The UK’s competition watchdog reportedly could exclude some major companies from a new rule that would require many business to appoint joint auditors.Sky News reported that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to publish its long awaited report into the audit sector this week. James Booth According to the report, the CMA has been hit by a backlash from corporates to its initial proposals which it shared in December that said Ftse 100 companies are likely to be forced to employ two auditors.Read more: FRC investigates Grant Thornton audits of InterserveThe report said the CMA had been examining an exemption from the rule for the biggest, most complicated companies such as bank HSBC and oil companies Royal Dutch Shell and BP.The introduction of joint audits is intended to increase competition in a market dominated by the Big Four: EY, PwC, KPMG and Deloitte.According to Sky sources a market capitalisation threshold could apply, with companies over a certain threshold exempt from the demands. Tags: BHS BP Carillion Company Deloitte FTSE 100 Major companies could be exempt from joint audit rules in competition watchdog report whatsapp The CMA declined to comment.Read more: MPs call for full breakup of audit’s Big Four in wake of scandals The report also said the CMA is expected to push for a greater separation of the Big Four’s audit and non-audit practices than was contained in its preliminary report.Read more: DEBATE: Should the audit and consultancy arms of the Big Four be divided?The CMA inquiry was launched in response to major corporate scandals such as the collapse of retailer BHS and outsourcer Carillion were their auditors had signed off on the company’s accounts shortly before their failures.London Stock Exchange chair Sir Donald Brydon is overseeing a separate review into the future of audit.Earlier this month the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee called for a breakup of the Big Four after the conclusion of its own probe into the sector. whatsapp Share Sunday 14 April 2019 7:08 pm More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com
whatsapp “The committee urges the government to rethink its position.” The report said that support measures such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have failed to ensure all Brits were able to escape financial hardship. whatsapp He added that those who were ineligible for the CJRS and SEISS schemes should instead take advantage of the government’s increase in welfare funding, such as universal credit and working tax credits. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: Coronavirus Save our SMEs “The chancellor has effectively drawn a line under helping the million-plus people who have been excluded from support for four months,” said Treasury Select Committee (TSC) chair Mel Stride. MPs today blasted chancellor Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus support measures, saying he has turned his back on 1m Brits during the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Select Committee (TSC) today said Sunak’s response has failed to convince members he had done enough to support Brits impacted by coronavirus. Sunak was a founding partner of Theleme Partners, a major investor in Moderna (Getty Images) Rishi Sunak ‘turns his back on’ 1m in need of coronavirus support Sunak was a founding partner of Theleme Partners, a major investor in Moderna (Getty Images) Also Read: Rishi Sunak ‘turns his back on’ 1m in need of coronavirus support “Despite stating that he will not pick winners and losers when it comes to sectors and businesses that need support, the chancellor has done this when it comes to households and individuals.” “The chancellor initially told those at risk of losing their livelihoods that they would not be forgotten,” said Stride. Sunak was a founding partner of Theleme Partners, a major investor in Moderna (Getty Images) Also Read: Rishi Sunak ‘turns his back on’ 1m in need of coronavirus support Sunak said in his response that it was impossible to support everyone during the coronavirus pandemic. He said each issue presented new challenges such as the possibility of fraudulent claims. Thursday 23 July 2020 12:01 am Share “Rolling out financial support at pace and scale has inevitably resulted in some hard edges in policy design and some critical gaps in provision,” it said. In particular, it criticised the lack of provision for those in self-employment who paid themselves through dividends, those locked out of a new job due to excessive paperwork, or freelancers and those on short-term contracts. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo! JustPerfact USAUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndo Save our SMEs Emily Nicolle “While the government is clear that it is moving on to the next phase of its recovery plan, it cannot just turn its back on those who are suffering.
