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SAINT JOHN – JCK Media & Design is looking forward to opening its doors in Uptown Saint John, even while its staff members have already been hard at work since the beginning of June.

Located in Brunswick Square, its nine-person team is split mainly across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with satellite offices in Toronto and San Francisco.

“I think the biggest attraction is the fact that working with us doesn’t mean you get one product,” said creative director Patricia Chareka. “Your website, your videography, your social media, we’re able to do it all. We provide you a one-stop-shop for all your needs.”

The company offers services from co-working spaces, copywriting and website design and development.

“We all love what we do, its reflective in our work so people appreciate that because we go above and beyond,” says Chareka. “Everyone used to have nine-to-fives, the majority of us anyway, we’ve all transitioned to being creatives to pursue our personal passions and I think that’s really reflected in the work.”

Chareka is self-taught and honed her media design, development and videography skills while working as a creative executive assistant in Halifax and saw there was an audience for media and design services after shooting and editing her boss’s wedding.

She transitioned as a freelance digital media specialist in 2016 and began to pursue the idea of working with other creatives.

“I am always a fan of collaboration versus competition and I also believe that other creatives are able to help supplement skills that sometimes you may lack, and then you also have peers to help you review your work and to help you get better,” she says.  “I thought that it would be great to include some other people as well.”

She says Andrew Johnson and Greg Knudson (the “J” and “K” of JCK Media & Design) supported her pursuit of starting a business.

JCK Media’s past projects include CAA, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Toyota, a project with Olympian boxer Mandy Bujold in addition to assisting on some Netflix productions. Locally they are at work on a project with the Saint John Community Load Fund.

The agency was originally supposed to open in March but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It instead had a soft opening on June 1 with the agency open by appointment and the team still working from home.

It was important to Chareka to open the main office here in Atlantic Canada.

“I thought that I could help fill a gap in which we can provide top-tier services, but for a cost that was reasonable, especially for a place like Saint John,” she said.

JCK Media operates as a social enterprise, developed from Chareka’s passion for design and desire to do more than collect a paycheck at the end of the day, encouraging businesses, she says, to succeed by prioritizing people over profit first.

“For me, the idea has always just been there were so many people that helped me and so many people who encouraged me with all of my crazy ambitious ideas that I really want to be able to give back,” she said.  “I think it gives us a competitive edge.”

Like many small businesses, JCK Media felt the strain of Covid-19 but it motivated them to want to help even more because they could empathize as a fellow small business what situations other businesses were going through. In response, the agency is holding an online contest for people in New Brunswick to win $1,000 in services and a $1,000 cash prize.

“There’s a lot of people who’ve been struggling because of Covid-19, so we’re really hoping to push the contest because we want to be able to help in any way that we can,” says Chareka.

The contest deadline is July 15 and people can enter by liking JCK Media’s Facebook page and comment on how one intends to use the funds.

The agency plans to provide financial assistance for those wishing to pursue post-secondary education and is in a partnership with Coverdale Centre for Women.

Chareka had filmed the video for the centre’s submission for ICS Creative Agency’s “Thanks To You contest, giving away more than $35,000 in free services. She wanted to continue their relationship.

“I thought to myself, this is great that we have something like this and now that I had been made aware of it and all the awesome and wonderful people that work there that I definitely wanted to maintain communication with them,” she said.

Being able to do provide creative services to Saint John while also giving back to the community is the best of both worlds, she says.

“I like the idea of being able to do what I love on a consistent basis, while also making a positive social impact along the way,” she says.

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Packed, Maskless Great White Show Reminds Social Media of Band’s Tragic Concert Past – Variety

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Unsafe concert conditions seem to know no genre boundaries in the mid-pandemic era. Two weekends ago, it was country artists Chase Rice and Chris Janson stirring outrage when they proudly posted videos of themselves playing to packed crowds of fans with no masks in sight. Last weekend, it was hip-hop star DaBaby in the hot seat for playing a show in a large, packed nightclub where his unmasked female fans were literally reaching out and grabbing him.

Now the attention has turned to veteran hard-rock band Great White, which performed an outdoor show Thursday night for a general admission audience in North Dakota, many of whom posted videos giving no indication of even a single mask in the crowd, with fans jammed together, and even shirtless in some instances.

As the lack of protocols at the show came up for scorn on social media, it was not lost on many commenters that, if there is any band that might want to avoid being mentioned in the same breath as “unsafe concert conditions,” it’s Great White,

“Great White doing a precaution-free concert right now is like if Great White were to do a precaution-free concert right now,” jabbed writer Evie Nagy — one of countless references Twitter users made to the 2003 tragedy in which 100 people were killed and 230 more injured in a pyrotechnic-related fire at a Great White show in Rhode Island.

