15 October 2020 12:34
Producers, suppliers and traders of fluorinated gases (F gases) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in Northern Ireland are being urged by the UK Government to take action to ensure they are prepared for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. After the end of the transition period, EU regulations will continue to apply to all businesses in Northern Ireland who produce, supply, import, export or use F gases or ODS. This means two changes for businesses in Northern Ireland: Businesses who import and supply the Northern Ireland market with F gases or equipment containing F gas will need to have enough EU quota/authorisations to cover their imports from Great Britain, if they do not already have this. F gas and ODS technicians in Northern Ireland will need to qualify for an Irish certificate if they are to continue working in the Republic of Ireland from January 2021. However, they will be able to continue to work in Northern Ireland with their current certificate.
Businesses in Great Britain using or trading F gases or ODS will fall under new systems for Great Britain from 1 January 2021. The new free-to-use Trader Support Service will provide support and guidance to businesses moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol. Businesses who sign up to the Trader Support Service will be guided through the new processes under the Northern Ireland Protocol and can also use it to complete digital declarations. Northern Ireland lost to Norway on Wednesday night and nobody really cared. As if we didn't know before, minds have already turned to Windsor Park next month and the Euro 2020 final play-off at home to Slovakia.
No matter what position Corry Evans plays, he does a top job for Northern Ireland. Utilised as something of an inverted right winger in Bosnia last week, he replaced Steven Davis as the heart of the midfield trio in Norway and put in a busy performance worthy of the skipper himself. It's for that reason that it would be a surprise to see him left out of the XI that plays against Slovakia, although perhaps that right-sided berth is his most likely spot with Davis - Saville - McNair seeming nailed on in the centre. Has any pair of brothers ever both captained an international team in the same game before? The play-off is potentially not the only significant game Northern Ireland will play next month, with the fixture list throwing up a potential relegation shoot-out against Romania at the end of the November window. Providing the two sides match each other's points return in the next Nations Leaue outing, when Northern Ireland go to Austria and Romania host Norway, a win at Windsor in the final game will see Baraclough's side avoid slipping into League C. At least if they did relegated, they might win a Nations League game and boost their chances of a play-off. A clash of opinions has ensued after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a short "circuit breaker" lockdown to limit the spread of Covid-19. The opposition leader called for stricter measures after documents revealed government scientific advisers had suggested such action to the government three weeks ago. Sir Keir said that the lockdown would "not mean schools closing" but advised that it should "run across half-term to minimise disruption". All bars, pubs and restaurants would be forced to close, with compensation "so that no business loses out because of the sacrifices we all need to make". It has lost control of the virus and it's no longer following scientific advice," he said. Picture: ARCHANT Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. "I think the approach needs to be a more regionally targeted approach to tackling the virus. David Ellesmere, leader of the Ipswich Borough Council. Picture: SU ANDERSON David Ellesmere, leader of the Ipswich Borough Council. "Some of the scientific figures have said that local measures in parts of the country with the highest level of Covid, such as Manchester and Liverpool, haven't been successful at tackling the virus. However, leader of Ipswich Borough Council David Ellesmere said that a full lockdown was needed. He said: "The infection rates are increasing across the country, even in Suffolk where we have a relatively low number of cases. "The level we are at now are higher than some areas were when they went into the increased local lockdown measures. "The scientific advice that the government has had is that the measures they have put in place will not stop infections rising. "The longer he waits, the worse it will get and the harsher the measures that are going to need to be put in place and the worse the economic damage it will be. "At the moment we have the worst of all possible worlds where the government is causing damage to business and its not actually reducing infection rate." Chris Chambers, chairman of Ipswich Conservatives, said that the system protects the public while keeping the economy open in areas where Covid rates are low. Meanwhile, Labour councillor Jack Abbott said: "We are seeing the infection rate rise rapidly and Covid hospital admissions are now at a higher point than at the start of lockdown. "The government has lost control and gone missing when we need decisive action and leadership.