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What are you doing this week to achieve goals?

first_imgKeith Ferazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, once said, “Follow-up is the key to success in any business.” That is certainly true when it comes to the success of your strategic plan. No matter what great strategies you create, if you don’t execute that plan with superior follow-up you just have words on paper.Think about your current 2015 strategic plan. How’s it going for you? Think about to your Fall planning schedule and meeting. How are those lofty goals, tactics and budget projections looking now that the first quarter is complete?With three months in the books, the second quarter is an ideal time to assess how your strategic planning follow-up is going. Here are five suggestions to ensure your follow-up is as strong as possible.Review weekly—You read that right: weekly. Too many times, strategic plans collect dust and we only look at them at monthly or quarterly updates. If you hold a “C” suite position at your financial institution, then every Monday morning (or even Sunday night) take 10-15 minutes to review your goals and strategy. Ask yourself, “what are we doing this week to accomplish these objectives?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

In how many days or hours will all tickets for the Istria Wine and Walk event sell out this year?

first_img“SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of the great event of Istria Wine & Walk in Istria. He bears the title due to the fact that all tickets put up for sale are sold out online within 24 hours. Well, it is a great tourist story and a quality product that is the motive for coming to the destination. Online ticket sales for Istria Wine & Walk started today and it will be interesting to see in how many days or hours 600 tickets will be sold out for this year’s jubilee of this great tourist story. The story is very simple and at least phenomenal. Hard to describe in words or photo and video material, because it simply needs to be experienced. Istria Wine & Walk on this year’s 11-kilometer walk awaits as many as nine top Istrian winemakers and nine local producers and caterers at seven refreshing stops. Every two kilometers, walkers can expect winemakers and local producers who will offer them local indigenous specialties and top wines. I have already written on this topic, read more HERE, and now the fifth edition of the Istria Wine and Walk event has been announced, which will take place on May 18, 2019, starting in Buje, and the question arises as to how many days or hours 600 tickets will be sold out this year. RELATED NEWS: And yes, it is important to point out that these are mostly visitors from Slovenia, Austria, as well as from Croatia. So, people from Zagreb get in the car and come to Istria for the weekend, and in this case the motive for coming is exclusively Wine & Walk.center_img I note that the number of tickets was limited by the organizer to 600 tickets, so as not to create too much crowd, and thus destroy the experience of the whole event, although the interest in this event is much higher. And this is supported by the fact that tickets are sold exclusively online within 24 hours. This year, Oštarija Rondo, Aminess, OPG Radošević, OPG Duniš, All event, Primizia food & wine, Konoba Morgan, Buršić and Veralda are in charge of the gourmet offer, while Kozlović, Franković, Celega, Bassanese, Ravalico, Coronica will offer their wines. Cattunar, Cuj and Veralda. Participants will then visit a lookout point with a view of the peaks of Ćićarija and the sea, and then travel to the Škarlina Nature Park with its unique streams and lakes. On the way, walkers will visit the original exhibition “Friends of Tigor” in the Tigor Gallery and will be greeted by accordion and guitar melodies along the way. The walk ends in Buje at a small fair, with a rich entertainment and music program until late at night, where it will be possible to buy numerous local products as a memento of this unique experience. By the way, Istria Wine & Walk in the past two years has experienced its new great extensions through Wine & Walk by the sea in Novigrad in September, where 500 tickets are available, and in April Sweet Wine & Walk for 300 visitors departing from Momjan. Tickets for the mentioned extensions of the event were sold out in less than three days. Everything in the pre- and post-season. PS Why Wine & Walk is one of the best tourist stories in Croatia and how I personally experienced the Wine & Walk story, find out below in the attachment. FIND OUT WHY ISTRIA WINE & WALK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN CROATIAlast_img read more

