Brexit News / Finding the way through delays from a maze of post-Brexit red tape

first_img DAP (delivered at place) incoterms are the “principal cause” of delays in the aftermath of Brexit, according to Europa Worldwide MD Andrew Baxter.Mr Baxter acknowledged the new EU-UK trading relationship had been “incredibly tough” for everyone, but said he remained convinced Europa had made the right call in adopting the delivered duty paid (DDP) model, as it mitigated many of the issues seen at borders.“While the implementation of this new product was more difficult than we expected, with a very challenging first six weeks, the product is now working very effectively,” he said.“Export consignments are being delayed in our hub by around 24 hours while anticipated declarations are submitted, but beyond that they are more or less moving as normal; we’ll be working over the next three weeks to remove the delays altogether.”Since the end of the transition period, a number of logistics operators have noted border officials using an inconsistent approach in applying the new rules.Groupage loads have been particularly exposed to this problem, with food and drink shippers becoming increasingly wary of deliveries, for fear of one item within the load causing the entire shipment to be delayed, resulting in spoilage.And sources in the automotive sector have spoken of near-identical shipments leaving the same factory but disembarking through different ports, one stopped, the other let through.Mr Baxter told The Loadstar: “Market disruption to groupage is principally caused by DAP shipping terms and the need for the receiving hub to contact the importer, establish a commercial relationship and get them to pay VAT, duty and customs fees prior to delivery.“This issue is creating massive backlogs in all groupage networks and is far and away the biggest issue.”Europa made significant investments in the run-up to Brexit: £2m in its Dartford transit warehouse, which increased capacity by 75%; as well as spending £3m on consultants, IT, recruitment, and training; and launching its DDP product, Europa Flow.Under DDP, sellers take full responsibility for export and import formalities, transport, duties and taxes, which Mr Baxter said made it “just as easy to buy from the UK” as before Brexit.“It’s been really tough, but it is now working. I firmly believe we now have the quickest and most reliable service in the market.”However, one source questioned the long-term viability of Europa Flow, telling The Loadstar it was reliant on a “loophole” within European regulations that would likely be closed.But Mr Baxter said: “Regime 42 is not a loophole, it is a standard EU process that has been in place for many years and is used to facilitate billions of euros of trade each year of non-EU imports into the EU. There is no reason to think this process will be changed in the near future.”The European Commission explained in an FAQ document published in January that Customs Procedure 42 (CP42) was “a simplification procedure that provides for a deferral of paying import VAT on goods cleared upon arrival into the EU … It can be used when goods being imported from outside the EU (eg, from GB) into an EU member state are subsequently being sold on to a company in another EU member state (ie an ‘intra-community supply’)”.It added that “the application of the customs procedure 42 and its requirements may vary according to the member state of importation concerned … Imports into Northern Ireland can still benefit from the CP42 procedure if followed by an intra-community supply”. By Alex Whiteman, Brexit reporter 01/03/2021 © Andreas Prott last_img read more

