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Positive Coronavirus News Roundup

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Thom Gibbs & Harriet Barber

1 APRIL 2020 • 11:30 AM

The list of beloved cultural institutions this virus has seen off is appalling. Glastonbury, all West End productions, Fast and Furious 9, it’s enough to make you pick up a worthy book for the first time in a decade.

But there’s one hardy entity which is here to save us from pretending we understand Joyce. Give it up for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Eurovision should be a relic. It’s highly kitsch, frequently gauche and an example of the continent working together in a post-borders spirit of friendship. All things to have fallen severely out of fashion in recent years.

But the show must go on, albeit in an online audience-free format. After postponing the traditional competition two weeks ago its organisers have now announced that there will be a new show airing on the original date for the final, Saturday 16 May.

Europe Shine A Light, bringing to mind one of our nation’s finest moments in the competition…

…will bring together all 41 (forty one! I challenge you to name more than 35 European countries) songs that were entered.

They’ll be performed in remote locations, with no competitive element, and the whole thing is optimistically expected to last around two hours.

Let’s hope the traditional spirit of Eurovision remains. We want curious performance choices, mostly dreadful music but the odd legitimately excellent banger, like this year’s entry from Iceland:

Perhaps something we can do without this time is laggy video communication over long distances. There’s quite enough of that currently in our lives.

Elsewhere, people are heeding the sounds of creaking from their larders and beginning to realise there’s only so much you can stockpile, so rationing is coming to an end in several supermarkets

An app will tell you if you come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. If that sounds like a dystopian future where government tracking of the populance is not only wielded, but actively welcomed by the people, well, welcome to April 2020. 

Perhaps best of all, the current climate has dimmed the powers of one of the year’s most tedious days. It’s gone midday and I’m yet to see a laboured April Fools gag from a corporation.  

Here’s Harriet with the rest of today’s good news.

• NHS Nightingale has officially opened at the Excel centre in East London. The 4,000-bed hospital, which was built with the assistance of the Army, will help reduce pressure on existing services amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

• Social distancing is working. New research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has estimated that before the lockdown was introduced in the UK one positive person would infect 2.6 other people – now they infect 0.62.

• The public and businesses have donated over £100,000 in just a few hours to a Donate-A-Ride scheme, which offers free trips to and from hospital to London’s frontline NHS workers.

• Japan’s Fujifilm has started clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China. Trials in China have suggested Avigan could play a role in shortening the recovery time for patients infected with coronavirus.

• A man with a 3D-printing hobby has created a production line for protective masks.  Sid Lovatt from North Yorkshire has been creating masks and visors after receiving requests from care homes, GP surgeries and his local hospital ward.

• Thailand is giving its public free mobile data for those in isolation to help people work from home and families stay connected.

• Boots UK is going to donate over 200,000 toiletries to vulnerable people and NHS workers to use between busy shifts. The donations will include hand cream, shower gel and toothpaste.

• By Harriet Barber

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Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

With more families staying at home at work and children not going to school because of the continuing pandemic, the speed of the Internet and mobile …

Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

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Gratitude – 10 Reasons to be Grateful for those who are currently Self Isolating – #PositiveCornovirusNews

For those who are self isolating and are depressed in down and need a pick me up, try practicing gratitude. Change your perspective on the situation and rather than looking at what you’ve lost from the current change of conditions in our external environment and think about what you have gained in your immediate, local to you external environment (the place where you are currently self isolating) and in your internal environment (“from your skin in” – a recent quote that I have learnt to describe the internal you).

If you can flip the perspective and look at the positive of any situation then you can vastly improve your mental health and increase your ability to handle external forces and situations.

Please find some of my reasons to be grateful in our current situation and other gratitudes that I think this current situation brings to most people who choose to see them and accept them!

No.1 I’m a live and kicking!

Any gratitude list needs this one as it’s the biggest reason to be grateful that you’ll ever have. It was a tiny miracle but somehow you were born and as your reading this your still alive and kicking so well done – keep up the good work. Life is full of Rich experiences so get stuck in and enjoy them!

No. 2. – Grateful For Being Locked In With Our Loved Ones

If you are locked in or self isolated then hopefully you are locked in and managing to spend more time, much more than usual , with the person or people that you love and trust most in the world and when can that be a bad thing?

If you are self isolating alone then you have access to lots of different ways of getting in touch, for Free with all of the special people in your life. See No 3..

