The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-15T00:08:06Z Hong Kong protest activists go undemocratic: shut other people’s mouths up, creating fake book reviews 2020-10-15T00:08:06Z hong-kong-protest-activists-go-undemocratic-shut-other-people-s-mouths-up-creating-fake-book-reviews Hong Kong Protest Leaders – Sick Facts that Western Countries do not know written by Hong Kong citizen, Selina Co (in Australia), is a rare book that speaks against the protests. It informs Western countries on the vast anti-protest voices in the Hong Kong Community.   While most reviewers have been appreciative about this book, few fake book reviews start to pop-up in Amazon, Kobo and Google Play.  The Amazon 1-star Review by “Hung Hoi Chun” claimed the book fails to mention “the majority of protests were peaceful", which is actually in P.26 of the book. In Google plays, the 1-star review criticises the “Chinese Communist”, “womenize” and “Uighurs”, which are not even related to the book. There were no purchase records found from the concerned parties in Amazon and Google Play. In Kobo, a 1-star rating and a 2-star rating has no contents – the reviewers could not tell what they knew about the book. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hong-Kong-Protest-Leaders-democratic-ebook/dp/B08D3917C3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Hong+Kong+protest+leaders&qid=1602717558&sr=8-1 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/hong-kong-protest-leaders-sick-facts-that-western-countries-do-not-know Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Selina_Co_Hong_Kong_Protest_Leaders_Sick_facts_tha?id=ogz2DwAAQBAJ   Google Play has removed the fake review; but has kept the 1-star rating from that reviewer. Amazon and Kobo have refused to remove the fake reviews as of today.   Hong Kong Protest Leaders – Sick Facts that Western Countries do not know analyses why large number of Hong Kong locals are against the movement when the others are fully dedicated. It lists out different accusations and allegations against both Chinese/Hong Kong governments and protest leaders, presented with videos, their own speeches, interviews with locals, statistics and local newspapers, translated from Cantonese to English.  It suggests how the unrest has brought more harm than benefits to the Hong Kong community. Many facts are revealed to western countries for the first time. RESEARCH RESULTS REVEAL LOCAL INDIAN MARKETS HUNGER FOR TRAVEL ONCE COVID RESTRICTIONS EASE 2020-09-30T01:05:11Z research-results-reveal-local-indian-markets-hunger-for-travel-once-covid-restrictions-ease Culture Kite, specialists in the local Indian tourism sector, today released the results from a major national research study, revealing that demand for travel amongst the local Indian community is strong, with 42% of survey respondents likely to travel for leisure within 1-3 months of travel restrictions easing.   Furthermore, 100% of respondents are likely to take between 1-3 leisure travel trips within 12-18 months of travel restrictions lifting, and there was a 40% willingness to book a trip within the first three months of travel restrictions easing.   “Indians are now the third largest migrant group living in Australia with a population of over 660,000 residents, so the local Indian market provides huge potential for the Australian travel industry,” says Culture Kite’s Managing Director Garry Burns.   “There’s no doubt that our travel industry has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, however our research findings show a real sense of optimism amongst the local Indian market when it comes to travel. We’re confident that this market will embrace domestic travel once border restrictions and lockdown measures have been eased.”   Additional findings from the research include: Short trips most popular The length of travel periods for leisure travel revealed that almost half the target market population (49%) are likely to book a weekend away and over half (53%) expressed interest in travelling for 3-5 days. 
 Airbnb and Hotels are preferred Accommodation Options The accommodation choices that the Indian Domestic Traveller is likely to book once travel restrictions ease are Airbnb (62%) and hotels (50%), followed by staying with family and friends (35%), luxury hotels (21%), Motels (16%) and glamping and camping at 30% combined.   Destination Choices Queensland was the most popular travel destination amongst survey respondents, with 48% selecting it as their top travel destination. Other key destinations included NSW (45%), VIC (39%), New Zealand (35%) and TAS (29%). On average each respondent chose between 2-3 leisure travel destinations to visit post the easing of travel restrictions.   56% of respondents were also willing to travel within their home states, 44% to neighbouring states, and 42% across Australia.   Family and Friends matter The number one factor that will influence the destination choice of the Indian domestic traveller will be the recommendations of family and friends according to 51% of survey respondents. 31% of the target market population stated that they had a bucket list of destination choices that would also determine their next travel destination.   Theme Parks still popular Theme parks (44%), Markets and outdoor events (42%), Cultural attractions (Zoos & Museums) (41%), Walking food tours (38%), Sporting events (31%), visiting vineyards (30%) and semi soft adventures (Zip line & Bridge climb etc) (30%) were amongst the most popular attractions that the local Indian traveller are likely to book once travel restrictions are eased.   Differences could be found amongst different market segments, for example walking food tours were most popular with Couples (48%), whilst Cultural Attractions were popular amongst families travelling with kids (47%). Overall however, Markets and Outdoor events were the most popular attraction choice with all four travel styles (Couples, Families with Kids, Multiple families travelling together, and Multigenerational families).   