The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-19T02:54:37Z blOOturtle publishing announces signing of new author 2017-07-19T02:54:37Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-signing-of-new-author Sydney 19 July 2017 - eco-friendly book company, blOOturtle Publishing, is excited to announce the signing of author, Sarah Cannata. The soon to be published Willow Willpower becomes the fourth publication to be released through the trOOblOO eco-publishing program.  Ms Cannata is an Amazon.com international best-selling author and is yet another fantastic addition to blOOturtle’s growing list of authors. blOOturtle Publishing is dedicated to working with storytellers who are passionate, imaginative and encourage children to believe that with willpower and hard work, anything is possible.  “The best children’s stories inspire kids to dream and it is these tales that we are looking to bring to life and share with others,” said Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOOturtle Publishing.  Ms Cannata’s signing will see a new character, Willow Willpower, brought to life. Willow dreams of becoming a pilot when she grows up so that she can see the world. The title will initially be released in English, with additional printings in French and German to follow.  “Working with blOOturtle to bring Willow Willpower to life has been the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life,” said Ms Cannata.  “It’s incredible to collaborate with other creative people who are adopting a larger than life approach and embrace authors being involved in every aspect of the production process. There is no greater gift than having the opportunity to bring a character and vision to life.”  The author’s signing sees blOOturtle Publishing continue to strengthen its place in the Australian and global market as a niche eco-friendly company.  “After putting out a global request for submissions, it’s exciting to see many budding Australian authors putting their hands up to join our eco-friendly book company,” said Tracy Weller-McCormack, Managing Editor of blOOturtle Publishing.  “There’s nothing more exciting than reading a submission that instantly grabs our attention and cements itself as something a little outside the box.”  For more information on blOO visit our website, www.blOOturtle.com or contact us at books@blooturtle.com.  About blOO  blOOturtle Publishing is a niche eco-friendly children's book company. In addition to producing our own publishing catalogue, blOO also assists aspiring authors in “doing it yourself” with our support packages. Our criteria is simple, if there is a fantastic bedtime, nap time or kid time story to be shared, we want to know about it. Visit our website to learn more on our submissions criteria, services and our planet focused publishing programs.  Veterans' on board for film festival 2017-07-18T23:03:24Z veterans-on-board-for-film-festival-2 Veterans' on board for film festival Canberra, ACT - The Veterans Film Festival (VFF) is delighted to announce the appointment of three new board members. Damien Thomlinson, actor (Hacksaw Ridge), Talissa Papamau, founder of Modern Soldier and author, Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d). The VFF is dedicated to putting the spotlight on stories about veterans’, their families, first responders and the impact warfare has on society, will return to Canberra in October 2017. Damien Thomlinson, President is an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, former Special Forces, author, motivational speaker, actor (Hacksaw Ridge) and Brand Ambassador. Despite losing his legs in the Afghan war, he has never lost his energy and enthusiasm, which he now channels to helping inspire people from around the world. ‘I am honoured to have the opportunity to play such a significant role with the festival,’ says Damien Thomlinson. ‘This is a great opportunity for filmmakers and veterans to present their stories on the big screen.’ Talissa Papamau, Vice President is an Afghanistan Veteran, and former Australian Army Combat Medic. Following her medical separation from Defence, Talissa founded the online veteran support group Modern Soldier and is the Executive Director of the Remembrance Foundation. Talissa is a consultant to various Government departments and has had numerous engagements with journalists and the media industry. ‘All films submitted to the official competition category will be eligible to compete for the coveted Red Poppy Awards,’ said Talissa Papamau. ‘In 2016, female filmmakers won most of the awards.’ Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d) served as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force for 16 years, with deployments to Timor-Leste in 2000 and 2004; Afghanistan in 2008 as Officer-in-Charge of the Australian Medical Task Force in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Sharon was seriously injured in a helicopter crash in Timor-Leste in 2004, but successfully fought to continue to serve, despite her injuries. As a result of her personal experience of service and her role in providing care for Australian Defence Force personnel and their families in Australia and overseas, Sharon is a passionate advocate within the field of Military and Veteran's Health. Sharon is the author of One Woman's War and Peace: a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force, and is a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial. For more formation about the festival visit www.veteransfilmfestival.com ------ ENDS ----- IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR PUBLICATION: http://bit.ly/2v5TawU _______________________________________________________________________ About the Festival The annual Veterans Film Festival (VFF) screens films from around the world, which explore real or imagined stories about warfare. The VFF showcases stories that promote a greater understanding about veterans’, their families, first responders and the impact of war on society. The festival presents feature films and short form cinema from Australia and around the world, including: fiction, non-fiction, animation, documentaries, archival, TV series and virtual reality. All films submitted to the official competition will be eligible to compete for the coveted Red Poppy Awards. Hand blown glass trophies will be awarded in the best film categories. In 2016, female filmmakers won 67% of the awards. The festival also curates an eclectic program of forums, competitions, workshops, video games exhibitions and discussion panels with, guest presenters, filmmakers, historians, veterans and the public. The VFF encourages talent and assists the development of filmmakers and the arts community, while highlighting contributions from serving and ex serving veterans and their experiences. The festival offers a meeting ground and artistic canvas to engage with filmmakers, actors, festival audience and veterans of all ages, cultures and abilities. The Veterans Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organisation, whose aim is to raise awareness and contribute to our understanding of veterans’ experiences before, during and after service, their families and the impact war has on society. FORMER BEAUTY & THE GEEK STARLET OUR NEXT BIG JENNIFER HAWKINS HOPE 2017-07-11T03:27:05Z former-beauty-amp-the-geek-starlet-our-next-big-jennifer-hawkins-hope Former Beauty & The Geek Australia stunner, Kassandra Kashian has achieved success after reality TV stardom by taking out the title of Miss Grand Australia 2017 at a gala event in Sydney. Kassandra, 22, beat out 20 beauties from around Australia to claim the crown, and will now represent Australia in October at Miss Grand International 2017 in Vietnam - one of the world's top 5 beauty pageants and Asia's answer to “Miss Universe”. Kassandra appeared on Beauty & The Geek Australia in 2013 as a fresh-faced 18-year-old, and made the most of her reality TV fame by launching a widely-followed You Tube beauty blog, and working as a model. “I was the youngest contestant on Beauty and The Geek,” said Kassandra. “It was my first time overseas, and I gained so much confidence and independence from the experience.” The perfect combination of beauty and brains, Kassandra recently completed a Bachelor of Business, and now works as the National Events Co-ordinator at JMC Academy and The Academy of Film, Theatre & Television in Sydney. Kassandra was drawn to the Miss Grand Australia pageant after watching the International finals in the past, and feeling a connection to the pageant's 'Stop the War and Violence' campaign, and judging criteria such as interview technique and social impact. The pageant's 'Stop the War and Violence' campaign is all about working toward the betterment of humanity, and taking a stand to reduce and remove violence both at our doorstep and abroad – a cause close to Kassandra's heart. “My grandmother fled Armenia for Egypt during the Armenian Genocide,” said Kassandra. “After this, my father migrated to Australia from Egypt, escaping a time of civil unrest leaving all of his possessions behind.” “I feel I can appreciate how horrific war is as I have grown up hearing heartbreaking stories about my father's struggles. I've always wanted to help others have the second chance they deserve.” In the lead up to Miss Grand Australia, Kassandra worked tirelessly to raise vital funds for Destiny Rescue; a not-for-profit charity dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. If Kassandra is successful in her pursuit of the International crown, she will be the second Australian to take out the title following Claire Elizabeth Parker’s controversial win in 2015. -ends-Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau What to look for in the professional cabinet rack suppliers? 