What sort of future does the conference industry have?

“I’m devastated,” says Mike Walker, managing director of MGN Events.

The company went from generating millions of pounds in revenue to near zero in just weeks, because of lockdowns.

“Over 10 years of hard work building the company up from nothing, reinvesting each year for growth, taken away cruelly in the space of a couple of weeks, with no clarity on when the industry can resume,” Mr Walker says.

Thousands of others in the events industry will be facing the same uncertainty. The pandemic has completely shattered a huge sector, and many businesses are struggling to survive. According to a 2018 report, business events alone are a $1.5 trillion (£1.2tn)industry globally.

That’s without considering the huge number of consumer events, exhibitions, experiences and weddings.

Mike Walker saw the income of his events firm wiped out due to coronavirus

All of these events rely on people turning up in person,

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For college students, taking a gap year might be the best way to outwit coronavirus

Janak Bhakta, 17, from Tustin, had hoped to travel internationally for his gap year, but now he's joining a conservation program this year instead. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Janak Bhakta, 17, from Tustin, had hoped to travel internationally for his gap year, but now he’s joining a conservation program this year instead. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Janak Bhakta, a soft-spoken 17-year-old from Tustin, had big plans for 2020. He wanted to spend time away from academics to learn, grow and mature by traveling the world. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck and turned those plans to dust.

“The ideal plan was to travel internationally, but obviously that’s not going to happen,” Bhakta says about his planned gap year. He filled out applications for Outward Bound Costa Rica and NOLS Baja, two leading outdoor and leadership organizations, but both programs were canceled due to travel restrictions and health concerns.

Bhakta was still able to find the perfect fit with the Colorado-based High Mountain Institute, which puts gap-year participants in national parks to assist in local conservation efforts.

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Sacramento-area teachers react to plans for an online fall

In the wake of the news that public school campuses in Sacramento County will stay closed when instruction resumes in the fall, teachers are reacting with mixtures of relief and concern for their students, all while preparing for the upcoming school year.

The Sacramento County Office of Education announced Wednesday that its 13 districts, which serve more than 250,000 students from kindergarten through high school, will continue distance learning programs they implemented in the spring through the fall. The decision, made by schools officials, comes amid rising Covid-19 cases in the state, country and county.

Lori Jablonski is a government and geography teacher at C.K. McClatchy High School. She said that, amid rising cases and growing restrictions, the decision was expected. But even before the announcement, she struggled with the challenges online learning will present.

“I’m trying to view this as a challenge we can meet. I love teaching, and

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Fulton Schools Make Decision Regarding Beginning Of School Year

FULTON COUNTY, GA — Fulton County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney announced Thursday morning that students will begin the school year on Aug. 17 with the universal remote learning model.

“The data and information from our health partners is overwhelming. This virus is spreading and not slowing down,” Looney said. “I was hopeful the direction would change, but it is clear that we must pivot from the face-to-face model to the universal remote learning model in order to keep our students, their families, and our staff members safe.”

All school systems – including those in metro Atlanta, and across the nation – are challenged with similar dilemmas for how to start the 2020-2021 school year in the safest manner possible. Fulton County Schools is no different, and many parents, staff, students and the public have expressed concerns and asked questions.

With a district as large as Fulton County Schools – 106

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How to register to vote

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With the 2020 US election quickly approaching, now is the time for citizens to ensure their voting information is up-to-date to prevent any hindrance to their right to cast a ballot on election day.

The first step in the process is ensuring you are registered to vote, and that your registration is up to date.

Am I registered to vote?

The first thing you should do is check to see if you’re registered. You can do so by putting your information into Vote.org and checking your registration. Here’s the site: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/

Voter registration is public record, so the site can determine whether or not you’re registered and at which address you’re registered to vote.

Why does my address matter?

Your address determines your polling place. If you’re planning to vote absentee or to vote by mail, then your address is less important. However, if you plan to vote

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Trump’s Republican convention plans shrink as coronavirus cases surge

US President Donald Trump’s plans for a grand Republican Party convention keep shrinking.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has announced it is sharply restricting attendance on three of the four nights of its convention in Jacksonville, Florida, next month.

