The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-21T06:11:19Z WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2020 2020-01-21T06:11:19Z william-shatner-to-boldly-go-to-cospendium-2020 WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2020 Legendary Star Trek actor heading to Australia for brand new cosplay event   ICONIC STAR TREK, BOSTON LEGAL AND TJ HOOKER ACTOR TO FEATURE AT NEW AUSTRALIAN COSPLAY AND ESPORTS CONVENTION INTERVIEW, MEET & GREET, PHOTO OPPS & AUDIENCE Q&A AT COSPENDIUM 2020   Actor, author, singer, producer, director, businessman & philanthropist William Shatner will attend the new two-day pop culture, cosplay and gaming convention Cospendium on Saturday 4th July AND Sunday 5th July 2020 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.   Register interest for tickets at:   As well as a stellar career in Star Trek, the Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winning actor has also starred in globally successful TV series Boston Legal and TJ Hooker as well as over 50 movies across eight decades including the Miss Congeniality films and cult classic Dodgeball.   Shatner will take part in a Q&A session on the Cospendium main stage as well as meet ‘n greets and one-on-one photos & autograph signings with fans over both days of the debut convention.   “When you’ve been around as long as I have and worked in this business for so long, there’s a heck of a lot to share. I’m very excited to be bringing the spirit of the Starship Enterprise, Boston Legal and more down under,” says William Shatner.   “One of the surprising things I discovered years ago about conventions is that they’re filled with love. It’s very special to be up on that stage and share a unique moment with thousands of people at once – I can’t wait to feel the love when we usher in the first-ever Cospendium!”   Fans can also expect gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways and plenty more, from the brand-new event striving to become the ultimate cosplay convention.   “I’ve been a William Shatner and Star Trek fan since I saw the first episode in 1966 and just thought ‘WOW!’” says Cospendium founder Philip Rainford.   “I went to Star Trek conventions with my teenage daughter in the ‘90s in full costume and now my grandkids have the chance to attend our new convention with Captain Kirk himself. It’s just amazing.”   To purchase tickets or a full experience package with William Shatner, visit:   Watch the event announcement trailer here: ABOUT COSPENDIUM 2020 Running for an entire weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Cospendium will launch on Friday night on 3rd of July 2020 with an enormous, immersive Viking-themed banquet!   The convention commences the very next day, on Saturday July 4, with celebrity meet ‘n greets, gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways, and plenty more!   The debut convention aims to restore a sense of intimacy and community to the culture that the founders believe has been lacking for too long.   ABOUT WILLIAM SHATNER Since he was in his early 20’s, William Shatner has maintained his status as a star of both TV and the silver screen. He achieved the status of a pop culture icon thanks to his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series and film adaptations. He is also well known as the eponymous TJ Hooker and Boston Legal’s Denny Crane.   Shatner has maintained an impressive side career in music and spoken-word recordings, having released eight albums since the ‘60s. He is also routinely involved in a range of charity work and raises American Saddlebred horses.   WHAT IS COSPLAY? Cosplay, or costume roleplay, is a global phenomenon where fans of franchises from all forms of media dress up as their favourite pop culture icons. At conventions such as Cospendium 2020 , You’ll be sure to run into everyone from Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark and Star Trek’s Spock to Princess Zelda and One-Punch Man.   According to trading platform Liquid, the global cosplay industry is estimated at a value of more than $45 billion and is growing at a rate of 15 per cent each year.   To register interest for ticket sales and for more information, visit: Facebook Instagram World's Greatest Videos awards 2019 US$100,000 Grand Prize 2020-01-14T20:15:43Z world-s-greatest-videos-announces-2019-us-100-000-grand-prize-winner World's Greatest Videos™ (WGV™) is pleased to announce the winner of the highly anticipated 2019 US$100,000 Grand Prize. The first global, cash-awarded, continual short video competition, World's Greatest Videos hosts Regional Weekly Contests and Global Challenge Contests. The first-place winners from each of these contests go on to compete in the Grand Prize Contest held every December. This year's final five competitors were from countries across the world including the US, UK, Brazil, and Mexico. The videos encompassed a variety of categories: Music, Comedy, Feel good, and Pets. The final winner was declared as Victor Franco from Brazil with his video Hello! Ma Baby, but it's JAZZ ( year old Victor hails from the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He comes from a family of musicians, and started singing in church when he was just three years old. Victor says he got a lot of support from his parents for his music over the years, and he wants to use part of the prize money to give back to them.Other finalists include Lyricmjc from the United States, who won $3,000 in the June Monthly Contest. Lyric, the little girl featured in the video Down Syndrome ABILITIES! ( has Down Syndrome. In the last year, she's learned to match the pitch of different tunes, and