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Birmingham arts venues announce major job losses – The Guardian
Symphony Hall and Town Hall will lose around half of their 65 permanent staff
Two of Birminghams most important venues, the Symphony Hall and Town Hall, have become the latest arts institutions to announce major staff cuts because of the Covid-19 crisis.
The charity that runs the two halls expressed sorrow at the prospect of losing around half of its 65 permanent staff but said that reducing its workforce was necessary for the venues to have a chance of survival.
Hundreds of freelancers who work on the shows and concerts staged at the two venues are also out of work.
The venues have called for clarity on when they may be able to reopen and the governments rescue package.
Opened in 1834, the Town Hall has hosted political and public meetings and performances by Charles Dickens, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin while the Symphony Hall is considered one of the best in the world and is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the venues said: It is with great sadness that Town Hall and Symphony Hall have entered a period of redundancy consultation.
The future of these two iconic concert halls looks very different from the plans we began the year with. This period of closure has already resulted in huge losses and it is still unclear when it may be possible to reopen.
More than 90% of the halls turnover comes from ticket sales and other activities. Some of the money it makes from presenting international stars on its stages is ploughed into emerging local talent and working with schoolchildren in some of the UKs most deprived areas.
Nick Reed, chief executive for the Town Hall and Symphony Hall, told the Guardian that both venues were a huge source of civic pride. The opening of the Symphony Hall in 1991 is seen as a crucial moment in the modern renaissance of Birmingham. And theres a straight line connecting Paul Robeson
Swery apologizes for depiction of transgender individual in Deadly Premonition 2 – GamesIndustry.biz
Director pledges to consult with a diverse team and rewrite at least one scene
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Hidetaka ‘Swery’ Suehiro has taken to Twitter to apologize for the depiction of a transgender character in Deadly Premonition 2, pledging to rewrite at least one scene in the game.
“I realized by pointed out from friends, I might have hurt transgender people in my scenario,” he wrote. “It wasn’t intentional. I am really sorry for that.
“Some scenes will be sanity checked by a team that includes diversity. And I will rewrite that scene ASAP.”
Swery did not specify yet how many scenes would need to be rewritten, or which ones.
In USGamer’s review of the game, Mathew Olson pointed out that the game has multiple characters using the deadname of a transgender character, as well as incorrect pronouns.
Apple Loop: New iPhone 12 Leaks, iPad Pro’s Massive Upgrade, Goodbye MacBook Air – Forbes
This week’s Apple headlines; new iPhone 12 features, the return of the old iPhone design, saying goodbye to the MacBook Air, a new display for the iPad Pro, updated technology for the AirPods, new privacy lights for iOS 14, and more…
July 12 update to iPhone 12 specs story; update to AirPods story. This edition of Apple Loop originally published Friday July 10.
Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this weeks Apple Loop includes new iPhone 12 features, the return of the old iPhone design, saying goodbye to the MacBook Air, a new display for the iPad Pro, updated technology for the AirPods, changing defaults on the HomePod, and new privacy lights for iOS 14.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
iPhone 12s Super Slo-Mo Video Revealed
Apples upcoming smartphone, like many designs, is leaning into the camera as a point of both differentiation for consumers and technical superiority over the competition. The latest beta of iOS 14 suggests that a super slo-mo options will be available when recording at 4K resolutions. Forbes Gordon Kelly reports:
[Pineleaks writes] Both 4k 120 and 240 FPS will most likely be used for slow motion video. Dont expect 4k 240 to be available for normal video. 4k 120 remains possible.” These video modes would represent a seismic leap for smartphone video recording and a massive differential from the competition. With acclaimed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also promising new high-end” camera lenses in the range, we should expect significant change to both the look and layout of the primary cameras in all the new iPhones.”
Read more here on Forbes.
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