The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-19T12:14:37Z Chelsie is shining with her custom-made ring from Larsen Jewellery! 2019-09-19T12:14:37Z chelsie-is-shining-with-her-custom-made-ring-from-larsen-jewellery-1 Larsen Jewellery is incredibly pleased to have been a part of The Bachelor Australia Series 7 as the Official Ring Partner, and to have been able to assist Matt Agnew in designing and creating this incredibly beautiful commitment ring that Matt has given to Chelsie. In preparation for the finale episode, Senior Larsen Jeweller, Kate Reid met with Matt for a one-on-one jewellery consultation. Together, Matt and the team at Larsen Jewellery designed the beautiful bespoke ring for his chosen Bachelorette, Chelsie. Matt was taken by the rarity of the colours and shapes of some truly unique gemstones, and his final selection was carefully considered and personal. “As a Senior Jeweller at Larsen Jewellery, I was fortunate enough to meet with Matt and discuss his ideas for a perfect gift for his chosen bachelorette. I showed him various gemstones and diamonds and we spoke about a number of different design options,” Kate notes of her appointment with Matt. “The custom-made ring is set with a striking 3.73ct rectangular cushion cut grey Spinel gemstone, accentuated by two dazzling shield cut diamonds. The unique ring was entirely handmade by one of our most talented Jewellers using Fairtrade™ 18ct rose gold,” Kate continues. Fairtrade certified gold is responsibly mined. This means that the miners have received a Fairtrade ‘Minimum Price and Premium’, which assists with social, environmental and economic development in their communities, and in turn creates better living and working conditions. Fairtrade gold helps miners and their communities to work their way out of poverty in South America and Africa. Co-Founder of Larsen Jewellery, Lars Larsen comments: “As always, we have really enjoyed the process of working with The Bachelor Australia team as the Official Ring Partner for Series 7. This is the third year in a row that we have partnered with The Bachelor Australia as the Official Ring Partner, and each year we are impressed by how engaged The Bachelors have been with the process. We are once again very excited to be able to showcase our work to both Matt and the shows’ viewers”. Creating exceptionally beautiful jewellery and using stunning, ethically sourced diamonds, coloured gemstones and metals, Larsen Jewellery represents the pinnacle in quality and design when it comes to beautiful fine jewellery. As one of the most respected jewellers in Australia, Larsen Jewellery specialises in custom made pieces of fine jewellery, which can be designed to meet the individual taste and requirements of each client. www.larsenjewellery.com.au @larsenjewellery #TheBachelorAU #larsenjewellery #officialringpartner For further information on the Official Ring Partnership, to visit one of the Larsen Jewellery stores or to co-ordinate an interview with a Larsen Jewellery representative contact: Annabel Carroll from Polkadot Communications // annabel@polkadotcomms.com.au // 0451 915 112 Australian Supermarket IGA Joins the Edible Bug Revolution 2019-09-16T11:17:24Z australian-supermarket-iga-joins-the-edible-bug-revolution Supermarket trailblazers IGA have announced they will be the first chain of Australian supermarkets to stock edible crickets. The addition of Grilo products to IGA shelves comes on the back of increasing demand from customers for more sustainable sources of protein. “We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG Retail Group. For people looking to reduce their environmental impact while also meeting dietary needs edible crickets offer the perfect substitute. “Grilo Protein is one of these such products and we are proud to support this innovative and local company who is committed to supplying healthy, sustainable and future conscious food that tastes great!” – Rob Outridge, IGA Owner, Maleny. Eating crickets has previously been uncommon in the West, largely due to the ‘ick’ factor associated with eating bugs. However, consumers are now recognizing that not only are crickets mild in flavour, but their nutrient density, sustainability and versatility make them a more sustainable and delicious protein alternative. IGA’s move to add Grilo products to their shelves is incredibly exciting and demonstrates the growing understanding for the need to find food solutions that meet both planet and human needs. We believe the growing trend of consuming insects will result in a healthier planet and healthier bodies. Here are three reasons why Grilo products will now be on IGA shelves: Environmental Alternative Crickets are the most sustainable source of protein on earth. They require far less resources (water, land, feed and energy) than other popular sources of protein, such as chicken, beef or pork, and produce 80 times less methane than cows. Given that 18% of greenhouse gas emissions is a result of livestock production, cricket’s growing popularity should