APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER
    Welcome to our fifth email newsletter for 2020 to all our dancers that have given us their email addresses. Further below is information about:
LDSA Online Classes
How to get Online with your Smart Phone
Paying Bills Online
National Award for LDSA
Overseas Travel
Thanks Liz & Peter Heath and the Instructor Team

LDSA Online Classes

    Obviously, regular classes are on hold till the Corona Virus lock down is lifted. This could be anywhere from 2 to 9 months long, so we are putting in place online classes to replace the regular classes in the interim period. We have run 4 of them already with very good feedback from participants.
    We have decided to use "Facebook Live" as the online platform to bring these classes to you. You do not actually have to have a Facebook Account to view the classes, but if you do have a Facebook account, you can send messages to interact with the other participants. The link to the classes is:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Line-Dancers-of-South-Australia/252851604772551#!/pages/Line-Dancers-of-South-Australia/252851604772551?sk=wall
   If you lose this email, then you can go to our web page and click/touch on the Facebook logo (blue square with a F on it) and you will be sent there automatically.
    There are other possible live streaming platforms, but they involve further expense, and are harder for you the customers to get onto without having to install additional software, and subscribing to memberships.
We are currently running them with the following schedule:
Mondays 11am -> Noon - Easy Level (4 dances)
Wednesdays 11am -> Noon - Transition Level (4 dances)
Fridays 11am -> Noon - Mainstream Level (4 dances)
    We will be running the classes over Easter.
    We are doing this to give you the opportunity to create a routine to get you through the CoVid-19 ordeal. We are not saving the classes once the class is complete, as this would contravene our music licensing, so if you miss them, then they are gone.
    There are quite a few challenges to make these classes happen. We have set up an iPad bolted to the wall in our Garage, which fortunately was already set up for classes with sound equipment. We have maxed out our Wifi internet using a Wifi repeater and getting our broadband speed maximised.
    Liz and I are sharing the teaching, and the participants have the opportunity to interact with messages which we read out during the class. The classes are being run for free at this stage, so give them a try.
    You can access them via your computer (if you have one), or your smart phone (if you know how to use it LOL).
    If you are using the phone, then you may want to invest in a Bluetooth Speaker that you can pair with your phone to improve the volume. These are available from Officeworks for around $30, or at various "Cheap as Chips" etc stores. No need for an expensive one, cheap will do. They are quite easy to install, especially if you have a grand-kid to do it for you LOL.
    Getting these classes to you relies on internet and phone technology, which is not always reliable. One feature we have found with some of our customers is a "lag" between the audio and the video signals. This means that what you see and what you hear may not match up, providing a challenge to your senses. If this is the case, then close your eyes, or don't watch the vision and just use your ears. I have been advised that if you reboot your wifi router (if you have one), then it may improve the issue.
    If we have an issue with our wifi (which we have done our best to avoid), then there may be breaks in the transmission. We cannot do anything about this, as the internet is under extreme loading with everyone wanting to use it at the same time. Just bear with it and join up again if it drops out.