No 3. Gratitude towards connected technology.

Getting in touch with friends and family nowadays for nothing (FREE) has never been easier so let’s be thankful for technology. Whether it’s Zoom (which seems all the rage at the moment) or old favourites like Messenger, WhatsApp or FaceTime and Skype or even old classics like the phone or texting (actually utilising your unlimited calls and texts) there is so many ways to get connected and what’s the excuse , look at all the extra time that you now have on your hands – see no 4.

4. Grateful for the obscene of a long commute to work via Rush Hour Traffic?

Having been self employed and mostly working from home for the past 8 years this is a big reason to be grateful for me. Who wants to be sat in traffic and losing 2 hours of their day that you’re never going to get back? See 7.

5. Grateful for the dress code.

I’m in charge of the dress code and can choose to wear what I like. Time to get out all the clothes that I don’t always get a chance to wear and design my own dress policy. plus I can wear loads of things that don’t need ironing and that another chore gone and some more gained time. See 7.

6. Grateful for flexibility!

Now that you are in charge of your own daily routine you can decide the rules. Get up at a time that suits you, work at a time that suits you, exercise at a time that suits you, lunch when you want and finish when you want. You are now the master of your own destiny and your setting the rules, so be flexible and adaptable to a way that suits you and your life and not to someone else’s way that you have been conditioned to confirm to.

7. Gratitude for the extra time.

Now that you’ve lost the daily commute and the ironing etc. you now have the time to exercise at home or do that extra hobby or interest that you could never really make time for. I often find it hard to make time to exercise but have been exercise regularly at home with the new found time saved and the hour given to me for daily exercise by Boris!

8. Personally I’m grateful for Online Zoom networking.

Having to turn up at real world networking something that I done regularly in the old world was time consuming and difficult to achieve too often so I used to go to an event 1 or 2 times a week but now there inline I have been doing 1 or 2 a day, and now I’m connecting with people from much further away than just South Wales.

9. Gratitude for values and appreciation!

I’m starting to realise what’s important in life and becoming a better human being and more appreciative of what we do have and that can’t be a bad thing. Hopefully these sorts of lessons will enrich human being and make them more appreciate of the important things in less and less focussed on the menial / shallow, unimportant, fake and self obsessive sh*t that sometime everyone gets obsessed with.

10. Plenty of time and free resources for learning and self improvement / self development.

There are no excuses, News the time to read a book, listen to an audio book or podcast or watch a load of you tube videos. Learn all the things you have ever wanted to know and all the skills you gave ever needed all at a touch of a button or in a book!

So in summary now is the time to take action and control of your life and your own destination. You (and I) have plefty of reasons to be grateful over the current situation so let take advantage our make it our time now!

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Morning Motivation and Positivity – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

It all starts with a great attitude!

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Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking (2 Events down, 1 to go)!

Had a great time networking online at the Introbiz Swansea Networking and Masterclass Event this morning from 8.30am until 11am.

Introbiz Swansea & West Wales Networking Online

It was great listening too and Intereacting with Marianne Petifor from Frogmore Consulting this morning and hearing what she had to say and teach.

Another fab event from Introbiz as per usual 👍😎

It was also great to catch up with some old contacts and make some new ones.

I also once again really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network at 11am until 1pm which runs daily.

I again got to enjoy two more inspirational stories from Inspirational people both he had great messages about Perseverance, and Perspective and how to change your energy to change your life via what if, spirituality and practicing gratitude.,

Thanks to Ken Falconer and John Donnelly for the great presentations 👏😎

Online Business Networking & Support

It’s great to be a part of such a great Network as The Outstanding Network, in-fact its Outstanding! Thanks Pat for putting it all together🙏

I have had some many calls the past few days from all of this networking which is fab but I’m only 2/3’s the way through today as there still another “site to be fab” Event still to come at Introbiz South Wales tonight from 8pm till 9.30pm. See www.introbiz.co.uk/events

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Yet Another great Outstanding Network Online Event..

Again I really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network on the 31st of March.

There was two more inspirational stories from young Entrepreneurs & Inspirational people.

Thanks to James Mckenzie and Blake Jones for your fantastic presentations.

Online Business Networking & Support

It’s great to be a part of such a great Network as The Outstanding Network, in-fact its Outstanding!

