The Brexit film was fun, but don’t mistake fiction for history

first_img City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. That’s not to take away from Cummings’ gift in seeing through all the crap surrounding the EU debate and distilling it down to the “take back control” message.Nevertheless, most of the surrounding characters in the Vote Leave team remained undeveloped in the film, becoming cartoon-like foils to the detriment of the story.Such a thin panorama allowed for a faster narrative in what was a relatively long campaign, but it left behind all the raging arguments that saw countless able figures departing Vote Leave unable to work under rigid constraints and indecision.Most notably absent was the role of Labour Leave, which left the Vote Leave umbrella at a fairly early stage of the campaign, while the portrayal of John Mills – a highly successful businessman and Labour’s largest private donor – as an out-of-touch dinosaur was hugely unfair.And where was the Remain campaign? Was it really all down to Craig Oliver on loan from Downing Street, as played by Rory Kinnear? whatsapp Wednesday 9 January 2019 4:37 am I expect, as a piece of history that the vast majority of viewers will have lived through and probably voted in, that Brexit: The Uncivil War was highly entertaining to most people who caught it on Monday night, irrespective of which way they had voted in the EU referendum.There was some impressive acting and clever dramatisation, but that’s all it was: a drama. It was not an objective fact-based documentary – and it admitted as such right from the get-go. Ironically all this infighting meant that there were a flurry of media stories being promoted by the totality of the competing Leave campaigns before designation was granted, and after that point the losers did not withdraw but instead focused on the ground war that Vote Leave put less faith in.Two hours for such a complex kaleidoscope was always going to disappoint if viewers were looking for the truth of what really happened. And for people with a close involvement, it probably only confirmed existing prejudices that justify their views on Brexit today, whatever those may be.That’s why Brexit: The Uncivil War should not be mistaken for a history lesson. Let’s take it as an entertaining political knock-about – and leave it at that. Share Brian MonteithBrian Monteith is a former member of the Scottish and European parliaments whatsapp Already there are claims being made based upon what it portrayed to suggest that one side was more Machiavellian, shady, or even downright evil than the other.First, let me say, from my partial view as head of press at Leave.EU and having been involved closely in three referendums before it, that making any political claims based upon what was portrayed in a fictional context is utterly pointless.Let us remember that the EU referendum was the largest democratic vote in British history, and that with such a close result – with Leave polling 17.4m against Remain’s 16.1m – there were so many variables contributing towards the end result that there was unlikely to be any single thing that swung the vote one way or another.That includes giving credit and criticism to either of the two main campaigns. Indeed, I would argue that in the end Vote Leave won despite all its campaigning, not because of it – and I know I am not alone in holding that view.Benedict Cumberbatch stole the show, as he so often does, making the Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings far more likeable than most people I’ve known who worked with him might say. The Brexit film was fun, but don’t mistake fiction for history Of course not, but one could be forgiven for thinking that the whole period was about Tory wars, with the roles of Tony Blair, Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown – not to forget the contributions of President Obama, Richard Branson, and other big names in business and politics – played down to the point of irrelevance.Arguably, such individuals made a significant contribution, although I suggest that it may have encouraged more people to vote Leave than Remain.And on the double standards, while much was made about the use by Cummings of Aggregate IQ to conceive and direct social media advertising – which was apparently okay for Obama but became sinister when deployed in the UK – there was no attention given to the obscene use of £9m of taxpayers’ money to produce and deliver to every home in the land a government brochure arguing for Remain. That could have provided balance.Another point quickly glossed over by James Graham’s screenplay was that the Remain campaign had no contest in winning official designation from the Electoral Commission. From the beginning it could focus on winning on its own terms – yet it still failed miserably.By contrast, Cummings and his Vote Leave team had to first defeat Arron Banks and Leave.EU, then Grassroots Out, after Banks decided to withdraw and back the new group as a means to establish a broader campaign. Opinion Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Watchdog blocks Lloyds’ unfair treatment of Covid-hit firms