OR Decriminalizes Hard Drugs

first_imgA truck drives past a sign supporting a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 in Salem, Ore. War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing the ballot measure. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky) “We urgently need a change to save families and save lives,” they wrote. SALEM, Ore. (AP) – In a first in the nation, Oregon has rejected charging drug users with criminal offenses, with voters passing a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs. Two dozen district attorneys said the measure was reckless and would lead to an increase in acceptability of dangerous drugs. Two other district attorneys, including the one in Oregon’s most populous county and that includes Portland, backed the measure, as did a district attorney-elect. The Community Paramedicine Approach to the Opioid EpidemicManaging Patients and the Opioid Epidemic in a Prehospital SettingNew Jersey’s EMS Response to the Opioid Epidemic While this approach is new in the United States, several countries, including Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland, have already decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs, according to the United Nations. It may sound like a radical concept, but its backers said making criminals out of drug users – locking them up and burdening them with criminal records that made it difficult to find housing and jobs – was not working. The measure requires the Oregon Health Authority to allow licensed, regulated production and possession of psilocybin, exclusively for administration by licensed facilitators to clients. Instead of going to trial and facing possible jail time, a person would have the option of paying a $100 fine or attending new “addiction recovery centers” funded by millions of dollars of tax revenue from Oregon’s legalized, regulated marijuana industry. “This is such a big step in moving to a health-based approach instead of criminal punishment, and we’re devoting significant new resources to help Oregonians who need it,” said Janie Gullickson, co-chief petitioner of Measure 110. Oregon voters on Tuesday also legalized therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms, with a two-year development period. War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety had voiced support. Before Tuesday’s elections, Oregon was among 11 states as well as Washington, D.C., that had legalized marijuana.center_img The measure was being approved by 59% of roughly 2 million votes counted so far, according to the secretary of state’s office. Passage of the measure makes Oregon, which in 1973 became the first state to decriminalize marijuana possession, a pioneer in America in trying the same with hard drugs. Portugal’s 2000 decriminalization brought no surge in drug use. Drug deaths fell while the number of people treated for drug addiction in the country rose 20% from 2001 to 2008 and then stabilized, Portuguese officials have said. About 3,700 fewer Oregonians per year will be convicted of felony or misdemeanor possession of controlled substances now that the measure has passed, according to estimates by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Related The measure, which takes effect 30 days after Tuesday’s election, completely changes how Oregon’s justice system treats those who are found with personal-use amounts of the hard drugs. “Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use,” said Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was behind the measure. “Measure 110 is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.” The measure will also likely lead to significant reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in both convictions and arrests, the commission, which is an official state agency, said. One in 11 Oregonians is addicted to drugs, and nearly two people die every day from overdoses in the state, the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon Chapter American College of Physicians and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians had said in support of the measure. Several other states are following suit. Voters in New Jersey and Arizona on Tuesday approved measures legalizing marijuana. Measures were also ahead in the polls in Montana and narrowly leading in South Dakota.last_img read more

Triple Crown At Royal Lakeside

first_imgIPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant BarWednesday, 11th July saw the Pattaya Golf Society travel to the Royal Lakeside golf club to play a stableford competition on the revamped course, which now poses a much more significant challenge to golfers with raised and crowned greens, the addition of extra bunkers and the intrusion of much more water.  The condition of the course was excellent and the weather could not have been better for the field. With little hope of many sub par rounds, as on previous visits, Dave Edwards, Mark West and Alan Walker set the standard with 35 points each for a share of the win.  Mark and Robbie Taylor recorded birdie ‘2’s on the third and twelfth holes respectively.Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Paul McNally and the Booby Bevy went to Don Nellis for his poor score of the day. Royal Lakeside remains a quality venue at a reasonable price and even the drive there becomes less arduous with time.  The PGS will return in September.Wichai Back at WorkOn Friday, 13th July the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Greenwood to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines which were in good condition, even though the fairways and greens were due a cut, the recent heavy rains having delayed that vital maintenance.The group were led by Khun Wichai in the absence of Mr Len who was conducting essential visa business and the extra responsibility did not affect his game as he posted 38 points to share the win with Masashi Iizumi, who also came good for the first time this trip.  In third place with 37 points was Fred Land.Wichai completed a fine day with the only birdie ‘2’, on B2, and the Booby Bevy was awarded to Lynn Snashall, playing his first round after taking a combination of five unfortunate shots to pass the red tees on B4.Rabbi’s free beer draw was drawn in favour of Masa Takano.It is good to see Greenwood coming back again after some recent deterioration of the greens and it shall remain a quality venue in future PGS schedules.last_img read more

Keeping fit around the clock

first_imgPakenham will soon become home to Cardinia shire’s first 24-7 health club. Cardinia Shire Council has announced that Cardinia Life…[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

Bunjil hosts top concert

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Dunny spat over

first_imgBusting Rotary Park users will finally get some relief when “state-of-the-art” public toilets are installed at the park. The long…[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. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

