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WFH Hollywood Edition: How COVID-19 Has Affected the Film Industry

In the film industry, there have been some successes and some huge losses. As the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many confined to their homes, online streaming rocketed this year. In the first three months of 2020 alone, Netflix gained almost 16 million new subscribers, and according to a study from Conviva, we’re collectively streaming more than ever before this year.   

The demand for new films and TV shows is clearly there, but how has COVID-19 affected the film industry? Are filmmakers, actors, animators, and costume designers able to keep up with this ever-increasing demand?  

Animating from home   

Although big blockbuster films have had to halt production for much of 2020, there are still many roles within the film industry that have been able to make the shift to remote working. Animation is one of these areas. DreamWorks TV showrunner Jack Thomas said: “That’s the thing about animation: You can do a lot of it remotely.”   

As animation is one of the only sectors that hasn’t been forced to shut down during the pandemic, the future of film and TV is set to be more animated than ever. As casting director for Disney Jen Rudin explains: “It’s truly the one thing we can all do while we’re at home.”   

Final touches  

Similar to jobs in animation, roles that revolve around putting together the final touches for films and TV shows have remained possible during the pandemic. We may not be able to start brand new projects which would need a lot of people to be present on set, but adding the final touches to films that were planned for release this year or in 2021 has remained possible throughout the duration of 2020. On the other side of things, companies are also able to work on pre-shoot work, including prep for special effects for upcoming blockbusters.   

Costume designer woes   

Although some areas of the film industry have been able to work remotely and continue to meet high streaming demands, others have found the pandemic impossible to work through. The fashion and costume side to film and TV production has suffered during 2020, with many A-list costume designers finding themselves completely out of work for months.   

Again, film-prep is the only area that designers are still able to be involved in. However, with the ever-growing uncertainty about when regular and safe filming can continue, many freelance designers are left in limbo between projects. Ruth E. Carter, who is set to design the costumes for Black Panther 2said that: “All of us as freelancers know that there’s going to be a period of time where we’re not working. That just comes with the territory. And those of us who have just finished [projects] have the luxury of having built-up savings. But for those who are just starting out, this is a difficult time.”    

The future of red-carpet fashion   

As red-carpet events have largely migrated to the Zoom screen this year, red carpet fashion is another area of the film and TV industry that has taken a big hit. For many A-list actors, red carpet fashion and their ability to influence trends is almost as major a part of their job as starring in films and TV shows. In addition, the lack of red-carpet events has had a big impact on fashion designers, leaving them with little opportunity to reveal their new outfits to the world.   

However, like with other areas of the entertainment industry, creative and remote opportunities are still available. Stylists and designers alike have adapted swiftly to online roles, with outfits being fitted over Zoom and stylist consultations going digital. The stylist to Shakira and Sofia Carson, Nicolas Bru, said: “Everything came to a halt suddenly, and my work went from in-person fittings and events to virtual ones. This is new territory for all of us, so we’re all having to adapt, which gives us this sense of unity, knowing that we are all in this together and trying to find the appropriate way to move forward.”  

Much is the case with other industries – the world of movies and entertainment has been forced to adapt and evolve over the turbulent course of 2020. However, the creative strategies that many have been able to put in place give us hope for the future of film and TV in a post-pandemic world.  

Belgium Ambulance Service Calls For urgent COVID Measures

The Belgiun government’s reaction to Covid-19 has had its critics. 

Those who have issues point towards the country being in the midst of a second wave as proof that management of the virus wasn’t what it should have been. One key indicator here is the use of ambulances for Covid-19 support.

The numbers of ambulances being used for this purpose has increased dramatically, with NAAB Ambulance Service LLC stating that 70 percent of their ambulance transport being for Covid-19 cases at the moment.

Arnaud Franchini, CEO of NAAB Ambulance Service LLC, has expressed worry in regards to the current situation, pointing towards the needs for their services for other health issues.

A statement from this group also discussed hygiene protocols, staff burnout and worry for their service users as further reasons to change the current situation.

A statement from NAAB Ambulance Service LLC is calling for further regulation, stating: “A regulation of the medico-health vector, as is done everywhere in Europe, would at least have had the merit of better coordinating transport by attributing proven cases to certain ambulances, while ensuring the travel of people not affected by Covid – 19, via non-Covid ambulances carrying out only these transports.”

