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Trump's rating is now the lowest since his presidency
According to the Pew Research Center, Trump is leaving his post with the lowest rating - only 29% approve of his work.
Other polls show similar drops in ratings. In addition, it is not clear if Trump's image will ever improve.
According to Gallup, Trump's approval rating “never exceeded 45% or dropped below 36%,” but is now down as much as 7 percentage points at 29%.
The Pew survey was conducted January 8-12 among 5,360 adults.
Other polls give similar results. A CNN poll conducted Jan 9-14 on a sample of 1,003 American adults also found Trump to have the lowest approval rating for his presidency compared to previous polls, with 34% of respondents approving of Trump's actions.
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Dine-in services permitted in Orange County; LA County does not meet up relaxation approval standards
The reopening of Phase 2 businesses also includes dine-in services in restaurants and reopening of shopping centres as Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Orange County's request, amid the pandemic. Allowed business activities include:
- Restaurants (in-person dining)
- Outdoor museums
- Limited personal services (tanning salons, car washes, gardening service, pet groomers)
Lisa Bartlett, the County Supervisor, was pleased that the Orange County was able to meet the state requirements the request was granted before Memorial Day weekend. After the announcement of the governor's decision, the county's health officer issued a new order which requires everyone to wear masks and mandates quarantine for those who have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
OC Health Care Agency authorities reported 216 new cases and 12 additions deaths which raised the county's total affected cases to 5,157 and 130 deaths; 42 deaths were reported in 4 days alone.
On the other hand, Los Angeles County accounts for half of the state's COVID-19 cases and has not met the requirements to reopen businesses. The County officials do not expect to follow the relaxed state standards until 4th July. Recently the death and hospitalization trends have improved, but the Whitehouse coronavirus response coordinator told that the spread of COVID-19 is a concern in LA.
Dr. Deborah Birx approached the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help investigate the source of new cases to help forestall outbreaks in future.
Los Angeles is among the few California's 58 counties that either have not adequately contained the infection to revive more activities and business or, on account of a few San Francisco Bay Area counties, have decided to move all the more gradually.
Local bicycle delivery services roll into high gear due to COVID-19 pandemic
As most people are at home and choose delivery options on food and everything else, messenger at Maritime Bicycle Courier is working at the front line of the coronavirus pandemic in Long Beach.
Tagquiped and Bud Abilles are both former competitive cyclists, and they launched a local delivery service in 2014, but slowly corporate delivery services drove away their business.
Even after facing hard competition, their business kept on rolling—Maritime Bicycle Courier partners with nearly 30 restaurants and businesses across the city.
"It's very important to us as a Long Beach-based business that we keep our money in Long Beach," said Ryan Hughes, co-owner of The 4th Horseman.
The 4th Horseman is the exclusive partner for Maritime Bicycle Courier for deliveries. Hughes said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, around 70% of orders placed at The 4th Horseman consist of deliveries.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the local delivery services had increased its workforce by 33%.
I'm grateful," Tagquiped said. "It's a weird blessing that the community basically has brought us back up and shown us support."
If you want to support local businesses in Long Beach, visit the Maritime Bicycle Courier website.
Federal weapons-related warrant suspect wanted
The circumstance started about 4:05 p.m. at the point when police pulled a driver close to the 1800 square of Pacific Avenue. Sgt. Alvino Herrera informed that after at first conversing with the officers, he ran from the officials and blockaded himself in a room, the authorities accept the leased at a close-by inn.
Police set up an edge around the motel and attempted to get the man to give up, yet at the end called the LBPD SWAT group, he said.
A representative on Friday morning said police couldn't discover the man in the inn and police started to clear the scene at about 8:30 p.m.
She said the man was needed on a federal weapons-related warrant.
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Professional basketball player Roman Perez movie will be releasing this year 2021.
12 year pro hooper Roman Perez has a story to share. His roots, coming from the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, NY allowed him to experience the true definition of following ones dreams.