About the Research Study The report, ‘Travel Willingness’ was researched and compiled by Dr Neha Bajaj for Culture Kite. Dr Neha Bajaj has a PhD in Philosophy from RMIT University. Neha’s research interest lies in consumer behaviour and her PhD research focused on understanding the role of networks in the growth of small business within the sharing economy. Some of her other research projects include research studies with VIC Health on household obesity and drinking-related lifestyles, the problems associated with fast fashion, international customer relationship management across cultures, the meaning of cool to consumers and consumer service encounters.   About Culture Kite Developed by Garry Burns and Himanshi Munshaw Luhar, Culture Kite was formed to assist the travel industry to tap into the lucrative Indian market via their digital services, training programs, content creation and influencer marketing campaigns.   Garry is considered a pioneer of the Indian tourism market, following 18 years working in marketing at Phillip Island Nature Park and Sovereign Hill. In 2016, he established Connect2India, a Mumbai-based sales & marketing agency representing high-profile brands in the market including Zoos Victoria and the NGV.   Himanshi Munshaw Luhar owns and operates Foodie Trails, offering unique food and cultural events across Melbourne. Born in Mumbai, Himanshi has worked with many major institutions in Victoria including the Queen Vic Market, Bunjil Place and Cricket Australia. Advertise to Niche and Ethnic Audiences in Australia with adStartr 2020-09-26T09:21:53Z advertise-to-niche-and-ethnic-audiences-in-australia-with-adstartr BRISBANE, September 18, 2020 – Advertisers can finally reach niche and ethnic audiences in Australia, thanks to adStartr’s new catalogue of ad space. With adStartr, brands, non-profits, and governments can advertise to Australia’s ethnic communities easily and in the right language. This platform removes the logistical and language barriers that usually prevent campaigns from penetrating multicultural Australia.  No Easy Way to Reach Ethnic Communities  As an entrepreneur, adStartr founder Bipul Kafley has experienced the frustration of trying to run targeted advertising campaigns to ethnic communities in Australia. “Advertising to a narrow – often local – audience gives the highest ROI, but there are language barriers, and a lot of manual research,” says Kafley.  What is adStartr?  Kafley’s adStartr is an online marketplace where all this research has already been done for you. You can find ad cost, audience analysis, distribution, publication dates, and ad formats in one place. You can also place your own ads in a visual editor and translate them into six different languages.  A Boost for Diversity in Advertising  In August, Media Diversity Australia released an alarming report on the lack of diversity in Australian media (Who Gets to Tell Australian Stories, 17th Aug 2020). “As a media startup, adStartr will address the lack of inclusivity and translation barriers in the existing advertising sector,” says Federal MP Julian Simmonds.  The office of Queensland Senator Murray Watt has also applauded the initiative. “adStartr looks to connect the many different multicultural communities in Australia with each other, and with the rest of the world,” says Rowan Holzberger. “Australia is one of the most successful multicultural nations in the world. It is vital we unlock our human capital – not just to celebrate what we are, but to realise our full economic potential.”  Reach Almost Any Niche Audience  In addition to ethnic groups, adStartr helps advertisers to reach other highly specific communities. They can reach the LGBTQ community in the USA via Out In Jersey magazine, for example. Alternatively, they can target specific geographic areas with Moove Media.  Do You Have Ad Space?  It’s free to list ad space on adStartr. If you’re a niche or ethnic publisher, phone Bipul Kafley at (07) 3040 0677 (advertising includes newspaper, magazine, outdoor signage, indoor signage, podcasts, and more - click here for a complete list). Register at adStartr today, where diversity meets ads.  About adStartr  adStartr is an online marketplace where advertisers can place ads in niche independent publications with a few clicks. The platform is home to a series of ethnic media outlets. With adStartr, advertisers can reach the Arabic, Bangladesh, Korean, Chinese, and Indian communities in Australia directly.  Melbourne Business Woman, finalist in top finance industry awards 2020-08-25T00:05:12Z melbourne-business-woman-finalist-in-top-finance-industry-awards Melbourne business woman and overnight entrepreneur Arpana Patel of Avenue Accounting Services, has been named a finalist in the Small Business Advisor category of the AMP Women in Finance Awards, announced on August 3rd. The Awards are dedicated to recognising the outstanding women shaping and influencing the financial services industry.   “This really is a huge honour for me, as I never expected to be recognised for an award like this,” explains Ms Patel. “My choice to become an entrepreneur and start my own Accounting and Taxation business was really made for me and it happened overnight.  My marriage had ended and with two young children to care for, I had to act fast. I had to shift my mindset and take a leap of faith and start my own business.”      Arpana wants to help lead change and be an example to others who may be facing similar challenges in their lives, she faced some individual challenges including having to care for her child with special needs whilst establishing and managing her business. “There are a lot of barriers and stereotypes that women experience. I want to help change that. I want to show others who may be facing adversity that you can turn things around, you can create new possibilities and achieve great things if you set your mind to it.”   Although Australia has made significant strides towards equality, women still continue to experience inequality in many aspects of their lives.  Women and mothers who experienced hardship due to marriage breakdown, job loss or health issues are often at a higher risk of financial insecurity and more likely to experience financial distress.  When asked about the importance of financial security, Ms Patel explains that her services help to ensure small business owners can improve their financial literacy and achieve their financial goals.   “Great client service, transparent pricing and tailoring a solution to the unique needs of our small business clients are some of the reasons our business has grown since it was established in 2014,” says Ms Patel. In recent times with the rise of the global pandemic Avenue Accounting Services have continued prosper despite a difficult business environment.   