result in a significant lowering of emissions. Nutrient Dense Crickets are extremely nutrient dense, containing 69% protein, vitamin B12, Omega 3, iron, potassium and calcium. Their digestibility is higher than that of plant proteins, making it easier for the body to extract and absorb all those nutrients. Given the busy lives lead by most people and the impact of good nutrition on mental and physical health, the need for accessible, easily prepared nutrients is great. Versatile & Delicious Given their mild, nutty flavour, crickets are extremely easy to incorporate into meals and smoothies; sweet or savoury. Alternatively, Grilo energy bars are an extremely convenient and delicious means of meeting daily protein requirements. For more information or for an interview contact: Camila Meyer Co-founder at Grilo Protein camilameyer@griloprotein.com.au Click here for images. Grilo organic cricket powder and smoothie protein blends available at IGA Energy Bars made with organic cricket powder: banana caramel, chocolate mint and cacao fudge “We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG Retail Group. IGA: first Australian supermarket chain to stock edible bugs products Grilo roasted crunchy crickets SAVE THE PLANET WITH SUNGLASSES MADE FROM SHAMPOO BOTTLES 2019-09-16T01:58:47Z save-the-planet-with-sunglasses-made-from-shampoo-bottles Having kept 89,900kg of plastic salon waste in circulation and out of landfill since its inception, Sustainable Salons is taking its innovative approach to the next level by turning trash into trends through a closed-loop collaboration with eyewear giant, Dresden Vision. Introducing ‘The Shampoo Collection’, the world’s first sunglasses, prescription sunglasses, and prescription glasses frames created entirely out of recycled shampoo bottles. Sustainable Salons - a comprehensive resource recovery program designed for the salon environment - collects pre-separated materials from salon businesses and finds recycling and repurposing solutions to keep up to 95% of their waste out of landfill and in circulation.  Launching online and in Dresden stores across the country on October 1st, this forward-thinking, truly sustainable, closed-loop solution will see plastic shampoo bottles collected from Sustainable Salons’ members across Australia and New Zealand recycled into black signature Dresden frames.  The Dresden glasses system is a sustainable alternative to the cyclical, disposable, eyewear fashion industry. The company, Co-founded by Bruce Jeffreys and Jason McDermotts, is on a mission to bring high-quality, sustainably made glasses to the globe. A focus on meaningful and powerful collaborations lead Sustainable Salons to Dresden Vision; an ethical, socially and environmentally sustainable eyewear brand. With the current recycling landscape being so uncertain, Paul Frasca, Sustainable Salons’ Co-founder and Managing Director and Bruce Jeffreys, Dresden Vision’s Founder, are proving that pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box can result in game-changing ideas. Paul Frasca says, “‘The Shampoo Collection’ is an incredible introduction to the consumer market for the Sustainable Salons team. Through our work, we’ve so far rescued 89,900kg of plastic from landfill and given it a new life through a range of products. We’re excited to be collaborating with Dresden Vision, a company that shares our same sustainable values.”  “It’s a chance for us to not only create the world’s first closed-loop product created entirely out of shampoo bottles but also to educate consumers about the impact their lifestyles can have on the environment. If you’re having your hair done at a salon, what is their recycling policy? Are they adding to the problem or becoming part of the solution? When you visit  a salon that uses Sustainable Salons, you know that your waste isn’t going to landfill and that’s the message we want to share.” Founder of Dresden Vision, Bruce Jeffreys,  says, “This project is something we’ve always dreamed of; linking up with a business that is fighting a waste problem and collaborating to create a new, exciting product. It’s not only amazing in terms of recycling waste but we also hope it acts as a catalyst to encourage innovative thinking for future uses of waste plastics.” ‘The Shampoo Collection’  100% post-consumer recycled and Australian-made Prices starting at $89  Dresden.vision and Dresden stores globally ENDS To interview Paul Frasca or Bruce Jeffreys about ‘The Shampoo Collection’, please get in touch: Modern Currency Megan Chambers | megan@moderncurrency.com.au The Most Anticipated Event in Australian Fashion to Take Place Onboard Luxury Super Yacht 2019-09-02T00:39:21Z the-most-anticipated-event-in-australian-fashion-to-take-place-onboard-luxury-super-yacht Gold Coast, Queensland - September 07, 2019 - The most anticipated fashion event of the year in Australia, Luxe Runway, will make fashion history once again when it takes place onboard the world’s first super yacht entertainment venue. The exclusive red-carpet event will feature the Gold Coast’s finest fashion labels, one of the Gold Coast’s most recognised DJs, and a charming VIP host, promising to deliver guests with a truly dynamic experience.  