They believe that the lack of legislation in this area has caused massive issues, with the statement going on to read: “In Brussels, the capital of Europe, there is no legislation, no one knows what emergency or non-urgent medical transport is.”

200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.

On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.

The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others. Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.

The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus. At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.

“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”

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COVID crisis brings out best in councils but smaller boroughs need greater homelessness resource


Greater Manchester councils have made a herculean effort to house the homeless during COVID-19.

But smaller areas were far less equipped than cities to deal with rough sleepers – and concerns are that a broken economy could mean more homeless people coming their way.

That is the conclusion of a survey of all 10 local authorities in the region by charity Homeless-Friendly, who are deeply concerned for the health of rough sleepers who are back onto the streets. They are also asking: “With such limited resources, what will happen to the homeless during the next pandemic?”

The good cause posed three questions to local authorities via Freedom of Information requests. They asked what resources councils devoted during the Coronavirus to provide shelter, what attempts they made to reach homeless people during lockdown and whether or not they followed Government Guidelines on housing rough sleepers.

The results showed:
• All 10 had provided additional accommodation including hotels, with Oldham spot-purchasing more if needed, Trafford utilising local B&Bs and Stockport providing 121 units of temporary accommodation with microwaves
• Almost all had a dedicated outreach team, with some visiting “known areas” for homelessness every day and most working with partner agencies to identify and support homeless people
• All followed Government and Greater Manchester guidance with some such as Tameside, holding daily briefings

But while Manchester had long-established links with local charities, a street kitchen, and mobile phones for rough sleepers to use, smaller councils had far less provision.

Homeless-Friendly was formed after concerns about the health of rough sleepers and has engaged hundreds of NHS surgeries, hospital A&E units, hospices, out-of-hours services and businesses.
The Government allocated £3.2 million of additional funding to house the homeless in hotels at the beginning of March. That scheme has now finished. Economic strife is already beginning to bite and fear of catching COVID has prevented homeless people from gaining healthcare.

Dr Chauhan concluded: “There are some pretty dire predictions about how virulent the virus could become during the traditional flu season of October and November. What will happen this time? Will the Government again find additional resource? And even more importantly, what are we doing long-term to solve homelessness? Our charity was forced to ask for donations to put together COVID-19 protection kits for rough sleepers after the Government refused our petition to provide these. In emergency and non-emergency times, they have to do so much better and mirror the kind of dedication showed by Greater Manchester councils.”

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Contagious Covid Comedy – PR Fire


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (June 26, 2020) – KeithFromUpDaBlock’s new comedy album The Covid Theory is an audio visual diary of paranoia, social distancing & activism through a comedic lens. Parodies of Prince, Bill Withers, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Hammer, Men With Hats, Lil Nas X & A Tribe Called Quest provide an eclectic blend of funky, soulful, thought provoking, funny jams written, produced & mixed by Keith himself while in isolation due to the Corona Virus Global Pandemic. Keith says “I wanted the album to sound old, tangible, frequently played & classic . I had to make this album because it was the only thing that kept me sane.”

Everything about “The Covid Theory” is executed for levity & insight during this particularly stressful moment in history. On track #4 titled “Forgot About A.I.D.S” he transforms Dr. Dre & Eminem’s Hip Hop masterpiece “Forgot About Dre” into commentary about Police brutality, The Tuskegee Experiment, Racism, Homophobia & parallels between the Covid-19 Global Pandemic of today & The A.I.D.S Epidemic of the 80’s & 90’s. On track #1 titled “Can’t Touch That” he sets his sights on M.C. Hammer’s smash hit “Can’t Touch This” & breaks down the various things you shouldn’t touch & one thing you should touch – The $1200 Stimulus Check. As intelligent as his perspective is, it is also masterful by capturing the original songs cadence & rhyme schemes while interjecting facts & funny punchlines.