Well done to Pat Slattery for putting such a great daily event together! 👍

Me on a Zoom call!

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Positive Welsh Business News – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

The fund will support firms of all sizes, including social enterprises

First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced a new £500m fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Economic Resilience Fund aims to plug the gaps in the support schemes already announced by the UK Government, including the Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, which will guarantee 80% of people’s wages and income.

The new £500m Welsh fund will support firms of all sizes, including social enterprises, with a focus on those which have not already benefited from the coronavirus grants already announced by the Welsh Government.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“The pace at which the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our economy is extraordinary. Now, more than ever, government needs to do all it can to support the economy and business.

“The recent announcements by the UK Government provided some much-needed protection for many workers and their families in Wales. Only the UK Government has the macro-economic and fiscal levers to minimise the enormous damage this economic shut-down will do to the UK economy.

“But even with these interventions, there are elements of the economy, businesses and charities in Wales facing insolvency because fixed and operating costs – rent, residual salary costs, leasing charges for vital equipment and maintaining operations – cannot be met during this crisis.

“We made a commitment as a Welsh Government to fill the gaps and support the economy and businesses through this incredibly difficult time.

“This package of support provides further assurance to firms, charities and social enterprises that we will do just that – help them deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.”

The £500m fund is made up of two main elements:

  • A new £100m Development Bank of Wales fund will be available for companies experiencing cash flow problems as a result of the pandemic and will provide loans of between £5,000 and £250,000 at favourable interest rates.
  • Businesses will also be able to benefit from a £400m emergency pot providing:
  1.  Grants of £10,000 for micro-businesses employing up to nine people. This includes sole traders employing staff. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply by mid-April.
  2.  Grants of up to £100,000 for small and medium sized firms with between 10 and 249 employees. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply from next week.
  3. Support for larger Welsh companies, which are of critical social or economic importance to Wales. This element will be open to qualifying businesses within the next two weeks.

The £500m Economic Resilience Fund will support businesses forced to temporarily cease trading – to go into “hibernation” – or which need cash-flow support to adapt to a remote way of working.

The new fund builds on the £1.4bn business support package announced by the Welsh Government on March 18, which provides a year-long rate relief holiday for all but the largest premises in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and grant-support for more than 70,000 small businesses.

Ken Skates, Minister for the Economy, Transport and North Wales, said:

“This £500m package will provide further vital assistance to thousands of firms and third sector organisations, which normally rely on trading income.

“We have been very clear, we are here to support the economy and the business community. We stand with every business and worker. Together we will get through this exceptionally challenging period.”

Responding to the Welsh Government announcement on £500million Economic Resilience Fund, Ben Francis, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said:

“Many businesses will feel reassured by the grant funding announced by Welsh Government this afternoon. Welsh Government made a promise to go above and beyond the level of support offered in England, and they have.

“This increased grant funding will provide a safety net for those businesses who will not have benefitted from the initial round of grants, and demonstrates that Welsh Government has sought to fill those gaps. We were also pleased to see a particular focus on social enterprises, which until now had not been a large part of the conversation. This will help ensure that those businesses can make it through this disruptive time.

“The emphasis for the Economic Resilience Fund must now must be on delivery; ensuring that the detail of this fund is made available to those eligible for it, and making sure that the money gets out of the door as quickly as possible, so that it can start to have an impact on the ground.

“This is reassuring news for businesses, and for the Welsh economy. We must now turn our attention to how we can fill other gaps, including for those that are recently self-employed.

“Once we come out of the other side of this crisis, Wales will need our entrepreneurs to be innovating and stimulating our economy. Those businesses need us now, and we are encouraged to see that Welsh Government has introduced such a strong package today.”

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said: 

“The economic resilience fund will be welcome news for Welsh enterprise. During this unprecedented time it’s vital support for businesses – large and small – gets to where it’s needed most, and fast. More may be needed as the situation develops.

“Meanwhile firms will continue to do their best by their employees, adapting quickly to new guidance and helping national efforts by supplying essential goods and services.

“Longer term, close cooperation and communication between business, unions, devolved and national governments will be essential to ensuring as many firms as possible can emerge from hibernation intact once the pandemic passes.”

Lloyd Powell, head of ACCA Wales, said:

‘We welcome the proposals announced today by the Welsh Government during what is a regional, national and global emergency.

