NetVisionary Awards: Best Business Bloggers of 2010!

We are very pleased (totally chuffed!) to be short-listed (or even mentioned in the same sentence as) in the NetVisionary Awards as one of the best Business Bloggers in Ireland in 2010! We were nominated for this before in 2008 but lost out to Michele Neylon of Blacknight. That didn’t phase us because we are both customers & huge fans of Blacknight, you couldn’t lose to better competition. This year we feel the same way, apart from us the nominees are

Amy Dillon of While I don’t wear that much make up [although I’m told I could do with some, or a balaclava] I can see why this blog is so popular, cool videos, a great layout, and good design. It’s cool, even as a guy I can see the attraction of this site and that is a sign of a job well done for sure.

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The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Bill 2009

The Main Purpose of the Bill is to:

•Identify and verify the identity of their customer and of any assets ultimate beneficial owner, and to monitor their business relationship with the customer; •Report suspicions of money laundering or terrorist financing to the public authorities, usually, the national financial intelligence unit; •Take supporting measures, such as ensuring proper training of the personnel and the establishment of appropriate internal preventive policies and procedures.

The 2009/Bill/Act will be applicable to Intermediaries – investment, mortgage and insurance and other investment/insurance businesses which are regulated by the Financial Regulator.  Going forward the term “Designated Body” will be replaced by the term “Designated persons”

The changes which the new Act will bring are:

•“Designated Persons” will be required to perform customer due diligence on a risk based approach. There will be 3 types of customer due diligence depending on the circumstances, (1) Simplified (2) Standard (3) Enhanced identification

•The following products are exempted from the requirements in relation to Customer Due Diligence: – Life Assurance policies with an Annual premium of not more than € 1000 …

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When will the internet become stupid?

When I was doing a final year project in DIT Mountjoy Square back in 1996 the task was to create a comprehensive business plan for a company I actually intended to start, my lecturer was a man named Ed O’Callaghan. I had just finished reading a book on the internet and start up companies, the book (I don’t recall its name) was about a guy who started a company that did US Visa applications online for profit, I thought this was smart but totally outside of my realm of knowledge, but the idea of selling on the internet did make sense and I knew that certain vintage and classic car parts where hard to find so I was going to set up a site that sold parts for old cars (my dad was in the racing business and had done this in the US in the 70’s and after retiring he got into older slower cars so I knew there was a market -albeit a small one- for hard to source car …

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You must be thinking of a different Karl Deeter mortgage guy.

I have been nominated for an Irish Internet Association net-visionary award as best business blogger [God: the irony in your humour is noted]. I guess the lonesome path of reading and then interpreting and writing endless financial stuff is not just a cure for insomnia, it is also a route to recognition, and frankly I’m really chuffed. I had a look at the competition and was even more impressed – have a look at who I’m gonna get whooped by.

The Blacknight Blog: Quality blog on all things technology, personally I like this company, in saying that we are a client of theirs too which is the best vote of confidence we can give! Remember: talk is cheap, top quality hosting isn’t, we gladly pay because they are the best at what they do.

Spicendipity: A blog about food – who can say they wouldn’t love this one? I’ll be checking back here regularly! The way to win a mans heart is through his …

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