Zagreb County has announced a public tender for the award of grants to events

first_imgIn 2019, the Zagreb County recorded 139.720 tourist arrivals, which is 14 percent more than in the same period in 2018 (123.008). The right to support for events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County can be exercised by public institutions, cities and municipalities, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen who are registered in the Zagreb County and who organize events in its territory. The competition is open until March 10, 2020, and the text of the competition and application forms can be found here, The number of overnight stays also increased by 12 percent, from 205.003 to 229.827.Of the total number of arrivals, 107.821 guests were foreign guests and 31.899 domestic guests. Out of the total number of overnight stays in the Zagreb County, 169.732 overnight stays were realized by foreign guests, and domestic by 60.095 overnight stays. Positive tourism indicators in the last year Funds from the tender can be used to co-finance equipment rental, procurement of working / consumables related to the organization of events, rental of event space, rental of vehicles for the purpose of transport of organizers and contractors related to the organization, accommodation costs, travel costs, promotion costs, services security services and other costs of direct organization of the event. Zagreb County has announced a public tender worth one million kuna for the award of grants to events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County in 2020.  The applicant can apply for and receive grants for a maximum of two events, and the grant can amount to up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of the event for public institutions, cultural institutions, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen. Cities and municipalities can realize from 60 to 100 percent of the project value, depending on the development index of the local self-government unit. Tourists mostly stayed in hotels, household facilities and camps, and according to the organization of arrivals, as many as 75 percent of them came individually, while the other 25 percent came as an agency.last_img read more

Dutch Pensions Federation calls for postponement of system review

first_imgThe Dutch Pensions Federation has called on the government to postpone the implementation of planned changes to the pensions system by another year.It said it was concerned ongoing delays in decision-making over the system’s review would pose “great risks” for its proper implementation.The federation was responding to stalled negotiations between the governing coalition parties – the VVD and the PvdA – and the opposition party regarding government plans to reduce tax-facilitated pensions accrual from 2.25% to 1.75% a year.The measure was meant to save €3bn for the national budget, but the opposition – which has a blocking majority in the Senate – fears younger workers will be unable to accrue sufficient pension rights. On 13 December, on national radio, Gerard Riemen, director at the Pensions Federation, said: “We should have had clarity for two months already, as the implementation of changes in pension arrangements usually takes a year.”Postponing the update of the pensions system would also entail a second delay for the new financial assessment framework (FTK), including the new pensions contract.Last year, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary at the Ministry for Social Affairs, postponed the introduction of the reviewed FTK by a year to 1 January 2015.At the time, both the €293bn civil service scheme ABP and the €134bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, as well as the Pensions Federation, expressed their disappointment, citing uncertainty over the sustainability of the pensions contract, which had already been a subject of debate for four years.The government’s proposals for the new FTK have not yet been published, as a result of the decision to develop a single hybrid pensions contract – rather than a nominal version, as well as one under real terms – following a consultation with the pensions sector.last_img read more

FRC investigates actuaries, accountants on Coats Group schemes

first_imgHowever, the complaints are likely to relate to individuals rather than the conduct of specific accountancy firms or actuarial consultancies, as the FRC has previously named companies under investigation.The statement did not specify which of the company’s three pension funds were affected by the work undertaken by those under investigation, nor did it specify what area of work by the professionals was being queried.TPR has long been in discussions with the threadmaking company.In February, the firm announced it would be retaining $505m (£342m) to address funding shortfalls within the Brunel, Staveley and Coats UK pension schemes.In its most recent half-yearly report, published 28 July, Coats says it has yet to settle its talks with TPR but re-emphasises its intention to address funding shortfalls with the $505m retained within the company.The company’s half-yearly report adds: “There are active discussions as to the support structure provided by the parent group cash and the level of annual deficit recovery payments.“If a settlement cannot be reached, and the investigation process continues, Coats believes any hearing is unlikely before the fourth quarter of 2016 at the earliest.”It notes that only once a settlement with TPR is reached will the regulator withdraw its Warning Notice, first issued in early 2014. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK regulator of the accountancy trade, is investigating an unnamed number of accountants and actuaries employed to work for the pension schemes of Guinness Peat Group.The allegations, which relate to schemes sponsored by the company now trading as Coats Group, concern eight years of conduct from 2004 onwards, according to a statement by the FRC.“The decision to investigate,” the FRC said, “follows a referral from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries regarding matters arising from the Pension Regulator’s (TPR) own ongoing investigation into the group’s pension scheme arrangements.”A spokesman declined to specify the number of individuals involved and said it did not disclose names of individuals while under investigation.last_img read more

