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23 pictures that sum up 2014

first_img whatsapp 23 pictures that sum up 2014 Share The year is drawing to an end so it’s time to take a look back at 2014 in pictures. In January, workers at the French Goodyear factory went on strike and then took two executives hostage after it was announced that the company was going to close the plant, with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs.  (Source: Getty) That same month it emerged that French President Francois Hollande had been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. The story turned into a debate about privacy issues – but not before it made headline news around the world.  (Source: Getty) In February Janet Yellen became the first female chair of the US Federal Reserve. Viewed by many as naturally dovish, analyst consensus was that she was unlikely to raise interest rates until wider economic circumstances dictated it. Later in 2014 she was ranked by Forbes as the second most powerful woman in the world after German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  (Source: Getty) Also in February, General Motors recalls 800,000 cars over faulty ignition switches, but by the summer this had risen to recalls for 28 million cars. The fault had been known to GM for a decade previously, and costs are expected to reach £1.2bn.  Chief executive Mary Barra offered “sincere apologies” to the families affected. (Source: Getty) In March, comedian and presenter Ellen Degeneres posted on Twitter what has since become the most retweeted picture ever. Simply known as the Oscar Selfie, it featured 12 of the biggest Hollywood celebrities. https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/440322224407314432 The same month also saw the first disaster to strike Malaysian Airlines when flight MH370 disappeared during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Despite a widespread search, involving several nations, exactly what happened remains a mystery.   (Source: Getty) The Ukrainian crisis that began in November 2013 took a turn for the worse after the annexation of Crimea in March, which led to out-and-out war between the two factions.  (Source: Getty) May saw the world’s largest democratic election take place, with populist Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi taking the reins, despite being criticised for failing to prevent the 2002 Gujarat riots, as well as his track record on certain areas such as healthcare and education. But Modi’s pro-business stance has subsequently won him many fans.  (Source: Getty) In June, HRH Queen Elizabeth II came face to face with a very different type of throne to her usual seat when she visited the Game of Thrones set in Belfast. Sadly for the internet, she declined to sit on the Irone Throne, but it still yielded a good photo opportunity. (Source: Getty) Football madness descended across the globe when the World Cup began in Brazil. There were more than a few upsets though – England failed to make it through the group stages, the home nation lost 7-1 to Germany in the semis and Luis Suarez bit another person. So not all unexpected…  (Source: Getty) In July, a second disaster struck Malaysia as its Flight MH17 crashed over Ukraine, killing 298 people. The final investigation is yet to report but it is widely believed that pro-Russian separatists shot the plane down using a surface-to-air missile. Both the recovery operation and investigation were hindered by the ongoing crisis. (Source: Getty) Much of the world was captivated by not one, not two but three Supermoons.  The first appeared in July, followed by one in August, and then again in September. Northern Scotland was the best place to see it, but there were some pretty awesome views in London too.  (Source: Getty) The current Ebola epidemic is now thought to have started in December 2013, but it was in August that the world really started paying attention, after the World Health Organisation declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) after the death toll rose above 1,000. There have been many moving pictures to come out of the areas affected by the epidemic but this one, showing a worker decontaminating a corpse in a Liberian classroom, is particularly shocking.  (Source: Getty) Meanwhile in Ferguson, Missouri, protests and demonstrations turned into riots and civil disobediance after a policeman shot and killed unarmed citizen Michael Brown. The unrest continued for several weeks, and resurfaced again after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer involved. Later in 2014, there was more condemnation of the US police force after Eric Garner died in choke hold, with his dying words “I can’t breathe” forming a major protest movement. (Source: Getty) Islamic State grabbed headlines throughout the year, but the possiblity that the extremist group could enter Nato member Turkey was the point at which airstrikes were introduced. The key town of Kobani – a Kurdish town on the Syria/Turkey border – was the setting for this battle.  Allied airstrikes in Iraq began in August, followed by Syria in September. The UK government approved airstrikes in Iraq late September.  (Source: Getty) The so-called Umbrella Revolution began in September, shutting down much of the business district in Hong Kong as protesters called for electoral reform. The use of tear gas, and an image of a protester protecting themselves using an umbrella, is what gave the movement its name.  (Source: Getty) No one thought it would happen. Then suddenly business leaders and (most) politicians worried it might. Scottish independence got much closer than ever expected, but ultimately the electorate voted “No – thanks” to breaking up the union.  (Source: Getty) Jack Ma became the richest man in Asia after his company registered the biggest IPO in corporate history. This picture captures the moment Alibaba debuted on the New York Stock Exchange.  (Source: Getty) Richard Branson’s ambitions to create a commercial space organisation suffered yet another set back after one of Virgin Galactic’s rockets crashed in October. Co-pilot Michael Alsbury was killed, but pilot Peter Siebold survived.  (Source: Getty) One month later, there was better news from the world of space exploration. A decade after leaving Earth, the Philae rocket landed on a comet – the first time this had ever happened. Sadly contact was lost just a couple of days after landing, but that didn’t stop the scientific world hailing it as an incredible success.  (Source: Getty) In November, the country’s thoughts turned to the centenary of the First World War, as the Tower of London’s moving installation reached its peak. Holding more than 800,000 poppies, one to commemorate each Brit who died during the war, the temporary artwork was so popular, the organisers had to extend it by two weeks.   Sentimental we may be, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like a good bargain when we see one. Or that we’re not willing to break a few bones to get our paws on the last dirt-cheap telly. As this Vine shows, chaos ensued on Black Friday this year.   The UK could hardly go through the year without at least one reference to the weather. The Met Office warned us of a new phenomenon in December – the weather bomb. It ravaged much of the country, but by the time it got to London was something of a damp squib.  (Source: Getty) Tags: Review of the year 2014center_img Monday 15 December 2014 12:20 pm Show Comments ▼ Catherine Neilan whatsapplast_img read more

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 01/05/2018 In constant currencies, ebit growth came to 9% in Q1 2018.The results included the full-year impact of synergies from the UTi merger, adding approximately Dkr100m each, in the first and second quarters. Mr Andersen noted that the integration of UTi had encouraged DSV to look at more M&A.“We are still very committed to M&A, this is a fragmented industry. It makes sense to take part. Unfortunately, the attractive companies are not ready to enter negotiations with DSV.”The company said the air freight market was the strongest with an estimated 5-6% volume growth, “whereas other markets grew in line with the underlying economy, estimated at 2-4%”.In contrast, DSV saw air freight volumes rise 10%, while sea freight grew 4%, which the company said was in line with the market, and had been driven by EMEA region exports.Air freight benefited from strong exports from EMEA and the Americas, in what was “pure organic growth”, said Mr Andersen, noting that despite the growth there was no dilution of gross profit per tonne.“It should be profitable growth, and that is what we have seen,” he said. He said the company had a “pipeline of new customers with significant air freight volumes”.The larger size of DSV had helped it secure air freight capacity, he added.“You have to fight more in certain weeks of the year for air capacity – and it’s a benefit for us to be one of the larger companies now.” He added that he did not expect air freight rates to “sky rocket”.“There is some strength in [us being] a big player, but acting like a local player. Air freight is a good market to be in right now.”The Air & Sea division achieved a growth in net revenue of 6.2%, Road 3.3% and Solutions 10.3% (in constant currencies).“Relative to the same period of 2017, net revenue was negatively impacted by a lower number of working days, due to the timing of Easter,” DSV said.Mr Andersen cautioned that the “ocean market could continue to be soft – the growth is OK, but it’s lower than air. It’s a super volatile market.”Road gained market share, said DSV, and saw volumes rise 3%.“We achieved higher increases from customers in road – we got some pricing power back,” said Mr Andersen.Although EBIT before special items fell 36% to Dkr241m, the company said: “Q1 2017 was impacted by a gain on property transactions of DKK125m.”Contract logistics, meanwhile, grew some 3-4% in a market characterised by high warehouse utilisation.“As seen in previous years, growth was strongest in the ecommerce sector, but the market trends were also strong in other, more conventional industries. Measured by net divisional revenue, the division achieved growth of 10.3%, with APAC and Americas as the strongest regions and retail and automotive industries as the main growth drivers.”The operating margin grew 9.4%, against 8.1% last year, the company said. “The positive margin development was driven by continued improvement in productivity across the organisation.”DSV doesn’t foresee an economic slowdown, and seems unconcerned about the likelihood of a trade war: “We are still optimistic; if you look at volumes, they are still pretty decent and we haven’t forecast that to change.”You can see the full results here. A strong air freight market “across the board” contributed to “very, very” good first-quarter results from DSV, announced this morning.“We are ahead of where we expected to be,” said CEO Jens Bjørn Andersen.“The strong momentum of 2017 continued into 2018,” he said in an earnings call.While revenues just edged up, year on year, to Dkr18.4bn ($2.97bn) profit for the period rose nearly 15% to Dkr769m ($124m). In constant currencies, gross profit rose 3%. Exchange rate losses amounted to Dkr86m, triggering financial net expenses of Dkr155m, up from Dkr94m a year earlier.last_img read more

