The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-29T01:54:32Z Autism SA is excited to launch The Spectrum, a national online resource providing answers to your questions about autism. 2020-01-29T01:54:32Z autism-sa-is-excited-to-launch-the-spectrum-a-national-online-resource-providing-answers-to-your-questions-about-autism This has driven an increasing need for autism-related information across the nation, with autism SA receiving over 10,000 enquiries in the last two years. The enquiries have been wide-ranging, coming from parents, educators, GPs and other health care workers, autistic teens and adults, family members and carers, among others. Working closely with individuals on the spectrum and families, the broader autism community, other experts and allied health professionals, Autism SA has developed an online resource called ‘The Spectrum’ which provides 24/7 access to evidence-informed autism information. The creation of the website has been funded by the NDIS through an Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building – National Readiness Grant. Chief Executive Officer of Autism SA Jenny Karavolos says, “The Spectrum was born out of the need to make easily accessible pre- and post-diagnostic information for families, individuals and professionals to aid them with pertinent and reliable information. The core aim of this digital resource is to address the primary questions that people may have regarding autism”. During the research and development phase of the website, many families and individuals across the autism community were consulted and they contributed to the development of the website by providing lived experience, guidance, content, videos and generously sharing their own stories. “One of the main things I like to explain is that people with autism have varied abilities and character traits, there’s not one single experience of autism” says Zoran Bekric, a member of the site’s reference community. “This one-stop,  digital resource aims to  meet the needs of our community by offering evidence-informed information to people when they need it and when it suits them – whether it’s before school or work, late at night or during that very short time in-between life’s demands !” comments Jenny Karavolos. The information content is based on harnessing the breadth and depth of many years of rich expertise. The website’s design and content provide a user friendly and accessible resource, written with an Easy English approach and translated into five of the most commonly spoken languages in Australia. The Spectrum answers the most commonly asked questions about autism and provides a comprehensive resource list to help guide visitors towards more information and support, during any stage of their autism journey. “We’re grateful for the support and contribution of the autism community and the NDIS to develop this great resource. We are delighted we can make this available and we are confident that it will make a significant difference to Australians seeking reliable information and support about the topic of autism in their families, schools, workplaces and communities”, says Jenny. The Spectrum website, www.thespectrum.org.au launches on Tuesday 28 January 2020. The Spectrum Video: https://youtu.be/S1E4Aaq16Ok BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER 2020-01-23T02:51:10Z balmoral-swim-will-help-put-an-end-to-childhood-cancer BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER The Balmoral Swim  is a unique open water swim held within the beauty of Sydney Harbour, making it a safe event for all comers. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to ocean swimming, we have an swim option for you. The event is in it’s 30th year and is organised by volunteers, most of whom are members of the Balmoral Beach Club. However the entire local community get behind the event to make it happen. From Mosman Council, to HMAS Penguin, to the Balmoral Sea scouts, all supported by our sponsors;  Gold - Audi Mosman, Dexus & URM, Silver - Jeckra & Medilab, Bronze - Edney Ryan and Oceanswims.com. Community engagement continues to grow. This year internationally acclaimed artist Ken Done has generously designed swimsuits which capture the unique Balmoral landscape (see design images below). Also check out the winners podium constructed by Mosman Men’s shed.  We will also have a fun selfie wall to help all competitors spread the word about the work Children’s Cancer Institute. The Balmoral Swim has raised more than $1,000,000, since 1990 and this year hopes to raise $350,000.  The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer and every dollar received from the government and granting bodies to support direct research costs must be matched with a dollar raised by the community.  “By holding this event the Balmoral Swim is helping us undertake the medical research we know will uncover a cure for childhood cancer,” says Children’s Cancer Institute's Executive Director, Prof Michelle Haber.  “Fundraising events like the Balmoral Swim enable us to continue this critical research - and demonstrate what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.”  This year all funds will go toward the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia. This world-class program brings together all major Australian clinical and research groups working in childhood cancer to offer Australia’s first ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.  