Federal Government | Nation & World | NPR NewsFederal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump’s third attempt at travel banOctober 17, 2017 by Camila Domonoske and Richard Gonzales, NPR News Share:Juneau residents protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policy outside the Alaska State Capitol on Feb. 6, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Updated at 4:15 p.m. ETA federal judge in Hawaii has partially blocked President Trump’s third attempt to restrict entry into the U.S. for citizens of certain countries. The Department of Justice says it plans to appeal.The newest version of the travel ban was due to go into effect on Wednesday. Like two previous executive orders, it was challenged in multiple courts. The new ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson is only one piece of the complicated legal puzzle over the long-term fate of the president’s efforts to limit travel to the U.S.In his ruling, Watson wrote that the third version of the ban, like those before it, “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States,’ ” evidence that he says would be necessary for the ban to be enforceable.As a result, he issued a temporary restraining order that will keep the ban from being enforced for six of the eight named countries — the six majority-Muslim nations. North Korea and Venezuela, which were added in the most recent version of the ban, are not affected by the ruling, and the restrictions on travel from those countries can go into effect.The Department of Justice said in a statement that the ruling “is incorrect, fails to properly respect the separation of powers, and has the potential to cause serious negative consequences for our national security.”The White House, in a separate statement, said the judge’s decision is “dangerously flawed.”“The entry restrictions in the proclamation apply to countries based on their inability or unwillingness to share critical information necessary to safely vet applications, as well as a threat assessment related to terrorism, instability, and other grave national security concerns,” the White House says. “These restrictions are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our Nation.”The ruling in Hawaii v. Trump is the latest in the legal tug of war over Trump’s attempt to impose a ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim nations.And this temporary restraining order is far from the end of the story. The Department of Justice says it will appeal the decision, and another federal court is also expected to rule on the third version of the ban.The original ban, signed by the president in the first week of his term, targeted seven countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan — for 90 days. Syrian refugees were banned indefinitely. The ban also was imposed on lawful permanent residents, commonly known as green card holders, and travelers who had valid visas issued before the ban was to be implemented. That action met with immediate resistance as protesters flooded airports in major cities in support of travelers from those countries. Legal challenges to this first ban were successful as a federal district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked it.In early March, Trump signed a new executive order. As NPR’s Joel Rose reported, “There are some key differences between Trump’s original order and this one. It applies only to people from six majority-Muslim countries. Iraq has been dropped from the list. Lawful permanent residents or green card holders are explicitly exempt. So are travelers who already have valid visas. And refugees from Syria are no longer banned indefinitely, though the U.S. refugee program is still suspended for 120 days and the number of refugees admitted this year cut by more than half.”Watson, the judge in Hawaii, blocked that second travel ban too, saying that it was unconstitutional because it disfavored a particular religion. A court in Maryland came to the same conclusion. The parallel rulings were upheld by appellate courts.That set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. In late June, the justices allowed Trump’s travel ban to take partial effect, but they allowed people with “close familial relationships” with someone in the U.S. to enter the country.The debate then turned on which familial relationships would be considered valid. The administration interpreted that decision as favoring only certain family members such as parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- and daughters-in-laws, siblings and fiances/fiancees.Left out were grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people currently living in the United States.In September, the 9th Circuit ruled the government couldn’t bar entry to grandparents and other extended family members. However, the Supreme Court did allow the administration to ban refugees even if they had formal ties to U.S. resettlement agencies.Then, late last month, the president amended the travel ban, as NPR’s Brian Naylor reported:“The latest version of the travel ban — version 3.0, if you will — limits travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. The nations of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela have been added. And Sudan, which was part of the original ban, has been dropped.“The new rules take effect Oct. 18. And unlike previous versions, the new ban is not temporary. It will remain in place until the affected nations comply with stringent requirements for vetting their citizens before they can receive visas to enter the U.S.”That’s the version of the ban that has now been blocked from going into effect, nationwide — at least for now.However, the state of Hawaii did not challenge the ban as it applies to North Koreans or Venezuelans. Therefore, the judge’s restraining order does not apply to those portions of the ban, which can be enforced starting Wednesday.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:
