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SQEEQEE CONTINUES TO ENHANCE ITS POPULAR SOCIAL NETWORTHING PLATFORM WITH LATEST UPGRADES

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The innovative Tech Startup has completely redesigned its sqeeqee.com login page and introduced a background customization capability into the free online platform’s e-commerce shop.

SQEEQEE CONTINUES TO ENHANCE ITS POPULAR SOCIAL NETWORTHING PLATFORM WITH LATEST UPGRADES 3Highly proactive tech startup Sqeeqee (pronounced “squeaky”) is at it once again. The innovative young company is bringing yet another set of brand new upgrades to its website and social commerce software platform. As the forward-looking company’s software, which came out of beta in July 2013, continues its seemingly perpetual evolution, the startup’s developers are focusing on enhanced usability as well as a more attractive look.

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New E-Commerce Shop Customization Options Empower Entrepreneurs

The Sqeeqee platform’s revamped e-commerce shop has come a long way from the plain, purely functional design with which it began. The new, improved Sqeeqee Shop offers users a number of new design options, including the following:

  • Choice of themes
  • Option to customize the Shop’s colors using one of 21 existing colors or any other color on the spectrum
  • Choice of transparent background patterns and seamless images
  • Selection of existing background images and videos
  • Option to upload an external video or background image or link to a video posted on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, or Sqeeqee.

Company founder and CEO, Jenny Ta, is excited about the new customization options, the company’s ongoing focus on enhancing the platform, and the myriad benefits business owners can derive from their free Sqeeqee membership. About the three interrelated points, Ta states the following:

“We have not stopped in terms of making Sqeeqee better. We’ve upgraded the Shop with personal customization so every user can truly make the Shop his or her own for business use. This means that small businesses no longer have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars creating a website only to add untold thousands more in marketing dollars to promote their website and sell their products. With Sqeeqee’s social commerce platform, everything is free, providing each user/entrepreneur with everything they need to make their business successful.”

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Upgraded Login Page Accurately Reflects Sqeeqee’s Global E-Commerce Model

Aside from the new Shop customization options that Sqeeqee’s developers have added, the company has also upgraded the Sqeeqee login page. The new page presents a sleek, modernized, sophisticated version of its previous, purely utilitarian, page. In contrast to the older page’s more subdued color scheme, which was limited largely to white and gray, the new design fills the page with a richer spectrum of graduated color and dramatic shading that provides a more appropriate introduction to Sqeeqee’s unique concept of global social commerce. The best part is users get to see how the color changes daily, making each visits to the site more appealing.

An inviting page that welcomes visitors to create their free account so they can use it to “buy – sell – socialize – monetize – search,” the new Sqeeqee home/login page more accurately depicts the global nature of the startup’s e-commerce business model. By moving the stylized image of the world’s continents from the background to the foreground, the company has made the image — and the gold coins that symbolize global e-commerce — the central focus of the page.

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The Sqeeqee Social Networthing Concept that Sparks the Platform’s Continuous Upgrades

Jenny Ta has, in fact, described the concept that makes Sqeeqee unique in her July 2013 interview with In the News Talk Radio. Since this early interview, which took place just a week after the Sqeeqee platform came out of beta, the number of Sqeeqee features has grown considerably — and will continue to grow as the company becomes aware of new user needs and preferences — making the software more powerful than ever and the Sqeeqee website even more user-friendly than it already is.

FREE ANDROID APP: Sqeeqee.com Offers Free Android App for Mobile and Tablet

Sqeeqee’s tech team is just as excited as their CEO regarding the platform’s future possibilities. The company’s lead developer explains: “In addition to our new website upgrades, we’ve recently released a free Sqeeqee iOS app for iPhone and iPad and a free Sqeeqee app for Android mobile phones and tablets — two ways we’re responding to the needs of today’s users by making Sqeeqee even easier to access and more convenient to use.” As one of the creative minds behind the Sqeeqee technology, he promises even more great features for the platform in the days to come.

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Women inch towards equal legal rights despite COVID-19 risks, World Bank says

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By Sonia Elks

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women gained legal rights in nearly 30 countries last year despite disruption due to COVID-19, but governments must do more to ease the disproportionate burden shouldered by women during the pandemic, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

Nations should prioritise gender equality in economic recovery efforts, the bank said, warning that progress on equal rights was threatened by heavier job losses in female-dominated sectors, increased childcare and a surge in domestic violence.

