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_img“Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness,” Conley wrote. “Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”Trump, confined to the White House with the illness that he has sought to play down, said earlier on Thursday he did not believe he was contagious and was feeling good enough to resume campaign rallies. Such rallies, particularly held indoors, have raised concern among public health experts about spreading the virus.”I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night,” Trump said, adding that “if I’m at a rally, I stand by myself very far away from everybody,” Trump told Fox Business Network.Topics : President Donald Trump’s physician said on Thursday that Trump had completed his course of therapy for the coronavirus, had remained stable since returning to the White House and could return to public engagements on Saturday.Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House that Trump had responded “extremely well” to treatment without any evidence of adverse effects.Trump was hospitalized on Friday after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus. He returned to the White House on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgNamed by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Innovator in Residence Jaron Lanier joined Dean Ernest Wilson Wednesday in an open forum about technology in modern society.In “Self and reality: Finding clarity in the digital noise,” Lanier discussed his past work and current thoughts on today’s technology. Called the “father of virtual reality,” Lanier has been involved with notable innovations and developments with software and hardware for decades.New age – Jaron Lanier, Annenberg’s innovator in residence, spoke Wednesday about the detriment of new trends in Internet and computers. – Photo courtesy of USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism“[We’re] pursuing the old dream of trying to come up with the right designs for wonderful experience in the furthering along the line of virtual reality,” Lanier said.Lanier was chosen as the 2010 innovator in residence after recommendations were submitted by faculty. He is Annenberg’s second innovator in residence, after Irving Wladawsky-Berger received the honor in 2009.“The purpose of the innovator in residence is to provide food for thought around topics related to innovation, creation and technology for our students, faculty and staff,” wrote Carola Weil, associate dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Annenberg, in an e-mail.At the event, Wilson said Lanier is not only an innovator, but he has also given careful thought to criticizing the central role of technology and innovation.“The goal is to invite someone who is an innovator in his or her own right to our community here at Annenberg,” Wilson said. “That’s exactly the kind of countercurrent that we want to hear.”Lanier said he believes that the way trends in technology have shifted are lazy and have a low-quality feeling.“I have a lot of fun with computers, and yet I happen to think a lot of the particular designs on the surface of this stuff … which includes a lot of the social networking stuff,” Lanier said. “I don’t like this whole trend.”Lanier argued that progress in technology is eliminating the need for human labor, and that a successful society would preserve its middle class.“The essential idea is that as machines get better, people ought to be able to earn a living from their hearts and brains,” Lanier said. “The people who aren’t needed will become peasants and will be forgotten and lost.”Lanier, who is currently working with Microsoft research labs, said he is always trying to evolve and come up with new ideas in the realm of technology.“There’s the idea that there was a less technological way of doing things … and that there’s a new way of doing things that involve more technology,” Lanier said.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWBKB’S Mike Beiermeister chats with Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora on the city opting out of recreational marijuana facilities, the possibility of medical marijuana facilities, and an ordinance in the works to ban public use of marijuana in terms of smoking and vaping.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Marijuana, mayor, Medical Marijuana, Opt-out, public ban, Recreational MarijuanaContinue ReadingPrevious Mini-grant applications through United Way now openNext Here with Beier: Do it for the Disco!last_img read more

first_img Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic look to make history – the numbers ahead of the Australian Open final Naomi Osaka’s stunning rise continued as she overcame a dramatic second-set wobble to defeat Petra Kvitova in three sets in the Australian Open women’s singles final Saturday in Melbourne, securing her second successive grand slam title and the WTA’s No. 1 ranking.Osaka had three championship points as Kvitova served at 3-5, 0-40 in the second set but was denied in sensational fashion inside Rod Laver Arena. TOTAL POINTSOsaka – 116Kvitova – 112 Yet there was nothing to dampen Osaka’s celebrations on this occasion, after she extended her winning streak at the highest level to 14 matches and became the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to follow up her first slam success by winning the next major. The status of the new world No. 1 as the brightest young star in tennis can be in no doubt.Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion of 2011 and 2014, had been looking to secure a fairytale win, just over two years on from sustaining career-threatening injuries to her left hand in a knife attack at her home.Kvitova had not dropped a set at Melbourne Park before facing Osaka and boasted a fantastic record in finals, but she was denied Saturday despite showing tremendous character.. @Naomi_Osaka_ is the Australian Open 2019 championShe def. Petra Kvitova 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Eight break points were spurned – five for Kvitova and three for Osaka – in a high-quality first set that was ultimately decided in a tie-break.Osaka, who was the world No. 72 at this tournament 12 months ago, had struggled to read Kvitova’s serve early on but soon gained the upper hand and looked to be winning a battle of the forehands as she forged ahead.When Osaka moved a break up in the second set, having been 2-0 down, a straight-sets victory appeared likely.However, a dramatic shift in momentum followed as Kvitova fought back from 0-40 down when serving to stay in the match and then capitalized on the increasingly erratic form of her stunned rival, who could not hide her frustration.Kvitova also took the opening game of the third set, but Osaka somehow regained her composure under huge pressure.A series of eye-catching winners helped Osaka again move to the brink of victory, and she was not to be denied for a second time, sealing the win with a hold to 15.STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNNaomi Osaka [4] d. Petra Kvitova [8] 7-6 [7-2] 5-7 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSOsaka – 33/33Kvitova – 33/39ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSOsaka – 9/4Kvitova – 5/4BREAK POINTS WONOsaka – 3/14Kvitova – 3/10FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEOsaka – 62Kvitova – 64PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEOsaka – 76/45Kvitova – 71/47 Kvitova reeled off four successive games to force a third set, pushing a stunned and emotional Osaka to dig deep to regain the upper hand and claim a 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4 victory in a truly captivating match.Osaka, 21, won her first grand slam at last year’s US Open, which was overshadowed by Serena Williams’ extraordinary confrontation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos. Boos from the crowd left Osaka in tears during the post-match presentation. Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgWijnaldum’s versatility has been invaluable to Klopp, who will hope the Dutchman can use his athleticism and power to set the tempo in midfield.For Tottenham, Christian Eriksen will be looking to run the game too, but more quietly, the Dane’s craft and vision will be essential if Spurs want to break down Liverpool’s stubborn defence.If Eriksen is denied space to thread balls for the likes of Kane, Son and Dele Alli to find, Liverpool could be halfway there.Liverpool v ExpectationIt has been a long time since Liverpool last went into a European final as favourites and much could depend on how they handle the pressure.Liverpool finished 26 points above Tottenham in the Premier League this season, beat them home and away, and have lost to them only once in the last 13 matches.They also know what it feels like to play in a Champions League final, with most of this team there in Kiev last year, when they were beaten by Real Madrid.That experience should be an advantage but expectation can create tension too. Liverpool must not blink.Tottenham v NervesTottenham are the underdogs but there is never nothing to lose in a game of this magnitude.For some of their players, it is likely to be their only shot at winning club football’s biggest prize and for all of them except Toby Alderweireld, it will be their first Champions League final.Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris, who won the World Cup with France last year, will be among those trying to keep their team-mates calm because against Liverpool, notorious for fast starts, there will be no time for adjustment.After three weeks to stew, Spurs have to ensure nerves do not strangle their performance.Share on: WhatsApp Champions League trophy. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeagueMadrid, Spain | AFP | Tottenham and Liverpool play for the biggest prize in club football on Saturday as the two Premier League teams go head-to-head in the Champions League final.Liverpool are aiming to win their sixth European Cup in Madrid while a surprise victory for Spurs would earn them their first.Here, AFP Sport looks at five key battles that could decide the contest.Pochettino v KloppMauricio Pochettino has said he expects this match to be a battle of emotions, not tactics, but his duel with Jurgen Klopp could go a long way to settling the final.For Pochettino, the big call will be around Harry Kane, who could be fit enough to start but will he be sharp enough to merit the risk?Klopp’s biggest selection dilemma is in midfield, where he has to pick three from Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Fabinho.His choice could offer a clue as to Liverpool’s approach, whether they want a fast, open game, the kind they usually favour. It is the kind Tottenham, with their speed in attack, might be happy with too.Salah v RoseMohamed Salah played only 30 minutes of last year’s final, forced off after a collision with Sergio Ramos, and the Egyptian will surely be eager to make up for lost time.Even if his season has not had the explosiveness of last, Salah remains Liverpool’s deadliest threat and how Danny Rose handles him will be key to Tottenham’s hopes.Rose was outstanding during Tottenham’s quarter-final triumph over Ajax, showing the kind of form that once made him one of the finest full-backs in Europe. A repeat this weekend would give Spurs a good chance.Eriksen v WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum was the star of Liverpool’s incredible comeback against Barcelona in the semi-finals and Klopp is likely to rely on him again in Madrid.last_img read more

