MORE RED SEAL TRAINING
BC is funding a new Community and Employer Partnerships program to certify more Red Seal training for automotive technicians, millwrights, and welders.
Ace Trades & Technical Institute (ATTI) is receiving $560,000 to produce 10-week course on technical training, 4-week practicum with a local employer, and 1-week follow up.
Contact your local WorkBC Centre to apply for the next in-take on July 4th or October 16th.
Just finished the PSYC-354 Brain and Behaviour course at Trinity Western University.
Chapter 6 in The Mind’s Machine by Neal V. Watson and S. Marc Breedlove 4th edition is about Hearing, Balance, Taste, and Smell.
Between 2% to 5% of the US population have a problem with pitch recognition known as amusia, an inability to recognize tunes and sing off-key.
The National Institute of Health has a simple 10-minute test with 26 tunes to determine your pitch perception score.
I scored 100% because of my early childhood piano training, and a warning in advance of taking the test; the off-tune melodies really grate the nerves.
WISE INTERNATIONAL FX PLATFORM
Thanks to our friends Jose & Brooklin Demelo, who recently moved to Portugal, they recommended WISE International Money as an affordable currency exchange platform.
We have been physically going to a bank, then conducting currency exchange at VBCE or Happy Exchange, then driving across the border, and then depositing the USD bank draft into our US bank account: to save on fees.
The currency exchange fees vary among banks, but they are usually 3%.
The currency exchange places are better, in the neighborhood of 1.5%.
WISE International Money charges 0.56% fee.
Now we can transfer CAD funds into our WISE account, and their platform conducts the currency exchange into a foreign bank account.
PERFECT PITCH EAR TRAINING
You can test your perfect pitch and practice matching notes.
However, I scored 2 out of 10 on this Perfect Pitch Test because I don’t have perfect pitch.
Perfect pitch, aka absolute pitch, is very rare with 1 in 10,000 having this ability (0.1%), but it can be practiced.
I haven’t played the piano in 40 years and my pitch sense was more accurate while I played, so practice does make perfect.
T7DR REMITTANCE FORM
For those of you still waiting to remit your 2022 taxes payable, the T7DR Amount Owing Remittance Voucher should accompany any payments made in person at a financial institution.
Accountants no longer provide remittance forms as everything is now conducted online including DocuSigning your tax returns.
Here is a quick link to a form-fillable PDF form to make the April 30 tax deadline.
BRAIN & BEHAVIOR
The Mind’s Machine: Foundations of Brain and Behavior, fourth edition, is an excellent introduction to how both genetics (our DNA) and epigenetics (external environment) affect the development of our brain that ultimately affect our behavior.
The e-book version is U$64.99 at Oxford University Press is half the price of used books on Amazon: a small price to understand the how and why. Remember that ignorance is not bliss; ignorance is disempowering.
A family member has a Vestibular System disorder: something I was unaware and no clue how to help until the PSYC-354 course.
An associate has Alzheimer’s disease, and the Nun Study proves that a person can have the amyloid plaques and tau tangles without the cognitive impairment. Sister Mary passed at 101 years and exhibited no Alzheimer’s symptoms despite having plaques and tangles.
The key is neurogenesis and neuroplasticity: by continuously learning new things, new neural growth circumvents the impaired brain areas.
WHY INVEST IN REAL ESTATE?
Investing in real estate comes with tax benefits. You can deduct several expenses associated with owning an investment property, including your property taxes, mortgage interest, property management fees, property insurance, the costs of ongoing maintenance, the cost of repairs and the money you pay to market your property to potential renters. If you sell your property for more than you paid for it, the gain you realized won’t be taxed as income. Instead, it will be taxed as capital gains, which typically come with lower tax rates than does income. If you invest in opportunity zones – neighborhoods that are in need of investment – you’ll pay even less in capital gains.
About July Ono.
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July offers her investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact July Ono.