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Musicline launches a free-to-join, collaborative, online project for children all over the world.


Calling all singers, dancers and actors!

Musicline launches a free-to-join, collaborative, online project for children all over the world.

Steve Titford, writer for Musicline School Musicals, has composed and produced a brand new song called “Back Together (IRL)” (IRL meaning In Real Life, of course!). It is an isolation escape anthem about lasting friendship, bringing folks together regardless of distance. Powerful, positive, fun.

Steve and Musicline want to make a global recording with as many singers as possible, along with an awesome music video. Solo spots will be available in the video for the best performances.

All children need is a smartphone, tablet or computer along with parent/carer permission. All children need to do is video themselves performing the song to the best of their ability and send it to Musicline.

Musicline have created an online portal to make signing up, granting permission and uploading submissions as quick and easy as possible. This can be found at https://www.musiclinedirect.com/online. Here children will also find lots of resources to assist in learning, practising, and recording their performance. Musicline have provided:

  • MP3 downloads of the song with Steve’s demo vocal
  • MP3 of just backing track music
  • “Karaoke Style” learning aid called “Sing it!”
  • PDF downloads of the lyrics and music notation
  • Tuition videos – Steve has also uploaded several tuition videos with lots of great hints and tips on how to get the best performance possible.

Steve and Musicline have tried to provide everything, so all children need to concentrate on is their performance and having fun!

Musicline Managing Director Mike Smith said: “As schools all over the world have been closed due to Covid-19, we thought the best use of our time would be to create a project that children can be creative with without leaving their homes. Performing Arts is incredibly important for children’s confidence and mental health. It’s also a great way to ‘connect’ with old friends and new. It’s a great way to blow of steam and have some fun during this difficult time. ”

Notes to Editor:

Steve Titford, most known for his debut school musical “Shakespeare Rocks!”, writes and produces regularly for Musicline. He lives in Caleta De Fuste on Fuerteventura, whilst Musicline is based in Birmingham, UK, so they know a thing or two about online collaboration.

Musicline is a family-run business which has been publishing children’s musicals for more than 30 years. They pride themselves on producing musicals trusted and loved by thousands of young people and educators.

Contact for any enquiries

Dave Smith

dave@musicline-ltd.com

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International DJ Fatboy Slim hosts exclusive online gig for Autism Specialist


To tackle isolation and keep its customers connected during the coronavirus lockdown, a leading autism support provider in the North East of England has joined forces with superstar DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, to host an exclusive virtual gig on its new activity portal.

Inspired Support, based in Newcastle with services across Tyne & Wear, is an independent organisation supporting people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and learning disabilities through bespoke educational activities in the digital, sport and creative industries.

Committed to keeping its support activities open to more than 100 hundred service users, Inspired Support has taken its operations online using Zoom to provide a safe, sociable learning environment to avoid difficult isolation at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fatboy Slim, English DJ, musician and record producer with global hits including ‘Praise You’ and ‘Weapon of Choice’, is a long-standing friend of Inspired Support. He helped them to celebrate the launch of the portal with a live ‘lockdown’ gig from his sea-side home in Brighton, followed by a Q&A session.

Dave Winship, director at Inspired Support, said: “As soon as we heard about the possibility of a Covid-19 lockdown we wanted to ensure all our customers could stay in touch and continue to access our services.

“Moving online presented some technical challenges initially, mainly around logistics and ensuring everyone had computer and internet access. To get the portal up and running is a fantastic achievement. It allows us to keep delivering vital learning and social activities online for as long as necessary.

“We understand these are challenging, uncertain times for everyone and being separated from friends and family is extremely difficult. That is why we are determined Inspired Support should always be there to help bring people together, beat loneliness and spread a little happiness.

“Getting Norman to join us on the portal was a blast! Some of the group taking part are developing skills in the creative and digital sectors, including music production. They couldn’t believe they were bantering with Fatboy Slim and watching him live in his spare room!”

Inspired Support offers four service environments designed to ensure that people who are on the autism spectrum or have learning difficulties can develop their talents, social and life skills to achieve success and future employment.

Norman Cook, Fatboy Slim, said: “We’ve had weeks of lockdown and I’ve only managed a couple of pub quizzes! Inspired Support has been way more creative with the time in creating this lovely little online community. It is inspiring to me and brings a sense of togetherness. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

Service user Mark Urwin took part in the session, he said: “Inspired Support is making me feel positive and motivated during lockdown because of the regular online sessions.

