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Queensland And Uber Launch scUber – “The World’s First Rideshare Submarine On The Great Barrier Reef”

Heron Island, Queensland, Australia – Queensland, Australia in partnership with Uber, today launched the world’s first rideshare submarine experience on the Great Barrier Reef.

Announcing  scUber, Tourism Industry Development Minister for Queensland, Kate Jones, said this new form of travel gives riders an unfiltered lens to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a playground rich in marine life offering remarkable underwater experiences.

“How excited are we today to have a world first on the world’s largest and most beautiful reef,” said Kate Jones.

“We all know that you can see the Great Barrier Reef from space. But from today, you’ll be able to see the Great Barrier Reef from the world’s very first rideshare submarine.”

But it was Dr David Wachenfeld, Chief Scientist for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the first person to experience scUber, who captured the heart of curious bystanders when he described scUber as a cross between two Hollywood icons.

“We were hovering over the bottom looking down and … you get to see the big stuff and you get to see the little stuff. And, it really is bizarre … like a cross between Nemo and a Bond movie,” Chief Scientist, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,  Dr David Wachenfield said.

Queensland and Uber have teamed up to deliver this exclusive experience, in a landmark partnership to showcase the reef.

Passengers will get 180-degree views of the underwater icon and taken to depths of up to 30 metres, without even needing a scuba mask.

The rideshare experience will be available at the touch of a button, costing AUD$3000 for two passengers.

“Having this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to access a submarine typically only available to the ultra-rich is a world changing experience,” said Uber Australia and NZ General Manager, Susan Anderson.

Riders can book the underwater adventure through the Uber app, which kicks off on Heron Island off the coast of Gladstone in Queensland on Monday, 27th May, 2019.

To celebrate the launch of scUber, Queensland and Uber are offering this exceptional bucket-list experience to one lucky winner and a friend from each of the following countries: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Australia.

Uber will further be donating $100,000 to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help support conservation initiatives on the Great Barrier Reef, and will match the equivalent value generated from every scUber ride taken.

The unique rideshare service starts on 27th May, and will move to Agincourt Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland until 18th June.

Heron Island is a small coral cay, based at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef,  that has captured the hearts of David Attenborough and Jacques Cousteau.

Greater than 69 million football fields in size, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef with an extraordinary range of habitats and species.  It has more than 600 different types of coral, 1625 species of fish and more than 1000
Islands, making it one of the most complex natural systems on earth.

 

Source: Tourism and Events Queensland

Location: Heron Island, Queensland, Australia

Sindika Dokolo thankful to the President of the DRCongo for the opportunity to come back to his country

DCR, 17 May 2019 – Sindika Dokolo thankful to the President of the DRCongo for the opportunity to come back to his country.

Mr. Dokolo told the press at the end of the meeting with the President of he Democratic Republic of Congo that it was exactly four years since he was unable to return to the country following the initiatives he had developed with civil society, as part of the movement “Les Congolais Debout”, which would have been impossible without him.

He reaffirmed his commitment to his country, through the movement “Les Congolais Debout”, to work for the education of the population and the consolidation of the rule of law. He applauded the determination of President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo in his fight to make the rule of law a living reality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mr Dokolo answered the press that he was not a politician but rather a member of the Civil Society deeply committed to doing the right thing. He continued by saying that the development of a country, does not depend only on the policies, but also the commitment of. the civil society and the participation of its citizens”. His business acumen came from a long Line of Congolese entrepreneurs since he is the son of the first Congolese who created a private bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With this in mind he also sees his return to the DRC as a new beginning to contribute to the building of the country through the exploitation of its many and fabulous natural resources thanks to the dynamism of its youth in who needs to be given employment.

May, 17, 2019

 

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SKINCLUSION Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas Talks Diversity, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias

SKINCLUSIONTM is a Global Awareness Initiative from Obagi® Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

Focuses on Need for People to Recognize and Address Their Own Unconscious Bias – Specifically Surrounding Skin Tone

Everyone possesses unconscious or implicit bias, but the majority of us are not aware of its impact on our thoughts and actions. Unconscious bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.

SKINCLUSIONTM, a new campaign from Obagi®, is looking to create a global dialogue about the need for people around the world to recognize and address their own unconscious bias, specifically surrounding skin tone. While unintentional, unconscious bias reflects deeply engrained stereotypes and can create “blind spots” that prevent us from seeing the beautiful humanity we all share.

SKINCLUSIONTM Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, discusses:

– Why this campaign is personal to her

– The importance of fighting for inclusion and celebrating diversity

– How she supports brands that align with her own values

– The SKINCLUSIONTM  campaign and how your audience can get involved

Obagi® is a female-led global skin care brand with a 30-year history of providing scientifically proven skin care products and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its business – including clinical research. Priyanka has been dedicated to fighting for inclusion and diversity over the course of her 20-year career and believes in supporting brands that align with her values.

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SKINCLUSIONTM is an initiative celebrating diversity and inclusion, which is very dear to my heart. It was developed by Obagi®, a skin care brand with more than 30 years’ experience researching products on all six skin types, including mine. I love the way their Pro-C products make my skin look and I’m excited to partner with a brand that aligns with my values.

SKINCLUSIONTM seeks to create a global dialogue about the need for all of us to make conscious choices to see the beauty in all of our differences. It helps us address our own unconscious bias which can create blind spots that can hurt and divide us.

Visit Skinclusion.com to join me in this conversation and to learn more.

Obagi’s SKINCLUSIONTM is a global awareness initiative that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and encourages us all to recognize and address our own unconscious bias, specifically surrounding skin tone. Unconscious bias affects nearly everyone, but the majority of us are not aware of its impact on our thoughts and actions.

Recognizing our own bias allows us to challenge it, overcome it, and ultimately, create a world where diversity is celebrated. Obagi is a conscious, global skin care company with a 30-year legacy and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business – from their culture to product development. As part of this initiative, Obagi® will be supporting the important work being done by the International Diversity Cultural Organization and Project Implicit.

 

About Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a multi-faceted talent, who is one of the most recognized personalities in the world.

Chopra was already a film and television star in her native India when she made her American TV acting debut, on ABC’s hit drama “Quantico.” Playing the central role of Alex Parrish, she made history as the first Indian actor to star as the lead of a TV drama series. “Quantico” ran for three seasons and was licensed in 212 territories (excluding the U.S. and Canada), across 54 languages. In January 2016, Chopra won a People’s Choice Award for her role in “Quantico,” in the category of Favorite Actress in a New Television Series, again making history as the first Indian actress to win a People’s Choice Award.

In April 2016 she was featured on the cover of TIME magazine’s coveted TIME 100 issue, named as one of the “Most Influential People” in the world.  The following year, she won her second People’s Choice Award, for Favorite Actress in a TV Drama.

About Obagi®

Obagi® is a female-led, conscious global skin care company dedicated to creating industry-leading, advanced skin care lines formulated with scientifically proven ingredients. Obagi® has a 30-year legacy and commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its business – from culture to product development.

Obagi® has led a number of skin care advances, including being the first skin care brand to design their clinical research protocols to cover all six skin tones across the Fitzpatrick skin spectrum.

Obagi® pioneered the science-based, professional skin care space with the introduction of Obagi Medical in 1988. In 2018, in an effort to increase access of its transformative, solution-driven skin care products to more people, Obagi® introduced its Obagi® Clinical line, which is available to consumers through an exclusive relationship with Sephora.

Today, Obagi® provides inclusive skin care solutions with more than 100 products, covering everyone’s skin care concerns no matter their skin tone, skin type or where they are on their skin care journey.

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