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Australian Property Tycoon Lang Walker Bullish About Future, With New Projects In The Pipeline | #Business



Australian Property Tycoon Lang Walker Bullish About Future, With New Projects In The Pipeline

With the pandemic driving office vacancy rates in Australia to 12%, the highest in over two decades, one would expect the founder of the one of the country’s largest privately held property companies to be cautious. Instead, Lang Walker of Walker Corp. says: “I am unbelievably bullish about what we’re doing and where Australia’s going.”

What’s behind his optimism? Walker has shrewdly used the downturn to grow his Sydney-based Walker Corp.’s pipeline of planned projects by 36% in the past 12 months, some A$8 billion ($6.3 billion), to a total of A$30 billion. Among the advantages that’s helped Walker is that local authorities have been more willing than usual to cut red tape to issue approvals in order to support growth and create jobs. “It’s amazing the opportunities that present themselves when you’ve got a bit of vision and you’ve got a little bit of horsepower,” he says in an interview, conducted by video during a holiday in the Yarra Valley outside of Melbourne.

Currently, much of the A$4.85 billion in gross asset value listed on Walker Corp.’s 2020 balance sheet is in Australia. “We’re mainly in commercial and broadacre, master-planned communities in Australia [as] that’s where the market is best,” says Walker. He also has big plans for residential property. “We’re acquiring quite a lot of apartment sites in Australia, not to do now, but to start cranking that up in two to three years, when the market improves,” he says.

Walker’s skill in mastering Australia’s property market is shown in Walker Corp.’s results. In the past five years, Walker Corp.’s profits have jumped from A$105 million in 2015 to A$252 million last year—Goodman Group, Australia’s largest listed property company by market cap, grew its profits just 18% in the same period. Walker’s fortune has seen a similar trajectory, up from $1.18 billion in 2015 to a current Forbes estimate of $2.3 billion (and higher net worth figures can be found elsewhere).

Growing up an only child in Sydney, Walker, now 75, worked as a deckhand sailing yachts around Australia’s northeastern coast after high school. In the 1960s, Walker decided it was time to join his father Alec Walker’s earthmoving and civil engineering business, which evolved into a property developer in the ’70s. The business was renamed Walker Corp. in 1988. Though his father died in 2011, Walker’s three children are now active in the business.

Typical of the projects Walker is now developing is the A$3.2 billion Parramatta Square project in Sydney’s western suburbs, which broke ground in 2017. Expected to be fully completed next year, the project will feature Australia’s biggest office tower, with 120,000 square meters of total floor space, and cover 3 hectares. Tenants for Parramatta Square include the New South Wales state government and Westpac.

Walker Corp. owns additional properties in Sydney and other major Australian cities such as Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. During the pandemic, protracted lockdowns in several Australian cities prompted a shift to working from home. Yet Walker Corp. hasn’t experienced a “material reduction” in rental revenue or demand for office space, according to its 2020 financial report. Despite speculation about whether the trend of working from home would sound the death knell of downtown offices, most of the company’s tenants are staying put.

Walker says he has been fortunate in securing mostly large, stable corporate or government tenants. “All the tenants that we’ve targeted have been either government, semi-government, banks and other really high-end, big users,” he says. He says that they are reliable and low-risk clients: “Having banks and government as tenants, that’s been fantastic.”

Walker didn’t slow down during the pandemic, and kept his staff busy as well. “We haven’t stopped working,” he says. Whenever Covid-19 recedes in Australia, Walker believes staff will return to offices—with some caveats. “I think there’s going to be a hybrid model where companies will be a little bit more flexible about remote work, but a lot of the workforce actually want to be back in the office where they’re communicating and interacting with people,” he says. Walker realizes Walker Corp. may need to adapt to some changes in workplaces. “They’re going to have a lot more collaboration spaces, breakout spaces, you’re going to have winter gardens,” he says. “We’re already looking at ways to change our office designs for new buildings that we’re doing.”