“The socialising is great and it feels like I’m still there and not stuck in isolation. They’re still giving me tasks to keep me focused and I’m able to continue developing my graphic design skills because they supplied me with an iMac, something not many support groups would do for their clients.

“Meeting Fat Boy Slim and taking part in the Q&A was great. Norman kindly answered my question about how music can influence our mental health, which was a great insight for me.”

Inspired Support was created in 2012 by directors Dave Winship and Richard Lamb. The organisation is designed to provide a holistic, person-centred approach to learning which enables people to thrive and achieve success independently. It runs training and an education courses for people aged 16 years upwards at it centres in Newcastle, Gateshead and Birtley.

Find out more at: https://www.inspiredsupport.co.uk/.

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Leading Online Academy Takes Learning Online Due To Covid19

The Developer Academy in Sheffield has developed an ‘all-in-one’ online learning platform to move all of its courses online due to the Coronavirus outbreak and has conducted some free courses for the local Sheffield community to test and refine this method of delivery before launching its first paid courses on 15th June.

Statement from Ben Atha, Founder:
‘’Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the Government’s advice on Covid19, we do not envisage being able to deliver in person courses for quite some time and have therefore developed an online Learning Platform, with help from our instructors and the Sheffield Digital community, to deliver the next courses online. ‘’

‘’Having spent the last few weeks developing a custom learning environment and perfecting online delivery to maintain a high level of quality for students, including interaction with potential employers throughout the course and setting up informal and formal interviews, we are confident this new method of delivery will provide the same student experience as our in-person training.’’

The Developer Academy worked with The Curve Consulting to develop the platform while their instructors reworked curriculums and delivery methods over a period of four weeks. The Developer Academy is in the final stage of testing, conducting a 2 free week long Introduction to Web Development course to people of the Sheffield City Region, which is due to be completed on 8th May and the first paid courses starting on 15th June.

The company mission has always been to provide a flexible, affordable way for anyone who wants a job in coding or tech to retrain and gain these skills around their job and life commitments.

They’ve helped several people retrain as developers, find jobs and built strong relationships with employers in and around Sheffield, who have been fantastic in helping shape the curriculums.

 

Oasis Online Reunion! – PR Fire


[London, 17th June 2020] Oasis to reunite online?
Definitely, Maybe! But What’s the Story, Morning
Glory?

The host of the YouTube limited TV series, “Virus Dodgers”, Doug – the northlondonhippy, has offered to organise the online event, and has staked some cold, hard cash to sweeten the pot. This is The Masterplan, so Roll With It!

“I’m a dual national, US & UK, and my home is in London. Somehow, I was sent one of Donald Trump’s pandemic stimulus cheques”, explained Doug.  “This is an unexpected financial windfall, and I want to use part of it to cheer up the nation at this difficult time, by arranging for Noel and Liam to do three songs together online. One of them has to be Wonderwall, that’s my only requirement.”

Oasis split in 2009 both Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, have gone on to release solo material, but their best known work remains what they did together in Oasis. We hope they won’t Look Back in Anger and will say yes! “Getting Noel and Liam to perform together, would be a dream come true for millions of their fans All Around the World. Some Might Say, if I can pull this off, and do one good deed for the nation, I will be one very lucky hippy,” said Doug.

Will Noel and Liam accept the “Virus Dodger in Chief’s” offer? Will they Be Here Now, online, to make the nation smile with three songs?

Background:
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991, fronted by brothers Noel and Liam. They are among the most successful acts on the UK Singles Chart and Albums Chart. As of 2009, Oasis have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.  Noel and Liam split acrimoniously in 2009, and have not performed together
since.

Virus Dodgers is a weekly TV series, only available on YouTube, created especially for the pandemic, hosted by Doug – the northlondonhippy. Expect madness & mayhem every Friday, from some random guy’s living room. Go viral with Virus Dodgers!

Doug – the northlondonhippy, is the host of Virus Dodgers, and writer and journalist, who previously worked for Reuters, AP and BBC News. He can now add TV presenter to his list of accomplishments. He also wrote “Personal Use by the northlondonhippy”. Arranging an Oasis online reunion would be his gift to the nation.

Doug is available for media interviews on request.

