The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-01T19:16:12Z What is Popcorn Lung? 2019-12-01T19:16:12Z what-is-popcorn-lung Today we are looking into bronchitis obliterans and how it relates to vaping. Popcorn lung also known as, bronchitis obliterans is caused by a chemical called diacetyl. The name "popcorn lung” actually comes from diacetyl's butter flavoring which in the past was used to make popcorn hence where the name originates. But, when the chemical started to make microwave popcorn, factory workers sick by breathing it in, the chemical was removed from products made by major popcorn manufacturers. In fact diacetyl (and ultimately, popcorn lung) has been responsible for deaths as well as "hundreds of cases of bronchitis obliterans, a serious and irreversible lung disease." Your body when you develop popcorn lung definitely does not sound fun. When diacteyl is inhaled it can cause popcorn lung which is a scarring of tiny air sacs in the lungs reulting in the thickening and narrowing of the airways. According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), a division of the NIH, symptoms of popcorn lung include shortness of breath, a dry cough, fatigue, and wheezing that isn’t caused by asthma or a cold—all of which can occur two to eight weeks following exposure to fumes (ammonia, nitrogen oxides, food flavouring fumes, welding fumes) or respiratory infections that can cause the condition. According to GARD, there's no treatment for popcorn lung. But some medications, including antibiotics and immunosuppressive medicine, might be able to help patients manage the condition. A lung transplant might be recommended in very severe cases. Cough suppressors and supplemental oxygen might also be suggested to help someone manage their symptoms. From a 2016 report published in Enviromental Health Prespectives, diacetyl is a substance that can be used in some vaping juices. The authors of the report tested 51 flavoured e-cigarette liquids for the chemical and found that 39 of the 51 tested juices contained diacetyl. The report also points out that while most people focus on the danger of nicotine that other substances can also cause damage and harm. We always recommend that you purchase all electronic cigarettes and e-liquids from a reputable seller. These are our recommendations at VapeStreet Australia. Summer Skin Revival with Lotion M Mist 2019-11-28T03:13:36Z summer-skin-revival-with-lotion-m-mist dermaviduals introduces summer’s must have moisturising mist, Lotion M. Formulated with horsetail extract, known for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, Lotion M strengthens the capillaries, reduces sun damage and can be stored in the fridge for a refreshing spritz throughout the day. Reika Roberts, Managing Director of dermaviduals Australasia says, “The start of the warmer weather is always a great indication on when you should make the change from our ever-popular winter Lotion N to Lotion M for summer skin. Both products in the range provide instant moisturisation to the skin.” Rebecca Miller, Founder of the La Bella Medispa Groups adds, “Lotion M is a fantastic moisturising facial care mist for the whole day. Just a few sprays, around 20 centimetres from the face with eyes closed, will help to tighten and refresh the skin and connective tissue. We update most of our client’s bespoke prescriptions to include Lotion M from November each year, as this is when we really start to notice clients coming in with sun exposure symptoms.” dermaviduals Lotion M key facts: A water-based composition with horsetails and cucumber extract, D-panthenol and moisturisers The product intensely moisturises the skin Cucumber extract has astringent effects to help remove excess oil and dirt from the skin Horsetail extract contains tightening silicic acid, saponines and flavonoids “All dermaviduals products are formulated based on the principles of corneotherapy, which put simply enables their products to treat the skin by penetrating the surface to align and support the foundations, known as the stratum corneum to get technical. That is why these products actually work long term and you end up with the dermaviduals glow. The best part is we can change your personal prescription based on environmental and personal circumstances, to support your skin all year round,” said Rebecca. dermaviduals Lotion M is available now from dermaviduals clinics across Australia at an RRP of $91. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. @dermaviduals #dermaviduals SPARE WORKSPACE AND VENUEMOB ANNOUNCE MERGER 2019-11-26T01:12:08Z spare-workspace-and-venuemob-announce-merger FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SPARE WORKSPACE AND VENUEMOB ANNOUNCE MERGER Australia’s leading online marketplaces are joining forces to become the No 1 platform to find and book meeting and event spaces in Australia SYDNEY, November 22, 2019 – Spare Workspace and Venuemob announced today the merger of their companies to create one of Australia’s largest platforms to discover and book event, meeting and training spaces around Australia. Helping over 5000 businesses, collectively Spare Workspace and Venuemob have handled over $300 million of enquiries since their inception. Founded in 2015 by Jake Dimarco, Spare Workspace helps businesses to easily book on-demand meeting and training spaces online by the hour or day. Venuemob has been connecting Australians with the perfect venues for their events in just a few clicks since 2012.  