first_img Also Read: Watchdog blocks Lloyds’ unfair treatment of Covid-hit firms by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USA Watchdog blocks Lloyds’ unfair treatment of Covid-hit firms whatsapp The bounce back loan scheme was introduced by Rishi Sunak after the existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme came under fire for not being accessible by some businesses. The regulator said Lloyds had agreed to a number of actions and was informing customers of their options. From the middle of September, customers making new applications for loans under the scheme will have a choice to either open a business account or a fee-free loan servicing account. whatsapp “All business current accounts benefit from 12 months free banking, alongside other business specific benefits. We proactively informed the CMA of our approach and are now writing to our customers to reiterate that they can transfer their account to a free loan servicing account at any time, should they wish to do so.” More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com “By forcing businesses to open current accounts as a pre-condition to access this scheme, Lloyds breached the CMA undertakings it signed, reduced choice and put their customers at risk of being unnecessarily charged,” the CMA’s Adam Land said. A spokesperson for Lloyds said: “When we launched Bounce Back Loans, we asked customers using personal current accounts for their business needs to open a business bank account. This ensured quick access to the funds they needed. Any other solution would have created unnecessary delays at a critical time for businesses.” Bundling is where a bank requires small business customers to open a current account when applying for a loan. The CMA said Lloyds had breached the undertakings in the way it set up its process for issuing bounce back loans. center_img The competition watchdog has stopped Lloyds Bank from forcing small business customers to open business current accounts when taking out bounce back loans. Angharad Carrick Share Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 8 September 2020 2:57 pm Also Read: Watchdog blocks Lloyds’ unfair treatment of Covid-hit firms It offers 100 per cent government-backed loans of up to £50,000 to small businesses. Lloyds has lent over £7.5bn through the scheme. In particular, SME customers using a personal current account were required by Lloyds to open a business current account as part of the application process for a loan. The CMA found around 30,000 SMEs that were using personal accounts were required by the lender to open business accounts. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accused Lloyds of “bundling” loans and business current accounts for small companies. last_img read more

Corps extends comment period on Pebble’s draft EIS

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Environment | Federal Government | Southwest | WesternCorps extends comment period on Pebble’s draft EISMay 3, 2019 by Isabelle Ross, KDLG-Dillingham Share:A base camp at the site of the proposed Pebble Mine. (Photo by Isabelle Ross/KDLG)The Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period on its draft environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine. The 90-day comment window was originally scheduled to end May 30. The final day to submit comments is now June 29.The move comes after extensive calls by groups opposed to the mine to give the public additional time to weigh in on the 1,400-page draft. Last month, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, specifically asked the Corps to extend the period by 30 days, and Sen, Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, has said he was concerned the original comment period was too short.According to the Corps, around 8,400 public comments have been uploaded to its website so far, with more being submitted.Comments on Pebble’s permit application and the draft EIS can be submitted online or by mail.See an updated version of this story on KDLG’s website.Share this story:last_img read more

