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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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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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Managing a PR Crisis During Covid-19


Tip #3 – Managing a PR Crisis During Covid-19

David Blackburn, founder of www.MarketingQuotes.co.uk providing businesses with FIVE Agency quotes for FREE, talks about your business and how to deal with a crisis as we fight to survive Covid-19.

A PR crisis can happen to any business, new or experienced, from a product recall to a staff injury becoming public news. So, it’s best to have a plan of action to ensure you’re prepared. There are many types of crisis that could befall your business, including public relations blunders, social media gaffes, product recalls, cyberattacks, data breaches, and possibly having a public spat, as Richard Branson recently had. When asking for £500 m government loan to prop-up his airline, we were reminded he sued the beloved NHS over a lost contract. Silly, silly Richard.

So how do you manage a PR crisis?

Plan

Write a PR Crisis plan. Asses your risks – Identify potential crises that would disrupt your business function and/or processes. Determine the impact on your business including:

  • Customer dissatisfaction or attrition
  • A damaged reputation in the public eye
  • Lost or delayed sales or income
  • Increased expenses
  • Regulatory fines

Identify Contingencies – which actions will help your company to respond effectively to each crisis scenario? Plan the steps required to resolve a given crisis, the resources required, and how employees can help. E.g. A social media blunder might include your digital team issuing statements across all your social media platforms, while your customer service team is briefed on what to say on incoming calls.

Write the Plan – with relevant stakeholders in mind, whilst for certain scenarios, you may also need input from outside parties, such as contractors and partners that work closely with your business.

Familiarise – It’s important that all employees are familiar with the plan and understand their roles during a crisis. Remember, stress and panic can make it difficult to remember your role in a crisis response. Ensure your stakeholders have the information they need. During the tense moments of a crisis, people require very quick access to straightforward information.

Revise – it is important to revisit your plan frequently to keep the plan up to date, especially as employees join or leave the company, new technologies are implemented, and other changes occur.

Team

Identify a PR crisis team to take responsibility for making decisions quickly and effectively and can spearhead communications to get quick messages out to audiences, such as your customers and the media. Typical roles the team would adopt should include:

  • Head of communications
  • Press release and speech writer
  • Spokesperson – to speak to the media or be quoted in press releases
  • Liaison for audiences, such as for customers to contact and to answer their calls
  • Collector – to gather all coverage of the crisis, such as in newspapers, on television, and online

Each team member should understand their role and make sure they stick to it during a crisis, however, some of the team can carry out multiple roles depending on the size of your business.

Crisis Scenarios

A PR crisis can be daunting and overwhelming, so it’s wise to plan with your team and list the different types that might happen. Depending on your business, this could include:

  • Injury to staff, clients or the public because of your business
  • A quality issue or defect with one of your products
  • Legal action that is taken against your company by an employee, a client or customer
  • A natural disaster that affects or damages your business, like a storm or flood or right now Covid-19!

Audience

Audiences will differ from business to business, and may include: Employees, Customers, Investors, Local or national media, People who live close to your business, Government departments and regulators, and lastly, Shareholders or Partners.

Questions

Compile a list of common questions that each audience group might ask following news of the crisis. Questions from your employees might be about whether it’s safe to come into work. Questions from the media might be about what caused an incident and how you’ll prevent it from happening again. This will help you to draft answers, so you’re prepared should such questions be asked.

Communicate

Decide how you will communicate with the media. Decide whether you will notify them with a press release only, or if it will be better to update them with emailed statements, or alternatively, you may wish to hold a press conference. Lastly, make sure all content is factually correct before it’s sent out.

Crisis Command Centre

Identify where your Crisis Command Centre will be, and ample enough where your team can gather and work during the crisis. The location could be a space on your premises or a suitable location off site.  If off site it should be available at short notice and have telephone and internet access.

Distribute Your Plan & Test

Distribute the plan to each member of the Crisis Team, making sure they understand it and are fully prepped, so they can react and respond to a crisis quickly. This includes making sure your spokesperson is sufficiently trained to speak to the media. Test your plan to see if any areas can be improved. The more prepared you and your team are, the better your company’s response will be if a crisis happens.

