A gigantic sunspot has swelled to twice Earth’s size, doubling its diameter in 24 hours, and it’s pointed right at us.
The sunspot, called AR3038, grew to 2.5 times Earth’s size — making the sunspot roughly 19,800 miles, or 31,900 kilometers, in diameter — from Sunday (June 19) to Monday night (June 20), according to Spaceweather.com, a website that tracks news about solar flares, geomagnetic storms and other cosmic weather events.
Sunspots are dark patches on the sun’s surface where powerful magnetic fields, created by the flow of electric charges from the sun’s plasma, knot before suddenly snapping. The resulting release of energy launches bursts of radiation called solar flares and generates explosive jets of solar material called coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
At 39, entrepreneur is at the top of two very different companies that quite possibly could change the world.
On one end of the Paypal co-founder’s business spectrum is SpaceX, a rocket and spacecraft company that stands poised to cash in on a billion-dollar cargo delivery contract to keep astronauts on the International Space Station stocked with clothes, vittles and any other supplies they might need.
At the other is Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacture which Musk has helped through a multimillion-dollar IPO. BusinessNewsDaily recently spoke with Musk to learn the guiding principles behind his entrepreneurial success.
Hulu Kaopio-Camvel lives on the quiet, outer-Hawaiian island of Molokai, which is only 38 miles long and has a population of 7,000. All groceries come to the island via a barge. Since it’s the only option, residents often feel the shock of food prices, especially with inflation. And during the height of the pandemic and supply chain shortages, the boat sometimes didn’t even make it to shore. “Just to get a gallon of milk was crazy,” she says. What used to cost $8.99 has now surged to $12.99 with inflation. So, for her three school-age kids, the free breakfasts and lunches provided at school were a lifesaver.
The national school breakfast and lunch programs, administered by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and which have stringent income-eligibility criteria, are typically reserved for families at or below 130% of the federal poverty line. But in March 2020, Congress waived those qualification tests to provide families financial relief during the pandemic, and that allowed every child in America to access free breakfast and lunch—an estimated 30 million kids in total. Lawmakers have extended the waiver twice since. But after opposition from Republican lawmakers, members removed a provision from the latest federal budget that would have extended the program through the forthcoming school year. (It wasn’t until June 25, five days before the program was set to expire, that President Biden was able to sign a brief summer extension into law after Congress finally agreed on it.)
We live in a busy loop. We juggle our lives between family, work, health, and relationships. We strive to keep everyone happy by doing a lot, but the fact remains that we rarely get things done. It’s like treading water where you try to tick off a list of tasks from your to-do list. If you think about it, the actual issue here is not time but our focus and energy.
You eat, sleep, wake, and repeat almost 90% of similar tasks every day. But the harsh truth is that it doesn’t lead you anywhere productive. So one remains distracted, kicks the can down the road, and starts procrastinating.
If you lack focus or don’t have sufficient energy, then no amount of time would be sufficient for you. In fact, according to a Harvard study, we spend about 47% wandering our mind. Without proper focus and energy, you will never learn to spend time effectively.
For any aspiring leader, going through a crisis is a rite of passage. After all, it’s easy to be a good manager when everything is going well, but your ability as a leader is truly tested when there is a true crisis.
While crisis management may be near the top of a manager’s priority list, it is one of the trickiest areas to navigate. Thus, it’s not surprising that crisis preparation for a company can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $500,000 (depending on the industry and location). In comparison, unprepared companies in a crisis can spend close to millions of dollars on mitigation while at the same time losing hundreds of millions in reputation and shareholder value.
In our business world today, we revere many of our most financially successful business leaders with intense fervor. Think about all the impromptu memorials at Apple stores for Steve Jobs when he passed away. Look at the attention and respect that Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson demand. But is this deserved and should small business owners try to imitate them? Or are they ultimately bad for capitalism?
On The Small Business Radio Show this week, David Gelles, New York Times columnist has interviewed a lot of CEOs. His new book is “The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy”
When David got started as a business reporter, he explains that this isn’t the type of book he imagined he would one day be writing since he “started at Forbes magazine who one of the publications playing a “boosterish role” for these CEOs.” David wanted to write this book because over the last several years, things are not working for this country.”
Greeting your customers with a smile is important, but efficiency matters even more. Learn how to provide efficient service for your customers.
Anyone who’s worked in customer service knows you can’t please everyone. When you’re dealing with a large number of customers daily, it’s difficult to give everyone the experience they expect. This task can be especially challenging if your company has multiple locations. So how do you ensure each branch is sending the same message and delivering the same level of quality service?
Plus, in the age of social media, small issues with customers can quickly get blown out of proportion online and become a big headache for your company. That’s why it’s so important to focus on creating an efficient customer experience, which may be even more essential than offering a friendly face.
As a smart home writer and editor, you can likely imagine the amount of smart technology I have throughout my home. I can hardly go a few feet without seeing some smart tech, whether it’s a smart plug, lights, kitchen appliances, air purifiers, security cameras, or home hubs — they’re all there to help a sister out. I have Google Home Nest and Amazon Echos and Dots throughout the house.
They can all be a bit intrusive and completely off the mark when watching TV. The Google Nest will say something totally off topic because of something it heard on TV. The Echo Show will also try to be helpful and offer up a recipe for a phrase it heard while I was watching Top Chef. FYI, Alexa, I do not want a recipe for clam chowder because you heard the phrase clambake.
Technology has come a long way, and there are now countless ways for businesses to use it to improve their operations. In this blog post, we will discuss six tips on how businesses can use technology to become more efficient and productive. Whether you are just starting out or you have been in business for years, these technology tool tips will help you take your business to the next level!
1. Use online tools to manage your calendar and schedule appointments
To-do lists can be helpful, but they can also be overwhelming. If you find yourself constantly putting things off until later, try using an online calendar to stay on top of your tasks. You can set reminders for yourself and
Use the calendar to plan your week. This will help you make sure that you’re using your time wisely and getting things done.
There are a number of different online tools that you can use for this, so find one that works best for you and your business. If you’re not sure where to start, try using Google Calendar or Asana. Both of these tools are free to use and easy to get started with.
Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to share “notes” as long as 2,500 words.
The social media platform normally limits posts to 280 characters.
Twitter said the move was a response to seeing people use the platform to post pictures of longer announcements and steer followers to outside newsletters.
The test will run for two months and involve a small group of writers in Canada, Ghana, the UK and US.