first_img By Sharon Begley May 16, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images Does exercise keep the brain young? [email protected] Please enter a valid email address. Gut Check is a periodic look at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom. We ask: Should you believe this?The claim: Exercise reduces the risk of 13 kinds of cancer, researchers reported on Monday.Tell me more:The research, in JAMA Internal Medicine, pooled data from 12 earlier studies, the oldest of which began in 1982, of 1.44 million people. That made it the largest-ever analysis of exercise and cancer. Volunteers were asked how much physical activity they’d engaged in over the past year. Half exercised less than about 150 minutes per week, half exercised more. Their health was tracked for seven to 28 years.Compared to the bottom 10 percent of exercisers (measured by minutes of leisure activities, such as walking, running, and swimming each week), the top 10 percent had 42 percent less esophageal cancer, 27 percent less liver cancer, 26 percent less lung cancer (but only for current and ex-smokers), 21 percent less endometrial cancer, 16 percent less colon cancer, and 10 percent less breast cancer. Overall, they had 7 percent less cancer. (They also had a 27 percent higher risk of malignant melanoma, but only in places with higher levels of UV, probably because exercising exposed them to cancer-causing sunlight.) The researchers found no association between exercising and 13 other cancers, including pancreatic, ovarian, and brain.advertisement Related: Tags American Cancer Societycancerexercise Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Sharon Begley @sxbegle ‘The Biggest Loser’ shows the complexity of keeping weight off Privacy Policy One of those “other factors” is weight. Like smoking, obesity is associated with less exercise and more cancer. Finding that more sedentary people have more cancer could be a roundabout way of seeing that obesity raises the risk of some cancers. When the scientists used standard statistical techniques to factor out body mass index, most of the reductions in cancer risk held up, though the benefits of exercise shrank. Unfortunately, a 2016 paper has cast doubt on whether statistical techniques to control for such confounding factors work as advertised.Even more worrisome are the confounders you don’t even think to control for. The study did not include genetics, which might influence both exercise and cancer risk, said statistician Rebecca Goldin, a professor of mathematics at George Mason University who was not involved in the research. “Other health factors might influence both, too. Imagine you have something simmering before cancer has reared its ugly head, which might cause you to both not exercise and develop cancer.” That would show up as the association the study found, undermining the idea that exercise helps prevent cancer. Gut CheckDoes exercise prevent cancer? Related: Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. “This study highlights that physical activity has benefits for cancer prevention,” said Alpa Patel of the American Cancer Society, who led the study with Steven Moore of the National Cancer Institute.In the United States, men have a 42 percent chance of developing cancer; women, a 38 percent chance. A 7 percent reduction lowers those risks to 39 percent and 35 percent, respectively. Patel called that a “significant” drop, adding that “the more interesting finding is the vast number of cancer sites associated with inactivity.”advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: “If people have precancerous illness, there might be latent effects that cause them both to have poor health and not to exercise much,” coauthor Moore agreed.Another concern is that the study compared cancer incidence among the bottom 10 percent of exercisers to the top 10 percent. Those extremes could well differ on many more attributes than just exercise. Someone who works out more than 90 percent of the population might have other habits that avert cancer, including eating a healthy diet and undergoing regular cancer screening (especially for cervical or colon cancer) to detect abnormalities before they become tumors. Exercise enthusiasts and couch potatoes could also differ in socioeconomic characteristics that affect risk of cancer. The study authors tried to control for these, too.The verdict:We all hope that healthy living will keep cancer away, but the evidence that physical activity does that is far from definitive. And even if this study is correct, the benefit is small. Hundreds of studies have examined whether exercise is linked to a lower chance of developing cancer. They have been inconclusive for virtually every kind except