UncategorizedThe Emmys: Special In Memoriam TributesBy Kari Mozena – September 16, 2013376ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThis Sunday’s 65th annual Primetime Emmys (CBS) will feature the usual touching tribute (where I’ll inevitably utter a few awwwwwws) to those in the industry who died this year, but Emmy Exec Producer Ken Ehrlich has added a few special tributes. Edie Falco will remember her Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg; Jane Lynch will talk about her Glee co-star Cory Monteith; Rob Reiner will remember his All in the Family mother-in-law Jean Stapleton; Robin Williams will pay tribute to his mentor and one-time co-star Jonathan Winters (Mork and Mindy). Looks like I’ll be bringing Kleenex to the Nokia Theatre. Photographs courtesy vagueontheshow / flickr TAGSCory MonteithEmmy AwardsJames GandolfiniJean StapletonL.A. CultureThe SeenPrevious articleExclusive Event Alert: Lobster Roll Rumble!Next articleChoreographer Sonya Tayeh’s Passionate HonestyKari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.Kerry Washington and Other Nominees React to Their Emmy NodsAs the TV Landscape Changes, the Emmy Party Scene Is Changing Too
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© Nomadsoul1 By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 23/04/2021 The pandemic has turbo-charged online shopping as a long-term driving force in retail logistics that creates myriad opportunities, but also gives much cause for frustration with delivery logistics.As the parcel carrier infrastructure is strained beyond limits, the chance of alienating consumers through a poor delivery experience has grown, prompting merchants to review their fulfilment strategy.At the World Parcel & Express conference on 14 April, Brody Buhler, CEO of Escher Group, a service provider to postal agencies and operators, painted a picture of a sector in transit, having both significant logistics challenges and opportunities.Mr Buhler agrees with the assessment from pundits that online shopping will not fall to pre-pandemic levels once Covid-19 is under control. The experience has established a new type of consumer behaviour that will remain in play, he believes.Delivery has emerged as a critical element in the equation for online sellers, and as a serious bottleneck that impedes growth. Escher estimates delivery problems (mostly lack of available capacity) cost US retailers $12bn-$15bn in lost revenue during the 2020 peak season.That capacity shortage is prompting merchants to look for alternative solutions, including in-house services. Mr Buhler sees a trend to DIY deliveries –spearheaded by Amazon, which moves 67% of its volume in its own network.But logistics is not the only headache for retailers; the entire sector is undergoing a major shift accelerated by the pandemic, said Mr Buhler. In the US, an estimated 25,000 stores closed last year, while growth in online selling surged 80%.“Retailers are starting to reassess how they use their brick-and-mortar estate and the role it will play,” he said. As long as online sales were a minor channel, they could be managed, but once they develop critical mass, retailers have to rethink their strategy, he explained.This is reinforced by the rise of the urban fulfilment centre to serve the largest market. According to Mr Buhler, 50% of deliveries were from local inventory by the end of last year. In urban centres, it does not make sense to move inventory to a warehouse 30 miles outside the city, only to bring it back in for delivery, he said. This re-shapes the logistics needs of merchants.For them and their logistics providers, digitisation is vital, said Mr Buhler, adding: “It is time to unlock data and drive a very different optimisation.”And for consumers, free delivery has become part of standard expectations, clashing with the cost of final-mile delivery. This has been a headache for merchants as well as logistics providers, but the economics are improving, he said.Pitney Bowes predicts parcel volumes will reach 220 billion items by 2026, double 2019 volumes. The growth is improving parcel density, generating multiple parcel deliveries in one stop, instead of single-item deliveries every time, as well as shorter distances between stops.“B2C delivery is starting to look like B2B delivery always looked,” said Mr Buhler. “The delivery economics have changed.”He added that this meant postal players no longer needed the subsidy from the mail network to be able to do things with the right economics of scale on a parcel network.“The parcel networks are able to stand on their own,” he said.At the same time, delivery competition is increasing with new players entering the market, many armed with infusions from the financial sector.“We continue to see a lot of venture capital flowing into this space, up in the billions of dollars over the last couple of years,” he said.The final mile is not the only logistical headache for online merchants. Returns are on a rapid growth trajectory, Mr Buhler pointed out. Varying by sector, returns amount to between 15% and 40% or online purchases.This volume is on a high growth course. Mr Buhler cited projections that see the return logistics industry balloon to a value of $600bn in the next five years. In the rush for warehouse space for fulfilment, returns may be an afterthought, but they constitute one more challenge that is not slowing down its ascent.