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TradingTeck analysis of the COVID-19 Economic Crisis


The COVID-19 crisis is like a grave, and it surely holds the potential of taking some major market sectors to the so called ‘crisis zone.’ TradingTeck’s analysts note that according to the UN, the contraction in China’s output has cost the global economy an outstanding $50 billion as a result of the pandemic. Although this is only an estimate, it could be possible because China is the sole provider of components for many industries such as automobiles, medical equipment, mobile phones, and others.

TradingTeck experts are saying that, “Tech companies, apparel makers and industrial-equipment manufacturers, are more than likely going to feel the impact of the outbreak the most because they are mostly reliant on inputs from China and Southeast Asia. Another sector that might take the hardest hit has to be the Aviation industry, only because the COVID-19 crisis makes it a very dangerous moment for airline companies. In fact, according to many market analysts, it is a sector that is already facing multibillion-dollar revenue losses immediately, as the virus hits demand.”

How do traders need to respond?

TradingTeck experts say, “Though the Federal Reserve has taken an unusually bold step of cutting the U.S. interest rate by 50 basis points to soothe markets, many industry experts still fear that the COVID-19 virus could send the global economy into a recession this year coupled with the fact that the outbreak is now recorded in more than 200 countries and territories. And while Most companies are readjusting their annual profit expectations, economists are lowering their forecasts for global growth, and policymakers have signaled that if needed, they are ready to do everything it takes to stabilize the economy.”

The COVID-19 virus might delay a vital term of the phase-one China trade deal purchases of the U.S.-China trade agreement. This might cause exports to continue to decline sharply during the next couple of months of the year. Also, emergency protocols of every country are meant to deal with these types of situations of shortages to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the markets.
TradingTecks’ analysts said that the first quarter of 2020 was a boring one. And now, as we are in the second quarter of the year, the financial market has suffered from the COVID-19 outbreak. As things have changed on February 20th, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones have dramatically dropped, which started one of the most volatile periods in the last decade.

“World oil prices dropped by more than 30% from March 8th to March 9th, while the cryptocurrency market lost nearly 21 billion. As uncertainty and fear continue to hold their sway, there’s absolutely no way to predict what the full economic impact of the coronavirus will be.” Concluded, TradingTeck analysts.

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Author C.S Goldsmith Weighs in on the Climate Crisis and the Crucial Decade Ahead


The cost of combating Climate Change is projected to be 23 trillion dollars a year by 2050. For 30 trillion we could get to Carbon Neutral and avoid the extinction of 37 % of all plants and animals on the planet.

The cost of combating Climate Change is projected to be 23 trillion dollars a year by 2050. For 30 trillion we could get to Carbon Neutral and avoid the extinction of 37 % of all plants and animals on the planet.

Climate Change is an existential threat to humanity and we have just one decade left to put it in check.

Invisible, slow moving threats are the most dangerous. We are not hard-wired to stay focused on them, lose concentration and look for greater stimulus, so we move on; small increases in temperature year after year, simply bypass our fight or flight mechanism.

The World Health Organization has concluded that the rise in more infectious diseases like Zika,Sars,H1 N1, Ebola, and now the Corona virus are directly linked to Climate Change.We are much more vulnerable that we thought. If there is a silver lining in the Covid 19 Pandemic, it is that we have proven that we can dramatically change our living habits very quickly. We can actually curtail our pollution causing activities enough to start healing the planet. This could be a big part of the solution, to avoiding much bigger problems down the road.

Upsetting the fragile norms in the environment, even by just 1 to 3.5 degree Celsius, could start the dominos toppling that could lead to our extinction.

We are now firmly in the Anthropogenic (pollution caused by human activity) sixth extinction, with over one million species projected to go extinct by 2050. Computer models predict that we could lose one third of all mammals and thirty seven percent of all plants and animals by 2050 and that could include our own species by the end of this century. At least nine human like species are now extinct in the last 300,000 years. We are the only ones left.

According to Mathematicians from the University of Barcelona, there is a 13 % chance that we too will become extinct before the end of this century.