As the Republicans looks for ways to move forward while coronavirus cases are spiking in the state, party leader Ronna McDaniel said in a letter to RNC members that only the roughly 2,500 regular delegates to the convention would be permitted to attend the first three nights.

Delegates, their guests and alternate delegates would be allowed for the final night, on August 27, when Mr Trump is set to deliver his acceptance speech.

The Republicans were already forced to move most of the convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, after local officials ruled out a full-capacity crowd during the pandemic.

“When we made these changes, we had hoped to be able to

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Why is Prime Video not working? How to troubleshoot your Amazon Prime Video app when it won’t play properly

If Prime Video stops working, there are a few simple fixes.
If Prime Video stops working, there are a few simple fixes.

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  • If your Prime Video app isn’t working, start by making sure your account is active, and then check to make sure you’re connected to the internet.

  • Try using Prime Video on another device, and if it works there, reboot the first device.

  • Other things you can try include reinstalling the Prime Video app, and making sure you have enough internet bandwidth.

  • Visit Business Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories.

Like most streaming services, Amazon Prime Video usually runs without issue.

However, it’s inevitable that at some point, you’ll run into some sort of issue — that’s just technology for you.

If Prime Video isn’t working for you, these are the most common problems and solutions.

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How will the L.A. Phil carry on amid COVID-19? Dudamel and Smith lay out a plan

A "What's Next" banner with Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. <span class="copyright">(Mark Swed / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A “What’s Next” banner with Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Mark Swed / Los Angeles Times)

“What’s Next” looms large in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s posters for its 2019-20 season. They are still up at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and they can seem more like a question now that the orchestra on Thursday confirmed the inevitable cancellation of concerts for the rest of the year.

Originally, of course, “What’s Next” was meant as an answer to the question of what could possibly follow the L.A. Phil’s unprecedented, epic centennial season, which confirmed its position as the world’s most artistically venturesome and socially committed major orchestra. But the COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be the answer no one planned for, L.A. Phil Chief Executive Chad Smith said in a Zoom interview in which he was joined by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. They talked about plans they want

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Early Best Animated Feature Predictions

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This awards season, Pixar gets back to original storytelling with its first Black-led feature, “Soul” (November 20). Sony returns with “Connected” (October 23), another stylistic experiment from Oscar-winning producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”). Two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore tackles his third Irish folktale about saving the balance of nature with Cartoon Saloon’s “Wolfwalkers” (fall). And, with fall entry “Over the Moon,”  a gorgeous update of the Chinese Moon Goddess fable, former Disney legend Glen Keane (Oscar-winning “Dear Basketball”) makes his directorial feature debut at Netflix.

The most significant casualty of pandemic so far has been Disney’s Southeast Asia-set “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which was pushed back to March 12, 2021 to make room for heavily-favored “Soul” in the fall. Pixar’s heart-tugging fantasy about spirituality and jazz from Oscar-winner and chief creative officer Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”)

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Inside Cozy Bear, the shadowy Russian hacker group accused of stealing British Covid vaccine

 Cozy Bear, also known as ATP29, is among the world’s most infamous hacker groups, which over the past decade has been linked repeatedly with a string of high-profile attacks.
Cozy Bear, also known as ATP29, is among the world’s most infamous hacker groups, which over the past decade has been linked repeatedly with a string of high-profile attacks.

To cybersecurity experts well versed in the dark arts of hacking, it will come as no surprise that the blame for an attack on a UK coronavirus vaccine project has been pinned on a Russian group known as Cozy Bear.

With close links to the Kremlin’s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies, Cozy Bear, also known as ATP29, is among the world’s most infamous hacker groups, which over the past decade has been linked repeatedly with a string of high-profile attacks.

In 2015, it was implicated in an attack on the Pentagon that brought down the Joint Staff email system and its internet, while the following year it was widely blamed for an attack on the servers used by the Democratic National

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