Interested parties are urged to act fast to secure themselves a place at this spectacular annual event, which is organised by Luxe Agncy, a premier full-service marketing and events agency.  Luxe Runway, or LR19, takes place onboard The YOT Club, which will depart from Marina Mirage on Saturday 7 September at 5 pm. Tickets are available from eventbrite from $89, with VIP tickets being $129 (SOLD OUT). The fashion show will be produced by Luxe Agncy’s runway production partner, the Bella Styling Co. The Gold Coast’s leading fashion labels and designers will be on display on the stunning catwalk, including Mojalivin, Black N Bling, Tracy Poblano, Nikke Horrigan and Yellow Thread. Luxe Runway previously made Australian fashion history in 2018 with the Meraki Fashion Show, bringing Visibility to Disability with Lisa Cox and raising money for Red Nose Australia. The Meraki Fashion Show in Brisbane appeared in national and international headlines and was streamed, live, to over three million people worldwide.  This year, LR19 will make fashion history once again as the fashion show takes place onboard the world’s first luxury super yacht entertainment venue. Designed for cruising the waterways of the Gold Coast and Brisbane in comfort, The YOT Club features a stunningly aesthetic shade for shelter from the elements, a full onsite commercial kitchen, ten bathrooms, an eight-metre wide stage, and two luxurious levels, each with a full-service cocktail bar. Exposure for LR19 is expected to surpass that of their fashion event last year with worldwide media coverage and some of the country's most influential socialites in attendance. Confirmed VIPs have a combined number of social media followers of over two million, and Luxe Agncy is negotiating strategic partnerships with international media outlets to stream the event live once again.  Probably best known for his part in choosing the national and international DJs that play at the infamous Candy Shop Mansion parties, Valentino Beynon will be the event’s headlining DJ, creating an electric atmosphere from behind the turntables. Chris Eldridge, actor, model and influencer, has been confirmed as their VIP host.  Find out more and view pictures on Facebook and Instagram. LR19 will raise money for I Can I Will, a charity supporting children who are severely bullied due to their special needs. Media outlets can get in touch by contacting Luxe Agncy direct.  Triumph Core Collection | Spring/Summer 2019 2019-08-30T02:44:12Z triumph-core-collection-spring-summer-2019 This season’s rich and sophisticated collection builds around our best-selling Amourette family.  Drawn from 132 years of fit innovation and design expertise to create timeless, stylish and supportive bras with trusted fits for all shapes and sizes. Signature laces and embroideries, lightweight and soft microfibers in flattering colours ensure the ultimate feminine look, with a variety of bra silhouettes with smoothing function shape and support the body. In Spring/Summer ’19 Triumph continues our quest for a more natural, real bra silhouette continues and this season we have further explored softer, lighter padding that still offers our trusted fit and support. Our seasonal colour palette blends soft faded tones of colour reminiscent of the past, through to futuristic tones both with soft metallic and shimmer touches.   Sian Thomas, Global Head of Creative Design, Triumph comments: We have interpreted the ongoing trend for casualisation and comfort by starting to explore new looks for bras this season, which we have called: “Soft on the Outside and Support on the Inside”. Traditional construction is hidden by clean design and more natural touch padding, and softer mold shapes are inspired by nineties jersey dressing. Our allover iconic stretch laces and bestselling fits are given a modern look with molded cups, clean tailored edges and new non-wired fits for a new generation of comfort. Triumph presents the new generation of Amourette Charm styles that are light, smooth and invisible under clothes with an elegant and sophisticated touch. They offer the same floral design in smooth and light styles as well as cleaner & flatter finishes. The Spring/Summer ‘19 collection will be available online and in store from 6th September 2019. Fashion Walking Tour with Melbourne’s Stylist Sally Mackinnon 2019-08-29T08:40:02Z fashion-walking-tour-with-melbourne-s-stylist-sally-mackinnon Get ready to discover shopping gems from Melbourne’s Little Collins Street precinct with leading fashion stylist Sally Mackinnon. This personalised fashion tour, suitable for men and women, will begin at the Melbourne Town hall on the 3rd and 4th of September 2019.   Sally Mackinnon is one of Melbourne’s most loved personal stylists. Join Sally as she takes you through this exclusive styling tour featuring some of the precinct’s best retailers and brands including Elk, Jay Dillon, 124 Shoes, Swensk, First Principles Denim and Drizabone.   