How to spend those Facebook billions? Experts offer some advice

first_imgFirst OpinionHow to spend those Facebook billions? Experts offer some advice France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation.By Dimitri T. Azar: As a doctor and medical school dean, I believe that the time is right to capture the full potential of mobile medicine. This would be a perfect investment for Mr. Zuckerberg, who has helped revolutionize mobile communication. Marrying medicine to mobile technology and teaching doctors how to master it would provide 21st-century access to health care in areas where it does not exist, such as in developing countries and underserved areas of the United States and other developed countries.advertisement Related: Tags celebritiesphilanthropyresearch [email protected] Patrick Skerrett Editor, First Opinion Patrick Skerrett is the editor of First Opinion, STAT’s platform for perspective and opinion on the life sciences writ large, and the host of the First Opinion Podcast. By Jeffrey M. Drazen: I suggest that Mark Zuckerberg join the Gates Foundation in its efforts.Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD, is editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.By Eli and Edythe Broad: Edye and I congratulate Mark and Priscilla on the birth of their daughter, and we commend them on their commitment to giving back. They will find great joy in their philanthropy, especially because they are starting early in life. We believe that education is the foundation of all else and the greatest investment you can make. If you give someone a solid education, they will have the skills and knowledge to be productive and successful. Those of us who have achieved the American dream have a responsibility to give future generations the same opportunity, and we would encourage Mark and Priscilla to focus their giving on public education.Eli and Edythe Broad established The Broad Foundations to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts.By Cornelia Bargmann: The path to equality, in this country and around the world, is through education. You can achieve that goal with good teachers, who are paid enough that they can afford to take that job, and small class sizes. These are problems that can be solved with funding and determination.Cori Bargmann, PhD, is a professor at The Rockefeller University and co-chair of the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative advisory committee.By Bill and Melinda Gates: Welcome to the world, Max! We can’t wait to meet you. You are lucky to have such an amazing mom and dad. Mark and Priscilla: Congratulations—we’re thrilled for both of you! Raising children is a great adventure and the best thing we have ever done together. You will be fantastic parents.As for your decision to give back so generously, and to deepen your commitment now, the first word that comes to mind is: Wow. The example you’re setting today is an inspiration to us and the world. We can be confident of this: Max and every child born today will grow up in a world that is better than the one we know now. As you say, “seeds planted now will grow.” Your work will bear fruit for many decades to come.Bill and Melinda Gates founded and oversee the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is tackling critical problems in global health, education, and other health and social issues. After Zuckerberg’s big bet, big names in science see hope and reason for caution Some advise Mark Zuckerberg to team up with Bill Gates, pictured here, on philanthropy. Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images @PJSkerrett Spending billions of dollars in philanthropic pursuits, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have pledged to do, isn’t as easy as it sounds. It will take careful thought and attention to get the biggest bang for their bucks. STAT asked several experts what they would advise the couple to do.France A. Córdova: DiscoveryDimitri T. Azar: Mobile medicineJeffrey M. Drazen: Partner with Bill GatesEli and Edythe Broad: EducationCornelia Bargmann: More educationBill and Melinda Gates: Planting seedsBy France A. Córdova: Invest it in discovery — in people and fundamental research, in all fields of science and engineering. Plant the seed of innovation, and your return on investment will be ingenious new companies, life-saving technologies, or answers to primordial mysteries of our universe. It will support this nation’s economy, security, and competitive edge for generations to come.advertisement By Patrick Skerrett Dec. 3, 2015 Reprints About the Author Reprints As an individual, I think that investing heavily in education would be the absolute best thing to do. Long-term improvements in health and well-being will come from educating individuals at all levels of society around the globe.Dimitri T. Azar, MD, is dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the largest medical school in the United States.last_img read more

Sophia the robot sells art for $688,888, eyes music career

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS WATCH: New artificial intelligence program brings old photos to life March 11, 2021 HONG KONG [AP] – Sophia is a robot with many creative gifts — she can speak, joke, sing and even make art. In March, she shook the art world when a digital work she created as part of a collaboration was sold at an auction for $688,888 in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT).The sale highlighted a growing frenzy in the NFT market, where people can buy ownership rights to digital content. NFTs each have a unique digital code saved on blockchain ledgers that allow anyone to verify the authenticity and ownership of items, the Associated Press reported. Sophia is the most famous robot creation from Hanson Robotics. She has the ability to mimic facial expressions, hold conversations and recognize people. She was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship in 2017, becoming the world’s first robot citizen. The buyer is a digital artwork collector and artist who goes by 888 with the Twitter handle @Crypto888crypto. He later sent Sophia a photo of his painted arm, which she processed and added to her original piece. Sophia tweeted on her account, describing the work as the first NFT collaboration between an “AI, a mechanical collective being and an artist-collector.”“As an artist, I have computational creativity in my algorithms, creating original works,” Sophia said when asked what inspires her when it comes to art. “But my art is created in collaboration with my humans in a kind of collective intelligence like a human-artificial intelligence hive mind.”Sophia is working on her music career as well. The robot is currently collaborating with human musicians to generate music and lyrics in a project called Sophia Pop, Hanson said. “We’re so excited about Sophia’s career as an artist,” Hanson said.center_img AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement“I envisioned Sophia as a creative artwork herself, that could generate art,” Hanson said in an interview. “Sophia is the culmination of a lot of arts, and engineering, and the idea that she could then generate art was a way for her to emotionally and visually connect with people,” he said.Italian artist Andrea Bonaceto drew portraits of Sophia. Then Sophia processed his work and created a digital artwork of her own.The digital work that sold for $688,888 is titled “Sophia Instantiation,” and is a 12-second video file which shows Bonaceto’s portrait evolving into Sophia’s digital painting. It is accompanied by the physical artwork painted by Sophia, according to the Associated Press. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: artificial intelligencelast_img read more