colon, breast, and endometrium. And even for those three, the studies did not prove causation. Neither did the new one.Really?An observational study like this — ask volunteers how much they exercised, then see who develops cancer — can’t show that exercise caused a lower risk of cancer. It can only show that the two go together. Proving causality requires assigning some volunteers to exercise, others to be sedentary, and then comparing their cancer incidence. Only that type of study can make sure some third factor is not at work.Smokers, for instance, are less physically active (it’s hard to use a treadmill when you’re hacking or gasping for breath) and more likely to develop lung and other cancers. The researchers acknowledge that they “cannot fully exclude the possibility that diet, smoking, and other factors may affect the results.”last_img read more

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first_imgHome Sport GAA Football championships to be brought forward, leagues to be cancelled – Laois… SportGAA Electric Picnic By Steven Miller – 27th April 2020 Previous articleSadness in Courtwood and Rath areas at passing of Billy FlynnNext article2009 Election Memories: End of the Bertie era, end of the PDs, demise of the Celtic Tiger and FF feel the backlash Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Twitter Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Laois GAA have informed the clubs of the county that there is “a strong possibility” that the senior and junior football championships may be brought forward to the weekend of July 9 if current restrictions are lifted and games are allowed to go ahead in July.Although there has been no official announcement from Government officials that sports fixtures can resume, Laois are working to have a plan in place if restrictions are lifted before July.There is an understanding that club games will go ahead first with the inter-county championships being pushed back to the Autum.Should that be the case then the Laois hurling championships and intermediate football would progress to the same schedule as originally planned prior to the Coronavirus outbreak. The hurling championships are due to begin on July 16, with the intermediate football on July 23.Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy emailed the clubs last week where he stated that the league competitions will more than likely be declared null and void.Speaking to LaoisToday, he said that “the health and safety of our players, members and supporters is priority” and “it is only in the event of government health authorities believing it is safe to resume GAA activities that we are making such tentative plans”.There has been no GAA action in the county since early March when the Government announced restrictions on people’s movement in a bid to restrict the spread of the Coronavirus.But the GAA at national level are working towards a situation where the inter-county championships could get underway in September or October – with club competitions played before that in July and August.The National Football and Hurling Leagues have been postponed indefinitely while the provincial championships – which were due to start in early May – have also been deferred with a ban on mass gatherings in place until the end of July.The GAA at central level have been in touch with officers across the country about how games might resume if restrictions are lifted.And Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy emailed the clubs of Laois last week to say the County Board are currently “reviewing our competition scheduling and structures in light of the present pandemic and potential resumption of club activities”.“At this stage though it is fair to assume that all our leagues, at both adult and underage level, may have to be declared null and void,” wrote Niall Handy in an email to the clubs.“There is also a strong possibility that the commencement date for both Senior and Football Championship may be brought forward to weekend of 9th July.“All is dependent on the present pandemic and compliance of directives and guidelines from HSE and Government Health Officials.”The GAA recently held a Special Congress via conference call when it gave permission to the National CCCC to make changes to competition structures. This only comes in four weeks after the Congress.“From this date National CCCC will bring forward recommendations … in relation to the restructring and rescheduling of intercounty championships which may also have a bearing on our internal competitions.“In the event of a green light, CCC will have reviewed and will deliver their deliberations in the coming weeks, although other than aforementioned, limited changes are anticipated.”The Laois senior football and hurling championships both take six rounds to complete with Laois GAA operating a system whereby hurling and football take place on alternate weekends.Should that be the case on this occasion, then the senior football final would be on course for September 17 with the hurling final a week later on September 24.RTE reported over the weekend that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport are at the early stage of planning to allow inter-county teams return to training.“It would rely on the extensive testing of players, management and the backroom teams in each county,” reports Micheal Lehane for RTE.