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Australia has welcomed 2017 with a massive fireworks display at Sydney Harbour.

Some 1.5 million people had been expected to turn out on the waterfront.

Earlier, New Zealand’s Auckland has become the first major world city to welcome the New Year.

Many cities around the world have stepped up security for New Year’s Eve celebrations, after a year in which attackers drove trucks into crowds in Berlin in Germany and Nice, France.

Thousands of extra police will be on duty across major European cities and in the US.

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In Madrid, Paris and New York, concrete barriers and heavy goods vehicles will be used to block off central squares where crowds gather to celebrate.

The midnight fireworks display at Sydney Harbour paid tribute to Prince and David Bowie, two music superstars who died in 2016.

Pacific islands including Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati entered 2017 at 10:00 GMT, followed an hour later by Auckland, where fireworks erupted from the 1,080ft tall Sky Tower in the city center.

Meanwhile, a “leap second” will be added to the countdown to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth’s rotation.

The extra second will occur as clocks strike midnight and a time of 23:59:60 GMT will be recorded, delaying 2017 momentarily. This is required because standard time lags behind atomic clocks.

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Sometimes, it can feel like providing all of the things needed to run a business takes more effort than actually running it. In a leased office or lot, there are all kinds of responsibilities to think about. Everything from heating to lighting, computers, stationery, furniture, cleaning, and safety equipment needs to be provided on a constant basis. This inevitably takes focus away from business objectives and ties up essential resources.

However, with a serviced office, like the ones offered by Servcorp, all of these things are taken care of on your behalf. These premium workspaces can be rented – on a short or long term basis – with everything that your business could ever need included in the deal. Unlike traditional office leases, you are paying for a personal space that is ready to use from day one. Plus, you can choose from one of two prestigious Servcorp addresses, in Auckland.

Step One: Establish a Budget

For smaller companies, budget is bound to be a priority. Fortunately, most reputable providers offer a range of different price tiers and packages. And, the majority of serviced office arrangements come with ‘user pay’ features. So, you don’t necessarily have to pay for a fully equipped workspace, especially if the package includes things that you don’t need. It is best to speak with a provider directly if you want more information on office rates.

Step Two: Pick a Great Location

Servcorp owns and operates from three prominent addresses in Auckland and Wellington. Its serviced office solutions are available at the Vero Centre and the PwC Tower. These are both prestigious Auckland addresses and they add credibility and authority to any business that makes it homes there. However, before you decide on a location, think carefully about things like distance from key clients, ease of parking, leisure (respite) areas, and equipment quality.

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Step Three: Start Small and Grow

If you have never used serviced office solutions before and you’re not sure how much space you need, the best approach is to start small. The great thing about this kind of service is that there are no rigid contracts. Businesses can downgrade or upgrade, as and when they see fit, by adding features to their existing deal or package. You can even pay on a monthly basis, so that you’re not locked into any long term arrangements.

Step Four: Select the Best Features

While budget is always going to be a consideration, skimping on features and perks is not a good idea if you want to take full advantage of the communication, secretarial, IT, and administrative benefits of serviced solutions. Make sure that you have a dedicated phone line and mailing address, as an absolute minimum. Also, check the policy on calls if you are planning to liaise with clients overseas. Most offer free local calls, but charge for international communications.

Step Five: Read the Rules Carefully

It is really important that you understand the terms of your arrangement, before you hand over any money. One of the best things about serviced offices is that they don’t have to lock you into a long term contract, so ultimately, if you are unhappy with the deal, you won’t have to wait long to change it. However, it is still best to read the terms and conditions carefully and know exactly what you are getting.

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With serviced office solutions from Servcorp, businesses can benefit from all the flexibility of ‘nomadic’ a work schedule, while also enjoying the security of a physical work environment. There are obligatory long term contracts, no charges for services that you don’t use, and there is no need to go it alone. The secretarial, administrative, and tech support teams are always on hand to provide advice, information, and onsite training.

New Year 2014 celebrations are beginning with Auckland in New Zealand ringing in the New Year at 11:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Crowds have gathered in Sydney, Australia, in anticipation of the city’s famous firework display.

In Japan, Shinto priests gathered at shrines to prepare to usher in the new year.

Other cities globally are also planning big displays, with Dubai attempting a world record for the largest display.

New Year 2014 celebrations are beginning with Auckland

New Year 2014 celebrations are beginning with Auckland

The display will be streamed live on the internet and organizers say it will stretch over 30 miles  of seafront, with the highest fireworks reaching more than one kilometer in height.

While celebrations are expected in major Chinese cities, the city of Wuhan called off its display in order to avoid worsening the city’s smog problem.

Later on, festivities will be held in European cities including Moscow, Paris and London.

Cape Town in South Africa is planning a free concert with lasers, fireworks and a special 3D tribute to former President Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December.

New York will mark the New Year with the traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and ball drop over Times Square, while Rio de Janeiro is once again expecting more than two million people to pack its Copacabana beach.

