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."

Anthology offers the largest EdTech ecosystem on a global scale for education, recently combining with Blackboard to support more than 150 million users in 80 countries. With a mission to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community, Anthology helps learners, leaders and educators achieve their goals through over 60 SaaS products and services designed to advance learning. Discover more about how we are fulfilling our mission for K-12, higher education, business and government institutions at www.anthology.com.

Qantas Airline Proudly Soars Sky High

Qantas Airline Proudly Soars Sky High

Before the coronavirus pandemic, many of us considered flying merely as a means of getting from point A to point B as rapidly as possible. However, in the face of global constraints, passengers have been wondering not just about exotic locations but also about the flying experience itself – from the rush of take-off to the unsurpassed vistas of the Earth from the cabin window. That is where "flights to nowhere" come into play — air travel is undertaken just for the voyage itself, rather than the destination. As evidence of how popular these flights are, a Qantas sightseeing flight to nowhere sold out in less than ten minutes, with passengers eager to take to the skies at a time when Australia has grounded practically all international flights at premium costs.

"This is perhaps the fastest-selling rip in Qantas history," airline CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement. "People certainly miss travel and the flying experience. If there is sufficient demand, we will surely consider expanding these scenic trips as we all wait for the borders to open." The seven-hour spectacular trip will make a big loop over Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales, and the rural outback heartlands of the country. According to the Local Straits Times newspaper, the chances of getting Covid-19 aboard a plane are much less than you may think. Singapore Airlines is also apparently considering providing flights to nowhere from October.

Singapore Airlines' spokeswoman told CNN travel that the airline "is investigating several initiatives that would allow us to continue engaging customers and the general public. None of these proposals have been finalized as of yet."

The idea of a flight to nowhere could be controversial from an environmental standpoint. However, while there may be concerns about the unnecessary fuel consumption, new scientific research reveals that the chances of contracting Covid-19 aboard a flight are lower than you may assume, thanks to the air ventilation systems. Nonetheless, all airlines are complying with Covid-19 standards while flying scenic routes.

Well, on October 7, 2021, at 6:53 p.m. (Wednesday), the Australian flag carrier Qantas accomplished the world's longest passenger trip.The airline carried 107 passengers from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Darwin, Australia, covering 9,333 miles. The journey lasted 17 hours and 25 minutes and spanned Antarctica and the Pacific Ocean, lasted 17 hours and 25 minutes. According to Qantas, the aircraft was the company's first-ever non-stop flight between Buenos Aires and Darwin. It flew entirely in daylight over Antarctica, with temperatures as low as -75 degrees Celsius (-103 degrees Fahrenheit).

According to the airline, the flight also marks the first time an airplane has arrived in Darwin 'from every inhabited continent on earth" in a single year, all of which were flown by Qantas. "Qantas has always risen to the occasion, particularly when it comes to long-haul travel, and this trip is a fantastic example of our flight planning team's expertise and attention to detail," said Captain Alex Passerini, one of the four pilots on board. Long-haul flights are nothing new for Qantas. It flew a trial journey from New York to Sydney, Australia, in 2019 that lasted over 19 hours and covered more than 10,000 miles.

The flight was longer than the repatriation flight on Wednesday, although it did not transport paying passengers. Instead, it flew roughly 50 "guinea pigs" to see how humans performed in the air for an extended amount of time, disqualifying it from the title of "longest flight." Singapore Airlines now holds the record for the world's longest regularly scheduled passenger trip. An Airbus A350-900 traveled from Singapore to New York, covering over 9,500 miles in 18 hours. Avid fliers should recognize prominent Australian landmarks such as Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef from above.

The flight was conducted aboard a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, often used for transcontinental flights. The plane performed a low flyby over several prominent locations, including Uluru and Bondi Beach. Additionally, special onboard entertainment, including a surprise celebrity presenter, was present.