articulate the words and phrases of songs.Beccabsmithmusic, from the U.K., has won several prizes for over $300. She says was inspired to share her talent after her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and she performed for the residents at her nursing home. Her video can be accessed at Flores is from Mexico and won 1st place for $3,000 in our May monthly contest. Hermes Flores, Toshiro's owner, manages a fan page for Toshiro, which has followers from all over the world. Watch the video at Mckenzie, aka. zzfrosty won $10,000 in the February contest. Ansel is not only a content creator, but an aspiring entrepreneur as well. He says that he used his prize money to invest better production for his videos and his business. His video can be seen at's Greatest Videos gave away 3,500 cash prizes worth US$267,000 in the first (Beta) year to short-form video makers from around the world. The platform prides itself on true community - members who watch and react to videos are just as important as members who create them.  According to 27-year-old founder Makayla Allen, there's a lot more that makes it stand out from the crowd. "We are truly inclusive, and take a firm stance against any type of bullying or negative comments," Allen explains. "Our goal is a safe, comfortable environment for creators and viewers alike, so we only allow positive comments and reactions to our members' videos."For more information about World's Greatest Videos and to view the winning videos, visit World's Greatest VideosLaunched on January 1, 2019 by 27-year-old Makayla Allen, World's Greatest Videos awards 21 cash prizes every week. First-place winners from Regional Weekly Contests and Global Challenge Contests become eligible for the annual Grand Prize which is announced in December.As the first global cash-awarded video contest, World's Greatest Videos is on a mission to expose people around the globe to different cultures and what those cultures find entertaining. The company's app and website operate in the top 20 languages across the world. New G-mee Personal Entertainment Device To Deliver Your Favourite Streaming Entertainment – Supporting Safe Content Consumption 2019-12-13T01:06:19Z new-g-mee-personal-entertainment-device-to-deliver-your-favourite-streaming-entertainment-supporting-safe-content-consumption SYDNEY, 13 DECEMBER 2019 - CBN Media, a leading Australian company dedicated to educating the public about new and emerging technology innovation, today launched a range of G-mee smart devices that give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. Today, over 90% of Australians own a smartphone(1), and almost 50% of 6-13 year olds have access to one(2). Smart technology facilitates much of what we see, hear and absorb in modern society. G-mee is not a smartphone. Unlike any other device on the market, G-mee unabashedly simplifies the smart device experience to deliver all the things that users need in a smart device and takes out the things they don't. G-mee is the first next-generation smart device of its kind to serve as a personal content player that integrates measures for safe exploration of smart technology. G-mee has no camera and integrates an innovative pre-installed ‘G-mee app lock' to successfully guide the user's smart device experience and curb temptations to over-share or be exposed to online risks, such as cyber-bullying. The app lock feature can be activated at any time and used on any app downloaded to the device to block distractions caused by unwanted alerts, status updates and reminders. Apps such as Facebook, YouTube or new streaming services that can expose users to unsuitable content, or place them at risk of cyber-bullying, can be easily blocked from access using G-mee's app lock feature to encourage only safe content consumption. G-mee's range opens smart device use for on-the-go entertainment to more users. The content delivered through G-mee can be specifically curated to suit only the user's needs and entertainment appetite. G-mee is designed with smart device features that primarily support user entertainment desires, such as a 5-inch plastic touch screen, Android OS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker, and gives users the freedom to watch, listen and learn with their favourite content anywhere, anytime. Whether it's listening to music through Spotify or Apple Music for down-time, relaxing or meditating with a podcast, or catching up on a TV show, G-mee is the ideal entertainment companion to use at home, work, after school or on holiday. G-mee launches at an affordable price point of $99.95 for the entry level device and is available first to the Australian public via pre-order. The research, design and development of G-mee is a story of Aussie innovation. G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is an accomplished technology expert, broadcaster and producer that has tried and tested almost every popular smart device on the market. As a tech guru and father, Charlie developed G-mee to make smart devices accessible for all users in a way that delivers safe exploration and content consumption. "My wife Rachael had the idea to create a smart device suitable for users of any age and any digital know-how. By including all the best of smart technology and removing the parts that can lead to distraction and online risk, G-mee becomes a dedicated content player that can be confidently accessed by users of all levels of digital fluency," Brown explained. "G-mee could be a user's hardware solution for their favourite Spotify, Apple music playlists or podcasts." "The integration of a pre-installed app lock means that parents can