The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-06T16:52:23Z Proof: A lot of dating sites only want to make money from your personal information 2021-03-06T16:52:23Z proof-a-lot-of-dating-sites-only-want-to-make-money-from-your-personal-information You are single and you turn to a dating to help you find the right partner for you. If you are not careful you might be heading right into a scam. The Educated Singles Club provide the proof in this article. Many, so-called dating sites, have no interest at all in helping you finding a partner. They only want to collect as many information as possible about, which they then can sell of to 3 party companies. Free is very expensive Maybe you are tempted by a dating site, where you can get a profile for free. But think twice. If you are getting a profile for free, then who is paying for their website, administration and often huge marketing budgets? Yes — YOU are. And the price you are paying is very high. You pay with all your personal details, which can be sold to anybody who wants to buy. The Educated Singles Club has been offered thousands of fake profiles We have been offered thousands of fake profiles (could be your profile if you have signed up on one of these scam sites). The sales argument was that it would look like we were much bigger than we actually were. Later when we have grown organically we could remove the fake profiles. Naturally we, The Educated Singles Club, rejected the “offer”. Read the terms and conditions carefully How often do you read the terms and conditions when signing up on a webpage or app? When it comes to dating sites you definitely should. Below are the terms and conditions for a dating site that is active in our segment. Please read it. "Effective January 1, 2020 - the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants California residents additional rights regarding their personal information. Please note that for us to determine the best dating site for you, your personal information must be shared with one or more of our partners. When your information is accepted by a third-party in order to create your dating profile, this would constitute a sale of your personal information. If you do not consent to the transmission or sale of your personal information, you may no longer continue the registration process to receive these offers, any follow-up materials from our partners, or have your profile created on their respective services unless you are subscribed with them directly." The Educated Singles Club NEVER sell or disclose your information to anyone. In Europe, where The Educated Singles Club is based, transparency and privacy protection has been mandatory for years. In California, USA, where this company resides it is very recent and still not at European levels when it comes to consumer protection. But it has forced some player to reveal their real purpose, in this case collecting and selling your private information. You don’t want that do you? The Educated Singles Club is different - Here is how: The mission of The Educated Singles Club is to provide a safe environment for well-educated singles where they can be certain that the fellow members are who they pretend to be. And they can be sure, that the information they provide will not be shared with anyone else — ever. We guarantee your privacy and we do not share your information with anyone. We are a club where you, as a member, pay a membership fee. That is how we are financed. That means we have no other interest than keeping our members happy As we are a global club, based in Europe, we submit to the European privacy laws, which are the toughest in the world All our members have at least a masters degree. We have a thorough ID and education level check during the membership application approval process. We reject more than 90% of the membership application. You can view some of the members here Supporting STEM Women Who #ChoosetoChallenge 2021-03-05T04:40:27Z supporting-stem-women-who-choosetochallenge Recognising the efforts women have made to STEM on a global scale is imperative, according to Marie Howarth, Vice President of Women in Technology (WiT).   Speaking in the lead-up to International Women’s Day, Ms Howarth said organisations such as WiT were ‘choosing to challenge’ by creating a platform to champion women’s achievements.   “At WiT, we represent women from all fields of science and technology and are all about helping them build the confidence, skills, recognition and networks they need to truly unlock their potential,” said Ms Howarth.   “Gender bias often develops at very young age and can discourage young girls from pursuing a STEM education and career.”   Ms Howarth said, however, it was also important to acknowledge women throughout history who had paved the way for others to follow STEM professions.   She said historical figures like Ada Lovelace had helped secure a seat 'at the table' for women in STEM, and insisted we pause to acknowledge historical trailblazers like Lovelace who often did not receive appropriate recognition of their significant contributions.   Brisbane-based mathematics education expert and co-founder of ORIGO Education, Dr Calvin Irons, is also determined to highlight the significant contribution women have made to mathematics in the lead up to International Women’s Day.   Dr Irons, who has been involved in mathematics education for more than 50 years, said one woman in particular, Ada Lovelace, should be acknowledged in the year where people are being asked to #ChooseToChallenge.   Lovelace is regarded as one of the first computer programmers of our time. Unfortunately, very few know her name.   Dr Irons, who recently researched three historical female mathematicians and their influence on mathematics development today said, "In the history of machine computing, there are only two computer languages named after people - Blaise Pascal and Ada Lovelace.”   "Interestingly, however, Lovelace's contribution is much more significant than Pascal's, and she is correctly described as the world's first computer programmer."   