Monthly Archives: May 2022

Autonomous Passenger Bus | Cool Business Ideas

Fusion Processing has announced that an autonomous public transport project will start on-road testing this week, en route to beginning a new 14-mile pilot service ferrying passengers across a long-span suspension bridge in Scotland later this year.

Fusion Processing has partnered with Stagecoach, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Transport Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Bristol Robotics Laboratory for the CAVForth project, which has been in the works since 2020.

The pilot project will see five single-deck SAE Level 4 autonomous Dennis Enviro200 buses rolling over the Firth of Forth via the 1.5-mile-long (2.5-km) Forth Road Bridge to carry passengers between Ferrytool Park & Ride in Fife and the Edinburgh Train and Tram interchange.

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Emotional Intelligence | Getentrepreneurial.com

Emotionally intelligent employees and managers bring tremendous value to companies.

  • Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your emotions and recognize the emotions and motivations of those around you.
  • Emotional intelligence counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be a top workplace performer.
  • When hiring for emotional intelligence, ask interview questions that prompt job candidates to describe their actions in past situations.
  • This article is for small business owners and managers interested in hiring emotionally intelligent employees.

There are many traits to look for when hiring exemplary employees. You’ll consider the candidate’s past job experience, aptitude and culture fit. However, you should focus on one trait above all else: emotional intelligence (EQ).

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Twitter CEO Breaks Silence on Exodus of Execs, Hiring Freeze and Musk Bid: ‘We Need to Be Prepared for All Scenarios’ | Entrepreneur

The transition from Twitter being a publicly traded company led by CEO Parag Agrawal to a privately-held company owned by billionaire Elon Musk has been anything but smooth and drama free.

Musk’s purchase, which is widely expected to close by the end of 2022, has been the cause of contention among shareholders Twitter employees who have been vocal about their concerns for the company moving forward.

It seems as though some of these concerns were well-founded last week when Agrawal told employees that two top Twitter execs — Kayvon Beykpour (general manager of consumer) and Bruce Falck (revenue product lead — would be leaving the company, shortly after Musk himself explained that his bid on the company was “on hold” pending an accurate report of what percentage of Twitter users are actually bots and spam accounts.

Agrawal did not publicly comment on the matter at the time but took to Twitter over the weekend to break his silence regarding Musk’s deal and the departure of the employees, noting that he does “expect the deal to close.”

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Netflix is working on adding live streaming to its service, report claims | Mashable

Netflix wants to do it live.

So reports Deadline, which notes that the streaming giant is “exploring” bringing live streaming to its service. That’s right, live entertainment — presumably with none of the pausing, rewinding, or fast-forwarding we’ve all come to take for granted in our post cord-cutting world.

The move into live entertainment would follow on Netflix’s apparent plan to add an ad-supported tier to the subscription platform sometime this year, and would reportedly focus on stand-up specials and unscripted shows.

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Stocks week ahead: How resilient is the US consumer? | CNN

Worries about an economic slowdown are running wild on Wall Street. Despite concerns about inflation, higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve, supply chain issues and geopolitical turmoil due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Covid outbreaks in China, American consumers continue to do what they do best: shop until they drop.

Retail sales rose at a healthy 0.5% clip in March when compared to February and were up 6.9% from March 2021. Economists are expecting that the strong trend for retail lasted into April as well. The government will report retail sales figures for April on Tuesday. Forecasts are calling for a 0.7% jump from March levels.

In other words, experts don’t think negative headlines and recent market turmoil slowed down consumer spending.

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What time is the Blood Moon lunar eclipse? | Live Science

A Blood Moon total lunar eclipse will occur this weekend, and here’s when to watch it.

The sun, moon and Earth will align Sunday night for a total lunar eclipse on May 15, which occurs when the Earth moves into place between the sun and the full moon. As a result, the Earth casts a giant shadow across the lunar surface, giving the moon a striking reddish hue — which is why lunar eclipses are also referred to as blood moons.

Sunday’s full moon is also considered a supermoon, meaning it looks bigger and brighter than usual because it’s at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, also known as perigee.

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How to Rebrand Without Losing Your Audience | businessnewsdaily.com

Learn how to change your company identity while maintaining your customer base.

  • Rebranding your company can involve updating your design, mission and name.
  • Before tackling this endeavor, consider your strategy and motivation for rebranding.
  • Engage your current customer base throughout the process.
  • This article is for small business owners seeking to rebrand.

Rebranding can take many forms, from renaming your company to implementing a new business model. While these changes are taking place, businesses must still work to connect and communicate with customers.

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15 Ways to Increase Mental Focus and Stay Sharp | How To Focus | Lifehack

Do you feel like you’re busy all the time and that the days are getting shorter? Are you constantly overwhelmed and can’t seem to quite make your deadlines? Is the amount of time you’re able to concentrate diminishing?

If you answered yes, you’re lacking mental focus which is holding you back from your full potential.

In fact, according to a Harvard study, we spend about 47% wandering our mind.

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How overtime pay went from labor right to a rarity | Fast Company

While in the White House, Barack Obama had ambitious plans to expand overtime pay to millions of American workers who didn’t receive it, seeking to revive the New Deal promise of a fair wage for a fair day’s work. He was partly inspired by a single mom working at a sandwich shop in Tucson, Arizona.

Elizabeth Paredes was 23 and raising a 3-year-old boy in 2015 when she concluded it was unfair that she didn’t get paid time and a half for the extra hours she put in as an assistant manager at Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches. She was working at least 50 hours a week at the deli chain but still wasn’t earning a higher wage for those overtime hours, leaving her struggling to pay her rent, buy groceries, and afford childcare. Paredes went to her manager to complain, but she says he replied with the words: “That’ll never happen.”

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Starting a Business from Scratch Taught Me Lessons | AllBusiness.com

They lie! “They” being whoever tells you it is easy to go from zero to hero in six months!

Let me introduce myself. I am Candice Bernardoni, a bespoke shoe designer based on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. As a former wealth coach, I have helped hundreds of clients reach their personal and financial goals, and today I create glamorous and comfortable designer shoes for women. My unrivaled passion and enthusiasm for creating my business not only captures my clients’ attention but also encourages them to “own the room” in all aspects of life.

The reality of starting a business from scratch looks a bit like this…

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