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Ferrari to Finally Fix Vettel’s Biggest Issue With the 2020 F1 Car for 2021 – EssentiallySports

Scuderia Ferrari’s SF1000 was riddled with problems throughout the 2020 season, starting from Vettel spinning out of the tracks to Leclerc complaining on the team radio about the loss of power, Ferrari’s mean machine has suffered a rough season.

However, the Prancing Stallion hope to redeem themselves come 2021.  The FIA has restricted the modifications for the cars due to upcoming regulation changes. Therefore, the Maranello-based outfit don’t have a free-had to correct their mistakes.

However, they were allowed either two minor changes or one major change, and they choose the latter. The team is aware of the rear end of the car choking their performance, and they believe that it requires attention.

We will redo the rear of the car. We think that this is the area that will allow more room for development between chassis and aerodynamics for 2021,remarked Simone Resta, chassis engineer at Ferrari.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Ronald Wittek

The chief reason behind Sebastian Vettel losing out on the car is the weak rear end of the car. However, they have little time to work on their design and that will not be the end of their problems. The power unit has been a cause of concern for the scarlet outfit, and will most certainly affect the design.

Furthermore, the rear of the car will be affected by regulatory changes that the FIA are introducing to reduce the aerodynamic load in order to limit the stress on the tyres.

“As a result of these [floor] changes, all teams will lose a number of points of downforce, and it will be essential to work to recover as much as possible.

“All of this makes us believe that the most important area in which to spend development tokens is the rear,” Resta told an Italian publication, Autosprint.

READ MORE- Ferrari F1 Lining up “Important Upgrades” for the Season Says Mattia Binotto

Ferrari is realistic regarding their 2021 season

Simone Resta understands that although he may fix the rear end, the problems may persist. To aggravate their perils, they cannot change a single thing once the season starts.

Therefore, the time constraint and the lack of freedom of design bars him from spreading his wings as far as the chassis is concerned.

If the [F1] nose structure remains the same, I may be able to design a new front wing but my creative autonomy will still be limited.

“All these freezes and limitations lead us to think that we will find it difficult to reasonably recover in a single season the gap we have now to the leaders,” commented the chassis engineer.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 10, 2020 General view in the Ferrari pits FIA/Handout via REUTERS

As exciting as the new regulations may sound, all the teams are aware that the leaderboard won’t change overnight. Therefore, the Italian giants admit that it will take time to regain their lost grasp over the grid.

Thus, all they should focus on at this moment is perfecting their car and developing strategies that might work for a change.

READ MORE- Sebastian Vettel “Didn’t Fail as a Driver” – Steiner Blames Ferrari’s Poor Form for No Championships

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GTPulse: Jack M. Senff On Old School Music Making, A Cowboy and New Album ‘These Northwood Blues’ – 9&10 News

Local musician Jack Senff made it through the summer, and with him, a new album. ‘These Northwood Blues’ is the second studio album under his name Jack M. Senff and is a much needed break from the five playlist monotony I’ve gotten stuck in. Comprised of six songs, the folk-rock album was a collaborative process with other artists and woven throughout are themes of nature, love, letting go, and times past. A mixture of both airy and melancholy lyrics, storytelling, and recollections, Jack and his band have created something that takes no effort to like. It has a nostalgic richness that calls back to simpler times in the golden era of music.  Fans of Neil Young and Ben Gibbard rejoice, ‘These Northwood Blues’ is going to find a new home in your music library.

GTP: I saw you read an essay of yours at The Little Fleet last winter and you read this really great piece about a road trip that you and your wife Em were on?

JS: “Yeah. It was like a little tour diary.”

GTP: She went with you on this particular tour.

JS: “Yeah, yeah. This was last fall.”

GTP: How long have you been making music?

JS: “Since I was 15, or 16, which to me is childhood. Roughly two years ago I stopped making music under a band name, I had this thing right after college called Boy Rex. I wish I remember why I picked that name, because if it would have been great I just would’ve kept it, but I’m very fickle about things so after a year it was like, this name is garbage. The Boy Rex thing, I did three albums. They were serious albums in terms of production and studio and blah, blah, blah. The things I had done before were high school bands, for better or for worse.” 

GTP: So how did you get away from the kind of music you were making in high school?

JS: “My wife Em [Randall], who was just my girlfriend at the time, we moved to Seattle Washington. This was in 2010? 2011?”

GTP: Why Seattle?

JS: “No reason. This was pre-use of the term ‘hipster’ but I think we probably fell into that unfortunate category of 20-year old hipsters who had the world figured out. We had been to the East Coast. We had been South, but we hadn’t been to Seattle. So I drew a line in the sand and I was done with my old music. I’m going to you know, find myself or whatever nonsense you believe in at that age. So that was nine years ago, and in that time I started learning guitar because in my old bands I just was just the singer…or the screamer I guess.”

