Brexit News / Relaxing pallet treatment rules will ease UK firms towards post-Brexit era

first_img© Weerayuth Kanchanacharoen By Alex Lennane 18/11/2020 Pressure on UK companies to use compliant wooden packaging and pallets post-Brexit has relaxed, with a temporary easement in regulations.Heat-treated wooden components will be allowed, temporarily, for the repair of pallets and packaging, so companies can raise their stocks of compliant wooden packaging material (WPM) before the end of the transition period on 31 December.After Brexit, all WPM must be compliant with ISPM15, currently not a requirement in the internal EU market.ISPM15 incorporates phytosanitary requirements, which mean pallets need heat treatment of 56ºC for 30 minutes to kill bugs and pests.Some 100m pallets are used in trade between the UK and EU, and there has been concern that insufficient numbers of ISPM15-compliant pallets will be available. The industry has faced setbacks from a lack of kilns for the heat treatment, as well as Covid-19 adding delays.The temporary rule helps avoid the need for the total retreatment of pallets after repair. It is only available to members of UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme and their approved sites, and is valid until 31 July 2021.“We support this temporary addendum to the programme,” said John Dye, president of the Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation.“It is a further step forward in our industry’s preparations for Brexit, which will give companies the ability to repair pallets to ISPM15 standards more rapidly and moves our business further towards its compliance targets.“Using heat-treated wood for repairs is also more energy efficient as it saves a significant amount of kilning capacity when compared to treating the whole of every repaired pallet. We also expect this measure will encourage an increase in repairs, which in turn will help towards government targets for reuse.”Companies wishing to take advantage of the easement change need to declare their intention by emailing the UK WPMMP secretary, who will update Forestry Commission inspectors and the relevant auditors. This will ensure the right traceability and plant health obligations continue to be met.last_img read more

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5 names to know at Amazon: the key players behind its health care push

first_img [email protected] Health Tech @caseymross LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images This is one in a series of articles highlighting the key people leading Big Tech companies’ move into digital health and life sciences. Read an earlier story here.If you woke up today from a five-year nap, you might be shocked by the breadth of Amazon’s health care business. The e-commerce giant has hired an A-list team to disrupt pharmacy services, drug development, distribution of medical supplies, and the delivery of care. Casey Ross About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Casey Ross April 17, 2019 Reprintscenter_img GET STARTED What is it? 5 names to know at Amazon: the key players behind its health care push National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. Log In | Learn More What’s included? Tags Artificial IntelligenceBostonHealth ITlistsSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.last_img read more

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$60 million to be spent on buildings for three Councils

first_imgRelated$60 million to be spent on buildings for three Councils Related$60 million to be spent on buildings for three Councils $60 million to be spent on buildings for three Councils Local GovernmentNovember 30, 2010 Related$60 million to be spent on buildings for three Councilscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately $60 million is to be spent by the Department of Local Government to construct two Municipal buildings, and expand another facility, to accommodate the operations of three local authorities.The three authorities that will benefit are the St. Thomas and Westmoreland Parish Councils, and the Portmore Municipal Council.This was announced by State Minister for Local Government in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, at a recent launch of the St. Thomas Parish Council’s Customer Service Charter, in Morant Bay.Mr. Montague pointed out that currently, the St. Thomas and Portmore Councils do not operate from their own facilities.As a result, he said the Department took the decision to have the requisite facilities developed for their permanent relocation. He pointed out that preliminary designs have been completed for St. Thomas, while the plans for Portmore are being redesigned.“We have sent them (designs) to St. Thomas, so that the consultation with the Council can begin. We had expected to break ground this November, but we understand that the process of consultation must be observed, because what we envision might not be what the people of St. Thomas want. Therefore, we have put that on hold. But, I want to publicly state that the money is committed for the building,” the State Minister said.Regarding Portmore, Mr. Montague said the Department has been in consultation with the Council and citizens, which has resulted in the initial plan currently being redesigned. In the case of the Westmoreland Council, he pointed out that “major alterations” are being done to the plan for that building. This, he explained, would not necessitate the construction of a new building.“We started out with the extension of a building to accommodate the accounts department. But we realised that if we re-oriented the building, we would end up with more space, than actually getting a building. So, we are re-designing Westmoreland’s (plan) from scratch,” he informed.Mr. Montague assured that the structures will be energy efficient, as they would incorporate features, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and solar panels. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Letter to the Editor – Free Enterprise is failing us