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Beyonce decided to jump a freefall off Sky Tower in New Zealand.

Beyonce, 32, headed to Auckland’s Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure at 1,076-feet tall, to make the brave 629-foot leap from the observation deck.

Beyonce decided to jump a freefall off Sky Tower in New Zealand

Beyonce decided to jump a freefall off Sky Tower in New Zealand

The star donned a bright blue and yellow jumpsuit and was hooked up to a harness for the freefall, and she documented her exhilarating experience by sharing snaps on her Instagram account.

Beyonce performed in New Zealand as part of the Australasia leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

Tom Stilwell from UK has survived a fall from the 15th floor of a building in New Zealand, local media report.

Tom Stilwell fell from his neighbor’s balcony in his apartment block in Auckland at 02:00 local time on Sunday, reports said.

Police said the 20-year-old man discovered he was locked out of his 14th floor unit in the Volt Apartment building in downtown Auckland.

He had been trying to lower himself onto his balcony, which was directly below his neighbor’s.

Geraldine Bautista on the 15th floor balcony from which she tried unsuccessfully to save Tom Stilwell who fell 13 floors outside the Volt apartment block in downtown

Geraldine Bautista on the 15th floor balcony from which she tried unsuccessfully to save Tom Stilwell who fell 13 floors outside the Volt apartment block in downtown

Tom Stilwell decided to try and scale down the outside of the building from an apartment directly above his. Police said he was trying to land on his balcony when he fell, landing on the roof of an adjacent building far below.

He was at first listed in critical condition but had improved Monday to a satisfactory condition.

Tom Still’s friends said that he had bone fractures and internal injuries, but was “fine” and “a very lucky man”.

He is said to be in New Zealand on a working holiday.

Tom Stilwell discovered he was locked out of his flat early on Sunday, and asked a neighbor if he could climb down from her balcony into his flat, his friends said.

The neighbor, Geraldine Bautista, told the New Zealand Herald that Tom Stilwell was “a little tipsy” but polite.

“I wasn’t scared of him – he just requested <<Can you please let me jump off from the balcony? I will not bother you, just let me use your balcony>>.”

“I never thought he would really do that. In my mind I thought <<Okay, I’ll just let you see that it’s really impossible>>. I didn’t think he’d jump, because it’s really scary.”

However, he quickly pulled himself over the balcony railing before she could stop him, Geraldine Bautista said.

Tom Stilwell’s fall was broken by the roof of an adjacent building, reportedly some 13 floors below.

Dr. Tony Smith, a medical director at St John, an emergency healthcare organization, told the New Zealand Herald that a person’s chances of survival were increased if they were able to break their fall on something.

However, “survival from falls of that height are extraordinarily unusual”, but that the roof of the low-rise building far below likely broke Tom Stilwell’s fall enough to save his life, he said.

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MetService’s website hit by a virus in New Zealand

The Antarctic blast has moved north from South Island at the weekend and has turned New Zealand’s winter into one in more than half century occurrence.

Roads have been closed, flights have been cancelled, mail deliveries have been interrupted, power has been shut off. People have been advised to be prepared for being trapped indoors ( stock-up on emergency food and water).

A lots of state highways are impassable, including Arthurs Pass and Lewis Pass in the South Island Rimutaka Hill and Desert Road North Island. In the Wellington region, five main roads have been closed and 24 crashes were reported on Monday.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]

Wellington Airport’s flights have been put on hold, over hundred passengers were stranded at Dunedin Airport, in Auckland flights to Queenstown have been cancelled.

In the South Island  nine people required medical care, while in Auckland five people were taken to hospital, four after a tree crashed down on their house and an old man after he was blown by the wind.

Almost two thousand dairy farms dumped tons of milk, since the collection tankers were stranded because of the weather conditions.[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]

New Zealand’s winter has also brought joy to a lot of people, since they have not seen snow flakes in decades.

The inhabitants of Wellington and Auckland saw their first snow in more than 30 years. Climate scientist Georgina Griffiths of The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said Monday was the coldest day ever recorded in Auckland. Since 1939 the snow never has settled on the Auckland’s ground. The level of snow that fell in Wellington had not been seen since at least 1970s according to MetService.

Some people have lived their entire life in Auckland without seeing any snow. They were astonished, delighted, fascinated. They smiled, they shot pictures, or simply enjoyed the snow.

Stephen Fry commented on Twitter:

“NZ has, bless it, gone officially mad. First snow in Auckland since the 30s. Children running along with open mouths to taste the flakes :)”

Prime Minister John Key said it was the first time he could remember to see a snowfall in Auckland and advised New Zealanders “to be cautious and a little bit careful – make sure they keep an eye out for their family and friends, and if they are aware of their neighbours living alone, it might be a good idea just to check up on them and make sure everything is OK.”

“The conditions are cold enough to bring snow down to 300 metres, the height of the Sky Tower,” MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said on Monday.

This is one of the major snowfall seen in New Zealand’s winter and weather conditions seems to become more severes.