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Yesterday I was signing with a friend who works at the grocery store, discussing how difficult it is to work/communicate now that everyone is wearing masks. His work duties have changed drastically because of this. This is a time that I wish I had abundance of money to be able to give everyone these clear masks.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – As Belgium obliges people to wear face masks on public transport and recommends them elsewhere to limit the spread of the coronavirus, deaf people are calling for transparent masks to allow them to communicate with others.

FILE PHOTO: Student advisor Annalore poses with a partially transparent mask used to communicate with students at the Royal Institute for the Deaf Mute, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium, May 4, 2020. Picture taken May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

For the hearing-impaired who rely on lip-reading to complement sign language, even buying an ice cream can be difficult, as shop assistants wear medical or home-made cotton masks that cover almost half the face.

“We are no longer able to read lips. It prevents communication,” said Marie-Florence Devalet of Belgium’s French-speaking deaf federation, saying it can add to the anxiety of living through a pandemic.

“When the mask is not see-through, it may worry fragile people, it disturbs them psychologically and it worries them,” she told Reuters.

Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization.

Belgium, like other European countries, is slowly coming out of lockdown as the wave of transmission of the coronavirus eases, but donning masks is new to much of the population.

With green and white medical masks around the world in short supply, transparent masks are even harder to find. Some are advertised online but sometimes end up being face shields for the whole head and worn by medical staff in hospitals.

At the Royal Woluwe Institute in Brussels, a special needs school, teachers are sewing masks that contain a transparent window to show the mouth, adapted from a model on the internet, which can be especially important for children with autism.

However, each mask takes 30 minutes to make and requires a double layer of cotton fabric, ribbons and a plastic sheet.

One charity in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flanders region has created videos in Dutch teaching people how to make the masks with a transparent window for the mouth. French and English videos are being developed.

“Our (school) children need to see the whole (emotional)picture, not just moving the hands and sign language,” said Wendy Schellemans at the Royal Woluwe Institute. “We made these masks so they could look at everything we were showing, even our emotions.”

Writing by Robin Emmott; Editing by Mike Collett-White

Please join PRO/CPAR and the Pinellas International Council in welcoming realtors from Brazil next week. We will be touring properties in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, attending a special presentation tours of the Tampa International Airport and the Port of Tampa, visiting the Salvador Dali Museum, Dale Chihuly Collection, and the Tampa History Museum, Madeira Beach, John’s Pass, Clearwater Beach as well as a Starlight Cruise dinner. In addition we will hold an all day seminar with lunch at the Pinellas Realtor Organization building with speakers listed below on the flyer. The morning session will be held primarily in Portuguese and Spanish while the afternoon will be primarily held English. All are invited to attend both. Education and networking is a must!

Please Register in Advance. https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there for one day or all of the days! Thanks.

Brazil inbound trade mission for local realtors

“Commercial Real Estate in the Global and Local Markets” with Carlos Fuentes AND
“Global Real Estate: A Professional Guide to Expanding & Developing Your International Business” with Claire Killen, originally from Ireland.

Commercial Real Estate in the Global and Local Markets
This class will help you position yourself as the GOTO person by providing the most current information on Global Trends & News both for investors coming here by creating awareness of local market resources/opportunities and also for those investors in your local market who need to know about sound investment markets where private  property rights are guaranteed.  You will also learn about cultural sensitivity, communication and negotiating skills, qualifying prospects and tax and immigration laws.

Global Real Estate:  A Professional Guide to Expanding & Developing Your International Business

This class will offer guidance in developing best practices in working with buyers and sellers outside of the United States.  You will learn how to build up your international business and discuss the importance of having a connection with a bilateral partner of the National Association of Realtors®  and the benefits of the CIPS designation for realtors®  .  You will also learn how to best use your time at conferences along with practical tips and suggestions for people wanting to expand or develop their international business.

feb 21 2019 with carlos fuentes & claire killen

Please join us for this free presentation. We toured properties of the Dominican Republic in the north, south and east -residential, commercial, existing homes and new construction, condos to villas. And, of course, anyone that knows me will not be surprised by the 100’s of photos I will be sharing along with the information.

However, you must register to attend.
Thank you so much! Hope to see you there!

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We are thankful for this!

The newest member of the Pinellas International Council! Thank you, Brian Woods and Sharon Woods, for the great photos!! Love it. Jason is so cute!!

By Veronica Brezina-Smith  – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal

A bright yellow vest clings onto my blazer and a group of plane spotters and the airport staff stand out on the runway awaiting Copa Airlines’ arrival from Panama City with one of the most modern aircrafts in the market.