Five Gold Medals For Black Dragon Kickboxers At World Championships

first_imgThe Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing club had a very busy week at the Unified World Kickboxing Championships in Italy as they had no less than six fighters in action all week and they took an impressive tally of five Gold medals, four Silver and five Bronze medals from the largest Martial Arts Championships on the planet.With some 120 countries from five continents on the go all week, the Black Dragon Gym represented their town and country with dignity and pride and certainly stood out in the crowd.The team consisting of Catherine Jennings from Riverside, Paul Huish from Knocknacarra, Damien Creavin from Ballybrit, Alex Fitzpatrick from Tuam, James Kelly from Athenry and Cian McCormack from Kinvara took on fighters from countries such as England, Scotland, Wales, Brazil, Czech Republic, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Holland and the Ukraine to name but a few and picked up an impressive medal haul as well as plenty of bumps and bruises and black eyes and swollen lips etc but they also showed the World that Irish Kickboxers can hold their own with the cream of the crop from any country in the World.An ultra proud coach Pete Foley commented that he couldn’t have asked for any more from his fighters and was delighted with their performance. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

2019 LGFA Volunteer of the Year award winners announced

first_imgTHE Ladies Gaelic Football Association has announced the winners of the prestigious 2019 LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards. Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across ten categories, with the scheme now in its third year. Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey, front and centre, with award winners, back row, from left, George Leetch, representing the St Nathy’s club in Sligo, winner of the Club Coach of the Year award, Galway’s John McDermott, winner of the PRO of the Year award, Shirley Doody from the Kerins O’Rahillys club in Kerry, winner of the Club Committee Officer of the Year award, Eoin Delaney from Crettyard, Co. Laois, winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year award, Ger McCarthy, Co. Cork, winner of the Local Journalist of the Year award and Michael Ryan, from Ballymacarbry in Co. Waterford, winner of the Volunteer Hall of Fame award. Front row, from left, Ciara Marley, representing St Catherine’s, Co. Armagh, winner of the School Coach of the Year award, Galway’s Geraldine Heverin winner of the County/Provincial Officer of the Year award, Maggie Skelton, from Aghyaran in Co. Tyrone, winner of the Lulu Carroll award for the Overall Volunteer of the Year, and Ciara Lane from Louth, and representing the Calgary Chieftains Club in Canada, winner of the International Volunteer of the Year award during the 2019 LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards night at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile center_img The winners are as follows:Young Volunteer of the Year – Eoin Delaney (Crettyard, Laois)School Coach of the Year – Ciara Marley (St Catherine’s, Armagh)Club Coach of the Year – George Leetch (St Nathy’s, Sligo)Local Journalist of the Year – Ger McCarthy (Cork Evening Echo)PRO of the Year (John McDermott, Galway)Club Committee Officer of the Year (Shirley Doody, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry)County/Provincial Officer of the Year (Geraldine Heverin, Galway LGFA Secretary)International Volunteer of the Year – Ciara Lane (Calgary Chieftains, Canada)Volunteer Hall of Fame – Michael Ryan (Ballymacarbry, Waterford)Overall Volunteer of the Year – Maggie Skelton (Tyrone & Ulster)The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Maggie Skelton from the Aghyaran Club in Tyrone, received the Lulu Carroll award at last Friday night’s (February 21) awards ceremony at Croke Park. This award is named after the late Lulu, a 2001 All-Ireland Senior Medallist with Laois who sadly passed away in 2007, following a battle with cancer.During her glittering career, former All Star Lulu also won eight Leinster Senior titles with Laois, six county Senior titles with Timahoe, and a provincial crown with her club.Maggie Skelton is a most worthy recipient of the Lulu Carroll award for 2019.Maggie has been a stalwart of Tyrone LGFA for over 15 years, and she most recently fulfilled the role of county board secretary.She has also been a key member of the Tyrone Senior team’s backroom, working as liaison officer, while also serving as an Ulster Council delegate.Our Volunteer Hall of Fame winner, Michael Ryan, has been involved with the Ballymacarbry Ladies Football club in Waterford since its inception.Over the years, Michael has presided over incredible success with club and county, including ten All-Ireland Senior Club title wins with his beloved Ballymac, and five All-Ireland Senior titles in charge of Waterford.Michael also worked as an administrator at various levels, and he served Munster Council for 30 years, including three as President.Paying tribute to the winners, Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, Marie Hickey, commented: “It’s incredible to see our LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards go from strength to strength.“Each and every one of our winners has given such magnificent service to our Association, and their individual awards are richly deserved.“We would not have the flourishing and vibrant Association that we are all so proud of without our volunteers.“Our winners are credit to themselves, their clubs, local communities, counties and provinces.“We were overwhelmed once again by the huge volume of entries for each of the categories, and I would like to thank all of those people who took the time to submit nominations.“On behalf of the LGFA, I would also like to acknowledge our 2019 winners, and our now annual awards night is one to savour, as our Volunteers of the Year are rightly rewarded for their selfless contributions to our Association.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council has had to write off well over €3.4M in unpaid rates.And the council is still owed €11.4M in unpaid revenues, a council report shows.The astonishing debts to the county council does include business ratepayers who have since closed down or are struggling to meet the demands. But just €2.4M in the current outstanding debt is being paid off through agreed payment plans.“Donegal County Council recognises the financial constraints currently being experienced by businesses in the county, including reduced overdraft capacity and cash and liquidity issues, with this being reflected in businesses’ capacity to pay in a timely fashion,” said Finance Director Garry Martin in his report.He continued: “However the council remains committed working in a proactive and positive manner with each individual business to ensure that payment is being made commensurate with each business’s capacity to pay during any given period.”He also showed figures to councillors which showed that rates collected in 2011 was just over €15M – €1M less than in 2010. However rate collection to date in 2012 was up on last year, he said.Rate collection until the end of May this year was more than €7M – up 10 per cent on last year…an extra €700k.“This is positive and reaffirms the council’s objective in its endeavours to increase collection, reduce arrears and increase buoyancy during 2012,” Mr Martin added. €3,432,462 – HOW MUCH COUNCIL HAS HAD TO WRITE OFF IN UNPAID RATES was last modified: June 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:432462 – HOW MUCH COUNCIL HAS HAD TO WRITE OFF IN UNPAID RATES€3last_img read more

