The crazy things we'll do for social media!
We hear of it all the time; social media addiction. We’re at a point in our lives where many people can’t take a bite of their food until they’ve posted a photo of it. It’s a strange world we are living in. You’ve all seen a video like this; girl sees a spider in her room, adds a photo to her Facebook asking for help instead of trying to capture the spider. I mean I’ve probably done that myself in my younger days too.
I don’t know anyone (shout up if it’s you) who hasn’t shamed themselves on social media at least once in the past (we just pray that no one remembers it). In this article though, I’m going to talk about something different that is happening on social media which is not necessarily shameful, but often outright crazy – many people like to call it ‘doing it for the gram’.
Our generation are a group of non-listeners. We are told not to use our phones at the doctors, petrol stations, in the cinema, on a plane – do we listen? Nope. Why would we pay attention to the sign on the wall when we can get a really cool selfie on a rollercoaster to upload to our social media accounts? Everyone will be able to see how daring we are then! On a rollercoaster and using our phone… so WILD!
Since Canadian Tom Ryaboi posted a photo of his feel dangling over the edge of a tall building in Toronto, instagrammers, youtubers and other members of social networks began to thrive off risk-taking social media photography. The ‘rooftopping’ craze in which people climb as high as they can on a building quickly spread and the photos are becoming more dangerous.
It’s not surprising to hear that people are literally dying for the perfect Instagram shot or selfie. Not long ago, Instagram traveller Meenakshi posted a photo of herself on the edge of a rock over the Grand Canyon captioning ‘is our life just worth one photo?’ You can read her full post here. She preached about taking sensible photos and the limits of ‘doing it for the gram’ although, a short while after her post, Meenakshi and her boyfriend were killed by an 800-foot fall at Yosemite National Park, an accident which occurred while they were on the edge of a cliff.
While some social media stars such as Meenaskshi have died in the act, it’s possible that the larger problem is the audience that copy the photos they have seen on social networks.
It’s not just dare-devil Instagram posts that are a problem. A study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found that 259 people died taking selfies between October 2011 and November 2017. It is worth nothing that many of the people who lost their lives taking selfies were not risk takers or social media stars, but regular people who happened to be killed taking photos of themselves during unusual circumstances. These include; falling from heights, being mauled by animals, accidentally shooting themselves, falling in front of moving trains and drowning. You can see a full list of selfie deaths here.
As I said at the beginning of this article, it’s a crazy world we are living in. To show you just how crazy, I have added some photos below of some of the perfect Instagram-able shots which could have literally killed someone!
Someone out there will copy this and I dread to think what's going to happen!
A Zookeeper who is not afraid to get up close to this lion!
No safety ropes, illegally tresspassing on a skyscraper in Dubai, all for a few thousand instagram likes. Are you MAD?
I mean, great shot. Many of us couldn't pull this off but come on, what if his arm slipped?!
I'm actually lost for words on this one.
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Celebrity Tax Evasion Stories
It’s not a secret that the accounting profession is widely known as ‘boring’. I see posts and memes about this as I scroll through the internet so thought I would purposely try to find some interesting stories related to accounting. I decided on celebrity tax evasion, here I’ll tell you the juiciest tax stories and try to make it as interesting as I possibly can!
Taxes are one of the most frustrating and unavoidable obstacles that must be encountered by basically everyone. It’s what holds us together; without it, there would be no roads, schools or emergency services. No matter who you are or what you do, there’s one thing for certain, if you are alive and working, the tax man wants a cut of your earnings.
Here is a list of some celebrities who tried to dodge the tax man:
Dolce and Gabana:
This was one of the most famous and widely discussed cases of celebrity tax evasion of all time. The case sent the fashion world into meltdown and it lasted nearly a decade before finally coming to a close. The two designers were sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and a fine of 10 million euros was also imposed over avoidance of payments in Italy, where corporate taxes are among the highest in Europe.
In 2014 Barlow along with a couple of Take That members invested £66 million into two partnerships styled as music industry investment schemes. A judge ruled that 51 partnerships set up by the company were intended to secure tax relief for members. Take That’s lawyers insisted that the band mates believed the investments were legitimate but they had to repay more than £20 million to HM Revenue & Customs.
