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Towards the end of this year, netizens say Corona’s ‘birthday’ has arrived! We still have to rely on various video calling apps to stay in touch with our loved ones or to continue our studies. In this situation, the popular video conferencing medium Zoom is going to provide a special advantage to its users. In fact, during the upcoming holidays, Zoom is going to increase the time limit for video calling so that users can virtually communicate with their families without any hassle. The company recently announced in a blog post that the 40-minute time limit for video calling on the days of Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Kwanza Festival will be lifted.
Let’s take a look at the details of when this special facility can be accessed.

To mark the end of the Hanukkah Festival, this special facility of zoom meeting will be available today, i.e. 16th December Eastern Time from 10 am (6:30 pm in India) to 8 am on 19th December (4:30 pm in India). Again, for Christmas, there will be no deadline for video calling from 10am on 23rd December (7:30 pm in India) to 6am on 26th December (4:30 pm in India).

On the other hand, on the eve of the English New Year, New Year’s Day and Kwanzaa celebrations, according to Eastern Time, video calls can be made without interruption from 10 am on December 30 to 2 am on January 2. In India, video calling can be enjoyed for more than 40 minutes from 6:30 pm on the same day to 4:30 pm on January 2.

Incidentally, Zoom similarly removed the 40-minute time limit on Thanksgiving Day this year. In fact, this special initiative of Zoom seems to compete with other competing video conferencing apps in the market. However, if you use Google Meet instead of Zoom, I remind you that Google Meet will offer free unlimited video calls until March 31 next year. In this case, if Google does not extend the deadline to use this free service again, users will have to pay a certain subscription fee to use Google Meet.

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Competition and clubbing scenes remaining sensation conflicted right after Budget news

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Festival and clubbing scenes left feeling conflicted after Budget news
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he stay songs and clubbing industries have praised the Chancellor for throwing additional assist at the rear of their sectors in the spring Budget — but have reiterated the urgent need for a Government-backed Covid insurance coverage scheme for events, to avert the risk of “mass cancellations” this summer time.

Rishi Sunak introduced a raft of new actions to assist the UK’s arts scene, like a £300m best-up to the Culture Recovery Fund, a continuation of the VAT reduction on ticket product sales, and extensions to both equally the latest furlough plan and guidance for the self-employed.

However, Mr Sunak stopped small of asserting an insurance scheme that would defend stay tunes occasions in the case of them being cancelled due to Covid.

Responding to the Spending plan nowadays, Paul Reed, CEO of the AIF, stated he “warmly welcomed” the ongoing reduction in VAT rates for ticket gross sales, and identified as for it to proceed “for three yrs so that the Uk festival sector can fully recover”.

He also said that the further Society Restoration Fund money was “greatly encouraging” and questioned for “further depth on this additional spherical and the time interval it will cover”.

Mr Reed additional the furlough and self-employed assistance measures have been “welcome”. “However, independent pageant organisers would considerably instead mobilise their staff to system for a total and successful festival time this summertime,” he stated. “As we have regularly pressured, the only way they can do this is with a Authorities-backed insurance policy plan that handles Covid-19 associated cancellation.

“The Chancellor currently confirmed the extension of the plan for movie and Tv productions — a related safety web requires to be set in place ahead of the finish of March to prevent mass cancellations all through the UK’s pageant marketplace.”

Jeff Smith MP, chair of the All-Occasion Parliamentary Group for the Night time Time Financial system, mostly echoed Mr Reed, but additional that the Tradition Recovery Fund “must make its way to night time economy companies across the sector”. He extra: “What is deemed ‘culture’ by the Federal government should be expanded so that additional nightclubs, bars, and supply chain businesses can entry funding. Until the CRF criteria are expanded, or the Government provide sector distinct help, businesses that have been shut for a yr will really feel let down.”

On the topic of Federal government-backed coverage, Mr Smith mentioned it was “disappointing” that the British isles hadn’t place this sort of a scheme in location — “a move other European nations have taken”.

“As a outcome many functions will be cancelled or postponed, hurting the financial system, and crushing the hope that was felt by several after the roadmap was declared,” he extra.

Below the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, some compact-scale new music activities will be permitted to consider area with social distancing actions from May well 17 at the earliest. Designs to eliminate all social distancing measures — and, seemingly, signal a return for nightclubs and new music festivals — has been planned for June 21 at the earliest.

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