How To Get Online with your Smart Phone

    For many of you, your phone is a tool to talk to friends on and that is it. In the current climate however, it is also a tool to expand your networking opportunities if you give it a try. You obviously all have email, or you wouldn't be receiving this newsletter, so expanding your experiences to browsing the internet isn't that big a step into the unknown.
    I would like to explain a few terms you need to understand before you are blinded by your grand children's gobedy gook LOL.
    Operating System (OS) - The two phone operating systems out there are Android and iOS (Apple). Your smart phone will run one of these operating systems. It is like the internal organs and brains of the phone. The two operating systems are similar in principle, but call things slightly different names.
    App Store - an online shop that you can download Apps (see below). This itself is an app that is automatically installed on your phone.
    App - this is a computer program that you can download onto your phone from the app store. Some apps are free, others cost money to download, others are free to download but cost money to use efficiently. Most apps are little pictures, called icons on your phone screen.
    Browser - this is an app that will guide you to any web page you like, if you know its address.It often has search engines built in such as Google for example.
    Search Engine - this is an app that will look up addresses for you and runs on queries. You just type in the subject you are interested in, and the search engine will show you all the web pages that match your search criteria. Be aware that the top few are usually paid advertisers that will try to make you go to them, rather than the destination you were really looking for.
   Link - A link is like a postal address of a web page. It is usually written in blue, or is an object or image on the screen asking you to touch it. Touch the link and you will go the web page it points to (see below). Only touch links that you are confident that they are legitimate. Do not touch a link in an email unless you know where and who it comes from.
    Web Page - is like a page of a book written by someone who has something to say, sell or promote. To get to the page you need to input the address (think of it as an index to a book) into the "browser" app.
    App Updates - The makers of the phones continuously change their operating systems to remove mistakes (bugs) and to create new opportunities (feature creep). Whenever there is a major update, the makers of the Apps often have to also update their apps to take advantage of the new features, or to handle the "bug fixes".
    Virus's and Trojans - These are invisible apps that can monitor your activities and gather your data for illegal purposes. Phones are less likely to get these than computers, but they are not immune. These are generated by "hackers" who love to explore the internal organs of the phones/computers to see if they can break into the secure areas and create opportunities to "con" unexpected victims or just create mayhem. It pays to keep your phone OS up to date to avoid succumbing to known issues.
    Spammers - Spam is "unwanted communications" that you did not ask for, and it is nearly impossible to avoid. Consider it electronic junk mail. Many companies trade in contact data which they gather using apparently legitimate questionnaires, surveys and competitions.
    Scammers - A Scammer is someone who pretends to be someone they are not in order to trick people out of their money, or worse to get them to do something they would not normally want to do. Online, people can pretend to
be anything they want to be, any age, any gender, any appearance. Always be wary and get advice from trusted people if you are asked for any personal info or money. Some of these scammers are very, very experienced at what they do, and are very good at it. I have been successfully scammed twice, and I thought I was very aware. The best rule of thumb online is: "if it seems too good to be true... it is a scam".

Paying Bills and Transferring Money Online
    Once you have developed an online presence, there are options to handle your financial transactions online as well. This is very important during this period of self isolation, considering we do not know how long it may go on for.     There are two main ways to transfer money online.
1. Online Banking Apps (Application/Program/Computer thingy)
    Each Bank has an "app" that you can download to your smart phone. Once you have gone through the password verification parts of setting this up, you can then use it to transfer money wherever you want. To do this, you need three pieces of information from the destination: Name, BSB and Account Number.
    The Name is the name of the person/business you want to send the funds to.
    The BSB is like the financial postcode of the destination bank / financial institution.
    The account number is like the address you want the money posted to.
    It is generally not a good idea to give these details to anyone or any organisation that you do not trust. Often your bank may charge transaction fees for online transactions, so check this out with your bank.
2. PayPal
    PayPal is a money transfer system set up by EBay, which is an online auction house where people can buy and sell things. PayPal is an online account that you can easily set up, which allows you to transfer money in and out of a designated bank account or credit card via an email address. This can also be done via an "app" that you can download on your phone, or access via the link www.paypal.com.au on your computer.
    PayPal is generally considered more secure when dealing with businesses on the internet, but the people receiving your money pay a small percentage of their money to PayPal as well as a 30 cent transaction fee, so small transactions are discouraged, as very little of the amount actually gets to the vendor.
National Award for LDSA
    There were a number of awards presented at the recent National Line Dance Championships run by the Line Dance Association of Australia in Tamworth 2020.
    Line Dancers of South Australia were presented with the prestigious "Opal Boot Award" as recognition for our contribution to the line dance community of Australia.
    We thank the LDAA for their recognition and thank the line dance community at large for their support of our activities, both here in South Australia, and for the twenty plus years we ran functions in Tamworth for the Country Music Festival.

Overseas Travel
    Obviously there is an impact on travel due to the virus. Our current planned club trip cruising from Hawaii, through Tahiti and New Zealand to Sydney is in Sept/Oct 2020, and we are hoping/assuming that this virus issue will be all over by then. We are continuing on that assumption, unless we hear otherwise, or unless we are advised differently by the cruise line Royal Caribbean.
    We were planning in 2021 to tour Egypt, Turkey and Jordan. We still wish to do this trip, but are wondering whether to postpone it for a Year or two until all the virus uncertainty has been resolved. If you have an interest in this trip, and an opinion on what year you would like to do it, please let me (Peter) know of your interest and preferences so they can be taken into account. If you have any particular itinerary or time frame requirements, please make them known as well.

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