AMP Women in Finance Award Winners will be announced via a live broadcast on Thursday 10th of September 2020 at 6pm.   For further information about Avenue Accounting Services please visit: https://avesoltax.com.au/ or about the AMP Women in Finance Awards, visit: https://www.womeninfinanceawards.com.au/ Media Enquiries: Contact Small Chilli Marketing  Sydney woman receives UNAA NSW recognition and is a finalist in FIVE AusMumpreneur NSW State Award Categories 2020-08-21T02:30:15Z sydney-woman-receives-unaa-nsw-recognition-and-is-a-finalist-in-five-ausmumpreneur-nsw-state-award-categories   Press Release   Sydney, Australia, 21st August 2020, Eman Soliman the Founder & CEO of EduTech Australia  ™, the one-stop innovative digital education organisation is committed to fostering collaboration and creativity in digital education and business. EduTech Australia supports schools, teachers, corporate, governments, low SES communities, special education and individuals. EduTech Australia strives to bring innovation in digital education and drive Australia and the world to 21st Century learning to secure Australia's prosperous future.   Their range of Japanese STEAM innovative products, programs and services are thoughtfully geared to support individuals in this realm while leading the way in digital learning experiences.   Eman is a driven, successful entrepreneur with a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others via digital education. She believes that digital technology used for learning purposes are significant drivers in the transformation of teaching and learning, and vital in closing the achievement gap.   In two short years, the Sydney single Mum of two boys has been recognised by the United Nations  Association of Australia – NSW Division, and is a finalist in the national AusMumpreneur awards in five categories including Digital Innovation, Women will Change the World, Multicultural Business Excellence, Making a Difference (Education) and Making a Difference (Business).   EduTech Australia are paving the way for a revolution in digital education in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and in the Middle East. Their programs include: Artec Japanese award-winning robotics and coding – Education4ALL equity program - STEM IN SPORT program - EduTech Australia’s Innovators Academy Franchise - International Robotics Competition Series - Robo-Rec International challenge and camp - Kids Entrepreneurship Education - teachers development - digital apps.  Eman Soliman, Founder and CEO of EduTech Australia says:   “I am so honoured to be a finalist in five categories of the business AUSMUMPRENEUR awards for 2020 for NSW. I am passionate about changing the world via digital, robotics and STEAM education and want to achieve justice and equality for all students in Australia and other world regions.”    Eman was born in Alexandria, Egypt. She is known for making the impossible possible. She has faced domestic violence, hardship, homelessness and health scares and has always shown determination and continues to strive to make positive changes to the lives of others. Eman’s passion about creating a digital education revolution to change the world continued via her innovative work in digital, robotics and STEAM education.  She was recognised for her outstanding work by the United Nations Association of Australia - NSW Division nationally (UNAA-NSW).  When she was notified of her recognition from the UNAA-NSW Eman said:    “Within six months of launching; EduTech Australia has been recognised by the United Nations Associations of Australia- NSW Division for successfully embedding Seven of the Seventeen United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals into our Policies and Values, and for demonstrating outstanding engagement with these, Global Goals. In particular because of our national and international equity program #Education4ALL click here.    This empowers EduTech Australia to continue on our mission of supporting schools and students with one goal Education4ALL. Closing the gender gap for girls & women in STEAM education ... providing quality digital education for all... offering sustainable STEAM and robotics programs... creating social impact globally. Providing equal opportunity to all students to thrive... enhancing quality teaching and learning. Globally technology and innovation are transforming our economy, 85% of jobs require STEAM skills, these skills are the solution to our workforce and the challenge of economic growth. The importance of STEAM subjects is critical to help students build real skills required in real jobs. Businesses are struggling to find the right skilled talent for their workforce, and digital disruption is putting more jobs at risk.    We have been working hard to create a digital education revolution in Australia and globally. Creating significant differences in the lives of many and helping. to shape the innovators of tomorrow. “ Eman is an advocate for women’s rights & gender equality. She excelled as an Australian National and NSW State Champion in Jet Ski sport, and was the first Australian racer to become the Women’s Racing Advocate and International Racing Leader with the Australian Jet Ski Association (AJSA) Eman was also the Brand Ambassador and sponsored racer (international) with the Australian Jet Ski Network and Australian Jet Ski TV. Leading by example, Eman gained national and international respect and featured extensively in global media while representing Australia.   As a female professional Jet skier, she presents a positive role model, inspiring many women to follow her lead in a male-dominated sport. She was the face of NSW racing from 2014 to 2017 and was 1 in 2 women racing in Australia, sometimes being the only female competing. Eman holds top ranking in NSW & Australian Championships such as overall 2nd place showroom stock NSW, overall 4th place across multiple classes in NSW including Open Professional Experts and 5th to 8th  place in Australia in Showroom Stock and Stock in the Runabout Enduro Open.   