WTO vaccine waiver could take months to negotiate, faces opposition — experts

WASHINGTON — World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on a waiver of  intellectual property rights for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines could take months — provided they can overcome significant opposition from some member countries, trade experts say.

The talks also are likely to focus on a waiver that is significantly narrower in scope and shorter in duration than the one initially proposed by India and South Africa last October.

Prior to US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s decision on Wednesday to back talks for a vaccine waiver, the two countries confirmed their intention to draft a new proposal after seven months of opposition.

WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed Mr. Biden’s move on Thursday and urged talks on the new plan to start as soon as possible. “The world is watching and people are dying,” she added.

“At a minimum, it’s going to be a month or two,” Clete Willems, Read the rest

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Register .tech & support computer science education 

How did you get your start in tech? For too many young students, this career path quickly reaches a dead end, due to a lack of computer education and other technological resources. It’s why GoDaddy Pro is partnering with Radix, the domain registry behind .tech, for the #MyStartinTech awareness campaign.

Throughout May and June, we’ll be highlighting the .tech domain name and all the cool ways it can empower digital entrepreneurs.

And during this time, all proceeds* from registrations of the .tech domain will go to Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups.

It’s a good time for established professionals to look back at the challenges and opportunities they encountered along the way to their current positions.

And hey, if you’re in the market for that perfect domain to represent yourself or a … Read the rest

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China suspends economic dialogue with Australia as relations curdle

BEIJING – China “indefinitely” suspended on Thursday all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, its state economic planner said, the latest setback for strained relations between the two countries.

“Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination,” China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a short statement on the decision.

The commission did not say in the statement what specific measures prompted the action.

The Australian dollar fell sharply on the news, and was as low as 0.7701 to the U.S. dollar from Wednesday’s $0.7747.

Bilateral ties were strained in 2018 when Australia became the first country to publicly ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G network. Relations worsened last year when Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of the novel … Read the rest

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April 2021 Hub updates: changelog & releases 

We built the Hub by GoDaddy Pro to streamline workflows and shave time off tasks that typically eat up a workday. But we aren’t done yet. You can keep track of our progress here, as we regularly publish our updates to this platform custom made for web designer and developers.

April 2021 Hub updates:

Site maintenance packs — You can now upgrade sites individually to get site maintenance packs, which include an array of automated tools to keep that site healthy:

  • Backups: Schedule backups weekly, daily, every 12 hours or every six hours. You can then select and download any backup you need to restore.
  • Performance checks: Schedule and view automated performance checks on a weekly or daily basis.
  • Security checks: Schedule automated checks on a weekly or daily basis and receive alerts if an indicator of compromise is detected.
  • Uptime monitoring: Automated, continuous monitoring sends you
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Boeing faces new hurdle in 737 MAX electrical grounding issue — sources

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON/CHICAGO — US air safety officials have asked Boeing Co. to supply fresh analysis and documentation showing numerous 737 MAX subsystems would not be affected by electrical grounding issues first flagged in three areas of the jet in April, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The extra analysis injects new uncertainty over the timing of when Boeing’s best-selling jetliner would be cleared to fly by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The electrical problems have suspended nearly a quarter of its 737 MAX fleet.

US airlines have said they expected Boeing to release the service bulletins as soon as this week that would allow them to make fixes and soon return the planes to service, but this latest issue will likely push that timeline back.

“We continue to work closely with the FAA and our customers to address the ground path issue in affected 737s,” a Boeing spokeswoman Read the rest

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How to get backlinks to a small business website

This article was originally published on June 16, 2016, and was updated on July 23, 2019 and May 3, 2021. 

Why should you want to learn how to get backlinks to your small business website?

Backlinks are one of the most important ranking factors of search engines like Google. The more, highly-relevant backlinks you get for your website, the more likely you are to show up when someone searches for something relevant to your business.

While you may not be able to compete against big brands with million-dollar online marketing budgets on media buying, you can take steps to increase your organic rankings through backlinks — which can be incredibly valuable for local SEO.

There is good news. You don’t need a massive marketing budget to improve your search engine rankings.

You don’t need fancy tricks or even a lot of in-depth knowledge of how the internet works (though it … Read the rest

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International Finance Awards hails Globe as fastest growing 5G network, Ernest Cu as best CEO

The 2021 International Finance Awards (IFA) recognized Globe Telecom as the “Fastest Growing 5G Network Service Provider” and hailed Globe President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest L. Cu as the “Best Telecommunications CEO.”

The IFA Awards for Telecom seeks to validate the efforts of every contender that is technologically advanced and provides cutting-edge connectivity to customers all over the world.

Globe is a pioneer in 5G supremacy in the Philippines covering 1,383 areas nationwide as of end-March.  This latest generation in wireless technology provides faster speeds, low latency, higher bandwidth, and more stable internet connection.

Globe’s 5G rollout is part of its strategy to improve the data experience of its customers and use the most advanced technology to spearhead the country’s digital transformation.

On the other hand, Cu was hailed as the Best Telecommunications CEO as part of the Leadership Awards recognizing exceptional and extraordinary individuals, both existing and aspiring … Read the rest

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8 tips for getting into Gutenberg development

Let’s face it. Gutenberg still has room to grow. As WordPress developers and designers, you will have to grow along with it. And while you might have tried it before, it’s getting constant updates to improve its functionality and effectiveness.

If you try Gutenberg and it doesn’t quite do what you need yet, try it again every 6 months or so for something small. It’s getting better all the time and the ecosystem of block plugins around it is also growing. This is worth doing because getting familiar with Gutenberg is a great way to future proof your websites, skills and services in a competitive industry.

—Gabe Mays, GoDaddy, Director of Product Management – WordPress

Released in 2017 and named after the inventor of the printing press, this new editor is designed to make WordPress easier for your clients to use. It’s taken some time for WordPress developers and designers … Read the rest

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Etiqa Philippines launches MyLife+, a comprehensive health insurance plan with COVID-19 coverage

  • Plan eligibility offered to Filipinos up to 70 years old
  • Available for online purchase through etiqa.com.ph
  • Supported by mobile app for virtual and easy access to benefits
  • Honored in more than 1,500 hospitals and clinics nationwide

Etiqa Philippines, one of the leading life and non-life insurance providers in the Philippines, recently launched MyLife+, a yearly renewable health insurance plan that gives consumers access to Etiqa’s extensive medical network nationwide. Ideal for individuals and families, MyLife+ is priced competitively and covers individuals from two weeks to 70 years old. Within just 15 days of issuance, MyLife+ members can receive quality healthcare from over 29,000 physicians and 1,500 hospitals and clinics.

“In the face of today’s many uncertainties brought about by the COVID pandemic, people need a reliable health insurance plan that is comprehensive and responsive to their unique medical needs,” said Rico Bautista, President, and CEO of Etiqa Philippines. “Etiqa is … Read the rest

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What is user-generated content and can it help your business?

This article was originally published on Oct. 1, 2018, and updated on April 21, 2021.

It might be hard to believe, but people used to have a limited amount of sources and channels from which to get their information and entertainment. They’d get their news from the daily paper, they’d get their entertainment from the radio or TV, and they’d get their local gossip at the barbershop or salon.

Back then, people relied on — and trusted — the information they received from these dedicated, but limited, resources. However, the technological barriers to creating and disseminating content that made yesteryears possible are no longer the case.

That paradigm has shifted dramatically over the last decade, and more people than ever are creating, sharing and engaging with content across the endless spectrum of mediums.

ESPN used to be the go-to source for anything sports  — however, people are now following their … Read the rest

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