GTP: Like screamo bands?

JS: “Yes. My best friend Brian Morgante who plays in my band now refers to that as peak filth Myspace era. He’s from Erie, Pennsylvania which is right on the outskirts of the Midwest and we’re from here. It was a different time. But it had these ties to punk music and this subculture of pushing against what everyone else is doing.”

GTP: The music you make now is a lot different than what you did then. Where did that shift happen?

JS: “A couple of years ago I had stopped making music under the name Boy Rex and I decided that I wanted to be just Jack Senff and make music under my own name, essentially, take the mask off, don’t have anything to hide behind sort of deal. If you were to, for whatever reason, listen to everything I’ve done or pieces of it you would see this natural trajectory of like, really loud angry, angsty, screaming into whatever I’m doing now, and it softens out. Brian really put me onto the sleepier side of music. I liked emotional music of course, who doesn’t? But he put me onto this idea of just intentionality within the arrangement process of music. A lot of the things it turns out I like is decided by the arrangement. That idea of less is more. Parallel to all of this, Em has always had a wonderful taste in music. I started listening to these softer songwriters and it made me rethink how I want to shape a song. I really started studying these people that I heard about or touched on. James Taylor was the first one. I went and saw him in the concert with my dad that year.  One of these later in life bonding moments, my dad would send me YouTube links of songs that meant something to him in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It was like an education.”

GTP: In your album ‘These Northwood Blues’ there are strong Neil Young and Bob Dylan vibes, but I think this transcends generations and could be liked by both younger and older folks.

JS: “I’m very interested in this idea of accessible pop music that’s also creatively rich. So my job, to me, is how can I put a song together that’s dense in meaning or themes, but also, you could just listen to on that popcorn level and enjoy it. Like the cowboy song, I think it’s a pretty evocative song. If you just take the broad strokes I think it works, but it’s also one of the most deeply personal songs I’ve ever written.”

GTP: That song ‘Real Life Cowboy’ was modeled in a storytelling style that was interesting and could be open for interpretation. You’re a stranger at a cowboy’s funeral? Or are you the cowboy?

JS: “I think it’s my favorite song in the entire album. Sonically it’s very pleasing. It’s very moody, it has that incredible groove. There’s not an ounce of fiction in there, that’s just me at Em’s grandpa’s funeral last year. It was important that I didn’t exploit that. I wanted to mind Em’s emotions and her family’s grief. I wanted to write a song about her grandpa because he was a literal cowboy. He had this ranch in Bear Lake called The Rockin R and he recreated an authentic, old western town. I guess it is a ghost town now, but back in it’s prime, families would come from all over. There was something so vivid and real and powerful about his funeral. How do I write about these things that are so powerful when it’s not my grief? I don’t want to appropriate that. So I had to write it literally from my perspective. The first line, ‘All in black, stranger in the back of the room,’ that’s what I was. Em and I put on all black, Frank Sinatra’s ‘I Did It My Way’ was playing on the speaker. Her grandpa was a very romantic, literary, old-world man. He was a f*cking cowboy and I wanted to honor that somehow.”

GTP: Morgan Arrowood from local band Little Graves plays piano and does backup vocals on the album. That piano intro in Quiet Love invokes so much feeling. Your style is so different from Little Graves, have you two worked together before?

JS: “I worked at a coffee shop in town called BLK MRKT for a couple of years and she and her band would come in to get coffee. As I was putting this album together I knew I wanted to have piano on it and I just emailed her about playing on the album. She invited me over to jam, I played her the one song I had fully done and then we just talked. Her process was, I would come over and say, ‘Here’s the song,’ and I’d see her brow furrow and then she’d scribble something and I’d say, ‘What key is it?’ and she would find it on her piano and we’d start playing and she’d start doing these out of nowhere, first keys, gorgeous chords. It was just this immediate sense of yes.”

GTP: There were themes of memories, letting go, and love in this album. Was that intentional?

JS: “With my first album I was sort of fumbling around with, ‘Well what do I want to sound like? What do I want to talk about?’ With this album I wanted to start writing less about myself. And I’ll probably always still have a few of those songs, but I want to start writing about the people around me, the things that I see, more observational, sort of based on, that still feel very personal and are very personal, but not necessarily like, you know, I went to the store today and saw someone who reminded me of my mom. I can still write a song about that, but I need to dress it up. I want to have characters. And so I started writing this album loosely about Northern Michigan, you know, some of the people in my life. Em’s family takes up a lot of the album, my own expectations, like you say, leaving things behind and starting over.”

GTP: You recorded as a live band as opposed to recording everything separately. Why?

