Always bounce back from adversity

Your footsteps  steps are orchestrated by the universe. You may be tempted to take a right turn but all the signs are pointing left. You must rest assured that your best days are ahead of you. What’s done is done in your past.

I enjoy watching animated movies.The story line is usually the same, bad guy vs good guy ,add a positive or motivational twist then you have a hit.
I am amazed at the lenghts the bad guy goes to in order to bring down the good guys. I then wonder whether the same applies in real life.
You are focused on making your dreams a reality. Then there are the forces that rise up against you. Lies are told about you,people stop talking to you, staff steals from you. You must change your gears to perseverance. You are on a mission ,and you must accomplish it,come hell or a flood.
I watched Transylvania 3 and I observed the tricks used by the lady captain to get rid of Dracula. All of her attempts were countered when Dracula was dancing on the cruise ship with the green blub monster.The monster absorbed all the objects thrown by the captain. This way Dracula was protected. It was a reminder to me bounce back from adversary.

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad and Tobago and she specializes in Anti Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism . See the website http://asydneygroup.com and Instgram @asydneygrouptt WhatsApp 868 484-7778

 

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You have to follow through : To leave your mark on the world

Finish what you start. Everyone must learn this lesson. There is a certain pleasure to be derived from completing that which you start. Be it a relationship, a project or a degree, finish it. Quitting is easy, Anyone can quit. It takes a certain grade of a person to continue. Life can be challenging. But do not give up. Take some time off for yourself. Take a break, but do not give up. Keep trying. Many people are critical of the new business ideas that I execute. I then ask them to show me what they have produced. Absolutely nothing. They have done nothing. Yet they criticize your efforts. Ignore them, continue trying. I have been mentoring a young man who is also an entrepreneur. He sees me twice a week. He tells me his ideas then by the following day he is executing it. He returns to tell me the progress. Some days he is happy with progress,  other days he is frustrated. But he never gives up. He has a bright future ahead of him. I enjoy sharing ideas with him, we discuss them and then follow through. It only works, if you work it. Follow through.

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad. She specializes in Anti Money Laundering. See the website : http://asydneygroup.com

Stick with it especially when you dislike it : A message to interns

Dear Interns,

Welcome to a brief introduction to the world of work. In the next two or three years, this will be your reality: the hunt for a job. You may be engaged by a company for the summer to gain working experience: make the most of it. I remember my first internship, I ensured that I asked everyone whether they needed help. This left a positive impact on management and staff, and I was invited back to work for future summers.

Things interns should do:

1.Get to work on time daily;

2.Talk to everyone and network;

3. Offer to help staff from various departments;

4.Ask questions about everything

5.Work overtime for at least 15 minutes twice a week:

6. Save any salaries that you receive;

7.Try to find out where you fit in , in the organisation;

8. Make friends with fellow interns;

9.Remember to enjoy your summer, go to the beach, movies,parties;

10.Observe the adults who are happy with their jobs and those who are bitter.

The author is an attorney at law. She specializes in Anti Money Laundering. See website : http://asydneygroup.com.

Misery Loves Company, Know when to Excuse Yourself from the Company of Others

You will eventually learn to decline invitations to pity parties. Sometimes I listen to the plight of my colleagues. I actively listen and do not offer advice unless requested. My suggestions are oftentimes met with additional problems that results in a vicious cycle. I now excuse myself from toxic situations. We are all going through family issues, emotional issues and drama at our workplace. After a day at work, it is overwhelming to deal with the problems of friends. They do not seem to realize that it is further taxing on your already exhausted emotions. I have found that it helps to disconnect. You can remain available for one hour to communicate with others via social media, then take off your phone and recharge your emotions.

You will be of no use to yourself if you are spent all the time. Your performance at work may decline and you may even lose weight. Safe guard your emotions from vampires. They will drain you of your energy. Worst part is in your time of need, they are nowhere to be found. you have to know when to say good night and go home.

 

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad. She specialises in Anti Money Laundering. See the website : http://asydneygroup.com .

Go Forth and Meet your Destiny

You have to find your success. What are you passionate about ? Structure your passion with your profession. You will never work another day in your life. Money will follow. It may be hard in the early stages, but despise not the day of small beginnings. Keep your head up. The time has expired for waiting for someone else to make your dreams come true. This is your life. All failures and success in your life thus far are attributable solely to you. Find out what your strengths are. Work on your weaknesses. Become the best version of you possible. Things will fall in place. If you are single, at this time, enjoy it. Use the time to develop your skills. Get a hobby, work on a project, keep your hands busy. Ten years from now, you will laugh at the things that you endured.