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first_imgThe class fee is $45. Second sessions for both classes begin in October. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Program to offer financial advice WHITTIER – A free lecture on a prize-winning approach to managing and protecting your life savings will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. How to properly evaluate your investments and key questions to ask your financial advisor will be some of the issues discussed in the lecture given by Kenneth Sanchez of LPL Financial Consultants. To make reservations or for more information, call (562)698-0811, Ext. 2444. Singing class to start Sept. 11 LA MIRADA – Singing for the stage classes will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 to Nov. 6 at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Participants will learn proper singing and musical techniques from a vocal performance coach. A performance will be held at the end of the class. Cost is $70 for children ages 12 and older. To register or for more information, call (562)943-7277. Down Under art at local gallery LA HABRA – The artwork of watercolor artists Doris Lynch and Jan Wright will be on display in the Images from Down Under exhibit from Sept. 7 to 30 at the La Habra Art Association Gallery, 215 Orange St. The gallery is open from 1to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call (909) 625-4128. Dog owners ge altering notice LOS ANGELES – Dog owners living in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County must have their dogs spayed or neutered and microchipped by Sunday, according to county Department of Animal Care and Control officials. After that date, officers from the department will begin active enforcement of the measure, which could mean fines starting at $250 per infraction and increasing to $1,000 and possibly a jail sentence for dog owners who refuse to comply. The mandatory spay/neuter law, which is designed to reduce the high number of unclaimed and unwanted dogs coming into animal shelters, applies to all dogs kept in unincorporated areas. In order to encourage compliance with the measure, the department has been offering free microchip implanting and national database registration at its six shelters and will continue to do so. Dog owners who have questions or who wish to inquire about having their dogs altered or microchipped can call, (562) 256-7104. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLA MIRADA – The city is offering Latin dance classes for children ages 4 to 7. Children will learn salsa, merengue and jazz in the Screaming Chicas tot class, which will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to 27. In the Folklorico Tot Stars class, children will learn the traditional dances of Mexico. The classes will be held from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Saturdays from Sept. 9 to 30. All classes will be held at the Paso de Oro Dance Company, 14535 Valley View Ave., Suite T, in Santa Fe Springs. WHITTIER – Trash collection service will be delayed due to the Labor Day holiday. During the week of Sept. 4, the holiday collection schedule will delay trash pickup by one day. For more information, call (562) 464-3530, (562) 663-3400 or (626) 960-7551. Latin dance classes slated last_img read more