In 1833, Ada Lovelace met Charles Babbage, who shared his thoughts about a machine that could complete the tedious and often erroneous calculations in tables of data.   "Babbage thought a machine should be able to do the calculations. But Ada was the person that analysed and applied the mathematics that was necessary so that it could work," said Dr Irons.   The machine was never built during the 1800s. But in 1990, the British Science museum made the Difference Engine based on Lovelace and Babbage's work and, in their words, it "worked flawlessly".   Unfortunately, Ada Lovelace died at a very young age, but Dr Irons said it is interesting to theorise what might have happened if she had been able to make further contributions to mathematics. MEDIA NOTE – For further information, contact Wings Public Relations Director Deanna Nott on 0422 504540 or email ----- ABOUT ORIGO EDUCATION ORIGO Education was established in 1995 by co-founders James Burnett and Dr Calvin Irons. ORIGO Education is focused on creating a love of mathematics. ORIGO Education publishes and covers all facets of primary mathematics education from traditional printed products to digital interactive resources and professional learning throughout the world, supporting primary teachers across 14 countries, including Australia, the US, Canada, Singapore and Thailand. To find more information about ORIGO Education, visit   ABOUT WiT Women in Technology (WiT) is one of Australia’s most respected and active technology industry associations, with more than 7,600 members and 24,500 supporters. The not-for-profit is dedicated to supporting, developing, recognising and promoting the achievements of women across all branches of science and technology. The organisation delivers professional development, advocacy and networking, including exclusive mentoring and Board Readiness courses, and the prestigious annual WiT Awards. Visit www. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021-03-05T03:25:54Z international-women-s-day On International Women’s Day (8 March 2021) the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is highlighting the achievements of women leaders and calling for the advancement of women’s participation and decision making in public life. AASW Chief Executive Cindy Smith said this year’s International Women’s Day theme is celebrating the role of women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a significant impact on women, those standing at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers providing support for family violence and mental health and a range of other issues, to caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most effective national leaders in combating the pandemic.” “The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. As the vaccinations roll out across Australia and life begins the journey of returning towards a more normal routine, we have an opportunity to not only elevate the role of women but also achieve some meaningful change.” “Representing a predominantly female workforce, the AASW takes the opportunity on International Women’s Day to celebrate and acknowledge the significant work and impact social workers have made during the pandemic.” “Without the contribution of social workers Australia would not be in the recovery position we are in today. The nature of their work makes all social workers leaders in supporting those who often get left behind,” she said. Ms Smith said that we also take this occasion to call on governments at all levels to ensure proper funding for all the services required as we move into the vaccination and recovery stage of the pandemic in Australia. “The need for family violence, mental health, homelessness and other services is always there, more so in times of crisis. As life returns to normal the social work sector will need certainty and proper funding to assist those impacted by COVID-19,” she said. International Women’s Day was first marked by the United Nations in 1977. The Day was born out of labour movements as women moved into the labour force in the early 1900s. In the 21st century IWD marks the achievements of women across many domains and is also a rallying point to continue to build on women’s rights throughout the world. DESPITE GLOBAL PANDEMIC, AUSTRALIANS’ HAPPINESS REMARKABLY UNSCATHED ACCORDING TO NEW WHITEPAPER BY NOBLEOAK 2021-03-03T23:07:00Z despite-global-pandemic-australians-happiness-remarkably-unscathed-according-to-new-whitepaper-by-nobleoak Images available here Families and happiness appear the winners from latest Whitepaper by independent Australian life insurer NobleOak, which highlighted some unexpected impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey research found that despite the impact of a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic, Australians’ happiness levels remain virtually unchanged.  In 2019 Australians reported an average happiness score of 6.9 out of 10, but despite the complete upheaval of life in 2020 that score remains almost steady at 6.7, highlighting a significant level of resilience. The report also found that spending more time with family (42%) has helped Australians recognise what’s important in life, with people in family situations or couples being significantly happier than singles. “COVID-19’s had a significant impact on the lives of Australians in so many ways - financially and mentally. Given the current uncertain climate we anticipated the ‘save more, spend less’ strategy, but we did not expect Australians’ overall level of happiness to be unaffected,” said NobleOak CEO, Anthony Brown.  “As a company focused on protecting families, it’s so rewarding to see proof of the role that family plays in maintaining happiness, especially during times of stress and societal upheaval.” Relationships Australia NSW CEO, Elisabeth Shaw, says that the findings of the report confirm that the relationships we have with family, friends and the broader community positively support our wellbeing. “We are in the main relational beings and as the report indicates, spending more time with family has helped many of us get through difficult periods. Our happiest moments are shared moments and being in good relationships with others has a clear psychological, emotional and physical health benefit.” Despite the massive focus on COVID-19, Australians correctly identify cancer as the biggest threat to their mortality, as they did in 2018 and 2019 as well. But in what appears to be a small silver living to the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in mental-health awareness, with Australians ranking it as the second most important risk for the first time. Nearly half of Australians (46%) surveyed report having their working lives significantly affected by COVID-19, with nearly a third (32%) experiencing reduced income and a quarter forecasting reduced future income.  This correlates with the financial caution NobleOak is seeing with almost half of the respondents (45%) spending less and saving more (38%). -Ends- Access a copy of the NobleOak Whitepaper, imagery, audio, and B-roll footage for broadcast here. Case study: Family of four, Sydney – Amanda (41) and Rob Hodgson (38) and their two sons (6 and 8). 2020 was a year like no other – Rob tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a US work trip and his wife, Amanda, also contracted the disease. It wasn’t until eight months later when Rob began to experience health problems, that he discovered he had an uncommon heart condition, which was likely triggered from contracting COVID. He now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator inserted just under his skin to shock his heart to return to regular rhythm if it becomes irregular. As a result of their experience, Rob and Amanda have re-evaluated their life priorities and they both now work from home more to spend more time with family. Despite the events of 2020, they say they are just as happy as they were pre-COVID. Case study 2: Female business owner, Orange – Before the pandemic, Nicole Farrell (46yo) was running a successful international travel business, specialising in tours to India and Morocco. In 2020 she was forced to close her business, and ended up working in a call centre. She decided to re-focus her energies to set up a business offering food and wine tours within the Central West region of NSW. Business is booming – and Nicole says she is just as happy as she was pre-pandemic. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Mr Wolf PR: Maria Crema – 0402 239 929 – Sophie Blue - 0416 006 821,   About NobleOak Life Limited: NobleOak is an independent Australian Life Insurer with over 140 years of history.  NobleOak’s fully underwritten life insurance offers quality no-surprises cover with lower premiums.  Go to Covid Restrictions Forcing Permanent Closure of Primary Health Care Providers 2021-03-02T20:10:26Z covid-restrictions-forcing-permanent-closure-of-primary-health-care-providers Acting NZCA President Dr Cassandra Fairest, chiropractor says: `We warned last year that a crisis in health care provision may be on the horizon and now it is well and truly here.  Media regularly reports on the incredible impact on communities and various industries but our Auckland colleagues and their patients are forgotten victims of the latest lockdown’. `We have had reports of two chiropractic practices closing their doors forever due to this latest lockdown. After 12 weeks of no hands-on patient care in the past year they just can’t afford to continue. Most other countries are allowing highly skilled allied health workers such as chiropractors to continue, even under elevated levels with appropriate PPE and infection controls. Are primary healthcare providers less trusted than real estate agents, supermarkets and takeaway restaurants to manage Covid-19 precautions?’ The peak body for chiropractic in New Zealand says that many primary health providers, such as chiropractors, dental health practitioners, acupuncturists, physiotherapists and other allied health professions rely on face to face consultations and fee-based income to survive. Prolonged or repeated restrictions on the delivery of healthcare will lead to widespread insolvency of some businesses and leave thousands of New Zealanders without an option for healthcare in their communities. Cassandra Fairest says: `The NZCA Council has written to COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins to again plead our case. Late last year the Ministry asked for submissions on balancing the risk of spread with keeping allied health services going for community well being. We have been told that ‘independent advisors’ decided the risks outweigh the benefits but have not been given any detail about how they came to this conclusion’.  `Ironically, our members have seen a sharp rise in people seeking care during the pandemic yet during Level 3, chiropractic practices remained closed to anything but an incredibly restrictive criteria for urgent care. While telehealth options over a video consultation can suit certain cases, it is of very limited benefit for hands-on providers. Even Level 2 restrictions impact on the flow and viability of some practices with Auckland facing prolonged difficulties’.   `The Ministry of Health restrictions are particularly hard on chiropractors that depend on hands-on interactions and are paid out of pocket fees by the public.  