first_imgThis is something that Gareth Hickey has been doing for the last several months to shore up his start-up Noa, which creates audio versions of news content and works with several large news publishers.“We’ve had to put in place a review of all of our data transfer agreements that we have with publishers and other parties that are based in the U.K.,” he told CNBC. “There’s obviously been a cost associated with that because we don’t know what way it’s going to be left and we don’t want to be left scrambling.”Much like customs arrangements, Hickey said some start-ups may be putting their data transfer arrangement off to the last minute.“Just to call a spade a spade, it’s probably the case that some start-ups are going to accept the risk and not put anything in place and if data adequacy is not granted to the U.K. then they’re staring at an unknown.” “Even if we get a deal, we’re not in a scenario that we just carry on trading as we are now. On Jan. 1 there is a huge amount of extra administrative burden and complexity in trading.”One step in getting prepared is securing an Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification (EORI) number from Revenue, the Irish tax authority, which is required for anyone importing and exporting out of the EU. But it remains unclear if all the businesses that need one have obtained it.Last year, Revenue contacted around 90,000 businesses that it identified as possibly needing the registration. A spokesperson for Revenue said that over the last month the agency has been carrying out further contact with around 14,000 businesses.FatigueBrian Keegan, director of public policy at Chartered Accountants Ireland, said that drawn out negotiations and extended deadlines has caused some weariness among businesses.“There’s been an incredible amount of Brexit fatigue. We’ve been marched up to the top of the hill and marched down again so often,” he said.Companies could run the risk of that fatigue getting the best of them come Jan. 1, he said.“We’re not entirely clear if tariffs are going to be applied and secondly if they are applied, the extent to which they’re going to apply between the U.K. and Northern Ireland,” he told CNBC.“While there is a protocol in place to ensure that there is no tariff border, no hard border on the island of Ireland, it’s still very unclear how any of this is going to work and we’re less than 70 days away from the shutters coming down,” he said.Keegan added that he’s hopeful some kind agreement can be made at this stage, which can be expanded upon beyond January.“If Europe is struggling with its trading agreements with a G-7 country, that’s really significant.”Data flowsThe movement of physical goods is one thing, but questions still hang over the flows of data after December.The U.K. will need to gain an adequacy agreement with the EU — which effectively says the jurisdictions are on equal footing — as well, to ensure personal data can flow.Last month, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties argued that the U.K.’s data protection enforcement isn’t up to standard and said in a letter to the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that there is an “inescapable conclusion” that the U.K. shouldn’t be granted adequacy.If no such agreement is reached, companies will have to make separate data transfer arrangements with customers and partners. An employee enters sliding doors decorated with the stars of the European Union (EU) flag at the Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Commission (EC), in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. It took 32 months, two prime ministers, and nearly 30 votes in Parliament to extricate Britain from the European Union and the hardest part of the negotiations hasn’t even started.Bloomberg DUBLIN — Customs capacity will be a major hurdle for many Irish businesses that trade with the U.K., regardless of whether a deal is struck with the EU by the end of the year.That’s according to Ian Talbot, chief executive of business group Chambers Ireland, who said that while the Irish government committed to hiring extra personnel to handle customs with the U.K., many small businesses are unprepared for the new responsibilities that will be placed on them.“You could end up getting to a customs point and finding your documentation wasn’t correctly prepared and you can’t proceed,” Talbot said.- Advertisement – For many SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), especially in the agriculture and food industries, any delays could be disastrous.“We just don’t know how this is going to play out at borders. How lenient for example borders might be for the first few weeks and months as everyone gets used to this. That will be a big question in our minds. Will a minor documentation error cause a fail or will some discretion be allowed for a period of time?” Talbot added that regardless of the deal talks on tariffs and quotas, there will be extra obligations on businesses.   – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils will be rebranded as the Delhi Capitals this season. The new name was announced by Delhi’s team management and top bosses who conducted an official event on Tuesday. The franchise also released a new logo on the occasion.The Delhi-based team was purchased by the GMR Group for a sum of $84 million in January 2008. Before the 2018 edition, the GMR Group inked a 50-50 partnership deal with Mumbai-based steel company Jindal South West (JSW) Sports for the ownership of the team.The 2018 was a forgettable season for the Daredevils who ended at the bottom of the points table out of eight teams. With the new name, the franchise is hoping for better fortunes in the next season, with Sunrisers Hyderabad trading Shikhar Dhawan to the Delhi team. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgSome fans attacked the Manchester United team bus with glass bottles and other missiles – which delayed kick-off by 45 minutes.The FA says it’ll work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to investigate. Winston’s Reid’s late header secured a deserved victory for the Hammers in their final home game before moving to the London Olympic Stadium in the summer.Manager Slaven Bilic says that his players were determined to leave the old ground on a winning note…However there was a sour note to last night’s game after the English FA confirmed that it will investigate the “unsavoury incidents” that took place before the game.last_img read more

first_imgSixteen senators urged the Trump administration Wednesday to continue immigration protections for 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. because of severe hardships back home.The senators, all Democrats, sent a letter responding to a recommendation by the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end “temporary protected status” for Haitians by January.The U.S. government has granted such protections to foreigners from 13 countries hammered by natural disasters, famine or war.In the letter written by Senator Bob Mendenez, to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the senators said Haiti still hasn’t recovered from the devastating 2010 earthquake and last year’s Hurricane Matthew.The temporary protection program was created for foreigners “when extraordinary conditions in their home country pose a serious threat to personal safety,” wrote the senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “Given Haiti’s many challenges, the United States’ focus should be to prioritize disaster assistance and recovery, not to return Haitian nationals to a country lacking the capacity to support them.”“More than seven years after the devastating earthquake and resulting humanitarian crisis, Haiti has yet to recover,” the senators wrote.Kelly, who has the final say, has not decided on the Haitians’ fate yet, Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said.last_img read more

first_imgWith nine weeks already gone in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition, the two groups are starting to shape up nicely.Seven matches were played on Sunday with only Asante Kotoko not taking to the field of the 15 participating teams.This gave Medeama an opportunity to go five points clear of the Kumasi side when they travelled to Eleven Wonders but it was not a good weekend for the away sides.None of the away teams managed to earn all three points in the seven games that were played, with only one match ending in a draw.16 goals were scored across the seven match centres, with about 81% of them (13 goals) being scored by the home sides.The goals were by sixteen different scorers.The away sides scored only three goals this matchweek, with four teams failing to find the net at all.Hearts of Oak were the biggest scorers this weekend, netting four goals at home to WAFA while Dreams FC, Liberty Professionals, Bechem Utd, Elmina Sharks and the Sogakope club would certainly have wanted to be even a quarter as prolific as Hearts, as none of them managed a goal.Of the sides to pick up three points on Sunday, only Karela scored less than two goals with two each for Ashgold, Aduana, Eleven Wonders and Ebusua Dwarfs in addition to Heart’s four-goal haul.The results leave Medeama (16 points) two points clear of Kotoko in Group A having played a game more, with Aduana a further two behind in third.Hearts of Oak (18 points) are a point clear of Karela in Group B with WAFA and Elmina Sharks following with 15 and 14 points respectively.last_img read more