This is KeithFromUpDaBlock’s 9th studio album & possibly his best work to date. He is a Philadelphia born Creative & Performing Artist, Producer, Comedian & Arts Educator whose credits include opening for Jay-Z, Kevin Hart, J.B Smoove, Deon Cole, Hosting the popular Philly Music Video Show Urban X-Pressions, Racking up millions of views on Youtube, Vlad TV & Worldstar Hip Hop, Dancing for The Philadelphia 76er’s NBA team, Founding Philadelphia Comedy College along with appearing on The Dr. Phil Show, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1 ‘s Undateable, Mindhunter on Netflix & performing a piece he wrote alongside Triumph The Insult Comic Dog on HULU. In January of 2021 he will appear as Frederick Douglas in CNN’s “Lincoln: An American President”

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The Covid Theory by KeithFromUpDaBlock is now available on all digital download/streaming platforms.
Artist: KeithFromUpDaBlock I Album Title: The Covid Theory I Record Label: Ruffin Vision Records Release Date: May 30, 2020

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Covid 19 IgG Antibody Testing Available to the Public


Last week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asked all private laboratories to pause offering  Covid 19 IgG antibody testing using self-collect finger-prick samples, however, as Paul Harris, Charge Nurse from Blue Horizon Blood Tests explains, “it is still possible to be privately tested for COVID-19“We recognise that government agencies have to ensure the highest standards are being set and maintained. We shall not be offering self-collect finger-prick tests for COVID-19 until the MRHA gives the industry the all clear.
However, we are assured the tests run through our partner laboratory prior to this imposed pause in proceedings were valid. The method used to verify accuracy was by having volunteers donate venous samples and capillary samples (ie finger-prick) at the same time. They tested both these samples and compared the results and found them to be almost exactly the same from a clinical/statistical point of view. This is a well recognised practice in laboratories and is known as validation – in essence ensuring that the test being offered is as accurate as claimed.
This has been forwarded to the MHRA and are confident in the outcome.While the approach is under review, we are offering the same validated IgG test on samples collected from a vein – and have adjusted our test kits accordingly. Anyone trained in phlebotomy (blood taking) can use our Vacutainer Covid-19 test kits to take a venous blood sample which will be sent into our partner laboratory for analysis using an immunoassay kit from a PHE approved manufacturer.

More details are available at www.bluehorizonbloodtests.co.uk/covid-19

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Pierce offers advice to businesses as cyber criminals find new ways to exploit the Covid 19 crisis


Security experts warn that the emergence of Covid 19 related phishing scams is the worst they’ve seen in years; the tactics employed by cyber criminals have become increasingly sophisticated, and play on the confusion around government guidelines, in order to defraud businesses.

Lancashire based business advisory and accountancy group Pierce has published a series of articles to help guide businesses through the legislation, so that they can get the help they need to survive during these difficult times.

Lisa Kennery (Director) said “Pierce has been putting clients first for nearly 100 years. We feel that right now, it’s more important than ever to share our knowledge and expertise to help businesses to get through the current challenges.

“The underhanded tactics employed by cyber criminals play on confusion and fear. So, we are working to equip businesses with the knowledge they need.”

What is phishing?

Simply put, phishing is any fraudulent form of communication that attempts to persuade you to divulge sensitive data, that criminals can then use for financial gain.

Pierce has published a guide to some of the most recent phishing scams, and warning signs to look out for, to make it easier for you to protect yourself and your business.

Get the most up to date guidance

As government guidelines have been updated, and more information has become available, Pierce has continued to publish updated advice to reflect the evolving situation. Businesses can find advice and guidance on the website.

 

 

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Scottish tech firm set to transform the post COVID workplace

Keystone, a leading workplace technology company, has created a unique Return-to-Work solution which addresses the global demand for safe and productive Post COVID workplaces.

STIRLING, SCOTLAND, June 2020. Keystone, a leading provider of workplace technology, announces the launch of its Return-to-Work technology solution and is already experiencing significant demand from organisations around the world.

The solution combines 24×7 real time monitoring of client workspaces using innovative IoT sensors with advanced data science powered by artificial neural networks. This unique capability enables, for the first time, managers to configure the solution to meet their post COVID workplace policies and guidelines, monitor over 74 data points in real time (including occupancy, social distancing, air quality and environmental quality) and receive real time ‘breach’ alerts and automated risk level updates.

By deploying the solution, companies can provide a safe and productive workplace for employees during the return to work, re-configure office layouts based on real time occupancy and utilisation data, monitor workplace compliance to guidance and standards 24×7 and in real time, receive breach alerts (e.g. if employees breach the social distance rule for more than a pre-set period), log incidents and manage preventative tasks and report on the Return to Work program effectiveness.

By working with world leading academics and data science teams, Keystone will shortly be adding predictive capabilities which will proactively alert office managers to future risks or potential breaches of policy or guidelines, with recommendations on avoidance strategies.