With over 6000 unique spaces to choose from, customers will find the perfect venue for events ranging from a small meeting to a large-scale corporate conference. Their merger will make them the No 1 online platform in Australia to find and book event and meeting space. “Spare Workspace’s growth over the past four years has been astounding,” says Spare Workspace CEO Jake Dimarco. “With our industry-leading booking platform, we’ve taken a difficult and time-consuming task and made it super simple. I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Venuemob and offer our customers a wider range of venues to meet all their needs. Customers won’t need to look anywhere else. We will be Australia’s biggest one-stop shop for event, conference and meeting spaces.”  Both companies have raised capital from major Australian and global investors. By coming together under Spare Group, they will now have dedicated teams in both Sydney and Melbourne to better serve customers with personalised recommendations and support.  “We’re thrilled to join Spare Workspace to create an even stronger presence around the country,” says Venuemob Director Adrian Bunter. “This merger will only strengthen our success. Our shareholders are incredibly excited about Jake taking on the role of Group CEO. He’s proven to be a strong leader in the industry and will no doubt take both businesses to the next level.” The company will continue to operate both brands into 2020, with an exciting roadmap in place to integrate both businesses in the coming months.  “We will continue to innovate and transform how customers discover and book their events and meetings around Australia,” says Dimarco. “We expect our growth to be exponential across both businesses. Watch this space.” To find the perfect space for your next meeting, visit and for your next event, visit . [ENDS] For all media enquiries, please contact: Jake Dimarco +61 2 8417 1036 About Spare Workspace Spare Workspace is the No 1 platform to easily discover and book on-demand meeting and training spaces around Australia. Businesses can compare and book over 2000 spaces starting from $20 an hour within minutes.   About Venuemob Venuemob is the leading online platform to find and book the perfect event venue around Australia. With over 4000 spaces, Venuemob has the ideal location for your next event, whether it’s a corporate Christmas party or a product launch. Best of all, it’s completely free to use. ENDS Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now for The Show Sydney 2019-11-21T00:36:29Z early-bird-tickets-on-sale-now-for-the-show-sydney Tickets are now on sale for Australia’s ultimate professional makeup, hair and beauty event, The Show Sydney. At just $30 plus booking fee, the early bird special will run through until December 2nd (Cyber Monday) and will be the best opportunity to get the best deal that will be offered before tickets go up to full price. Tickets are available online now at Being held at The International Convention Centre on the 8th and 9th of February 2020, ticket holders will have two-day access to world-class makeup, hair and beauty experts, plus have the opportunity to purchase some of the latest and greatest products on the market. The founders and creator of The Show Sydney, Scott Lattimer and Eliza Campagna are expecting over 5000 attendees at the inaugural event. Eliza says, “The line-up of talent, educators and brands that we have secured so far are at the top of their game and there’s more to come. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all thing’s beauty, The Show Sydney is the place to be.” The Show Sydney Event Details: Date: 8th and 9th February 2020 Time: Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm Location: The International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Tickets: Available now at early bird pricing - $30 + Booking Fee – Handles: @theshowsydney Over 38 brands are confirmed to exhibit at The Show Sydney, including: Danessa Myricks Cozzette Beauty Stilazzi TEMPTU Ben Nye Silk Oil of Morocco Senna Cosmetics Ofra Cosmetics Nanshy CanGro The Makeup Artist Guild Asia Pacific (MAGAP) Research Council of Makeup Artists (RCMA) Australian College of Makeup & Special Effects (ACMUSE) Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup (AACM) Melissa Sassine Li-Sa Choi Dose of Colours Beaudazzled Scotty’s Makeup Inglot Cosmetics Crown Brush Australia Bdellium Tools Egyptian Queen Beauty LippieBook – Rachael A. Artistry MODELROCK Lashes Glindawand Cosmetics Real Techniques Formawell Beauty x Kendall Jenner SpaScriptions 1000 HOUR Hakuhodo Bluebird FX SHY Designs Got Flesh dōTERRA Essential Oils Evidence Skin Care (ESK) • Embryolisse Skincare Herman’s Professional