Links to Media:
Oasis Online Reunion video clip
Virus Dodgers Promo
Virus Dodgers Episode 5 (Includes full segments on Stimulus cheque and Oasis Online Reunion)
Online version of this Press Release, including embedded video

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Glo Launches Online Health and Beauty Tutorials / Webinars to Help Home-Workers and Their Mental Health


Kelly Skipper, Director at Glo, explains why it was important for a small female-run business to pivot quickly and offer online alternatives:

“The current Covid-19 epidemic affects each and every one of us on many different levels, but one common ground is that everyone is under an immense amount of pressure, whether it is juggling work with home schooling, financial pressures or feeling isolated and anxious and whilst we are unable to offer treatments and services which would normally help them at a time like this, it felt like a natural fit to move as many of our services as we can online whilst also supporting our clients and their home workers. With Mental Health Awareness Week on the horizon we are hopeful that companies will be looking to invest in the health and wellbeing of their team and that our webinars and tutorials provide an educational and engaging solution for them”

Royal College of Radiologists, a Glo client, are currently providing online yoga classes for their workforce and said the following:

“We use Glo to provide yoga classes in our office on a regular basis, but as most of our staff are currently working from home Glo have been able to provide us with online yoga instead. The ability for staff to be able to continue with their yoga practise whilst in their homes and at the same time assist in reducing stress and improving their wellbeing, has been an important for us during the coronavirus pandemic and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kelly and her team at Glo.”

Phoebe – HR Officer

Glo Pamper is a nationwide company that have been operating for over 13 years. They provide professional mobile therapists, teachers and stylists for pamper parties, corporate events and for accommodations along with wellbeing services for companies.

If you are interested learning more about the webinars/tutorials, would like to review/experience one or are interested in offering a webinar or tutorial as a prize, please get in touch:

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Skipper at 020 7096 0385 / Kelly@glo-pamper.co.uk

Website: www.glo-pamper.co.uk

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter: @Glopamper

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New Online Tool To Stop £23m Whisky Scam Market


Cheshire based whisky broker Mark Littler Ltd has released a Cask Calculator to help stop the £23m global whisky scam market.

The increase in fraud during the Covid 19 outbreak has been well documented but fraudulent activity isn’t just limited to pandemics. Since the 1990s, globally over £23 million pounds has been pumped into fraudulent whisky cask ventures; and that is just the ones that have been shut down.

Mark Littler developed the Cask Calculator as a straightforward way to show all the costs involved in bottling a cask of whisky including, duty, VAT, uplift, bottling and shipping. The calculator gives an equivalent per bottle cost that can be cross referenced against bottle value prices to verify the cask price and prevent fraud.

‘Until now there has been no resource available to verify whisky cask prices like there is for property or shares (e.g. Zoopla or Morning Star). However prices for whisky bottles are widely available, so if you can turn a cask cost into a true per bottle cost then you can start to verify the price of a cask,’ explains Mark Littler, founder of Mark Littler Ltd and creator of the Cask Calculator. ‘By simply adding the details of a cask into the Cask Calculator it generates a realistic figure for a per bottle cost, which can then be compared to publicly available per bottle prices.’

The free calculator has been used more than 2,000 times in the last month alone.

Whisky cask scams are an issue in the unregulated industry. The Napier Spirits Company was set up in 1995 and alone sold £3.2million of casks to the unsuspecting public. In some instances Napier sold casks that were worth £500 for £3,500.

Napier Spirit Company was eventually shut down but cask mis-selling still happens today.

‘One of the worst instances I have encountered was just a few months ago at the start of 2020,’ says Mark Littler. ‘The asking price on a cask was so inflated it would have been cheaper to purchase comparable distillery bottled product at full retail price including shipping and taxes and decant those bottles back into a cask than pay the asking price for the cask. We want to make that kind of price disparity impossible.’

Alongside the cask calculator Mark Littler Ltd. have released a large number of other educational tools to help potential cask buyers purchase a whisky cask at a fair price. Resources include a 10 part video guide series, a 52 page printed or PDF Cask Buying Guide and dozens of blogs that cover everything from avoiding scams to everything you could possibly want to know about a cask.

Mark Littler Ltd is an independent antiques consultant and whisky broker with over 300 five star reviews of their services. They have sold everything from medieval rings, classic Porsche, vintage Rolexes and casks of Macallan. They also provide a cask brokering service with the ethos of helping their customers buy quality whisky casks at a fair price.

Contact:
Mark Littler
casks@marklittler.com
01260 218 718

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Ex-Tesla owner creates free online resource for UK Tesla community


Tesla has had a significant amount of growth in the last few years in the UK. So much so, that the Tesla Model 3 has become the best-selling new vehicle for the month of April.

As semi-early adopters of Tesla in the UK, we decided to get our Model S in 2016. We had 3 incredible years with the car but as the family grew, we decided to sell it for a bigger and more comfortable family car.

We started trying to sell our car on Tesla forums, where people list vehicles or parts that they own and are looking to sell.