Keystone is the technology division of Key Facilities Management, one of the pioneers of the facility management sector. To respond to significant client demand for effective tools to help businesses return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic, the team at Keystone has rapidly re-configured its existing FM+ and Workplace+ technology products to provide a low cost, quick to implement and proven Return to Work solution that uniquely provides complete coverage of the entire workplace, 24×7 and in real time.

Gordon Mitchell, Keystone’s CIO commented: “For responsible employers, the COVID pandemic has accelerated the importance of providing safe, healthy, adaptive and productive workplaces. Our unique combination of advanced data science, best of breed sensing capabilities and world leading expertise in facility management is the reason our Keystone solution is in such demand”.

About Keystone
Keystone is the technology division of Key Facilities Management, pioneers of the £1.2tn facility management industry. Headquartered near Stirling in Central Scotland, Keystone’s cloud based technology enables organisations to gain real time visibility and centralised control of entire workplace. The technology powers smart buildings connected estates and smart cities using a combination of innovative sensing capabilities and advanced data science. Keystone partners with leading academic organisations, innovative IoT sensor providers and facility managers to continually deliver value to an international client base. As a recognised pioneer of workplace technology, Keystone’s founder Gordon Mitchell is involved in the development of international standards and adoption of technology in the workplace.

Gordon Mitchell, Founder & CIO, Keystone
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordon-mitchell-9aaa8834/

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London art dealers in Canary Wharf to go virtual because of Covid 19

Many across the world are waiting for their offices to open up so they can return back to one.  But one Canary Wharf based art dealers, ME Art, have made the decision to abandon its immediate plans to open a physical art gallery in Canary Wharf all-together to focus on building and growing digitally.

The boutique dealers, which have a niche in selling unique and exceptional investment-grade artwork of British contemporary, post-war and street artists, like William Gear, Alan Davie and Endless. They made the bold call to go virtual in light of Covid 19, upon realising the lockdown has had little impact on sales, despite the inability to physically see clients and display artwork to them in-person.

Me Art launched with a gallery in 2017 located in Beckenham, South East of England. Given the majority of their client base were located in London, they decided in late 2018 to close the gallery and relocate to an office in Canary Wharf. The strategy was always to open a physical gallery in the city in 2020, whereby prospective and existing clients could come and view artworks and meet with their dealers in person. However, the lockdown has made them aware that this is no longer necessary right away.

Talking about the move, Joseph Lewis, the owner and Director of Me Art, said: “A decade ago the concept of a digital-only art dealership would not be technologically feasible nor accepted by our clients and prospects. However, with the emergence of high quality video conferencing as well as technologies such as augmented reality, we feel incredibly confident that we can replicate the standards and experience people get visiting a physical gallery, online. This is the game changer.”

He later added: The impact of Coronavirus on businesses is going to be felt for a long time across industries, even once lockdown has been lifted. The good news for us is that art buyers will now be more open to digital experiences, buying and viewing perspective art purchases online – from the comfort of their own sofa, using their mobile phone, or even augmented reality goggles!”

Me Art plans to start building a range of virtual services from the second half of this year, such as a virtual and fully  configurable gallery.

In the meantime you can see their art collection at:

https://meartgallery.co.uk/ 

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Plumbing and Heating company in Essex continues to operate through Covid 19


Since the 23rd March the country has been on lock down, but some business are still operating and putting there clients needs 1st  regardless of the safety issues their engineers maybe encountering.

Into Plumbing and Heating are one of these such companies operating in Essex. They have continued to keep Essex residents with Heating, Hot water and dealing with any Plumbing issues they may have.  With out companies like this some people would of found it difficult possibly having no ways to get clean water if a leak presents it self and the only way to stop is to turn the mains stop cock of leaving them with nothing.

Owner Darren Dimmick made the comment stating ” we have tried to deal with every emergency and every job that has come in, to ensure the residents of Essex can continue their isolation knowing their plumbing and heating is in good hands”.

Dealing with Emergencies 24/7, Into Plumbing and Heating will continue to provide their full portfolio of services for as long as their employees are willing to continue to work.  Supplied with full PPE including Masks and Gloves to ensure not only their own health is protected but the clients are also protected.

For more information on the services the offer please visit www.intoplumbingnadheating.co.uk

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