We are now less likely to die in a car accident than from a Climate Change related extinction event.

The tipping point is around 450 PPM of Co2 in the atmosphere. Beyond that point, we could face positive feedback loops that spiral temperatures higher and higher until they are outside of our threshold to survive.  We’ll reach 450 ppm of Co2 in just 11 years by 2032.

Adding in the other greenhouse gasses( GHG), like Methane and Nitrous Oxide and we are already at 454 ppm and continue to increase our combined GHG emissions by 4 ppm a year. Unfortunately for many species, we have already passed some irreversible tipping points.

In spite of the Paris Climate agreement, signed by 197 countries, we are still increasing our emissions. Forty five percent of the countries that signed onto the accord have already filed for exceptions to be able to pollute more than they agreed upon. We have only three years left before we exhaust the entire fossil fuel budget set by the Paris accord.

Growth at any cost and the refusal to enforce any reasonable reproductive limits has outstripped the planet’s carrying capacity; our ability to feed Earth’s growing population. We need 3 ½ planets the size of Earth, just to feed the 7 billion people we have now; and we are adding 160,000 more mouths to feed each and every day. Changes in weather patterns and increasing temperatures will cause a 5% decline in crop yields of Corn, Wheat, Soy and Rice by 2050.

In reality, we will most likely hit 3.2 to 3.7 degrees Celsius turning the world into a very hot, inhospitable and overcrowded planet. Eight to twelve degrees warmer is the threshold for our species to survive. We may reach 6 degrees Celsius or 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit degrees by the end of this century if we continue business as usual.

What can be done?
In final analysis there is nowhere to run.We are all in the same boat and nobody will be free from the impacts of this Climate Crisis.

There is still a chance to avoid the most dangerous consequences from Climate Change. This is our last decade to do so. We will need to shrink our economic activity and reign in our population growth; two paths that no political leader ever wants to discuss, but it would be better than doing it in crisis mode.

We have to slow down our ever expanding need to consume more and more. You cannot have forever growth on a finite planet with a finite amount of resources. It is not sustainable.

During the Corona virus, we slowed down everything but the essentials and from space they could see the pollution levels subside and the air clear on both coasts of the U.S. It’s absolute proof that we can do it if we have to. We could possibly save the 150,000 people that are dying now from climate change each year and that number is expected to double by 2030. Climate Change will force a hundred million people into extreme poverty by 2030, according to a new study by the World Health Organization and the University of Wisconsin.

The “Dooms Day Clock” is set at 12 seconds to midnight. The only way to reset the clock back again is to take positive action now on reducing the risks of extinction from Climate Change.

Can it be done? Absolutely, there is no question about it. Will we do it before it’s too late? That’s the big question.

“The Grand Action Plan”
We certainly have the right technology available now. We need to implement a good plan quickly to meet this tremendous challenge, before we run out of time.

The plan I propose is a simple and based on decades of research and backed up by science. It’s a solid, workable and affordable plan that if implemented aggressively, will get the job done. It will take a World Wide commitment and about 30 trillion dollars, or two years of what it is going to cost us anyway to combat the calamitous effects of climate change by 2050. For about 2.5 % of the worlds GDP for two years, we could save our planet and still have an Earth that we all would recognize and future generations could depend on.

We are going to need to build 30,000 Co2 extraction plants capable of extracting 1 million tons of Co2 per year.

By mitigating 30 billion tons a year of Co2 out of the 56 billion tons we emit annually, that would get us over a 50% reduction of Co2 and a lot closer to carbon neutral.

With a strong push toward alternative transportation, electric cars and renewable energy, we’ll get a lot closer to net zero emissions.

By using the Princeton’s 15 stabilization wedges, to ratchet down the remainder of our GHG emissions in the four major categories that are responsible for most all of our emissions, we will get down to carbon neutral.

Combine that with an aggressive reforestation and oceanic preservation program and we could actually get to carbon negative. However, it needs to happen before we get so far behind the Climate Crisis eight ball, that there is nothing we can do about it.