They are highly trained health professionals who have excellent knowledge  and ability to screen for COVID symptoms, practice infection control and appropriate PPE use, and have exceptional contact tracing information built into their patient management systems already. These practitioners and their clients that depend on their services are being severely affected by the pandemic response. Of course, many industries are struggling but at least some can still operate with physical distancing or click and collect and still have some income. Our members face a gruelling scenario if rolling lockdowns continue and it is going to end up costing the country in deteriorating public health and elevated longer term healthcare costs’. Hospitality, tourism, the creative arts, and some other industries are receiving targeted assistance, however those healthcare businesses with no public funding streams, which make up a large portion of essential healthcare services, seem to be a forgotten sector. Chiropractors work in the field of health promotion and wellbeing, something which should be of high importance given the pandemic that we are facing. Having access to healthcare services and the benefits it provides to both the public and the economy should ideally be placed ahead of the ‘nice to haves’ such as dining out or an adventure holiday. Even before COVID-19, there was a need for Government support of a broader range of healthcare options which currently completely miss out on any funding, such as that given to GP practices and the DHBs and hospital system. Chiropractors are regulated primary health care professionals registered under the HPCA Act with close to 700 annual practicing certificate holders practising in solo, group, and multidisciplinary clinics around New Zealand. New Zealand chiropractors have significant training (a minimum 5-year tertiary degree) and a broad yet highly skilled scope of practice and clinical expertise. They provide care for the public in a wide range of health concerns, including spinal problems, posture, certain neurological issues and chronic pain. Importantly, particularly with the heightened levels of mental health concerns being seen this year, chiropractors help many people with anxiety, sleeping difficulties and stress related disorders through their ability to assist the nervous system. There has also been an increase in the number of people seeking chiropractic care for postural related strain and stress from working at home. These health concerns highlight how important it is that the public can have access to chiropractors during increasing alert levels. New Zealand’s chiropractors are taking the lead to inform, and inspire people to improve their health and prevent pain and disability by educating the public to have a greater understanding of the relationship between their spine and nervous system and how this affects their function and overall wellbeing. At a time when people are dealing with significant stress and different health concerns, now more than ever we need to ensure the public has access to all health care services when they need it.  ­Ends Sudo Roux unveils thought leadership film - 'Digital transformation in education: challenges and opportunities' 2021-02-28T22:07:24Z digital-transformation-in-education-short-film Film: Sudo Roux has been a key technical partner in The University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) transformation journey since 2019, alongside leading digital experience platform partner, Optimizely (formerly Episerver). Using UTS’ story in a short film case study, Sudo Roux and Optimizely present a credible and measured approach to achieving enterprise resilience through transformation for the benefit of the education sectors administrators, academics, and revolutionaries. Background Globally, education sector revenues have plummeted in the wake of COVID19. The inability to quickly switch from traditional face-to-face modalities to an online and/or multichannel approach has exposed weaknesses in the sector. Many countries are looking to consolidate tertiary institutions to solidify their position. In Australia, universities face projected losses of $16bn by the end of 2023, as well as up to 21,000 job losses, with reliance on revenue derived from the physical presence of overseas students exacerbating the issue.  Challenges and opportunities The COVID19 pandemic has heightened the need for education organisations to embrace, engineer, and execute a transformation plan as a pathway to business resilience, in the face of these retreating enrolments and physical interactions.  The short film looks at the process of reinvention and rebirth through the lens of learning, IT, digital and marketing teams. How they plan, execute, monitor, and support the organisational and learner shift from a traditional view of degree-based education, toward a lifelong learning approach, delivered in a blended learning model with multiple entry/exit points and participation models. A future geared toward outcomes where free teaser courses, short courses, micro-credentials, and stacked degrees are the norm. Key Talent Matt Sayer Chief Technology Officer and Partner, Sudo Roux Dean McDonald  Head of IT - New Business, Enterprise & Community, UTS Fiona Anson Enterprise Learning Lead, UTS Kriti Colless Head, Online Program Management, UTS Emma van Blommestein Marketing and Communications Manager, UTS Film: Web: Revolution for Climate Change Provides a Voice of Reason for Challenging Times 2021-02-26T06:46:38Z revolution-for-climate-change-provides-a-voice-of-reason-for-challenging-times-1 It’s only through discussion and examination that solutions to issues such as taxes, clean energy and inequality can be resolved. Revolution for Climate Change is tackling those discussions in a thoughtful way for Australians and people around the globe. Revolution for Climate Change addresses themes that are of importance to anyone residing on Planet Earth. The website talks about issues ranging from healthcare and preserving native cultures to education and childcare. Written with care and seasoned with a helping of common sense, the articles are an eye-opening look at the state of the planet, its people and the future. Environmental issues facing countries are eloquently addressed. Melting ice caps, rising ocean levels, and extreme storms aren’t localized. Native species are decimated by the predations of man, have gone extinct, and countries are facing natural disasters on unprecedented levels. Populations are suffering from starvation, lack of healthcare, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The author doesn’t ignore the politics of climate change or economies. Governments are elected to work