2017-07-07T11:00:16Z what-to-look-for-in-the-professional-cabinet-rack-suppliers-3 It is important that we take proper care of our electric devices. To keep them safe from dust and outside temperature, we need to find the suited solution. When it comes to the safety of the servers, there are many options. There are different types of server racks available in the market and you can choose as per your need. The big organizations have facility of separate room to keep all the servers in one room. They can maintain the room temperature as per the requirement and by using the best quality server racks, they can easily manage their operation. Small firms can also keep their servers secure by having the floor standing rack or wall mounted racks in their premises. The floor standing racks can be used for managing more than one server at a time. You can avoid tampering when you have positioned your servers at proper and safe place. With the server racks, you can also simplify the wiring problem. Westan has long range of servers. The company has been providing the finest solution of different kinds of electrical devices to different industries. You can easily find the server with your specific requirements. They are available in different sizes and shapes. You can avail yourself 12u rack for the better safety of the server. It takes less time to install and it also cover less space. These server racks also come with the portability. You can move the server within the room easily when you have portable server racks. The company is one of the leading cabinet rack suppliers and you can also get all the required accessories at one place. Along with the servers you can use such racks for the audio system, media devices, sound bars, home theatre system and etc. Westan also offers the best in class accessories for the racks. Along with the top quality products, the company also has the strong customer support system. The company has its sales team and warehouses in the major cities of the country. In the end we can concluded that the Westan can be the best option for solving any types of server racks need. One can get here best products with the finest after sell services. About Company: The company initially started generating revenues by distributing Western Digital Hard Disk Drives. Westan has years of industry experience and now it is one of the leading distributors of technical devices to many industries like hospitality, education, commercial, IP communications, etc. The company’s head office is on Melbourne and offers Australia wide services. WHY INTUITION IS IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESS OWNERS 2017-07-04T02:08:35Z why-intuition-is-important-for-business-owners PORTARLINGTON, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — People often believe they have to think with their head not their heart when it comes to business. But what they don’t understand is when you’re a successful business person, you already know the business logic; you already understand the business base. So when your heart gives you a message, this is your “gut” talking, also known as your intuition, according to Dee Gibson. Business acumen and intuition are both needed in order to be successful. But what exactly is intuition? Many people say that intuition is making a decision without using reasoning or consideration of conscious thought; however, Dee argues that this is in fact not the case at all. Intuition is simply the ability to understand something instinctively. The word intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri translated as “consider” or from the late Middle-English word intuit, “to contemplate”. It’s your business “gut” combined with your “heart” gut, and it has already processed through your brain before it hits that area of feeling—so trust it. If it doesn't make sense, work out why and then gradually learn to trust your body’s signals, your own messages that you have the ability to access; it’s a lost art. Once you start practising and learning how to trust those gut feelings, you begin the “action” of intuition. You won’t need to actually use conscious reasoning. It will become an automatic process. We already have the capability, and it is a different type of process that occurs when we hone the skill in successfully you can’t leave out functions of the brain. We can’t consciously leave out thought processes when we think from the gut. It isn't a separation. It is an extension. We have forgotten the art of trusting it because we live in a world of hard based visual and physical evidence. The evidence-based theory isn’t always the most reliable when talking about instinct in a species. Just because we don’t know why doesn’t mean it can’t be trusted. It is up to people to gather their own evidence by practicing the use of personal intuition and gaining trust in their process. Let us not forget our primal instincts. Ants will leave their ground nests and move upwards, inland and up high days before a tsunami or cyclone hits. How? Instinct. Dee Gibson is currently launching the Intuitive Collective, a workshop-based program aiming to teach people the necessary ability to tap into their intuition. Her website and more information can be found at www.deegibson.com.au. https://vimeo.com/224072143 About Dee Gibson Renowned psychic medium, numerologist, author, public speaker, and intuition mentor, Dee Gibson is a person of many talents and roles. Her lifework has been researching and learning numbers in their historical context, their mystic relevance, and phenomena, making her an expert in her field. Dee is the author of numerous books including Easy Baby Numerology, Numbers Game, Soul Numbers, and the Finding Your Beautiful Uniqueness Through Numerology online course. She is currently running a series of workshops around Australia, based on numerology and intuitive mentoring. She lives in Portarlington, Victoria on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula.     