These forums were a clear miss, as they were littered with unorganized content. Even though our post received some interest, it was quickly overpassed by other people selling charging cables, and car covers.

We felt that our listing deserved more attention than it received, we were selling a fantastic car for a great price.

We were recommended by friends to post our car on an online marketplace called Autotrader but realized that it would cost us 40 pounds for a simple 2 week advert.

Our experience taught us that the Autotrader audience was more focused on finding petrol vehicles rather than electric cars.

Our paid Autotrader listing got very little interest, and after two weeks our listing had expired. We tried our luck uploading to other free online car websites but also were not successful.

Our frustrations with the sale of our Tesla pushed us to create the platform we needed, a free Tesla-only marketplace that is efficient and effective.

UsedTeslaWorld is the easiest way to sell your Tesla or parts in the UK. You can add your Tesla vehicle, or any parts completely free.

Seller listings are published directly to an audience of Tesla enthusiasts, people who care and understand the value in buying a Tesla. Any interested buyer can contact you privately, also for free.

We hope to continue helping the Tesla community by providing value with a resource that is free and continues to support a sustainable way of transportation.

You can find all the current used Teslas for sale here and any parts for sale here.

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Global Transformation Ecosystem OpenExO Announces ExO World: Now! Online Collaborative Event


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As lockdown continues around the world, the energetic and agile team behind OpenExO, the global transformation ecosystem connecting world-class professionals, has announced ExO World: Now! a global one-day online event on 12 May 2020 that will explore the current scenario and find solutions to global challenges triggered and highlighted by COVID-19.

ExO World: Now! is a condensed, one day version of the very successful ExO World Digital Summit that took place on 14-16th April 2020, where more than 2,800 people and 130 speakers gathered inside an interactive online ‘festival’ with one sole purpose – envision how the current global situation can serve as an opportunity to rethink and recreate our future. The 3-day virtual gathering resulted in 56 hours of awe-inspiring content, 200 breakout sessions, 2,700 networking connections, and 10,300 chat messages discussing transformative topics like Biotechnology, SDGs, the Future of Government to psychedelics, peak performance and the exponential renaissance.

Attendees like Valentine Stockdale, Managing Director of Strategy at Blueprints said ExO World was “the best event I have ever attended” and others described the event as “game-changing, trailblazing, a breakthrough, brilliant, truly amazing, a festival like no other, and much better than traditional conferences”.

“After ExO World in April the requests by attendees came pouring in so we responded with ExO World: Now! to help re-live the original atmosphere, content, interactions and the sense of magic we all experienced in April,” said OpenExO Chairman & Founder and lead author of Exponential Organizations, Salim Ismail.

ExO World was conceptualized as a result of the COVID19 global pandemic, with a fast-thinking and nontraditional approach to a global gathering to create, share and evaluate toolsets and ideas to be implemented at a personal, company, or institutional level. Bringing forward their remote-working expertise the OpenExO organizers are aimed at regenerating humanity forward while simultaneously shining a light on the opportunities and positive transformation that can be accomplished virtually while achieving a zero-carbon, efficient, personalized, and highly engaging event experience with breakout sessions, networking and open spaces for collaborative solution-building.

The aim of ExO World is for the proceeds to fund initiatives and outcomes from the events that are aligned with transforming humanity. As a result of April’s ExO World event, $10,000 was donated to DreamTank, a nonprofit aimed at igniting kids through entrepreneurship and innovation.

“The ExO World format was something the world has never seen before and it worked extremely well. We set a massive transformative purpose (MTP) of transforming the world, then we gave attendees a scaffolding by which they could find their own path during the event, whether through climate change, AI or transforming their company… leading them to a huge outcome that they may not have known possible, making them very engaged and excited about the possibilities of the future” says Salim Ismail.

Speakers include:
John Hagel, Salim Ismail, Jason Silva, Nishan Degnarain, Sylvia Earle, Heidi Cuppari, Jeff Booth, Divya Chander, Raymond McCauley, Scott Summit, Andrew Yang, Jerry Michalski, Ramez Naam,
Nicole Dreiske, Jim Kwik, Steven Kotler, Faiz Nazarali, Jim Harris, Vishen Lakhiani, John Mackey, Emilie Sydney-Smith, Nishan Degnarain, Zenia Tata, Sylvia Benito, Ajay Agarwal and more.