Eman is an advocate for women’s rights & gender equality. She was awarded Women Racing Advocate by the AJSA in recognition of her mission to promote Integrity and a Fair and Clean Jetski Sport. With the help of the AJSA, Eman is currently working on a new Jet Ski Project linking Australia with the government in the Middle East to promote the Jetski Sport and to enhance cultural integration, social cohesion, and gender equality.   Eman concludes: “Overall, education is the platform that makes it possible to defeat all barriers. I dreamt of creating a business that changes the world, not just my world, and to ensure global synergy and prosperity. The whole community has an obligation to support digital & STEAM education and schools, to shape our future as a country and improve our economic growth. By using innovative approaches to enhance and establish community, business and industry partnerships and by working together, we can build sustainable development and improve our future.   Education4ALL ... In light of global challenges, I designed this program and aligned it to deliver on seven goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to join the world on this great mission, and to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.  Education4ALL equity program aims to ensure inclusive, equitable quality digital education, promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, achieve justice in digital education and close the gender gap for girls in STEAM. The program supports students from low socio-economic communities in Australia and around the world “   To see a video of an example of the outcome of Eman and EduTech Australia’s outstanding work please click here To help Eman continue her mission, please vote for her in both People's Choice Categories: Making A Difference Business and Making A Difference Education. One vote per category. To vote for Eman go to https://ausmumpreneur.com/peoples-choice-voting/ -ENDS-   Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484  Social workers welcome an increase in Medicare mental health sessions in lockdown areas: a start but not the full answer 2020-08-04T00:53:11Z social-workers-welcome-an-increase-in-medicare-mental-health-sessions-in-lockdown-areas-a-start-but-not-the-full-answer The AASW welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday, 2 August on the increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to the escalating COVID-19 lockdowns.AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Our social workers who provide these sessions for those accessing mental health supports under Better Access tell us that the expansion of the number of allowable sessions is critical. The effect of the continuation of the lockdown in Victoria, and the growing uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 is causing, will see many people requiring additional and long-term support.The AASW has consistently, and persistently, called for an increase in allowable mental health sessions, over a long period of time and not just in response to the COVID-19 situation.Ms Craik said, “As stated in our numerous submissions to the MBS Review, and more recently the COVID-19 Inquiry, we believe MBS Better Access needs to be based on need and level of complexity. One size does not fit all. “Increasing the number of sessions will allow social work mental health professionals to better support individuals to work through the anxiety and complicated presentations we are seeing at this time. And while it is a welcome start, it will not alone be sufficient to address the growing mental health needs of the community and the growing demand on mental health professionals and services. We also need to see an extension of the use of telehealth and technology to support people where it is appropriate. For example, there is a huge need for work to address recovery for those who have experienced family violence. This has never been met in the current structure”We have welcomed the focus the government has placed on the mental health needs of the community through the pandemic, and now is the time to implement the recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce on Better Access. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) have reported instances of their service users rationing their sessions despite significant concerns about the implications of this, combined with a worsening of symptoms as this pandemic continues. AASW social workers report observing an increase in service users presenting with suicidal thoughts and concerning behaviours. “It is clear that if we are to work to support the mental health of Australians through this pandemic and into recovery, there needs to be adequate service provision, and this is a long-term proposition, not a short-term situation.”The federal government’s MBS review has identified the need for an increased number of sessions and the AASW looks forwarding to continuing to work with government on this issue alongside addressing pay parity for all mental health professionals who are undertaking the same work. All social workers in Australia are supporting people through this current crisis. To locate an accredited mental health social worker, visit the AASW’s GP webpage .ENDSAbout Accredited Mental Health Social Workers Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are recognised providers with Medicare Australia and other programs, delivering clinical social work services in mental health settings and utilising a range of evidence-based strategies. Members of the public can receive a referral from their GP under Better Access. For more information, see our website. Beauty pageant hopeful and ethical fashion designer partner to advocate for human rights in Australian first collaboration 2020-08-03T09:21:22Z beauty-pageant-hopeful-and-ethical-fashion-designer-collaborate-to-advocate-for-human-rights-in-australian-first-1 Ms Australia World 2020 national finalist, Pan Sandar Myint and ethical fashion designer, Gina Berjeel have joined forces in an Australian-first collaboration to advocate for equal human rights for vulnerable refugees. Ms Sandar Myint from Sydney originates from one of the world’s most prosecuted ethnicities known as “Rohingya” from Myanmar, and has chosen her beauty pageant platform to advocate equal human rights for the Rohingya community in Australia. Ms Sandar Myint has chosen to collaborate on her pageant outfits with Gina Berjeel, an Australian