Date:                   Sunday 5th April 2020  Time:                  7am - 1pm  Location:            Balmoral Beach, The Esplanade Mosman NSW  The Events:        Over 1000 swimmers will charge into the pristal waters of Sydney Harbour for the the Balmoral swim and participate in the following events: 5km swim around the bay (part of NSW leaderboard competition) NEW 2km swim around the bay 1km swim around the island School’s Team Challenge  Relay (4 x 200m) Corporate Team Challenge 200m Junior Swim - under 12yrs NEW Community relay (4 x 200M)        Opportunities:   Photo/filming and interview opportunities with:                              Event Ambassadors 2 time Olympian Elka Whalan 4 time Olympian Thomas Whalan English Channel swimmer Emily Miers                              Event participants  And if you are not a swimmer you can still be part of the fun and festivities on the day. Enjoy entertainment from a detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, playing in the Rotunda. Visit the mock laboratory from the Children’s Cancer Institute. Or indulge in numerous food stalls.  Join the fight to help beat childhood cancer by getting involved or asking people to sponsor you. Online entries, information and donations can be made at balmoralswim.com.au  THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE NSW 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR! DATES 2020-01-22T22:58:30Z the-wiggles-announce-nsw-fun-and-games-tour-dates New South Wales, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour!  This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around New South Wales with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and their newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! 2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.   Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can! During last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you won't want to miss your chance to 'Do the Propeller' or sing-a-long to 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and performing  'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.   Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour! is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”  This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes! Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon!   Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am on Tuesday, January 28 from www.thewiggles.com/tours 13th March – Mounties, Mount Pritchard 14th March – Club Marconi, Bossley Park 15th March – Revesby Workers Club, Revesby 17th March – The Cube, Campbelltown 18th March – Hornsby RSL, Hornsby 19th March – Sutherland Entertainment Centre – Sutherland 21st March - Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 22nd March – Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 24th March - North Sydney Leagues Club, North Sydney 25th March – Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Hurstville 26th March – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 28th March – Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale 29th March – Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill 30th March – Enmore Theatre, Newtown 31st March – The Concourse, Chatswood   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame). Aspera Mobile launches a GEM of a 4G dual-SIM smartphone for just $149 2020-01-22T08:13:32Z aspera-mobile-launches-a-gem-of-a-4g-dual-sim-smartphone-for-just-149 Aspera Mobile has launched the latest in its range of affordable smartphones with its new GEM 4G dual-SIM device costing just $149. Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “We had our new Jazz 2 smartphone targeting the $99 entry-level 4G price point but could also see a gap at the $149 price point for a model that came with full Android 9 Pie and better specifications, so that’s where the new GEM came in.” Aspera’s new GEM offers snappy performance with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM and a quad-core Mediatek processor. It also comes with the full version of Android Pie giving the consumer a good experience with pre-installed Android apps including Google Maps, YouTube and Google Assistant. There’s also an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and for added security GEM has a fingerprint sensor and face recognition. Robertson continued, “I think most people would agree they are an excellent set of features for just $149. As usual with Aspera phones we strived to offer the best value for money at the price point in terms of display size and resolution, memory, camera and processor.” GEM’s 5.5" display has a 1440 x 720 pixel HD+ resolution and the phone offers dual-4G SIM card functionality, a set of features Robertson says the market will appreciate. He added, “The kind of person who will buy a GEM wants more than our entry level Jazz 2 but does not want to break the bank spending big money for a top end mobile. For $149 you get a big package that’s suitable for phone users young and old who also like to browse the web, use email and popular content and social media apps like YouTube and Facebook.” Aspera Mobile phones are designed and developed to be more than just about price. According to Robertson the company genuinely cares about its customers, their experience and the fact that they only pay for what they want, need and use. He continued, “The new GEM really is the best value smartphone on the market at just $149. Many of our competitors at that price point only offer Android Go not Pie, just 1GB of RAM and a single SIM option. GEM’s better specs and dual 4G SIM cards means customers can get the best BYO SIM plans to maximise their usage costs, run two numbers and pick up and use a local SIM card when travelling overseas. Fingerprint and face recognition are a huge bonus at this price point and definitely not the norm. Combined with a HD+ display and a good camera experience GEM’s appeal is very broad.” Aspera Mobile customers can easily and cost effectively step up from the company’s F40 flip phone to their first smartphone or from an entry level smartphone like the Jazz 2 to a higher spec smartphone like the GEM that offers more advanced features without a huge increase in price. Allan Robertson concluded, “Having different tiers of product experience at a reasonable cost means our customers can stay within the Aspera Mobile family and move to a more sophisticated phone whenever it suits them.” Aspera Mobile’s new GEM smartphone