Daniel Johns Aerial Love

Daniel Johns Aerial Love

It took over 8 years, and finally one of Australia's top musicians released an album that now needs a re-listen one year on. His debut song as a solo artist is titled Aerial Love', an airy piece of modern pop he created with Lorde and Broods collaborator, Joel Little.

Daniel Johns became world famous in 1994 as the front man of grunge band Silverchair. The band kept rising in popularity with their following albums to become one of Australia's most influential bands of all times. With Diorama, we could perceive the band's intention to swerve from its Grunge roots to become more alternative. The next album, Straight Lines, confirmed that this trajectory was meant to continue.

That was the last album Silverchair released as a band, but Daniel Johns also had side projects while he was in Silverchair and after. An diversion from rock music was latent in the music he released with another band he formed, The Dissociatives and other collaborations he was part of over the years, for instance with Kimbra.

However, an even more surprising collaboration was released recently in 2014 when Daniel Johns featured with rapper 360 in the single Impossible.

With the release of his new song, Aerial Love, Daniel Johns proves once again his capacity to surprise, revolutionize and innovate himself. Starting from Grunge to alternative rock, pop, rap and more soulful melody found in Aerial Love, Daniel Johns has shown himself to be an eclectic, curious and ambitious artist that lives to challenge himself, experiment with new music and evolve as an artist.

The song was accompanied by a trailblazing video created by using drone camera technology. The video was directed by Lorin Askill (Flume & Chet Faker, Phoenix and Sia's Chandelier editor. The video transmits the song's weightlessness, timeless, shyly carnal feel.

Overseas tourists

Overseas tourists

There were 624,000 visitor arrivals during October 2015, an increase of 6.9 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year. This growth rate is moderate

This brings us to 7.27 million visitor arrivals for year ending October 2015, an increase of 6.7 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 455,000 visitors on the previous year.

Hostorically, there were 6.1 million visitor arrivals for year ending January 2013 in Australia. This entails an increase of 4.1% relative to the previous year. As to the month of January 2013, there were 495,000 visitor arrivals which shows a decline of 1.5% in comparison with the same month of the previous year.

The great majority of visitors, a total of 82,100, came from New Zealand during January 2013, an increase of 9.5% relative to the same month previous year.

Visitors from China are still highly relevant Down Under. During January 2013, 58,700 tourists from the Asian country visited Australia, which reflects a decline of 24% relative to the same month in 2012.

UK visitors still represent the majority of European visitors in the Antipodes. There were 57,800 visitors from the United Kingdom during the month of study, which shows an increase of 1.4% year on year.

There has been a positive growth in US visitor numbers to Australia. On January 2013, a total of 42,100 American tourists visited Australia, which represents an increase of 8.5% relative to the same month previous year. Consequently, Americans represent the fourth largest tourist group in Australia.

Also, while the number of European visitors increases (France, 8%; Germany, 2.3%), the number of some Southeast Asian countries declines (Singapore, 8.4%; Malaysia, 4.7%). In the meantime, some Northeast Asian countries show different trends; while the number of Korean visitors has seen an increase by 9.4%, the number of visitors from Taiwan has declined by 9.9% relative to the same month in 2012.

Best Jobs in the World

Best Jobs in the World

Best Jobs in the World

Are the Mondays blues getting you down? Imagine exploring a tropical island, hiking through ancient rainforests and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef... and getting paid for it. Too good to be true? Well, this dream became a reality for one lucky adventurer back in 2009 as part of the Best Job in the World Campaign.

Now it is your chance to make this fantasy come true. This year, the offer is back, but this time it comes multiplied by half a dozen.

Tourism Australia offers you the chance of a lifetime to work in one the six amazing jobs it is promoting -each with a six-month contract and a salary package worth AUD $100,000. Each job is located in an spectacular area of the country, showcasing the best of Australia and what the country has offer the world's youth travellers. An incredible job, an attractive salary and a dreamy location. What more can you ask for?

The jobs include Chief Funster (New South Wales) -put up some of the state's biggest and boldest parties, festivals and events; Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory) -uncover the best adventures and experiences for working holiday makers; Park Ranger (Queensland) -protect and promote Australia's natural wilderness; Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia) -educate visitors about Kangaroo Island's outstanding ecosystem; Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne) -capture this cultural city's lifestyle in pictures; and finally Taste Master Western Australia -become a connoisseur of Western Australia's produce, gastronomy and vineyards and then promote it.

