The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-20T05:24:37Z 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: 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. For further information, images or to speak with Justine, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – Cover-More and Zurich announce new mental illness cover in travel insurance policies 2017-07-18T23:55:05Z cover-more-and-zurich-announce-new-mental-illness-cover-in-travel-insurance-policies ·   New cover for existing mental illness conditions—pilot underway in Australia and NZ ·   Travellers with existing mental illness conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and PTSD apply for cover just like travellers with physical medical conditions ·   Cover provided for first onset conditions and general exclusion for mental illness is removed Sydney, (Wednesday 19 July 2017): Cover-More Group, a specialist, integrated travel insurance and medical assistance provider, today announced new mental illness cover in their travel insurance policies for Australia and New Zealand. The move follows Zurich Australian Insurance Limited (Zurich) becoming Cover-More’s underwriter in Australia and New Zealand on 1 June after Zurich Insurance Group acquired Cover-More in April 2017. The new mental illness cover is one of a number of changes to policy benefits and policy wording that Cover-More and Zurich have developed to offer Australian and New Zealand travellers greater protection when they head overseas. Under the new policy, Cover-More has removed the general exclusion for mental illness from all their travel insurance products in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, if a traveller experiences a serious mental health condition for the first time e.g. first onset of anxiety or depression before they travel or while overseas, cover is provided for amendment and cancellation, and medical expenses respectively if their condition is serious enough that they need professional support. “We also recognise the importance of providing protection for travellers with existing mental illness conditions so we have commenced a comprehensive pilot of cover for existing conditions in the Cover-More direct sales channel in Australia,” Cover-More Group Chief Executive Officer, Mike Emmett, said. In the pilot, a traveller with an existing mental illness condition, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can apply to Cover-More for cover just like someone with a physical medical condition. The assessment process is straightforward and there will be one of two outcomes depending on the nature and severity of their condition—cover offered with the payment of an additional premium and in some more serious cases, no cover will be able to be provided. “We are trialling cover for travellers with existing mental illness at this stage because we want to get it right and give people with mental illness a fair deal and effective care.” Mr Emmett said the new cover for mental illness is a significant step for Cover-More and Zurich in recognising the critical importance of offering specific cover for people with mental health conditions. “It seemed a natural, and overdue, extension for Cover-More and Zurich to incorporate cover for mental illness into our travel insurance policies and we hope other travel insurance providers follow our lead,” he said. He said that for some time Cover-More has been offering trauma counselling free-of-charge to customers involved in horrific events overseas, such as the Bastille Day attack in Nice in 2016 and the recent London Bridge terror attacks. “Trauma counselling sits outside our usual policy benefits. It’s offered because we can offer it and because we care enough to. And this will continue.” Mr Emmett said the trauma counselling offered to Cover-More customers is by experienced psychologists in Cover-More’s DTC business, one of the leading corporate psychology providers in Australia. Since 2012, DTC has also delivered beyondblue’s National Workplace Program to more than 67,000 employees in organisations across Australia. Underwriting partnership with Zurich The move to offer cover for mental illness has been facilitated by Cover-More’s new underwriting arrangement with Zurich. Since 1 June 2017, Cover-More travel insurance policies in Australia and New Zealand have been underwritten by Zurich Australian Insurance Limited. For Zurich this is a business-to-business underwriting arrangement in which Cover-More continues to manage the retailing of travel policies and claims for customers. “We’re very excited around this underwriting arrangement for our local business, as well as the strengthening of our travel insurance offering in Australia and New Zealand. It allows for further opportunities to explore how Zurich and Cover-More can collaborate and support our local plan to diversify the product and distribution offerings,” Zurich Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, General Insurance, Rajbir Nanra, said. ENDS For more information contact: Angela Cross, Pilot PR +61 412 929 397 or About Cover-More Group Cover-More Group is a global specialist and integrated travel insurance, medical assistance and employee assistance provider. Cover-More has strong market positions in Australia, India and the USA where the group owns Travelex Insurance Services. In addition, Cover-More has a presence in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Cover-More has diversified distribution across retail travel, aviation, financial institutions and direct which is underpinned by optimisation technology. The group was acquired by Zurich Insurance Group in 2017. About Zurich Insurance Group Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 54,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at From Dreaded Delay to Savvy Sojourn 2017-07-11T04:29:51Z from-dreaded-delay-to-savvy-sojourn With a flight time of 20+ hours to favourite northern hemisphere destinations, Australians are accustomed to a Singapore or Hong Kong stopover. But with new visa-free transit hubs, fresh flight routes and competitive deals all on offer, plane doors are opening up to less-trodden, unexpected cities, allowing locals see more for less. Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Cheapflights data shows that the majority (82 per cent) of Aussies opt for destinations more than seven hours away, making a stopover inevitable.  “Rather than resenting the wait, a well-planned stop means you can extend your holiday with a mini break and visit a popular destination for just a fraction of the usual cost. Think Honolulu, which has seen a 93 per cent increase in searches year-on-year, or Sydney’s number one destination in Asia Pacific, China.”  To help inspire your next trip, has identified five emerging stopover cities that will get locals in the holiday vibe before arriving at their final destination:  1. Shanghai, China – Instead of the traditional stop in Singapore, embark on a Chinese adventure. China Eastern Airlines connects Sydney and Melbourne with five major cities in western Europe via its Shanghai base. And the 144-hour visa free transit for Australian passport holders is a great incentive to explore the city – from the iconic riverfront boardwalk ‘The Bund’ to Old Shanghai.  2. Doha, Qatar – Consider swapping Dubai for a stay in Doha. If you fly with Qatar Airlines from now until 30 September, you can also score one free night at a local four or five-star hotel. The online transit visa application allows between five and 96 hours in the country – just enough time to experience a desert safari, boat cruise along Corniche Bay, or visit the Museum of Islamic Arts. 3. Delhi, India – Air India flights now transit through New Delhi, to connect Melbourne and Sydney with London and nine other European cities. Delve into the colour and chaos of this vibrant city, guaranteed to make the start of your holiday unforgettable. The Taj Mahal is a day trip in itself, and with more time up your sleeve you could also see the pink city of Jaipur (capital of Rajasthan). 4. Honolulu, Hawaii – New York is clearly a top destination for Aussies with a 51 per cent spike in year-on-year searches via Cheapflights. But rather than the usual layover in Los Angeles, choose to start your holiday early by sipping cocktails on one of Hawaii’s famous beaches or embark on a hiking adventure to soak-up breathtaking views. It’s the perfect distance to break up your trip and enjoy some much-needed R&R before hitting the busy hub of NYC. 5. Seoul, South Korea – Another destination that may not spring to mind is Seoul in South Korea. The free city tours, aka ‘Transit Tours’ provided by the airport, are a great way to see the city and you can take one that fits into your schedule (from one to six hours). For a longer stay, enjoy the city’s many attractions including a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace or traditional Bukchon Hanok Village, followed by a delicious Korean barbeque dining experience!  For more information or to search for your next getaway, visit  ENDS Winter Inspiration: The Ultimate Shades of Grey Guidebook 2017-07-06T01:58:11Z winter-inspiration-the-ultimate-shades-of-grey-guidebook Despite being categorised as a nation that chases the sun, insights from the experts at show there are an amazing range of destinations that are actually at their best when the temperature dips and grey clouds roll in.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “A growing number of Aussies prefer winter over summer. And luckily for them, there are plenty of spectacular destinations both near and far to visit so they can enjoy the coldest season of the year more than once!”      To inspire locals looking for their next getaway, has these five must-visit locations that are best seen in shades of grey: • Prague, Czech Republic – As one of the world’s most picturesque cities, Prague makes for a spell-bindingly beautiful destination during the colder months. The grey days are a photographer’s dream, creating striking winter light and enhancing the Gothic charm and timeliness beauty of Old Town. They are ideal conditions for appreciating the sharp angles of the city’s architecture and interiors. Flights to Prague from $1,019 • Skaftafell, Iceland – Tourists flock to Iceland in the hopes of witnessing the Northern Lights, but don’t forget to check out Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, in an ice cave tour. These natural wonders can only be experienced during the winter months, and visitors can expect an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime views. Flights to Reykjavik from $1,209 • Harbin, China – This unique northeastern city is known for its Russian-influenced architecture and historic buildings, but it’s most famous for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Bigger than the ones in Norway and Quebec, it‘s the world’s largest event of its kind. Despite not being natural formations like in Iceland, the gigantic, illuminated and intricately carved ice sculptures on display from the end of December through to February is a real-life winter wonderland worth braving the cold for. Flights to Harbin from $492 • Nagano, Japan – Another unforgettable winter highlight in Asia is seeing the Japanese Macaque or ‘snow monkeys’ soaking in ‘onsen’ hot springs at the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park. Recognisable by their distinct red faces and brown-grey fur, this species is native to northern Japan. And with the Nagano Prefecture just a day trip from Tokyo or short drive from local ski resorts, it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit! Flights to Tokyo from $319 • Queenstown, New Zealand – And for those looking for a last-minute winter escape closer to home, Queenstown is an incredibly photogenic resort town with snow-capped mountains that transforms into a skier’s paradise from June to October. With its annual Winter Festival, the largest in the South Hemisphere, on between the 22nd and 25th this month, the event is set to attract around 45,000 people! Flights to Queenstown from $332 For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit  ENDS Australian beef producer, Jack's Creek win World's Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge! 