XPS: UK schemes sitting on £260bn accounting ‘black hole’

first_imgUK defined benefit (DB) scheme sponsors could be sitting on a £260bn (€290bn) accounting black hole, a new study from consultants XPS Group has warned. The accounting gap demonstrated what XPS referred to as the growing difference between “accounting balance sheets and future long-term targets”.Wayne Segers, head of transactions at XPS, said: “The Pensions Regulator is already expecting trustees and employers to set long-term funding targets, which will drive a greater difference between accounting and the cost of pensions.“Accounting disclosures will be an ever more important window in helping to explain this gap and good pension disclosures can help allay concerns around pension contributions and set out a clear path for managing pension risk.” In its 2017 Thematic Review, the UK audit watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council, emphasised the usefulness of DB sponsors not only presenting but also explaining alternative valuations to the accounting measure in their accounts.On other key accounting assumptions, the XPS study broadly confirmed the findings of comparable studies this year from advisers KPMG and Lane Clark Peacock LLP.In relation to discounting, XPS said UK sponsors used an average discount rate of 2.8% during 2018, across a range of 2.6% to 3.1%.The consultancy added that schemes with a rate in excess of 2.85% were likely using a non-standard approach to discounting.On life expectancy, XPS discovered that some 82% of DB schemes had updated their assumptions to take account of the recent slowdown in the rate of longevity improvement.Finally, the XPS survey supported the view that the cost of implementing last year’s equality ruling had turned out to be lower than initially feared.In October, the High Court in London ruled that employers must grant equal “guaranteed minimum pension” (GMP) payments accrued between 1990 and 1997 to both male and female workers.XPS’s analysis showed that the cost of implementing the GMP ruling for most of the schemes in its sample was less than 1% of liabilities.The XPS Group survey was based on an analysis of 150 of the firm’s clients preparing accounts under a range of different financial reporting regimes including International Financial Reporting Standards.last_img read more

Investing in Critical Infrastructure, Port Development Key for Blue Economy

first_imgOn the sidelines of the ongoing international conference on “Sustainable Maritime Development Towards 2030 and Beyond” being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, World Maritime News had the opportunity to speak with Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary for State Department for Shipping and Maritime Affairs (SD&MA), Kenya.Referring to the country’s progress and the future steps in availing of the potential of Blue Economy, Karigithu said that this is a new concept adopted by Kenya. Its development in terms of infrastructure has seen a lot of investment in that area with the aim “to create the right environment for investment and for facilitation of the Blue Economy.”The principal Kenyan seaport, the port of Mombasa, is the gateway to the eastern and central African region and therefore plays a big role in the Blue Economy move. Karigithu explained that the government is undertaking critical infrastructure projects, including the development of the railway system for the transportation of cargo from the port to the hinterland, as well as the ongoing development of another international port, namely the Lamu Port.As part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor, the new port represents a government initiative to develop a second deep sea port along the Kenyan coast. The first of the proposed 32 berths at the Lamu Port was scheduled for official opening in October this year.“Capacity building (in terms of human resources) is also the key of the government’s agenda due to creation of jobs and giving the youth the tools and skills to participate in international shipping,” she added.Capacity building would facilitate the development of the country’s own Blue Economy, therefore helping Kenya take part in the global industry in a sustainable manner, but it would also provide for export of labor. In November 2018, the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta signed an executive order setting up the Bandari Maritime Academy in order to be able to create a maritime center of excellence in maritime training. The move was undertaken in order to develop Kenya’s maritime sector, but also to enable the country to tap into foreign exchange in terms of employment in the international shipping fleet.Furthermore, Kenya is hosting The Africa Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre that has a goal of reducing or mitigating the effects of shipping in port cities. MTCC Africa is undertaking a number of pilot projects towards this area in terms of data collection that are envisioned to lead to a reduction in greenhouse gases from the shipping and maritime sector.Speaking about the greatest maritime potential in Kenya, Karigithu pointed out the port industry as a sector that can facilitate trade and a gateway in terms of logistics. She explained that the country plans to create a free trade zone within the port, therefore enhancing the role it plays in the Blue Economy.“We are also looking at shipping, maritime training and capacity building, not only for Kenya but also for the region around Kenya and East Africa, as well as taking account of the developments in the region, such as the discovery of minerals which accelerated the development of the shipping segment,”Touching upon the topic of “Empowering Women” at this year’s conference in Jeddah, Karigithu said that Kenya has been “very focused on creating gender equality, not just in the maritime sector but in the work place generally.”She explained that the government has been very supportive of the initiative aiming to attract more women to the maritime sector. As an example, Kenya organized networks that enable women to get as much knowledge and information as possible, with an aim of providing the much needed information to young people, particularly girls. In this way, girls at an early age are being informed that there is “potential for lifelong satisfying careers in this sector.”Karigithu further said that the most common challenges that women face in the industry are based on the cultural mindsets that believe that the maritime sector is reserves for men.She listed home front as another challenge, saying that women are generally observed as being home makers. Such a career can become a challenge “unless the whole family stands by the woman,” Karigithu concluded.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