JS: “All the greatest songwriters back in the day, because they didn’t have that technology, would record everything basically, in a room live with very minimal overdubs. Most of the album’s backup vocals and harmonies were unpracticed. They were first or second takes, but that’s the root of something I’ve been trying to find for years of my life; that organic process. And it’s indicative of those ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s songwriters and stuff, but for me, it felt so good. It was that full on release where I could just play, there’s no other word for it. Everything came together. 

GTP: You said something about this sense of perfection in making music that’s just always slightly out of grasp, and you often go back and critique old work of yours. In five years, do you think you’ll do that with this album?

JS: “There’s a song on this album called Quiet Love which is very accessible and while we were putting it together in the studio jokingly called it the wedding song. It kind of feels like a first dance song at some pastoral looking place in Leelanau County for an $80,000 wedding. Because we did everything live it was important to me to be true to that and not do any vocal overdubs. The Quiet Love song, I could have done it better, but we had four or five takes and picked the best one. I will always know I could have sang a few lines better, but the second song is called Another Day and that’s a greatest hits for me in terms of things I’m proud of. Things fell into place, they work, they’re good. The cowboy song, these are songs, if I can ever figure out how to make enough money to pay my bills doing this, I’ll always want to play. So the short answer is, in five years I will look back and feel pretty good about this one.”

Jack M. Senff’s album ‘These Northwood Blues’ is available digitally this Friday, 10/23 via Skeletal Lightning Records. You can pre-order the vinyl or CD along with a handful of special merch items at http://skltl.co/northwood-blues.

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Creativity Heals: Giving back through photography – News from southeastern Connecticut – theday.com

When you log onto the website for Rebecca Rose Fine Portraits, this quote jumps out: “Everywhere I go, I see beauty; in the small details and in all surroundings. This is what I want to bring to you and your memories.”

Rose’s journey has led her to a way to combine her passions for entrepreneurship, photography, fine art and design. The resulting work is not only beautiful, it is a timeless gift for those who work with her.

But this isn’t where she thought she would end up, back when she was in school.

When she was young, Rose was drawn to painting. She began her formal study when she was 12 years old, and took art classes at Manchester Community College, where she received a scholarship. All the while, she held the belief that photography was for people who couldn’t paint.

Then life happened.

While a stay-at-home mom, Rose thought she would try her hand at blogging and purchased a camera to take photos to go with her posts. Soon after, she got the idea that she could use the camera to create income — by taking wedding photos. Before she knew it, she was a professional photographer!

Aware that the wedding photos she took would be kept by families for years to come, she kept thinking about how her family cherished her grandparents’ few World-War-II-era portraits.

That led Rose to experiment with painting on portraits printed on canvas, creating a one-of-a-kind work of art, known as legacy portraits.

She tries to bring joy and healing to her clients through her art. But she has also found a special way to give back to the community through her portraits by creating themed exhibits. Examples include portraits of business owners for Entrepreneur Day at the State Capitol; and portraits of mothers with their infants to celebrate International Women’s Day.

In light of the pandemic, Rose is at work on an exhibit to honor medical workers, specifically anesthesiologists, and will tie the exhibit to World Anesthesiologist Day.

“I want to bring healing and celebration during a dark time, by telling their stories,” she said. The exhibit is postponed until 2021.

Rose’s entrepreneurial spirit and creativity shine through these projects.

“I am passionate about telling people’s unique stories and creating tangible portraits that are emotional, traditional, and ultimately beautiful. I want to create these to be passed down, as a heirloom, for families to enjoy for generations,” she said.

Emma Palzere-Rae is the associate director for Artreach, Inc. and founder of Be Well Productions. If you have a story about how creativity has helped you heal, please contact emma.artreachheals@gmail.com.

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Metuchen Arts Council Announces Creative Workshops & Classes – TAPinto.net


            The Metuchen Arts Council is pleased to announce the creation of the Metuchen ArtsExchange(MAX), an expansion of the Council’s community outreach, offering new, affordable and unique creative workshops and classes for all ages.  Virtual classes in theater, dance and thematic art will start October 20thand run through November 24th.  

            “Plans for the Metuchen Art Exchange have been in the works since the beginning of the year,” said MAX Curriculum Coordinator, Kat Drinane Davis.  “Like everything else this year, plans had to be re-imagined due to the limitations placed on us all by the COVID pandemic.  We are grateful for the talent and ingenuity of our instructors for making these virtual classes possible.  We will offer an even more robust session in January and that schedule will be released within the next few weeks.”

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            The youth theatre classes are taught by performing arts instructor and Metuchen native Lisa Hyman.  Offered for ages 3-5, Little Actorsutilizes games, storytelling, singing and movementexpand imagination, build confidence, and have fun developing performance skills.  Offered for ages 7-11 and ages 12 and up, Comedy for Actingclasses use improv and script work to tweak acting techniques to stay authentic as well as funny.