Always remember that there is a younger person looking at you. You may be a role model for someone. It may  be your son, or sister or a neighbor. There will also be negative people awaiting your demise. Be determined to prove them wrong. Hold the vision, go forth and meet your destiny.

 

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad. She specializes in Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism. See the website : http://asydneygroup.com , whats app only 868 484-7778 .

Beneficial Owners: UBO : The True Owners : Anti Money Laundering Compliance

”The natural person(s) who ultimately owns or controls a customer and/or the natural person on whose behalf a transaction is being conducted. It also includes those persons who exercise ultimate effective control over a legal person or arrangement.”1
A lack of clarity over who is the ultimate beneficial owner of a company or asset clouds the ability of banks and financial institutions to carry out these checks effectively, leaving them exposed to facilitating corruption or bribery, or unwittingly funding illegal or terrorist activities. The regulatory cost of such activities can include large fines and personal prosecution for directors of financial institutions.2

Beneficial ownership identification and verification is now an essential component of the client KYC on boarding process.3
The beneficial owner is the natural person who controls an account or who exercises ultimate control over legal arrangement or who benefits from the transaction.
Although title to property or money is in another name, the beneficial owner will ultimately benefit from the transaction at the end of the day.

Why would an individual choose to be the beneficial owner?
i)Privacy-In Trinidad and Tobago, the Companies Registry and Deeds Registry are public records and the names and addresses of directors can be easily searched, once the relevant fees are paid. High net worth persons and famous persons may not want their home address available on public record.

ii)Asset Protection-Wealthy individuals who are exposed to lawsuits, divorces or those involved in Money laundering (ML) or Terrorist Financing (TF) may not want to be associated with bank accounts or assets. Funds in the bank accounts of persons suspected of Ml/TF may be seized in Trinidad.
Scandals involving Ultimate Beneficial Ownership

The Panama Papers were published in 2016. They were essentially archives of a Panamanian law firm. These archives revealed the beneficial ownership of several thousands of offshore corporations. It seems that some beneficial ownership was hidden for nefarious or illegal motives. 4
Unaoil, a Monaco-based firm registered in the British Virgin Islands and its subcontractors allegedly bribed foreign officials to help major multinational corporations (MNCs) win contracts. This type of corruption leads to political instability, undermines trust in governments and help terrorists. 5 There is a view that if companies dealing with Unaoil sought insight into beneficial ownership, legal name, tradestyle(s), organizational structure, parent companies, names of all principals/officers and industry.

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad and Tobago and she specializes in Anti Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism . See the website http://asydneygroup.com and Instgram @asydneygrouptt WhatsApp 868 484-7778

References:
1https://www.lexisnexis.de/whitepaper/beneficial-ownership.pdf
2 https://www.lexisnexis.de/whitepaper/beneficial-ownership.pdf

3 http://www.dnb.com/content/dam/english/dnb-solutions/supply-management/UBO-guide-170515_US.pdf

4 https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/beneficialowner.asp
5https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/unaoil-scandal-explained_us_56fbd2f0e4b0daf53aee0cff

Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

The threat of proliferation is significant and the consequences are severe. Proliferation has many guises but ultimately involves the transfer and export of technology, goods, software, services or expertise that could be used in nuclear, chemical or biological weapon-related programmes, including delivery systems; it poses a significant threat to global security1.
Proliferation may be defined as the transfer and export of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons; their means of delivery and related materials.2 This could include, inter alia, technology, goods, software, services or expertise. Means of delivery include missiles, rockets and other unmanned systems capable of delivering nuclear, chemical or biological weapons that are specially designed for such use.
What is Proliferation Financing?
The provision of financial services for the transfer and export of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons; their means of delivery and related materials.
With respect to the Financing of Proliferation, the following deficiencies were noted by the Assessor in Trinidad and Tobago:
There does not appear to be a comprehensive policy or the completion of such a policy as it relates to the financing of the proliferation of Weapons of mass Destruction in Trinidad and Tobago;
The framework for targeted sanctions related to Terrorist Financing needs to be reviewed;
The sanctions and prohibitions are in respect of freezing funds are not covered in the Anti Terrorism Act;
There is no comprehensive policy on the proliferation of financing of weapons of mass destruction and there is no adequate legislation on this issue;
There does not appear to be a thorough appreciation of the risk of Terrorist Financing amongst the relevant authorities;
There are inadequate resources to effectively investigate and prosecute Terrorist Financing.
References:
1 http://www.fatfgafi.org/media/fatf/documents/reports/Typologies%20Report%20on%20Proliferation%20Financing.pdf
2 S/RES/1540 (2004)
3 http://www.fatfgafi.org/media/fatf/documents/reports/Typologies%20Report%20on%20Proliferation%20Financing.pdf

 

The author is an attorney at law based in Trinidad. She specialises in AML CFT .