‘The economic response from Government has been swift and very welcome at a time of huge uncertainty for micro, small and medium sized businesses and the millions of people they serve, employ and trade with.

‘With unprecedented economic stimuli being released to support the Welsh and the UK economy, it is encouraging the Welsh Government is attempting to demonstrate fiscal prudence by using cash reallocated from existing budgets and indeed new money from the UK Treasury.

‘We await further schemes being announced throughout the week, it is important government continues to be receptive to the needs of business and acts as a vital safety net throughout the Coronavirus pandemic – however long its duration.’

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Introbiz Swansea Online Networking & Masterclass Event

INTROBIZ SWANSEA ONLINE WORKSHOP
APRIL 1st 8.30AM-11AM

Customer Care As a Profit Source!: 
Workshop  with multi-award winning mentor and business strategist, Marianne who will guide us and equip us!

The workshop will help attendees to generate more sales (soft sales) and help attendees to ensure maximum customer spend. Come prepared to connect, engage, win business BUT its also a workshop and extremely interactive.

On Thurdsay 26th of March, we had Part 1 of an incredible 2 Part workshop by Marianne Petifor which challenged us to identify the value we can give at this time and figure out how to creatively position ourselves online to showcase this. Part 2 will be next Wednesday April 1st. 

This is a great networking opportunity and a way to connect with clients, business owners, corporate companies and SMEs.

We’ll be Hosted by Bernie Davies and joined by Keynote Speaker  Marianne Petifor of Frogmore Consulting delivering a workshop based on tried and testing Customer attraction and retention techniques. With more years than she wishes to admit successfully running 5 businesses using these skills, Marianne is more than qualified to help us through these times! 

We know how important networking is to our members, so we will be hosting these Introbiz Swansea Online events during the times our original events would have taken place. The added bonus is wherever you are in the world, you can still network! A great opportunityI to network across our Region.

We pride ourselves on operating not only as a networking organisation, but as a connections agency. If there is any business or industry you’re particularly keen to get in front of, then we can make it happen! We’ll be connecting you to our newest members and associates so don’t miss this great opportunity.

FACILITATORS:

MARIANNE PETIFOR – FROGMORE CONSULTING

Marianne is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, mentor, and consultant specialising in customer experience management. Founder of five businesses within areas of Tourism, Healthcare, Property Management, Recruitment, and Social Enterprise. Marianne is principal consultant at Frogmore Consulting and holds a number of prestigious roles in the business community.

BERNIE DAVIES-OWNER INTROBIZ SWANSEA & WEST WALES

Bernie Davies is a Speaker, Trainer, Author, Coach and Business Mentor with an outstanding legal career in property who has now dedicated herself to helping businesses to network and market effectively. Founding Territory Council member of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Dynamo Role Model and Past Chair of the Neath Chamber of Trade, she is now Franchise Owner of Introbiz Swansea and west Wales. Swansea Black Icon and Excellence in Business Award winner; she connects and supports businesses across Swansea and West Wales.

AGENDA

8:30 JOIN , WELCOME AND UPDATE FROM BERNIE AND MARK 

8:45 ONLINE NETWORKING:

– You will introduce yourself

– You will tell us about your business

– You will share any initiatives / projects

– You will ask us for any help you might need in terms of connections you need to make

9:30 WORKSHOP DELIVERY

CUSTOMER CARE AND SOFT SALES ONLINE
11AM WRAP UP

Book online now to the Introbiz Swansea Online Networking & Masterclass Event via the link.

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Another Great Online Business Networking and Support Event with The Outstanding Network.

Again I really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network.

Two more inspirational stories from Inspirational people.

Thanks to Jennifer Byrne and Anthony Dolan.

