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Google’s Notice to Hosting Companies not to serve 200 status codes

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Google’s Notice to Hosting Companies: Google’s John Mueller posted one tweet this morning asking hosting companies to not use a 200 status code. John also said not to add noindex on that page. If you still do these things then the pages serve this thing can be dropped out of the Google Search results and index as well.

Google's Notice to Hosting Companies

Remove the noindex and serve a 5xx status code that can help Googlebot in dealing with robot detection.

Below are the tweets are done by John Muller:

 

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Biden’s Vaccine or Test Mandate Blocked by the Supreme Court

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The Biden administration received a major setback in their effort to control the current pandemic on Thursday when the Supreme Court issued a stay of the OSHA vaccine or test making mandatory for private businesses with more than 100 employees.
In a vote that was split as 6-3, the court in its reasoning said that the agency exceeded its authority to regulate workplace safety.
The judges also voted 5-4 to allow the United States administration to require vaccination of healthcare workers at facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients, subject to religious and medical exemptions.
Many business groups and groups of Republican-headed states that had continuously challenged the Biden vaccine rules praised the rulings.
All of the conservative representatives of the court agreed that Congress should have been more specific and clear if it had intended to give an agency such vast power to make vaccination compulsory on more than 80 million people.
In dissent, three judges of the Supreme Court argued that extraordinary times may require extraordinary measures and that Congress gave the agency sufficient charges to respond to such emergencies.
In the proceeding in which parties had nearly four hours of oral arguments last Friday in two highly expedited cases, all the judges seemed to fully understand the gravity of the moment for American public health; but many judges voiced fundamental disagreements with the federal government’s authority to impose vaccine mandates nationwide.
One of the rules by OSHA that takes effect on Monday required private businesses with 100 or more employees to make sure that they are vaccinated or subject the unvaccinated to a compulsory mask and COVID testing policy, at the expense of the company.
The Department of Health and Human Services had previously separately ordered all healthcare facilities providing treatment with federal funding to ensure vaccinations for all workers and staff, with exemptions allowed for religious or health reasons. The policy is in effect in almost half the country after a federal appeals court halted it in some areas.
Both OSHA and the Department’s policies would cover roughly a hundred million Americans.
The majority of judges also singled out that most hospitals and health systems don’t have problems with the rules, in fact, these facilities normally require employees to be vaccinated for hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, and rubella.
Reacting to the court’s decision, President Biden called the ruling in the OSHA case disappointing, but he also said that the vaccination upholding for healthcare workers will save lives.
In the United States, at least Twenty-two states already mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers; however, at least, six states explicitly ban them. No state has issued a similar requirement for private businesses.
Many of the private businesses have voluntarily imposed their own vaccine requirements for employees. Those policies will remain unaffected by the court’s current ruling.



Hundreds of Migrants from Honduras Stopped in Guatemala

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Hundreds of Honduran migrants, who had left their home city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday to reach the United States entered the borders of Guatemala, in Guatemala they were stopped by the authorities and now these migrants are being returned to their home country.
Earlier, in the afternoon of Saturday about 300 migrants majority of whom belonged to Honduras and Nicaragua, arrived in the city of Corinto in Honduras, this group then crossed into the borders of Guatemala in the province of Izabal, in Izabel the group was stopped by the Guatemalan police and army.
The Guatemalan migration authorities informed that they were in talks with the migrants about their return to their home countries. The institute also informed that those migrants who wish to remain in Guatemala have to provide their personal identification documents, vaccination proof, and a negative test for the coronavirus.
The director of the Guatemalan Migration Institute, Carlos Emilio Morales said that people are being returned humanely, and everything was in order.
The government of Guatemala informed that at least 36 migrants were deported back to Honduras since they were not able to present the required documents, and 10 people were allowed to remain in the country after they could meet the same requirements.
Fabricio Ordoñez, and Ubaldo López, who are young Honduran and Nicaraguan marchers and were part of the group, expressed hope that the border officials will let them pass through Guatemala and Mexico.
They said that they hope that the governments of Guatemala and Mexico will allow the group to pass the borders and that the United States government will open their borders for them.
The United States and other Central American countries have repeatedly halted such groups in recent years.
Large numbers of migrants, most of them belonging from Central America and Haiti, have reached the U.S. border over the past year, which has created a challenge for the United States government and administration of Joe Biden.
Between September 2020 and September 2021, the United States Border Control had reported over 1.6 million encounters with the migrants along the Mexican border. The numbers saw an increase of four times from the previous fiscal year
President Biden has supported a proposal for $7 billion US dollars in aid to Central American countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in hopes that improved economic conditions in these countries will slow migration.
Last year the United States government relaunched an immigration policy, the policy provides asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until the time of their hearing. The Foreign Ministry of Mexico also informed and confirmed the policy changes of the United States and confirmed that they will not be sending migrants back to their origin countries for humanitarian reasons