is available now and can be purchased outright for just $149 at BigW, Retravision, Leading Edge and BNE Express. For more information on the new Aspera GEM smartphone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/smart-phones/aspera-gem/ Empowering Children with One Simple Act of Kindness 2020-01-21T20:42:48Z empowering-children-with-one-simple-act-of-kindness Twice published author, Andrew Holt, has done it again! A Shooting Star is the Sunshine Coast local’s newest children’s book that encourages the core value of kindness in giving and receiving. This is no ordinary book, though, as the illustrations will be supplied by child illustrators from all over the globe and will the basis for educational programs to enhance feelings of self-worth, self and social awareness, and provide an antidote to bullying behaviour. The premise of this story is the backbone of a mental health and wellbeing program for our youth created by Andrew, whose twenty-five-year career as a teacher has seen him interact with students in over four-hundred schools, spanning many cultural backgrounds. His simple but effective program uses applied positive psychology and strength-based learning to encourage each individual (child or adult) to give and receive a “shooting star” to aid in developing and acknowledging positive character traits in themselves and others. This program has been trialled in schools over the last five years and was already fully integrated into one school in 2019, with other teachers expressing their eagerness to implement the program in 2020. Andrew sees the classroom as the ideal environment for what he calls a movement, which aims to build mental wellbeing and resilience; key factors in preventing self-harm and suicide in young people. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians aged 15-24. In 2018, 22 children under the age of 14 committed suicide. Andrew has launched and successfully concluded a Kickstarter campaign, which will cover the publishing and distribution costs of the books, and to facilitate training for teachers, schools, and parents on how to implement the program. This is Andrew Holt’s third book on empowering children, following on from the first two releases from his Wise Kids Series: A Wise Water World Inspires Me and A Wise Apple Tree Helps Me. You can find more about Andrew and A Shooting Star, register your interest, or purchase a pre-sale copy at the link below: https://www.andrewgholt.com Haggus and Stookles Launches Revamped Website for Greater Convenience 2020-01-21T06:37:35Z haggus-and-stookles-launches-revamped-website-for-greater-convenience Haggus and Stookles announced the launch of their new website to make navigation easier for consumers. The changes make it easier to access the wide range of products offered and to simplify locating specific items. The company has been under new management since July 2019 and the new website is just one of the things that’s being done to make shopping more convenient. Dec. 19, 2019 is the last shipping day for this year to ensure all gifts arrive in plenty of time for the holidays. Free Australia-wide shipping is available for all orders of $125 or more with coupon code FRESH125. Well-known for its exceptional range of high quality toys and family-friendly childcare products designed to make life easier with kids, the revamped website has clearly marked product categories and brands, with convenient pop out menus that enable shoppers to go directly to the specific types of items they’re seeking. New arrivals and featured items are farther down the page for clarity. Haggus and Stookles offer an extensive range of highly-sought toys. Those that will be traveling for the holidays will also find amusements that are highly portable and appropriate for keeping youngsters occupied on long road trips or cross-country flights. Individuals can also choose from a myriad of childcare products that makes traveling with children infinitely more convenient, along with dinnerware sets and other food and drink containers that minimize messes. An eco-friendly line of products is also available. The company is committed to offering items that makes the lives of families with children easier and the newly revamped Haggus and Stookles website makes shopping for those products even easier and more enjoyable. The relaunched website is designed for easy navigation, enabling visitors to quickly find product categories for their every need. It’s just one way that the company is helping busy parents save time and money. About Haggus and Stookles The primary purpose at Haggus and Stookles is to offer customers a wide range of quality, tried, and tested products that will make life easier with kids. Our range is perfect for babies, kindy and school-age children. We know the need for good quality and functional products to handle situations that we are faced with every day while experiencing the world with our children. We have searched Australia and the world to find the products that make your life easier. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Ravenswood School for Girls named innovative school 2020-01-06T02:47:24Z ravenswood-school-for-girls-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (January 6, 2020) - A Gordon-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the top schools in Australia. Ravenswood School for Girls has been included in The Educator’s fifth annual Innovative Schools report, spotlighting 44 schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australian K-12 education. “The Educator would like to congratulate the winners on making the Innovative Schools 2019 list,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “The inspirational programs and initiatives showcased in the report prove that quality teaching is alive and well in Australian schools,” Henebery said. “It should be noted that the report only offers a small snapshot of the ground-breaking work being done in these schools to improve