Hair Lorna Evans Education Angel Hair Extensions Kitology Glamour Makeup Mirrors For further information, images or to request an interview with Scott Lattimer or Eliza Campagna, contact: Rachel King | 360 PR | E: | P: 02 9571 4448 The Miracle Post-Burn Treatment 2019-11-21T00:07:31Z the-miracle-post-burn-treatment The festive season is almost here, and with that comes summer entertaining and Christmas parties. With all the extra festive cooking of delicious treats for family and friends, combined with getting all dolled up for parties using fancy hair tools, there is an increased risk to accidentally burn yourself while using all of these hot appliances! BodyPlus Skin Oil is the miracle treatment that works when it comes to reducing the appearance of burns and scars. CEO of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes says, “BodyPlus Skin Oil helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin’s natural defence barrier. Ceramide and Vitamin E provide the essential nutrients to lock in moisture and promote hydration in order to protect the skin. It’s great because it doesn’t leave a greasy layer on your skin but rather absorbs into the skin to work its magic, helping in the burn healing process.” Simply massage BodyPlus Skin Oil in a circular motion on the affected burn area. For optimal results, it is recommended to apply BodyPlus Skin Oil twice daily to allow for intense hydration to safely treat burns and delicate, healing skin and to further prevent and reduce the chance of peeling. BodyPlus Skin Oil has numerous other key benefits including: Everyday moisturiser Safely treats stretch marks Treats sunburn Lightens dark spots Heals drying fingernails Reverses premature skin aging Acts as cleansing agent Soothes pain from cold sores Suitable for men and women of all ages Helps to treat eczema BodyPlus Skin Oil is available for RRP $19.95 at selected pharmacies or online: @bodyplusau Party Season Quick Recovery Hacks 2019-11-20T23:57:30Z party-season-quick-recovery-hacks The party season is well and truly here! All you need is the quickest recovery hacks, and L’Action Paris is here with some of the best party season essentials this year. With some instant hacks for daytime relief on struggle street, or less than 15 minutes of ‘me time’, you’ll feel a little more jolly to power through the festive season! Marketing Coordinator of McGloins Supertex, Shima Shahbazi says, “Long work days and late nights with festive end of year celebrations can take a toll on your mood and wellbeing. They say ‘it’s all in the eyes’, and it’s true. When you’re feeling under the weather or tired, most people will notice any change in your eyes. So, it makes sense that the top three recovery saviours from L’Action Paris are all about eye relief.” L’Action Paris – Tired & Puffy Eyes Soothing Mask – RRP $9.95 A beautiful combination of chamomile for decongesting, soothing aloe vera and anti-aging green tea. This mark revitalises the eyes and soothes the eye contour area in a matter of minutes. Practical and works quickly, this mark is ideal for a bit of ‘me time’ relaxation after a long day at work, or the morning after a late night out. How to use: Remove a mask using tweezers and then apply to eyes on clean, dry skin. Leave for 15 minutes before gently peeling off. Firmly reseal the sachet after opening. For extra freshness, put the sachet in the refrigerator half an hour before application. Avoid contact with the eyes. L’Action Paris – Chamomile & Fig Eye Relief – RRP $16.95 Enriched with fig extract, this refreshing stick soothes and tones tired eye contours and helps to relax eyes. Camomile, renowned for its decongestant properties, produces brighter eyes and instantly relaxes the eye contours. Ideal for those days that follow festive celebrations! Keep this one in your handbag. How to use: Apply once or multiple times throughout the day by smoothing the stick over the area around the eyes before applying your usual make-up, or when needed. L’Action Paris – Dark Circle Concealer – RRP $16.95 Based on a universal shade, this concealer stick perfectly matches your colour and complexion, naturally erasing the trace of wrinkles and fatigue. Made with active ingredients castor oil for nourishment and hydration, anti-aging and anti-oxidant Vitamin E, and Kaolin, purifying and softening clay. How to use: Apply a thin layer under the eyes onto clean, dry skin. Smooth by dabbing with your finger. Apply your make-up as usual. 3 fun ways to use your office coffee machine this Christmas party season 2019-11-20T23:01:45Z 3-fun-ways-to-use-your-office-coffee-machine-this-christmas-party-season The festive season is all about giving back and spending quality time with friends and family. But what if you could extend this into the office this year? Those of you with a coffee machine in the office can make a few simple changes to add some festive cheer and give back to your favourite charity. Or maybe it’s a great Christmas gift to the office! George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager says, “Who doesn’t love the festive season! Coming from a large family, it’s filled with breakfasts, lunches and dinners all December. This year we’re putting more focus on bringing the festive cheer into our office by adding a few extra elements and activities beyond the tinsel and Christmas tree in the foyer.” George’s top tips for bringing the Christmas cheer into the office this season includes: 1. Support a charity: For the month of December, put a jar next to the coffee machine and request a gold coin donation for every coffee made. Give the proceeds to your chosen charity or a cause your team members feel strongly about. 