AMF issues warning on high-yield investments

first_img It says that these sorts of bogus investment schemes usually promise “exclusive access to a clandestine market for trading in the debt securities of major institutions, purportedly some of the world’s leading banks.” The schemes often suggest that they are offering rare access to transactions that are usually reserved for large corporations and very wealthy investors, it notes. And, it says that the schemes typically promise exorbitant returns, often in excess of 100%, for low risk. Investors are also told to keep their participation in these sorts of transactions confidential, it adds. The AMF reminds investors to be cautious before making an investment, and to check that both the firms and individuals acting as intermediaries are properly registered with regulators. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Keywords Investor protectionCompanies Autorité des marchés financiers Related news James Langton The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) issued a warning to investors Wednesday about so-called high-yield investment programs. The AMF reports that it has learned that a number of investors in Quebec were recently lured by secret investment programs that promise large returns and suggest involvement by well-regarded international banks. center_img OSC finalizes DSC ban NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

SCC dismisses appeal on tax haven info

first_img Keywords Tax avoidance,  Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Biden’s corporate tax plan takes aim at income inequality Your wealthy clients will soon pay more for luxury vehicles According to the SCC decision, the lawyer sought access to records from Finance after it revised tax laws to eliminate the loophole for tax haven corporations, with amendments that were partially retroactive. He requested information on the issue of retroactivity on behalf of taxpayers that were concerned about the impact of this retroactivity on their tax liability, the decision notes. The records in question are drafts of a policy options paper examining the possible effective dates of the amendments, which formed part of the briefings for the Finance minister and other top officials, and one of these options was eventually enacted, resulting in the amendments that imposed the partially retroactive liability. Finance initially denied the disclosure request, which was overturned by the IPC, and the IPC’s decision was then itself reversed by the Court of Appeal, which found that the disclosure order was unreasonable. The lawyer and the IPC appealed to the SCC, which sided with the appellate court, and dismissed their appeal. “The records in this case present the opinions of public servants on the advantages and the disadvantages of alternative effective dates of legislative amendments,” the SCC said, noting that these opinions helped the ministry make a decision on the effective dates of the changes. “These policy options, whether communicated or not to anyone, constitute “advice”… and thus qualify for exemption from disclosure,” the SCC ruled. The high court said that the IPC’s ruling that the opinions didn’t reveal a suggested course of action, and so shouldn’t count as advice, too narrowly interprets the definition of advice. “By leaving no room for advice to have a distinct meaning from recommendations, the adjudicator’s decision was unreasonable,” it said. The SSC also said that drafts of policy papers should be protected from disclosure, not just final versions. “Protection from disclosure would be illusory if only a communicated document was protected and not prior drafts,” it said; adding that in order for public servants to be confident in providing frank advice, the disclosure exemption “must be ascertainable at the time the public servant prepares the advice.” James Langton center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ontario to provide parents with new round of support payments Related news The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has dismissed an appeal from a tax lawyer seeking access to information on the Ontario government’s deliberations about a decision to close a tax loophole that created a retroactive liability for taxpayers, ruling that the information represents “advice”, which is exempt from public disclosure laws. The high court handed down a decision Friday on an appeal brought by the unnamed lawyer, identified only as “John Doe”, and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC), which ordered the disclosure by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. last_img read more

Ontario provides second round of support to small businesses

first_imgSmall businesses that are eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be automatically entitled to a second one-time payment in an amount equal to the first payment received. The payments are between $10,000 and $20,000.The government also announced a new Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant, which will provide one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to businesses such as hotels and motels, travel agencies, amusement parks, and hunting, fishing and recreational camps that may not have been eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Small businesses that received the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will not be eligible for the new grant.The Ontario government launched the Ontario Small Business Support Grant in January to help businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services under the Covid-19 province-wide shutdown that came into effect in December. The grant was intended to help businesses such as restaurants, retail and personal care services meet their financial obligations, such as paying rent or employees’ wages.Eligible small businesses must have had fewer than 100 employees and experienced at least a 20% decline in revenue in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 could also be eligible using different months to compare revenue.The government estimates that approximately 120,000 small businesses will benefit from its doubling of the grant, providing an additional $1.7 billion in support. Total support through the grant is $3.4 billion.To qualify for the Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant, businesses must have experienced a minimum 20% decline in revenue and have fewer than 100 employees.The Ontario government said it will invest an additional $400 million, on top of $225 million previously announced, over the next three years to support initiatives in the tourism, hospitality and cultural industries, where more than 140,000 jobs were lost between February 2020 and February 2021. Keywords Tax credits,  Coronavirus,  Budget 2021 Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Ontario government will provide a second round of small business grants and offer a new program for struggling businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.The government made the proposals Wednesday in the 2021 budget. Related news Rudy Mezzetta A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Queen's Park, Ontario legislature, exterior warasit/123RF CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCanlast_img read more