rest assured that only apps delivering content they deem suitable are being accessed using G-mee." "G-mee strikes a balance between users getting all the best of smart tech in one personalised content player, and having the ability to limit exposure to unwanted or unsuitable content." G-mee - $99.95 An entry level device, G-mee offers all the on-the-go entertainment essential such as 5-inch plastic touch screen, Android OS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker. G-mee can be loaded with Apple Music or Spotify for audio enjoyment anywhere, anytime. G-mee leaves out features that lead to distraction such as a digital camera, phone connectivity and access to Google mobile services. G-mee includes a pre-installed G-mee app lock feature to manage the user's experience for optimal engagement with safe and suitable content. G-mee Plus - $119.95 ($99.95 during pre-order period) For the next step into smart technology engagement, the G-mee Plus gives users greater freedom to explore more through the inclusion of additional apps. G-mee Plus includes all the offerings of G-mee, PLUS Google mobile services. Users can expand their on-the-go entertainment by choosing from thousands of apps for download via Google Play Store, or watching their favourite clips on YouTube. Like all G-mee devices, the pre-installed G-mee app lock feature manages suitable content consumption. G-mee Connect - $149.95 For users with greater experience with smart technology, the G-mee connect offers all the features of G-mee Plus, with 4G added to facilitate phone calls, sms and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime via 4G cellular connectivity. The ideal content companion to use at work, at the gym, or after school, G-mee connect delivers the best of smart technology with safety. Like all G-mee devices, G-mee connect includes the pre-installed G-mee app lock feature. To find out more, please visit: Availability G-mee, G-mee Plus and G-mee Connect are available first to Australian customers via pre-order at with deliveries commencing the week beginning January 13, 2020. All pre orders will receive a free clear protective case, a second coloured case (choose from 5 colour options, while stocks last), set of ear buds, a sticker sheet and included shipping. For further information, please contact: Maria Crema Crema PR 0402 239 929 About CBN Media CBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology.   Sources: (1) Deloitte. Mobile Nation 2019 (2) ACMA Kids and mobiles: how Australian children are using mobile phones   A truly revolutionary design: King Wing 270° Awnings unfolded 2019-12-11T04:57:03Z a-truly-revolutionary-design-king-wing-270-awnings-unfolded It isn’t often new ideas absolutely change the way people do things, this is the start of revolutionary thinking, beginning with the range of extremely affordable vehicle mounted awnings back in the early days of the company, the team from Adventure Kings completely changed the way many Australian campers chose to set up four wheel drives for camping. The addition of an Awning on the side of a vehicle adds a quick and simple solution to shelter anywhere it is needed.For many years a standard square awning has been the go to requirement for even the simplest camping and beach driving setups, that was until the release of so called “wing” style awnings that use a strong skeleton underneath the canopy to support the UPF50+  and fully waterproof awning fabric which can fold out all the way around to the rear of a vehicle. For many years the brands making these have produced light weight designs that were prohibitive in price, that was all until June this year.   The turning point was when Adventure Kings the industry’s most cost-effective camping brand released one of the best bang for buck 270° Wing Awnings available in Australia. Priced at nearly half what the nearest competitors offer, it is sure to be a hit this summer.There are many benefits to the 270° King Wing Awning primarily the extra sheltered area, boasting an impressive 11m² which is nearly double the space offered by the 2.5m x 2.5m Awning, additionally due to its design can be set up by a single person by simply unfolding the arms and placing the attached legs in position. Simple to setup, it is also just as simple to fold away, with small captive hooks on each poles peggable feet, once set up it is possible to adjust the leg lengths to the ideal height for camping and clip them into place for a quicker setup next time.   Plus, every 270° King Wing comes with a full DIY fitting kit + pegs and guy ropes included at no extra cost – with ultra-heavy-duty galvanised steel mounts that are incredibly strong and easy to install. For more information about the whole range of Adventure Kings Awnings head to visit one of the stores at 4WD Supacentre or approved dealers to see the 270° King Wing in person or call 1800 88 39 64 to talk directly to an expert! Latest releases – Adventure Kings continues to innovate. 