Fashion enthusiasts will also get to know some of the fabulous stories behind the brands that make up the fabric of Melbourne’s independent retail scene. And of course there’ll be inspiration galore while previewing the latest collections.   Presented by Melbourne City Precinct, this fashion walking tour has been specially curated by Sally Mackinnon, a leading light in personal styling for men and women over the last decade. With her style expertise and passion for fashion expect no less than choc-a-block and fun event full of information, ideas and style advice. Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T22:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Make Pregnancy Comfortable with Wardrobe Staples from Glama Mama 2019-08-01T01:56:07Z make-pregnancy-comfortable-with-wardrobe-staples-from-glama-mama Australian maternity wear brand Glama Mama believes comfort should be the top of the priority list when it comes to buying the best maternity clothes. Glama Mama is one of Australia's leading online maternity wear store for mums. Their exclusive collection features comfortable, high quality, European made fabrics for pregnancy and beyond. Their website offers a great selection of pregnancy and maternity wear. As the pregnant body changes, clothes need to accommodate its new needs. This doesn’t mean women have to sacrifice personality. Glama Mama has identified maternity clothes that offer excellent styles, maximum comfort, and affordability. Their selection of necessary pregnancy wear includes dresses, jeans, leggings and inner wear. Maxi dresses from Glama Mama such as the Ethnico pregnancy dress maxi is designed to look fabulous for any occasion. The dress features a v neckline, and it is made from light fabric that is perfect for summer. These dresses are also a great option for mothers looking for nursing dresses. With a flexible style, maxi dresses provide stress-free breastfeeding access so they do not have to worry about being confined. Glama Mama jeans are so comfortable that even non-moms wear them. The Jagger city jean, for example, is a fashionable skinny maternity jean in dark blue denim, cut from a soft, stretchy fabric. The jeans ensure a slim look and extra comfort during your pregnancy with jersey waistband, which can be worn over the bump or folded under the belly. It also features three front and two back pockets, faux fly detailing and belt loops. The legs are decorated with metal zippers.  A tried and true fashion trend, mom jeans from Glama Mama will simply never go out of style when it comes to being comfortable and fashionable at the same time. Glama Mama’s jeans collection is form-fitting, flattering and doesn’t restrict movement. The collection is made with mothers in mind, featuring a special elastic waistband to suit every mom’s growing belly. Another staple from the brand are the sportswear leggings. Glama Mama’s leggings offer great support with a flexible and stretchy waistband that allows women to move, be active, and still look great. Maternity jackets and knitwear can be both cosy and stylish. These are ideal for work or relaxing at home, pregnant women will find be thankful for the stretchy knitted fabric as the trimesters pass. Plus, they get even more comfortable with wear, and are great for cosying up in winter. The Coffee Toffee knit-dress from Glama Mama, for example,  is designed in a comfy slim cut. Featuring a round neckline, long sleeves, lace insert on the chest, front pockets, and a tie-up strap on the back. Comfort is the key says Glama Mama. Lastly underwear sets that are comfortable and stretchy are perfect when belly, hips and other body parts expand.   For more information on maternity evening dresses online, stylish maternity clothes, stylish pregnancy clothes, designer maternity wear and more, visit https://www.glamamama.com.au/ Melbourne Wedding & Bride – Bridal Expo returns to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 2019-07-25T07:02:37Z melbourne-wedding-amp-bride-bridal-expo-returns-to-melbourne-convention-and-exhibition-centre Media Release                                                                                                                       July 24   Melbourne Wedding & Bride is excited to announce that Australia’s largest bridal expo will be held again at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this October. The expo will see more than 150 of Victoria’s leading wedding industry suppliers exhibiting, allowing brides to find everything they need to plan their big day, all under one roof.  “The event will run from Friday October 4 until Sunday October 6,” says Catherine Doedens, event coordinator at UMG Events. “As a limited-time offer, all brides will receive a free ticket into the expo when they use the code WEDDINGANDBRIDE. The tickets to the expo will allow guests access across all three days of the event, with unlimited entries and exits.” “As an exclusive offer, we will also be giving free bridal bags to the first 50 brides to enter the expo on Friday, and the first 100 brides on Saturday and Sunday, valued up to $200 each,” she adds.     