            A unique approach to dance is taken in a class called Movenglishin which participants contribute to creating a brand-new language through movement. Classes are geared for ages 14 and up and no dance experience is required.   The class is taught by Charly Santagado, Artistic Director of The Mignolo Dance Company.

            The intersection of science and art is explored in the class, Scientific Explanations in Art, for grades 6-8.  The instructor is artist and educator Joe Castronova.  Watercolor, markers, pencil, collage and other techniques will be used to build on observations from the world around us and focus on the science behind artistic expression.  Science fiction and realism will both be explored and artists who use science, such as Georgia O’Keefe, Terry Winters and Charles Burchfield will be discussed.

            For information on the instructors, class schedules, registration and fees go to www.metuchenartscouncil.com.  #

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Atlanta-based Softgiving Builds New Ways To Fundraise Online During Pandemic – hypepotamus.com

With many businesses and organizations continuing to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profits were probably hit the hardest due to their inability to raise funds through traditional methods. 

Most non-profit organizations typically receive the bulk of their funds through in-person events such as galas and athletic events (such as 5k runs). And with the absence of these events, they must figure out alternative methods, which is where Atlanta-based online fundraising platform Softgiving steps in. 

 “Lots of charities have struggled during the pandemic because their in-person events have been canceled for the foreseeable further and they no longer can raise money the traditional way,” said Matt Pfaltzgraf, founder and CEO of Softgiving. “Many of them have reached out to us to help them fill fundraising gaps in their budgets.”

“We’ve been really busy helping out charities that otherwise would have seen cuts in their staff and reduction in their ability to fulfill their mission. We get them up and going and raising money online.”

Softgiving features two platforms for charities, one called EVENTS by Softgiving where the company takes non-profits through the process of creating, organizing, and running events online. They also help with promoting to a non-profit’s target audience.

Their other platform is HEROS by Softgiving, which is 100% free for non-profits and content creators. The idea is that organizations or individuals can put together their own live stream events to benefit a non-profit.

With HERO, non-profits, content creators, and streamers can use it anytime they want just by signing up.

“Some charities have the ability to organize these events online and have their resources, so that’s why we wanted to provide HERO for them so that they can go and do their own thing. But the majority of charities lack the resources, knowledge, and capabilities,” Pfaltzgraf explained. 

From Softgiving’s social media

“One of the unique benefits of Softgiving is that it provides charities with an opportunity to activate their brand partners into a different demographic.”

Established back in 2016, Softgiving was originally a company platform that allowed individuals to link their debit and credit cars to non-profits so that change for their purchases would go towards the non-profit organizations.

This is similar to the feature that some banks have where they round up the dollar amount of a customer’s purchase and subtract the actual total of the purchase from that amount leaving the change to be deposited in that individual’s savings. 

However, Pfaltzgraf explains that through establishing that business model, an idea for a more useful and effective one came his way.  

“What we found through that was we could get charities to sign up but the charities really lacked the power to reach the target demographic that we were focusing on. And so, through a few iterations, we actually built our own marketing platform and capabilities that have really become what Softgiving is today where we help those charities reach a whole-nother audience to raise new donations in an innovative way,” Pfaltzgraf said.

His decision to have the company based in Atlanta came from having a potential investor in south Georgia, which eventually resulted in Softgiving calling Midtown Atlanta it’s home. 

Prior to his move, Pfaltzgraf sat on a number of non-profit boards in his hometown of Ankeny, Iowa, and was the director of a payment association. He said that he’s always had a strong connection to non-profits. 

“Growing up, my family and I were recipients of a lot of charity and goodwill benefits. Going to Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, we also participated in the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. I’ve always been heavily connected to the philanthropic space,” Pfaltzgraf said.

Today, the company has helped non-profits raised millions and was called on to work on campaigns with CARE, Boys & Girls Clubs, Make-A-Wish, Microsoft, and T-Mobile. 

They are currently working with Gamer’s Outreach, who helps provide entertainment for hospitalized kids, and have already helped them raise $50,000 in the last month alone.

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Earn money online by teaching English online – iharare.com

Earn money online by teaching English online

 Have you heard that teaching English online is a great way to make money from home? If you’re fluent in English and are willing to get the necessary qualifications under your belt, it isn’t hard to get started as a TEFL teacher. Opening windows of opportunity for future careers as well as part-time roles just to supplement your income, teaching English online is a great way to enhance your CV as well as gaining work experience. Read more about what TEFL is, how to get qualified, and where to find online teaching work.


What is TEFL Teaching?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a foreign language but is also sometimes known as ESL (English as a second language), TESL (Teaching English as a second language), and TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages). Typically, a TEFL teacher will speak English as a first language, but there are also opportunities for those who speak English at a native level (CEFR level C2) and who have a good accent. Many TEFL teachers will have a degree, and for most positions, it’s necessary for candidates to hold a TEFL qualification of some sort.