2019-12-11T04:56:06Z latest-releases-adventure-kings-continues-to-innovate 4WD Supacentre are dedicated to offering Aussie 4WDers campers and outdoor enthusiasts the best value for money equipment that you can find on the market, this dedication has led to the development of better and better gear, for less and less money.One of the latest release products in the Adventure Kings Range that is making waves with Aussie campers is the hugely practical Adventure Kings 15L Console Fridge Freezer, unlike many similar sized units on the market, this fridge freezer uses a compressor for not only improving the energy efficiency but also for maximum control of temperature down to -18°C. the 15L capacity is capable of fitting 18 cans inside and this device will run on 12v or 24v perfect for refreshing drinks anywhere,  and as a bonus it is designed to mount in the center console area of most modern 4WD’s and SUV’s ideal for long trips and tradies.Some of our latest upgrades to the range include powerful updates to our solar power range with the most impressive update being the Adventure Kings 250W Solar blanket, this beast includes a set of kickstands, which means it can be set up anywhere to face the sun, providing a reliable 12.6A of charging current to top up camping batteries. To add further to the already impressive Light range available at 4WD Supacentre the Adventure Kings LED Replacement headlights offer 4WDers a perfect way to increase the output of their factory lighting being a simple plug and play install, there is even kits which include CANSTAR modules to prevent the computer from throwing out error codes. If the light from LED replacement headlights, didn’t offer enough LED Ligght the Adventure Kings Lighting Range now includes a 24” Laser Lightbar which is blindingly bright and offers a huge 914m range and is designed to fit on many bull bars and plenty of spread for winding country roads. In some parts of the country when driving through sand dunes drivers are legally required to install a sand dune safety flag, with the popularity of tracks through the Simpson desert it makes sense for Adventure Kings to produce a 3m Sand flag to meet the demand. Another high demand item recently released is a durable and weather resistant insulation cover for the Adventure Kings 90L Fridge freezer offering superb insulation to improve on track performance, this cover fits neatly on the Adventure Kings 90L Fridge freezer and protects it from bumps scratches and dust on the tracks so is a must have for serious campers.The addition of an Adventure Kings Hanging Pantry to nearly any campsite gives campers a tidy way to keep the camp kitchen organised and ready at eye level with midge proof mesh keeping insects away and everything easy to reach.One of the most recent updates to the Adventure Kings range of gear available from 4WD Supacentre’s camping stores is a convenient folding Kings Folding Pet Bed with a 50Kg max weight rating even larger family pets can be comfy at camp.With an ever expanding range the Adventure Kings range of gear offers campers the best value setups for the lowest price possible. To find out more about the latest releases from the industry leaders, head to or call the experts at 1800 88 39 64 for the best advice and latest bargains. Brother Australia announces the launch of the 17th International Quilting Contest 2019-12-05T05:42:03Z brother-australia-announces-the-launch-of-the-17th-international-quilting-contest Sydney, Australia – 3rd July 2017 – Brother International Australia is proud to announce the launch of its 17th International Quilting Contest. This annual competition is a fantastic opportunity for Australian quilt-makers to be inspired and create a quilt surrounding the theme of “Eco” with the opportunity to be recognised at a national and international level.The search is on for the next quilting champion after Australian quilter, Jill Hessing, was selected as the local and international prize winner of the 16th International Quilting Contest for her quilt titled “Bitter Pill”. In addition, a total of six out of eighteen international prize wins were awarded to local Australian quilters in 2015, further cementing Australia’s ongoing success in the international contest.While past years have seen local winners awarded with sewing, embroidery and craft machines machines, this year Brother are offering an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity to hop onboard a luxurious quilting cruise to Singapore with craft expert and Brother machine user, Michelle Marvig. Valued at over $7,020 AUD, the 16-night cruise on the renowned Ovation of the Seas will see the winner enjoy a luxurious cruise ship experience with sightseeing tours of Brisbane, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore all whilst learning quilting techniques from Australia’s finest craft experts. Departing from Sydney Harbour, the prize also includes a welcome drinks party followed by 26 quilting workshops led by highly regarded teachers, Michelle Marvig, Sue Daley, Karen Styles, Jane MacDonald and Wendy Williams. Read more about the cruise including dates and inclusions here.The Eco theme, which has been consistent year on year, is inspired by Brother Earth; Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future and protect the environment at large. The contest is open to all quilt-makers in Asia Pacific with participants required to create a 70cm x 70cm original quilt using different methods of construction such as decoration or embroidery and showcase creative, original work.In addition, the top 10 quilts will join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest. A panel of Fashion College and Magazine Experts will judge all entries and award a collective prize pool in excess of $3,700 USD. Great exposure is also on offer as quilts may be used at Brother Events throughout 2017 and 2018 including the Brother booth at the famous Tokyo Quilt Show in 2018.“Brother’s International Quilting Contest is a great platform for Australian quilters to be inspired and recognised for their creation; the entries received are always phenomenal. Last year, 6 stunning quilts submitted by Australia for judging in Tokyo received prizes!  