However, it may still be a while before life is back to pre-Covid levels. “Tenant demand is expected to remain soft in 2021 given the potential downside risks,” writes Joyce Tiong, head of office occupier research Australia for CBRE, in a recent report. “Workplace occupancy will continue to be influenced by the containment of Covid-19 and the rollout of vaccination programs.”

In Walker’s view, no matter what changes Covid-19 brings in workplaces, there will always be demand for prime office space. One trend that he sees accelerating is that of companies looking beyond central business districts and establishing offices in cheaper locations, such as suburban or regional centers, allowing for easier commutes for staff. “There will be a greater focus on working close to where you live. And affordability is something people will be looking at,” he says. Parramatta, for instance, is 20km from Sydney’s CBD, but close to mostly residential suburbs. “The quality of our buildings in Parramatta is any bit as good as anything in the city, and we’re a third of the price,” Walker says.

Walker thinks more Australians will also want to seek a better lifestyle in the Sunshine Coast—already a trend before the pandemic. To that end, Walker Corp. is developing Maroochydore City Centre, 110km north of Brisbane. Covering 53 hectares, the project was launched last year as Australia’s largest greenfield CBD project, at a total projected cost of A$2.5 billion. “It’s not something we’re going to do overnight. We’re talking about rolling this thing out over 15 to 20 years,” Walker says. The project will include 160,000 square meters of commercial and retail space, with a convention center, and about 4,000 residential dwellings. It’s been dubbed the “CBD of the Sunshine Coast.”

A similar logic of looking for potentially affordable destinations with good lifestyles applies to his projects in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. He’s confident that Johor Bahru—located just across a narrow waterway from Singapore—will become an increasingly attractive alternative to pricey Singapore when the pandemic subsides. Walker Corp. started its Senibong Cove development in 2007, a project that now covers 306 acres, and includes a marina, retail, F&B and 8,000 residences in a master-planned community. Walker Corp. is also developing a second 376-acre development in Johor Bahru called Crest@Austin that will include a business park, residences and retail. “We can offer homes with designs and quality just as good as Singapore’s but at a third of the price,” says Walker. A home that might cost $750,000 in Singapore, Walker says, can be bought, of comparable quality and size, for just $225,000 in Senibong Cove.

Walker is betting that the Johor Bahru-Singapore rapid transit system (RTS), a rail link expected to be finished in 2026, should upgrade Johor Bahru’s attraction as an alternative to Singapore. The train system, which started construction in January, is being built to carry 10,000 passengers per hour each way between the two cities—replacing an antiquated train system that was there before. “When I first went to Johor about 15 years ago, I immediately saw the huge potential,” Walker says. “Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. When the RTS opens up, Johor Bahru will be only 30 minutes away.”

One of Walker’s most spectacular projects is his Kokomo Private Island Fiji. The specialness of the place is shown in the name, Kokomo, which was the name of Walker’s childhood dinghy, and which he has also used to name an assortment of yachts he’s owned over the years. Opened in 2017, the resort has had to dramatically shift gears to adapt to the pandemic. After being closed for a year due to Covid-19, it reopened in April—but only to 12 guests or more from the U.S. willing to shell out at least $287,000 to buy out the 140-acre resort for a minimum seven-day visit. They will have the run of the place and their choice among the 12 villas and five residences at the resort. The package includes complimentary meals, drinks, massages and other perks, as well as “unlimited use of resort facilities.” However, guests will have to follow a strict protocol that includes providing a negative test result to be approved by authorities before departure, and a second test upon arrival.

Walker says he’s frustrated that Australia still hasn’t approved a long-discussed travel bubble with Fiji, despite the South Pacific country going a full year without a single Covid-19 case. “I’m a little disappointed the likes of Australia and New Zealand are not doing more to open it up,” he says. “We’re hoping that this bubble will be announced shortly.”

Kokomo had barely been opened long enough to recoup its investments when the pandemic halted operations. Walker takes the misfortune in his stride, joking that he considers the property his “not for profit.” When he first purchased the 57-hectare private island, it contained a half-finished resort abandoned by a previous developer. “It was a challenge. I thought, I can fix this in about 18 months, and it’ll take about $10 million,” he recalls. “After five years and more than $100 million spent, I thought, hmm, I don’t know whether this was a good idea.”

