PADI to Create Ocean Change this May 2022

PADI to Create Ocean Change this May 2022

PADI® is thrilled to announce an exceptional PADI AmbassaDiver™: Indian actress, singer and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Parineeti Chopra.

"A PADI AmbassaDiver is someone who is passionate about using their force for good to encourage others to protect our blue planet," says Kristin Valette Wirth, Chief Brand and Membership Officer. "We could not have found a more respected and authentic partner as Ms. Chopra, a long time ocean lover, to advance our shared mission of saving the ocean. She is unmatched as a shining example of how to protect what you love - and inspire others to do the same."

Chopra, who has always loved the ocean, experienced the magic beneath the surface in 2013 when she took her first breath underwater in Bali. As soon as she surfaced from that dive, she was hooked - and protecting the ocean became very personal for her, receiving her PADI Open Water Diver certification later that year in Palau. Since then she has inspired others around the world–from her family and friends to fans in India– to try scuba diving so they can join her in seeking adventure and saving the ocean.

"The first time I came up to the surface after diving, I was crying because it was such a life-changing experience," says Ms. Chopra. "It is now something I can't live without. I make sure I do a diving trip every three months despite my work schedule because it is my form of meditation. And it is the place I am immensely passionate about protecting."

"We are all equal underwater and all speak the same language. Over the years I have seen the changes that have taken place beneath the surface. During my time as a brand ambassador for Tourism Australia, I witnessed the bleaching and damage that has occurred to the Great Barrier Reef. I was so sad to see this and am now committed to being a diver with a purpose. I have also seen first-hand how marine reserves, like the ones in Sipadan, Malaysia and Palau, prove how valuable marine protected areas are. As a PADI Diver, I want to make sure that our entire blue planet gets the protection it deserves," continues Ms. Chopra.

With over 67 million social media followers and having recently starred in the Netflix movie The Girl on the Train, Chopra joins an elite group of celebrity influencers determined to take personal action and create real change for healthier oceans. Spending nearly all her free time diving around the world, Chopra shares her love for the ocean with her fans, as diving is an important part of her life that allows her to return to nature and reset. She will work with PADI to encourage others to experience the beautiful world underwater as PADI Divers and join her in helping to achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.

"PADI created the AmbassaDiver program to support extraordinary divers who dedicate their lives to illuminating the path that leads from curiosity, exploration, and discovery to understanding, stewardship and action. Ms. Chopra is playing a very important role in ocean conservation, lighting the way for others to become divers themselves and mobilizing communities worldwide to seek adventure and save the ocean with her," continues Valette Wirth.

Ms. Chopra has big plans for 2022 – including becoming a real-life PADI Mermaid and taking part in citizen science projects during her dive trips around the world!

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the world's largest ocean exploration and diver organization, operating in 186 countries and territories, with a global network of more than 6,600 dive centers and resorts and over 128,000 professional members worldwide. Issuing more than 1 million certifications each year, and with over 29 million certifications to date, PADI enables people around the world to seek adventure and save the ocean through underwater education, life-changing experiences and travel. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, maintaining its high standards for dive training, safety and customer service, monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. With a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation, PADI is leading the way for millions of people to actively explore, steward and protect the ocean through its course offerings and partnerships with like-minded, mission-driven organizations. PADI embodies a global commitment to ocean health with its mission to create a billion torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean. []

Famous Movies by Liam Hemsworth

Famous Movies by Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth, a renowned Australian actor, made his first film appearance in 2009 in the movie Knowing. Liam is not just Chris Hemsworth's little brother. He is a household name in the movie industry, with an acting career that spans over a decade. He became a household name after his second movie, Triangle, and the 2010 film The Hunger Games. Other notable films by Liam Hemsworth are Paranoia, The Expendable 2, and Empire State.

For many years Liam struggled to grab Hollywood's attention with little success. His significant breakthrough was featuring in the T.V series Home and Away, where his performance was widely appreciated, and soon enough, many movie companies started signing contracts with him. Consider some of his greatest movies:

In the 2013 thriller movie' Paranoia' Liam starred together with Harrison Ford. In this movie, a junior employee in an influential corporation is allocated a corner office. This responsibility comes at a price- he must gather intelligence on his master's old mentor to help him secure a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Independence Day: Resurgence is considered one of Liam Hemsworth's best films. The movie, directed by Roland Emmerich, is an account of a few courageous men and women determined to save the planet from aliens attack. Knowing, a 2009 movie is a film that revolves around an M.I.T academic who discovers a series of numbers that connects to disclose the date of an imminent global calamity. Liam plays a minor role in this film alongside stars like Rose Byrne and Nicolas Cage. Though Knowing was met with mixed reviews, the film was considered successful, receiving a lot of praise. However, there was a lot of criticism about the film's conclusive section.

Liam is featured in The Hunger Games, a 2012 film based on the award-winning novel by Suzanne Collins. This movie, a first in the Hunger Games film series, is set in a fictitious nation of Panem. After a dystopian apocalypse, Katniss Everdeen replaces her sister in a competition that is televised across the country. Each district selects two teenagers who are involved in a near-death fight.

Alongside movie stars Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis, and Julia Blake, Liam is featured in the famous Australian comedy-drama series The Dressmaker. The Dressmaker is about a lady Myrtle, who allegedly kills someone when she was of tender age. Several years later, she goes back to her native town in rural Australia on a revenge mission on the people who did her wrong.

Liam plays the role of Will Blakelee in the movie Last Song, released in 2010. In the film, a seventeen years old defiant teenager, Ronnie Miller, along with her brother Jonah are sent to spend the summer with their separated dad Steve Miller in Georgia. Ronnie, a piano enthusiast, abhors the estate until his encounter with the loc Will Blakelee. The two soon fall in love, and Ronnie mends her ruined relationship with her dad, who is now terminally ill.