ethical fashion designer employing female refugees from Iraqi, Syrian and Afghanistan backgrounds. “This will be the first time ever in the Australian beauty pageant industry for a Ms Australia World national finalist and an ethical fashion designer to make an ethical fashion statement in support of equal human rights of Rohingya, Syrian, Iraqi and Afghanistan refugees,” said Ms Berjeel. Based on UN reports, the world’s fashion industry employs over 75 million people globally by being the second largest polluting industry after the oil industry. “Fast fashion has a significant impact on human societies around the world because the global fashion industry is worth three trillion dollars, accounting for 2 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product,” said Ms Sandar Myint. “To generate high profits, most fashion firms operate their factories in Asian countries for cheap labour. USA, Europe, Australia, UK and Japan import most garments from China and Bangladesh. “This generates vulnerable human rights issues including under-aged child labour, unfair labour wage and environmental degradation.” Based on the report of ABC’s War On Waste, nearly 6000KG of clothing waste is disposed every ten minutes in Australia. “It takes 2,700 litres of water to make a cotton t-shirt that is enough for one person to drink for 900 days,” said Ms Sanda Myint. “Textile factory labour workers earn only $100 per month while working in hard working environments and conditions. “This imbalance of humanitarian exploitation occurs due to the unethical standards of fast fashion. “This is the irony of beauty in fast fashion. With the Ms Australia World crowning event postponed until March 2021, Ms Sandar Myint has been productive by launching her own female empowerment web series. “Empower Success Media is my own female empowerment web series on You Tube where I present on such topics as Cyberbullying and The Art of Make up & Confidence,” said Ms Sandar Myint. “The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me that humanitarian efforts are of utmost importance. This is the perfect time for us all to change our actions to moral and ethical ones to save our beautiful world.” - ends - For more information or interview requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Reconciliation NSW welcomes funding from the NSW Government for 2020-21 2020-07-29T04:41:05Z reconciliation-nsw-welcomes-funding-from-the-nsw-government-for-2020-21 The NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs has committed $240,000 for the 2020-2021 year for Reconciliation NSW to continue its valuable work in leading reconciliation efforts for NSW. Reconciliation NSW’s co-chairs, Lindon Coombes and Cecilia Anthony, say the funding will allow the organisation to continue to support, educate and inspire the people of NSW to advance reconciliation across the state. “Reconciliation cannot only be symbolic. For reconciliation to be achieved there needs to be a series of real, practical outcomes in relation to the ongoing racism and systemic disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For more than two decades, Reconciliation NSW has worked to achieve this vision, to create a reconciled, just and equitable community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians in NSW,” Mr Coombes said. “This funding will allow us to continue our work with individuals, organisations, schools and communities across the state to progress their reconciliation journeys and for NSW be a leader in reconciliation across Australia.” “We recognise the whole of government commitment of the NSW Government to reconciliation in NSW and appreciate the support from Aboriginal Affairs.  This one year funding commitment continues a funding tradition of more than 20 years by the NSW Government.  ” “Reconciliation NSW helps NSW to be a leader in acknowledging and accepting our true shared histories and valuing and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as a proud part of a shared national identity.” said Ms Anthony. Executive Director of Reconciliation NSW, Tristan Tipps-Webster, said the funding will support an online reconciliation hub, webinars and face to face workshops as well as community events that promote reconciliation to schools, local councils, early learning centres, corporates and the broader community, as well as providing essential public liability insurance, resources and support to our 24 Local Reconciliation Groups across the state who hold over 50 events annually to promote reconciliation in their communities. “These LRGs are committed to building deep, meaningful and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in order to make real improvements in their local communities for a better NSW,” Ms Tipps-Webster said. Reconciliation NSW will partner with AANSW for another year to deliver reconciliation outcomes for the people of NSW. For more information go to http://www.reconcilitionnsw.org.au Media contacts:          Tristan Tipps-Webster, Executive Director, Reconciliation NSW 0408 054 154 Email: tristan@reconciliationnsw.org.au Spice up your Isolation cooking 2020-07-14T04:48:32Z spice-up-your-isolation-cooking Media Release For immediate release Spice up your Isolation cooking with Foodie Trials all new Spice Experience Box   With Foodie Trials regular tours and cooking classes in hibernation, owner of  Himanshi Munshaw Luhar found herself with time she doesn’t usually have. This has given the business a chance at a new creative opportunity in the form of a Spice Experience Box.  “I love spices, I love the way they can transform a meal and open up your senses. I love sharing the stories of how spices have forged the way for travels and ingrained themselves in a new cuisine” says Munshaw Luhar   This is an experience much like a tour or a class, but it comes into your home. When you order the spice box for yourself or a FOODIE lover. Foodie Trails will send out this carefully curated and beautifully presented gift box with carefully selected single-origin spices, sourced from local Victorian shops. With the spices is a recipe book written Munshaw Luhar’s sister Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal author and food historian. These easy to use recipes, will transform the contents of your fridge and pantry. The spice experience continues online with exclusive access to a series of online spice masterclasses, where Munshaw Luhar shares the origins of the spices, their travels, their health benefits and how to prepare them and use them in your daily cooking. Additionally, the experience also includes curated content of cooking demonstrations, additional links to recipes and videos of travel, spice markets, and the growing and sourcing of the spices from the farms. The Spice Experience gift box is priced at just $79 and can be ordered through the website at www.foodietrails.com.au/spicebox   “There is so much to know and share about the joys of cooking with spices and I can't wait to share it with you. Mother’s often play such a key role in kids’ lives around food and cooking so I’ve been especially excited to get it ready in time for mother’s day giving families the chance to experiment in isolation cooking” says Munshaw Luhar.     For Further information and images please contact   Email: Himanshi@foodietrails.com.au Web: https://www.foodietrails.com.au/spicebox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodietrails Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/foodietrailsau/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/foodietrails   About Foodie Trails Melbourne based Foodie Trails brings people together for cultural experiences. Foodie Trails cultural food walks, home-style cooking classes and festivals introduce guests to new foods, backgrounds and a different viewpoint. Breaking down cultural barriers and stereotypes in a relaxed and enjoyable setting, we share a meal because "nothing brings people together like good food" World Refugee Week 2020: AASW continues calls for an end to mandatory detention 2020-06-17T23:21:10Z world-refugee-week-2020-aasw-continues-calls-for-an-end-to-mandatory-detention During World Refugee Week 2020, the AASW continues calls for the Federal Government to put an end to its punitive practice of mandatory detention. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This year’s theme for World Refugee Week is Celebrating the Year of Welcome. The Australian government, however, consistently breaches the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees, our welcome is one to offshore detention, immigration detention centres and other forms of incarceration for those who have broken no laws. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that policy changes can be made quickly and to the benefit of vulnerable people. This has not occurred within the people seeking asylum and refugee population, who have been left exposed to the effects of coronavirus in detention. “As World Refugee Week started, there have been attempts by the government to move a group of people seeking asylum with pre-existing medical conditions from hotel accommodation in Queensland back to offshore detention. These people seeking asylum were transferred to Australia under the now repealed medevac legislation. They are at significant risk of severe complications or death if they are moved back to immigration detention while COVID-19 is still a threat.” The pandemic has a more severe impact on vulnerable groups and people in detention are no exception. Ms Craik continued, “There is nothing stopping the government from releasing this group, and all people seeking asylum, into the community where they can be free to continue their lives in safety and security. Keeping these people in detention is cruel and tortuous, and its only purpose is to send a terrible message to others who wish to seek asylum in Australia that ‘You are not welcome here’.” “Australia needs to be better than this and we can do better than this. “The practice of mandatory detention needs to end now. It causes immeasurable damage to those vulnerable people who have already worked so hard to flee harm. If we want to properly celebrate World Refugee Week, and the resilience and tenacity of people seeking asylum and refugees; this is the only way.” PATTY MILLS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF THE TEAM MILLS FOUNDATION 2020-05-26T21:54:25Z patty-mills-announces-the-formation-of-the-team-mills-foundation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (27 May 2020): Three-time Olympian, NBA Champion and proud Indigenous Australian Patty Mills announced today the formation of the Team Mills Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and championing culture, diversity, women and underprivileged families and enacting positive change for the environment worldwide. Through innovative strategies and a creative approach, the Team Mills Foundation creates a new model for communities across the globe to come together, spark conversation and ignite action to achieve the ultimate goal of a brighter future for those who need it most.  The announcement of The Team Mills Foundation coincides with the start of National Reconciliation Week; a time for Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements and strengthen the bonds with the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme for National Reconciliation Week for 2020 is “In This Together”, and much like the “All Hands In” mantra of the Team Mills Foundation, it represents how working as a collective can achieve powerful results. The Foundation is welded to the ideal of “community”, shared values and respecting traditions and is brought to life by Patty Mills’ passion and desire of giving back and thriving on the success and wellbeing of others. The mission for the Team Mills Foundation is simple: Make a positive, long-lasting impact on communities worldwide. “I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of Team Mills Foundation; an organisation built on taking courageous and ongoing action to bring long-lasting improvement to people’s lives.” says Patty Mills.  “Our Foundation is personal but relatable, as it reflects values that have been instilled in me by my previous generations and through our customs and traditions. Our vision is to make a tangible difference at the intersection of those values and people’s lives, shining light on critical issues as well as providing opportunities and pathways of success to empower and unlock people’s tremendous potential.”    “I play basketball, and I’m grateful for what the sport has provided for me and my family, but I’m even more appreciative for the voice and platform that has come along with it. It has allowed me to follow through with my successes on the court to inspire, support and make change in other people's lives, especially the ones who need it most.” “Striving for greatness in my field, to create history, to accomplish the unimaginable - sure, it's for me, but it turns out -  it isn’t. It’s for everyone and everything that will be directly impacted by this Foundation.” The Team Mills Foundation will strive to bring awareness and opportunities to the issues and causes that align with the six core values that the Foundation is built upon: FAMILY. Having a greater understanding of who you are, where you come from and appreciating the people that have helped you. Being the best person you can be so that you can support and inspire your loved ones. ENVIRONMENT. Doing our part by giving back to our environment to ensure our next generation understands the values of caretaking for our earth. This will also be a way to protect, preserve and keep traditional cultures alive through the knowledge and practices used by Indigenous peoples. CULTURE. Keeping the culture alive. Recognising, protecting and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions. Through a creative approach, constantly finding ways to bridge the gap between traditional and modern society.  PATHWAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Striving for greatness by creating pathways and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to excel in their given fields or interests.  EMPOWERING WOMEN. Giving women a platform and voice to feel empowered, confident, and strong by supporting them in that role.   MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSITY. Understanding and recognising multicultural diversity with the means to appreciate and learn from the differences, to celebrate and build on the similarities.  Through collaborative, community-focused partnerships and activations the Team Mills Foundation aims to work closely with local groups and organisations to put a spotlight on important causes and innovative projects and as well as put practices in place for long-term, sustainable solutions. In 2019, “The Community Water Project” was launched in partnership with Zero Mass Water and Australian Indigenous Basketball; an initiative aimed at providing clean, sustainable drinking water for six very remote drought-stricken Indigenous communities.  More recently, the #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive brought together the community of San Antonio to support eight local coffee shops who had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the community to shop small, but think big. To further the campaign’s reach nationally and internationally, a “GoFundMe” page was set up to receive virtual coffee donations. The #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive raised over $100,000USD with all funds donated to the Family Violence Prevention Services - Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio, Texas. Putting knowledge in practise, The Team Mills Foundation are thrilled to partner with The Firesticks Alliance, a relationship that stemmed from a recent trip to Australia in March whilst visiting the bushfire-affected communities. Learning from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffenson and The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, Team Mills Foundation aims to share the knowledge of cultural burning practices, and improved ‘reading’ of country, to help restore the land. By continuing to educate and spread awareness of these practices, there is much evidence that, if adopted, could greatly benefit not only Australians, but all people worldwide. More details surrounding this dynamic partnership will be revealed at a later date,  To learn more about the values and causes of the Team Mills Foundation and how to get involved, visit teammillsfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube using #TeamMillsFdn and #AllHandsIn. -ENDS- About Team Mills Foundation The Team Mills Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities around the world; from environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, to providing clean drinking water for communities, supporting women and children shelters and giving a voice to minorities through multiculturalism and diversity. No matter the challenge, The Team Mills Foundation are going all hands in on the things that hit home. Together, we can make a positive change and long lasting impact worldwide. NEW BOOK THE FORGOTTEN BY WILL DAVIES WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALBERT WONG IS OUT NOW! 2020-04-15T03:43:38Z new-book-the-forgotten-by-will-davies-with-contributions-from-albert-wong-is-out-now THE FORGOTTEN REMEMBERED # NEW BOOK REMEMBERS THE FORGOTTEN ON ANZAC DAY # UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF CHINESE ANZACS FINALLY TOLD # HOW CHINA HELPED AUSTRALIA WIN WORLD WAR 1 New book THE FORGOTTEN by historian Dr Will Davies with contributions from high profile businessman Albert Wong is out now and tells the story of the forgotten and largely ignored members of the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War, who worked tirelessly for the British and French armies, but who received little pay, endured severe living conditions and died as a result of starvation, influenza and neglect. Running parallel to this in THE FORGOTTEN is the unknown story of those Chinese Anzac soldiers, unsung heroes, men of Chinese-Australian heritage who, despite racism, marginalisation and bigotry, stepped forward to enlist and die for Australia so far from home. This book is offered in the hope that, by telling their story, we might shed new light on a forgotten and unknown chapter of history, and in the process, remember and celebrate their part in the final victory. The Forgotten celebrates the shared history between China and Australia and the combined efforts to promote peace. The Governor General David Hurley has written the forward  for the book. The Forgotten is published by Wilkinson Publishing as a dual English and Chinese language edition in the one book and retails for $29.99 from wilkinsonpublishing.com.au and booktopia.com.au TO INTERVIEW ALBERT WONG AND WILL DAVIES and receive review copies and books as giveaway contest prizes email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 