When you’re a TEFL teacher, your job is to teach English to students who speak other languages. Students range from beginners to intermediate and advanced and can be anyone from toddlers to seniors. For online teaching, students are typically teenagers or adults, although online classes for children are becoming more popular. TEFL students learn for all sorts of reasons and come from all over the world – one of the biggest TEFL industries is China, but you can also find yourself teaching students much closer to home.


Why Teach English Online?

Conducting English lessons online is beneficial for both the student and the teacher. Here are a few reasons why being an online TEFL teacher is a great job:

          You can fit in your teaching hours around other commitments, even another job.

          You can work from your own home without much in the way of specialist equipment: most jobs ask you to use a computer, but some platforms allow teaching on your phone. You might need an audio headset with a microphone, to have a plain white background behind you when you’re teaching, or other items depending on who you teach for.

          You can log on and teach without commuting to work, saving yourself time and money.

          You can choose how many hours you want to teach, but keep in mind that most online schools have minimum weekly requirements.

          If you have the travel bug, getting experience of teaching TEFL online will give you a taster of what a teaching career can be like – something you may want to explore if you’d like to live and work abroad.

Now let’s take a look at why a prospective ESL student might choose to study online rather than taking a class face-to-face:

          The cost of studying online can often be cheaper than taking a lesson in person, enabling students to afford small groups or one-to-one classes instead of being put into a large class.

          It’s convenient for students to find a teacher at a time to suit them, whereas a physical class would be limited by what’s available in their locality.

          Some students live in rural areas where they can’t have lessons with a native teacher, but by studying online, they can connect with someone on the other side of the world!

          With more choices online, students can pick specialist courses (such as English for medical purposes, or Business English) rather than a generic conversation class. Some platforms allow teachers to tailor lesson content to the needs of the student.

How to get TEFL Qualified

Having a TEFL qualification is a must for nearly all TEFL jobs, and is certainly recommended to give you a good foundation of knowledge in the subject. You might have heard that to teach TEFL all you need is to be able to speak English, but this isn’t really true – to be a good teacher, you also need to know something about teaching methodology, different skill sets, how we learn, and how to facilitate learning.

But your TEFL qualification doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking. Courses to obtain this qualification are offered by companies such as The TEFL Org, and you can pick one to suit your needs, whether you want a quick introduction or something that will provide you with a firmer grounding. A 120-hour TEFL course from an accredited provider is a good place to start, but there are also Level 5 and specialist courses for those with a keen interest in education. You can study online, take a classroom-based course, or sign up for a popular hybrid course that offers a face-to-face element alongside online study. Practical courses take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

Find out more about Tefl Certification Courses


Virtual Classroom

Another option you can now choose is The TEFL Org’s new virtual classroom course. The 10-hour training session takes place in real time over two days, facilitated by a professional TEFL tutor, and with a limited number of seats per class, you can rest assured that you’ll get a personal and beneficial experience in the virtual classroom. Recent graduates have said that “There were lots of opportunities to engage and interact with the class” and that they received “valuable feedback on… lesson demonstrations.” Students said that the tutor was “Obviously massively experienced” as well as being “calm” and “supportive”, encouraging quieter students to take an active part in the lesson. Other feedback states that students found the course “well designed” and “very informative”, and that gave them a “good insight into online teaching”.


How Does Online Teaching Enhance Your Career?

If you’re just looking for a part-time job to earn a bit of extra cash, you might wonder whether it’s worth investing in a TEFL qualification. However, there are many benefits to gaining experience as an online teacher, and it can certainly enhance your CV for future jobs. Teaching TEFL online will give you experience that will help you get hired as a TEFL teacher in the future if you’d like to live and work abroad. Going into any sort of customer-based job will utilize the people skills you’ll be enhancing as an online teacher, and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world will broaden your horizons.


Where to Find an Online Teaching Job

Once you’re TEFL qualified, there are a vast number of online teaching platforms to choose from, with options suitable for those looking for flexible freelance hours as well as for those looking for more guaranteed hours, even full-time roles. Here’s a quick introduction to some different online teaching platforms and what they require.

          Preply. Low minimum hours (4-5 per week). You can set your own rates. You don’t need to be a native speaker to apply. You don’t need a degree. You will need to prepare your own lesson materials. You need a TEFL qualification.

          Dada. Low minimum hours (4-5 per week). Teaching kids and teenagers. You need one year of teaching experience to apply. Non-native speakers can’t apply. You need a TEFL qualification.

          VIPKid. Higher minimum hours (7-10 per week). Teaching kids and teenagers. US/Canadian accent preferred. You need a TEFL qualification.

          iTutorGroup. Higher minimum hours (10 per week). You don’t need to be a native speaker to apply. You need a TEFL qualification. You need a degree. Having teaching experience is preferred.