Due to travel restrictions, there are currently fewer flights to and from Australia, and Qantas' international fleet was previously grounded. Flight QF787 had been scheduled to depart Sydney Domestic Airport on October 10 and return seven hours later. The flight had 134 tickets available, ranging in price from AUD 787 to $3,787 (US$566 to $2,734). The Dreamliner is famed for its wide windows, which make sightseeing from 30,000 feet possible.

Vaccination For Victorians With Disability Amid Murmurs

Vaccination For Victorians With Disability Amid Murmurs

Victorian State authorities have set aside $5 million for the COVID-19 vaccination blitz on disabled residents. These residents will receive the vaccination jab in all vaccination centers that are run by the state -without being booked. In addition, the Victorian government will also launch ten vaccination hubs to catalyze the vaccination rates of disabled Victorians. The Victorian Minister for Disability, Luke Donnellan, said that vaccination rates for the disabled Victorians are still lower than that of the general public. However, the government hopes the vaccination campaign will increase the vaccination rates among these people living with disabilities.

Minister L. Donnellan also commented that by 30th September 2021, about 71% of Victoria's National Disability Insurance Scheme members with over sixteen years had received their first jab. This figure was a bit higher than 67% of the national average (but lower than 84% of the general population of Victoria). In fact, Mr. Donnellan confirmed that the vaccination rates among disabled Victorians are still lower than those of the general Victorian population. He also confirmed that the authorities are determined to increase these rates.

In addition, the Victorian government is creating more ambassadors for the COVID-19 vaccine by working alongside disabled people (hearing and autism). Martin K, a former travel writer involved in a terrible car accident that left him a quadriplegic, said that the people at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 are those living with disabilities. For this reason, he urged the government to heighten vaccination activities among the disabled.

As the COVID-19 cases of infection and death continue to heighten in Victoria and the World at large, demonstrations against the COVID-19 regulations continue to increase. With many main stream media channels not covering the Australian COVID protests, rumours were circulating online of a media blackout of protests that seemed to last for months with what looks like tens of thousands of people involved. Over 200 protesters were arrested in Melbourne, an area that was also been declared a no-fly zone by the authorities. These demonstrations continued for many days whereby some police officers have been injured by projectiles thrown by demonstrators. Batteries, golf balls, and bottles are among the projectiles thrown to the police by demonstrators who are against the strictly imposed COVID-19 self-quarantine and stay-at-home regulations.

As the police expected more demonstrations, Ross Guenther, the Deputy Police Commissioner, added that some demonstrators' motives may be unclear. He also urged people not to visit Melbourne since the police are determined to use excessive force in an attempt to scatter and stop the demonstrators. The authorities and some union officials added that a few far-right groups and extremists had joined the demonstrations. Daniel Andrews, the state premier, said that some of the protestors claim to be members of the building industry. He also said some of the protestors are not builders- they are merely there to fight "instead of protesting."

Protests erupted even more after the authorities shut down construction sites that were not complying with COVID-19 rules and made the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for the construction workers. The protesters are said to have injured some police officers and damaged property worth lots of money. In addition, the media complained when Melbourne was declared a no-fly zone, a ban that was later lifted only for the media's helicopters. TV images showed the police dispersing demonstrators using foam baton rounds and capsicum spray.

Many demonstrators have refused to cooperate with reporters, claiming that they are broadcasting fake news. Most of the arrested protesters were fined AU$5,000 for breaching COVID-19 directives. Lockdown continued in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra following the Delta variant outbreak. This lockdown was the sixth for Victoria since the pandemic began.

Daily activities were anticipated to partially resume in Sydney and Melbourne by lifting some of the curbs if the population of the vaccinated adults hit 70%, which is expected by December 2021. The authorities promised to give further relaxation as the vaccination figure hits 80%. In the southeastern state of Victoria. 45% of residents aged over sixteen years are fully vaccinated, with only 54% of the same immunized in the state of New South Wales. Recently, Victoria recorded over six hundred new infections; this is a big rise this year. On the same day, New South Wales registered more than a thousand new infections. The total COVID-19 new infections cases stood at 90,300, with 1,186 deaths reported.