“This pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities that disadvantage girls and women,” David Malpass, World Bank Group president, said in a statement accompanying the annual “Women, Business and the Law” report.

“Women should have the same access to finance and the same rights to inheritance as men and must be at the centre of our efforts toward an inclusive and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A total of 27 countries reformed laws or regulations to give women more economic equality with men in 2019-20, said the report, which grades 190 nations on laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities.

While countries in all of the world’s regions made improvements in the new index – with most reforms addressing pay and parenthood, women on average still have only about three quarters of the rights granted to men, the report found.

Notably, nearly 40 countries brought in extra benefit or leave policies to help employees balance their jobs with the extra childcare needs created by coronavirus restrictions.

But such measures were “few and far between” worldwide and will probably not go far enough to tackle the “motherhood penalty” many women face in the workplace, it said.

The report also noted separate data from a United Nations tool tracking gender-sensitive pandemic responses which found 70% of such measures addressed violence, with just 10% targeting women’s economic security.

The pandemic could result in “a backslide on various hard-won advances in women’s rights achieved in recent years”, said Antonia Kirkland, the global lead on legal equality at women’s rights organisation Equality Now.

“This disruption is a unique opportunity for countries to rebuild more resilient, inclusive and prosperous economies,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email.

“But this can only be achieved alongside the removal of sex discriminatory laws that prevent women from participating fully and equally in economic, social and family life.”

(Reporting by Sonia Elks @soniaelks; Editing by Helen Popper. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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Digital health checks vital to travel recovery, Heathrow says

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By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) – Digital health checks will be vital to a recovery in foreign travel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Britain’s Heathrow airport said on Wednesday, after a collapse in passenger numbers saw it plunge to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) loss last year.

The UK government said on Monday trips abroad could restart in mid-May as its vaccination campaign kicks in, sparking a surge in holiday bookings.

It is also looking into a digital health passport or app to help ease restrictions, while conceding the benefits have to be weighed against potential risks to civil liberties.

But Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said digital technology, and international agreements, would be vital to reviving a travel industry on its knees.

“It’s absolutely critical and that’s one of the main things that government needs to work on,” he said, when asked about a digital health app.

At present, paper checks on COVID-19 test results and passenger locator forms take 20 minutes per traveller at Heathrow, making travel near impossible should passenger numbers rise from current low levels.

Britain’s biggest airport said it was “very likely” people would be able to go on their summer holidays, but expects passenger numbers will take time to recover.

The airport, west of London, is forecasting 25 million passengers in the second half of the year, meaning it would be operating at about 50% capacity.

Heathrow, owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority, China Investment Corp and others, last year lost its title as Europe’s busiest airport to Paris after its flight schedules shrank more than those of its rivals.

Passenger numbers plunged 73% to 22 million people last year, with half of those travelling during January and February, before the pandemic shut down global travel in March.

Heathrow said it had 3.9 billion pounds of liquidity, giving it sufficient resources to keep going with low levels of traffic until 2023, despite the 2 billion loss before tax for 2020.

The airport urged the government to provide business tax breaks for big airports, something only available to smaller airports so far, and to extend the furlough job support scheme to help it financially before the recovery takes off.

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(Reporting by Sarah Young. Editing by James Davey and Mark Potter)

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Britain’s Heathrow sinks to $2.8 billion loss during pandemic

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Heathrow Airport plunged to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) annual loss after passenger numbers collapsed to levels last seen in the 1970s during the pandemic.

Heathrow called on the government to agree a common international travel standard to allow passengers to start flying again in the summer and to provide business tax breaks for airports to help them ride out the crisis.

The airport, west of London, is hopeful that travel markets will reopen from mid-May after a government announcement on easing lockdown on Monday.

Still Britain’s biggest airport, Heathrow last year lost its title as the busiest in Europe to Paris as its flight schedules contracted more than its rival’s.

The airport said on Wednesday that during 2020 passenger numbers shrunk 73% to 22 million people, with half of those people having travelled during January and February before COVID-19 shut down global travel.

The airport sunk to a 2 billion loss before tax on revenues which were down 62% to 1.18 billion pounds, but Heathrow said it had 3.9 billion pounds of liquidity and that could keep it going until 2023.

The airport is owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corp, among others.

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(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Kate Holton and James Davey)

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