This story is not all about winning, it's about never giving up and fighting for what you believe in. Showing the viewers that anything can be made possible with faith and hard work.
I am Victorious the Roman Perez journey will be releasing November 23, 2021 online. For more information, follow the film's Instagram at www.instagram.com/iamvictoriousfilm
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2021 - The year of authentic visual immersion - Studio[K]irmack - Bizcommunity.com
Here are eight key trends that will affect online retailers in 2021 from Craig Bellingham, founder and CEO of Studio[K]irmack...
1. Sales are driven by visual immersion “In 2021, as cocooning humans spend more time at home than ever before, they’ll lean into the virtual using video and rich, smart imagery to guide their ecommerce choices for both work and home,” says Craig Bellingham of Studio[K]irmack, Africa’s first high-tech and fully fledged ecommerce photo studio driven by artificial intelligence. “The global Covid-19 pandemic has radically shifted buyer behaviour, both in the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) sectors. Today, buying is done increasingly remotely which means that visual content be it still, 360° or video is more important than it ever was to customers,” says Bellingham. McKinsey confirms this trend with new analysis. The global consultant’s key take-out? Humanity’s buying and selling habits have changed forever, and virtualizing experience will mean creating hyper-real experiences with smart imaging. Sales for global retail ecommerce is expected to reach $4.9trn in 2021, a massive opportunity for the South African ecommerce cohort that is readily embracing innovation to leap ahead. Brand owners are now embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics together with new video and imagery solutions to get them to market faster while improving the user experience (UX). 2. TikTok explodes, driving video engagement “As 2020 comes to a close, the big news is that social media gorilla, TikTok, is investing heavily in social commerce and has done a major e-commerce deal with Shopify. TikTok is massive, with over 800 million users, and the partnership will see Shopify’s one million merchants enjoy better access to TikTok’s huge audience,” says Bellingham. “Given that TikTok is hugely popular with Generation-Z and is video-driven, this means the move to video is a media trend retailers can’t ignore in 2021,” he adds.3. Visual automation wins “Agility and innovation will be central to marketing, which will lean into photographic automation to drive better speed to market and to increase responsiveness,” says Studio[K]irmack’s founder. “The traditional way of doing a photo shoot was about hiring crews and equipment, but automation tools for e-comm studios has penetrated the video and photography sector thanks to advances in both robotics and artificial intelligence resulting in costs per image being reduced 10x and producing 4x more photos per day.”Today’s fashion and e-commerce world demands speed to market, and this has seen the rise and rise of automated product photography equipment with software-controlled compact studios for still and 360° product photography, as well as video. “I’ve seen this trend accelerate first-hand after investing in our automated photography and video solutions that make it faster than ever to execute creative for high fashion, technology, FMCG and anything that requires visual imaging to connect to customers and sell,” Bellingham explains. He explains that the high-end machinery and all-in-one solutions allow clients to cut costs on equipment and eliminate repetitive tasks for your teams and most importantly minimise post-processing time. “The interface of these studios is simplicity itself, and anyone can produce a high-end shoot faster than ever before. Because of this, in a recessionary environment, we’ve seen a 300% growth year on year,” he says. Why this massage surge? Bellingham says that automation that delivers better quality means e-tailers can be freed up to obsess about every customer detail in the effort to differentiate and personalise services and products. 