In the tradition of Rice and Janson posting photos and videos of their caution-to-the-wind packed crowds, it was Great White singer Mitch Malloy himself who posted the most circulated video from the show.

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Late Saturday night, the group issued a statement that emphasized that emphasized that the show went well while saying they consider themselves “far from perfect” and offering an apology “to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement.”

“We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time,” the group said. “We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws. We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement. The Promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions. Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community. We are far from perfect.”

The group’s statement did not specify what safety precautions the promoter assured them about.

One difference between the show performed by Great White in North Dakota and the controversial gigs by Rice, Janson and DaBaby is that there wasn’t even the promise of social distancing Thursday, as organizers said ahead of time that none would be enforced or even encouraged.

“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any,” event coordinator April Getz told the local Dickinson Press in touting the city’s “First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights” programming last month. (Grand White was the only act of national renown announced for the series.) ““I guess it’s one of the first events this year that didn’t get canceled and was approved by the city; we’re all very, very excited about it… It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”

Although they were in the minority, there were some on social media defending Dickinson’s and the band’s right to put on shows with no coronavirus-related restrictions and fans’ right to attend.

“People are INSANE about masks right now,” wrote one Twitter user. “People are actually looking for pictures around the country of people not wearing masks to get pissed about. If you’re mad people in North Dakota at a Great White concert aren’t wearing masks, get out of the house and get a hobby.”

The version of the band that played Thursday in North Dakota has three members who have been with the group since the 1980s, along with lead singer Mitch Malloy, who joined in 2018. It is not to be confused with “Jack Russell’s Great White,” a spinoff group started by original singer Russell in 2011.

Russell is probably hoping no one associates him with this version of Great White or the North Dakota show, judging from recent omments he made strongly favoring the use of masks.

“There’s no need to be out [in public places],” Russell said in an interview with Austria’s Mulatschag that was found and publicized by Blabbermouth. “People don’t take it seriously — they don’t take the virus seriously. It’s sad. …It’s no small wonder that when you open all these places up, ‘Gee, the numbers [of coronavirus cases] rose up.’ It’s, like, what did you think was gonna happen? It’s, like, ‘I took my mask off and I got COVID.’ Well, what a big surprise that is.” Russell added, “If you don’t wanna help yourself, help everybody else. ‘Well, it’s my right. It’s my human right.’ Well, look, dude, you’ve gotta pay for your car to get smogged, you’ve gotta have a seat belt, you have a driver’s license, you have to have a license to be born, you have to have a marriage license. I mean, so you have to wear a mask for a while so you don’t die. What’s the problem?”

The version of Great White fronted by Malloy doesn’t have any other dates listed on its tour schedule before August 7, when it is booked for Riverfest FM in Fort Madison, Iowa, billed as “Southeast Iowa’s largest rock and roll festival.” That five-day festival in four weeks is “absolutely happening,” according to posts on the fest’s Facebook page. “With all of the uncertainty, it would have been easy to throw in the towel on this year,” Riverfest said, “but we firmly believe that ‘If we rock it, they will come’ and boy, do we have a line-up that is prepared to do just that!”

North Dakota has not been ravaged by COVID-19 as much as other states have, largely by virtue of a mostly rural population. Nonetheless, the state has seen rapid recent upticks. As of Saturday, North Dakota’s Department of Health reported 623 active cases, double the number from just 10 days earlier. Ninety of those cases were being newly reported Saturday. Earlier in the week, the state’s total case count was reported at 4,070.

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Two missing in south China biofuel plant blast – state media – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) – Two people were missing and two injured after an explosion on Sunday at a biofuel plant in China’s Fujian province, the local fire department and state media said.

The blast occurred around 10:10 a.m. (0210 GMT) at Longyan Zhuoyue New Energy Co Ltd, a Shanghai-listed biofuel producer based in the southern city of Longyan, as workers were doing maintenance, CCTV said.

Video on state television showed thick dark smoke bellowing into the sky.

The fire was continuing as of 0600 GMT, as more than 100 firefighters were dispatched to the site and nearby residents had been evacuated, CCTV said.

Longyan Zhuoyue New Energy processes gutter oil into biodiesel, the company website says.

(Reporting by Chen Aizhu in Singapore and Liangping Gao in Beijing; Editing by William Mallard)

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