Though the investment may take longer than expected to pay off, Walker reckons it’s worth every penny. “Everyone has to have a passion,” he says. “I’ve got 10 grandkids, they all go there and it’s the glue that holds the family together. We go diving and sailing together. The family loves it. There are some things you do where it’s not about making money. But I’m now determined, having spent that sort of sum, to make it one of the best resorts in the world on all fronts.” As a longtime lover of the ocean, from his earlier days as a diver, Walker has said Fiji is “by far” his favorite island destination.

While the Covid-19 outbreak has been an unprecedented challenge in both personal and business terms, Walker is optimistic and eager to get back to something that looks like normal. “Of course, this pandemic has been terrible,” he says. “I dunno, I’m just a positive bugger who wants to get on with it.” 

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Once concentrated in Australia, Walker Corp.’s sprawling property empire also includes homes in Malaysia and a resort in Fiji.


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Why The Striker Is Belgium’s Talisman | #Business




Why The Striker Is Belgium’s Talisman

On a night when soccer seemed to matter a little less and Russians vehemently booed Belgium taking the knee, Romelu Lukaku demonstrated why he will be Belgium’s standout star at Euro 2020. In a rich vein of form, ‘Big Rom’ has no time to waste and wants to deliver silverware for Belgium’s golden generation. 

After ten minutes he capitalized on meek defending by the hosts and dragged an instant shot on the turn past a hapless Anton Shunin. When the cross from Dries Mertens came in, Belgium’s number nine had been in an offside position, but Semenov’s touch meant a new phase in place commenced. Above all, Lukaku demonstrated his lethal instinct as one of the world’s best strikers.

In the absence of both Eden Hazard, perennial struggler with injuries at Real Madrid, and Kevin De Bruyne, victim of Antonio Rudiger’s obstruction in the Champions League final, Lukaku however has become so much more than simply a fine centre forward. The Inter striker is Belgium’s undisputed leader at these finals, having come a long way since his national team debut in 2010 at the age of 17 under then coach George Leekens when Belgium was in the midst of a generational transition and he netted twice in a friendly against Russia.

In his first 20 matches for Belgium, he would go on to score just three goals, far from convincing stats, but above all his somewhat clumsy style with a heavy first touch irked the majority of Belgian fans.  

That debate rumbled on for years, even when Lukaku signed for Manchester United from Everton in a £75 million move and subsequently failed to convince. In the Premier League, the Belgian was perceived as a flat-track bully and an incomplete striker. Lukaku again stood accused of a heavy first touch, poor positioning and, at times, a profligacy in front of the goalmouth. As a result, he seemingly never convinced in his position and drew excessive criticism. 

However, it didn’t bother him. On the eve on the World Cup in Russia, Lukaku said that he had little or no competition in the national team. He wasn’t bluffing either. He became Belgium’s all-time record goal scorer. His all-round game improved as well, not least because Inter coach Antonio Conte has allowed him to play on the front foot and built his team around the Belgian. Today, Lukaku is among the five best strikers in the world. 

Roberto Martinez has constantly praised Lukaku as a top class striker, but believes that the number nine can develop and improve even more. Does he need to? Teams across Europe and beyond fear him. 

Against Russia, Lukaku’s versatility and intelligence were apparent. He dropped deep, drifted to the right, dribbled and, generally, tormented his opponents. The Russians were restricted to long balls in the direction of Artem Dzyuba and half chances, sending the partisan fans in the stands into a short frenzy, but they could never match Lukaku and his team.

Substitute Thomas Meunier built on Lukaku’s early goal and Belgium never really needed to accelerate against a poor Russia in a match that allowed the ‘Red Devils’ to ease their way into the tournament in perfect style. The second half descended into a simple training exercise for Martinez’s team, controlling possession to protect the lead. As the match petered out, Lukaku completed the 3-0 victory, outpacing Semonov to drive a low right-foot shot past Shunin at the near post.