          Open English. Higher minimum hours (7-10 per week). You do not need higher education qualifications to work for Open English. It’s preferred if you have a TEFL qualification. Teaching teenagers and adults.

          Learnlight. You do not need higher education qualifications to work for Learnlight. You don’t need to be a native speaker to apply. It’s preferred if you have a TEFL qualification.

          Whales. Track record of hiring Irish accent teachers. Higher minimum hours (8 per week). You need a degree. You need a TEFL qualification. You need experience of working with children.

          PalFish. Low minimum hours (4-5 per week). Track record of hiring Irish accent teacher. You don’t need a degree to work for PalFish. Teaching predominantly children. You need a TEFL qualification.

          Cambly. You don’t need a degree. No minimum weekly hours. You will need to prepare your own lesson materials. You don’t need a TEFL qualification. Teaching all ages.



Whether you’re looking to teach English online as a part-time job or if it’s something you’d like to dedicate more of your time to, there are endless opportunities both for getting qualified and then for finding work. Many TEFL teachers switch to teaching online after a stint abroad or use online platforms to gain experience before they travel. The flexibility of teaching online makes it a great way to earn an income while doing something worthwhile that can also be a lot of fun. Check out an accredited TEFL course provider to see if getting qualified is something you’re interested in – courses run frequently and most online platforms hire throughout the year.

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    What’s next for no-touch air travel? – CNN

    (CNN) — How many times do you touch the cabin around you in an airplane when you fly? How about the airport? How many times do the people working there touch your belongings?

    The answer today is, as a rule, “quite a lot.” But airlines, airports and the aviation industry want the answer in the near future to be “quite a bit less.”

    “Touchless travel” comprises a fairly wide collection of individual changes and additions to the environment around us, everything from hands-free flushing in airport and airplane lavatories to automated scan-and-board gates, controlling your inflight entertainment system from your phone or tablet, and much more.
    “Touchless travel promises peace of mind,” explains Daniel Baron, who operates LIFT Aero Design, an aircraft cabin design studio with offices in Tokyo and Singapore, calling it “the state of not having to even think about ‘clean,’ made possible by technologies and processes to mitigate angst along the journey.”

    It also includes not just touch-free but also “less-touch” and “fewer-touch” travel: both the need to touch physical things in the travel environment less and also fewer times during each interaction.

    Airplane lavatories have historically been high-touch environments.

    Airplane lavatories have historically been high-touch environments.


    Making touchless cabins is very complex

    “In the cabin, the most promising area is the lavatory,” explains Baron. “It is common knowledge in the cabin interiors industry that even before Covid, many passengers hesitated to use lavatories out of negative perception; in other words, having to touch dirty surfaces. We have seen incremental improvements over the past decade, mostly touchless faucets and toilet lids and flush buttons. Next will be soap dispensers and hand dryers, plus the doors and locks.”

    Some of this is automated, such as infrared sensing faucets, but some of it is also redesigning physical parts of the experience, such as doors or trash bins you can open with your feet.

    Of course, adding new features to the aircraft cabin can get complicated because there are many safety regulations.

    “Any change to the aircraft architecture requires consultation, testing and validation to achieve certification,” explains Matt Round, chief creative officer at Tangerine, a design consultancy in London. “There is therefore a need for accelerated certification and conversations earlier within the process and a need to look at relationships across all parties to enable faster certification.”

    Fortunately, some of this work is already under way.

    The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is a group of companies that carry out these kinds of modifications for airlines, which has for several years now been pushing for harmonization and clarification of the various national regulations.

    The touchless lavatory seems set to be an innovation accelerated by Covid-19.

    The touchless lavatory seems set to be an innovation accelerated by Covid-19.

    Diehl Aviation

    “The technology is ready,” says IAMA Managing Director Nicole Noack. “Before Covid-19, the return on investment was the key challenge. But with the new normal, those technologies might become crucial to have passengers trust again in air travel.”

    Noack cites electrical load testing, electromagnetic interference and general safety testing as the key safety certification elements that need to be overcome.

    But there are other issues of technological equity — “techquity” if you will — to overcome, too. Videos of automatic soap dispensers not being engineered to detect hands with darker skin tone are numerous.

    New solutions must also be accessible to the full range of travelers and be usable by people of various ages, sizes and levels of ability or disability. Airlines do not have a good track record on serving passengers with disabilities and mobility restrictions or who are in any other way outside the mainstream, so it’s even more vital that any new changes take the full range of passengers’ needs into account.

    People are happy to hold boarding passes on their phones -- what about passport and other biometric details?

    People are happy to hold boarding passes on their phones — what about passport and other biometric details?


    The touchless airport is arriving ahead of schedule

    At the airport, touchless technology is speeding up.