In the movie Expendables 2, Barney Ross reconnects with his old schoolmates for a not so difficult assignment from one Mr. Church. However, their new acquaintance, Billy the Kid, is abducted and murdered in cold blood during the mission. The group, motivated by the need to avenge this unfortunate death, races swiftly to hunt down an international criminal and arms dealer, Jean Vilain, for possessing five tons of pure plutonium. Liam features in this action and adventure thriller alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren. He has also featured in the movie 'Isn't It Romantic', which tells the story of Natalie, a New York architect who strives to get the attention of her staff mates and later finds herself in a strange universe. This movie is unique; it allows Liam Hemsworth to act in a different role.

Liam starred alongside Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, and Michael Dorman in the movie Triangle. Triangle is a psychological movie with many horror scenes revolving around Jess, who, together with her friends, embark on an unfamiliar journey at sea on a yacht. Suddenly they are left with no option other than to jump onto another ship in an attempt to save themselves from mysterious and life-threatening weather conditions. The ship is, however, deserted; they, however, find some food in the dining room.

Apart from featuring in many successful films, Liam Hemsworth's acting career has also encountered some challenges. He has received severe criticism for the movies Arabian Night', The Last Song, and Timeless. This notwithstanding, Liam reassembled himself and never allowed negative criticism to kill his acting career. Eventually, he has become a celebrity in America's acting industry.

Chocolate Factory in Australia

Chocolate Factory in Australia

The Barry Callebaut Group, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, today celebrated the official opening of its factory expansion in Campbellfield, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.

The expansion of Barry Callebaut's factory in Campbellfield, Victoria, positions the company to become the number one chocolate manufacturer in Australia. Jo Thys, President Asia Pacific, said, "This factory expansion underlines Barry Callebaut's ongoing commitment to Australia. The facility further strengthens our regional footprint in Asia Pacific, producing safe and high-quality products. The move is in line with our ambition to locate production close to our customers." The investment expands the existing Campbellfield factory, which was acquired in 2020. The new factory lines add significantly to the total production capacity of the Australian factory and its range of offerings. The offerings now include liquid chocolate, compound, buttons, chips as well as specialties such as coatings and fillings.

Through its facility in Campbellfield, Victoria, Barry Callebaut can serve the entire food industry in Australia, from global and local food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate.

Denis Convert, Managing Director Australia at Barry Callebaut, said, "I am proud that our Gourmet chocolates have been brought into the country for many years now. Today, I am even prouder that our high quality 'Made in Australia' products are available in higher volumes, creating more chocolate happiness for our local consumers. With the expansion of our Campbellfield factory, we are well positioned to become the leading chocolate manufacturer in Australia."

The investment into the 11,000 square meter site, equipped with state-of-the-art chocolate refining and conching lines, corresponds to the increasing demand for high quality chocolate in Australia. According to Euromonitor, Australia is one of the largest chocolate and confectionery markets in Asia Pacific with a per capita consumption of 5.1 kilograms of chocolate confectionery in 2021, the highest in the Asia Pacific region[1].

With annual sales of about CHF 7.2 billion (EUR 6.6 billion / USD 7.9 billion) in fiscal year 2020/21, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs more than 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of more than 12,500 people.

The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers.

Blackboard partnership with Governance Institute of Australia

Blackboard partnership with Governance Institute of Australia

Blackboard, now a part of Anthology, today announced a new partnership with the Governance Institute of Australia to increase educational opportunities for its 43,000 governance and risk management professionals. The Institute will deploy Blackboard's tailored learning solutions including its learning management system, Blackboard Learn, virtual classroom solution, Blackboard Collaborate, and Blackboard Registration and Management.

As the only Australian provider of chartered governance accreditation, the Governance Institute offers a range of short courses, certificates and postgraduate studies to help further the knowledge and education of governance and risk management professionals.

"The Governance Institute is well known for providing leading edge governance training and accreditation, so partnering with Blackboard to deliver a seamless experience from end to end for students will be crucial to deliver on expectations now and into the future," said Megan Motto, CEO at the Institute. "The intuitive and immersive possibilities that will be created through this partnership will not only put the Institute in front of the market, but will provide a better learning experience and outcomes, therefore delivering on our organisational vision of a stronger society through governance excellence."

The suite of Blackboard solutions will allow the Governance Institute of Australia to provide a unified, data-driven learning experience from registration to graduation. Blackboard Learn enables hybrid learning models that give educators the autonomy to utilise pedagogical best practices. Integrated with Learn, Blackboard Collaborate creates an embedded virtual classroom experience available across devices with an emphasis on encouraging student and faculty engagement. Collaborate delivers a fully interactive environment and enables real-time connections with one student or an entire class so educators can better meet the needs of all learners.

The Governance Institute of Australia will also deploy Blackboard's Registration and Management solution to provide the Institute with integrated participant registration, enrollment management, e-commerce capabilities, a manager dashboard, and corporate reporting tools. In addition, the integration with Genius affords the Governance Institute of Australia a comprehensive training management solution to facilitate the whole learning lifecycle while also aiding in automating Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) reporting.

"The governance and risk management industry is fast-growing and ever-changing, and we are proud to offer products and services that can meet the evolving learning management needs of organisations like the Governance Institute of Australia," said Yves Dehouck, Vice President of Asia Pacific at Blackboard. "Our powerful, integrated ecosystem of solutions provide institutional partners with the best tools to deliver increased knowledge to the very members they serve."

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