Scammers targeting job seekers with hidden malware April 14, 2021 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP)– The Broward County School District was hacked by a criminal group that demanded $40 million in ransom.The gang threatened to erase the school district’s files as well as post student and staff’s personal information online. Broward County Public Schools said Thursday that there is no indication that personal information had been stolen. They did not pay the ransomware gang, as reported by the AP. In an attempt to pressure the district, the group posted screenshots of the negotiations online. Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementThe district is working with cybersecurity expects to investigate and fix the affected systems. While the school district said they will not pay any ransom, they did offer to pay to pay $500,000 in a conversation with the hackers. The group then ended negotiations. Public school districts have been targets of ransomeware attacks before. As reported by the AP, last year, the districts of Baltimore County, Maryland; Fairfax County, Virginia; Hartford, Connecticut; and Fort Worth, Texas, were targeted. Driver of stolen car arrested for leading Collier County deputies on chase April 2, 2021 Knife-wielding man shot & killed by deputy April 17, 2021 AdvertisementTags: broward countyHackers At least 544 schools, colleges and universities have suffered a ransomware attack this year, according to cybersecurity analyst Brett Callow. Seven districts had personal data published. Faceless group of hackers responsible for Colonial Pipeline shutdown May 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS
Home News Decision of lockdown of Laois, Offaly and Kildare to be made at… News Decision of lockdown of Laois, Offaly and Kildare to be made at ‘end of the week’ Facebook As of August 16, the national average is 23.1 cases per 100,000. Laois have made great progress to reduce this in the last weeks from around 80 to now below 60.Offaly has more than 130 while Kildare is heading for 200 – and certainly in the wrong direction.Interestingly, Tipperary and Clare will go over the the national average benchmark tomorrow with Limerick very close behind.14 days infection level is now at 23.1 cases per 100,000 based on HPSC data up to 16/08. Offaly and Laois have made great progress. Tipp and Clare will go over the 30 benchmark tomorrow with Limerick very close behind. Kildare still struggling will go over 200 tomorrow pic.twitter.com/sSUkWMvpAP— Conor Riordan (@ConorRiordan2) August 18, 2020SEE ALSO – Coronavirus: One further death and 190 new cases as Laois has less than five again Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp The decision on whether Laois, Offaly and Kildare may be permitted to exit the localised lockdown that they have been under since Friday August 7 will be made at the end of this week.So say Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn in response to a question at last night’s press conference by Virgin Media reporter Zara King.Ms King inquired, in light of the new restrictions that had been placed on the country, how the three counties that were currently in a localised lockdown would be treated. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic News Previous articleLaois GAA to increase streaming fee as hurling Round 1 turns €4,000 profitNext articleWarnings issued as storm ‘worse than Hurricane Charlie’ set to strike Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 19th August 2020 TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19lockdown Laois, Kildare and Offaly are due to exit the lockdown at midnight on Sunday August 23.Mr Martin said: “That will be considered at the end of the week.”While Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that a decision would be taken at a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team on Thursday.Dr Glynn said: “We will consider the situation there at the NPHET meeting on Thursday.”Laois, Kildare and Offaly were placed in lockdown almost two weeks ago because their 14-day incidence rate of the virus per 100,000 had been deemed to be too high. Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date
Gladstone’s healthcare supported to meet increasing demand Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthPublic hospitals in Central Queensland are seeing more patients that ever before, and despite increasing demand 100 per cent of the most urgent Category 1 cases are being treated within recommended timeframes.In the Central Queensland region, there were 5,000 more ED presentations in February 2021 than the same time last year.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said that demand was increasing across the state for healthcare.“Our public hospitals are seeing more patients presenting to emergency departments than ever before,” said Minister D’Ath.“I want to thank our hardworking frontline healthcare workers who go above and beyond to care for Queenslanders every single day.“The Palaszczuk Government is investing a record $989.7 million in 2020-21 to strengthen ambulance services in Queensland, and we’re delivering an extra 475 paramedics over the next four years as part of our Government’s plan to hire a record 9,475 additional frontline health workers.“We’re also investing $1.625 billion in our state-wide health infrastructure program to meet the demands of Queensland’s growing population. “Additionally, to support the system’s response and its ability to balance these competing demands, an additional $25 million has been prioritised for investment in 2020-21 to open additional bed capacity across the system. The first $15 million has already been allocated to HHSs.“For the LNP to suggest that patients are in the back of ambulances without treatment shows a lack of understanding and is an insult to our hard-working paramedics and Queensland Health staff.“When the LNP were last in power they sacked 4,400 health staff, including 1,800 nurses and midwives.“In the Central Queensland HHS, the LNP sacked 197 doctors and nurses.“The consequences would be dire had the Palaszczuk Government not rebuilt our frontline services after the previous LNP government sacked thousands of staff.”This financial year there has been a significant increase in emergency department presentations, when compared to previous years.Between 1 July 2020 and 31 January 2021 there were over 1.39 million presentations to Queensland’s emergency departments, an increase of 11.6%. /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:Ambulance, Australia, Central, Emergency, emergency departments, Gladstone, Government, health, healthcare, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Palaszczuk, paramedics, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Health, treatment
