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The Punt - Yanis a poster boy for Esquire


Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: Reuters

Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: Reuters


Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: Reuters

Eurozone finance ministers will gather in Brussels today for their monthly gathering, with, surprise surprise, Greece likely to dominate the agenda once again.

The country's finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is expected to discuss the country's economic reform plan, submitted following last month's emergency Eurogroup meeting during which ministers agreed to a four-month extension of the country's bailout.

It's probably safe to say - and The Punt is, of course, open to correction - that he'll be the only finance minister there to have made it on to the front cover of the Greek edition of men's magazine 'Esquire'.

Sporting a dark suit, and his now customary open-neck shirt, Varoufakis poses with his hands in his pockets, staring solemnly at the camera.

He really is quite the rock star, having already become a sex symbol in Germany, of all places.

One wonders when the modelling contract will arrive at the Greek finance ministry.

It's McDonald's v Supermacs

They may be battling in a trademark war, but fast food chains Supermacs and McDonald's are also up against each other for an award.

Supermacs, O'Brien's Sandwich bars, Apache Pizza and McDonald's are among the diverse line-up short-listed for the Irish Franchise Awards, which will be presented at a formal black tie gala later this month. The awards, which celebrate 20 years this year, recognises excellence in franchising and reward achievements of business and individuals in the franchise industry.

The judging panel includes former 'Dragon's Den' star Bobby Kerr as well as Orla Nugent, the MBA programme director at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and Greg Swift, head of enterprise at Dublin Local Enterprise Office.

The awards categories represent both retail and service industries across 13 categories.

Finalists include Eddie Rockets, Supermacs, The Zipyard, Tax Assist, Home Instead, Kendlebell, Chem-Dry, Sasta, Techcare, Rockets, thebestof, Right at Home, Energie, Fastway Couriers Ireland, Jymka, Snap, O'Brien's Sandwich Bars, Butler's Chocolate Cafe, Apache Pizza, Esquires Coffee, McDonald's and Card Connection.

The event takes place on March 27 at The Clyde Court Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Just what the IMI doctor ordered

Are you feeling pressured? Stressed? Well there might be an event for you this week.

The Irish Management Institute (IMI) is hosting a session on Working Mindfulness led by Rasmus Hougaard, who heads up the Potential Project.

Based in Copenhagen, the Potential Project is an international organisation working to achieve better performance and results through so-called corporate-based mindfulness training.

The IMI said that the mindfulness workshop will show why and how Fortune 500 companies are using mindfulness training to significantly increase job performance, resilience, creativity and work-life balance.

Dr Simon Boucher, IMI chief executive, said businesses today operate under intense pressure to produce results.

"In the 24/7 pressurised, always-on, information-overloaded environment typical of the modern workplace, it can be difficult to focus our attention on what is really important," Dr Boucher said.

"Indeed, the ability to manage our attention may be one of the key management skills of the 21st century.

"This workshop, presented by the international expert Rasmus Hougaard, will provide attendees a better sense of how to integrate the practice of mindfulness into their everyday working lives."

You'll be so mellow after it you might not be able for work.

The session takes place on Thursday in the IMI's offices.




Irish Independent