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsLetter to the Editor – Free Enterprise is failing us Apr. 28, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedGovernmentLawletterNewsLetter to the Editor – Free Enterprise is failing usGuest Author1 year agofree enterprisefundingletter to the editorpostal service Editor:Will we lose our U.S. Postal Service, from 6th Street, to 14th and Wilshire, and beyond — as an act of normal?On the one hand, Boeing, a giant private failing corporation, is getting a big government bailout. But the cash strapped USPS, which offers a vital public service, is getting nothing, as Trump blocks funding for our mail. His remedy is that they raise their prices.With irresponsible Boeing corporate leadership selling unsafe airplanes that killed hundreds, trying to hide its failures, and squeezing billions in public subsidies out of the state of Washington, normal is giving a bailout and leaving Boeing unchanged.And their leaders (and other employers getting government bailouts) remain in their traditional positions of making all key enterprise decisions exclusively and privately.Why doesn’t Boeing just “raise it’s prices” to survive?The cold truth is normal “free enterprise” is miserably failing us in Santa Monica and the nation.Andrew LibermanSanta MonicaTags :free enterprisefundingletter to the editorpostal serviceshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCommunity and Cultural Services Director RetiresEight Santa Monica residents die from COVID-19You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

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Trinidad Government Closes Primary Schools, but Insists No “Raging” COVID-19 in…

first_img“The decision that I have taken is that we will discontinue at this stage from tomorrow those children will not go back out to have classes at school and we expect they will do at home what they were doing before….for the exams on August 20 because we will remain committed to having the exams.” He said the virus is likely to be around for a long time “until a vaccine is found to vaccinate the lage population of the world. “When we say we are all in this together we mean everybody and any decision made is made for everybody and it is not helpful if persons in leadership positions believe that they are not going to accept what the country is doing because they are prepared to protect themselves better than anybody else, especially at the personal level where we are not seeing that commitment by some people were it is required as the protocol to deal with the virus”. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley at news conference (CMC Photo)“We took firm decisions using the science and the data and we continue so to do. And of course if there comes a point where we believe that the risk requires a certain response…then at that point we will make the decisions as we made in the beginning. He said while he understood the position of the teachers, unilateral positions by unions representing workers, some of whom are on the frontline, would defeat the national policy in dealing with the efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. Rowley said he was “disappointed’ in the earlier statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) calling on all teachers to stay away from classes until school reopens in September. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday announced the closure of primary schools but insisted that the country was not facing an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) even as it prepared for a general election on August 10. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, speaking at a news conference here, said that following discussions with the health sector experts, it was agreed to shut down the primary schools from Thursday, after some pupils had been in contact with positive cases resulting in the closure of at least nine schools contacting tracing and cleaning. “We understand the difficulty in getting children to stand within the protocol at the school environment especially small children, but we also had the requirement as we said this is about life and livelihood and we could add to that educational progression. “But now we are not there. But, there some things we have been doing which have increased the risks which are not comfortable with,” he said, noting “we had our children home for a number of weeks, away from school, away from mixing with the national population… “So life wise we stay home, we stay away….and we brought our SEA children out to prepare themselves for an exam that is important with respect to the movement of our children,” Rowley said, adding that based on the data “we took the decision that we would not continue with that experiment of bringing those SEA students out. The Ministry of Health Wednesday reported that three new cases had been reported over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 197. There have been eight deaths, since the first case was reported in March. “In Trinidad and Tobago we have a structure and that is working well for us. While you would have heard the Minister of Health saying a couple of days ago there is no raging virus in Trinidad and Tobago. The virus is not raging out of control. We are able to identify and pick up, we know that the virus is in the population as it rears it head we are able to treat with it and so far the majority of the cases and the numbers…are people where we have found the contacts”. “There is no raging virus,” Rowley told reporters, noting that the emphasis now was on the management of the risks involved in the spread of the virus. “Basically what we are required to do after the first reaction is to live with the virus. Some people are living with it in an uncontrolled way. There are countries with far more resources that we have, who are not even attempting to do contact tracing….because the numbers are too large to attempt contact tracing….” The SEA is a government exam sat by children aged 11 to 12 as part of the admissions process for all public secondary schools. The SEA was introduced in 2001, to replace the older Common Entrance exam. Rowley again urged political parties into the last weekend of the campaign to ensure that their supporters are fully on board with the various measures to curb the spread of the virus, adding “put health protocols first. CMC “There are to be no gatherings to celebrate,” he said,, pleading “ do not congregate, election victory or not, do not congregate”.last_img read more