Thousands of Inmates to be Released from Federal Prisons Under 2018 Law

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The Justice Department will be proceeding with the transferring of thousands of inmates out of prisons under the federal government, this week as part of a criminal justice system reform signed by former President Donald Trump over three years ago.
The Justice Department published a new rule on Thursday, explaining the working of “time credit” for inmates in federal prisons. The new law will encourage inmates to more actively participate in programs aimed at reducing recidivism, which in turn can help them get out of prison earlier. The new law also eases mandatory minimum sentences and provides judges more discretion in sentencing.
The proceedings of transfers are most likely to begin this week however, it isn’t clear how many inmates will be released. The department has only informed that thousands of inmates would be getting affected
The announcement of a rule being published comes two months after the Justice Department’s inspector general raised concerns that the Bureau of Prisons did not apply the earned time credits to about 60,000 inmates who had completed the programs. The Director of the prison agency also announced his resignation from his post following criticism over his leadership.
The new administration under the leadership of Joe Biden has faced pressure from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to do more to put in place additional aspects of the First Step Act.


For the past many years the Prison Bureau has had problems with the staffing shortage, which has caused other employees to provide the services of the guards for the inmates. Employees have argued for a long time that this process slows action on the First Step Act because they have less time to do their original jobs.
The Justice Department informs the number of programs has been increased and in case inmates are not able to participate for reasons beyond their control they won’t be punished. The department has also been working to try to increase bureau staffing.
The inmates that will be released will be joining a supervised release program, released to home confinement, or transferred into the bureau’s residential reentry centers, also known as halfway houses. The new law also provides the inmates to earn time credits back to 2018 when the First Step Act was enacted.
The Justice Department informed that the implementation of the new rule will begin from this week with those inmates whose time credits exceed the days remaining on their sentence, is less than a year from the time of release, and also have a term of supervised release. Transfers for many inmates are currently happening and more transfers are expected in the following weeks as officials will be applying the time credits to inmate records.

President Biden to Head to Capitol Hill to Make Case on Voting Rights

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President Joe Biden will be traveling to Capitol Hill on Thursday as he is expected to continue to push for passage of voting legislation in Congress, despite the challenging battle his party faces amid Republican opposition and resistance within their own ranks to changing Senate rules.
The President of the United States is expected to attend the Senate Democratic caucus lunch later today to discuss the effort to pass voting bills and other potential changes to Senate rules, a senior Democratic source informed the press.
The White House press secretary Jen Psaki also confirmed that the President will be attending the Democratic Senate lunch, also informing that he will go to make the case directly to members for the new voting legislation.
President Joe Biden’s planned trip to Capitol Hill comes after the President called on the Senate in a forceful speech earlier this week to change its filibuster rules in order to pass voting legislation. The challenge for Mr. Biden’s Democratic party is that they don’t have the votes to pass voting legislation under current Senate rules due to Republican opposition and the Democrats also do not appear to have the votes to change the rules. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two influential moderates, have already expressed opposition in eliminating the 60-vote threshold required to pass most legislation.
Even after such serious hurdles, Democrats are gearing up to implement a plan where the House will first pass voting legislation and then send it to the Senate. Mr. Joe Biden’s party, that is the Democratic party would then need 60 votes to break a filibuster to move to final passage, setting the stage for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, to finalize and force the vote to change the rules.
The Democratic Party, obviously is under intense pressure from grassroots activists and their voters to pass legislation to safeguard voting access but has continually seen disappointment in the Senate, where at least 10 Republicans would need to join with all 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus to pass voting legislation in order to overcome a filibuster. Most members of the Senate belonging to the Republican Party have dismissed and declined the attempts by Democrats to pass voting bills as reckless partisan overreach.
President Joe Biden’s decision to make a high-profile push on voting rights has been seen as a major pillar of his and his party’s domestic agenda has stalled out, raising questions and doubts over what Democrats in the Senate will be able to accomplish now, while they still maintain the White House and close majorities in both chambers of Congress.
Last year, Manchin had said he could not support the sweeping social safety net expansion also known as the Build Back Better Act. It is still not if members of the Democratic Party will be able to mitigate any of the legislation in the aftermath of that setback.