the educational outcomes and wellbeing of Australia’s young people.” Ravenswood School for Girls is an educational pioneer across a variety of domains, with a particularly groundbreaking approach in the areas of Positive Education and STEM, including a leading-edge program that combines the two in dynamic and engaging ways. In 2019, their Principal Mrs Anne Johnstone, was the only woman in the world to be recognised among just five global educational leaders, for her pioneering work, contribution and leadership in Positive Education by the University of Pennsylvania and the Eisenhower Fellowship Trust. In another world-first, a group of Year 10 Ravenswood students and staff are collaborating with Professor Seligman on a Positive Education English curriculum program, called Our Story, that will not only enhance the students’ wellbeing and academic development but collect valuable data, with the potential to inform the work of Positive Education schools globally. In 2020, Ravenswood will open a leading-edge Senior Learning Centre, designed to facilitate powerful 21st Century teaching and learning experiences. To view the full online report and to find out more about Ravenswood School for Girls, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Christmas Shopping is Easy, Fun and Convenient at Haggus and Stookles 2019-12-24T03:47:00Z christmas-shopping-is-easy-fun-and-convenient-at-haggus-and-stookles Christmas is just around the corner and whether children are waiting for Father Christmas or Santa Claus, Haggus and Stookles has the learning toys, games and activities that will provide long-lasting fun and stimulate the mind and imagination. The last shipping date for holiday gifts will be Dec. 19, 2019 to ensure all gifts arrive in plenty of time for the holidays. Free shipping Australia-wide is available for all orders of $125 or more when shoppers use coupon code FRESH125. Haggus and Stookles personnel will be taking a break from Dec. 20, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2020 and will be closed during that time. Haggus and Stookles offerings include ride-on toys, one of the most highly sought and coveted gift items. They provide hours of playtime fun and help teach children balance. From rocking horses and trikes to bicycles, scooters, and cars, parents can provide children with toys for year-round fun and special savings are available. For those precious quiet moments with children, the company offers interactive books with stories appropriate for infants and toddlers. The publications encourage reading, aids in building language awareness, and textured elements provide tactile experiences. Learning toys top the list of gift giving options for many parents and Haggus and Stookles offers a wealth of options. Puzzles, wooden blocks, ring toss and board games, and magnetic toys are fun and help youngsters learn about and develop concepts and skills that include spatial aptitude, gravity, balance, math, vocabulary, and motor skills. Shoppers can choose from bath time or beach toys, and those that develop sensory skills. Creative toys encompass gliders, marble games and kits that enable children to build their own projects. The company understands the importance of constructive time spent outside and the range of toys include those for inside and outdoor activities. It’s not too late for shoppers to order highly-sought presents and stocking stuffers for the children on their Christmas gift list. The extensive array of high-quality toys for youngsters of all ages at Haggus and Stookles promises hours of fun and learning experiences. About Haggus and Stookles The primary purpose at Haggus and Stookles is to offer customers a wide range of quality, tried, and tested products that will make life easier with kids. Our range is perfect for babies, kindy and school-age children. We know the need for good quality and functional products to handle situations that we are faced with every day while experiencing the world with our children. We have searched Australia and the world to find the products that make your life easier. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. VCE Results - Melbourne Girls Grammar 2019-12-12T02:57:33Z vce-results-melbourne-girls-grammar-class-of-2019 We are delighted to share the highlights of our VCE Results for the Class of 2019. Today, we congratulate our Grammarians and our teaching staff at Melbourne Girls Grammar for their collaborative efforts to achieve such outstanding results.  View the results here: https://www.mggs.vic.edu.au/news/vce-results-class-of-2019 Highlights of the Class of 2019 include: - The Median ATAR Score was 90.85 - 11.9% of the class were in the top 1% of the state with ATARs of 99 or above - 19.8% of the class were in the top 2% of the state with ATARs of 98 or above In acknowledging the Class of 2019, we recognise the breadth of their accomplishments. Our Grammarians not only leave us with the results received today, but also with many personal skills and attributes including leadership, confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude.  These metrics are an indication of the depth and richness of education provided at Melbourne Girls Grammar.    Quotes from Principal, Dr Toni Meath  “Our school is dedicated to empowering girls through education. Education creates opportunities that may otherwise be closed to individuals due to structural barriers such systemic bias or gender inequality.”  “As a girl’s school, we are proud to be a training ground for Victoria’s next generation of female leaders. We are confident that these results will open doors, spark passions and fuel ambitions.”   “We recognise that our VCE results are only the part of the story as far as the experiences our students are afforded in their time with us. Our alignment of values as a community is strong, and in every classroom we see the fostering of a genuine love of learning and the development of ethical women of action. At Melbourne Girls Grammar we enjoy a scholarly approach and the pleasure of the rigour of learning” “Creative thinking is at the heart of all academic success. Inspiring curiosity and intellectual risk taking is an educational priority at our school.” “We are so pleased that our students have received results that will open doors to further learning and opportunities. But ultimately, education is about so much more. And as a school community, we are so proud of all the times our students have tested themselves, shown intellectual courage and strong leadership” PISA TEST RESULTS NOT A “WAKE-UP CALL” 2019-12-04T01:39:18Z pisa-test-results-not-a-wake-up-call Sydney, Australia, 4th December 2019: Australian schools have recorded their worst results in reading, maths, and science, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The results have been described by PISA national project manager Sue Thomson as a “wake-up call”. Cluey Learning argues, however, that the PISA test results are not a wake-up call, rather that alarm bells were missed in the lead up to these shock findings. Chief Learning Officer, at Cluey Learning, Dr. Selina Samuels comments: “These results are certainly alarming. But are they really a wake-up call? Australian students and their parents and teachers have been worried about their academic performance for quite some time. Cluey’s research tells us that 40 per cent of school children have used or are being considered for extra educational support. We speak to students and parents and teachers throughout the country every day. Students tell us that they lack confidence, that they feel under prepared and that they do not know how they are going to compete with others. Parents are worried that their children are getting lost in the system, with their individual learning needs going unmet. They say it again and again: that with the best will in the world, teachers in the conventional classroom are not able to meet all the needs of every student. Teachers lament that they cannot devote the time needed to every student. The Grattan Institute’s report “Targeted Teaching” investigated the decline of Australian students’ achievement in international tests such as PISA, and concluded that, “A huge spread of achievement levels in Australian classrooms is making it hard for teachers to implement best education practice and target their teaching to the needs of every individual student.” That was in 2015. Although it is probably inevitable that blame will be laid in many quarters, these results are not the fault of Australia’s teachers any more than they are of our students and their parents. Indeed, it is the teachers, like the students, who have been warning us about the need to take education and school reform seriously. I do not believe that for many – if not most – of my profession, these results will come as much of a wake-up call at all.” -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS: Dr. Selina Samuels (qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., Med) is available to discuss: Why the PISA test results are not a “wake-up” call The alarm bell warnings Australia missed ahead of the PISA test results Why blaming teachers for the PISA test results is the wrong way forward What Australia needs to be concentrating on to improve student performance What Australia can learn from other countries’ approaches to education For interviews with Selina please contact Hayley Kerrigan | hkerrigan@clueylearning.com | 0475 586 400 About Cluey Learning: Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual. Cluey has supported over 5,000 Aussie families, run over 25,00 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students. FlipRobot E310 Plus - The First and Only to Offer AIoT Combining Artificial Intelligence with the Internet of Things 2019-12-03T23:12:24Z fliprobot-e310-plus-the-first-and-only-to-offer-aiot-combining-artificial-intelligence-with-the-internet-of-things-1 Sydney, New South Wales – 2019   ·        Local Australian company is the first to offer AIoT revolutionary robotic model. ·        The latest in Artificial Intelligence technology on offer. ·        Company offers the ultimate formula for success.   Local Australian company, Actura has just released its FlipRobot E310 Plus model. The company is the first and only to offer AIoT technology – combining artificial intelligence with the internet of things. The latest in technology is on offer for students to develop their STEAM robotic learning skills. Talent can only grow when the right tools are provided and the latest in Actura’s FlipRobot AIoT technology provides students with the best technology to develop their robotic, coding and technical skills. Local company Actura, with its leading FlipRobot hardware and software is the leading robotics and coding technology solution provider. With the AIoT technology on offer through its FlipRobot robotic models - combining two technologies that dominate the technology industry – the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Actura is a stand-out in the STEAM education field, particularly with the release of is E310 Plus model. The convergence of AI and IoT is set to redefine the future of industrial automation and lead to the industry 4.0 revolution. In context of FlipRobot and its practical applications, the cutting-edge technology of AIoT means an algorithm can be designed that when one robot’s humidity sensor’s reading exceeds a certain value, then four other robots move to their designated locations. In agricultural settings, this enables things like machine-to-machine communication to avoid adverse weather conditions, for example, cyclones. Through robotic sensors, and cloud-based modules, the possibilities are endless – visual recognition and voice recognition all become possibilities. With FlipRobot’s E310 Plus Bluetooth module, students are able to upload code anytime, wirelessly on either their desktop, laptop or ipad (with all FlipRobot products). With many