for the people, but parties are dangerously polarized. The writer points out that the very laws put in place to govern often hinder that process and doing what’s best for constituencies. The pandemic has affected livelihoods and economies throughout every country. Politicians are concerned with maintaining economies. Individuals simply want to be able to support their family. The writer postulates that a new economy needs to evolve that doesn’t flourish at the expense of society and fosters a philosophy that embraces philanthropy. Revolution for Climate Change provides readers with thoughtful insights gained from the writer’s extensive travel, living in multiple areas, and being a keen observer of human behavior. The author’s views may be seen as innovative or controversial, but are always presented with the hope of providing enlightenment for those that seek it and value honesty. Australia's so-called "democracy" is not for Muslims 2021-02-26T06:38:49Z australia-s-so-called-democracy-is-not-for-muslims I’m an ordinary Arab living in Australia, and I’m writing down some of my thoughts with a mixture of emotions. It all started when I learned from various media platforms about the atrocities committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, including the torture and killing of Afghan prisoners of war and even the killing of Afghan civilians. These violent and bloody words make it hard for me to believe that these inhuman acts were committed by soldiers from a country that preaches fairness, democracy, freedom and the maintenance of international order. Since 911, Arabs, including those of Arab descent in other countries, have been passively labelled “Terrorists”. Under the propaganda and advocacy of western society, countless innocent Arabs like me have been subjected to all kinds of unfair discrimination in our lives. As such media coverage continues to spread, a natural hostility to the Arab world is slowly spreading in the west. The brutality of the Australian military in Afghanistan is an extreme manifestation of this hostility. In fact, Arabs like me in Australia are often discriminated against simply because of our race, which makes our lives very inconvenient and even disappointing, and some have already left the country. I once read a thought-provoking report. Although Australia is a land of opportunity, it is not suitable for Muslims and Arabs, read the headline. The report focuses on how a Doctor from the Arab world was repeatedly turned down for a job in Australia because of his Muslim status. Disheartened, the Doctor left Australia silently. It also notes that many Australian companies are ruthless in rejecting job applicants whose names are Mohammed or Abdullah. I often read in the media about many public places in Australia where Muslim or Arab people, such as subway stations and restaurants, are openly discriminated against by other ethnic groups, and even verbally and physically abused. Living in Australia, I have some knowledge of the country’s legal system and, like most Western countries, it is not only immoral but illegal to screen job applicants based on their race. In Australia, however, such behaviour seems to have become the default setting. As one of the largest immigrant nations in the world, Australia has always preached its inclusiveness, its freedom, and its democracy, while we were concerned about the attitude of Australian society toward us. However, what happens to US Muslims and Arabs in Australia speaks volumes about the fact that what the Australian government, and even the people of other races, their commitment is only superficial or a means of self-consolation. In fact, we Muslims and people from the Arab world love peace and freedom. Our religious beliefs and value systems should not be equated with a few extremist groups and radicals and terrorism. The misunderstanding of us is a mistake made by many Western countries. However, the cost of such mistakes is borne by people who love life. I believe that when we build a truly understanding and inclusive society, there will be no more hatred and killing; people of different faiths and values can truly live, grow and find our own position in the land of Australia. New Food Allergen Labelling Laws approved by FSANZ today 2021-02-25T05:52:59Z new-food-allergen-labelling-laws-approved-by-fsanz-today New legislation regarding allergen labelling of food and beverage products sold in Australia has been approved by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today, 25th February 2021. The Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) regulations have been introduced to ensure allergen labelling is more transparent and consistent on Australian food packaging, making it easier for allergen affected consumers to understand the label. According to the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), food allergy is a disease that has been increasing over time across the world, and countries such as Australia and the UK are experiencing some of the highest incidence rates.  In Australia, food allergy is currently estimated to affect 1-2% of adults and 4-8% of children under 5 years of age.  That is a significant amount of Australians and their families affected by food allergens, which, in the most dire of circumstances, has on multiple occasions lead to death by unintentional exposure to an allergen, but more often leads to significant health affects.  These have been estimated to cost the Australian economy around $7 billion each year. “Undeclared allergens has been the leading cause of a product recall in Australia for the past 10 years” Kevin Goddaer, Managing Director of Mérieux NutriSciences Australia said earlier today.  “Product recalls are a very costly exercise, not only directly, but indirectly in the way of brand damage, not to mention the impact on the allergy affected consumer.  Here at Mérieux NutriSciences Australia, we have been working with clients for decades to ensure their product labels are compliant with the Food Standards Code and other relevant legislation.  