Monthly Archives: March 2022

US rolls back Trump-era tariffs on UK steel | BBC News

The US has agreed to ease Trump-era tariffs on UK steel and aluminium shipments, resolving an issue that had strained relations between the allies.

The move follows earlier deals with the European Union and Japan over the controversial taxes, which were imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018 in the name of national security.

In exchange, the UK will suspend extra taxes it had put on US products such as bourbon and Levi’s jeans.

Business groups welcomed the decision.

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Kickstarter’s CEO stepping down in April | TechCrunch

In a blog post today titled “Moving Forward, With Gratitude,” Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan announced that he is stepping down from his leadership role at the crowdfunding platform. After three years, April 4 will be his final day as chief executive. In his stead, the company’s COO Sean Leow will fill the role as interim CEO as the company’s board of directors searches for a more permanent replacement.

“I am so proud of the work we’ve done together,” Hasan writes. “Leading such a passionate, skilled, and dedicated team through intense moments of change, milestone victories, and complex challenges has been a humbling and rewarding experience.”

The executive spoke with Fast Company about the decision, citing “personal reflection” as a motivator, as well as a desire to spend more time with his young family. As Hasan notes, his tenure has seen strong growth for the service, though the last several years have also had their share of controversy.

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California’s Plan to Electrify Uber and Lyft Doesn’t Add Up | WIRED

GABE ETS-HOKIN HAS been picking up Bay Area Uber and Lyft passengers in electric vehicles since 2018, and he says he is never going back to petrol. “The day-to-day reality of driving an electric vehicle is like a gasoline car, except it’s quieter, more fun to drive, more comfortable, and passengers love it,” he says.

EVs, he explains, are an especially good fit for the stop-and-start of driving in dense cities because they use regenerative braking, which captures the energy used to slow to a stop and “reinvests” it in charging the battery. Instead of tracking down public chargers, he hooks his car up to the charger he’s installed at his house.

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10 Types of People Companies are Hiring |

Are you looking to hire new staff and wondering which personalities are right for your business? Here are the top 10 to focus on.

  • Companies benefit from having a diverse group of employees on each team.
  • Employers want to hire loyal and sincere workers who act with integrity.
  • Many employers rely on some form of personality test or psychological profiling technique during the hiring process.
  • This article is for business owners, recruiters and hiring managers who are looking to build a great staff.

Exactly what kinds of people do employers tend to look for when hiring? In the 2021 Traits and Qualities Employers Look For study by Zety, recruiters identified loyalty (52%), integrity (49%) and sincerity (48%) as the three most important qualities in a job applicant. The majority (83%) of those same recruiters said that their first impression of a candidate was an important factor in their hiring decisions.

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LED contact lens treatment may prevent diabetes-related blindness | New Atlas

If diabetes progresses too far, it can result in a potentially blinding condition known as retinopathy. And while existing treatments are invasive and often painful, there may be new hope in the form of an LED-equipped contact lens.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the disease damages tiny blood vessels in the eye, reducing blood flow to nerve cells in the retina, starving them of oxygen and causing them to die.

The body tries to compensate by growing new blood vessels in the retina, although the diabetes often causes these to be imperfectly formed, resulting in their bleeding and damaging the retina. That damage is repaired via the growth of scar tissue – not new nerve cells – so over time, the patient loses their sight.

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Google’s ‘delete last 15 minutes of search history’ feature comes to Android early | Mashable

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just click a button and just wipe, say, the last 15 minutes of your Google search history?

iPhone users have been living that dream since last summer, when Google rolled out that very option to its iOS app. Now Android users can now feel the joy of deleting your most recent search history with a single tap too.

Google is now rolling out the option to remove the last 15 minutes of a user’s search history to its official Android app, according to The Verge and confirmed by the search giant. Some Android users are already reporting that the feature is now available to them.

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These two states passed gas tax suspensions. More may follow | CNN

As inflation and Russia’s war on Ukraine force consumers to pay more at the pump, some states are temporarily suspending their gas tax — and others may follow.

Lawmakers in California, which has the highest gas tax in the country at 51-cents-per-gallon, are proposing a $400 gas tax rebate, after state Democrats previously shot down a gas tax pause. Lawmakers say the rebate will cover the cost of the current gas tax for a full year for most drivers.

Other state leaders, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, have called for suspending gas taxes, which stands at 6% in Michigan.

The national average gas price was $4.25 per gallon on Sunday.

Two states have already enacted laws suspending the gas tax.

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Why we’re excited about NASA’s new ‘Mega Moon rocket’ | Live Science

Officials at NASA are no doubt both excited and nervous as the agency gets ready for the debut of its most powerful rocket ever, dubbed the “Mega Moon rocket.” The vehicle is officially known as the Space Launch System (SLS) and is part of NASA’s Artemis program. It is being prepped for a rollout towards the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday (March 17) for prelaunch testing of the Artemis I mission.

We here at Live Science are always over the moon about any new launch vehicle, but NASA’s upcoming spaceship makes us especially giddy. Here are a few reasons why.

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Should You Finance Your Startup With a Credit Card? |

When starting a business, you might consider financing your startup with a credit card. What are the advantages and drawbacks?

  • When used correctly, credit cards can be useful financing tools for your small business.
  • Pros of credit card borrowing include maintaining control over equity, accessing inexpensive capital and avoiding collateral.
  • Cons of borrowing include potential for merged expenses, credit damage, liability issues, insufficient funding and qualification challenges.
  • This article is for entrepreneurs who are considering using credit cards to cover some of their startup costs.

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Daylight Saving vs Standard Time: Map shows which is better | Fast Company

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate, unanimously and with nearly zero debate, passed legislation to make daylight saving time (DST) permanent across the country.

The vote took place two days after lawmakers lost an hour of sleep on Sunday when the clocks sprang forward, marking this year’s DST start, and bringing with it one additional hour of sunshine for most Americans.

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