educational learning factors, students will be able to appreciate the considerations that companies must content with. These issues in the near future include latency, power, security and privacy concerns. This will provide students with insight for discussion in the classroom. FlipRobot’s STEAM robotics solution helps students develop the capabilities of creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, cooperation and communication to overcome challenges for the 21st century. IoT and AI are two independent technologies that have a significant impact on multiple industry verticals. While IoT is the digital nervous system, AI becomes the brain that makes decisions which control the overall system. The powerful combination of AI and IoT brings us AIoT – Artificial Intelligence of Things, that delivers intelligent and connected systems that are capable of self-correcting and self-healing themselves. The promise of AIoT involves examining the evolution of connected systems. Cloud computing provides three key aspects to connect systems – connectivity, storage and computing. Apart from machine-to-machine messages to each other, these devices send telemetry data to the cloud that was ingested and stored centrally.   As the leading provider of robotics and coding technology in the STEAM education area, Actura’s release of the FlipRobot E310 Plus model hardware and accompanying software sets the tone for the future of technology and innovation; with cutting-edge technology on offer. Students will be able to be empowered for their future success through utilising this latest technology. Actura is a strong proponent of the belief that talent can only grow when the right tools are provided – and being able to release the latest in AIoT technology makes Actura a stand-out in its field.   “Actura’s formula to help students achieve future success is: success = talent + Attitude + passion + opportunity. Our strategy is working. We continue to provide and release that latest in hardware and robotics technology to facilitate students to harness their talent”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura is the exclusive global partner of the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE). Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CASE was established by educators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extra-curricular education programs.     Download Logos, Photos and Videos:   Media File   Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au      Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au     INDIGENOUS YOUTHS DEADLY DANCE MOVES GO VIRAL 2019-12-02T22:31:35Z indigenous-youths-deadly-dance-moves-go-viral An Indigenous boy from Mount Isa has burnt up the local PCYC Youth Zone dance floor to the delight of onlookers, and the video has gone viral. Despite eleven year-old Anton Sambo and his happy feet being newcomers to the Outback mining town, the welcome he received from PCYC has been warming. Youth Engagement Officer Aimee Sewell said the video has been watched over 87 000 times on various Facebook pages and shared more than 150 times. “We put the music on and off he went. He loves to dance and he learned from watching other people and YouTube,” Officer Sewell said. Since Anton’s deadly dance moves aired he was invited as a special guest to watch the Mount Isa School of Dance end of year concert. “He thoroughly enjoyed it and left even more inspired to dance,” Officer Sewell said. The PCYC Youth Zone opened in September 2019 and runs activities on Wednesday and Thursdays from 4-6pm. “Our aim is to break down barriers and build relationships between young people and Police and we do this by providing positive experiences in a fun and supportive environment.” “It’s a very versatile and safe space,” she said. The Youth Zone offers a range of activities such as box fit circuit, handball, soccer, obstacle courses, basketball and team challenges.” After reading about such a lovely and heartwarming article the crew at Cindication would like to wish everyone a Stress-free and Merry Christmas. Cindication is aware that Christmas can be a tough time of year for families however we also recognise the Police Service and other frontline personnel have a tough job as well.  Founder of Cindication CEO Cindy Rochstein said not many people recognise that those in law enforcement work tirelessly during the holiday season to keep communities safe.  “Cindication is committed to continuing to provide awareness around trauma and PTSD and work towards those looking for solutions with events and a symposium due to be held in 2020,” Ms Rochstein said. READ MORE: INDIGENOUS BOXING SENSATION LEAH REUBEN SETS HER SIGHTS ON HONG KONG FOR MORE: If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Coleman - 0409 002 088 or Cindy Rochstein – 0437 094 049. For more on Cindication, email: cindy@cindication.com / www.cindication.com -ends- Parents ignoring pool gate safety putting toddlers at risk 2019-12-02T06:28:12Z parents-ignoring-pool-gate-safety-putting-toddlers-at-risk Under-fives are the most at risk for backyard drownings, yet 30% of parents admit to only checking the safety of their pool area, fence and gate once a year or less. This is despite 33% saying a family member had a near drowning experience involving a backyard pool.* There were several excuses parents had for not making a safety check, the number one response being ‘they had no excuse’ (40%). This was followed by not knowing what aspect of safety to check (19%), forgetting to check (18%) and not enough time (10%). Child water safety advocate Laurie Lawrence said he was shocked by the lack of diligence and urged all pool owners to check the safety of their pool gates during ‘National Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month’ this December, as faulty pool gates and fences remain a leading cause of drownings in Aussie kids under five**. 