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Rohde & Schwarz Verifies TDD/FDD LTE Bands for Mixed Carrier Aggregation

first_imgDuring the test, the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester from Rohde & Schwarz simulated an LTE network with simultaneous time division duplex (TDD) and frequency division duplex (FDD). The data was successfully transferred to the DUT on multiple aggregated carriers in different duplex modes.This makes the R&S CMW500 the only test platform to support RF and protocol tests for carrier aggregation in line with 3GPP Rel. 12 for TDD/FDD joint operation. With this test result, Rohde & Schwarz has paved the way for the entire wireless ecosystem, effectively driving the development of future wireless devices for mixed carrier aggregation.Network operators often have spectra in various frequency bands, which they exploit in TDD or FDD mode depending on conditions. Mixed-mode TDD/FDD will now enable them to use carrier aggregation to combine FDD and TDD cells. This not only gives network operators more flexibility in band and spectrum selection, they can also offer higher data rates to subscribers. Carrier aggregation was previously used to combine multicarrier signals with the same mode (FDD or TDD).The TDD/FDD joint operation test functionality is now available for the R&S CMW500 RF and protocol testers from Rohde & Schwarz. Rohde & Schwarz will display the setup at Mobile World Congress, booth C40 in hall 6.last_img read more

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City of Miami Gardens declare October 21st Georgia Ayers Day

first_imgThe City of Miami Gardens celebrated yesterday the life and work of community advocate, Georgia Ayers, declaring her birthday October 21st as Georgia Ayers Day, in her honor.Ayers was active in the community since 1968, serving as Charter Member of the Opportunity Industrialization Center (I.O.C.) and 1967 developing the Miami-Dade Police Department Community Relations Council, and the Miami Police Department Community Relations Council in 1969.  She was also the first recipient of the Miami Herald’s “Spirit of Excellence Award” in 1985.Georgia has received numerous International, National, State and Local Awards, including the “Trailblazer Award” from the City of Miami Police Department; the Education and Community Service Award from Bethune Cookman College Alumni; and the Civil Rights Advocacy Award for the Florida Commission on Human Relations.Ayers, who passed away in February this year, also founded the Alternative Program, to help thousands of first-time offenders find a second chance.last_img read more

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Sustainable future for village festival

first_imgThe inaugural Pakenham Village Fest has been hailed as one of the most diverse gatherings in recent years. The festival,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Canucks Fail Test Against Listless Stars