At the final whistle, Lukaku kneeled and prayed to the Gods. He had done everything right in Saint Petersburg: he fought racism, supported his friend Christian Eriksen with the words ‘Chris, I love you’ and underlined that he is Belgium’s most indispensable player with a brace. Lukaku proved a point: he is at Euro 2020 to win it.

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A Day in the Life of a Video Editing Professional | #Business




Video editing process

Video editing is an attractive job for someone who loves movies and the ability to express themselves through video. Whether you want to create commercials, your own Youtube videos, or anything else in this industry, you’ll need to have a few baseline skills that will make you a more attractive candidate.

In today’s guide, we’ll go over some of the responsibilities that video editors have and we’ll also discuss some of the skills that you’ll need to excel in this field. Beyond that, we’ll also go over how you can make your transition into professional video editing smoother and discuss the value of a video editing degree compared to experience.

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What Does a Video Editor Do?

As the term “video editing” would suggest, you edit videos, but to put it in more detailed terms, you’re tasked with working with video clips and stringing them together. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’ll only need to edit video, however, as you’ll also need to be skilled at working with audio tracks.

Since audio and video go hand in hand, you’ll need to be able to produce advanced projects that combine music and other sound with the video clips that you edit in. Other than working with audio, you’re also expected to understand more advanced features and systems like motion tracking.

Motion tracking allows you to create composite scenes without making the camerawork look fake, and it’s a skill that’s in high demand with the next generation of video editors. While it may not be a simple drag and drop, motion tracking is a skill that will serve you well in the industry, so it’ll be worth learning.

You’ll also have to learn how to use the chroma key, ensuring that your footage has the right color balance for the kind of effects that you’re trying to create in your movie. The exact way that you edit the color key of your footage depends on the formats that you’re using and the tools at your disposal.

Key Skills That a Video Editor Should Possess

One of the most essential parts of stringing together video and audio into something that people will appreciate is the ability to edit the video while seeing it through your audience’s eyes. You need to be able to tell a story through your skills as a video editor, because that’s what you are, a storyteller.

Don’t limit yourself to the Windows-Mac ecosystems, as you may also benefit from the ability to edit videos on the fly using mobile operating systems. While a video editing app may be a little less powerful than desktop programs, the ability to make slight edits no matter where you are may be crucial, even if it’s a small correction.

Multi-platform and cross-platform video editors are also in high demand, as some businesses may use Windows while others use Apple iMovie. Also, learn how to integrate features like screen recording, which will allow you to create things like tutorials and game footage.

Getting into the Video Editing Field by Learning Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X

The kind of video editing software you use will determine how attractive of a hire you’ll become, as we discussed in the previous section. Someone who can operate within a wide range of ecosystems like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro will turn potential employers’ heads.

While the time of Windows Movie Maker is long gone, there are other simpler editing programs that you can use like Pinnacle Studio. The good thing is that most video editors are relatively similar to each other in basic operation, featuring a timeline where you can drag and drop to edit video.

If you’re trying to get more experience working with these programs, you have a few choices, but we’d recommend exploring them yourself for a little while. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can move on to subscribing to a class or working with a mentor who knows the programs intimately.

A Degree vs. Experience in the Field

Many people looking to get into video editing wonder whether they should focus on getting a degree in video editing or if they should jump right into the field. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question, as it depends on your skills working with various programs and the opportunities that you have available.

If you have an easy job as a video editor and you haven’t attended college, you should probably pursue that opportunity, especially if you know what you’re doing. This is because video editing experience is highly valued in the field.

On the other hand, going to college for video editing will likely get you a higher starting salary, as you’ll be seen as already having proved yourself to a certain extent.

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Watch Nate Diaz Defeat Anthony Pettis | #Business




Watch Nate Diaz Defeat Anthony Pettis

Nate Diaz had not fought for nearly three years when he stepped into the octagon to meet former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in a welterweight matchup. The scrap served as the co-main event of UFC 241. Pettis had fought seven times since Diaz’s most recent bout. The ex-champ was 4-3 in those contests.

