You’re all talk and no actionYou may think simply speaking up at work is the key to professional success, but remember if there’s no real follow through, you won’t be taken seriously. Saying you will complete a certain task or presenting new ideas to your boss are only commendable if you put your plans into action. So, if you want your boss to appreciate your creativity, make sure you put your money where your mouth is.You’re constantly saying how busy you areYour boss wants to see that you’re invested in your work, but reminding him or her of how stressed you are will only make you look more frazzled and disorganized. If you are doing your work well and staying on track to meet your goals, your work should speak for itself. Don’t try to prove that you are working hard by bringing up how heavy your workload is. This may backfire on you and cause you to look incapable of handling multiple responsibilities.You are too dependent on othersBeing a team player is vital to office collaboration and productivity, but it is also critical that you be self-sufficient. Your boss does not have time to micromanage you. You may think that they will appreciate you constantly bouncing your ideas off them, but they will place more value in your ability to be independent. Stop looking for constant reassurance and impress your boss with your confidence. 74SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
These schemes have reduced equities allocations to 42.5% in 2014 from 47.5% in 2013, while expanding their allocation to bonds to 41.2% from 36.7%.This development followed the trend of recent years, the association said, with equities allocations having fallen from 66.3% of total DB assets at the end of 2007, and bonds having expanded from an 18.5% allocation.This was due to a combination of a general move away from riskier assets and regulatory pressure, Moriarty said. The Irish regulator has repeatedly let its displeasure over the level of equity risk in the DB system be known. “However, with bonds providing very low or negligible returns, schemes are under pressure to find assets that provide returns but maintain risk at acceptable levels,” Moriarty commented.Schemes were trying to balance regulatory pressure to move more assets into bonds, at a time when those bonds carried both a significant investment risk and little or no return, he said. “The significant outside forces of QE have undermined and almost reversed the status quo of pension investment strategy, which is likely to require a rethink at a macro level,” Moriarty said.Allocations to alternatives within DB schemes increased to 8.0% at the end of 2014 from 7.2% a year before, with 6.2% of assets invested in absolute return funds and hedge funds.The survey showed that defined contribution schemes still preferred active management with an increase in assets managed this way to 68.5% in 2014 from 67.4% in 2013.For DB schemes, however, passive management was becoming increasingly prevalent, with 62% of them managed this way at the end of 2014 compared to 54% in 2011, the data showed. Pension savings in Ireland have staged a strong recovery since the financial crisis, growing by 70% to €107.8bn at the end of 2014, data from the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) shows.The association said in its latest annual investment survey that this was the highest level of pension savings on record, with assets having risen from €63.5bn at the end of 2008, and from €91.5bn at the end of 2013.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the IAPF, said: “While there are many issues that need to be addressed to ensure that more people can enjoy retirement, we often lose sight of the fact that we have a well-developed pensions system in Ireland with a substantial amount of savings.”Defined benefit schemes (DB) — whose assets stood at just over €67.4bn at the end of last year — increased their bond exposure in the course of last year at the expense of equities allocations, the survey revealed.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed deep concern over the construction of three major road projects, while simultaneously calling for the Auditor General’s Office to investigate them, as the contracts may contain areas to enable acts of corruption.Addressing the press at his weekly press conference, Jagdeo said these projects include road works taking place on the East Bank Essequibo, Port Kaituma and Mabaruma roads.The $1.2 billion East Bank Essequibo road rehabilitation project commenced in August 2017 but was delayed due to the obligatory removal of utilities. It is now back on stream.Some $213.2 million was awarded to KP Thomas and Sons in May 2017 for repairs to the Citrus Grove Main Road, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini).Meanwhile, a $110.2 million contract for the Mabaruma road project was awarded to Mohammed Ramzanalli Khan Construction. This project entails the installation of approximately 3500 feet of concrete road or rigid pavements and drains within the community.“We believe that the tender process was tampered with so as to inflate the contracts by hundreds of thousands of dollars in these road projects,” he said.However, the Opposition Leader explained that these costs are hidden through a different form of corruption through the layer of the asphalt. According to him, some are done through contract and others through force account.He said, “The asphalt is very expensive. So, if they put one inch instead of two inches on the specification that is about $50-60 million alone you can skim off the top… The earth works, through force account.”The former Head of State concluded therefore that may be the main reason why the Public Infrastructure Minister headed by Minister David Patterson “loves to do a lot of force account work.”“They don’t like awarding the tenders out directly and even when they do that, it’s a lot of corruption. So, they are three roads that are mired in corruption… And we are very concerned about the AG findings into these matters.”
Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has said that illegal dumping by rogue private operators in Donegal is a result of the ‘fragmented’ nature of the state’s regulations and sanctions regime governing waste management.The Donegal TD and Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson has said that successive Governments have failed to seriously tackle the issue of illegal dumping and that councils were not adequately resourced to deal with the problem. Deputy Doherty’s comments came in the wake of Monday night’s RTÉ Investigates programme which alleged of long-term illegal dumping at a facility in Moville (pictured above, via RTE Investigates, Ireland’s Wild Waste). He said the programme ‘made for harrowing viewing to say the least’, but the news may not have come as a shock to some local residents.Deputy Doherty said: “The programme however simply reinforced what we in Sinn Féin and others have been saying for years when we’ve voiced our criticism of the fragmented nature of the state’s waste management regulatory framework whereby four different government agencies share responsibility for inspection and enforcement.“The complexity of the legislation in place here makes enforcement in this area very slow and tedious, something which is further compounded by a weak sanctions regime.“Similarly, the chronic underfunding of local authorities over the years by successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael Governments has created the perfect conditions for certain waste operators to act with impunity by flagrantly breaching the law. And while both parties have overseen what has often been a rash and ill-judged privatization of waste collection services, this has led to further fragmentation of an already weak and poorly resourced regulatory system.” Deputy Doherty acknowledged that there are reputable waste services firms operating in Donegal, but the scale of illegal dumping uncovered this week indicates a problem that is damaging to our environment and having a serious impact on our tourism industry.He said: “We now have a situation where the taxpayer will be left to pick up the bill for cleaning up these sites and undoing the damage caused by certain rogue private waste operators.“And to add insult to injury we also have the added threat of possible fines being imposed from Europe due to the actions of a few bad actors handling our waste collection services.“This is yet another example of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael having failed to govern in the interest of ordinary people, and instead they have decided to place responsibility for important public services such as waste collection into private hands whom are simply interested in making a quick buck.“The Minister must now make a statement in the Dáil in response to the programme’s findings aired this week and set aside Dáil time to debate this serious issue. “Clearly, both the inspection and sanctions regime need to be strengthened and it’s now crucial that our local authorities are given the adequate resources to deal effectively with this problem which is now widespread across the industry.”‘Underfunding of local authorities created perfect conditions for illegal dumping’ – Doherty TD was last modified: June 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dumpingPearse Doherty TDRTE Investigateswaste services