Paragon Space Development is searching for recruits for a mission to Mars. Specifically, the company wants a man and a woman past child-bearing age, because the journey will take 501 days. The trip will begin in 2018, when Mars is unusually close to Earth.
The range of legal liability attached to the CFO is widening, making the position riskier than ever, write John Carney and Francesca Harker of BakerHostetler. They note that the Securities and Exchange Commission "increasingly is pursuing claims against CFOs that do not allege actual wrongdoing" by targeting subordinates' action and alleging that the CFO "either certified the resulting reports or failed to implement adequate internal safeguards."
Stocks closed a fraction higher in Japan and lower in Australia. Japan's Nikkei 225 Average recovered earlier losses to finish 0.8% higher. Australian shares finished 0.2% lower, led by mining giants BHP Billiton and its takeover target, Rio Tinto. Markets in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are closed until Monday. The Chinese market reopens Wednesday.
Newspaper reports say the Chinese State Council is encouraging the country's steel and mining companies to consider strategies to impede the sale of Rio Tinto to BHP Billiton. The strategies include buying Rio shares on the open market, partnering with foreign miners or forming a Chinese consortium.