Books by Jamaican Authors Chosen for UK Reading Projects

first_imgRelatedBooks by Jamaican Authors Chosen for UK Reading Projects RelatedBooks by Jamaican Authors Chosen for UK Reading Projects Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Books by two award winning writers of Jamaican heritage, Andrea Levy and Benjamin Zephaniah, have been selected for special reading projects in the United Kingdom (UK) this year.Miss Levy’s book ‘Small Island’ has been selected for a project dubbed ‘Small Island Read 2007’, which is one of the biggest mass-reading initiatives to take place in Britain.The project brings together pre-existing annual reading projects such as ‘The Great Reading Adventure’ in Bristol and the South West and ‘Liverpool Reads’ and partners with the Bank of Scotland and Glasgow book festivals, and Hull Libraries.Small Island Read 2007 is part of a wider UK initiative to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ending of the slave trade and exploring slavery’s continuing influence on multicultural Britain.Project organizers said that the novel was chosen because it provides an insight into the initial post-war contact among Jamaican migrants, descendants of enslaved Africans, and the “white mother country”.Meanwhile, the book ‘Refugee Boy’ by Benjamin Zephaniah, will be used in a project for young people and emergent readers. This novel follows the journey of a young boy to London in escape from the Ethiopian/Eritrean conflict.Organizers of the project said that ‘Refugee Boy’ was chosen for the thought provoking way in which it highlights the plight of asylum seekers and the valuable contribution made to the country by immigrants.center_img RelatedBooks by Jamaican Authors Chosen for UK Reading Projects Books by Jamaican Authors Chosen for UK Reading Projects UncategorizedJanuary 12, 2007last_img read more

Food service employees at Thai Orchid thankful for support

first_imgFood service employees at Thai Orchid thankful for supportPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, December 7, 2020in: Businessshare 0 New promotions from local restaurant help stimulate new wave of take-out during pandemic restrictionsCLARK COUNTY — Navigating this pandemic as a restaurant worker can be scary. Luckily, for employees at Thai Orchid in Vancouver, “interesting” was more often the word used to describe what it’s been like. Thai Orchid bar manager Nohi Brede says he expects “interesting” to continue to characterize his ever-changing workplace in this second round of lockdown. To-go drinks line the counter of Thai Orchid in Vancouver during a time of restricted dine-in seating due to the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Thai OrchidTo-go drinks line the counter of Thai Orchid in Vancouver during a time of restricted dine-in seating due to the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Thai OrchidAs Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said late last month in a COVID-19 community update, case numbers in Clark County are rising at “alarming” rates. The state has directed that restaurants and bars be closed for indoor service, but they can offer takeout and have limited outdoor seating.“Hopefully, people will continue to support us in carry out,” said Josh Than, the lead manager at Thai Orchid. “That’s our only option.” The first time Washington went into lockdown, the community showed up. Waitress Maddie Finley said, “People really like our food and are willing to work with us to make sure we stay open. They should know even just grabbing an iced tea can help!” Along with takeout orders, many gift cards were purchased as people supported the local business. Promotions around gift cards are planned to make them even more enticing during the holidays. Right now, Thai Orchid has a beverage promotion. Inspired by the abrupt lockdown and a need to lower inventory, beer on tap, wine and cocktails are being offered at a discount. Discounted drinks are a silver lining for customers, but Brede has found another silver lining during the pandemic: He’s been watching the work ethic of employees at Thai Orchid grow and strengthen. “Workers are growing and evolving in inspiring ways,” he said. “Seeing their development has been amazing.”Brede adds, “This restaurant has longtime employees, which is rare in the industry,” he said. “That’s because it feels like family,” says Brede. And like a family in crisis, team members at Thai Orchid are willingly taking on different roles and extra duties.He and others think it starts at the top, saying the restaurant’s owner has been diligently watching out for guest and worker safety, making the family vibe at Thai Orchid even stronger.“The camaraderie has been great,” says Brede. He’s looking forward to that staying around after the lockdown days.For more information, including address and to order online, go to https://thaiorchidvancouver.us/.Information provided by Elizabeth Hovde and Thai OrchidAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Christmas ships scheduled to tour this week along the Columbia River Next : Molina Healthcare of Washington’s $16 Million COVID-19 community responseAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more