We hope that many other Australian quilt-makers get excited and participate in this year’s contest” stated Julia Springbett, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.This year, Brother hopes local chapters of quilting guilds get behind the contest and encourage their members to enter and showcase Australia’s formidable quilting talent on the international stage.About Brother International (Aust) Pty LtdWith over 100 years in operation, Brother International is globally recognised as a brand synonymous with delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction. A specialist in its product lines, Brother is always ‘At Your Side,’ with its customer first approach in all aspects of business. Brother combines this customer satisfaction and its strong commitment to environmental conservation to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products in the printing, sewing, imaging and labelling markets.Brother International Australia was established in 1977 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. With a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia, Brother has grown from humble beginnings to a diversified multinational corporation.About Brother EarthBrother has made a commitment to sustainability and making a positive difference to the environment. Brother Earth is a Brother initiative and aims to build a society that achieves sustainable development by taking responsibility and considering the environmental impact of all aspects of business operations. At Brother Earth, visitors can choose how funds are allocated and see how Brother is contributing to environmental sustainability on a global level. ‘Click for the Earth’ at and Brother will contribute to an environmental conservation project on a consumer’s behalf. Putting innovation back in the boating and fishing world! 2019-12-04T01:13:43Z putting-innovation-back-in-the-boating-and-fishing-world December 4, 2019 Boatigo P: 0409 598 563   PRESS RELEASE For immediate release     Putting innovation back in the boating and fishing world! Boatigo is a new and improved solution to help recreational boating or fishing boats fill seats!   Tech company, Boatigo has developed a marketplace to bring boat owners and users together to limit the wasted seats on recreational boats.   The platform is designed to help boat owners list their spare seats and for the general public to book the additional seats on these boats.   Currently, the boating and fishing communities use Facebook Groups, forums and chat rooms to organise recreational trips. As it is an old and clunky way of operation, it can lead to an awkward exchange of money on the day.   Boatigo will provide the community environment with a convenient, secure and more sustainable way of booking these boat spots.   "Boating is expensive, and every day there are a large number of recreational vessels out on the water with spare seats being underutilised. Boatigo is bridging the gap between recreational boat owners and users, bringing them together in a secure community built on trust. This allows boat users wanting to get out on the water the ability to find vessels with spare seats and contribute to the boat owners running costs for that trip. No more messing about in forums, groups or chat rooms. No more awkward handling of cash contributions on the day," said CEO of Boatigo Joel Keane.   The process means Captains can list any spare seats they have on their vessel when they are going out for recreational boating or fishing, and they can do this for free on the Boatigo site. Crew and even tourists travelling to the area can book a seat and pay securely on the platform.   "Boatigo is going to revolutionise the recreational boating and fishing communities by making boating more sustainable and accessible.  It will allow Captains to receive contributions towards their running costs on recreational trips, everyone can get out and enjoy the water more often for less. We even have secure in-built messaging for communications. Once the trip is complete, we simply pass the contribution onto the Captain, and both parties leave a review for each other at the end. We are like the Airbnb or Uber for those who are keen to go fishing or boating during any month of the year – with the exception that Captain’s trips are run for contributions towards running costs not for commercial profit," added Joel.   "As a boat owner, I am thrilled to have this platform come to surface. It will help with the running cost of my boat and people will be given the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather out the water! It is even a great activity for tourists in the area," said boat owner Brett Atkins.   Boatigo is set to go live at the end of December. To find out more about this platform, please click here and join the waiting list.   -END-   For more information, please contact: Joel Keane | CEO of Boatigo E: P: 0409 598 563       About Boatigo Boatigo.  "Boat" + "Contigo" (Spanish for "with you) Boating and fishing should be all about a sense of community. Sharing knowledge and experience and creating memories. All of our boats are operated by individuals willing to let boating and fishing enthusiasts and tourists join them on their recreational trips.   By utilising all available seats on boats, Boatigo and its community members are contributing to making boating and fishing more sustainable for the future.   You're a Boatigo Captain? Boatigo offers you a great way to earn contributions towards the running costs of your next trip. This can allow you to offset your costs and get out on the water more often for less.   It can also be a great way for you to meet new people that have a common passion for boating and fishing!   