For more information and tickets please visit: https://www.exoworld.live/now
For press/media inquiries, please contact nicole@cultureclimax.com

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Culture Climax
Related Links: openexo.com

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Eitan Eldar: Online Tools Help Keep UK Real Estate Market Afloat During Coronavirus Pandemic


The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the whole world is massive, with a sharp down-trend in stocks and real estates in the UK. Since the pandemic became wide-spread across the globe, it has become increasingly difficult to do business as usual for everyone, even for real estate agents, as they develop new ways of viewings and valuations. The country-wide lockdown has taken its toll on the real estate market.

As it becomes increasingly difficult to carry out business as usual, Eitan Eldar says, “The quarantine and restrictions on movement set by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus prevented potential buyers from inspecting properties and meeting with agents. We all know this isn’t good for the real estate business, but it’s the best approach to contain the spread of the virus.”

Online tools for viewings and valuations by real estate agents

With new sales becoming virtually challenging to close, the UK real estate agents are moving online in their droves for viewings and valuations. Sellers that were already on the ground on the market have their available stock reduced just by 2.6%. However, as the government restrictions on movement and physical business transactions came to being, different initiatives have been exploited by real estate agents to reach both potential buyers and sellers.

“Showing properties online has helped to keep the real estate market afloat for all during this coronavirus outbreak. However, sales are still down,” said Eitan Eldar. “This method allowed the real estate market to stay somewhat active, compared to other fields to shut down completely. With this novel initiative, investors can still go about to check out properties of their choice and close deals even as the pandemic ravages the world”.

The focus of the real estate agents is now on video viewings of properties, allowing buyers to inspect properties they are interested in ahead of the time when the restrictions will be lifted on movements. Real estate markets have started to recover from the fall it experienced at the beginning of the lockdown.

The overall result of the pandemic on real estate

Like every other sector of the economy, the real estate industry has had its fair share of the pandemic. And the impact might still be felt even when restrictions of movements have been loosened.

Eitan Eldar says, “In the real estate market, commercial real estate continues to experience the most of the impact of the pandemic. We don’t expect a fall in the private home market, at least, not in the long run”.

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Plant & Equipment launches new website, as B2B sees spike in online activity due to Covid-19


DUBAI: Plant & Equipment, a leading online marketplace and industry news platform for the construction equipment markets in the Middle East and Africa, has launched a revamped website, www.PlantAndEquipment.com with enhanced tools to buy or sell used and new machinery and commercial vehicles online.

It comes as businesses and buyers are increasingly seeking online platforms to continue their trade, with the coronavirus pandemic having caused the postponement of many trade fairs and sales events, where traditionally deals are completed over a handshake.

The pandemic may accelerate the trend towards digital sales platforms for business-to-business (B2B) sellers, which lags behind trends in the consumer space in the Middle East and Africa, says Zayd Kuba, Managing Director of Middle East Strategic Advertising (MESA), the publisher of Plant & Equipment.

“Businesses are looking for online platforms where they can generate not only exposure for their brand but also receive direct enquiries and actually conclude sales,” said Kuba.

Plant & Equipment first launched its website two years ago, and since then traffic has grown rapidly, from just a handful of enquiries each month to now averaging around 300 enquiries per day, with around 120,000 visitors per month. The new website features enhanced paid dealer listings and improved search functionality, so that visitors can search for whatever brand or piece of equipment they want, while sorting by metrics such as price, age, hours or mileage. “Many of our site visitors are buyers looking for specific products, not just generic construction traffic,” he said.

The platform has listings from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as machinery or commercial vehicle dealers and distributors, including Al Tayer Motors, Al-Bahar and Al Naboodah in the UAE.

The website is unique in that it covers such as broad geography, including the GCC, wider Middle East, and Africa, says Kuba. Its top five countries for visitor traffic are – in order of traffic – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria. Categories with high levels of enquiries include excavators, cranes, wheel loaders, concrete equipment and trucks.

Despite a possible slow down across the construction sector globally due to the pandemic, Kuba believes this will produce new opportunities for sellers and buyers, and may also see renewed focus from international sellers towards buyers in the Middle East and Africa.

“Many of the dealers that sell on our platform are based in the US or Europe. Typically, when the construction industry in the US booms, their rental fleets grow. If the construction business there takes a hit, we expect machinery exports to grow as rental fleets downsize, meaning it will be a good time for contractors in the Middle East or Africa to look for used equipment from the US or Europe.”

Plant & Equipment is also available as a print magazine, published every two months, which is distributed across Middle East and Africa including industry news and in-depth analysis. To date it has published more than 200 editions of the print magazine.

Top countries by visitors to www.PlantAndEquipment.com
1. UAE
2. KSA
3. Egypt
4. South Africa
5. Nigeria

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