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-win-world-s-best-fillet-steak-award-at-world-steak-challenge Jack’s Creek win World’s Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge 2017! Family-run Australian beef producer, Jack’s Creek has won the World's Best Fillet Steak producer accolade at the World Steak Challenge in London last night; the third time in a row that the producer has been the recipient of a top award at the competition. The competition was bigger and tougher than ever with 17 countries and over 100 entries from the world’s top beef producers. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Fillet. Jack’s Creek also won a Gold medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Striploin and a Silver Medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Rib Eye. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's Creek commented, “I am delighted with the outcome this year. We spent a considerable amount of time selecting our entries alongside our German distributor, Albers Food, who this year came to our farm in Tamworth, Australia to assist in the selection process for our Wagyu entries. With added categories, their input was very valuable!” “A third consecutive set of Gold and Silver medals, as well as the World’s Best Fillet Steak award confirms that we are producing a consistent, high quality product and I am very proud of the business we have created. As I always say, this is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said, “We focused on how the steaks taste, taking into account their tenderness. Those that got it right jumped out at you. The steaks were definitely high this year! It’s interesting for us with the different categories as different cuts have different qualities so we had to take that into account.” Rod Addy, editor of GlobalMeatNews, said: “The sheer range and quality of entries this year is a testament to the hard work put in by producers across the globe. This year’s Challenge has attracted a record number of entries, reflecting the pride producers take in their products and the eagerness to win an accolade, which will propel their business and their brand.” Jack’s Creek’s award-winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, BLACK Bar & Grill, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and BLACK Bar & Grill Executive Chef, Dany Karam said, “When I heard the prized sirloin from Jack’s Creek was named the World’s Best Steak, I knew I had to have it. We smoke it over our signature cherry wood ash before cooking it on the iron bark grill and serving it medium to bring out the tender flavour and succulent texture. Our customers absolutely love it.” For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Esstudio Galleria turns 5! 2017-07-03T05:10:15Z esstudio-galleria-turns-5 Five years ago dynamic duo Aleks Abadia and Jacqui Arnold, opened the doors to Chippendale’s first hair and beauty salon - Esstudio Galleria. To celebrate the team has unveiled their upgraded Chippendale salon and announced the upcoming launch of their new colour and beauty bar located in Parramatta, due for completion in July. The salon upgrade includes: A secluded basin area: Featuring lie flat massage beds for the ultimate comfort encased in a rose gold curtained off space, dimmed for a super relaxing experience. The round table has doubled: There are now two round tables in the main area growing our styling and colour zone from eight workstations to 18. Dedicated barber zone: The signature denim barber chairs have now been given their own zone and expanded from two to three chairs covered in Aleks’s signature denims. Soundproofing: The treatment rooms have been fitted out with theatrical soundproofing to ensure clients feel they have escaped from the hustle and bustle and truly relax and enjoy their treatment without interruption. State of the art lighting system: The responsive lighting system activates based on the movement in each space. This ensures optimal lighting to produce the high standard results the team has become known to deliver. A move to be a sustainable salon: Esstudio Galleria has become a member of Sustainable Salons Australia. They have introduced new measures to recycle 95% of salon waste and use eco-friendly brands including Pureology. Pony tails for kids with leukemia: Also a part of the Sustainable Salons Australia initiative. The hair team at Esstudio now offers clients opting for the chop the opportunity to donate their hair to make wigs for kids suffering from cancer. Esstudio Galleria is located at 5 Queen St, Chippendale. Appointments can be made at or P: 02 9698 1135. New 1000 Hour Root Cover Up 2017-06-27T01:00:25Z new-1000-hour-root-cover-up Now you can say goodbye to dark regrowth and pesky grey hairs, with another quick and easy solution… 1000 Hour is excited to announce the launch of their new brush-on tinted powder for hair, 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up. Tegan Martin, 1000 Hour ambassador, recent contestant on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ and qualified hairdresser, says that 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up “is the perfect hair product to use, between salon visits”. With today’s busy lifestyle, visits to the hair salon are becoming less frequent. Not by choice. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up can offer a quick, affordable and effective solution, to re-growth, between visits. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is the latest hair essential. Quick and easy to use, the powder conceals and camouflages regrowth and grey hairs, instantly, allowing extended time between hair colouring, and minimising any unwarranted stress, from those dreaded, emerging grey hairs. The powder palette comes with an applicator brush, for buildable colour, ensuring natural and even coverage, and a no mess solution. “You’ll look fresh out of the salon, in an instant” adds Tegan. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is free from waxes and dyes, and formulated with reflective pigments that adhere to the hair, without leaving it sticky, oily or dry. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is water resistant and easily washes out with shampoo. Each pack contains 60 applications and is available in four beautiful shades: black, dark brown, medium brown and light brown/blonde. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is available now for a RRP of $14.99 at Priceline and online at COVER-MORE LAUNCHES PRE-TRAVEL GP CONSULTATIONS FOR OVERSEAS TRAVELLERS 2017-06-26T22:38:29Z cover-more-launches-pre-travel-gp-consultations-for-overseas-travellers Cover-More, Australia’s leading travel insurance and medical assistance provider, today announced the launch of Pre-Travel GP consultations for customers, provided under their travel insurance policy.  Australian travellers who buy a Cover-More policy can access a telephone consultation with a qualified Australian doctor who specialises in travel medicine before they head overseas. Cover-More’s Pre-Travel GP consultations expand on the company’s industry-first Travel GP service, launched in 2015, providing travellers with access to an Australian doctor via telephone or video 24 hours a day, seven days a week and no matter where they are in the world. The Pre-Travel GP will undertake a full medical assessment, covering medical history, travel plans, destinations and timing, and advise a complete plan of care, including recommended immunisations and vaccines, and travel medical kit essentials. The doctor will issue any prescriptions the traveller needs ahead of their holiday and refer the customer to their regular GP if they need to visit them before they travel. After the consultation, the customer is emailed a comprehensive summary of their consultation, including emergency contact details for when they are overseas. Cover-More Group Chief Executive Officer – Global Medical Assistance, Meredith Staib said: “We are thrilled to be the first insurance and assistance company in Australia to launch a Pre-Travel GP consultation service to our customers, as it allows our customers to prepare for their best holiday possible. “We are firmly committed to helping Australian travellers keep travelling, and our Pre-Travel GP consults are another example of this focus.” Cover-More Group Global Commercial General Manager – Financial Institutions, Richard Austin said: “This is a great tool to help busy people prepare for travel and the feedback we have received from customers so far is overwhelmingly positive.” Cover-More’s Pre-Travel GP consultations are in market now. Customers are offered a Pre-Travel GP consult when they buy their policy, and an appointment is scheduled with the Travel GP.    New York Neighbourhoods 2017-06-26T01:27:32Z new-york-neighbourhoods-1 New York, the city that never sleeps, is consistently an Aussie long-haul favourite and now is the ideal time to visit. Not only is it summer where the days are longer and the nights are balmy, there are plenty of interesting communities to visit beyond the bustling tourist crowds and seas of ‘I❤NY’ t-shirts.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “New York remains one of the most popular international destinations for Aussies – even the ‘Trump effect’ won’t deter us from visiting this famous east coast city. In fact, the latest Cheapflights data shows a 51 per cent spike in year-on-year searches.” To help take in all that this iconic city has to offer, has collated five destinations that need to be on every Aussie’s NYC must-visit list:  1. Music: Greenwich Village – ‘The Village’ as New Yorkers call it, is a Bohemian neighbourhood of creative artists famed for its cutting-edge cabaret and music scene. The must visits here include ‘Smalls’, a jazz cellar that took its name from a 1920s Harlem nightclub, and ‘Arthur’s Tavern’, dating back to the 1930s, you can catch live blues and jazz here most nights.  2. History: Brooklyn – Just a few subway stops from Manhattan you will find Brooklyn, New York’s trendiest borough. Walk or bike across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge or stroll through The Promenade, a walkway with fantastic views of the bridge, New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty. 3. Culture: Harlem – Hop on the A train and experience the United States’ most famous African-American hub. The Apollo Theatre, which helped introduce legendary artists such as James Brown and the Jackson Five, is a quintessential part of the local history. And no trip would be complete without sampling authentic ‘soul-food’, including Southern fried chicken, waffles and mac and cheese. 4. Sport: Madison Square Garden – New Yorkers take their sport very seriously and MSG is home to their beloved basketball and hockey teams, the Knicks and New York Rangers. Book your tickets early, as matches sell out fast and often go for a premium if it’s big game. Get to a game and you may even be spotted by the famous ‘kiss cam’!  