“This could involve testing upwards of 2,000 people on a regular basis.”The Laois GAA executive are holding their regular meetings by conference call and the full-time staff – administrative and coaching – are all working remotely.Laois GAA management teams are in contact with their panels also – with the players being asked to follow a programme set out for them.Meanwhile, the May Laois GAA County Board Draw has also been postponed. It was due to be held this Friday, May 1, but like the April draw it will not be going ahead on its scheduled date.Instead, Laois GAA have said that the April draw will be on Friday, May 8, with the May draw on May 15. Both draws will again be streamed on social media.SEE ALSO – Sporting Memories: Chris Conway on minor success, 2004 disappointment, highs, lows and Arles-Kilcruise Electric Picnic News WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Football championships to be brought forward, leagues to be cancelled – Laois GAA reveal plans for how season might progress Facebook Facebook TAGSLaois SFCLaois SHCNiall Handy last_img read more

first_imgLearn how to make wild dogs take bait Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MPSouth Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, The Hon David Basham MPAustralia’s first wild dog baiting workshops specifically designed for organic certified properties were held in South Australia last week.Workshops funded through National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants.Ground-breaking Australian Government-funded workshops are helping organic-certified producers in South Australia combat the wild dog scourge while maintaining access to premium organic markets.Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the baiting workshops were the first of their kind to be held in Australia.“A total of 38 participants took part, representing 18 properties, covering four million hectares of the Rangelands region of South Australia,” Minister Littleproud said.“This is a fantastic response to a serious problem that costs our agriculture sector a conservative $89 million a year in stock losses.“The latest data suggests that on average, property owners and operators spend $5,176 and around 44 days per year on wild dog management, including contractors.“There is a real threat to livestock and commercial profitability, which is why the Australian Government, South Australian Government and industry recently joined forces to make a combined $25 million commitment to rebuild the Dog Fence in South Australia, on top of support for best practice control measures as detailed in the National Wild Dog Action Plan.“This $44,680 Smart Farms investment represents tremendous bang for Australian Government buck, with workshops to help producers improve pastoral productivity by reducing attacks on livestock while maintaining access to premium organic markets.”Minister Basham said the workshops were delivered last week by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions with support from organic certifiers and the South Australian Arid Lands Landscape Board.“Wild dogs are progressively invading South Australia’s sheep zone and pose a serious threat to the State’s $1.5 billion sheep meat and wool industries,” Minister Basham said.“We all have a role to play in reducing this threat and in the past some organic properties haven’t baited because the practice has been at odds with certification requirements or land managers have not felt there was enough benefit.“Through these workshops we are supporting organic producers with access to the latest knowledge to effectively carry out wild dog control measures while remaining compliant with the Australian and United States’ departments of agriculture organic certification programs.“Organic guidelines for baiting wild dogs presented at the workshops were developed in consultation with the organic industry and aligned with the National Wild Dog Action Plan.“The workshops were held on Nonning Station in the Gawler Ranges, Anna Creek Station near William Creek and Mundowndna Station near Marree.“They demonstrated fencing standards and options, how to tether baits, use canid pest ejectors, drying racks protect birdlife, bait monitoring, signage requirements and safe bait transport and storage.”Click here /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Federal, Government, industry, Investment, livestock, Marree, Minister, organic, property, regional development, South Australia, United Stateslast_img read more

first_imgAssessment identifies cultural sites in biodiversity project By Bek Shephard, Senior Land Services Officer – Aboriginal CommunitiesThe Natural Resource Management (NRM) team and I have recently been working with landholders and local Aboriginal community members to conduct Aboriginal Cultural Values Impact Assessments as part of the Biodiversity on Farm project. The assessments are to ensure the installation of on-ground works don’t disturb or destroy cultural sites.A number of sites of significant cultural heritage were identified. One site included a campsite with a large area of stone artefacts that contained flakes for cutting and grinding stones, and a remnant hearth near a dry, sandy creek line.There were no signs of rock or stone in the vicinity, and certainly nothing like those found in the scatter site, it was apparent that they had been brought into