This year the expo will become the venue for one lucky couple who wins the competition to elope at the expo, with many of the best vendors in the business involved in providing goods and services for this special opportunity.   About Melbourne Wedding & Bride: United Media Group has been publishing Victoria’s leading bridal magazine, Melbourne Wedding & Bride, since 2005. Following its huge success, the company launched Australia’s largest bridal expo in 2015. With years of industry knowledge and hundreds of Victoria’s premium wedding suppliers backing them, Melbourne Wedding & Bride – Bridal Expo has become Australia’s favourite wedding expo.   HEMPLE LAUNCHES IN THE USA 2019-07-15T00:00:08Z hemple-launches-in-the-usa FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 15 July 2019 Following a recent investment from MMJ (ASX:MMJ), Australian hemp & cannabinoid brand, Hemple, has launched in the USA. The millennial founders, Cade Turland (31) and Forbes 30 Under 30 list-maker, Georgia Branch (30) are de- termined to carve out their piece of the world’s biggest CBD market, projected to be worth US$22bn by 2022. The team is being on beer delivery technology for their organically grown CBD and innovation through first-to-market, functional CBG and CBN formulations to set their brand apart. Their Australian Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and US grown and made, Sigma N-Osmo CBD have already made it into the hands of the Kardashian’s. Both products featured in the most recent poosh.com Travel Mailer which landed Hemple in social media feeds of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Selma Blair, Shanina Shaik and Behati Prinsloo. As Facebook and Instagram continue to disallow ingestible hemp foods and CBD advertising, the founders see this style of organic social media endorsement as key to reaching their millennial consumer - a fast growing segment of the hemp CBD market. Brightfield Group dubs the 26-35 year old CBD user group as “stressed out millennials”. This group accounts for 38.2% of the total US CBD market. More than half the members of this segment have a household income of US $50,000+ and are looking to relieve the pressures and stresses of their busy young professional lives, turning to hemp CBD to relieve a range of emotional health issues, most prominently: anxiety, depression and insomnia. Co-Founder, Georgia Branch, says, “There’s over 5600 CBD tincture brands in the USA. We’re breaking away from the commoditised products which dominate the market. Our approach is to differentiate with a premi- um brand position that’s backed up by truly innovative, effective products targeted towards the needs of our customer. Each of our products will have a specific functional benefit - from stress management (like our first CBD release, Sigma) to sleep.” Turland continues, “We’re one of few companies in the US using nano-technology to improve the absorp- tion rate of cannabinoids. Similarly to vitamins, only 10-30% of most CBD edibles and tinctures are absorbed by the body. The technology used in our N-Osmo cannabinoid range increases absorption to over 90%. Ulti- mately, this means beer value for money for the customer.” Value for money maers, as Brightfield Group shows 41.3% of this group are taking some form of CBD to manage everyday pressures, 5-7 days per week. On 29 July in the US, Hemple will launch with Fleur Marche, dubbed the “Sephora of CBD”. In Australia, Hemple’s range of hemp foods products are listed in over 350 health and specialty stores including Flan- nery’s and Healthy Life. Ends For more information and high res images contact: Georgia Branch georgia@hemple.com +61 410 690 408 hemple.com instagram.com/myhemple WWF-Australia partners with eyewear retailer VisionDirect to create wildlife saving sunglasses 2019-07-10T08:06:45Z more-releases-block-blue-light-with-visiondirect-announced-about-1-month-visiondirect-eofy-end-of-financial-year-2019-key-dates-and-sales-announced-29-days-about-visiondirect-share-reef-fishing-net-transformed-from-dangerous-to-desirable-reefcycle-sunglas A new joint social venture is underway to turn a commercial gill net, a danger to threatened marine creatures, into something useful – sustainable sunglasses.   The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia and eyewear company VisionDirect are teaming up to “upcycle” the plastic net.   In 2018, thousands of supporter donations helped WWF-Australia buy and retire the licence for the last commercial gill net operating full-time in the northern Great Barrier Reef.   WWF-Australia took this action to protect dugongs and other endangered marine creatures which can be accidentally caught as bycatch and quickly drown.    But when the fisher handed over his 600-metre-long net, WWF-Australia was faced with a dilemma:  what to do with the net because WWF did not intend to fish with it.   