See website : http://asydneygroup.com

Whatsapp 484-7778

 

 

Life is but the shipwreck of our plans

Planning to make a plans. What a life!I agree that goals are important , and yes I believe in the law of attraction . But do our plans turn out the way that we expected? Life can be messy . Relationships end,children leave the nest and sometimes our love is not reciprocated.

Enjoy the mess. Dance when your world is falling apart. Keep your head up. Stand in the rain . Don’t you give up on your dreams.

When you lose control of the ship,the anchor holds. You will be grounded and you will be on land soon.

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad. She specialises in AML CFT Compliance .

Website : http://asydneygroup.com

What’s app 868 484-7778

Employee Engagement: How to Maximize Productivity and make your Employees Want to Work?

What is employee engagement?
Employee engagement is based on trust, integrity, two way commitment and communication between an organisation and its staff. It is an approach that increases the chances of business success, contributing to organisational and individual performance, productivity and well-being1.
Employee Engagement from the perspective of the employees2

Imagine if an employee can wake up and be excited about going to work. Imagine if he looks forward to sharing great ideas, to working together with colleagues and accomplishing a common goal. That employee would feel as though they are a part of the organisation making a vital contribution to achieving the company’s mission.
Employee engagement is about being included fully as a member of the team, focusing on clear goals, trusted and empowered, receiving regular and constructive feedback, supported in developing new skills, thanked and recognised for achievement.
A work environment that is fair, based on mutual respect is an engaged organisation.

Employee engagement from the perspective of the Employer 3
Employee engagement is about positive attitudes and behaviours leading to improved business outcomes, in a way that they trigger and reinforce one another. Imagine an organisation that runs on employees’ knowledge and ideas to improve products and services and to promote innovation. Imagine a place where your employees can recommend the organisation to prospective employees and boast that the actions of the employer are in line with the values of the company.

Methods of Employee Engagement
Have a tea lady who walks around offering beverages, she can then return to the refrigerator and bring it;
Give employees flexi-time-whereby they can work from home on two or more days per week, for accountability they will log in and log out;
Have a snack or fruit bar full of fruits and snacks for employees to indulge in;
Ask employees about their goals and aspirations and advise them generally on how to move forward;
Show concern for employees who are experiencing difficulties when their spouse or sibling is sick i.e. compassion;
Give employees every other Friday off for personal business, the compromise is that staff will work an additional hour everyday or come in one hour early every morning.
Try to get all employees involved in activities this limits the feeling of alienation.
Employee engagement is about eliciting a deeper commitment from our employees thereby receiving fewer sick leave ,reduction in absenteeism, decreasing accident and incidents rates , limited conflicts and grievances ,and ultimately an increase in productivity 4.
References: 1-4 http://engageforsuccess.org/what-is-employee-engagement

 

The author is an attorney at law in Trinidad , she specialises in Anti Money Laundering and the Countering of the Financing of Terrorism. See the website http://asydneygroup.com Instagram @asydneygrouptt Whatsapp 1 868 484-7778

Do not let the water get inside the boat : if it does,keep your nose above the water

I listened as she explained her situation. I was sympathetic,but I told her that we were in the same boat. She was underemployed and she opined that the work felt degrading.

She knew that she could do better. Years of sacrifice and effort resulted in debt for tuition and living expenses. I told her to keep her head up. There was no shame in serving. While we are young,we ought to work to learn not earn.

We are not entitled to a dream job after graduation, we have to earn our stripes. I commended her on her successful interviews,and the subsequent employment with the company.

I advised her to do extra things with her time ,that could make extra money. Although her salary is equivalent to an entry level position ,she has to work her way up. The experience that she gains will serve her well in the future.

For those students who are graduating this year, welcome to the rat race. You will be disappointed by what the world of work has to offer to you. Be humble. You have to work to earn your dream job .

The author is a lawyer in Trinidad. She specialises in Anti Money Laundering Compliance.

Website :http://asydneygroup.com

What’s app 868 484-7778