“Get ready,” the airport media relations team members say, as onlookers prepare cameras to snap the moment the blue and white plane lands during a hot Thursday afternoon.

Veronica Brezina@TBBJVeroni

@CopaAirlines new Max9 airplane coming in @FlyTPA @TBBJnewsroom

Sept 2018

The plane was rolling in as if it was a celebrity strutting down the red carpet. The airport conducted a water arch salute, where water cannons spray at the same time, creating an arch the plane passes under. The celebratory arch is done rarely at the airport, as the airport staff said it has to be a major inaugural flight or for a long-term pilot who is retiring for one of the airport’s big carriers.

“It’s the beginning of a new era, introducing the first Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737 MAX9. It’s a symbol of pride for the airline, Panama and the Copa team members,” Fernando Fondevila Leyton, Copa’s regional manager for North America, told Tampa Bay Business Journal during the celebration of the plane landing in Tampa.

Copa Airlines (NYSE: CPA) has been offering service to the Tampa airport since 2013 and recently the airline started increasing its service from Tampa to Panama.

“Tampa is a key market for Copa,” Leyton said. “It’s been a successful destination for Copa Airlines. It allows us to operate the only nonstop service from Tampa International to Panama City, our Hub of the Americas, and from Panama beyond with more than 55 destinations, connecting Central America and the Caribbean with the Tampa community.”

However, the new MAX9, 166-seat plane elevates the airline’s existing fleet with spacious and luxurious seats and technology.

The business class cabin, dubbed the Business Class Dream, has lie-flat seats, 16-inch touch screens, remotes, USB ports and more space for storage.

Copa also introduced a new section for the economy class that has 24 seats that offer more legroom, touch screens and USB ports as well.

Additionally, its engineering is even more superb as it has a new LEAP-18 engine, which makes it 40 percent quieter and one of the most advanced in the world.

This MAX9 represents a big change for the airline, which will be used on the longest routes of Copa’s network of its 80 destinations.

“It actually allows us to reach other corners of the continent and continue to promote Panama as the top destination,” Leyton said.

Copa will add four more MAX9 planes between October and December, eight more in 2019 and an additional nine in 2020. The total number will grow to 71 in the coming years.

He said aircraft is going to also fly to San Francisco in early 2019.

By   – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal

For more photos  please see https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2018/09/21/copa-airlines-lands-first-international-flight.

 

CIPS Americas June 15, 2018 Carlos Fuentes

 

The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course on the Americas offers you practical information on working with Caribbean, North, Central and South American investors.  Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship, and investment opportunities are covered along with a special focus on Mexico.

SCHEDULE:
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Course, Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Seating is limited and registration is required. You MUST register in advance. Earn 7 hours of CE credit while gaining invaluable knowledge.

***This course is one of the courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The CIPS Network comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of Realtors®. The CIPS® designation prepares Realtors® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Click here for more information about CIPS and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation.

Our second is event is our monthly International Marketing Session. Seating is limited so you MUST register in advance. Thank you.

On January 24th, 2018, the Pinellas International Council will co-host this class with the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Partnered with Bailey Glasser LLP: 

“Leverage Social Media For Success & To Connect With International Clients.”

~~Registration is required, however, PIC Members are Free. Others $15. ~~ Please Go to PinellasRealtor.org, Education and Events Calendar.

Jan 24th, 2018  11:30-3:30pm   held at Pinellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida

  https://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup.php?op=view&id=118909966&crd=pro 

  • Why LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and other communication apps are essential for professionals
  • How People are using the Platforms
  • How to maximize these tools for lead generation
  • How to Optimize your entire profile
  • Connection strategies
  • The power of referrals and recommendations
  • The importance of LinkedIn and Facebook Groups
  • Advanced Search Techniques
  • Content Tips
  • AND MUCH MORE…..
  • LUNCH will be provided.

Seating is limited, so you must register ahead of time. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

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On October 18th the Pinellas International Council held it’s monthly International Marketing Session with Martha Vasquez presenting on Canada. Martha shared how to connect with and do referrals with Canadian realtors, helpful websites, and much more in the hour long presentation. We had a great turnout. Thanks to our speaker, the Pinellas Realtor Affiliates and all those who attended this very informative presentation.

 

 

Please come join us this evening for networking, eating, drinking & visiting the Museum of Fine Arts at a reduced entrance fee to the exhibits of $5. This month it will held in the air conditioned atrium of the museum-right across the street from our Coastal Properties Group-Christie’s International Real Estate office on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Last month, a great time was had by all with tasty food & drink. Hope to see you there. Come find me for a free drink ticket.

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Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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