Pet safety awareness during Territory Day fireworks display 2017-06-30T03:24:16Z pet-safety-awareness-during-territory-day-fireworks-display The Northern Territory has highest rate of pet ownership in Australia with 82% of households owning a pet and tomorrow’s Territory Day fireworks display could cause distress to many of these animals.  PetCloud is advising all their pet owners and sitters to take particular care tomorrow as many animals are terrified by firework displays which can indirectly pose risks to animal safety by causing them to take flight and try to escape the loud noises. Dogs and horses in particular may be afraid of fireworks and many try to run away, sometimes injuring themselves in the process. The RSPCA receive calls from distressed owners whose dogs have run away. Many of these dogs can end up several kilometres from home. Dogs have been known to jump through plate glass windows to escape loud noises, and easily jump over, or dig their way under fences that would normally contain them. PetCloud are partnered with RSPCA Darwin, and in most Australian states, and we are dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. If pet owners are away for the school holidays they can book a pet carer’ online via www.petcloud.com.au who can ensure their pet is as calm and safe as possible during the celebrations. It is recommend you make sure your dog is registered and micro chipped as in the event your pet does escape and is picked up by the council they can be easily identified. Any unregistered dogs that are picked up can be retrieved from your Council Pound. Further preparation advice from the RSPCA can be found at: https://www.petcloud.com.au/blog/%20How-should-I-care-for-my-pets-during-fireworks-displays   Pet Cloud is free for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners to create a profile.  It is also free for Pet Owners to search for Pet Sitters across the website and in their local area.  Pet Owners then arrange a free ‘Meet & Greet’ with a potential Pet Sitter.  A percentage from every booking goes back to the RSPCA to help animals in need and PetCloud charges a small surcharge to help cover costs. For interviews or photos contact; Deb Morrison P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au   Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloudwebsite Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/pet_cloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________   Appendix: How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs Sydney School Holiday Island Adventure - Enjoy exploring Cockatoo Island - Tours/Stay/Ferry Trip 2017-06-30T00:19:27Z sydney-school-holiday-island-adventure-enjoy-exploring-cockatoo-island-tours-stay-ferry-trip Not only is Cockatoo Island one of the best tourist destinations in Sydney, it also has a great program of activities on offer for the kids during the July School holidays.   The UNESCO World-Heritage listed island provides a wealth of history to engage and excite children of all ages.  These five school holiday activities are sure to keep the kids busy:  Haunted History Night Tours 6pm & 6.30 pm - 5, 7, 8, 12 & 14 July Cost: Adults $25, Children $15 A special spooky night tour of Cockatoo Island’s hidden histories and mysteries.  This 90-minute nocturnal exploration is the perfect way to discover the history of Cockatoo Island from its early colonial beginnings as a prison, to a reformatory for orphans and wayward children, to a working shipyard.  Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island 2pm & 4pm - 1, 5, 8, & 15 July Cost: Free Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island and other Colonial Escapades is an hour-long family friendly journey into the hilarious and fascinating underbelly of Australia’s colonial and recent history. The two guides will take you on an entertaining romp through the Australian Penal System that thrived on Cockatoo Island.   Convict History Guided Tours 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm, 1, 6, 8, 13 & 15 July Cost: Adults $10, children free Learn about the fascinating history of Cockatoo Island which was a convict prison between 1839 and 1869.  At its peak it was home to 550 men who built their barracks, forged their own prison bars and constructed the Fitzroy Dock.  