4. Safer creative working environments “Covid-19 has changed the way we work, and part of this will be ensuring safe working environments where we are protected, calm and able to do our best work. In the worlds of retail and fashion, where video and photographic shoots have meant clusters of teams working closely together, photographic and video automation will bring better safety standards,” Bellingham predicts. “Technology will enable brand owners to create sophisticated, innovative shoots at the touch of a button. This will do away with the requirement for huge, expensive fashion shoots and will enable a new generation of creativity with safer working environments.” This is important given that Covid-19 will not go away sometime soon.5. Authenticity matters more Authenticity is everything and will be pivotal to building trust with customers in both B2B and B2C markets. From a digital retail perspective, consumers are increasingly looking for authenticity and this has been a rallying point for building trust and connections. “From a video and photography perspective, this means paring back, bringing in natural colours and shying away from overt photographic manipulation,” says the owner of Studio[K]irmack, adding: “In a world where trust is the biggest conversion factor, leaning hard into authenticity creates better credibility and believability.”6. Speed to market Getting your product online quickly, accurately and with a large degree of consistency is key to how your consumers engage with your brand. No matter the size of your business this is critical.For huge, global retailers like Zulily for example, speed to market is everything, a pressure that will continue in 2021 and filter to smaller brands. Zulily offers customers ‘a new store every day’. To achieve this, the massive retailer cuts down on time wastage by keeping photography in-house and using photographic automation. Zulily typically loads up more than 9,000 products a day on its website. Says Bellingham: “To achieve the kind of photographic quality and style the brand’s 700,000 daily visitors expect, Zulily uses industrialized photography processes and photographic automation. This means a new season, with thousands and thousands of products can be shot in a number of days. Traditionally - without using automation - this photo and video process could take weeks, if not months.” 7. Minimalism and simplicity A global pandemic has made the world more chaotic, unpredictable, complex and stressed. In this context, trends show that consumers long for simplicity and minimalism. “In terms of photography, this means that less is more in a 'busy and complex world’,” advises Bellingham. “Visual imagery and video play a powerful role in contributing to the user experience, and in 2021 customers will want balance, calmness and pared-back image styling.” Bellingham points out that another expression of this trend is that customers will increasingly look for photography that hasn’t been obviously manipulated or changed by Photoshop. Because of this brand owners will need to focus on creating product shots and styled photography that looks and feels natural.8. Virtual and augmented reality mainstreams Now that humans are familiar with online shopping they will want to try before they buy, and this is where virtual and augmented reality comes into play. “Let’s face it, customers want the benefit of being as close to reality as possible but without the risk of being exposed to other humans they don’t know in the real-world retail environment,” Bellingham says. “But augmented reality and virtual reality can plug the gap here and give humans the opportunity to ‘try-before-you-buy’. However, what will be critical to ensuring the integrity of experience will be the quality of the photography. With automation retailers can achieve both quality and speed, which means automation can provide the right imaging for virtual and augmented reality quickly and easily,” he says. E-commerce is projected to reach $4.9trn by 2021, a massive market for South African and African retailers looking for recovery and growth. Science shows that 90% of what our brains process is visual, which is why leaning into video, and using a smarter approach to photography and visual imagery, will drive ecommerce growth. For more information:Visit www.studiokirmack.co.za Studio[K]irmack are sole agents for OrbitVu in ZA. www.orbitvu.co.za Follow Studio[[email protected], Facebook @StudioKirmack and on Twitter @StudioKirmack
The real reason Joburg load-shedding lasts 4 hours - MyBroadband
City Power has explained why Joburg residents experience four-and-a-half hours of continuous load-shedding instead of two hours.