    “Airports have been quicker to adopt touchless travel than aircraft cabins,” says Round. “We are already seeing touchless security, and more and more processes are moving out of airport infrastructure and into the digital world thereby reducing the number of contact points in the airport.”

    In implementation, this all ranges quite widely across your journey. One element is checking in online and keeping your boarding pass on your phone. Another is remote bag drop, either the first-generation tap-the-kiosk-screen versions or, increasingly, the newer scan-your-app-barcode versions.

    Touchless boarding has been around for a while, although updating these systems for the Covid-19 distanced boarding processes has been complicated in places. Whether it’s local regulations or simply the fact that most airline IT involves getting numerous decades-old systems to work together, any new technology is complex to introduce.

    At baggage claim, meanwhile, a Lufthansa spokesperson reveals that “we have just released a new self-service that in the rare case of delayed bag delivery, [the airline] pushes a text message to the respective passengers informing them that delivery is delayed. It saves time and — now using the new self-service to report the delayed bag and give the airline instructions where to deliver it — gives [passengers a] way to leave the airport without further queuing.”

    Self-service kiosks have long simplified things. Now more functions are moving to apps that don't require communal touchpoints.

    Self-service kiosks have long simplified things. Now more functions are moving to apps that don’t require communal touchpoints.


    The airline says it is also developing touchless self-service options for delayed or canceled flights. They include automatic voucher issuance, the use of the digital boarding pass as a meal voucher at the airport and even a direct push-message trial to select a hotel nearby in the event that unexpected overnight accommodation is required.

    After arrival, and sometimes on departure, there’s touchless immigration scanning, too. Rather than handing over your documentation, you scan it and the gate opens, with either a staffer or an automated facial/biometric system verifying your identity if needed.

    “These changes are increasing safety and efficiency at the same time as well as gathering vast swathes of data about passengers that enable the airlines and airports to personalize the travel experience to a much higher degree,” Round notes, explaining that this kind of biometric data is “starting to play a key part in rapidly getting people through airport security and check-in.”

    There has previously been some pushback around gathering, processing and storing such valuable and potentially dangerous biometric data. The general problem is that if it’s hacked, you can change a password but not your face or fingerprint.

    Will the “corona-normal” situation of handing over personal details for contact tracing reduce objections to the next generation of the touchless cabin?

    On the ground, many people are now willing to hand over personal details for contact tracing or to scan QR codes for Covid-19 tests and contact apps into their biometric-scanning phones. That wider acceptance, previously in question, could well be what accelerates its use in aviation.

    John Walton is an international transportation and aviation journalist based in France, specializing in airlines, commercial aircraft and the passenger experience.

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    Fauci reportedly quotes ‘The Godfather’ in response to Trump criticisms – New York Post

    Borrowing a line from “The Godfather,” Dr. Anthony Fauci reacted to President Trump’s takedowns by saying that the presidential broadsides were “nothing personal, strictly business,” according to a report.

    Trump skewered the nation’s top infectious diseases expert Monday, telling his campaign staff that “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people that have gotten it wrong.”

    Calling the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases a “nice guy,” the president also described him as a “disaster.”

    “If I’d listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths,” the president added.

    During an interview with Southern California radio station KNX1070 on Monday, the doctor was asked to comment on Trump’s attacks, The Hill reported.

    Anthony Fauci in the background as Donald Trump speaks
    Anthony Fauci listens in the background as Donald Trump speaks.AFP via Getty Images
    Al Pacino in 'The Godfather'
    Al Pacino in “The Godfather”Courtesy Everett Collection

    “I would prefer not to comment on that and just get on with what we are really trying to do and what we are trying to do is to protect the health and welfare and safety of the American people predominantly, and ultimately, of the world,” he said.

    “We are seeing an uptick in cases — higher than they’ve ever been. Many, many states that had been doing reasonably well are now showing upticks, that’s what we should be concentrating on,” Fauci said.

    He added that he doesn’t want to create a “me against the president” mentality.

    “[Addressing the virus is] the only thing I really care about. That other stuff, it’s like in ‘The Godfather’: Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned,” Fauci said, doing his best Michael Corleone as played by Al Pacino in the 1972 mob classic.

    “I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country,” he added.

    The president targeted Fauci after the doctor said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he was not surprised Trump caught the bug after a White House event announcing Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

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    MCCSC Adult Education Program Joins “Moving Ahead With Adult Ed” Campaign – WBIW.com

    (BLOOMINGTON) – With reskilling and upskilling programs in place, adult education is an economic catalyst to help adults and their communities recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Adult education programs provide numerous options for participation, including working from home or receiving inperson instruction.

    Monroe County Community Schools Adult Education joins more than 65,000 adult educators in “Moving Ahead with Adult Ed,” a new national campaign to enroll adult learners into programs that equip them with skills that
    lead to high school equivalency and jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage.

