Western Massachusetts communities receiving $286K in state tourism grants

Andreas Milano

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is distributing $286,351 to eight Western Massachusetts agencies and organizations in a program to bolster the tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said during a streamed announcement that as difficult as the pandemic has been, the inability to enjoy the state’s special character through tourism and visitation has created a new appreciation for what has always been there.

“We don’t take anything we have in the Commonwealth for granted. We cherish it, we love it and we want to nurture it,” Polito said. “People are feeling healthier and

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Popular websites fail to meet basic Google SEO requirements

Andreas Milano

New SEO research suggests many of the most popular websites barely pass Google’s minimum requirements for a “good” page experience.

According to Searchmetrics data, over 90% of sites in mobile searches and 96% of those in desktop searches currently fail to meet Google’s three Core Web Vitals usability thresholds.

The new Core Web Vitals update officially rolls out from mid-June this year, and will be used to assess real-world web user experience.

Right now, only the top two or three best ranking websites hit the required “good” score in most of Google’s new metrics. With this in mind, Searchmetrics predicts

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Biden infrastructure plan sparks lobbying war over how to fix America’s internet

Andreas Milano

Worried that Democrats will cut them out of these subsidy plans, they’re going on the offensive.

“If 5G is cut out, it won’t do anything to help rural residents who want better mobile service,” said Jonathan Adelstein, president of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, which counts AT&T and Verizon among its members. “They’d have to run back home to go online, just like the dark ages before cellphones when you could only take a call from the house.”

Adelstein — a Democrat who headed the Agriculture Department’s rural utilities program in the Obama administration and served as an FCC commissioner —

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Biden’s next stimulus bill could bring even more money: What’s in it for you?

Andreas Milano

What will the next two stimulus bills bring you?


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March’s massive $1.9 trillion stimulus package continues to send waves of money to Americans. The money from the American Rescue Plan spans one-time $1,400 stimulus checks and an expanded child tax credit to monthly $300 payments to fill in for lost wages for unemployed workers. Now President Joe Biden has plans for two more stimulus packages this year to send more money directly to people, to slash poverty and help rev the economy as the US comes out of the pandemic. 

The first of the packages — which

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Study: Over 50% of consumers planning a private event in 2021 will cater it

Andreas Milano

Dive Brief:

  • Nearly 72% of consumers are planning to hold an in-person event in 2021, with hotels and private restaurant space among the top selected sites for hosting, after hosting at home or at a “unique venue,” according to a report from Tripleseat and SevenRooms.
  • Though most people are planning to keep their guest counts small, with 38% hosting between one and 20 guests, and 32% plan to have up to 50 guests.
  • Most consumers are planning to host their event at home, and over 50% of consumers plan to have that event catered, which could create additional opportunities
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Worldwide Industry for Bioprocess Filtration to 2026

Andreas Milano

DUBLIN, April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The “Bioprocess Filtration: Global Markets” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This report on the market for bioprocess filtration is categorized into the following segments: by technology, by products, by end use, and by application. By technology, the market for bioprocess filtration is categorized into tangential flow/cross flow filtration, depth filtration and normal filtration segments. By products, the market is broadly categorized into two groups, namely, systems and consumables and accessories. By application, the market is categorized into the following segments: antibodies, proteins, DNA/RNA molecules, blood components and others (cell therapy, gene

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