In an exclusive interview for [newDomain] with Senior PR Executive, UK & Northern Europe at Tourism Australia, Emma Bunning, we found out more about this successful campaign that has sparked youths around the world to get their dream jobs.

How many people have applied so far?

So far we have had over 365,000 applicants, with 52,403 applications from the UK. There has never been an initiative quite like this in the past and so there is nothing to directly compare this to. Tourism Queensland ran Best Job in The World in 2009 and had around 34,000 applicants in total to give this some context. But Best Jobs in the world is slightly different in that we are offering 6 jobs this time.

What is the criteria used to determine who will win the competition in each category?

We are looking for five key elements from the videos: English language proficiency, personal presentation, technical proficiency as shown in the video (good sound and vision quality is vital), content and experience, creativity, originality and motivation. Proficiency in English is a must as the successful applicant will be working in Australia where English is the most commonly spoken language. Personal presentation is also important in such a high profile position. The technical proficiency demonstrated in the video application is an important element, as the job requires the successful applicant to produce blogs and video diaries.

Knowledge and experience of the job you are applying for as demonstrated by the content in the video submission is vital in assessing whether you are the right person for the job. Like any job you apply for, it's important to show you have researched the role and you explain how well you could carry out the responsibilities.

Demonstrating creativity, motivation and a genuine enthusiasm for this position is vital. We need candidates who can sustain worldwide interest for six months and have the energy to commit to a busy schedule during this time.

How is this initiative designed to benefit tourism in Australia?

‘Best Jobs in the World' is designed to promote Australia's Working Holiday Visa Maker Program to a global audience. Youth is an important target market for Australian tourism, currently representing 26% (1.6m) of all international visitors to Australia each year. Importantly young travellers tend to stay for longer, spend more and disperse more widely through the country than most other target segments, so they provide an excellent benefit to the economy, particularly in regional areas.

In addition, the fact that Tourism Australia, in conjunction with its State and Territory Tourism Office partners, is offering six jobs means that the campaign showcases a variety of experiences and locations that will appeal to the youth audience.

What are the implications of "Best Job in the World" for the economy?

In 2012 Working Holiday Makers contributed AUD$2.5billion to the Australian economy. On average Working Holiday Makers spend in excess of AUD$13,000 during their stay and contribute to regional economies and job creation – with every 1,000 WHM creating just over six full time equivalent jobs in the economy.

Expensive cities

Expensive cities

Sydney, one of the world's most expensive cities

As the Australian currency becomes stronger, the cost of living in the country keeps increasing. Consequently, nowadays Sydney -which was once a relatively affordable locality- keeps moving up the ranks of the world's most expensive cities.

According to a study carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2013 Worldwide Cost of Living Index, Sydney is the third most expensive city in the world. The survey -published in CNN Money- compares n U.S. dollars the average prices of of 160 everyday goods and services, including good, drink, rent, clothing, household supplies and transportation. More than 50,000 individual prices were gathered to create average prices for goods and services in 131 cities.

As the research's findings point out, in Sydney, a loaf of bread costs $5.03, a bottle of table wine is $25.38, a pack of brand-name cigarettes is $15.48 and high-end 3-course dinner for four with wine is $731.96. Indeed, it is not a cheap place for smokers.

The most expensive city to buy a loaf of bread is in Tokyo where it costs $9.06, while Paris -unsurprisingly- can be the most expensive place to have dinner (a bill can reach $2,100).

The American reputed magazine Time also places Sydney on the third place in The World's 10 Most Expensive Cities of 2013. Sydney alongside another Australian city -Melbourne- have seen some of the biggest rises in prices over the past year. The strong local currency -partially powered by the country's strong economic links to China's burgeoning economy- has recently pushed up the prices in a significant measure.

Sydney is also one of the most expensive cities for luxury Real Estate. Global billionaire activity in world real estate markets has been so intense over the last seven years that it has led to a doubling of property values in this sector, says Savills, a global real estate firm, in its annual World Cities Review report.

According to the study, Sydney is the 10th most expensive billionaire city where the average price per square foot is 580 pounds ($880) and the average property size is 19,400 sq. ft.

This trend might reflect Sydney's growing importance as an hub for business in the region. Billionaire activity has been concentrated on high-end urban centers rather than leisure properties in the surrounding countryside or regional sunbelts, says Yolande Barnes, head of world research at Savills. This reflects a global preference for urban locations as these billionaires need to be located in cities where they can do business.