Diaz’s previous fight was an August 2016 majority decision loss to Conor McGregor. The setback was a rematch. Diaz won the first meeting between the two, scoring a submission win over the former two-division champion in March 2016.

While Diaz figured out his next step, Pettis stayed busy but had an up and down run. He dropped to featherweight in late August 2016 and won his first bout at 145 pounds with a submission victory over Charles Oliveira. Pettis was then set to fight for the interim 145-pound title, but he came in overweight for a contest he would go on to lose to Max Holloway via a third-round TKO.

In July 2017, Pettis moved back to lightweight and defeated Jim Miller by decision. He then went 1-2 before he decided to head to welterweight. In March 2019, Pettis knocked out former two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson with a come from behind knockout. That victory set him up for a battle with Diaz.

Pettis, who was the No. 7 ranked welterweight at the time, was the slight favorite heading into the 170-pound contest.

Despite being the underdog and the long time between fights, Diaz dominated the contest for almost the entire 15 minutes. Diaz landed 205 total strikes to Pettis’ 86 strikes. When the scores were read, Diaz won 30-27 on two cards and 29-28 on the third.

Diaz lost his next fight, which was against Jorge Masvidal, by doctor stoppage. Diaz has not fought since that November 2019 setback. On Saturday he steps back into the octagon to face No. 3 ranked welterweight Leon Edwards.

Before that fight takes place, watch Diaz defeat Pettis.

UFC 263 takes place on June 12 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.

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4 Types of Tools You’ll Need to Manage a Hybrid Workforce | #Business




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A hybrid work from home model allows some employees to work from home while others work from the office. Working with a remote team requires strategic planning and technology to keep all the employees connected. Through technology, remote staff can stay connected through chat, video, and voice communication channels.

Hybrid work is especially beneficial for small businesses for the following reasons:

  • It’s easier to bring back a smaller number of employees safely back to work and ensure they follow safety procedures.
  • It may be easier to maintain communication and access between leadership teams and employees with smaller leadership teams.
  • It allows employees to be flexible and swiftly pivot to a new process or approach when necessary.

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Benefits of Hybrid Work Model

1. Cut costs

One of the most significant advantages of the hybrid approach for small enterprises is cost reduction. Companies can save money by opening smaller offices in more cost-effective places or going entirely remote by eliminating the need for a vast corporate headquarters.

2. Enhances employee satisfaction

Employees now have a higher quality of life since they may live in more affordable areas, avoid long commutes, and have work hours that are more flexible to match their schedules.

3. Accommodates people with disabilities

The hybrid work model gives remote workers with disabilities the chance to work comfortably.

4. Decreases exposure to health risks

With fewer in-house personnel, your organization may be able to reduce the transmission of colds, the flu, or COVID-19, thus resulting in fewer sick days.

5. Raises productivity

With this work model, employees working remotely can work to their strengths. You’ll be able to give team members who need to concentrate quietly at home and those who flourish in a community office environment the freedom to work where and when they want.

6. Open to talent from across the globe

You’ll establish a staff with extraordinary capabilities if you open openings to worldwide candidates.

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Remote Team Management Tools

In a hybrid work model, some employees work from home and others work from the official business premises, creating a need for tools for managing remote teams. This technology ranges from software to monitor remote workers to project management programs.

Below are some of the best work from home technology:

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1. Remote Employee Monitoring Software

First in remote management solutions is employee monitoring software, which is a program that informs managers about how their employees use their computers during work hours. The software accomplishes this by gathering information about their internet and social media usage and when they are active so that the employer can assess their productivity and efficiency.

The software lets you track all sorts of employee activity and even allows you to set and enforce different rules and policies for your organization. What’s more, it even gives you notifications whenever employees violate your guidelines.