We take the guess work out of interpreting the Code, and advise manufacturers and retailers how to construct their food labels in a lawful and accurate way” Kevin said.   “The new allergen labelling laws will affect a significant number of products for sale in Australia, as did the Country of Origin law change back in 2016.  Whilst there will be a three year transition period to comply with the new legislation, we saw many companies leave their Country of Origin packaging changes to the last minute, which caused bottlenecks with printers, packaging designers and other related service providers, and ultimately caused stock write-off costs to the business.  We urge manufacturers and retailers to learn from that experience and start working with relevant companies to make the transition process as seamless and cost effective as possible.“    “Our company mission has always been to protect consumers’ health by preventing health risks related to food and more generally to the use of everyday consumer products.  With our allergen laboratory testing capabilities, auditing services and label compliance team, we can provide manufacturers and retailers a full service approach when it comes to their Allergen Management Plan.    We want to do our part to support retailers and manufacturers to meet timelines, and therefore will be prioritising allergen related requests to ensure all affected products are reviewed accordingly, well within the transition period. I’m sure there will also be many companies based outside of Australia who import their food products into our country, unaware of the details of this law change, and therefore we are also here to support them to understand Australian regulations and what they need to comply with before selling products. ” Kevin and his staff are committed to supporting the food industry to ensure the health and safety of their consumers.  ___________________________________________________________________________ For more information or a quotation on services we can assist you with, contact our friendly sales team at, or 1300 000 990.     Press contact: Melissa Makris, +61 408 071 068.   About Mérieux NutriSciences: As part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to protecting consumers’ health throughout the world, by delivering a wide range of testing and consulting services to the food & nutrition, agrochemicals, environmental, pharma and cosmetics industries.             ENDS Geelong citizens against floating gas terminal 2021-02-24T23:45:01Z geelong-citizens-against-floating-gas-terminal The community group Geelong Sustainability has called on Geelong residents to petition the state planning minister Richard Wynne to reject the gas import terminal proposed by Viva Energy for Corio Bay. Viva’s proposal was the subject of a community briefing last night which was attended by more than 100 people. Event organiser Sally Fisher said the number of people who attended the briefing “exceeded our expectations and indicates significant community concern about the gas import terminal.”  The briefing covered what this proposal might mean for Geelong and Victoria’s energy, business, economic, recreation, environment and climate future. Given the implications of the proposal, a key aspect of the briefing was an outline of the Environmental Effects Statement process, how it runs and opportunities to participate in this. Ms Fisher said “Viva’s proposal takes our community in the wrong direction. Fossil fuels like gas and coal are on the way out. Viva should focus on 100 percent clean energy instead. “Viva says it supports the transition to cleaner sources of power but so far the only detailed proposal is to import gas, a dirty, polluting fuel that can be as damaging to our climate as coal.” “Geelong can be a renewable energy hub. We have the infrastructure, skilled workforce, and proud manufacturing heritage to position our city as the place for a rapidly growing clean energy industry, especially given our proximity to the big battery planned for Moorabool. The petition to the Minister can be found here About Geelong Sustainability Geelong Sustainability is a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action for a low carbon future. For more information visit Out of sight, out of mind 2021-02-24T01:29:35Z out-of-sight-out-of-mind Perhaps one of the greatest myths is, if you cannot see pests in your home or office, then you simply do not have any pest problems. While, no traces of pests are a good sign, it is still important to carry out a regular pest inspection and treatment. Why, you may ask, well most pests are nocturnal creatures (meaning they usually come out at night) while there is less human traffic or activity. How often have you flicked on a light and noticed little critters running away behind appliances or furniture? Or after a regular pest treatment you retune from a getaway to simply find several dead pests. When one thinks of regular property maintenance and upkeep, often it is home repairs or routine checks that come to mind, such as housekeeping. However, how often is regular pest treatment on the top of the list. Pests are cleaver creatures and will often find a way to entre your home or office. The main issue that often occurs, is that if we cannot see pests, we being to consider they are not there. Well, often the sign of a single pest could be a high probability that they have already nested or infested your property. For example, a single ant, cockroach, spider, or rodent you may see there are likely several more living hidden away between the cavity of your walls, under appliances, whitegoods, or furniture. That is why, it is important to carry out regular pest inspections and employ a professional to have a look and determine if you have any pest problems. These days many companies are only too happy to give free quotes and consultation over the phone and discuss your pest problems or solutions. Our takeaway message from this edition of regular helpful readings is, just because you may not see pests in your home or