That is the “The Grand Action Plan” to save the planet for future generations. It is viable, workable and affordable plan that ironically would be very profitable.

These Co2 extraction plants are compellingly profitable and make some of the most important, high growth products that the world is going to need, like carbon fibers and the ultra low carbon fuel of the future.

With the help from some billionaires using their resources and influence, we could convince the politicians, The World Bank, United Nations, CEO’s and that along with significant grass roots support, could get the plan moving. Who knows? We may be able to all come together and solve the biggest of all problems. If not, I hear Mars is lovely this time of year.

C.S Goldsmith Author: “Uninhabitable a case for caution” Barnes & Noble: info,

Link:carbonneutraladvocates.com on “Uninhabitable a case for caution” and “The Grand Action Plan”.

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Get Money Back From The Only Company That Pays Flight Delay Compensations During Covid-19 Crisis


The shocking Coronavirus crisis placed international transport, tourism and leisure businesses into an unprecedented situation which can’t be compared to anything that we have experienced so far.  The outbreak of Covid-19 has caused mass cancellations of flights, by airlines and passengers alike, closure of airports and even borders, quarantine and social life restrictions in many parts of the world, perhaps most harshly, at this moment, across entire Europe. The combination of flight cancellations and country-specific restrictions or bans costs the industry $880 billion according to the OAG.

Colibra (the travel app used by 100.000 frequent flyers) has been designated as an enterprise to protect air travellers from some of the risks and tribulations associated with modern international air travel such as delays and cancellations of flights, and to assist passengers with their rights. The original idea of Colibra is to guarantee them proper compensation every time their flight is delayed with 1+ hours or gets cancelled, allowing more flyers to take advantage of quicker, fairer and 20 times more frequent payments.

However, the current situation is already not in the full sphere of management of international transport operators and is rather under direct governmental interference imposing barriers to travelling for the purpose of coping with the Covid-19 epidemic. Undoubtedly, this force majeure Get Money Back From The Only Company That Pays Flight Delay Compensations During Covid-19 Crisisleads to drastic business changes for numerous companies trying to manage these extraordinary events and struggling to stay on the market.

Despite temporarily suspending the payout feature for cancelled flights due to the disruption of the entire aviation sector, Colibra still remains the only one company in the world that pays compensations for every 1+ hour flight delay in just 24 hours after landing, without asking for an insurance premium. Knowing that under such circumstances some typical rights of passengers are not effective, Colibra makes sure that those who are still flying are definitely being compensated if anything were to go wrong.

The company guarantees travellers money back no matter the delay reason, even if it’s corona virus related. There is no other compensation provider paying at the moment because the outbreak falls under the “extraordinary circumstances”, which is an event beyond the airline’s control. A quick sign up for the free mobile app gets passengers the opportunity to register their upcoming flights no later than 20 minutes prior to take-off and secure compensation whether they are eligible under EU261 regulation or not. At Colibra they believe that any delay is a pain and that flights delayed between and 3 hours should be eligible for compensation too. Especially now when airlines are completely released of such obligations, meaning that they won’t pay anyone because of delays caused by the Covid-19 crisis, there is still someone out there looking up for disrupted air passengers.

The company is able to do this because its business model is based on solidarity. Whenever travelling via plane passengers would share their potential right with the travel community and when a certain condition is met (say they have a one-hour delay) they get paid from the community in 24 hours after landing. This means Colibra, as a metaphorical community manager, takes the risk themselves, instead of placing the risk on the users and redistributes potentially eligible claims upfront to all their customers who experience a delayed flight. Just like that, delays no airline would pay for are turning into real compensations.

Aside from being the only company guaranteeing passengers flight delay compensations if their flights have been delayed by the deadly virus, Colibra helps international travellers offering them additional legal help to claim eligible compensations for cancelled flights as well. To support those in need, they’re not requesting any payment for this service. In the case of legal representation, Colibra will notify the airline and if the airline does not take action, bring the claim in court, covering all related fees.

