot on the heels of the Horn vs Pacquio boxing match, another knockout event touted as ‘The Money Fight’ is set to ignite the interest of boxing and sports enthusiasts alike. Set within the heritage surrounds of the hotel courtyard, Treasury Brisbane will broadcast the Floyd Mayweather Jnr vs Conor McGregor professional boxing super fight on Sunday 27 August with streaming of the undercards to commence at 11am. Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the undefeated eleven-time five division professional boxing World Champion and Conor McGregor is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. The fight will take place in Las Vegas and will be broadcast around the globe. At Treasury, guests will experience the blow-by-blow action on a gigantic 7m x 4m LED screen and enjoy a choice of two crafted catering packages from their ringside seat. General Admission Reserved table seating from 1pm to 4pm, including 3-hour all-inclusive beverage package. Beverages include Kirin, XXXX Summer, Little Creatures, Heineken/Heineken 3, T’Gallant Moscato, North of South Sauvignon Blanc, North of South Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon, water, assorted soft drinks. Food includes onion rings, chips, calamari with aioli, buffalo wings and mini pizza. Cost: $80 per person. VIP Package Exclusive front row mega screen table seating from 1pm to 4pm - including 3 hour all-inclusive package. Beverages include Johnnie Walker Black, Makers Mark, Tanqueray Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Angostura Spiced Rum, Kirin, XXXX Summer, Little Creatures, Heineken/Heineken 3, T’Gallant Moscato, North of South Sauvignon Blanc, North of South Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon, water, and assorted soft drinks. Food includes beef sliders, tempura seafood platters, onion rings, chips, calamari with aioli, buffalo wings and mini pizza. Cost: $125 per person All guests will receive a $10 Casino Dollar voucher (must be a Member of The Star Club to redeem). A cash bar will be available from 11am – 1pm and 4pm – 5pm. Minimum booking of eight required to secure exclusive table (no mixed packages allowed). For Bookings: bit.ly/treasuryboxing Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives 2017-07-26T00:34:26Z thoughtworks-releases-first-ever-report-on-courageous-leadership-among-successful-c-suite-executives p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0563c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, “The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives”, revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as “Courageous Executives” in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they’re setting their business up for future success. The report also sheds light on the leadership styles of Courageous Executives including their tolerance for risk and failure, their use of customer insights and the ways leaders in all four countries are preparing for the future of work. This report, developed by ThoughtWorks in partnership with research agency Northstar, features insight from Fortune 500 C-Suite executives who are: advocates for digital transformation; have an active role in directing how technology enables their business; have seen their company’s revenue or profit increase significantly due to a recent technology change; and 85 percent of which self-identified as risk takers. “As companies across all industries embrace the changes of our increasingly digital world, we’re seeing leaders at the helm of these companies dive deeper into how technology is implemented and how it works,” said ThoughtWorks President and CEO, Guo Xiao. “I began my time in the industry as a developer, giving me the tools I needed to approach business with a technology first perspective. Executives across the globe are learning that a strong grasp of technology matters and they’re finding ways to adapt. Our findings show that 54 percent of Courageous Executives have developed a deep understanding of technology with a remarkable 57 percent of these leaders reporting having written code,” noted Xiao. "A tenacious commitment to embrace technology is what today sets apart truly Courageous Executives." According to Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific, “In this new age of digital disruption, technology is being catapulted closer to the business core and that’s challenging the traditional C-suite. They need to think and behave differently when it comes to the role of technology in their strategy, and to question how they are engaging technology to produce better outcomes for the business. “While capability was once a barrier to what’s possible, now the constraint lies in the willingness of decision makers to be courageous with foundational technologies,” she said. REA, which operates Australia’s leading residential, commercial and share property websites, as well as a number of property portals in Asia and interests in the US and India, credits its impressive growth and success to a culture based on consistent innovation and invention. “The REA business is built around customer delivery, which demands that we work to the same agile rhythm across all levels of the organisation. Visualised work, team stand-ups and collaboration enable the innovation and invention that has become part of our DNA,” said Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA. “Our competition is global and the landscape is set to change as AirBnB, Facebook, Google, eBay, and WeChat become major players in property over the next few years. We’re embracing the opportunities this creates by focusing our culture of innovation and invention on the technologies that will change how people find property - robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and data science. “That, along with our diverse backgrounds, creative thinking and scalability, will see us continue to deliver new products and services to market faster than anyone else, and ensure we are the world’s best.” According to the report, notable themes uniting Courageous Executives include: Proactive Approach to Technology Changes According to the report, to keep pace and anticipate future technology shifts, Courageous Executives conduct research, analyze their competitors, troubleshoot tech challenges and hire subject matter experts. A majority of Courageous Executives (65 percent) say that digitizing and adapting to new technology is a top business priority followed by growth. Research – 63 percent of leaders do their own research to stay ahead of technology changes. Top trends they’re exploring include security threats; human and machine interaction; new hardware, software and operational platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; virtual reality and augmented reality. Competitor Analysis – In all four countries, big tech decisions are most often fueled by competition. Asked to identify the largest driver motivating change, 47 percent pointed to their competitors. Tolerance for Risk and Willingness to Fail Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a Courageous Executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. Appetite for Risk - In fact, 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage with 62 percent pointing to their willingness to take risks their competitors won’t as a key differentiator. Failing Well - Courageous Executives reported their most common reaction to these setbacks was to focus on what went right with the second being to stay as positive as possible. When asked how failure affected their employees, 54 percent globally said that they believed failure made them even more motivated to succeed. Use of Customer Insights Throughout the world, courageous leaders recognize the necessity of maintaining a close connection to their customers. 91 percent report that customer input directly informs their strategic decision-making. While there is some agreement as to the best methods for gathering that customer input, there’s still a lack of consensus among executives when it comes to what data they’re collecting and who is assessing the insights. Data Source - Overall, the most common source of insight is customer research, followed by social feeds which are monitored by 68 percent of Australian, 60 percent of UK and Indian and only 38 percent of US leaders. Other ways executives gather information includes using analytics from a content management system or implementing a designated customer insights task force. Customer Engagement - Gathering data from multiple sources is universally valued, but 87 percent of executives report having an internal team dedicated to their customers. Additionally, 58 percent of US and 48 percent of Australian executives say they speak to their customers themselves, which is far more than 32 percent in India and 22 percent in the UK. The Future of Work Across continents, nearly half of all courageous leaders describe their company culture as “team-first,” meaning they hire primarily for cultural fit, with skills and experience the second consideration. A third define their company as having an “elite” culture, described as hiring only the best to change the world by untested means. Subject Matter Experts - An overwhelming majority of Courageous Executives (90 percent) emphasized the importance of key hires, stating that discovering subject matter experts and new talents helps their context and credibility and is crucial to success. Tech’s Impact - 70 percent believe that replacing white-collar workers with technology is a natural progression and to be expected. To prepare for the potential impact of technology on the workforce, 87 percent of leaders admit to researching new technologies that may help them save on staff costs. 83 percent also agree that they’re preparing for the impact of technology replacing their workers by limiting new hires to reduce ongoing overhead. To download the report visit www.thoughtworks.com/courage Methodology Developed by ThoughtWorks’, this report is based on data collected by Northstar Research Partners from C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 companies with 100 employees or more, 87 percent of whom have occupied their office for at least three years and 79 percent reporting more than $100 million in revenue. The executives are primarily Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, the data also includes insights from the full C-suite including CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs from a variety of industries from finance and retail to healthcare and manufacturing and more. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Property Whispers register over 1,000 buyers 2017-07-26T00:30:00Z property-whispers-register-over-1-000-buyers Property Whispers, the home of off-market properties, has today announced that over 1,000 buyers have registered and over 200 matches have occurred since launching two months ago. This unique property match-making service provides agents with a new and cost effective method of sale for their vendors. Every property can start their ‘sales life’ on Property Whispers. Being the only portal exclusively dedicated to promoting off-market properties, Property Whispers is a unique listing tool for agents to use in discussion with potential vendors. The platform enables agents to reach beyond their existing databases, providing instant hot leads, simply by uploading their off-market listings. The Property Whispers platform offers agents a new and innovative way to list properties and save vendors expensive advertising costs. Agents and buyers are notified when a match is made, this reduces time and effort spent cold calling or emailing their databases and can potentially contribute to a quicker transaction. Key benefits for Real Estate Agents include: New and innovative way to list properties and save vendors money. New promotional platform for every listing to start their ‘sales life’. Reach beyond their own databases, Property Whispers has new buyers registering daily. If the property doesn’t sell off-market, the agent now has the listing and can have discussions with the vendor about alternative methods of sale. Brand building – promotional opportunity for agents. A three month obligation-free trial period is available for a limited time for all real estate agents who register online; those who choose to continue using the website thereafter pay an annual subscription fee. Register online to access Property Whispers: www.propertywhispers.com.au Winter prep for spring selling season 2017-07-25T05:32:01Z winter-prep-for-spring-selling-season Noticed that the local Bunning’s has been busier than usual lately? With Sydney experiencing one of the driest winters on record, Cameron Nicholls - Principal and Founder of Nicholls & Co Estate Agents, suggests it may be those prepping for a spring sale. Cameron Nicholls says, “It’s no secret that many vendors have the mentality that it’s bad to sell in winter and they won’t get as much for their home as they would have if