Redevelopment enhances Esplanade experience After nine months of construction, the use of more than 3750 square metres of granite and 1634 tonnes of sand, and the inclusion 7274 plants, the redeveloped Esplanade Dining Precinct was officially opened today.Cairns Mayor Bob Manning was joined by Member for Cairns Michael Healy today for the opening function with local traders, contractors and invited guests.The Cairns community will get its chance to celebrate the opening of the $28 million project later this month with a public opening party on 27 June, headlined by Australian pop icon and multi-award winning artist Christine Anu.Cr Manning said the project enhanced the best features of the Esplanade, creating more space for dining, improving views to the parklands and increasing pedestrian walkways.“Our locals and visitors bring the Esplanade to life and we can’t wait to see even more people jogging, walking, dining and admiring the beauty of what Cairns has to offer,” Cr Manning said.“We want this project to be a driver of rejuvenation of the CBD precinct.“We need more tourists walking our streets, which is why we committed to this project and to the restoration of the Court House, to make the CBD a more attractive place to visit.”Along with an open feel integrating dining and the green spaces, new pavers and contemporary awnings, a highlight of the redevelopment is a 5.5-metre high vertical garden featuring over 700 plants.As part of today’s celebrations, Cr Manning and Mr Healy cut a cake and used water guns to christen the giant green wall.“Today we celebrate the official opening of this significant project and acknowledge the patience and perseverance of the Esplanade traders, as well as the contribution of contractors and employees who worked to make this vision a reality,” Cr Manning said.Council allocated $25 million for the Esplanade Dining Precinct redevelopment.More than 164 construction jobs were supported during the 12-month redevelopment, which was fast-tracked to limit the disruption to traders and maximise the city’s appeal once tourists return.Mr Healy said the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program contributed $3 million to the project in Round 5.“As a proud Cairns local, I am so excited to be part of today’s opening, to see more locals and visitors bring the Esplanade to life,” Mr Healy said.“The Esplanade has been a focal point for locals and visitors to Cairns since the late 1800s, and we are pleased to have contributed to this $28 million project to reinvigorate the area.“Importantly, 164 construction jobs were supported during all stages of construction.“Projects funded under BoR Round 5 focus on construction and planning projects that will create and sustain long-term employment in regional Queensland.”Public openingThe Cairns community will be invited to celebrate the opening of the Esplanade Dining Precinct later this month with an all-day party headlined by a performance by Cairns-born singer Christina Anu.A multi-award winning artist, Anu was born in Cairns and is well known for her hits Island Home, Sunshine on a Rainy Day and Party.The public opening on 27 June from 10am to 6pm will also feature an array of homegrown entertainers, performances by over 50 local groups, a live art gallery, street markets, spoken word and poetry slams, and a kids’ zone.More details about the public opening will be made available in coming weeks.The projectExtending along the Esplanade from Aplin Street to Shields Street, and also including the section of Shields Street from the Esplanade to Abbott Street, the Precinct features a modified and gently curving road alignment that allows the dining area to be extended and brings green space of the Esplanade Parklands closer to the outdoor venues.The retention of one-way traffic along Esplanade allows for safer pedestrian movements and will also reduce unwanted noise.The design of the road and footpath also allows the precinct to be easily transformed into a pedestrian-only space for major public events.Wider footpaths feature new consistent pavements and clearly defined areas for pedestrians and diners, the new awnings provide enhanced weather protection, and vibrant lightingimproves night time experience.A feature of the redevelopment is a striking vertical garden wall measuring 5.5 metres tall and almost 4 metres wide, which features 720 plants.The upgrade also includes a revamp of the Lagoon plaza area, which features an eye-catching checkerboard paving pattern and a distinct ‘wave’ lawn at the Shields Street and Esplanade intersection.CONSTRCUTION BY THE NUMBERSVertical garden: Frame 5.47m high x 3.97m wide; 720 plantsTotal number of plants used on the project (including the vertical garden) – 7274Concrete used – 1770 cubic metresGravels/aggregates used – 3467 tonnesAsphalt used – 630 tonnesSand used – 1634 tonnesArea of granite – 3756 square metresTotal length of underground stormwater drains – 640 metresTotal area of turf laid – 1360 square metres /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. 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