Online Business Networking & Support

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Whilst the current climate is happening I am looking to offer FREE SUPPORT for people who are self isolating or struggling in Business! Hi Fellow Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Home Workers or Self Isolator – I offer Business Growth, Business Optimisation and Sales & Marketing Strategy & Services to Business Owners and Entrepreneurs and I also used to be a corporate sales manager/director and am used to motivating and supporting a team. During these tough times I want to support as many of my contacts, LinkedIn connections and wider business community colleagues with any Help, Advice, Ideas, Support, Motivation or Problem
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What are you going to do today to help you to achieve your short, medium and long term goals. If your stuck at home self isolating then here’s some tips that can always help you to get better and work towards successfully achieving your goals! Upskill – Do Online Courses or watch some YouTube videos and learn some new skills. Educate yourself – Read Some Books or listen to some audio from others who have already achieved the goals that you are trying to achieve and get some advice! Exercise – What ever goals your trying to achieve, being fit
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The Gavin Henson gesture that sums him up brilliantly The former Wales rugby star has done his bit to keep spirits high in what are difficult times. Gavin Henson delivers pints of beer to a local: Gavin Henson recently hit the headlines after it was announced that he and his wife had opened up a new restaurant. The former Wales international and his partner Katie are the new proud owners of The Fox in St Brides Major in the Vale of Glamorgan. But as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, it is one of many thousands of businesses set to
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Yesterday I took part in my first Online / Virtual Webinar based Networking Event, where Introbiz Business Network, innovated and adapted to switch their cancelled real world business networking event online, after their networking event in Cardiff, was one of the many event victims pulled, due to Coronavirus. 30 members of the Introbiz Business Network attended this first online / virtual networking event and the majority seemed happy and positive with the event and the way it was conducted. The usual power networking format of everyone getting a few minutes to talk about their business was still followed online and
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Recruitment drive for NHS volunteers stopped now as levels reach 750,000…

The NHS drove for volunteers have reached their target just two days after it was extended, the Royal Voluntary Service announced today.

The recruitment drive has been such an overwhelming success that it has now been temporarily paused to allow the charity to process the torrent of applicants and work with the NHS to get the volunteer army up and running.

Those who registered will be helping the health service perform ‘vital roles’ that will allow people to comply with strict government advice on self isolation and social distancing.

Community response volunteers will collect and deliver shopping, medication or ‘other essential supplies’ for people under isolation.

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Positive Coronavirus News roundup… #PositiveCoronavirusNews

  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown.
  • British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse.
  • Families in America, Canada and some parts of Britain, have been decking their houses like it’s Christmas with fairy lights, decorations and inflatables.
  • Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning products, including soap and bleach, from a new campaign by Unilever and the Department for International Development.
  • A mental health company called Unmind has made their online resources free for all NHS workers to combat the impact of pressure and demand on staff mental health caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve already had 7,000 NHS staff members sign up.
  • A 96-year-old woman is now the oldest South Korean to fully recover from the coronavirus.
  • The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal has raised almost £11 million since launching a week ago (Weds 18). The first £2.5 million is now being distributed to front-line charities, which will deliver food to isolated people, help people recover after leaving hospital, and protect vulnerable children now schools are closed.

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The government denies losing the opportunity to purchase tens of thousands of fans

Ministers denied losing the opportunity to purchase thousands of fans after businessmen claimed they had “lost the boat” by failing to respond to …

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Government in talks over state acquisition of Flybe: CityAM

The collapsed administrator of Flybe airline, EY, has denied reports that he is in talks with the government to purchase the regional airline for …

Government in talks over state acquisition of Flybe: CityAM

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Positive Coronavirus News – Unilever News #PositveCoronavirusNews

  • Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning products, including soap and bleach, from a new campaign by Unilever and the Department for International Development.

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Positive Coronavirus News – Free Mental Health Resources For NHS -#PositiveCoronavirusNews

  • A mental health company called Unmind has made their online resources free for all NHS workers to combat the impact of pressure and demand on staff mental health caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve already had 7,000 NHS staff members sign up.

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Positive Coronavirus News – We have the Internet To Keep Us Connected – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

We have the internet to keep us connected…

Before the internet, isolation would have been extremely lonely.

But thanks to the advent of modern technology, it is easy to FaceTime & video call our loved ones and keep up with them on Social Media, making us feel much more connected then we otherwise would have.

Dr Shmerling said: “We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections.

“People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, ‘see’ family and doctors virtually and provide updates on their condition.”

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Positive Coronavirus News – Preparation – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

We are better prepared now for future Pandemics…

This pandemic caught the world by surprise, with even the top leaders not expecting this unprecedented pandemic.

However, we will learn from our mistakes, making the next one easier to navigate.

Dr Shmerling: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare systems throughout the world that provide an opportunity to improve them.

“For example, a faster global response, better and quicker distribution of testing kits, and more coordinated and coherent public messaging should be expected the next time around. (No guarantees, of course.)”

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Positive Coronavirus News – Science – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

  • British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse.