2. Friday Cocktails: A glass of champagne or a beer on a Friday isn’t unusual in most workplaces. This year, why not up the ante and throw in a few coffee based cocktails. There are so many more out there than just the Espresso Martini. You could even create a mixology competition. 3. Recycle Grounds: Coffee grounds can be repurposed in the garden or to make a coffee scrub. Think sustainably and recycle your coffee grounds to reduce your environmental footprint. Enjoy your coffee without the guilt! About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. P. Princi Butchers Celebrates First Place in National Ham & Bacon Awards for Bone-in Leg Ham in Wa 2019-11-20T06:30:34Z p-princi-butchers-celebrates-first-place-in-national-ham-amp-bacon-awards-for-bone-in-leg-ham-in-wa In what could be deemed Australia’s tastiest competition, P.Princi Butchers has been awarded 1st place in producing some of the best Ham in Western Australia, just in time for the holiday season. P.Princi Butchers ham came in first in WA for the 2019 Australian PorkMark Ham & Bacon Awards, Traditional Bone-In Leg Ham category. P.Princi Butchers Traditional Bone-In Leg Ham is made from 100% Australian pork and stood out over 130 entries. Joe comments;  “The story of P.Princi Ham began in the early 1950s, where our recipe travelled from Italy to Australia. We pay particular attention to detail and as a result, have been recognised for producing one of the best in the state. What sets us apart is the quality of the pork that we begin with. Our artisan Ham range includes chemical nitrate and gluten free options, and is produced with a rich family heritage of passion”.  In an award earlier in the year, Australian Pork Limited General Manager of Marketing, Peter Haydon said; “Bacon is an Aussie household staple but there’s a high chance the family favourite that shoppers are selecting isn’t made with local ingredients.   Many people are surprised to learn that 80% of bacon sold in Australia is made using imported pork which may not be subject to the same quality, welfare and environmental standards as our production systems.  “If you want to support Australian pig farmers, look for the pink Australian Pork logo on pack. Otherwise, check the bar chart on the Country of Origin label has a percentage of over 90% of Australian ingredients”. Pop into P.Princi Butchers and support your local award winning Perth ham butcher. We are located at Bicton Plaza (Shop 10/258 Canning Highway, Bicton WA 6157, available online, and deliver. Links: ENDS For more information, please contact:  Mwansa Msapenda at Nessabee Creative Just Wines Awarded the Best Wine Retailer by Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019 2019-11-19T06:34:53Z just-wines-awarded-the-best-wine-retailer-by-mozo-experts-choice-awards-2019-2 Recently Just Wines (Australia’s 2nd Largest Online Wine Website) was awarded the prestigious Online Wine Retailer of the Year title and the Best Product Range in the Online Wine Retailer at Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019. About Mozo Experts Choice Awards These awards have been recognised as a great platform to bring forth the products and services that offer great value to Australians. Not only do they analyse credit card, deposit accounts, energy plans, insurance and similar financial services but other products too that are used by people on a day-to-day basis. In July 2019, Mozo introduced Online Grocery Services awards that included various subcategories, one of them being the Online Liquor and Wine Retailer awards. Says AJ Duncanson (Mozo money expert)—“Whether it’s a celebratory drink or a Sunday barbecue at the beach, Aussies love their alcohol. So, this year we’ve introduced the Mozo Experts Choice Awards for Online Liquor and Wine Retailers to help Aussies find the best places to pick up wine or a six-pack without having to leave the comforts of their sofa.” Following tailor-made and tough judging parameters for each category, winners are announced after intense database analysis to ensure that the consumers get a great value on products. In order to find the best Online Liquor and Wine Retailer, judges analysed around 46,468 products listed on each of these websites (While doing this, different vintages and packaging options of the same product were excluded). Retailers requiring subscription or offering specialised one-day shipping were not considered as these features are often location dependant. 