Tennis Tantrums | Proptech Mentality | Fast Food Embassies

The tennis world has seen both sides of the coin this week. Firstly, Andy Murray is now officially ‘Sir Andy Murray’ after finally receiving his knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The three-time Grand Slam champion was named in the Queen’s New Year's Honours list in 2016 following his second Wimbledon win and second Olympic gold. Maybe today Sir Andy is British and not Scottish?! On the other side of the coin, Australia’s No.2 men’s player, Nick Kyrios, has been pushing Sir Andy’s achievement to the inside pages after an on-court ‘wobbly’ that has rarely been seen since the days of John McEnroe in the 1980s. Kyrios admitted that "emotions got the better of him" in a blow-up that saw him kick a bottle, throw down his racquet, hurl a chair onto the court, pick up his bag and walk off. Kyrios, who despite being No.33 in the world and has openly admitted that he prefers playing basketball, also served underarm early in the tournament and was quoted calling Novak Djokovic ‘cringeworthy’ and Rafael Nadal ‘super salty.’ The Weekly can't be the only ones that hope that Kyrios is on the same side of the draw as either Rafa or Novak when the French Open gets under way at Roland Garros this time next week!
The Weekly made their way across to CBRE’s West End offices on Tuesday to hear from Senior Director and Strategic Consultant, Nick Wright, on the rise of technology in the industry, alongside what for many is still a murky and unknown world, Proptech. The industry's mentality towards Proptech is changing, from a previous denial towards acceptance, with CBRE’s figures showing that 92% of real estate business owners think that technology will impact their business. 86% see Proptech as an opportunity with only 4% seeing it as a threat. Despite discussing that Proptech affects all facets of real estate from investors to occupiers, Wright conceded that the largest difficulty facing this technology is the industry's need for navigation and translation. It was announced on Friday that Proptech firm Essensys is gearing up to float on the AIM stock exchange in the near future. Essensys provides software that enables serviced office operators to manage their day-to-day IT operations, such as reports, billings and bookings. This announcement comes during the same week as JLL Spark led a £1.2m funding round for legal Proptech Orbital Witness, a software that automates legal risk profiles during property transactions. The world of Proptech is no longer on the horizon. It has already very much arrived.
Thousands of Americans travel to Austria each year to see if its hills really are alive with the sound of music. And as of this week, Austria has become even more friendly. It was announced on Wednesday that US citizens who need help there can now not only head to the US Embassy, but also their nearest branch of McDonald’s. The US Embassy announced on Facebook that any Americans ‘in distress’ or whose passports have been lost or stolen can gain advice and assistance from one of Austria’s 194 McDonald’s restaurants. The fast food chain’s staff have been given the task of helping US citizens get in touch with the US Embassy through a 24-hour hot-line in an agreement signed between the US Ambassador Trevor Traina and the company’s Managing Director. In other words, you can now assuage your concerns of a lost document at the same time as you order your Big Mac meal. One McPassport to go please!