WWF-Australia and VisionDirect share the ambition to make a difference in ocean plastics and these discussions led to the concept of “ReefCycle sunglasses”.     A target has been set to presell 1,000 pairs. That would signal enough demand to make it viable for WWF-Australia and VisionDirect to continue to turn harmful plastic fishing nets into sunglasses.   “What a story behind these sunglasses – plastic once used to kill marine life becomes a product to protect your eyes. They are ideal for people who value saving wildlife, sustainability and creative reuse,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman.   Mr O’Gorman said eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, including nets which drift in the open sea drowning endangered marine life.   “If unwanted nets are upcycled, instead of dumped, we can reduce the pollution choking our wildlife,” Mr O’Gorman said.   VisionDirect CEO David Menning said upcycling old nets is another way to give back to the community, following on from the company’s program to donate eyeglasses in less fortunate nations.   “We’re benefiting the environment by taking discarded materials that damage wildlife and creating something sustainable and worthwhile,” Mr Menning said.   “This is unlocking a circular economy in eyewear by minimising waste and making the most of an unwanted resource,” he said.   The WWF & Arise Collective ReefCycle sunglasses go on sale on July 4 at (websites). They will cost $89 for regular, $139 for polarized, and a prescription option will be available.   The first 1,000 pairs sold are a limited edition – embossed with a marine animal whose future depends on a Net Free North.   People purchasing ReefCycle sunglasses will help protect local marine life with 50% of the proceeds going back to WWF for conservation work like advocacy for a #NetFreeNorth. WWF-Australia is urging the Queensland Government to establish a Net Free North by banning gill nets from just north of Cooktown through to the Torres Strait.   This would create an 85,000 km2 safe haven for threatened species including dugongs, turtles, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, and sawfish which are regularly killed in gill nets. Honey Birdette Calls Out “Gender-Biased” & “Unjust” Lingerie Regulation Guidelines From Ad Standards Australia 2019-07-03T19:29:37Z honey-birdette-calls-out-gender-biased-unjust-lingerie-regulation-guidelines-from-ad-standards-australia MEN & WOMEN ARE NO LONGER EQUAL ACCORDING TO NEW STANDARDS IN LINGERIE ADVERTISING. HONEY BIRDETTE HAVE RECEIVED AN EXCLUSIVE COPY OF THE NEW LINGERIE REGULATION GUIDELINES FROM AD STANDARDS. THESE SPECIFICALLY TARGET WOMEN. Global lingerie retailer, Honey Birdette have received an exclusive copy of the new lingerie regulation guidelines from Ad Standards Australia. The new standards, which will further limit lingerie advertising in all public spaces specifically and unfairly targets women, women’s sexuality and the gay female community. Honey Birdette Founder, Eloise Monaghan said the rampant double standards towards women and their sexuality are clearly reflected throughout the guide in which they utilize multiple advertisements from Honey Birdette alongside other brands in order to provide context for the new rules. In one example Ad Standards compare an ad featuring a heterosexual couple and a lesbian couple alongside one another. The image which depicts a same-sex female couple embracing is called out for being inappropriate, while the image of Bras and Things ‘husband and wife’ kissing is considered appropriate. Models standing to the side with their bottoms or torso pushed forward, their back arched with their eyes closed or sitting down with their legs apart are shown in the guide as unacceptable. Ad Standards now considers these poses to be highly sexualized stating that the models appear to be ‘PRESENTING’. Ad standards have previously imposed guidelines regarding the censorship of nipples, however under the new stricter regulations even fully covered nipples adorned with pasties will be deemed unacceptable and highly sexualized as they draw attention to the breasts and therefore are not suitable in a public space. High-cut bodysuits and G-strings are also considered to have high levels of nudity and would be in breach of the new regulations. Women in lingerie can also no longer appear in advertising alongside men in clothes. In response to the new guidelines Managing Director of Honey Birdette Eloise Monaghan stated - “This has to stop! Why are men allowed and women not allowed to show their bodies? Why are we teaching young girls and women to be ashamed of their bodies? The female form not a matter of vulgarity or indecency.” “The changes to these guidelines are a frightening development for the modern woman and Ad Standards should be ashamed of themselves. These standards are highly archaic and repugnant to all women not just across Australia, but globally.” “I won’t be silenced and let this go. We are here to empower women and we are going to continue