The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 9th, 2018 evening edition

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Perpetual Guardian says staff were more focused and productive after the experiment and better able to manage work-life balance.

The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has declared it a success and will be adopting the new schedule full time.

Almost 250 staff at Perpetual Guardian, a company which manages trusts, wills and estate planning, trialled a four-day working week over March and April this year, working four eight-hour days but getting paid for five.

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Academics who studied the trial found staff at the firm’s offices around the country reported lower stress levels, higher levels of job satisfaction and an improved sense of work-life balance.

Barnes initially undertook the trial after observing how much pressure some of his staff were under to manage their personal and professional lives.

“For us, this is about our company getting improved productivity from greater workplace efficiencies … there’s no downside for us,” he said. »

Cost of cigarettes must rise to reflect environmental damage from tobacco industry, WHO says

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Backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the study found the industry’s carbon footprint was comparable to entire countries.

Tobacco farms accounted for the loss of around 5 per cent of forests in parts of Asia and Africa, it stated.

Tobacco production is often more environmentally damaging than that of essential commodities such as food crops, the study by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control found. »

The limo that crashed and killed 20 people failed inspection. And the driver wasn't properly licensed.

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The startling revelations brought more anguish to those grieving the deaths of 20 people in the quaint town of Schoharie.

"We don't know the cause of the accident, if it was a vehicle malfunction, if it was a driver malfunction (or) a driver error," Cuomo said.

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Berkeley Whole Foods store obtains restraining order against vegan activists

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Berkeley Whole Foods store obtains restraining order against vegan activists.

Members of the activist group Direct Action Everywhere are reportedly subject to a restraining order after protesting at this Berkeley Whole Foods store.

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“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with

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In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the “other side” to see things differently often feels futile.

The results provide a striking demonstration of how our powers of reasoning are corrupted by our prior attitudes.

Vladimíra Čavojová at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and her colleagues recruited 387 participants in Slovakia and Poland, mostly university students. »