You're Boatigo Crew? If you are wanting to get out on the water to boat or fish, Boatigo allows you to search for boats in your area and book seats.   Perhaps you are on holidays without your boat? No problem! Search your holiday location and find boats going out on the water on days that suit you.     Eyeota Introduces Gaming Audiences Through New Partnership with Ziff Davis 2019-11-27T22:16:37Z eyeota-introduces-gaming-audiences-through-new-partnership-with-ziff-davis  Eyeota, the leading audience technology platform enabling the intelligent use of data, today announced a new partnership with global digital media company Ziff Davis, a division of J2 Global.   Through this partnership, marketers and agencies can use the Eyeota Audience Marketplace to access audiences derived from Ziff Davis’ 125 owned and operated digital properties and partner sites, including IGN,Mashable, PCMag, Ookla Speedtest, and AskMen, with 5,000 annual product reviews and over 200 million unduplicated monthly visitors.   “By partnering with Eyeota, we are able to leverage the valuable insights we have on these audiences. This partnership will introduce a variety of audience segments in high demand verticals, such as gaming, entertainment, technology, B2B and consumer electronics,” said James Whitehead, General Manager at Ziff Davis.   Ziff Davis has a multitude of gaming audiences available in the Eyeota Audience Marketplace sourced entirely from owned and operated web and mobile properties that are constantly refreshed and curated. These include wide-reaching, scalable audiences such as those interested in general gaming and online entertainment and tech, to more niche, high quality segments such as Fortnite fans or Windows 10 users.   Asia Pacific accounts for nearly half (47.4%) of digital games revenue worldwide, with US$1.9B coming from Australia (source: eMarketer). Data across the Eyeota platform shows a growing trend of gaming advertisers in Oceania steering their audience targeting strategies towards site visitors who intend to shop for consumer electronics, PlayStation consoles and parents with older children.   Jimmy Aoun, Business Development Director at Eyeota, said “The collaboration between Eyeota and Ziff Davis will deliver new and vibrant audience segments that help brands reach highly engaged avid gamers. Advertisers will now be able to influence their customers’ purchase intent through Ziff Davis’ segments, elevating their audience targeting strategies to a whole new level.” New Online Tree And Plant Resource Released 2019-11-20T04:07:23Z new-online-tree-and-plant-resource-released A new tree and plant finder resource has been developed by Dapple Landscape Design and is now accessible on the company's website. The new online tool has been designed to provide the public access to accurate and reliable horticultural information on all plants and trees. The plant finder tool can be used to identify trees, shrubs, grasses, plants, orchids, groundcovers, ferns, cycads, bulbs, climbers, succulents, hedges, bamboos, palms, conifers and fruit trees for every climate zone in Australia. By utilising the growing zone map from the Australian National Botanic Gardens users can identify which plants will grow in their region. The tool allows users to search for plants by characteristics, including: sun requirements, frost tolerance, flower colour, foliage colour, flowering period and origin. The online resource is available at and is constantly being updated. Who is Dapple Landscape Design? Dapple Landscape Design is one of the leading landscape design firms in New South Wales. With years of experience providing class leading garden designs for commercial and residential properties throughout Sydney, Dapple Landscape Design has become one of the most sought after firms in the industry. Dapple Landscape Design Address: Ellison Rd, Springwood NSW 2777 Phone: 0406 825 430 Website: NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. Holiday Inn Resort Phuket announces Grand Re-Opening with Exclusive Offers after $4.6 Million Make-Over 2019-11-14T02:37:19Z holiday-inn-resort-phuket-announces-grand-re-opening-with-exclusive-offers-after-4-6-million-make-over Sydney, Australia, 14th November, 2019 - The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket today announced its grand re-opening after undergoing a USD$4.6 million renovation process in the last 7 months. An oasis of tranquility in bustling Patong, the refurbished resort successfully combines the established reputation of Thai hospitality with a calm, relaxed and luxurious ambience.   Having undergone a transformative make-over in its Busakorn Wing, the resort strives to provide guests with unrivalled high-end service, personal welcome facilities, premium-use swimming pools and a host of indulgent packages.   “Offering a fabulous resort within a resort experience, we are thrilled to unveil the newly renovated Busakorn Wing where tropical sophistication meets traditional Thai luxury. Offering a fresh guest experience for our new and returning guests, the beautifully appointed Studio Rooms and Villas meld heritage-inspired décor but with Modern Thai elegance,” said Bart Callens, General Manager of the Resort.    