An inconvenient truth about the Irish marriage referendum

first_imgThe Irish Times 25 May 2015Seven hundred and thirty-four thousand, three hundred people did not vote No to love and equality. They are just as generous and inclusive as their neighbours who voted Yes, and just as fond of their gay relatives. In fact, some of them are gay themselves.That does not fit the dominant narrative that only people who were rigid, intolerant and fearful voted No. It is an inconvenient truth that this was not a referendum on whether we like gay people or not.People who voted No recognise marriage as the place where society celebrates sexual and gender differences as deeply embedded features of the human condition, primarily – although by no means exclusively – because it produces children. They wanted to preserve that in our social structures and law.The vast majority of Yes voters also voted from generous and humane impulses. More importantly, parents and relations of gay children, in particular, desperately wanted to convey to their children that they were just as equal as their straight siblings. We can all admire that and understand why they feel they have achieved that objective.We do not have to admire the fact that the campaign may have lasted weeks, but the soft coverage of gay icons and celebrities and “human interest” stories pushing the Yes side have been going on for years, with the enthusiastic collusion of the media.We do not have to admire a Government who relentlessly framed this so it was always going to be a battle between the heart and the head. We do not have to admire Government Ministers who talked about damaging the gay people’s mental health if we voted No.http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/breda-o-brien-an-inconvenient-truth-about-the-same-sex-marriage-referendum-1.2224422last_img read more

Guimaras still COVID-free, says guv Gumarin

first_imgGov. Samuel Gumarin says the island of Guimaras being free from coronavirus disease 2019 can be credited to the anticipation and measures undertaken by its provincial government. Guimaras, which is considered as “low-risk” by the national government in the spread of the virus, is under general community quarantine until May 15. GUIMARAS IO He added: “Ibig sabihin, kung magkaroon ng carrier sa isang bahay sa isang probinsya, lahat ng nasa bahay ay magkakaroon kung sakali.” “Naunahan namin ‘yung COVID-19. We prepared ourselves for this. Pinaigting po namin ‘yung border control dito,” he said.At least six seafarers will return home to Guimaras today. Gumarin ensured the persons will be immediately isolated in a quarantine facility.Guimaras is under GCQ until May 15 after it was classified by the national government as “low-risk” in the spread of COVID-19.Recently, the island province protested the Department of Health Region 6’s decision to count the 27-year-old seaman and resident of Buenavista town there who tested positive for the virus in Iloilo city as Guimaras’ first case.The Guimarasnon, who was one of the 266 stranded Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers who returned to Region 6 from Metro Manila on April 29, has yet to return to his home province.He is the region’s Patient No. 72/PN MANILA – The island of Guimaras being free from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be credited to its provincial government’s anticipation and preventive measures undertaken, Gov. Samuel Gumarin said.  “Anticipation is very important dahil kung ma-a-anticipate mo kung ano ‘yung magiging kalaban mo, you could make some sort of primary steps. So, kung ikumpara natin ‘yung parasitic infection, bacterial, at saka viral infection, ‘yung viral infection has the capacity to be explosive,” said Gumarin. According to the governor, the provincial government already banned the entry of individuals there from the National Capital Region since Jan. 31.last_img read more

Minister holds inter-ministerial session for sports development

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope Determined to revamp the sports sector in the country, the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, will on Thursday in Abuja hold an inter-ministerial technical session, tagged: “Positioning sports as an industry – From concept to action.”Other ministers expected at the brainstorming session, according to a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Yinka Iyinolakan, are the Minister of Education, Information and Culture, Women Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Youth and Sports Development, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social development.The statement reads: “The goal of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session, is to develop a pathway for constant dialogue and engagement between the private and public sectors to chart a sustainable course for  unlocking the potentials of the Sports Industry and enabling the development of the whole gamut of the value chain of sports.“Through this pathway, it is expected that the reform of the Sports Industry will contribute to the socio-economic indices of the Nigerian economy by increasing participation in sport, enabling the  creation of jobs, promoting  greater employment of youth,generating revenues from sport-related activities and targeting a GDP contribution of 2-3% to the Nigerian Economy within 5-10 years.  “The outcome of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session and the proceedings of the breakout sessions will form an integral part of the ongoing reform process towards a new National Sports  Industry Policy that will accommodate objectives  of all stakeholders in the public, social enterprise and private sectors for a vibrant sport industry, capable of contributing to the growth of the socio-economic indices of the Nigeria Economy.”The Inter-Ministerial Technical Session is jointly hosted by the Ministry and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.Tags: sports developmentSunday DareYinka Iyinolakanlast_img read more