Last Friday the 22nd of February, at 8:45pm, the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. At a cost of US$100 million, Beresheet was the first privately financed mission to the moon.
On the 30th of March, 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is set to be hurled into space, coming to rest 1,500,000 kilometres from Earth. This US$9.5 billion telescope will replace the Hubble Space telescope. That old timer was launched in 1990 and itself cost about US$4 billion.
Exploring space costs a lot of money; money that many people will say could be better spent. Would it be more beneficial to forget about space, and worry about what’s under our feet? There would certainly be a lot of great ways to spend $10 billion on our own rocky planet. There is a never-ending list of important public issues that require funding, such as healthcare, education, and taking better care of the environment (to name a few).
Smarter people than me are employed to make those choices, however, I would encourage anybody to consider the broader benefits to society that space exploration provides, before being so quick to dismiss the investment.
As we enter into another busy part of the corporate season, below are some tips to maintain a clear head and good mood in the office:
1. Get Healthy Sleep
Ensure a good night’s sleep. Sleep will help you lower your stress levels and improve cognition, concentration, and performance. This includes improving your problem-solving skills and enhancing your memory performance. Not surprisingly, all these qualities are affected negatively by sleep deprivation.
2. Move around
Oftentimes when we are under pressure (e.g. a looming deadline), and we end up bolted to our desks in an effort to get the “thing” done.
Regardless of how busy you are it’s important to move around, circulating oxygen around the body and keeping a clear head. Where you can, try to get out of the office for at least five minutes and breathe some fresh air, take a walk around the block. At the very least move the around office. Doing so could prevent you from developing brain fog, RSI, fatigue or eyestrain at work.
3. Green Tea
Coffee is a staple for many and may act as a short-term energy boost. Conversely, coffee can also often leave one anxious or jittery where there are sensitivities to caffeine, or it is consumed to excess. Where possible, opt for Green Tea instead. Green Tea contains L-Theanine which may help promote relaxation, reduce the bodies’ perception of stress, and slightly improve attention.
There is no doubt that the “Sharing economy” is a trending topic around the world. The term refers to an economic model in which individuals acquire, provide or share access to assets or services through a community based online platform. Uber, Airbnb and Airtasker are just a few examples of successful online platforms using this model.
When a child is born, it can be very tempting to set them up on the road to financial wisdom and stability, after all we only desire the best for our offspring. Before doing so, it is worthwhile noting that there is a wealth of complications when issuing shares to a minor, whether in listed or unlisted companies.
While there are no legal reasons why shares cannot be registered in the name of a minor, there are more than enough tax reasons to make you think twice.
There are two categories of ownership to consider for an owner of a share: The legal owner, who is the registered owner and, in this scenario, has their name recorded in the share registry, and the beneficial owner, who benefits from holding the shares. Children cannot legally own the property; however, they are entitled to the benefits and thus they can be deemed the beneficial owner.