to do that.” What’s next? Two weeks ago, Honey Birdette revealed their latest campaign, Red Alert. Featuring censorship banners across the front of every image, the campaign responded to claims that the Australian and Victorian Government were giving in to the radical views of a conservative Christian group who want to enforce stricter guidelines in advertising specifically targeting women. Managing Director of Honey Birdette, Eloise Monaghan said the brand decided to launch a campaign to highlight the discrimination that women face for being exactly what they are; women. “I certainly won’t let conservative fringe groups, (male politicians and female hating woman) blame women’s bodies for domestic violence and we are gearing up to create a movement with contemporary women and men around the world. Our bodies are not up for discussion, how “appropriate” our breasts are for display in lingerie advertising. Nor does lace underwear consent rape.” Alongside this campaign, Honey Birdette launched a petition calling for customers to help protect women against double standards in advertising. The petition reached 52,000 signatures in just two weeks, while the conservative group lobbying against Honey Birdette have taken two years to collect 70,000 signatures. “If Collective Shout think they have a voice, mine will be a viral speaker phone to every person out there. I have avoided this action, but they are now threatening what we stand for.” Now that the new Ad Standard guidelines have been revealed, Honey Birdette will share the gender-biased and unjust regulations in a bid to highlight the gender disparity in current advertising censorship and reveal how they aim to strip away women’s rights and representation with regressive policies. “Women should have the right to set their own boundaries and identities around sexuality. We need a revolution which allows women reclaim sexual independence and the gay female community freedom to express themselves as they wish, where they are not objects of gender-bias rules, ridicule, shame or the patriarchy.” Help us reach 100,000 signatures and protect women from outrageous double standards in advertising. Sign the petition at https://www.honeybirdette.com Disclaimer: All signatures captured by this petition remain separate from the commercial operation of the Honey Birdette brand. They will not be used for marketing or commercial gain in any form or format. This petition has the sole purpose of bringing attention to and creating a counter movement to resist the regression of women's rights in Australia and around the world. STILL #NOTASKINGFORIT Bendigo Writers Festival 2019 program 2019-07-03T02:22:51Z bendigo-writers-festival-2019-program-1 Bendigo Writers Festival has unveiled the full three-day program for August 9 to 11, with a galaxy of stars and a supernova of sessions set to light up the end of winter. “We’ve dusted off the mirror balls, for a bit of retro party-time,” Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloyd says. “With a new venue to add to our constellation, the Festival Precinct will now be even more accessible and welcoming, so audiences will enjoy hearing all the absolutely brilliant writers on this year’s program.” The Festival launch was held at Bendigo Bowls Club, which will host sessions throughout the day, and then become the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen announced the international writers on the program, as well as some of the 150 Australian speakers heading to Bendigo in August. Festival guest Greg Fleet spoke about the writing life, as a comedian, memoirist and novelist. Feature events in Ulumbarra Theatre at the Festival this year include Friday night’s World of Food with Food Safari presenter, Maeve O’Meara. On Saturday night, world-renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies tackles the biggest question of them all - What Is Life? And for a dazzling finale, the internationally acclaimed surgeon Munjed Al Muderis will present the Closing Address on Sunday at 4.30pm, talking about how hope and courage can change lives. “Gastronomy is big on this year’s program,” Ms Sorensen said. “We are keen supporters of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so we have food writer Jill Dupleix, sustainable farmer Charles Massy and food-and-mood expert Felice Jacka, on the program. “We’re welcoming British philosopher AC Grayling for discussions about democracy, criminal psychologist Julia Shaw, to talk about evil, and from New York, Min Jin Lee, to talk about Korea.” Also on the program: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys Louise Milligan on Cardinal John Marsden on Parenting Alan Kohler on Money and Ethics Benjamin Law on Growing Up Gay Ranjana Srivastava on A Better Death Speakers include Peter Doherty, Chloe Hooper, Kerry O’Brien, Ginger Gorman, Kate Forsyth, Jessica Rowe, Don Walker, Greg Fleet, Jane Caro and Don Watson. The Text Marks the Spot free schools program takes place on Friday, and a new series of Entrée Events on Friday morning give audiences a chance to get out and about in Bendigo. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, for an event with the “bad Buddhist”, Meshel Laurie,” Ms Sorensen said. “And in the heart of Bendigo, at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall, there’s a first-time event about the women poets of Central Victoria writing during the First World War. “There’s a special launch too, of a new book about Bendigo, called Sludge, to be launched by John Brumby, Chancellor of La Trobe University.” Bendigo Writers Festival is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with La Trobe University and supported by Bendigo Tourism. https://www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au/ James Pratt Asked To Italk LA 2019-06-26T14:09:04Z james-pratt-asked-to-italk-la Leadership Content, Pop Culture and Stage Drama collide this July 12th in Los Angeles, when iTalk LA holds its next leadership event at the former estate of Frank Sinatra. The world-renowned iTalk events confirmed they have asked in-demand Australian actor and celebrity auctioneer James Pratt to join the star-studded line up of speakers this July in Los Angeles. This is the first time an Australian talent has been asked to speak at iTalk. Pratt who is fast building an esteemed reputation internationally has impressed iTalk in the past with his skillset, and if he confirms, he will be join the best across USA Film, Television and Fashion including Sean Stone, film actor and son of the legendary film maker Oliver Stone, celebrity stylist Ali Levine, MTV’s Chanel West Coast, and Frank Knuckles former percussionist for The Roots and The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, all whom will be showcasing specific leadership advice aimed at inspiring the next generation of pioneers Motivational Leadership events are growing rapidly in popularity, but with this growth also comes higher expectations from the audience according to Jen Montague, co-founder and Sr. Director of ITalk, and who’s worked hard at making sure her events are keeping up with the progressive trends. One of the biggest challenges right now is to build events that satisfy the moment-by-moment engagement that audiences are craving and not just millennial audiences but audiences of all ages. Content has to grip them, keep them, and provide them an opportunity to participate, to party, to network and so much more. The content has to be engaging enough for them to then share it online and on social media with their own followers. In other words, it’s about the experience said Jen Montague Director of ITalk, who enjoys merging her music conservatory and theatre roots with her corporate leadership and human resources professional experience. The infusion of pop culture is another unique facet of the platform, keeping audiences engaged. We’re pushing leadership and pop culture forward with iTalk said the world acclaimed International DJ Casper, Co-Founder and Director of Music for iTalk and DJ for “super producer,” Rodney Jerkins. In April iTalk Philadelphia featured speakers such as, Meisha Johnson (CBS Anchor) Stephen Hoelper, Vice President of Product, Comcast NBCUniversal and Desiree Rogers –former CEO of Johnson Publishing, LLC and former Social Secretary for Barack Obama’s Administration. But it was not just the speakers and their content serving as the engaging hook; the event featured live music and some original works by The International DJ Casper, along with the fact that the event was held on the roof of the majestic Kimmel Centre at sunset, ensuring an emotive and inspiring set of colours as the backdrop for learning and the perfect party scene. This July, guests attending iTalk LA can expect to experience the same type of star power! Tickets are currently selling fast. Frank Sinatra’s mansion will serve as the backdrop for leadership development and empowerment in Los Angeles. The International DJ Casper signed to DarkChild Entertainment will be doing a live set to turn up the crowd, all culminating in a truly dope leadership-club “experience” iTalk has termed “Motivational Nightlife.” The keynote speakers will also be cutting down there talk time to under 10 minutes to allow for better interaction with guests after speaking. iTalk provides three directives to their iTalkers Be Bold (make a strong impact), Be Brief (under10 minutes) Be Gone (get off the stage). The event also covers an array of topics all aimed at increasing those looking at self-improvement and being inspired; Courage, Vision, Change and more. Although it’s not yet confirmed if Pratt has accepted his invitation to be a keynote speaker, it’s another testament to the enormous international reach iTalk Events attract, and the high calibre of talent their speakers have. Ultimately, challenging attendees to: think non-traditionally, identify creative solutions to problems and share their own stories, based on their passionate why, is how Jen describes this next exciting ITalk event and the iTalk platform. For more information go to www.italkevents.com