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  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown.

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Another Great Online Networking and Business Support Event with The Outstanding Network

Had another great online business networking & business support event this morning with The Outstanding Network, hosted by Irish Business Coach & Entrepreneur, Pat Slattery on the Zoom platform.

I had the pleasure of listing to two great talks from two inspirational and honest business people with a lot to say and teach…

Lee Tunney-Ware

First up was Lee Tunney-Ware, A Keynote Speaker and Coach who’s Dyslexia taught him to think differently to others and who will get you to think differently if you take some time to listen to what he has to say! You can find out more about by listening to this recently filmed interview made following the event, by Aron O’dowd who was also on the event – http://aronodowd.com/leon-tulley-ware/

Breeda Hurley

The second speaker was Breeda Hurley, a Business Owner & Author, who’s tough struggles can inspire you to over come your own struggles in life. You can find out more about Breeda Hurley and her Survive to Thrive book here – http://breedahurley.com/my-book-survive-and-thrive/ and you can buy her book online here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Survive-Thrive-Lifetime-Breeda-Hurley/dp/0995581207 .

I’m looking forward to more great online business networking & support sessions with The Outstanding Network, daily at 11am.

Thanks Pat for ousting such an Outstanding Event in your truly Outstanding Network.

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Positive Financial News from the FT – Positive Coronavirus News #PositiveCoronavirisNews

We may have passed peak uncertainty and there is definitely a reason to start buying again — carefully

A food delivery courier passes a closed Louis Vuitton store, operated by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, in central London, U.K., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The U.K. is in lockdown after Boris Johnson ordered sweeping measures to stop people leaving their homes

A Deliveroo rider during the lockdown in central London. The company is part-owned by Amazon which remains a good bet for equity investment © Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The writer is editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek

Everyone in the global financial market wants the same thing. They want to find a bit of data they can absolutely believe to be accurate and they want to use it to cut the risk levels embedded in their portfolio. 

Too bad. They can’t have accuracy on anything and there are no low risk assets to buy. That everyone knows both these things explains the hysterical swings in indices this week. By Friday, nine trading days in March had made it on to analyst lists at Bianco Research as the biggest one-day gains and losses since the second world war. No other month comes close. 

All is not lost, however. It is possible that we are near — or have even passed — the peak uncertainty bit of this crisis.

We know for example that Covid-19 cases probably peaked in China in early February, and now look to be peaking in Italy. We also know that China is recovering fast: according to Macquarie, coal consumption is at 95 per cent of the normal level for this time of year, traffic congestion is normalising and car sales are even rising again (slightly). The consensus appears to be that China is 85 per cent back to normal. 

We also have a sense of just how bad things were at their worst in China: industrial profits fell by 38 per centin February. So we have a rough — very rough — guide as to what might happen elsewhere, leaving aside second round infections. Think: a month of complete lockdown, followed by a few slightly easier months and, barring any new horrors, a return to a new kind of normal by early June.

We know one other important thing too: governments and central banks are prepared to blow more than the doors off our current monetary and fiscal systems to get their economies to the other side (30 per cent of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown). 

They are prepared to blur the line completely between monetary and fiscal policy, with unlimited money creation and spending, to try and replace the parts of the economy they have shut down. The new package from the US comes in at nearly $2tn, which is a genuinely stunning 9.5 per cent of gross domestic product — or what GDP once was. Total global fiscal stimulus now comes to about 3 per cent of global GDP.

You might not like all of this. You might note that no amount of cash can make restaurant bookings rise from zero when the collapse in growth is due to physical restraint. And you might be terrified of the post-virus consequences of what amounts to helicopter money, as there will be no option but to monetise government debt from here on. But it does at least provide a clarity, of sorts.

Passing peak uncertainty is not the same at achieving certainty. But some forecasts are coming back into the market. US earnings are expected to fall by up to 60 per cent over the next couple of years, rather than rise this year by 10 per cent or so, as was expected in January. And the GDP of most economies is expected to fall by something like 35 per cent during the periods they are locked down: this, at least, is what Capital Economics suggests.

What about equity markets? We have some sense now of where we are going. We also know that markets tend to turn three months or so before economies do. So should we assume that this has been the fastest bull-to-bear-to-bull turn in history, where some of the worst short-term fundamentals ever have been overwhelmed by the greatest stimulus package in history? 