12 Aussie children under the age of five lost their lives because of swimming pool drownings in 2018/19 and over the past 12 years, this age group had the highest incidence (42%) of non-fatal drownings throughout Australia.*** “We know that kids who drown most commonly gain access to the pool area through a faulty fence or gate and this is something that should not be happening. Pool owners need to check their fences, gates, latches and hinges regularly, as a gate that is not self-closing and self-latching provides instant and often undetected access for toddlers to the pool area,” Laurie said. “We want to see a reduction in drownings this Summer and it starts at home with safe backyards.” John Clark, Technical Director of Australian company D&D Technologies, the manufacturer of the MagnaLatch® Pool Safety Gate Latch, said the company was a long-time partner of Laurie Lawrence’s KidsAlive™ water safety program, and launched the ‘Check-Your-Pool-Gate’ initiative with Laurie three years ago, to help eliminate childhood drownings caused by faulty pool gates. “Our recent survey of pool owners showed that one in five pool owners with kids under eleven had no idea what elements to check in their pool area to make it safe, and only 55% said they knew their pool gate complied with all Australian Standards. Our aim with ‘National Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month’ is to educate pool owners about pool safety and to encourage them to check their pool surrounds not once a year, but regularly.” Mr Clark said it only took a few minutes for pool owners to check that their pool fences and gates, including latches and hinges, were in good working order. This simple routine done regularly could save the life of a child. “Alarmingly, our survey revealed that one in three pool owners don’t check the safety of their pool area because they don’t have small children. All pool owners are responsible for ensuring that no child has access to their pool, as it only takes seconds for a child to wander into a pool area and the consequences can be tragic.” This year, Bunnings is also supporting the initiative hosting educational sessions in select stores around the country on Saturday December 7. They will help pool owners understand how to check the safety of their pool surrounds and how to install the safest pool fence and gate equipment. Locations and times can be found at www.checkyourpoolgate.com.au Safety checklist for pool gates (download at www.checkyourpoolgate.com.au) ·       Gate should open outwards, away from the pool ·       Latch release knob should be at least 1500mm above ground level ·       Gate must be self-closing and self-latching ·       Gate hinges should be rust-free and bind-free ·       Gate should carry reliable, tension-adjustable hinges ·       Latch must be adjustable for height and width. ·       Hinges must be adjustable for closing tension. ·       Latch cannot be key locked in the “open” position ·       Latch cannot be disengaged using implements ·       Gate latch cannot be shaken or jolted open ·       Gate will shut securely from any open angle or force ·       Gate complies with all Australian Standards for pool safety   A full safety checklist can be downloaded at www.checkyourpoolgate.com.au . *Survey of 1,002 Australian pool owners conducted by Pure Profile for D&D Technologies, November 2019. **Royal Life Saving Australia - NSW Child Drowning Report: A 15-year analysis of causal factors for drowning of children under 5 years in private swimming pools 2002/03-2016/17  ***Royal Life Saving Australia – National Drowning Report 2019 Sleeping In Fresh Air Makes Babies Happy Nappers 2019-12-02T03:41:41Z sleeping-in-fresh-air-makes-babies-happy-nappers Putting babies and toddlers outside for their daily rest is a well-established routine in many Scandinavian countries - even when temperatures plummet well below zero. It’s said to have significant benefits and while the Scandinavians have long believed that outdoor naps are essential for the health and hearty development of their young children, it seems that Australians are starting to embrace the idea too. The theory behind sleeping outdoors is that exposing young children to fresh air is good for their overall health and wellbeing.  At Nido Early School centres, fresh air naps are standard practice.  Of course, the staff takes safety very seriously and great care is taken to make sure that the conditions are appropriate, that children have the appropriate clothing, bedding and sunscreen if necessary and that they have appropriate supervision. Nido Early School says their motivation for putting the children outside for al fresco naps is huge.  “We believe children get a better sleep and they sleep for longer,” says Nadia Wilson-Ali of Nido Early School.  “Children who sleep outdoors are also healthier.  Because the children spend less time in enclosed spaces, their exposure to germs is decreased which means they have fewer colds and bugs.  Plus they learn to nap anywhere, which is a real life skill as they get older. “Of course, safety is a priority but provided the area is secure, it’s not raining and there’s no risk from animals, there’s no reason why children can’t sleep outdoors especially when the benefits are so significant,” she added. In Norway, Sweden and Finland, it’s common for babies and young children to sleep outside - even in the depths of their freezing, snowy winters.  Most daycare centres there put children to rest outdoors and you see prams on pavements outside shops and cafes everywhere.  It’s part of their culture. The internationally renowned Norwegian obstetrician, Dr Gro Nylander attested in her best-selling book Becoming a Mother that looking at the sky or swaying branches has a calming effect on babies and toddlers when they’re falling asleep.  Dr Nylander is acknowledged around the world as a voice of reason in child-rearing and her book combines modern research with personal experience to give new mothers sensible and practical advice and strategies. Exposure to nature is also a key factor in Nido Early School’s approach to childhood learning and education and it’s one of the reasons behind their move to outdoor nap time.  