NEWS

April 21, 2020
  • A $350 billion forgivable loan program designed to ensure that small businesses do not lay off employees
  • A 50% refundable payroll tax credit on worker wages will further incentivize businesses, including ones with fewer than 500 employees, to retain workers
  • Looser net operating loss-reduction rules that will allow businesses to offset more
  • A delay in employer-side payroll taxes for Social Security until 2021 and 2022
  • Sole proprietors and other self-employed workers could be eligible for the expanded unemployment-insurance benefits the bill provides
  • A portion of the $425 billion in funds appropriated for the Federal Reserve’s credit facilities will target small businesses

 

SOURCE: marketwatch.com, 3/26/2020

March 16, 2020

Whole books have been written about how much practice athletes need to succeed at the highest levels, but if it’s not paired with sufficient sleep, even 10 million hours of practice won’t help. Sleep reinforces motor skills learning, and sleep in the initial 24 hours after training seems especially crucial—a finding that led researchers Matthew P. Walker and Robert Stickgold to propose that “It’s practice, with sleep, that makes perfect.” After an afternoon working on your tennis serve, golf swing, or swim stroke, you need a full night’s rest to make the lessons stick.

March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020

Elementary and middle school students in Bandung, Indonesia, have been spending too much time with their smartphones, according to Mayor Oded Muhammad Danial, who has come up with a clever distraction. Authorities recently began distributing 2,000 baby chicks in cages with signs that read: “Please take care of me.” Students will be required to feed their pets before and after school and can keep them on school premises if they don’t have space in their backyard. Danial said the chick project, dubbed “chickenisation,” is part of a larger endeavor by President Joko Widodo to broaden...

March 16, 2020

Another diver has snapped a rare photo of Inspector Clouseau, the world’s only known pink manta ray.

First spotted lurking in the water off Australia’s Lady Elliot Island in late 2015, the 11-foot male fish – cheekily named for the detective in the “Pink Panther” franchise – has been glimpsed only a handful of times since. So rare are the sightings that the photographer behind Clouseau’s most recent close-up, was certain the ray’s coloration was because of malfunctioning camera equipment.

March 16, 2020
  • DJI Osmo Mobile 3 

This motorized smart-phone stabilizer can dramatically improve the quality of your camera-phone videos, eliminating unintentional jiggles. The gimbal’s arm can also flip quickly between portrait and landscape orientations. $119, store.dji.com

  • Langogo Genesis 

This hand-held translator device uses advanced AI and noise-canceling microphones to provide amazingly accurate translations of 105 languages and dialects. $299, langogo.ai

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