As Patong’s first international hotel, Holiday Inn Phuket Resort has been serving guests for over 30 years becoming one of the most well-known hotels in the region. Located centrally in Patong with direct access to prime dining, entertainment and shopping locations, the hotel is sheltered from the crowds and provides a restful ambience. As part of its re-launch, a total of 104 studio rooms, including 17 new poolside rooms, have been renovated. The new refurbishments also offer an adult-only villa area with pool access and pool view rooms, new facilities and exclusive indulgence packages. “The interior design draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of Thailand’s cotton traditional weaving styles and careful attention has been paid to the finishing touches to create a truly distinctive holiday experience for our guests. Rooms overlook tropical swimming pools framed by landscaped gardens to create a peaceful oasis right in the heart of Patong. The Busakorn Wing has its own entrance and reception, and two additional swimming pools for the exclusive use of Busakorn guests,” Callens added. Living up to Thailand's reputation as the Land of Smiles, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket aims to leave its guests with lasting smiles for the duration of their stay. The friendly and courteous staff is a reflection of the warm Thai hospitality and aligns with the highly-esteemed global reputation of The Holiday Inn Resorts as an attentive and customer-centric brand.     Guests can find a special re-opening offer here:   About Holiday Inn Resort® Phuket Located in the heart of Patong, Phuket’s most famous beach, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is an oasis within walking distance to key shopping such as Jungceylon Shopping Centre, vibrant restaurants and bars and the upbeat Soi Bangla nightlife. Just steps away from the beach, this beautiful tropical Resort features contemporary-styled rooms with four beautiful pools in a lush garden setting.  Holiday Inn Resort Phuket has since built a solid reputation for personalised and genuine Thai hospitality, delivering an exceptional resort experience to ensure a memorable and fun stay for guests of all ages, many of which have been loyal returning guests since its opening. About Holiday Inn® Started over 60 years ago and with nearly 1,200 hotels worldwide today, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognised lodging brand in the world. During that time, it was the first hotel brand to launch a computerised reservation system in 1965, one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984 and the first to take an online booking in 1995.   The ‘Kids Eat & Stay Free’ programme available at every Holiday Inn® property, and KidSuites® rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort® hotel, demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn® brand to serving family travellers, along with a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax. One Aussie couple share their inspirational tale of how to do a sabbatical just right 2019-11-12T12:40:07Z one-aussie-couples-share-their-inspirational-tale-of-how-to-do-a-sabbatical-just-right Taking sabbatical leave is something many people dream of, but making it a reality can often feel a lot more complicated. However, one Aussie couple have found a new solution which is perfect for budget-conscious travellers, giving them the chance to travel the world and save money in the process.  Now, they’re ready to share their own travel success story with a wider audience – helping to inspire anyone approaching burnout to take a break, reset and refresh!  Stepping away from life as we know it comes with many great benefits, as two London-based Australians, Sarah Blinco and Cooper Dawson, know all too well. Battling anxiety and stress caused by their 21st-century lifestyles, the pair quit their jobs to travel and pet-sit.  Today’s estimates suggest that modern 30-somethings won’t retire until they reach their 70s, which seems a long time to live with discontent and a couple of short breaks per year. This is what prompted the pair, both in their 40s, to make a leap of faith. Determined to show others what’s possible, they sold everything and have now been on the road for more than six months.  “There’s lots of misconceptions about travel for extended periods of time,” says Sarah. “We wanted to show that it’s possible to take a career break at any age. I turned 40 and applied for sabbatical leave from my busy communications job in London. My job is held for me for a year, and I have the chance to reset, re-frame and do something amazing with my time. Cooper has done the same thing, taking time away from his teaching career.” The couple are eager to stress that any obstacles can be got around with some ingenuity and imagination. “We always wanted to travel beyond a week here or there, but we were stopped by the usual fears,” says Sarah. “What if the work world changed while we’re gone? Now we’re making it happen – and we’ve never been happier.”  Their plan has so far seen them embrace travel as an opportunity for growth, applying to house sits and quickly accumulating a long list of bookings. They’ve since taken care of more than 20 dogs, two horses and a cat – all while saving thousands per month in accommodation costs.  Some of the major benefits of taking a sabbatical include improved confidence, and the space to explore new ways of working, too. While travelling, Sarah and Cooper are experimenting with online businesses and freelancing. CN Traveller reported in early-2019 that by 2020, more than 50% of the UK and USA’s workforce would be freelance. It may sound like a staggering figure, but this represents larger societal changes which are prompting more and more people to adopt a new approach to both life and work.  Sarah and Cooper are happy to discuss how they planned their sabbatical, travel and house-sitting. They have plenty of advice to share and are available for interviews or to be used in case studies.  