the area from another location.The landholder joined in the assessment and helped piece together the story of the site. They showed us a natural spring nearby that had always been a reliable source of water, apart from recent drought events. This may explain why the campsite existed in this location.A minor variation to the original design of the new fence being installed to control grazing, and enhance a Threatened Ecological Community, will now also protect an Aboriginal cultural site in our region.The assessments provide a great opportunity to share knowledge and dispel some myths regarding Aboriginal cultural values on private land. We are encouraged to see landholders so enthusiastic and willing to take an active role in protecting and managing significant areas on their properties.Many landholders have concerns that the presence of Aboriginal cultural heritage on their properties puts them at risk of ‘land claims’ which is not the case. There is no legislation in Australia that allows Aboriginal people to make any claims to freehold land or give permission for automatic access to sites without landholder consent. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Australia, biodiversity, community, cultural heritage, drought, Government, Impact, legislation, Local Land Services, New South Wales, project, Waterlast_img read more

first_img‘Fab Fridays’ to showcase Melbourne at its best as workers return to offices The Property Council is calling on the business community and government to join forces and rally around the Fab Fridays initiative; a campaign to encourage people back to Melbourne’s CBD after months of COVID restrictions.Coordinated by the Property Council of Australia, Fab Fridays is an initiative to showcase the best Melbourne has to offer through a program of free events and incentives to attract workers back to the office on a Friday in a COVIDSafe way.Property Council Victorian Executive Director, Danni Hunter said Fab Fridays was about reigniting the excitement of being in the CBD on a Friday, spending the day at work with colleagues and continuing to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer into Friday evenings and the weekend.“Fridays are about celebrating the week and anticipating the weekend. COVID has changed so many things about our life, but the joy of catching up in person with your colleagues and friends is irreplaceable,” Ms Hunter said.“With only 24% of workers back in Melbourne’s CBD, and hospitality businesses and retailers missing much-needed foot traffic, the Property Council has come up with the idea to get people back to the office on Fab Fridays, to play, stay and spend in the city into the evening and weekend.“Fab Fridays will bring together the business community and government. Together, we want to incentivise Melbourne’s workers back into the city on a Friday in a safe and structured way. Where possible, it would be great to see them enjoy a Friday night in the CBD.”Ms Hunter said as part of Fab Fridays, office owners, employers, cafes and restaurants and retailers are asked to get on board through initiatives such as:Putting on early morning activities such as group yoga sessions;Providing free or discounted food and coffee options in the office throughout the day; Introducing a ‘4pm knockoff pledge’ for city workers to go out and enjoy the city’s retail and hospitality options; andKickstarting an exciting social media campaign showcasing Fridays in the city.“It’s been so long since we’ve been able to get together properly, we know that people might need an incentive or two as extra motivation. We’d like to see free public transport as just one way that will encourage Melburnians into the CBD on Friday night, with the extra incentive of knowing you’ll get home safely after a wonderful dinner and show.“We are calling on CBD bosses to make the 4pm Knockoff Pledge, encouraging workers to leave the office together and either go for a walk through the city or enjoy a cheeky after work drink at a city pub. There is no better way to reward yourself after a walk than dinner at one of Melbourne’s world class restaurants or hospitality venues.”“Melbourne’s CBD is the heart of our state’s economy. Without a significant increase in office occupancy, our modelling shows Victoria could lose out on more than $2.5 billion of economic activity. This activity supports tens of thousands of jobs, especially in the retail and hospitality industries.Ms Hunter said Property Council members were proud of their efforts to encourage people to the city, particularly through significant investment in COVIDSafe workplaces and called on the Victorian Government to demonstrate its commitment to a thriving and safe CBD.“Melbourne’s CBD supports more than 48,000 public sector jobs and we’d love to see the Government make a concerted effort to encourage them to be in the office and active in our city on Fridays,” Ms Hunter said.“We’re hoping that the different levels of government will come to the table with their own incentives and initiatives to support Fab Fridays.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, campaign, community, director, Government, Investment, Melbourne, missing, property, Property Council of Australia, public transport, real estate, social media, spending, Transport, Victorialast_img read more

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