Below are the types of employee activity you can track using the software:

  • Web activity
  • Login history
  • Application usage, e.g., Microsoft Word, Notepad
  • USB file transfer

Examples of remote employee monitoring software

1. Workpuls

Workpuls is among the best remote employee monitoring software. It allows employers to track their time, app, and web usage activity. It also provides behavior analytics and regular reports via email informing you of how productive your staff is.

The software is designed to meet enterprise-level security and privacy standards, ensuring that you comply with all applicable data privacy and security rules.

2. Hubstaff

Hubstaff is another excellent employee monitoring program. It comes with application and website tracking to provide proof of work. Besides, it comes with a screen capture feature that you can customize to your liking.

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2. Project Management Tools

Individuals and teams use project management software to organize and manage their projects and responsibilities effectively. Typically, the phrase applies to project management software that you may buy online or use for free.

The software includes features such as:

  • Planning and scheduling: Tasks, subtasks, folders, templates, workflows, and calendars allow you to plan and delegate work in one location
  • Collaboration: project management systems allow you to assign tasks, add comments, create dashboards, and proof or approve changes with your team.
  • Documentation: File management capabilities that allow editing, versioning, and storing files can help you avoid missing or obsolete data.
  • Evaluation and analysis: Resource management and reporting can track and measure productivity and growth.

Examples of these tools for managing remote teams:

1. Trello

Trello allows users to customize and expand with more features as their team grows. They can also manage projects, organize tasks and even collaborate on projects. It’s an exciting and visual way to manage and plan your work.

2. Scoro

Scoro allows you to manage projects, tasks, contacts and billing all in one comprehensive system. Its features include task scheduling, team utilization, real-time project overview and automated billing.

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3. Human Resource Software

HR software is a digital solution for monitoring and optimizing an organization’s everyday human resource duties and overall HR goals. It allows HR personnel and managers to devote more time and resources to more productive and profitable endeavors.

The software includes features such as:

  • Employee data storage and organization.
  • Making workflows and keeping track of approvals
  • Time tracking
  • Tracking employee training
  • Employee satisfaction is measured and reported on.
  • Goal-setting and performance management.

Examples of HR Software include:

1. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 provides users with free HR tools, such as shared calendars, document management, employee portal, workload planning, task and project management, to name a few.

2. Gusto

Gusto is a cutting-edge online people platform that assists small businesses in managing their workforces. Its tools and services enable you to onboard, pay, insure, and engage your team in one integrated, simple-to-use platform.

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4. Communication tools

Communication software is a program or application that transfers data from one system to another. This type of software allows users to access systems remotely and share files in various formats across computers.

To protect sensitive data, they frequently include enterprise-grade protection across the infrastructure. Advanced features such as file transfer protocol, an intranet platform, and VoIP may be included.

1. Slack

Slack provides a sophisticated and comprehensive chat tool for small organizations. Slack offers individual and group audio calls and video conferencing in addition to one-on-one and group chat. It’s easier to collaborate with than most chat tools.

2. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a software-as-a-service service that’s also integrated with Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription. It establishes a chat-based workspace where real-time communication is prioritized.

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It’s entirely possible to make a hybrid model work for your employees while also helping your organization run more profitably and efficiently with proper planning and the right management software. Using a remote team manager for small businesses not only improves the company flow, but also saves time, money, and resources.

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American West Faces Wildfires And Water Shortages As Climate Change Amplifies Drought | #Business




American West Faces Wildfires And Water Shortages As Climate Change Amplifies Drought


Arizona and Nevada are facing water shortages this year as Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, falls to its lowest ever level, with large swathes of the American west facing an increased risk of wildfires amid soaring temperatures and prolonged, severe drought, conditions that are amplified by rising temperatures and human-driven climate change.

Key Facts

Water levels at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. and a major water source for some 25 million people, sunk to the lowest levels since it was created by the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, officials announced Thursday.

75% of the American west is experiencing severe drought—more than a quarter of this considered to be the highest level, “exceptional”—according to the U.S. drought monitor, adding to a long-running “megadrought” that has afflicted the region since the turn of the millennium.  