first_img The most disturbing trend of all is the apparent indifference of the team.  They simply are just not working hard enough to win most games.  Tonight, Dallas was definitely the team that wanted it more.  Mental errors and mistakes are common, and it just feels like the team needs to bear down and concentrate on what they are doing.  They just don’t seem to have any fight in them right now. Vigneault continues to underutilise his fourth line.  The Canucks’ fourth line has good, dependable players – Lapierre, Malhotra, and now Raymond (or, in the past, Kassian, Weise, Bitz, etc.).  They were again on the ice less than 10 minutes. Chris Tanev needs to find his way back into the lineup – stat.  The team is missing his calm demeanour and puck-moving ability. All this said, the Canucks were leading this game as late as the last TV timeout of the second period.  If they could only find a way to dig down a bit deeper when they have these one goal leads, many games would be much easier for them to close out.  Their laziness and general indifference to working hard is costing them games and points.  It’ll be interesting to see if it’s just a lull in their game or if this is how they are going to finish the year and roll into the playoffs. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks played the third game in their current seven-game homestand on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena against the visiting Dallas Stars.  Vancouver was completely outclassed in this matchup, dropping a horrible 5-2 decision to the visitors.  It was the first time the Canucks have lost back to back games in regulation since early November.It’s now six games and counting for downright bad offensive performances from the Canucks.  The offense, long a staple of this team, seems to have completely deserted them.  For long stretches tonight, it looked like the Canucks would be OK, as they nursed a one-goal lead to the last TV timeout of the second period. From there, it was all Dallas, who scored twice before the second period was out, added another one early in the third, and coasted to the easy victory.Chris Higgins, easily the Canucks’ best player, had a goal and an assist in what was Vancouver’s only silver lining.  Higgins opened the scoring at 6:45 of the second period, beating Dallas goalkeeper Richard Bachman with a nice wrist shot off the rush.  In the last couple games, the defense has been an unmitigated disaster.  Hamhuis, normally one of the steadiest defenders in the entire league, has looked shaky, as has his normal partner Kevin Bieksa.  Alex Edler remains maddeningly inconsistent – some nights he plays the way that made him an all-star, but more often lately, he appears to be a nothing more than a tentative young player.  Tonight, he was horrible on two important goals against – the second one, where he was caught on a pinch, and the pivotal third, where his failure to get the puck past the Jamie Benn led to an Alex Burrows turnover, Edler chasing in his own zone, and failing to pick up Benn who buried a shot past Luongo.  It was an absolutely horrendous stretch for the young Swede. For the Stars, their first line of Ribeiro/Eriksson/Ryder was very good tonight, as was the second line of and Adam Burish.  Both lines threatened to score on numerous occasions.  After being out of a playoff position, they now lead the Pacific Division. Burrows and Salo were both minus-3 on the night. I’ve now officially had enough of Marc-Andre Gragnani.  I don’t ever notice him doing anything out on the ice, except for going ridiculous places while on the power play.  His presence on the power play, by the way, has led to Hamhuis being removed from the PP – and while Hamhuis isn’t a classic offensive defenseman, he did well there earlier this season and he usually makes a smart play. It’s almost not worth saying it – the twins are really struggling right now, with another game without any points.  They’ve only recorded points in four of the last 13 games.  That just is not going to get it done, especially considering the third line is now virtually incapable of scoring with Sami Pahlsson as its centre (Higgins scored tonight on what was ostensibly an individual effort).  Post-game, Daniel stated that he felt his line was creating chances and they just weren’t going in, and that’s why this current funk is dissimilar to their January woes.  I don’t recall many Sedin chances tonight, but that said, it seemed like at times, they had the puck in the offensive zone and threatened.  Regardless – this is not the twins that we are used to seeing.  If they aren’t producing, this team will struggle to win, and that’s the bottom line. Kassian had his worst game as a Canuck, failing to record a shot or a hit in 13:55 of ice time.   He drew a penalty shot just 24 seconds into the game, but failed to get a shot off. In addition, coach Alain Vigneault has paired Edler and Gragnani on the PP – so now there are two left shots on one unit, and two right shots (Salo and Bieksa) on the other.  It looks awkward and ridiculous and the Canucks’ results speak for themselves. Dallas took the lead on goals from Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro before the period was out to take the 2-1 lead into the locker room.The third period was all Stars.  Jamie Benn, snakebit most of the night, finally scored four minutes into the third after what can most kindly be described as a fire drill in the Canucks’ zone.  Alex Edler, against the run of play, replied just three minutes later for the Canucks, his shot deflecting off the stick of Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric past Bachman. Ribeiro restored the Stars’ two goal lead just over three minutes later after another defensive breakdown in the Canucks’ zone, continuing a common theme in the period.  Stephane Robidas, an impressive plus-4 on the night, scored into an empty net to tally Dallas’ final goal.It’s difficult to find a silver lining from tonight’s game.  The Canucks were horrible all over the ice in the last 25 minutes of the game.  Defensive breakdowns became the norm,with all of the top-4 defensemen looking brutal at one point or another. The Canucks didn’t play with any passion, physicality, or desire, as apparently they didn’t learn any lessons from Saturday’s game against Buffalo. Offensively, the team struggled as well, the top line of Sedin/Sedin/Burrows failing to score in what is becoming another disturbing trend.  Roberto Luongo can’t really be faulted for any of the goals against, but a huge save here or there at a key moment would be helpful.The Canucks are in the midst of a rough patch.  Since Christmas, the team has been faced with some bad road trips and going through this period, they have struggled to put good efforts on the ice with any consistency.  They have been lucky to get great goaltending and some timely scoring, which has salvaged a point here and there – but things appear to be coming home to roost right now.  Hopefully the Canucks can soon get out of this funk. GAME OBSERVATIONS The Canucks are showing some disturbing trends at the moment.  Most recently, they have allowed five goals against in each of the last two games, a staggering amount for this team. They just appear completely discombobulated in their own end. When the Canucks are going well, their D do a great job of knowing when, and when not, to pinch.  Tonight, bad pinches cost the team a plethora of odd-man rushes against.  Only bad bounces and luck kept Dallas from putting another three or four goals on the board. Steve Ott was great out there tonight.  The game left me wishing that we were able to get him out of Dallas at the deadline. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Day:  If I have to listen to Shorthouse talk about Garrett’s eating habits one more time, I am going to lose it.  Constant references to what he likes to eat while on the road are annoying and irrelevant.Dan Murphy had a good interview with Daniel Sedin after the game.   The Sedins are good – they never avoid the media and are always there to own up to shortcomings (theirs and the team’s) after games like this.  Daniel appeared calm, happy with his line’s game, and didn’t appear panicked at all – as one would expect.Looking ahead: The Canucks continue their homestand and will attempt to put this one behind them when they face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.last_img read more