2019 Results for Online Wine Retailer Category Just Wines was declared Online Wine Retailer of the Year primarily for an unrivalled product range in the industry. Owing to the same reason, it also won the 2019 Mozo Experts Choice Awards for Best Product Range in the same category. The website has over 6000 wines wherein one can find even the unique styles, making it stand out from the crowd. The second and most important factor is the shopping experience. The website offers a clearly-designed menu that makes browsing easy. What adds to this are the excellent searching options and relevant filters. They also offer great customer service and a 100% Moneyback Guarantee. This means that in the rare event of dissatisfaction, one can claim a replacement or full refund of purchase. With the festive season around the corner, we’re sure you can find great discounts too. For more details, visit News Source: DineSmart - Dine Out Help Out 2019-11-18T04:23:14Z dinesmart-dine-out-help-out DineSmart is changing lives this Christmas   As we wrap up another year, many of us turn our minds to friends, family and to those who are less fortunate. DineSmart is back and, with a host of new restaurants taking part, it’s simple to lend a hand to people who are homeless this Christmas. Since 2003 DineSmart has applied the simple model of asking diners to chip in a small donation to their bill and granting those donations to combat homelessness in the local community. The collective power of restaurants and local diners working together, makes it such a success, having helped StreetSmart raise over $5.7million. Heading into its 17th year, there are more than 110 participating restaurants and the campaign runs from November 21st – December 31st with hopes to raise at least $250,000 for homelessness projects during the busy run into Christmas. But in those 17 years, homelessness in Australia has worsened. Between 2011 and 2016 (the most recent census), homelessness increased by 13 per cent. In New South Wales alone it increased by 37 per cent. CEO of StreetSmart, Adam Robinson, is asking diners to chip in whenever they can: “We’re not properly funding essential, often lifesaving, services. We’re not properly funding low cost housing. I think as a community we haven’t prioritised solving these issues. We seem to be sitting back and thinking it’s okay. That’s just not good enough for a country as wealthy as ours. We can and should be doing something, and we can all make a difference through leaving a small donation on our bill when we dine out. DineSmart has had a meaningful impact on thousands of people’s lives delivering essential services to those in crisis, as well as working to prevent the causes of homelessness.” DineSmart has also seed funded a number of innovative projects that are leading local responses to homelessness. Organisations such as Orange Sky Laundry, HOMIE, The Street Socceroos, FareShare, Wear for Success,, and Second Bite, all received early funding from DineSmart and have gone on to have lasting impact. To find all the restaurants involved check the google map “BMiles Foundation works with women who are impacted by mental ill health, many of whom have experienced trauma and or family and domestic violence, and these much-needed funds will enable women to access clinical support to assist them with their recovery. Please let your supporters know their funds raised by DineSmart are going directly to those in need and making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable women in our society.” Kate Timmins, BMiles Foundation For more information about how to Dine Out and Help Someone Sleeping Out visit:  For further info / interviews  please contact Geoff on 0428 909 097 5 ways to be a better leader in 2020 2019-11-18T00:21:35Z 5-ways-to-be-a-better-leader-in-2020 Each year Dana Lightbody, CEO of The Leadership Institute, hosts 35 leadership summits, presents over 500 high profile speakers and educates more than 2500 attendees looking for that golden nugget to become a better leader within their business or organisation. Today, she shares her top five ways to achieve just that in 2020, no matter what stage of the journey you’re at. Dana advises, “Leadership isn’t something that you’re born with, it’s a learnt skill that needs constant nurturing and development throughout your life and career. Combine this with the fast paced, technologically advanced world we live in, where there seems a new gadget, app or way of doing things everyday - it can become very overwhelming. “It’s time to get back to the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) way of doing things and put a plan together for your leadership journey in 2020. The key thing is to make sure it’s realistic and something you will stick too,” said Dana. Dana Lightbody’s top five ways to be a better leader in 2020 and KISS, include: Create an Executive Toolkit: Start with your values and write them down, this will give you a way to measure yourself against the qualities your ‘ideal leader’. Knowing who you are and what you stand for will assist your team in measuring themselves in a positive way, leading them to feel valued, and as a