To find out more about their unique journey, head to their online home at or find them on YouTube at Life Legacy Love Book 2019-11-03T22:10:51Z life-legacy-love-book When Tania Howard began working in the funeral industry in her 20s, her healthy and vibrant mother suggested now was a good time for them to have a talk about life and death. There were many things her mum wanted to share about her life and arrangements for when one day in that very distant future that time came in her life. This conversation was the inspiration for a new book Tania has published to help other families prepare to meet their loved one’s final wishes. As they explored her life and legacy, gathering photos, sharing stories, experiences, wishes and ensuring all documents where in order and easy to find. Together they realised the power of having all this information in one place, removing any additional burdens when the time came. Little did Tania and her brother realise her end would be sooner rather than later, when just weeks after her 50th birthday, their healthy vibrant mum suddenly died. “It was out of the blue. One day I was talking to her and then the next she was gone. It was the worst feeling being told there was nothing that could be done, and we made the decision to turn off the machines,” Tania said. “But despite how horrible we felt, because mum and I had spent time talking about her wishes, I knew exactly what to do. I knew how to access her money to fund the beautiful memorial for her, what she wanted to be buried in, what stories to share at her funeral and little bits about her life that I would never had known about if we had not have those conversations.” Realising how hard it is for people to discuss death and the passing of a parent with their children, Tania and her mum, Ceridwen created Life, Legacy and Love – a record of my life and final wishes as  guide and tool to use to gather the important information such as personal details – tax file number, Medicare number, wedding date, occupation, assets list, where important documents are stored but also highlights from their life, bucket list items and the family tree. “So many think the moment you talk about death, you are being morbid or signing your life away, or all of a sudden if you make arrangements you will suddenly catch “death” but it is more about getting on with life and letting more people know about who you are. Not having these conversations leads to more stress at a time when it is not needed, legal disputes or family arguments over who is doing what,” Tania said. “By taking the time to have these conversations, it can save a lot of pain and confusion. “When my mum died, I knew she didn’t want to be dressed in her best. We have talked about it and she wanted to be buried in her favourite tracksuit and Ugg boots. I would never have known that if we hadn’t talked about it.” Stage one of Life, Legacy and Love is in print but Tania has plans to publish the book digitally. “My children never got a chance to meet my mum, but they can look at the book and see photos of her and read about what she loved doing, things she liked and disliked,” Tania said. “I know we all think are parents are invincible, but we are all going to go one day. Being able to help people make informed decisions is in power and this free book is my way of giving back and sharing my mum’s legacy.”  Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T07:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or   SYDNEY FISH MARKET HOOKS DEC PR AS AGENCY OF RECORD 2019-10-10T06:05:34Z sydney-fish-market-hooks-dec-pr-as-agency-of-record p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {color: #0000ff} October 2019, Sydney, Australia – Australia’s home of seafood, Sydney Fish Market, has appointed independent agency DEC PR to manage its public relations, following a recent competitive tender process. Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere; a one-stop-shop for 3 million food lovers from Sydney and beyond. Having been the flagship commercial hub for the New South Wales fishing industry for more than 70 years, today more than 13,300 tonnes of seafood is traded through the wholesale market, annually. Stephanie Margrain, Marketing & Communications Manager at Sydney Fish Market says: “Our team was impressed with the professionalism as well as the strategic and creative thinking that DEC PR showed during the tender process.” “We are excited to partner with an independent agency with such strong capability spanning consumer and corporate communications – one that will be able to support and shape stories across our seasonal events, but also work closely with our internal team and our retailers, to drive earned media outcomes that champion the consumption of seafood and promote the world-class sustainability of the industry," added Margrain. Renowned for its 36-Hour Seafood Marathon held annually from 23 to 24 December, and Good Friday Trading at Easter, Sydney Fish Market is an iconic Sydney destination for locals and tourists alike, but also aims to educate consumers on the wide range and seasonality of quality, sustainable seafood available. Agata Kenna, Managing Director at DEC PR, says: “Food and tourism are categories that the DEC PR team is incredibly passionate about, so Sydney Fish Market combines two of our favourite pastimes. We have extensive experience building brands, safeguarding reputations and cultivating genuine engagement in this space, and are looking forward to collaborating on campaigns that attract Australians from near and far to this iconic destination.” DEC PR commences work immediately. -ENDS- For more information or any media enquiries, please contact: Sarah-Ann Taylor via or +61 2 8014 5033 For more information please visit