To sum things up – if you are still travelling, make sure to use the app, because:
• It’s currently the only way to receive compensation if flight delays due to Coronavirus
• It’s super easy and free: just download and register your next trip
• It also protects you from cancellations eligible under EU261
For further information, please contact Yuliana Lefedjieva (julie@colibra.io)

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Roey Hayon: American Real Estate Will Draw More Investors during the Coronavirus Crisis

The impact of COVID-19 on the global economy is colossal and wide-felt. With China, the second-largest economy in the world, recording the largest outbreak of the virus and suffered the greatest. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the manufacturing processes and led to significant breakdowns in the supply chain, which has resulted in economic volatility. Taking a cue from how the virus outbreak has affected the Chinese economy, the American real estate market should brace up for the impact.

Revenue and growth in commercial real estate will slow

Roey Hayon says, “The US commercial real estate (CRE) would experience the hardest hit if there is a full-blown outbreak of coronavirus in the US. Production and other economic activities will ultimately reduce because workers and employees would rather stay indoors to maintain their safety. The outbreak will also considerably reduce the spending rate of consumers and increase the default rates in commercial real estate loans.”

Companies and CRE investors are planning on how to help mitigate the spread of the virus, most notably in properties where multiple people reside or work. An enhanced cleaning and disinfecting process are safe and healthy to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. However, all investors are expected to have other back-up plans; perhaps the virus isn’t effectively contained as projected.

“The global market has witnessed a lot of impacts since the coronavirus outbreak. For instance, in the past four weeks, the three major US stock market indexes lost over 25% of their value, the Fed dropped interest rates down to 0.25%, and the bond also declined drastically to a rate that has never been witnessed before. We also saw the Senate approved $1 Trillion emergency package for COVID-19.” Says Roey Hayon.

These indicators show that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak is hardly impacting the global market.

How bad would the impact of coronavirus in American real estate

Roey Hayon says, “The depth of the impact of COVID-19 depends on how widespread the virus gets. While the number of reported cases of coronavirus in the US is still relatively low compared to the US population of 327 million people, the virus is spreading quickly. And only time will tell how volatile the market will be. However, investors can take advantage of the lowered interest rates to invest in real estate as we brace up for the impact.”

Though the US real estate markets have mostly recovered from the 2008 recession, the coronavirus outbreak could usher in another full-blown recession in 2020 and beyond if the spread continues.

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Y the Wait CEO Says Join us to Prevent COVID-19 Crisis in the Hospitality Industry


Key points:
* Y the Wait CEO is calling on the hospitality industry to join the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
* The company will waive-off its service-fee until 31st May 2020 or further if required.
* Y the Wait prompts restaurant owners to start food delivery services free of cost by employing own delivery boys to save high margins.
* Use Y the Wait, all-in-one digital waiter app, to order your food at any restaurant around the globe.

Y the Wait CEO Simranjit Singh Grewal is calling on the hospitality industry to join the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mr Grewal advises people to avoid using unhygienic paper menus and kiosks and opt for the digital waiter as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Users can use Y the Wait as a digital waiter for dine-in, pre-order and delivery orders across the globe — even at McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks etc. or any local restaurant in their city, food court, and more if they join Y the Wait in this cause. Y the Wait app can be implemented at restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars, night clubs,  airports, food courts, casinos, theatres, stadiums and arenas, events, cinemas, etc. within few minutes with our 24×7 global support.

To minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus, Y the Wait is supporting the hospitality industry through its ‘Join Us to Prevent Corona Spread’ initiative in response to public caution as more people limit public outings. In response to restaurant owners’ concerns of negative economic impact, the Y the Wait CEO mentioned the company will waive-off its usual 4% service-fee to allow restaurant owners to keep their business operating in uncertain times until 31st May 2020 or further if required. During this period, industry owners can decide their service-fee from zero to any percentage up-to 4% which will be further donated. Users can use Y the Wait app to donate to their preferred charities while enjoying the app. Y the Wait also prompts restaurant owners to start delivery services free of cost by employing own delivery staff. Through the ‘Join Us to Prevent Corona Spread’ campaign, Y the Wait will donate all funds collected to government organizations and charities providing relief to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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