Camping On Cockatoo Available every night Cost: Visit our website for rates With the tent, mattresses and camping chairs already set up for you, this option is perfect if you crave a camping adventure without the hard work. Tents are ideal for up to two adults and two small children.  Vacation Care  3 - 15 July Cost: $12 per child. (Price does not include ferry travel)  Bring your Vacation Care group to Cockatoo Island, Sydney’s largest and most fascinating urban island.  A short ferry trip from Circular Quay turns a journey into an adventure.   Cockatoo Island is just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.  Lunch options are available.   For more information, visit www.cockatooisland.gov.au. Images - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pvpo50cavo347wj/AAC4ppH1jUpr9VSM2Bs6Y7DDa?dl=0  ends- MEDIA ENQUIRIES: tracey@impressionsmc.com.au tel 0415290023   Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour is open to the public daily, offering major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy. It is one of the ten magnificent sites managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, a self-funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. The other public spaces and parklands managed by the Harbour Trust are North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour. www.cockatooisland.gov.au   Baby Love Music Fun Interactive Music Concerts in China 2017-06-29T11:18:53Z baby-love-music-fun-interactive-music-concerts-in-china Founder of Baby Love Music Fun and opera singer, Melanie Maslin is currently in China presenting the Magic Legend Musical in collaboration with Chinese company GymAngel. The first concert was presented on June 25 to 700 families and children in Shijiazhuang and was a great success. There are to be 2 more concerts this tour. Beijing on Sunday 2 July and Chengdu Sunday 9 July. In 2016 Ms Maslin licenced the Baby Love Music Fun to GymAngel which has begun to run the program across China. GymAngel has over 100 centers across China making this Australian founded music program very popular with families across China and expanding the Baby Love Music Fun brand further into the Asia Pacific region. Chinese families love the program for it's high culture and focus on early childhood and english language development. Songs featured in the concert come directly from the Baby Love Music Fun program are sung live by Ms Maslin and performed by families and teachers of GymAngel. The concert has been produced with the high production values of GymAngel together with CCTV10, China's TV station for education and creativity to create this colourful, lively interactive family music concert. For more details please contact Baby Love Music Fun directly via info@babylovemusicfun.com.au Images and video can be viewed directly on the Baby Love Music Fun website Moriarty:Endgame VR on sale! 2017-06-29T04:07:56Z moriarty-endgame-vr-on-sale-1 Life is expensive, but fun shouldn’t have to be; that’s why Moriarty is now only $3.99USD in the Steam Summer Sale! Transmedia Entertainment worked with popular comic author, Daniel Corey to release his imagining of the Moriarty: Endgame comic, and this fully immersive VR experience was released on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Steam in April. We have received so much feedback from people who have played the game, and it has been overwhelmingly positive:                 “You want to experience the whole thing”                 “The heart of storytelling is there”                 “It’s a really great way to experience a comic book” However not everything is perfect on the first try, and thus Moriarty has since received an art overhaul and various bug fixes. Most importantly though, it has received a substantial price drop to better accommodate our customers. We’d love to invite you to come into our offices in Waterloo and experience it first hand, or if you aren’t located in Sydney (or Australia for that matter), we’d be happy to send out a Steam key for review purposes!  If you are a member of the press and would like to review Moriarty, please email our Head of Marketing and PR and let us know what publication you're from and whether you would like to come into the office or be sent a key.  Japanese voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi to attend SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:28:57Z japanese-voice-actor-daisuke-sakaguchi-to-attend-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, May 2nd, 2017 — Sydney’s #1 anime convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is highly acclaimed for bringing prolific guests to the Australian pop-culture scene. Following the guest announcement of international cosplayers BAOZI and HANA, SMASH! is delighted to reveal the second guest for SMASH! 