Their centres are inspired by Reggio Emilia which adheres to the principle of the physical environment being the ‘third teacher’, stimulating the children’s imaginations, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and their sense of wonder.     The rows of sleeping littlies under the watchful and caring eyes of their highly trained professionals at Nido Early School centres speak volumes about the benefits of outdoor napping.  Calm, quiet and peaceful, it’s a restorative atmosphere that benefits both the children and those who watch over them. “The change of season usually means extra bugs going around our centres, but we find that a nap in the fresh air does a lot of good keeping the nasties at bay,” said Wilson-Ali. “The benefits of outdoor naps are so significant and everyone loves them, so there’s every reason to continue the practice - provided parents agree.” For more information about Nido Early School early learning centres, please visit www.nidoearlyschool.com.au. Aspera Mobile sees significant growth in Australian market 2019-11-27T21:40:59Z aspera-mobile-sees-significant-growth-in-australian-market Aspera Mobile has launched two new $99 4G phones in the last few months, the new Jazz 2 smartphone and most recently the new 4G F40 ‘Easy’ flip phone. Both phones have been a huge success for the company who specialises in lower cost, easy to use, fully functioned phones. Commenting on the phones’ success and the company’s future growth in Australia Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “We get important information from our regular customer interactions and use that in defining our new models. In relation to the F40 flip phone we know that there is a sizeable market segment resistant to adopting smartphones. So, with that in mind, our Easy range of phones like the F40 give the best possible experience to these users, through practical and fresh design, simplicity of use and affordability.” Robertson had a slightly different view for why the company’s most recent smartphone had sold so well adding, “For the Jazz 2 we recognised that not everybody can spend $500, $1000 or more on a smartphone, but critically nor should they have to. With the Jazz 2 we put together a product aimed at the entry level and low affordability users. It offers Android Go, Google Play Store with all of its applications, GPS, WiFi, dual 4G SIM cards and much more for just $99. So as we always do at Aspera, we placed significant importance on addressing the needs of certain market segments, rather than competing high-end and high-cost, head to head with the likes of Apple and Samsung.” Aspera Mobile has been going and growing for several years now. A fact that Robertson acknowledges is down to several factors. He continued, “Firstly our customers support the fact we are Australian owned, and they enjoy being taken care of by a local support team. Our products offer something different, with most of the big brands offering ‘me too’ mid to high-spec smartphones. Focusing on customer needs that haven’t been met by other manufacturers and offering cost effective solutions is what we do well.”Aspera Mobile phones are sold in a number of large retailers including Big W, Harvey Norman and Bing Lee as well as in Caltex and Puma service stations, Bay Audio and Retravision. Online options to purchase Aspera Mobile phones include Mobileciti and Amazon. For Robertson he clearly has one main and key focus and that’s his customer. He believes he knows them well adding, “Typically they are not power users or those motivated by the latest and greatest spec. Our customers want a practical solution, based on good functionality, value for money, and local support. I guess it’s fair to say we obsess a little about our customers and how to give them the best value for money. Our product evolution is aimed at giving them progressive choices, for instance moving from an Easy flip phone into a suitable entry level smartphone, or simply moving from 3G to 4G and keeping the Easy phone style. Simple, straightforward, easy to use, low cost, practical and efficient.”Aspera also has a rigorous process in terms of product development as Robertson explained, “We are always assessing the market and trying to address un-met mobile needs. That can mean a rugged smartphone when currently there are few available, or as with the Jazz 2, an entry level smartphone with dual SIM cards. Typically a model may have a 12-15 month lifecycle, so we try to keep the range fresh and in tune with rate of mobile turnover of a typical user.” One aspect of the company Robertson is particularly proud of and invests a great deal of time, money and effort in is Aspera Mobile’s support. He explained, “Our support is a real positive point of difference for us. Our customers love communicating with someone locally, be it via email or on the phone. Most calls are answered on the spot with less than 20% being put on hold. Not only are our customers well taken care of but they are listened to. This has led to our policy of not being like the big brands who market a global model as a one size fits all solution, and instead tailoring our product development to meet the needs of our customers and the Australian market.” Allan Robertson has a real affection for his company and the products it manufactures. In fact he still keeps and uses most of their phones, swapping them over regularly. He concluded, “I have a soft spot for the R5, it was our first rugged smartphone in Australia, launched in 2014, and many are still out there. We got a buzz hearing about R5s churning through cement trucks, getting trampled by cattle or sliding off the dash of cars and out the window - and yes, still working. I do think, though, that the Jazz 2 and F40 are the best value for money phones we’ve produced to date.”