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Williams powers Leafs to 1-0 victory over defending KIJHL Champs

first_imgThe defending KIJHL champs made a push in the third, out shooting Nelson 17-10.However, Williams was unbeatable securing the two points for the Leafs.Beaver Valley finished the game with a 38-26 shots advantage.Nelson returns to the NDCC Arena Saturday to host the Kimberley Dynamiters in a Kootenay Conference encounter at 7 p.m.Meanwhile, Beaver Valley hosts Fernie Ghostriders as the Hawks raise another KIJHL Banner to the rafters in the Beaver Valley Arena after capturing the title last season.In other Murdoch Division action, Logan Hascarl scored the winning goal in the second overtime to spark the Grand Forks Border Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Ghostriders in Fernie.Evan Loura and Reece Tambellini also scored for Grand Forks. Trevor Dilauro stopped 51 shots to register the shutout for Spokane.Spokane Braves defeated Creston Valley Thunder Cats 3-0 in the Lilac City. If goaltending was the Achilles’ heel for the Nelson Leafs last season, it appears to be rock solid to begin the new Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign.Josh Williams stopped 38 shots to backstop the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The contest was the opener for both teams as the KIJHL kicked off its 2017-18 season.Williams, who decided to return to the Green and White after spending time Junior A, was rock solid in the opening frame as the Leafs struggled to find any momentum as the Nitehawks held a 14-3 shots advantage during the first period.In the second period, Alberta native David Sanchez scored the only Nelson would need as the 18-year-old forward beat Owen Sikes in the Beaver Valley nets for the game’s only marker.last_img read more

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