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 Tweet EducationLocalNewsSecondary PSS wins Secondary School Math Power Contest by: – May 23, 2011 Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 98 Views   no discussions The Portsmouth Secondary School has emerged winners of the Secondary School Math Power Contest.Five schools made it to the final round of the competition which was held here today.There was a tie for second position between Orion Academy and the St Mary’s Academy but following a tie-breaker, St Mary’s Academy took that spot while Orion came in third.The event was sponsored by the National Bank of Dominica and took place at the Arawak House of Culture. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Much has changed in between Freddie Freeman’s two postseason appearances at Dodger Stadium.Most notably, he became Freddie Freeman.Unless you are among Freeman’s family or one of his friends from his youth in Orange County, you might not have even remembered that Freeman was just coming into his own on those 2013 Atlanta Braves, who lost to the Dodgers in the division series.Freeman was just a few months removed from his first All-Star Game, and he’d just turned 24. Now, Freeman is 29 and finishing off what will be two of three seasons in the top 10 in the MVP voting. Yahoo! Sports just conducted a survey of baseball insiders, who named him as the game’s top first baseman.Freeman has helped lead the Braves back to the playoffs, which has earned him a trip back home.“I am the only one that doesn’t live in Southern California,” the El Modena High product said before Game 1. “Everybody is still here. They’re all coming up tonight. I’m going to have a lot of Freemans in the crowd. Hopefully, I can put on a good show for them.”Freeman did manage a single on Thursday, but otherwise the night belonged to the Dodgers.It was right where Freeman and the Braves left off the last time they were here in October. In 2013, the Braves had a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning of Game 4, hoping to send the series back to Atlanta. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Then Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer.“The next thing you know,” Freeman recalled on Thursday, “I felt like Dodger Stadium was coming down. It was so loud.”The Braves lost that series, and they’re expected to lose this one too, because they are a young roster, built around Freeman.“He’s the guy now,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, who was the third base coach on the 2013 team. “When we came here in the playoffs in ’13, we had a pretty good team, and Freddie wasn’t the marquee guy back then. He was a really good, up-and-coming player. But now I think he’s matured. He’s been around these last five years, and he’s really established himself as a force in our clubhouse. And obviously, what he does on the field speaks for itself.”Related Articles Freeman established himself in 2013, hitting .319 with 23 homers, 109 RBIs and an OPS of .897, finishing fifth in the MVP race. Against the Dodgers in the division series, Freeman was 5 for 16.After that, the Braves dismantled their team. Over the next few years, they stripped away players such as Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton.Leaving Freeman.They gave him an eight-year, $135-million deal as their way of showing him he was the nucleus of the rebuild.“It was my job to try and get this team back to the playoffs as quick as we can,” Freeman said. “And I feel like three years of rebuilding is pretty quick. I feel like we’re going to be here for a lot of years.”last_img read more