In-out-and-in-again in just a month would be too brave a call. If this crash works like most crashes, there is every chance that we will test the lows again. Just ask any technical analyst! But there is definitely reason to start buying. 

The first thing to note is that even after the bounces of this week, equities are no longer expensive. So-called Shiller price to earnings ratios, one of the better indicators of long-term value, show that equities, particularly outside the US, are at 20-year lows at least. 

It’s also worth noting, as Pictet’s Luca Paolini points out, that while you might think you have just lived through one of the greatest bull markets ever, if on Wednesday you had looked at the last 10 years only, some 90 per cent of global markets were showing negative returns. 

It’s also hard to see the alternative to stocks. The bond market is hardly a long-term safe haven. Cash isn’t either: in the short term, too many dominoes are falling in too many places to be sure of the financial system. In a world of limited crisis hitting unlimited stimulus, inflation is also a worry. 

So buy for the long term, but buy carefully. There is a good argument that in a time of unbounded quantitative easing, it doesn’t matter what you buy. All equities, all assets even, will move in tandem. But why take the risk? In most bear markets everything goes down. But not everything comes up again. 

So buy the things that probably will. Market leaders with little or no debt, experienced management, operating in sectors that offer some relief during lockdowns. And think about the Fangs: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The giant tech stocks that led the US bull market for the last decade had become so stupidly expensive that many thought they would also trigger its end. Instead they are the companies providing the few services we now really need. You can’t put a price on that.

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Royal Mint changed Tac and making Covid-19 Visors for NHS – Positive Coronavirus News #PositiveCoronavirusNews


Credit: Royal MintThe Royal Mint has begun mass manufacturing medical visors to protect frontline NHS staff from coronavirus.

Based in Llantrisant, engineers at The Royal Mint developed a medically approved visor design which they can produce thousands of each day. 

The first batch of visors are already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital in south Wales. 

Health care workers have expressed concern over the amount of PPEavailable to them, despite Welsh Government reassurance that there is enough to go around. 

The Royal Mint, usually known for making money and coins, are turning their focus to helping protect people against COVID-19 by making valuable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Engineers at the site found a basic design for medical visors online. They then adapted and developed their own prototype, which was approved for medical use within 48 hours.

The design will also soon be released online, enabling other companies to manufacture even more.

The Royal Mint say they can produce thousands of masks every day, subject to getting enough of the raw components.

The masks are made with a type of 1mm clear plastic which is currently in low supply. They are appealing to manufacturers across the UK to help them source the material that forms the potentially life-saving protective equipment.

The first batch of visors manufactured by The Royal Mint are already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will receive the visors initially, with some already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The CEO of Cwm Tag Morgannwg University Health Board thanked The Royal Mint for their support.

We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Mint for this work. This equipment will be vitally important for our frontline staff to protect themselves and others as they work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The generosity of organisations such as The Royal Mint as well as our communities has been humbling and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support for our staff and the NHS.

– DR SHARON HOPKINS, CEO CWM TAF MORGANNWG UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD

Leighton John, Director of Operations for The Royal Mint said: “My sister works for the NHS and it really focuses your mind on the challenges they are facing, and the opportunity we have to support them.

“On Wednesday at 9am we knew nothing about medical visors, but we set our engineers the task of developing essential medical equipment which could be easily made on site – within seven hours they’d created a medical visor, and within 48 hours it was approved for mass manufacture. We’ll shortly post the specifications on our website to enable other firms to make them too.

“We are now developing the production line, and urgently calling for help to source 1.0mm PET clear plastic which is in low supply across the UK. We believe firms will have this in stock, and we’d urge them to get in touch with us so we can continue to support our NHS.”

Visors, masks, aprons and gloves are all valuable items of PPE used to prevent frontline workers from contracting coronavirus. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Some health care workers are worried about access to protective equipment like masks. One GP based in Bangor told ITV Cymru Wales that she and her colleagues feel “forced to make decisions” based on the “availability of PPE” and not based on “clinical judgement”.

On Wednesday 25, the Welsh Government announced that they would be making more PPE available to health and social care staff.


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Travel companies do their best to lift morale from the coronavirus outbreak

The world of travel is in turmoil right now, but hoteliers, tour operators and transportation companies are making great efforts to help Britons …

Travel companies do their best to lift morale from the coronavirus outbreak

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