Johannesburg residents are among the only South Africans who experience four-and-a-half hours of load-shedding under stage 2, with most other South Africans only being subject to two-hour blackout periods. Eskom recently rectified this for the areas of Johannesburg that it supplies, but City Power, which supplies power to the majority of built-up areas in Johannesburg, said its load-shedding schedule will remain unchanged. This is because the nature of the electricity grid in Johannesburg makes it impossible to reduce load-shedding periods to two hours. “We chose four hours because of many reasons – including our capacity to manage it, the interconnectivity of our network, and the ability of our infrastructure to handle the load-shedding demand,” City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena told MyBroadband. He said that unlike other power utilities in South Africa, City Power is not able to adequately separate areas into blocks for load-shedding on a more refined scale. “For example, Tshwane is able to switch off Mamelodi and Attridgeville, without impacting parts of central Pretoria or Centurion. Ekurhuleni also can switch off Springs, or Vosloorus without impacting Katlehong, or Germiston,” Mangena said. “With City Power, you have for example Orlando substation that feeds almost 20 substations, which may translate to 20 suburbs or townships such as Lenasia, Eldorado, Mulbaryon, Nirvana, Mondeor etc., most of which are in different geographic areas.” “If we switch off Orlando, all those suburbs are going to be affected. So unlike other municipalities, we don’t have the luxury to separate our network blocks for now,” he said. “There is nothing we can do” Mangena noted the adverse effect that more than four hours of load-shedding has on South Africans who are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but said there is nothing City Power can do to resolve this. “Load-shedding is done by Eskom, and as City Power, while we sympathize with our customers, there is nothing we can do,” he said. “Even ourselves as the power utility we feel the pinch, more so in terms of the knock-on effect our network, infrastructure, and manpower in terms of tiredness and overtime.” He said that switching off the power for four hours means that customers will lose power less frequently, and it has a reduced impact on the health of the municipal power grid. “Currently, with four hours of load-shedding we switch customers off once a day, and maybe come back and switch them off after 24 hours,” Mangena said. “We opted for that because with two hours it will force us to switch off customers frequently, at least two to three times a day.” Substations exploding due to load-shedding The municipal electrical infrastructure is also severely impacted by being switched off and on regularly, making four-hour load-shedding blocks preferable. “By its nature, electricity infrastructure is not meant to be switched on and off,” Mangena said. “Our ageing infrastructure won’t stand two-hour frequent switching. Already, we have a challenge of substations blowing up due to on and off of load shedding.” “[On Monday] at Nursery substation in Roodepoort, a transformer blew up after restoration. The same thing happened in Ennerdale, Randburg substations, etc.,” he said. City Power, therefore, has no current plans to adapt its load-shedding schedule, although it noted that it had received a number of suggestions from “different stakeholders”. “If anything changes, we will involve our customers and communicate accordingly,” Mangena said.
Chinese city rushes to build massive COVID-19 quarantine centre - Eyewitness News
The facility is expected to have enough rooms to hold more than 4,000 people once it is completed, CCTV said Tuesday.
The facility is expected to have enough rooms to hold more than 4,000 people once it is completed, CCTV said Tuesday. BEIJING - Thousands of prefabricated rooms fill a vast field on the outskirts of China's Shijiazhuang city as construction crews work around the clock to erect a large quarantine facility to curb the city's growing COVID-19 outbreak. China has largely brought the virus under control even as the rest of the world struggles with mounting deaths and overburdened hospitals. But a spate of small, localised outbreaks has prompted Chinese officials to order mass testing, strict lockdowns and to prepare to move full villages into the quarantine facility to stamp out a resurgence. The scenes outside Shijiazhuang, northern China, are reminiscent of Beijing's efforts early last year to build makeshift field hospitals in Wuhan - the central city where COVID-19 cases first emerged - within days. The quarantine buildings in Shijiazhuang are equipped with bathrooms, Wi-fi and air conditioning and will house close contacts of confirmed virus patients once completed in the next few days. State broadcaster CCTV showed workers in high-visibility vests and hard hats assembling the cabin-like structures in the dark, while flags bearing the names of construction teams and Communist Party units fluttered from the completed buildings. The facility is expected to have enough rooms to hold more than 4,000 people once it is completed, CCTV said Tuesday. Work began on 13 January as northern Chinese cities placed millions under lockdown over hundreds of new infections in recent weeks. Over 20,000 residents of villages in the surrounding Hebei province have been sent into quarantine in centralised facilities, state media reported last week. Meanwhile, millions of local residents have been tested for the virus multiple times. China is on high alert for a potential wave of cases triggered by the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, which is expected to "pose massive challenges" to virus prevention, senior national health official Wang Bin said last week. Millions of city dwellers are set to travel to their home towns for celebrations. Virus cases have surged around the world in recent weeks, with the global death toll now past two million. Download the Eyewitness News app to your iOS or Android device.