He is a Grammy-nominated hip hop artist who was well known in the 2000s. He’s mostly known nowadays for his role in the Fyre Festival; a fraudulent music festival in the Bahamas. He was sentenced in 2011 for tax evasion due to not filing his tax returns between 2004 – 2006. In his own words, the reason for his tax troubles was that “he was a young man who made a lot of money” but “didn’t know how to deal with these finances.” He was required to pay $1.1 million and spent some time in prison for tax evasion along with a separate criminal possession charge.
He acted in 8 movies between 1999-2004 earning approximately $38 million dollars however, he didn’t pay income taxes for any of this. In 2010 he was sentenced for committing six counts of failing to file tax returns, one count of conspiracy and one count of fraud (but was only charged for 3.) He avoided $7 million in taxes by listening to an accountant who claimed you did not have to legally pay taxes.
Barcelona star Messi and his father were both prosecuted by the Spanish Supreme Court in relation to tax fraud in 2016. The court said they had used tax havens in South America as well as shell companies across Europe to avoid paying taxes totaling over €4 million between 2007 – 2009. The outcome of the trial saw Messi receive a 21 month prison sentence, although Spanish Law allowed him to serve this on probation.
He was among more than 1000 people who invested in the Ingenious film financing schemes in the hope of securing tax relief. Other celebrities such as Ant and Dec, Bob Geldof and Wayne Rooney also bought in. HMRC said Ingenious claimed relief on artificial losses from its film meaning the schemes were not legitimate opportunities but actually means of avoiding tax. Those who used the Ingenious scheme had to invest at least £100,000 and were promised generous tax breaks on any losses incurred, many subsequently claimed they were unaware of the risks. The celebrities involved lost the legal battle to overturn their £700 million tax bill. Tax avoiders have since been prevented from being rewarded with knighthoods due to their poor financial behaviour. HMRC believe that this is not consistent with the award of honour.
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What are we really seeking from our jobs?
Everywhere I look lately there’s a post about flexible working, a 4-day week or simply just news about what employees are looking for in their jobs. Having changed my career path not too long ago I’m always interested to hear what other people seek from their current positions and what intrigues them into making a move.
Throughout the years, employees’ desires and demands have evolved, leaving many challenges for companies. Balance careers suggest that companies who have engaging and productive workplaces are more likely to have staff who love their jobs. They say that employees should offer fair compensation and benefits and set clear expectations and goals. They also explain that to gain the most out of your work environment, you should determine your expectations. I did a little searching around to find out what the nations’ expectations really are; salary (obviously) came up first followed by work life balance, flexible working, career development and location. This contradicts a recent survey conducted by our sister company Fellows and Associates who found that most people were more interested in flexible working than salary.
The number of employers who are referencing flexible working as a selling point for their business is becoming more prevalent. This must be due to the number of candidates who admit that flexible working is one of the most important factors when searching for in a new job. Totaljobs investigated further and found that, from a survey of 4,000 candidates, 66% of employers now offer flexible working of some kind, 74% offer part-time work while 65% offer the option to work from home. Although many companies are recognising what candidates desire, most ask employees to put together an application to request flexible working within their company. While employees have the right to ask for part time working arrangements or flexible hours, employers are able to refuse the request based on how it could adversely affect the company.
While researching for this article I also came across many other factors which are considered by candidates when searching for their perfect job. These include job satisfaction, mutual respect and a great work environment. These are the values I have always been aware of; I would have said I was looking for something along these lines at some point in my career so far too. It seems that times are changing though and it’s possible that employees are becoming harder to please. I question whether this is how the conversation about flexible working and a 4-day week has begun; the more hype generated, the more that employees expect from their employment. It could be argued that we are a nation who want what our friends have, we feel that we deserve more from our jobs based on what our peers are receiving. With this being said, Totaljobs conducted another survey researching what employers thought to the change in the job market. They found that 42% thought that jobseekers are becoming pickier and 39% thought that recruitment is more candidate led, I’m swaying more towards the pickier option (although they’re not mutually exclusive). What do you think?
So, although there are many factors which build into a perfect job. I wanted to base this article mostly on the benefits that employees are asking for in the current market. My original question was; what do we really want from our jobs? While writing this article though, I thought of a few more questions… Is it enough just being happy at work? Are we looking for a good salary and to be happy? Or do we want something much more than that? Are we expecting a salary which will raise every year as well as to be happy, enjoy our work environment, work from home twice a week with hours chosen by ourselves and be respected by our bosses? It begs the question; will that be enough for us if the market changes again in the future? Will we be discussing a 2-day working week in 10 years’ time?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!