by-product, even more motivated. Allocate time: Block out time in your calendar and schedule the events and training sessions you want to attend throughout the year. If you schedule it in advance, you’re more likely to attend and follow through. Get educated: Book in formal training, internally or externally and make time to attend it. Conferences for straight from the source learning, deconstructed university courses or one day industry focused trainings. Whatever it is, make time for it. Compile a selection of books to read throughout the year, if reading is not your thing – try an audiobook on the way to work. I’d start with my favourite business author Brené Brown and aim for one per month. Engage a mentor or sponsor: You’d be surprised how many experienced CEO’s, entrepreneurs and educators are looking to mentor or sponsor upcoming talent. Simply make a list of the people who inspire you and reach out. Network: Attend networking events! You should find that a lot of courses and summits include a networking session at the end of the first day. Plan to stay for the duration, and although it’s like speed dating, you never know who you might meet or what opportunity might arise. The Leadership Institute have released their 2020 calendar of events here. With key highlights of the line-up including: Authentic Leadership Summit: 10-20 March 2020 The Empowered Woman Summit: 26 March 2020 The SME Success Summit: 13 May 2020 Indigenous Leadership Summit: 26-29 May 2020 Women in Public Sector Leadership Summit: 16-19 June 2020 Disruptive Innovation Summit: 18-21 August 2020 Business Transformation Summit: 23 September 2020 The 5th Women In Leadership Summit: 20-23 October 2020 Executive Leadership Summit: 24-27 November 2020 “I truly believe that what got you here, won’t get you there. So, don’t be complacent and think that where you’re at right now is good enough, because sadly that when’s you get left behind. Chase the desire to be best in practice and be open to learning from others to stay ahead of the game,” said Dana. For further information, images or to request an interview with Dana Lightbody, contact: Rachel King – 360 PR – – 02 9571 4448 AIIA’s US trade delegation lays the groundwork for Australia’s next wave of digital tech 2019-11-14T22:02:38Z aiias-us-trade-delegation-lays-the-groundwork-for-australias-next-wave-of-digital-tech Sydney, Australia – 15 November 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has completed a six-day trade delegation to the US to help organisations learn about how to best utilise and implement the latest developments in digital technology. The delegation included global businesses, senior executives of government agencies, venture capital organisations, SMEs and startups who travelled to the West Coast of the US from 3-8 November 2019 and visited San Francisco (Silicon Valley) and Seattle. The itinerary included visits to Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, DocuSign, IBM, ServiceNow, Adobe, Cisco, Google and Infosys. Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA, said the trade delegation enabled members to better understand the opportunities and the role they can play in working with the Federal Government to deliver the digital services agenda. “Once again the US delegation has proven to be a valuable opportunity for AIIA members to network with some of the world’s best companies, and to learn about trends and the latest developments in their markets,” said Gauci. “There is currently a strong focus and investment in Artificial Intelligence, and the related issues around the ethics and transparency of its use are of great importance. All the major tech companies we visited also have a focus on the culture and skills required to harness and take advantage of the digital revolution. “As the Australian Government continues its digital transformation agenda across all portfolios, an understanding of cutting-edge technology developed by the private sector is critical. It is also vital that government and business work together and partner successfully for the benefit of taxpayers and citizens.” The AIIA Ministerial Delegation has enabled technology sector business leaders to engage with government and leading digital organisations including Microsoft, Adobe, KPMG, IBM, ServiceNow, Cisco, Infosys, Telstra, Datacom, CDC Data Centres, Veriluma, Itree, Sypaq, iCIMS, BGH Capital, MXA, Informpros, Talihealth, AUCloud and OK RDY. The delegates also attended the Australian Landing Pad showcasing innovative Australian technology startup companies. “By spending six days with a group of like-minded business people, sharing insights on best practices in digital transformation, I’m confident that Australian tech leaders have forged relationships that will lead to greater collaboration and improvement of our government digital services,” said Gauci. “We are delighted that the delegation has created opportunities for our members to grow their business through the relationships forged on the trip, and to learn about the innovations which should assist them in delivering future government