5. Shopping: Lower East Side – Shopaholics from all over the world flock to Fifth Avenue to get their dose of retail therapy. But look beyond the major retailers and to the Lower East Side, where you will find one of Manhattan’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. Browse through the charming indie boutiques from up-and-coming designers and score some one-off vintage pieces you can treasure long after you return home.  For more information or to search for your next getaway, visit  AIRASIA IN THE RING WITH BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO 2017-06-24T06:48:47Z airasia-in-the-ring-with-boxing-champ-manny-pacquiao SEPANG, MALAYSIA - 24 June 2017 - Nine-time world champion AirAsia will be flying boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Australia for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defence. Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won titles in eight weight classes, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July 2017. It will be his first defence of the title since winning it in a unanimous decision from American boxer Jessie Vargas in November 2016. AirAsia will fly Pacquiao and his team from their training camp in General Santos City in the Philippines to Brisbane on an Airbus A330 with special livery. The aircraft will feature an image of the Filipino boxer next to the Pacman and Pound-for-Pound logos. WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said, “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. With this agreement forged with AirAsia, I am inspired to give it all I got. “Teaming up with AirAsia makes it more special because we have been accorded the respect of the fans. I have been called the People’s Champion and AirAsia is a world champion airline, and I’m extremely proud to be flying with the Asean world champions.” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Manny is a huge inspiration to the Philippines and the whole of Asean. We want to show that this region makes world champions and no one is a better example of this Manny. Manny is like AirAsia, climbing to the top and staying there after all these years through blood, sweat and tears, and we are very honoured to be able to support him once again.” Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter ( and Facebook ( *** END *** PHOTO CAPTIONS DSC03516 / DSC03564.jpg Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane. DSC03565.jpg Close-up of the special AirAsia Airbus A330 Pacman livery. About AirAsia AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World's Leading Inflight Service. Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year 2017 2017-06-22T05:26:02Z sam-nic-chapman-win-youtubers-of-the-year-2017 Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 Media Release - June 2017 Sam and Nic Chapman – the makeup artist sisters, founders of the popular YouTube channel Pixiwoo and co-designers behind the Real Techniques beauty brand – were named YouTubers of the Year at the prestigious Glamour Women of the Year Awards this month. Hosted by Glamour Magazine each June in the U.K., the awards honour extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields ranging from entertainment to education to sports and business. "It's a real honour to be recognised by Glamour alongside so many other inspiring women," said Sam Chapman. "YouTube has really come a long way since we started nine years ago, and we are just so excited to be able to use this platform along with Real Techniques to continue to engage with and inspire our tremendous community of beauty lovers." Makeup artists and YouTube sensations Sam(antha) and Nic(ola) Chapman grew up surrounded by makeup, including their aunt who was a top makeup artist for clients like Princess Diana and David Bowie. In 2008, to help a friend create a smoky eye effect, Sam uploaded a video to YouTube. From that, the Chapmans' instructional makeup videos were born, transforming the sisters into visionaries who pioneered a new platform of makeup artistry through YouTube. Today, the girls have more than 7 million followers across the globe. "We're pleased to continue to leverage Sam and Nic's passion and authenticity to be the 'wing women' of the beauty obsessed, and couldn't be happier that Sam and Nic were recognised with this honour," said Erica Galea, Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, the distributors of Real Techniques in Australia. "We loved hosting the girls in September last year for their first Australian media tour, proving Sam & Nic have a loyal following here. Real Techniques has established credibility and a strong foundation among beauty lovers in Australia within only six short years." To celebrate the remarkable award win the RRPs of the popular Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection have been reduced, making the luxe collection much more accessible for Australian beauty lovers: GOLD – BASE • 100 Arched Powder RRP $29.50 • 101 Triangle Foundation RRP $27.50 • 102 Triangle Concealer RRP $24.50 SILVER – EYES • 200 Oval Shadow RRP $19.50 • 201 Pointed Crease RRP $19.50 • 202 Angled Liner RRP $19.50 • 203 Tapered Shadow RRP $19.50 ROSE GOLD – FINISH • 300 Tapered Blush RRP $29.50 • 301 Flat Contour RRP $29.50 The Real Techniques range is available now in Priceline stores nationally. To learn more about Sam & Nic's story, please see the attached press release or contact Rachel: 0423 833 814 or Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels 0481 369 484 Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. 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. Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 –