2017: Japanese voice actor DAISUKE SAKAGUCHI. With a career that spans over twenty years, Daisuke Sakaguchi is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime, dubbing, and gaming industry. Sakaguchi is best known for his roles as Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama), Leonardo Watch (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Satoshi Fukube (Hyouka), Youhei Sunohara (Clannad), and Uso Ewin (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam). Besides his voice-acting work in anime, Sakaguchi has worked in the video gaming industry as well. Some of his recent titles include Gnome (Tales of Symphonia), Yuki Mishima (Persona 5), and Tatsu (Xenoblade Chronicles X). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says there is a “significant demand” to bring Japanese voice talent to the convention every year. “It is a great honour to have Mr Sakaguchi as one of our special guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Australian fans are always eager to learn about the Japanese animation industry. This is a great chance for fans to learn more about Sakaguchi’s journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the industry.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Daisuke Sakaguchi at the convention and attend exclusive Q&A panels. SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS*** SMASH! welcomes cosplay duo Baozi and Hana to SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:11:26Z smash-welcomes-cosplay-duo-baozi-and-hana-to-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, April 18th, 2017 — For fans of geek and costuming, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show to a whole new level. Introducing not one - but two guests - SMASH! is delighted to announce that the international cosplay duo, BAOZI and HANA, will be attending SMASH! 2017 as official guests.  BAOZI and HANA is China’s most active cosplay duo who are renowned for their portrayal of male and female characters from a variety of Japanese manga and anime series. Since their formation in 2011, both Baozi and Hana are widely recognised for their talent in costuming and makeup skills. Some of their most popular cosplays include Katsuki Yuuri and Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice), Rin Okumura and Yukiko Okumura (Ao No Exorcist), and Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami (Kuroko no Basket). With more than 232,000 followers on Facebook and 148,000 followers on Instagram, the cosplay duo has an international fanbase that spans from Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil. Over the last ten years, SMASH! has had a notable reputation of bringing high profile cosplayers to Australia, including Reika, Kaname and Yuegene. Baozi and Hana’s appearance at SMASH! 2017 is expected to attract hundreds of fans to Q&As, signings, and cosplay tutorials. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says SMASH! “strives to deliver fans’ expectations” by bringing international talent to the convention every year.  “We are absolutely delighted to have Baozi and Hana as our first guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Baozi and Hana are some of the world’s best cosplayers in the cosplay community. This is a great chance for fans to meet them in person and learn valuable cosplay skills.” SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS*** UNESCO report shows Australia must stop funding climate change 2017-06-26T03:30:06Z unesco-report-shows-australia-must-stop-funding-climate-change 26 June 2017: UNESCO’s announcement that local measures are now unable to stop coral bleaching must serve as a wakeup call for the government and drive wholesale change on climate policy, said Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Casule. This weekend UNESCO released a report which found world heritage coral reefs around the globe would continue to be killed off by bleaching events unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced to limit global temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. “What the UNESCO report makes clear is that the government’s Reef 2050 plan is just tinkering at the edges of environmental disaster—its measures  are simply not enough. If we are going to stand a chance of slowing climate change and preserving what’s left of the Great Barrier Reef, we have to stop funding the fossil fuel industry and transition to clean, renewable energy as fast as possible. “The Turnbull government propping up coal, oil and gas through fossil fuel subsidies is at the heart of this problem. And its support for a $1bn loan of public money from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a final slap in the face to Australians watching the slow death of a national icon. “It’s time we ended polluter hand-outs across the board. We should start by ruling out any taxpayer funding for a new coal megamine in the Galilee Basin," Dr Casule said. Currently the Australian Government funds climate change with over $11 billion worth of tax breaks alone to big polluters per year [1] and there is a proposal before the NAIF board for a $1bn loan to the Carmichael coal mega mine. “Fossil fuel subsidies have been described by the Bloomberg Editorial Board as ‘the world’s dumbest policy’[2] for a very good reason,” Dr Casule said. “They allow fossil fuel producers to undermine national climate commitments, while we pay them for the privilege. It’s perverse corporate welfare that only encourages more carbon pollution and holds back the clean energy revolution Australia should be leading. “Pouring public money into fossil fuels also diverts tax dollars from critical public services such as education and health. “The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s greatest natural wonder. As the rest of the world looks on in horror at the tragedy unfolding on the Reef, Malcolm Turnbull is doing his best to pour billions of dollars into fossil fuels. This is Australia’s national shame. “Real climate leadership from Malcolm Turnbull is no longer an option—it’s a requirement. Australia must stop pouring money into fossil fuels, ban new coal mines, and exert every effort to catch up with other countries making progress on climate action," said Dr Casule.  For interviews contact:Rachael Vincent, Media Campaigner rachael.vincent@greenpeace.org 0413 993 316 Notes1. ‘How your taxes subsidise fossil fuels, Market Forces, http://www.marketforces.org.au/ffs/tax/ 2. 'Fuel Subsidies Are the World's Dumbest Policy,' Bloomberg Editorial Board, 1 September 2016 https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-01/fossil-fuel-subsidies-are-the-world-s-dumbest-policy-editorial Unique Hi-Fi and AV Show for lovers of hip-hop to classical and everything in between 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z unique-hi-fi-and-av-show-for-lovers-of-hip-hop-to-classical-and-everything-in-between Music and AV aficionados from Sydney and surrounds are in for a unique treat with the upcoming Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show from 28-30 July. Just for their pleasure, dozens of hotel rooms at the InterContinental at Circular Quay will be stripped bare so they emulate a family lounge room or home theatre setting. Nowhere else in Australia can music and AV lovers appreciate 150 major brands from the world's finest audio products in one place in such an appealing five-star location. BYO music is encouraged: from hip-hop to classical. It's the best way to relax, hear and compare preferred music choices in as natural a home environment as possible. Visitors to the show can get hands-on experience on all types of gear including speakers, electronics, turntables, headphones, music streamers and computer systems. Roy Bird, CEO of the Chester Group, the Show's organiser, said the top three things that music and AV lovers want to know at the moment is: how to stream quality audio and video; the real difference between analogue and digital sound; and how beneficial or not hi-fi cables are. "We know that visitors to the show care about the quality of sound reproduction and they want the best they can afford. That's why it's important for exhibitors to have the best acoustics possible in each room," he said. Highlights for visitors to the 2017 Show in July will be: * Fiona Joy, Australian pianist, singer and composer will be performing concerts on each day in the Fort Macquarie Room. * Arguably the best home theatre system in the world combining a Barco Residential ultra-high definition projector for a Cinema-at-Home experience. * StormAudio's immersive audio processors and amplifiers in the latest format Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Atlantic Technology loudspeakers. * Mark Döhmann presenting his ever-popular Vinyl Masterclasses, which are always a full house. * All the top brands will be represented. Prizes available to win include: 10 portable Bluetooth speaker units; a $4000 amplifier; a portable audio player worth $1500.00; a $600 headphone; and many more generous prizes. All exhibitors ensure experts are on hand to address any questions and numerous seminar sessions help visitors learn: for example, how-to set up a sound system, stream music around the home, turn a computer into a high-end audio source, and how to control everything from a smartphone and tablet. For more information visit https://www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow/2017https://www.facebook.com/australianhifiavshow/ A full press release and photos can be downloaded from here:https://wmcpr.com.au/unique-hi-fi-av-show-lovers-hip-hop-classical-everything/ An industry expert is available for interview. Please contact Wendy McWilliams to arrange a suitable time. STUDENTS SHOWCASE HEAVEN-SENT TALENT 2017-06-19T03:54:37Z students-showcase-heaven-sent-talent Australia’s next generation of stage and screen stars will be shining at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) mid-year showcase from 21-23 June 2017, at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. Over three nights, ACPA students will perform various works under the banner of ‘Heaven & Earth’, exploring what happens when the earth moves us to passion and makes promises of heavenly rewards - who will hold our hand and what will hold us back? ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said the showcase will allow students to experience performing for an audience in a professional venue. “We provide an excellent vocational education that is industry-relevant, with a strong emphasis on public performances to build confidence,” Dr Kopanakis said. "Our mid-year showcase is not only an opportunity for students’ families to watch their progress, but also for ACPA’s corporate and community supporters to see how they’re helping our students to shine. “The showcase is open to the general public too, and we hope Brisbane theatre goers will come to all three shows and enjoy a unique performance experience,” he said. ACPA is Australia’s only training centre offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion. Each night a different genre will be featured. Wednesday 21 June – Melodies from Heaven II Australia’s most talented First Nations performers will sing acapella, solo and ensemble interpretations of African American gospel music. Thursday 22 June – Lovers Anonymous A hilarious and poignant portrayal of young lovers as they break up, make up, and give up on the L word.  Friday 23 June – The Clutch and Fur & Feathers Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’, The Clutch explores the fragile struggle between independent identity and group power. Fur and Feathers is a journey back through time, dancing with the energies of the land through the spirits of the Kangaroo and the Emu. All performances commence at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Qtix - $15 for adults and $10 concession.   Event details What:   Heaven & Earth mid-year student showcase When:  Wed-Fri 21-23 June 2017, 7.30 pm Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Tickets: $15 adults; $10 concession. http://judithwrightcentre.com/event/heaven_earth Melbourne Magic Festival Reaches a Decade 2017-06-19T00:40:41Z melbourne-magic-festival-reaches-a-decade This July marks a significant birthday for all things trickery and illusion with the 10th Annual Melbourne Magic Festival coming to our shores – or at the very least, our pavements. Melbourne loves a good festival whether it be Wine and Cheese, Comedy, Mind Body & Spirit, Truffles, Drag Queens or even Chocolate. So it’s no surprise we are currently seeing anticipation levels approaching those of Tony Abbott’s fall from grace, or the legalisation of gay marriage – we’ll get there Australia! The Melbourne Magic Festival kicks into action on July 3 at the Northcote Town Hall, running through to July 15. And as well as 60 local magicians, the festival includes a range of special guests from overseas including E G Lee from South Korea, Dani Da Ortiz from Spain and Joshua Jay from the USA (yes it rhymes, people). In 2016, the Festival broke the world record for the longest ever magic show, with 20 magicians collaborating to provide more than 72 hours of non-stop magic! The previous year, Wayne Houchin perpetuated the stereotype that all Americans are crazy by hanging from his feet from a crane 100 feet in the air, while escaping from a straight jacket. Image: from event website It's anyone’s guess what 2017 will bring, but one thing’s for sure, there will be plenty of amazed audiences and a whole lot of gaping mouths! A couple of shows that have caught our eye come from two Melbourne magicians, one young and one not so young. Nicholas J Johnson is known in the industry as the “honest conman” and has been uncovering the secret of how to cheat, lie and swindle…without getting caught! He has over 20 years’ experience in the trickery game, and in that time has become an award winning magician and best-selling author. "I love the festival”, Nicholas stated in a recent chat. “Magicians don't often get to work with each other and so it's a pleasure to be able to join together to create magic as a team." His 2017 show, The Confidence Artist, is basically a crash course in con artistry. Be enthralled as Nicholas shows why people still fall for the oldest tricks in the book, and provides tips that you can easily use on your own mates. For those of you who missed the Comedy Festival, this show is sure to deliver plenty of laughs! Another performer making waves is Bayside magician Josh Staley. At only 20 years, he has already performed in 4 previous Melbourne festivals and won the Australian Junior Champion of Close Up Magic. Like Nicholas, he integrates comedy into his shows, and is very passionate. “I just want to perform; magic is close to my heart but I like to make people laugh too”, Staley said. “Magic is about creating a moment in time, where something truly impossible takes place, that you'll never forget witnessing.” At 9.30pm each night, the festival reaches its peak with The Best of the Magic Fest. Hosted by Nicholas, it features an array of both local and international magicians doing their thing, and is a great way to get up close and personal. So drop your hat (or pull a rabbit from it) and get on down to the Northcote Town Hall this July!