they’d waited for the magic of spring. So, we’re urging those who are thinking of selling to use the last weeks of winter to get their homes prepped for sale so they can hit the market from September 1.” Cameron’s top 5 areas to prep this winter include: The Garage – This area is typically the dumping ground. Now is the time to get it organised, clean and demonstrate the functionality it deserves. There is nothing worse than seeing cluttered space – no matter what room it’s in. The Garden – Trim back the trees and consult your local garden centre to determine which plants will flourish and add colour come September. The Façade – Does your door need painting? Or the entire house? Now is the time to invest in painting your façade. Many think the warmer weather is best, but this only makes the paint sweat while drying. The Windows – Simply cleaning your windows can add value to your property, it’s amazing the difference clear glass can give to your home. It also shows to potential buyers that the home has been well maintained. The Gutters – Clear up the autumn leaf drop from your gutters. This is not only for safety and to prevent blockages but also to improve the look of the roofing. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Shark Shield technology used at J-Bay to protect contestants 2017-07-20T05:24:37Z shark-shield-technology-used-at-j-bay-to-protect-contestants The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent technology is currently being used at the World Surfing League Championships in Jeffreys Bay. Shark Shield’s FREEDOM+ Surf units have been placed on the jet skis of officials to protect water photographers and contestants at J-Bay, including Mick Fanning. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s CEO says, “More and more event organisers are contacting us to purchase our new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf units to prevent unwanted shark encounters at their competitions and we have a significantly better wide area solution in development.” Shark Shield is currently seeking investors to fund the commercialization of their new Ocean Guardian product, a long range shark deterrent. Powered by Shark Shield technology, the world first Ocean Guardian has the potential to provide a complete beach barrier, protecting surfers and swimmers alike. Based on 20 years of research the Ocean Guardian utilises a patented Metamaterial Electromagnetic Transducer, with expectations of repelling sharks within a 100-meter diameter of each unit installed. “We have the technology ready to go, it’s now funding the commercialization through investors or government orders. Our Ocean Guardian product has the ability to replace shark nets and drum lines around the world, stop culling, protect both humans and marine life while giving beachgoers the confidence to get back in the water,” said Lindsay. Shark Shield is seeking a $1M in investment capital to complete the commercialization of the Ocean Guardian, which will also be targeted at the global luxury yacht market, and will be partnering with independent scientists to further validate the company's own extensive testing. “We’ll be presenting to the senate enquiry into shark mitigation and deterrents an update next week on our progress with the hope that the government will come on board to support another world first from Shark Shield,” said Lindsay. For further information go to: www.sharkshield.com Styling The Heart Of The Home 2017-07-19T01:09:18Z styling-the-heart-of-the-home Media Release - 19 July 2017 The kitchen has long been considered the heart of the home by owners and designers alike. Whether you’re a chef or not, it’s the most important room of any home for practical reasons. This includes our human need to be nourished, no matter what age or social status, as well as our desire to socialise, entertain and congregate. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, says, “Visually, kitchens are the stand-out showcase feature and talking point of the home. Especially in open plan interiors, this has been a resilient design trend over the last few decades. It’s usually the most expensive room to renovate, but the kitchen has the strongest impact on potential buyers when selling your home, truly elevating the value of the existing dwelling.” Justine shares her top kitchen styling tips: 1. Overall Style The overall tone of the home how you like to cook and entertain ultimately determines whether your cabinetry should have lots of detailing and handles, or if the look should be sleeker, handless and streamlined. If you are a creative cook, maybe a freestanding island isn’t for you as it’s harder to conceal cooking mess! Perhaps a bar height counter will work better. If you don’t cook much, you can afford to have higher maintenance (but timeless) materials such as marble counter tops. 2. Bench Tops Engineered stone and marble work well in both modern or classic look kitchens. Timber can be an affordable option and looks great in industrial or rustic style kitchens. Natural stone is stunning but can be expensive and probably not ideal for a bustling family kitchen. Stainless steel bench tops in a variety of textures is predicted to make a come back, along with tiled counter tops reminiscent of country houses with a modern twist. 3. Added Functionality Consider extending your kitchen to your alfresco area by including a servery window. You can even get the look by continuing the counter material externally so it’s visually cohesive. This is a perfect idea for entertaining and helps create an outdoor room. Consider also adding study nook to the end of the kitchen cupboard or next to the pantry joinery – or if you have the space, creating a butlers kitchen will also provide added function and storage. 4. Contrasting Palette Stick with more neutral and earthy tones for counter tops and combine with deeper cabinetry colours or tones to create a dramatic visual contrast. You can always change out cabinetry doors in the future easily enough, however, under mount sinks and integrated appliances can make it more costly and difficult. Think interesting hardware, bronze, brass and metal! 5. Accents Remember that colour accents and personality can be introduced through funky appliances like Smeg fridges, kitchen aid mixers and Delongi kettles and toasters, as well as feature pendant lights and accessories. www.vaultinteriors.com.au For further information, images or to speak with Justine, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au