office it does not mean they are not there. Moreover, it pays to have regular pest control and as the great quote goes “if in doubt ask for help”. For more household friendly reading and information visit: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: @amgpest   Like, Subscribe & Share SINGLE MOTHER MAKES $128,000 IN 60 MINUTES 2021-02-23T04:06:21Z single-mother-makes-128-000-in-60-minutes SINGLE MOTHER MAKES $128,000 IN 60 MINUTES   Author, motivational speaker and philanthropist Pat Mesiti, has helped a single mother in the UK who lost her job during the COVID outbreak earn $128,000 in 60 minutes. Mesiti reveals all the secrets of how he did it in his brand-new book Unbreakable and during a live online training session where he will also discuss the easy way to develop your business idea, how to launch your business in 2 hours and build it in 7 days or less and the exact formula that he used to launch multiple 6- and 7-figure businesses in 2020.  The free 2 hour session will be livestreamed four times at 10am and 7pm (AEDT) on Saturday, February 27th and  Sunday, February 28th  . To receive a complimentary copy of the Unbreakable book and attend the  Unbreakable: How to Capitalize on the Greatest Wealth Transfer free livestream go to   Like most people in 2020, Mesiti had his plans turned upside down due to the covid-19 pandemic and speaking on reflection, he says, “2020 absolutely hit me for a 6. Although it wasn’t the first time I was handed challenges, this time it felt different. Very different. What I wanted to do and what I had planned to do, I couldn’t physically do. And it doesn’t seem like 2021 is going to get any better. Everything is still up in the air with no one really knowing when and how this will be resolved. However, I believe that what is now the normal can become the extra-ordinary. 2020 saw myself and my team use a special online business launch formula that I believe is UNBREAKABLE. All of a sudden, profits were up 30%. We launched 8 new businesses. Many of them earning between 6- and 7-figures.”   World's Bestselling Non-fiction Author, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen says, "Pat Mesiti has used his infectious positivity and experience in overcoming adversity turning it into gainful advance economically. Pat has helpful secrets to share with you that will help you succeed even in the darkest times."   Register now for your complimentary Unbreakable book and to attend the Unbreakable: How to Capitalize on the Greatest Wealth Transfer free livestream online at   TO INTERVIEW PAT MESITI email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601       BIONIC AIR PLASMA MEDICAL DEVICE IS AUSTRALIA’S SECRET HEALTH WEAPON 2021-02-21T00:15:58Z bionic-air-plasma-medical-device-is-australia-s-secret-health-weapon AUSTRALIA’S SECRET HEALTH WEAPON   #ASSISTS IN RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS #USED BY OVER 1M AUSTRALIANS #TGA REGISTERED   Australia’s secret weapon for better health is the  TGA (169886 & 169887) registered Bionic Air Plasma Medical Devices. They are registered to assist in recovery from illness, assist breathing, reduce the severity and frequency of colds and flu, support and assist immune system recovery, enhance the body’s absorption of oxygen and more.    The medical device sits on the bedside table of the user within 1-2 metres of their breathing, restoring the body and blood as one sleeps, whilst it targets the systems of the body. An independent study in 2009 on 973 long term users, reported 95% of users experience less colds and flu. A similar study in 2020 is underway, 97% of users report the same. “We just don’t get colds and flu anymore” is the most repeated user comment over the years. This device works for all ages and in our experience, the more illnesses one has, the better the results will become.   Debbie Black Chairman of Bionic Air says, “These Australian Made Cold Air Plasma Medical Devices use Quantum Physics to produce very small Therapeutic Air Ions and other unique air species through the respiratory system and skin, for access into the lungs, bloodstream and systems of the body. This unique combination produces positive therapeutic and biological effects for users. They have been registered with the Health Department (later the TGA) since the 1970’s. Organically, over 1,000,000 (one million) Australians’ have experienced this advanced science and technology over the past 53 years. There have been No recalls and No adverse health events. Its trusted efficacy is beyond reproach. It’s a genuine advanced medical device benefiting public health across all ages and comorbidities. The savings for Government health departments and insurers is too large to quantify.”   “At a time when pathogen infections are increasing and virus mutations are on the rise, waiting for recalibrated vaccines may not be possible to avoid substantial impacts to our country in human life and financial costs. These medical devices are a physics solution, not a chemistry solution; so it has not interfered with medicines or vaccines. In our many years of experience with colds, flu and other pathogens in the body and blood, it appears that it does not matter what mutation the pathogen is, this technology still works.” says Black.    To purchase the Bionic Air Plasma Medical Device visit   TO INTERVIEW CHAIRMAN DEBBIE BLACK please email or call Max Markson 0412501601. Roseville Cinema owner Emma Addario to run against Arts Minister Paul Fletcher in next Federal Election. 2021-02-21T00:07:28Z roseville-cinema-owner-emma-addario-to-run-against-arts-minister-paul-fletcher-in-next-federal-election Roseville Cinema owner Emma Addario to run against Arts Minister Paul Fletcher in next Federal Election.  # LAUNCHES “SAVE AUSTRALIAN CINEMA” CAMPAIGN # FIGHTS TO STOP SIMULTANEOUS MOVIE RELEASES IN CINEMA & ON STREAMING SERVICES # MINISTER MUST PROVIDE FINANCIAL STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS  # MINISTER MUST LEGISLATE “3 MONTH THEATRICAL WINDOW” OR RESIGN   Emma Addario, whose father took over the historic Roseville Cinema 50 years ago and inherited it after he died in 1989 is so livid that her local MP, Arts Minister Paul Fletcher, is doing nothing to help Cinemas survive post Covid that she has started a SAVE AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS campaign and is standing against him in his seat of Bradfield in the next Federal Election.    Emma Addario says “ I met with Paul Fletcher , my local MP in December 2020 to request assistance regarding job keeper and for him to introduce legislation into the Parliament to enforce movie distributors to keep the traditional 3 month theatrical window that allows Cinemas to show new release movies to be seen in cinemas exclusively for three months before being shown on pay per view on streaming services.  France and Turkey have recently legislated this and Italy are about to.  But Fletcher said no.  I believe he is too busy hob-nobbing with Hollywood movie makers to care about looking after and saving the 12,000 workers employed by Cinemas across Australia.  Plus all the jobs that are generated by the millions of movie goers who visit restaurants and shops before and after going to a movie. It’s unjust for him in his capacity as Minister for the Arts to ignore this wonderful cinema exhibition industry.  “   “When I met with him in his office in December2020 and explained that Cinemas need help he suggested that I close the Roseville Cinema and sell it to developers! Well I suggest he resigns as Arts Minister and from Parliament.”   “That’s when I made up my mind to do something about this situation and him. So I decided to stand against him in the next Federal Election and I’ve started SAVE AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS facebook and instagram pages.  I am sure that of the 96,000 tickets sold to local patrons who attended the Roseville Cinemas last year there will be 25% to 35% who will vote against him in order to keep the Cinemas open.”   TO INTERVIEW EMMA ADDARIO email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   History of Roseville Cinemas COVID Stay-At-Home ‘Doesn’t Compare to Leprosy Isolation’ Says GFA World 2021-02-17T06:30:42Z covid-stay-at-home-doesn-t-compare-to-leprosy-isolation-says-gfa-world TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- With new COVID social restrictions in force in many countries, a just-released report reveals the loneliness and despair of people living with another “disease of isolation” -- leprosy.   Sixty percent of disabled leprosy patients surveyed in Bangladesh said life was “totally meaningless,” says the report by missions agency GFA World,, who recently marked World Leprosy Day.   Being confined to home for extended periods due to pandemic restrictions might be uncomfortable, but “it doesn’t compare to being isolated for the rest of one’s life in a leprosy colony,” says the report,   “Right now, many of us are having a difficult time in isolation due to the pandemic,” said GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan. “But what a privilege we have to take our eyes off ourselves and become the hands and feet of Jesus, helping to bring hope and God’s love to someone who’s forgotten and who believes their life is meaningless.”   In the report, GFA World highlights the remarkable work of local teams visiting leprosy colonies in Asia -- where the disease is most prevalent -- and bringing hope and healing to those forgotten by the outside world.   Leprosy ‘Not To Be Feared’ Teams of local women -- known as Sisters of Compassion -- visit leprosy colonies in South Asia, bringing food and encouragement to people living with disabilities and disfigurements caused by advanced leprosy. Their willingness to befriend people with leprosy -- including many shunned by family and friends -- shows others in the wider community that those living with the disease are not to be feared or isolated.   In fact, the disease -- dreaded for centuries -- is nowhere near as contagious as most people imagine. Around 95 percent of the global population is immune to leprosy, and it’s curable with antibiotics if detected early. There are hopes that a vaccine -- currently in clinical trials -- will bring an end to leprosy and its devastating impact on tens of thousands of lives every year.   For many, though, like Mungeli Das -- who contracted leprosy as a girl more than 50 years ago and didn’t receive treatment in time -- there’s little hope of a cure. Disabled and living in a leprosy colony, she clings to the help and hope that GFA World’s Sisters of Compassion bring her. The “sisters” follow the example of Jesus who, according to the gospels, touched and healed those with leprosy.   “Before the sisters came there was no one to help trim our hair, cut our nails or help us clean our houses and encourage us,” she said. “The sisters (clean) our wounds and they make us happy and encourage (us) all the time.”   Battling ‘False Stereotypes’ World Leprosy Day -- an annual awareness event held on the last Sunday in January -- aims to combat stigma and leprosy myths, including the negative and false stereotypes that further isolate people with leprosy.   Media reports comparing coronavirus lockdown restrictions to “living in a leper colony” fuel stigma and “dehumanize” people with leprosy, according to GFA World. Because of its wide use in a negative sense, the term “leper” feeds prejudice, the agency says.   Leprosy is not confined to Asia and other parts of the developing world. Every year, around 200 new cases are reported in the U.S. -- mostly international travelers -- and, until fairly recently, there were leprosy colonies in Hawaii and Louisiana, says the report.   ###   GFA World, is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at     PHOTO CUTLINE: COVID STAY-AT-HOME ‘DOESN’T COMPARE TO LEPROSY ISOLATION’: With new COVID social restrictions in force in many countries, a just-released report ( reveals the loneliness and despair of people living with another “disease of isolation” -- leprosy. The report marked World Leprosy Day late last month.