Exploding Vapes, Why? 2020-04-05T19:23:24Z exploding-vapes-why Today's article will further look at and discuss why e-cigarette devices explode and how best to avoid this from happening. There have been reports of devices exploding and people dying, but why are these devices exploding, let's take a detailed look. The most important thing to remember is to make sure you are buying all your device bits and pieces from reputable sellers and that you are not purchasing aftermarket or non-recognised fake parts. This is one of the most common reasons why e-cigarette devices malfunction and do not work correctly thus causing harmful effects. Other ways to prevent this type of malfunctions from occurring are; taking battery safety extremely seriously considering the correct use of atomisers using and changing coils research and only use appropriate products read and follow instruction manual charge and store batteries and devices properly Parents urged to build kids’ ‘maths muscles’ to improve results 2020-02-13T06:13:49Z parents-urged-to-build-kids-maths-muscles-to-improve-results Ratika Khandelwal from Mathnasium, an internationally renowned mathematics learning centre, said there was a dire need to refocus attention on the importance of the subject following Australian students’ failure to exceed the OECD average in maths in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). “Focusing on improving skills just a little each day will go a long way to help children foster a respect for the subject and excel at it. But it starts at home. “Education is ultimately the culmination of parents, school, teachers and students working together to generate better results, but parents can do more. As a parent myself, I know we need to take more responsibility for our role in children’s education and helping shape their skills and mindset around learning.  Parents need to step up and make maths a normal part of the day. “It is as simple as getting the kids involved in activities like basic addition or subtraction at the supermarket, halving or doubling a recipe, or estimating how long it takes to get to school, for example. It’s all about doing things that make maths fun and helps build their confidence in the subject.” Ms Khandelwal’s advice is echoed by Seung Yi, National Maths Coordinator at Australian Christian College, who agreed students should be dedicating time every day to improving their mathematic skills. “We’re definitely not where we should be in mathematics in Australia, and the trend is indicating that we are continuing to fall further behind the rest of the world. It needs to be adequately addressed and fast,” he said. “It’s not hard to spend regular time at home developing basic number skills – addition, subtraction, division, multiplication. Just imagine if students worked on basic maths drills every day.” Ms Khandelwal shared her tips to make maths easy at home, based on the Mathnasium method of teaching that uses a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written techniques to help children learn math. 1. Have kids use cash/coins instead of cards to pay for things. Have them calculate how much a few items will cost and the expected change. 2.  Buy analog clocks and have children tell time that way or buy them a watch with an analog clock. 3. Let them help with cooking/baking to learn about measurements and calculations - halve or double a recipe for added practice. 4. Have them measure things in the house using their hands, feet, and a ruler to compare. 5. At Easter have them create a bar chart of the types or names of lollies/eggs they get and how many. 6. At the supermarket have them weigh different produce to get an understanding of weights.   https://www.mathnasium.com.au Current family law system does not adequately protect women and children from violence, say Australian social workers 2019-12-19T00:52:44Z current-family-law-system-does-not-adequately-protect-women-and-children-from-violence-say-australian-social-workers Commission’s Family Law System Review without delay. AASW National President Christine Craik said that the current family law system does not adequately protect women and children from family violence. Ms Craik said, “Although the family law system recognises physical violence, it has not identified coercive control such as psychological, emotional and financial abuse. Family violence and abuse is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men and its victims are overwhelmingly women and children. “Since the current system cannot always recognise or intervene when violence and abuse are present, it does not always respond to the needs of the people who are trying to escape this abuse. This means that it denies them their right to safety.” The family law system is built on the assumption that both parties enter the system as equals, but social workers know that this is unlikely to be the case where violence and abuse is involved. Ms Craik said, “Having lived under years of fear, coercion, and humiliation, women who are attempting to escape abuse and violence are more susceptible to threats and more easily discouraged by the slow and complex legal process. Social workers have observed many instances where perpetrators know this and use the adversarial process to their advantage. This is called systems abuse, and the current Family Law system enables this abuse.” Ms Craik was speaking as the AASW made its written submission to the joint select committee on the Family Law system. The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Family Law System Review was conducted by some of the most respected professionals in their fields and heard from service users, health and community service professionals and legal practitioners. It made 60 recommendations for a widespread reform of the legislation and improvements to the system. The AASW endorses the Review’s main finding that the current Family Law system is under-resourced and therefore struggles to deal with the ever-increasing complexities of the families who use it. Changing the Family Law system so that it protects people from abuse means improvements to all aspects of it, and this is what the Review proposed. Ms Craik said, “It represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acknowledge, validate and take steps to protect women and children from abuse.”