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_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (July 9) – Austin Hauswirth has come close before this summer but always fell just a little short. That all changed Thursday at Kossuth County Speedway as Hauswirth won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.It was not easy for Hauswirth as three cautions and the hard charging Shannon Anderson made things interesting. Hauswirth and Anderson went door-to-door for the final five laps but Hauswirth held on for the win.Anderson took second with Chanse Hollatz third.Jesse Hoeft grabbed the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified lead early. Only a single yellow flag de­layed his trip to winner’s circle although second place Jeremy Mills made a run in the final few laps. Point leader Tad Reutzel was third.Randy Brands grabbed the early lead in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, built a sizable ad­vantage despite four early caution flags and held off 10th starting Derek Green for the checkers.Green weaved his way through the field down the stretch. The front two battled the final six laps with each driver taking the lead only to have the other one wrestle it away before Brands held the lead at the flag stand on the final lap.Green was a very close second with Dan Hanselman third.Nick Meyer scored another Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory while Nate Coopman got back on track in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

first_imgThe clash of metal echoes through the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building as sparring partners focus their attention on the sword in their hand and the opponent across from them.The fencing club at USC is hard at work, late at night, in order to teach and prepare the many fencers that come through the program. Not only do beginning fencers learn all of the ins and outs of the sport, but eventually, they can work their way up to national rankings as many of the more experienced fencers have done.The fencing club was founded at USC in 1926. Originally the group was solely a team for males. One of the initial members was Douglas Fairbanks, who was  a founding member of the School of Cinematic Arts.Since its inception, the group has grown to the point today where there is a core group of about 25 members coming on a regular basis, an impressive turnout for fencing.“It’s a lot considering a team is capped at four people,” senior president Christophe Pellissier said.The team welcomes new members every semester and begins to train with them, teaching fundamentals before inexperienced fencers ever get their hands on a weapon.“Most members of our club have no experience fencing when they join,” Pellissier said. “We spend the first couple weeks of every semester teaching them the basics, proper movement, proper form and everything before we even let them hold a weapon.”The new and returning members alike are taught by two coaches that the fencing team hired over a decade ago: Derek Cotton and Scott Frank. Cotton serves on the Fencing Officials Commission.Once a fencer is ready for their first weapon, it will likely be a foil. Foil is the most common fencing weapon and the one that most fencers begin with. With a foil, each fencer can only score with the tip of the weapon as opposed to and part of the blade. The target area in a foil is restricted to the torso, and even if both fencers strike the other, only one person will get the point based on the offensive and defensive moves that were taken.The other two types of fencing for more experienced fencers are saber and épée. In saber, the target area is the waist and above, including the head and arms. Unlike foil, the fencer may earn a point for contact with any part of the weapon, not just the tip. In épée, the fencer earns a point by making contact with any part of the body using only the tip of the weapon.In a typical practice for the club, there is a balance of group work and skill work based on the specific weapon.“We all stretch and warm up and do drills together,” Pellissier said. “Warm up drills probably take an hour to an hour and a half, at which point we transition to free fencing where we divide up by weapon.”The group isn’t just training for fun. The team is part of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California, where USC is a very competitive member. Last year the men’s épée team placed sixth in the league and the men’s foil team came away with second. In league play, three fencers from each school face each other individually and compete in a round-robin format with the first team to five of nine victories being deemed the winner. The league season runs from October to late February.During the month of February, the USC team also hosts a national tournament in honor of alumnus Fred Linkmeyer. Linkmeyer was a three-time national champion who graduated from USC in 1931. The tournament is sanctioned by the United States Fencing Association, meaning fencers can earn their national rankings by competing in the tournament.All of this preparation goes toward the collegiate fencing national championships held annually in April. This is another tournament that USC has fared well in over the years. Last year, the USC men’s team placed eighth nationally out of the 42 teams that were competing. The men’s foil team also placed second overall with one foil placing first individually.This year the Trojans are hoping to be just as successful as the women’s side of the club continues to grow.“Men’s épée is our most competitive team so far,” Pellissier said. “We’ve been building up our women’s teams a lot this year. We have a very competitive women’s épée team and our women’s saber team is also getting more competitive.”The team is split roughly half-and-half into male and female demographics according to Pellissier.In the months leading up to April, the team has high hopes for how they will finish the season.“We’re planning on having a much stronger showing at nationals this year and trying to get a few fencers to place individually,” Pellissier said.For Pellissier and students across USC, fencing provides an athletic experience unlike anything else. Members of the club include graduate students and even a few faculty members. For undergraduate students though, nearly the whole range of USC schools is represented in the membership and creates a unique team-building atmosphere to compete in along with a chance to get away from everyday anxiety.“It’s really relaxing to be able to just go work out and stab people,” Pellissier said, referring only to the scoring system of fencing. “It’s a really cathartic sport in that regard but really intense mentally. It’s a way to get away from the normal stress of school.”last_img read more

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has called up Parma midfielder Afriyie Acquah into the Black Stars to replace the injured Emmanuel Agyemang Badu.Agyemang Badu has been ruled out of Ghana’s reverse fixture of the final round qualifier against Malawi for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Udinese midfielder was part of the initial 21-man squad named by coach Appiah for the game in Lilongwe on October 13 but he suffered a knee injury on Thursday while playing for his Italian club in the Europa League.Ghana won the first leg 2-0 in Accra. The aggregate winner goes through to next year’s Cup of Nations to be hosted by South Africa.last_img read more