outcomes.” For a video on the AIIA’s US trade delegation view here. To find out more about how to join the AIIA, please visit # # # Additional information Sponsors and Hosts included: Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, Infosys, HERE Technologies, Google, DocuSign, ServiceNow and Adobe. About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit Media Contact For more information please contact: Carmelle Pavan GM Marketing & Communications – AIIA M: 0402 099 349 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT FIJI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF 2019-11-14T04:10:28Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-fiji-welcomes-new-executive-chef LIKULIKU WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF  Australian Executive Chef, Ryan Ward, reimagines modern Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Hyperlocal produce, exceptional service and commitment to the Fijian community are cornerstones of the Likuliku experience  Nov 2019: Ryan Ward has been appointed Executive Chef of the multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago - the luxury Fijian-owned resort with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures and a part of the prestigious collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to coming to Fiji two years ago, Ryan devoted five years as Chef de Cuisine for the then 2-hatted GOMA Restaurant at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. In the early stages of his career, he was drawn to the precision and rivalrous nature of London’s kitchens, including Mayfair’s ‘Sketch’, and spent time in boutique hotels on the Cornish coastline.  Born in Queensland, his formative years were heavily influenced by his grandmother, a sculptor and artist, and his grandfather who had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land, raising cattle on his property in Queensland. His upbringing and his time at Sketch and GOMA have shaped Ryan’s simple yet beautiful expression of ingredients.  Ryan draws inspiration from his time living on Malolo Island where he began his Fiji affinity at Likuliku’s sister property – Malolo Island Resort.    Ryan re-shaped the culinary offering at Malolo Resort with an increased focus on local produce and flavours.   During this time, Ryan gained an appreciation and true understanding of local ingredients stretching from Malolo to the tip of the Yasawa Islands.     Moving next door to Likuliku is a dream for Ryan because with that comes a daily-changing menu, a flourishing garden and a supply of fresh honey from the Resort’s bees.  “For me, the key is to focus on the origin of the ingredient and take inspiration from the Fijian people, culture, customs and tradition to create a dish that has a sense of place.” Ryan says.   A keen fisherman, Ryan spends time out of the kitchen exploring and researching the local waters and surrounding islands with curiosity. His appreciation for the environment will be influential to Likuliku’s kitchen practices ensuring a strong focus on sustainability.  “I look forward to continue to embrace Fiji as home and especially, to work alongside Likuliku’s environmental team, using their local knowledge of ingredients to help shape our menus and create a world class dining experience for our guests.”  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey says, ‘We’re delighted to have Ryan as Executive Chef at Likuliku. His gastronomic expertise, passion for the local produce and culinary creativity will help us to continue to create and build on an extraordinary dining experience at Likuliku.’  Likuliku will launch new dishes in 2020 with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients, preserving the environmental well-being of the Mamanuca archipelago.   Further information on Likuliku Lagoon Resort including special offers: ENDS   For further information/images please contact:     Over half of Australians are deficient in magnesium 2019-11-11T00:23:31Z over-half-of-australians-are-deficient-in-magnesium Over half of Australians are not meeting their magnesium requirements* due to poor diet and going about their day unaware, suffering symptoms that are not easily recognisable. Magnesium is essential to our body functions, so Australians need to ensure they’re getting enough to avoid health risks for present and future life. Thankfully, adding magnesium to your diet is easy thanks to ¼ cup of cashews, or even one 300ml bottle of a “better-for-you” drink! Everyone has probably heard of magnesium before, but what actually is it and why do we need it? One of Australia’s leading Dietitians and Nutritionists, Rebecca Gawthorne explains, “Magnesium is an essential mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzyme systems in our body. It is needed for protein synthesis, regulating hormones, nerve and muscle functioning, blood pressure control, blood sugar regulation, DNA synthesis and immune health.” The estimated average requirement (EAR) of magnesium for adults is 330-350mg/day for men and 255-265mg/day for women. Rebecca explains the importance of magnesium in energy production, “Magnesium also plays a vital role in both aerobic and anaerobic energy production! Our bodies require magnesium to synthesise adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy carrying molecule that captures chemical energy from the breakdown of food molecules and then releases it to fuel the processes that occur in our body’s cells.” “Hence magnesium is essential for making us feel energetic! If you are constantly feeling, tired, fatigued and lacking energy, there is a possibility that you may be low in magnesium,” says Rebecca. If adults are not meeting the recommended dietary intake of magnesium, they may become deficient in magnesium. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: Fatigue Muscle cramps and spasms Poor sleep Headaches and migraines Nausea Loss of appetite High blood pressure Heart arrhythmia Osteoporosis Depression Rebecca explains how magnesium is widely distributed in the food supply in both plant and animal foods, “Most green vegetables, legumes (lentils, peas, beans), nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium, as are some shellfish, spices and salmon. Many unrefined grains and cereals are also sources of magnesium, along with magnesium fortified foods, drinks and supplements like Level Lemonade; a low sugar soft-drink that is fortified with magnesium.” Rebecca’s top recommended sources of magnesium and their magnesium content: Cashews ~ 90mg per 1/4 cup Brazil nuts ~ 130mg per 1/4 cup Spinach ~ 150mg per 1 cup, cooked Oats ~ 60mg per 30g Legumes ~ 120mg per 1 cup, cooked Pumpkin seeds ~ 180mg per 1/4 cup Soy Milk ~ 61mg per cup Salmon ~ 53mg per 180g Tofu ~ 50mg per 100g Level Lemonade 160mg per 300ml bottle “If you’re unsure whether you are hitting your magnesium targets or are experiencing any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, always consult your GP and Dietitian,” adds Rebecca. Level Lemonade, the new “better for you” soft-drink range taking lemonade to a new level, is now available nationally at Caltex and selected Ezy Marts in three flavours; Original Lemon, Lemon&Orange and Lemon&Pineapple. RRP $3.85 per 300ml bottle. @levellemonade #levellemonade *Health Direct, last reviewed December 2018: JURA celebrates the renewal of its contract with Roger Federer 2019-11-11T00:09:50Z jura-celebrates-the-renewal-of-its-contract-with-roger-federer JURA, an innovation leader in the field of automatic speciality coffee machines, is thrilled to announce that the contract with Roger Federer will be extended for another five years. The collaboration between JURA and Roger Federer was first established in 2006 and since then there has been many milestones, including the fact Roger has started drinking a Flat White, the coffee specialty originating from Australia. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager said, “It’s the perfect alignment as Roger Federer and JURA both represent the same values; Swiss quality, hard work, precision, reliability, elegance and the pursuit of perfection. Here in Australia, we are pleased to be working with the man himself an additional five years as our global brand ambassador. We’re also thrilled he loves our Australian favourite, the Flat White!” To mark the renewal of the contract, a new communications campaign with Roger Federer has been released with the same message that has been unchanged since 2013: speciality coffees – freshly ground, not capsuled. The campaign revolves around charming stories from Roger Federer’s everyday life. Recognised as a star around the world, he can now call anywhere on the planet his home. The one thing Roger needs wherever he goes, however, is his JURA coffee machine. If only he could always find freshly roasted coffee beans… Luckily, he can call on good friends and neighbours to help him out wherever he happens to be – from New York and Shanghai to the Swiss mountains. As connoisseurs of great coffee, they’re happy to help Roger Federer out. The short, entertaining adverts were given their world première at a glamorous event attended by Roger Federer and the JURA staff, which took place at the company’s headquarters in Niederbuchsiten, Solothurn, Switzerland. At the same event, Roger Federer ceremonially unveiled his ‘twin’, coming face to face with him for the first time. He was both fascinated and delighted to see his likeness. The first lifelike 3D figure of Roger Federer in the world is a new feature of the Roger Federer Walk of Fame. It is on display now at JURA World of Coffee in Switzerland, where it can be visited and marvelled at by members of the public. There’s even an opportunity to take a souvenir photo with ‘King Roger’. “It’s an honour to have such a respectable and talented man as Roger partnering with our brand. We have some very exciting plans ahead for the Australian market in 2020 and beyond. Stay tuned!” added George. Encompassing the expert knowledge and experience gained from 25 years in business, the latest range from JURA is available from selected electrical retailers, department stores and independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries.