Rich nations under fire for funding ‘bridge fuel’ gas overseas

BARCELONA — Pressure on wealthy governments to stop financing polluting coal projects in developing nations is getting results, with more countries expected to announce this week and in coming months that they will no longer provide money for coal.

But the battle is far from won — and is now shifting to include oil and gas finance, climate change campaigners say.

Britain has led the way among major donors, saying it would provide no new government financing for fossil fuel projects overseas from this month, with “very limited” exceptions.

The United States is also preparing to announce restrictions, possibly at the Leaders Summit on Climate organized by US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on Thursday and Friday.

South Korea, Japan, and Canada could soon join them, and a handful of European nations, in pledging to phase out overseas aid for coal, climate finance experts said ahead of Mr. Biden’s virtual Read the rest

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New data from GoDaddy highlights the future of web designer & developer gigs

With two-thirds of Americans worrying about job security and more than half looking for new careers, web designers and developers still have great gigs. This data comes from survey results we released in February 2021, polling 500 web designers and developers.

Americans love the lifestyle afforded by a career in web design and development. It’s exciting to consider the future of the industry, as emerging web professionals find their places in the community.

We found 66% of Americans needed help from a Maker of the Web to launch their ideas, and 45% of designers and developers believe their industry is growing. Our data shows the opportunities are out there. We might be looking at a fresh take on traditional web professional roles.

What makes web design and development a good gig?

Our survey shows 95% of designers and developers believe their careers are lucrative and secure. They noted the best … Read the rest

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Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd in landmark US racial justice case

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans.

A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials, and medical experts. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours.

In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran of the police force, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020. Chauvin and three fellow officers were attempting to arrest Floyd, accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.

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Dialing in clients’ SEO ahead of the Google Page Experience update

With the upcoming Google Page Experience update, search engines will favor websites with excellent user experience and performance. If you’re starting to get frantic messages from clients, you need not fret! I’m here to share learnings from my agency and run through the latest SEO techniques that will keep your clients visible

Why do you need to improve clients’ SEO?

SEO is a crucial element in 2021. Whether you believe it or not, your clients will not succeed if you don’t optimize their SEO strategy. Here’s why:

  • 75 percent of internet users don’t go beyond the first page of search results
  • Google takes about 94 percent of the world’s organic traffic
  • Over 81 percent of consumers search for a product or services online before making a purchase
  • Over 6.5 billion searches are conducted every day

With such statistics at hand, it’s generally unwise to ignore SEO for a website.

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Betting on bamboo: Indonesian villages struggle to source safe, green power

SALIGUMA – Cutting through the glassy water of a mangrove-fringed inlet on the east coast of Indonesia’s Siberut island, Mateus Sabojiat and Anjelina Sadodolu arrived home by canoe to Saliguma village.

Back in their house, Sadodolu lit a wood fire to boil water before her husband left for work at the local government office.

“The electric power is on only when it is time to sleep,” said Sadodolu.

The couple in their forties, who have six children, live just a few hundred metres from Indonesia’s first power plant designed to be fuelled by bamboo, one of three such facilities built to bring electricity to isolated villages in Siberut.

But almost three years after construction was completed, the Saliguma biomass power plant supplies electricity to some of the village’s 3,780 residents only between 6pm and midnight – and is currently not using bamboo as originally intended.

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Entrepreneur + activist: GoDaddy Q&A with Maya Penn

Today we’re speaking with Maya Penn, a fashion entrepreneur and environmental activist. Her company, Maya’s Ideas, is focused on sustainability in order to combat the damaging impact of fast fashion on the environment.

Maya is a keynote speaker, sustainability consultant, three-time TED speaker, artist, global activist, animator, filmmaker, social entrepreneur, coder and author. She has also received a commendation from President Barack Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship. Maya was awarded the 2016 Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award, as well as honored at the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Awards (honorees include Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, John Lewis and more). 

She was hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey as her youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur, change-maker and thought leader. 

She has been one of the youngest leaders in sustainability and environmental justice for 12 years, starting at the age of just eight years old.



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AdSpark unveils Filipino Women on Digital and shares insights on why women’s fight has endless possibilities

HERstory Continues: Celebrating the Filipina Today and Facing the Challenges Ahead

AdSpark Inc, Globe Telecom’s digital advertising subsidiary, unveils insights on HERoes trailblazing this generation’s women across various aspects of society, in its white paper called “HERstory continues: Celebrating the Filipina Today and Facing the Challenges Ahead.”

Year on year, as the country celebrates Women’s Month, we are encouraged to revisit biases and social norms – have these changed, have we progressed, and how?

The research focuses on the challenges and areas wherein there still seem to be gender disparities such as with leadership roles in business, on how women and men consume content online, conversations around women across various social media platforms, and expectations from women of all ages when it comes to societal responsibilities.

Given these insights, the study leaves its readers to think: are we listening to what women are saying, paying attention to what she is … Read the rest

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How to acquire a domain you don’t own

Remember that one time that you thought of that perfect domain name for your new venture, and when you went to register it, it was already taken?

Seeing that message can be really discouraging. And it, unfortunately, happens fairly often. The next time you see that message pop up that says “Sorry, this domain is taken,” don’t give up. Instead, here is exactly what you should do.

Step one: Call/email your Premier Services account manager at GoDaddy with the domain you’d like, along with your budget for that domain.

And that’s it. That’s your one step, we’ll take it from there.

 

I know what you’re thinking. “Why would I call my account manager when I can just use the Domain Buy Service and start the process?”

The answer is, you can do that, but your Premier Services account manager is your partner in domain investing.

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DoH says COVID fatality rate in capital at 1.5%, not 5.36%

The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday said the case fatality rate in Metro Manila is almost 1.5% during the past two weeks, lower than the 5.36% reported by the OCTA Research Team on Wednesday.

Health Undersecretary Rosario S. Vergeire, in a virtual briefing, said, “As of April 15, our case fatality rate in NCR (National Capital Region) is 1.46%. We compute the case fatality rate based on the number of deaths from this specific disease, which is the COVID-19, over the number of confirmed cases.”

OCTA said the 5.36% fatality rate from March 28 to April 13 was almost thrice the 1.82% recorded from March 1 to 27. It said this could be attributed to the “overwhelmed” healthcare system and the more transmissible coronavirus variants infecting patients.

The Health department on Friday reported an additional 10,726 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 914,971.

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How to use personalization to increase sales

This article was originally published on Sept. 24, 2018 and updated on April 16, 2021.

Learning how to use personalization in your marketing can be the difference between you creating ineffective messages that fly right past your target audience or you building high-performing sales campaigns your ideal prospects couldn’t ignore if they wanted to.

The rest of this post will look at how to use personalization to make your sales messages more targeted, effective and powerful.

What is personalization?

Before we look at how to use personalization, let’s clarify what personalization is. Many marketers and brands confuse the concepts of personalization with customization.

Customization is done by the customer. The customer actively makes choices that change their branded experience.

Personalization is done by the brand. The brand considers the customer’s habits, actions and interests and then, changes the branded experience based on those factors. The customer is passive and does … Read the rest

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