Trump remains a favorite for next GOP nominations

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The former president of the United States Donald Trump started his new year with possible good news, among the party of Republicans the former President remains the favorite for the next presidential election nominations.
In a survey conducted by Reuters/Ipsos in mid-December of 2021 and the results were announced just last week. As it turns out Donald Trump received overwhelming support from his party members for the next presidential election nominations.
The race for 2024 U.S Presidential Elections will start in just about 10 months’ time, and the Republican Party or simply GOP is looking for its options for the next elections. Donald Trump who served as the President of the United States from 2016 to 2020 came out as the most popular choice among his peers.
The Republican politician and the Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis was the second most popular choice, he garnered 11% of total votes, and republican politician and former vice president Mike Pence was the third most popular choice among the republicans, he garnered 8% of the total votes, Mike Pence served as the vice president of the United States under Trump administration.
In other public polls other than Reuters/Ipsos also found Donald Trump to be the absolute favorite among the republic candidates, the former President has garnered overwhelming support of about 52% of the voters. However, in the Reuters/Ipsos poll, the former President was far ahead of his counterparts with above 82% of the votes.
However, even though the former President leads with great popularity, it hasn’t discouraged other GOP hopefuls from visiting and campaigning especially in the states that will be going into the polls early, in the same process about 6 GOP hopefuls made 7 to 8 visits to New Hampshire in 2021.
The former President Donald Trump is also all set to start his bid for 2024 Presidential elections and has announced his plans to sway the voters in Arizona, where he will be rallying for the first time in 2022, this will also be his first campaign-style rally and will possibly be marking his bid for the White House for 2024 Presidential Elections.
Arizona was one of the game-changer states in the last presidential elections, now President Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump with a very thin margin in Arizona.
What has been traditionally a Republican State, Arizona will be an interesting battleground for next year’s elections as well.
Trump has also announced his plans for a press conference in Mar-e-lagoon 6th January 2022. 6th January also marks one year anniversary of the US Capitol Attack, which occurred last year when far-right and Trump supporters stormed into the United States Capitol in order to disturb the congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden. Donald Trump was widely criticized and was unofficially termed as responsible for the riots. In his announcement for the press conference, Trump maintained his position on his unfounded and false claims of the 2020 elections being rigged and stolen. Immediately after the last elections, Trump had filed lawsuits against Joe Biden for rigging the elections but all the cases were dropped for being unfounded and supported no truth.

Twitter Permanently Blocks Rep. Senator Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account for COVID Misinformation