Experts believe rising temperatures due to climate change are exacerbating the drying and contributing to heatwaves, creating the kind of conditions where it is hard to recover from drought conditions.  

The conditions point to another above-normal risk of fire for the region, according to the National Interagency Fire Center and experts, a grim prospect after the worst fire season on record.    

The dry conditions are leading farmers in the region to reconsider their crops and warn of food scarcity and higher prices, with some crops needing more water than is available in the arid conditions. 

Key Background

While drought and dry weather occur and vary naturally in the region, the increasing temperatures pushing the American west over the edge are human in origin and make the conditions more likely to occur. Scientists report the current drought to be one of the worst in the west in 1,200 years, something they attributed to human-driven climate change. According to experts, climate change has also made it more likely that any wildfires will be bigger and more intense.   

Surprising Fact

Utah Governor Spencer Cox asked Utahns to pray for rain in early June after he had declared a state of emergency over the arid conditions in May. Cox said “divine intervention” was needed because “we need more rain and we need it now.”

Further Reading

The Drought In The Western U.S. Is Getting Bad. Climate Change Is Making It Worse (NPR)

Hoover Dam reservoir hits record low, in sign of extreme western U.S. drought (Reuters)

‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops (National Geographic)

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5 Ways to Guest Post for Brand Awareness. Expert Tips From | #Business




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Guest Blogging has become a great tool to build brand awareness. It helps your Brand is seen and heard through guest blogging, which is a unique way of linking with existing and potential customers.

The guest blogger should be an active contributor to the community; he or she must be engaged in the local community and be able to build relationships and credibility. The guest post should build social media links and backlinks for your website and help you build a better online visibility.

Facebook and twitter have taken blogging to a different level altogether, and for businesses this can be a great opportunity to share information with your audience while building brand awareness. Guest blogging gives your readers a taste of what is can offer, but for brands it is vital that the content you publish on your blog is relevant and useful to your audience.

Guest blogging is a great opportunity for brands and can really help in building customer loyalty and drive traffic to your website.

Many people consider social media platforms as ‘noise’, and rightly so! However, for businesses seeking to promote their brand awareness, the use of social networks can be a benefit, especially when used in conjunction with the other online advertising tools available. is an organization that can provide expert advice on using social media to market your business effectively. However, just like any other advisor, an influencer should be a good source of information, and not simply a mouthpiece for you to spout your line or promote your company. While the influencers might work for you, your reputation depends on them being objective and working solely for you.

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As mentioned before, guest blogging helps in building brand awareness amongst your target audience. The content should be relevant to the product, and it needs to demonstrate the benefits of your product to help build brand awareness. Guest blogging can also help you build relationships with other bloggers in your niche. This is a great way of building a network of knowledge and support, which can be the difference between success and failure.

If you own a blog, then guest posting for other blogs can also be beneficial. You build links to your own blog, and this traffic can be directed towards your site. A popular social media platform for this is Twitter, and the blogger’s followers can be targeted to your site through this method. In order to build brand awareness, blogs need to be relevant to your target audience.

For companies who have a smaller budget, social media marketing can be a cheaper option, and can be even more effective. By using social media sites such as Facebook, you can set up an attractive page that relates to your brand and/or product. This page can be promoted regularly, and visitors can be directed to your site for further details.

Influencer marketing

Influencers are another way to build brand awareness. Look for influencers in your industry who you can contact and request they make posts about your company on their page. They will be happy to do this as it allows them to receive free exposure. These posts will appear on their wall, and if a visitor wants to see more, they can click on the link and be taken directly to your website. However, these influencers tend to work on smaller brands, and not large multinational companies, so it may be difficult to target them.

Another good way of targeting small businesses is by using Pinterest, and Instagram. Pinterest is a popular social media site where people can add and share pictures. It is perfect for small business owners as it allows them to reach potential customers and build brand awareness among the target audience. The same goes for Instagram, an Instagram influencer can easily post high-quality images from their personal camera, and then direct visitors to their website.

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