    Millions of Americans are out of work or underemployed and need to reskill or upskill to re-enter the workforce or pursue their education. The
    pandemic has exacerbated the need for services.

    MCCSC’s adult education program is currently providing instruction both in-person and online during morning, afternoon, and evening hours. CDC guidelines and sanitation protocols are in place for in-person instruction to
    ensure a safe learning environment.

    An international study indicated approximately 43 million working-age Americans lack the skills needed for many of the nation’s fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs. According to the U.S. Census, there are over 22 million adults in the U.S. without a high school diploma.

    Robert Moore, MCCSC’s director of adult education.

    “Adult education provides on-ramps to better jobs and postsecondary education and training,” said Robert Moore, MCCSC’s director of adult education. “With adult education, the infrastructure is in place to reskill and upskill Americans, and not only get them back into the workforce, but get them into better jobs than they had before the pandemic.”

    “In Indiana, now is a particularly ideal time for Hoosiers to participate in their local adult education programs,” Moore added. “The high school equivalency test is free of charge until December 30, 2020, thanks to the
    decision of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to use some of Indiana’s CARES Act funding for that purpose. Also, we have a Workforce Ready Grant to provide free, short-term training in high-wage, in-demand
    occupations. So far, we have had 49 adults in the training classes we’ve offered in our program since July 1 with that grant. Finally, an Employer Training Grant will pay for costs of training and upskilling new hires as well as current employees.”

    Employers and job seekers can apply for those grants at www.nextleveljobs.org.

    Campaign partners Coalition on Adult Basic Education and the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education also estimate that for every dollar invested in adult education, a community receives $60 back in
    increased income, property taxes and savings on public assistance and legal-system expenses.

    The #MovingAheadWithAdultEd campaign focuses on re-engaging the millions of Americans who need additional skills to compete in the workforce to recover financially from the pandemic. In addition to providing industry skills training, adult education programs like MCCSC’s teach literacy, numeracy and digital literacy, and offer high school equivalency, English language learning, and adult high school diploma classes.

    In Monroe County, approximately 500 people are enrolled the school corporation’s adult education program each year.

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    Post-travel test sites go live – The Garden Island

    LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i District Health Office opened the free post-travel test site for residents returning from the Mainland yesterday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall where quick results could be obtained within 20 minutes from its on-site laboratory.

    A similar test site for visitors opened at the American Medical Response office in Lihu‘e, several days into the state’s loosening the travel requirements for visitors to the Islands.

    “One of the safety issues we are most passionate about is promoting a second, post-arrival test for incoming, out-of-state travelers,” Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami said during his daily video update Monday. “If you traveled here from the mainland and participated in the state’s Pre-Travel Testing Program, whether you are a resident or visitor, we urge you to take a second COVID-19 test no sooner than 72 hours following your arrival.”

    These tests are available for travelers participating in the state’s Pre-Arrival Test Program.

    “If you have not participated in the state’s Pre-Arrival Testing Program, you are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival,” the mayor said. “If you have not taken a pre-arrival test, there is no option for you to test out of quarantine once you arrive.”

    For Kaua‘i residents returning from Mainland travel and participating in the state’s Pre-Travel Testing Program, the free COVID-19 test is available at the convention hall site from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Residents are encouraged to take the test no sooner than 72 hours following arrival at home.

    “The free post-arrival test is offered to Kaua‘i residents who returned home from mainland travel,” Kawakami said. “This program is not yet available to inter-island travelers. But we are looking to expand our program.”

    For visitors from the Mainland, the post-arrival testing is available at the AMR office located behind Pizza Hut in Lihu‘e from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday with walk-ins welcomed. Visitors will be charged for their test, but will receive gift cards and vouchers to local restaurants and businesses for their participation.

    “While we are very passionate about providing a post-arrival testing program to offer another layor of protection to our community, we must acknowledge that testing does not prevent COVID-19,” Kawakami said. “The absolute best way you can protect yourselves, and those around you, is to wear your mask at all times when you are around people who don’t live with you. This includes your close family, friends, and co-workers, regardless if you are indoors or outdoors. Keep at least a six-foot distance from others whenever possible. Wash your hands regularly. Sanitize your environment, and please, avoid group gatherings.”

    Since the pre-test program started on Oct. 15, some of the problems encountered include travelers taking the pre-test, but not from one of the state’s Trusted Partners, and not completing their Safe Travels Digital Form that is required before leaving the airport.

    “As a reminder,” Kawakami said. “All travelers must complete the state’s Safe Travels Digital Form by going to www.travel.hawaii.gov. For those taking part in the state’s Pre-Travel Testing Program, tests must be taken at a Trusted Partner and results uploaded to your Digital Profile.”

    For details, visit hawaiicovid19.com.


    Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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