first_imgWinter is just around the corner . . . non believers simply look outside.And rather than hiding inside for the next few months, why not get outside and enjoy winter this year by hitting the slopes with your Grade 4 and 5 children.Skiing and snowboarding are two of Canada’s most popular winter sports and one of the best ways to stay active this winter.Don’t let kids hibernate this season. Once they feel the pride and exhilaration of zooming down the hills they won’t want to stay home and play video games. Keeping your children healthy and active should never be a strain on your pockets and the Canadian Ski Council along with ski areas from across the country want to help. Pick up a Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass and find hundreds of ways to save this winter.The SnowPass is valid from December 1 to the end of the ski season. For the first time ever, the SnowPass is now national and can be used at over 150 ski areas all across Canada.SnowPass registration can now be completed online at, complete the registration form, upload a photo, proof of age/grade and pay a small administration fee of $29.95 including taxes. Applications are open to anyone in grade 4 or 5 (or who was born in 2002 and 2003).  Your child’s very own SnowPass will be mailed straight to your door giving you hundreds of ways to save this season.The SnowPass program offers you hundreds of opportunities to get your children out of the house and onto the slopes!To learn more about the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass online go to or forms are also available from elementary school teachers or at participating Sport Chek stores Canada-wide.This year’s program begins December 1.last_img read more

first_imgDave McLellan knows a thing of two about coaching, having skippered teams at both BC Junior A and Junior B levels as well as overseas.However, the 48-year-old coach from Surrey had better reach long and hard into his coaching bag of tricks as the latest candidate to lead the Nelson Leafs hockey club is getting a late, and we mean late, start on the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.“I’m really apprehensive about (getting the job so late),” McLellan said from his Surrey home, “I mean, coaches really want to start recruiting back in March, April, May . . . at the latest.“This is a bigger challenge to recruit properly at this late stage (of the offseason).”McLellan comes to the Leafs after Nelson’s top candidate to replace former coach and GM, Frank Maida, Matt Hughes, decided to dump the Leafs for another job in July.Hughes, who won the job over McLellan and two other candidates, decided to take a director’s position with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna.To say the Leafs were in panic mode after Hughes informed the team would be the understatement of the brief KIJHL season.However, McLellan is confident he has the tools, and contacts, to find the right players when Nelson opens training camp at the end of August.“I’m not really that worried,” said McLellan. “Having been a BCHL coach you need to have a strong recruiting network, and I have that. I used the same recruiting network in the PJHL (Pacific Junior Hockey League) to attract players to a very solid program.”“I’ve already started that process and believe I have three or four very different players who have signed up to come to main camp already so the process is going,” McLellan added. McLellan has extensive history in coaching and teaching the basics fundamentals of the game. The father of one was with the Burnaby (now Coquitlam) Express from April 2005 to February 2010, heading the coaching staff in 2007.He then coached the Delta Ice Hawks for two seasons where he took the franchise to the PJHL title in 2012.Last season McLellan, who also owns Top Shelf Hockey, stepped back into the Minor Hockey ranks in North Vancouver after a job with the Surrey Eagles fell through, coaching the Midget A squad to the final four of the provincials.“One of my biggest hurdles I face is getting in touch with existing, returning players which I don’t have a full grasp on yet, but I’ll have to deal with that,” explained McLellan, who spent the past few weeks taking a team of 14-year-olds from Vancouver on a hockey trip to China.“I think it will be a slower process selecting this team. I’ll have to be careful making commitments to players, which will be a little bit different process will take place to build a team for this year.”Leafs open camp August 29 at the NDCC Arena.McLellan is hopeful to have enough players to fill three, if not, four teams for main camp.First exhibition game for Nelson is Wednesday, September 3 in Fruitvale against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson travels to Creston Friday September 5 before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m..Nelson concludes the preseason Sunday, September 7 against Beaver Valley at home.Nelson opens the regular season at home, Friday, September 12 against the same Nitehawks.But why, after being shunned during the final round of interviews, would a coach of McLellan’s experience decide to give the Leafs a second chance?“The big thing that attracted me was the history of the Leafs,” answered McLellan, already in the Heritage City to begin his new job.“To be quite frank there a many teams in the KIJHL I wouldn’t have applied for the job. But this job is about the town of Nelson and the history of the Leafs, which is run more like a Junior A franchise so that was a big thing that prompted my application.”last_img read more