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Twitter on Sunday announced that they have permanently blocked the personal account of the Republican Congresswoman from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene from the microblogging platform, the strike against the congresswoman came after her continued tweets relating to misinformation about the COVID-19 virus and vaccination.
The micro-blogging and social media platform had previously launched the new AI system to track and regulate the tweets spreading misinformation around the COVID vaccination and Coronavirus in March or 2021.
The system gives 3 ‘strikes’ to users before permanently disabling the Twitter account of the individual. Strikes here refers to the count of misinformation that the AI is able to read, on the 2nd and 3rd strikes user’s accounts are disabled for some time mostly for 12 hours, and on the 4th strike it is completely banned.
Greene had recently posted a thread of tweets on the platform, many of which contained misinformation about COVID vaccination. Twitter had previously temporarily blocked Green’s account for similar posts.
Greene now has become the first representative in congress to have their personal account permanently blocked.
Marjorie Taylor Greene is no new to controversies, she has a history of making controversial statements, previously she had even compared the vaccine rollouts in the United States with the Holocaust, and the Democratic Representatives with the Nazis, for which she later apologized.
Her account was also temporarily blocked by Twitter following her controversial statements after Joe Biden’s presidential win in the 2020 U.S Presidential Elections.
Marjorie Taylor Greene had also promoted white supremacists, and anticlimactic conspiracy theories in the past, she is also a conspiracy theorist.
After her getting banned from Twitter, Greene took to the social media platform Telegram to express her disappointment and lashed out on Twitter, even calling the social media platform “Enemy of America”.
Marjorie Taylor Greene started her political career in 2016, she got interested in the politics during 2016 Presidential Election Primaries engaging with the Republican Party, she contested from the 14th Georgia district in the 2019 elections, after moving from 6th and 7th Georgia district, throughout her run in Georgia’s congressional district elections, former President Donald Trump kept his vocal support towards, even calling her a “Future Republican Star”.
However, her official Twitter account as congresswoman @Rep,MTG is still active and has about 390, thousand followers, about a hundred thousand less than her personal account.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is also known just simply by her initials MTG, has been a vocal and passionate supporter of former President Donald Trump, and on various occasions has used public platforms to express her support for him, on her first day in Congress in 2019 she wore a face mask reading “Trump Won”, however, Donald Trump eventually lost the presidential election to Democratic representative Joe Biden in 2020 presidential elections.
Twitter has defended its stance on the matter stating that the company is firm in keeping the misinformation related to COVID-19 and vaccination rollouts off their platform.
Twitter has increased regulations around sensitive information in their platform, after becoming President, Joe Biden had asked social media platforms to increase the strict actions against fake news and misinformation.

Saturday Night Live to Pay Tribute to Betty White

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Saturday Night Live or simply SNL is all set to pay tribute to legendary actress Betty White by re-airing her 2010 SNL special. Betty White who passed away on Thursday 31st, 2021, had hosted the popular comedy program back in 2010. NBC SNL’s Twitter handles posted the announcement mourning the passing of the legendary actress.
Betty White was one of the Hollywood icons and is often considered a legend in American television history.
Betty White died on 31st December 2021, in her sleep just weeks before her 100th birthday, she was to celebrate her centenarian birthday on January 17, 2022.
Betty White started her career in the 1940s as a radio jockey, she turned to television in the 1950s and participated in various American Game Shows as a panelist in the 1960s, she was fondly called ‘The First Lady of Game Shows’ and in 1983 became the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for her gig in NBC game show Just Men. In the 1970s and 80s, she starred in many daytime sitcoms, including some of her most memorable performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the fourth installment of The Betty White Show, The Mama’s Family, and The Golden Girls.
The Golden Girls became a global hit and was on the air from 1987 to 1992, White played the character of Rose Nylund, which made her a household name in the United States. Betty White won a Daytime Emmy Award for the first season of the Golden Girls for Outstanding Performance as an Actress in a Comedy Series or Sitcom, she was also nominated in the same category every year until the show ended in 1992.
Her extensive success in television got her the title of ‘The First Lady of the Television’, Betty White continued to work in television following the 80s and 90s she also guests starred in many sitcoms and talk shows.
Meanwhile, White also published a book entitled ‘Betty White: In Person’ in 1987, she would later publish more books like ‘Here We Go Again: My Life in Television’ in 1995, ‘If You Ask Me’ and ‘Betty and Friends My Life at a Zoo’ both in 2011.
In 2010, Betty White garnered a whole new generation of fans as she first appeared as the host of Saturday Night Live and later starred in the popular sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’ as Elka Ostrovsky, the show would run for 6 more seasons and got Betty a nomination for Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series or Sitcom.
Many Hollywood Stars expressed their condolences and paid their respect to one of the most beloved T.V stars of all time.
Stars like Ryan Rolands, Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bullock, Lucie Arnaz, Paul Feig, Ariana DeBose, Kat Dennings were among the stars who used social media platforms to pay their respect to the beloved star. The US President Joe Biden also took to Twitter and called Betty White a “Cultural Icon”, the speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also took to Twitter and called White a “Pioneering Actress”.