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first_imgTimber importers and exporters are being asked to consider requirements for their businesses in the event of a no deal Brexit.Delivering a deal with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario.In a no deal scenario, businesses importing timber and timber products from the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) and placing it on the UK market will have to carry out checks (known as ‘due diligence’) from day one of EU Exit. These checks demonstrate they are importing legally harvested timber, helping to protect against illegal deforestation.Due diligence checks would involve: obtaining additional information or taking further steps to verify legality (for example testing or assessment of the supply chain) assessing the risk of timber being illegal, applying set criteria in the regulations Businesses can either develop their own systems for these checks or use one provided by an approved monitoring organisation. This is what businesses currently have to do when they import timber from the rest of the world.There will be no changes to the current process for businesses importing from outside the EU, UK producers first placing on the market, and internal UK trade. As before, they will need to conduct checks to confirm their timber is legally harvested.The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) – the body responsible for enforcement – has been working with companies involved in the timber trade to keep them informed about what they will need to do in a no deal scenario and how to minimise impacts to their business.Read further guidance on trading timber: imports and exports if there’s no brexit deal. gathering information on the timber, including its species, quantity, supplier, country of harvest and compliance with applicable legislationlast_img read more


first_imgUniversity of Georgia President Jere Morehead dubbed his first visit to the Sunbelt Ag Expo as “spectacular.” President Morehead first visited the Ag Expo grounds during an agricultural tour in September, before 1,200-plus exhibitors set out their wares and some 100,000 visitors flocked to Spence Field in Moultrie for this year’s event. “You get a true sense of the impact that the agricultural community has on the business of this state and how important it is to the future of this state,” the new UGA president said during his visit to the expo on Oct. 15. “I wish more of our media and our citizens could be here to see what’s going on because you recognize how critically important agriculture is to the future of Georgia.”UGA was just one of many southern universities that exhibited their latest research and Extension projects at the 2013 show. UGA’s facility featured exhibits from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA Cooperative Extension. Next year, Georgia will be the spotlight state.“I wanted to be here to see what the University of Georgia is doing to contribute to this special event and just to show that I understood its importance,” President Morehead said. “It’s important for our university to remain centrally involved. I was able to see a number of our employees that are working here and (making) this event successful.”President Morehead’s visit to Moultrie is a small part of his plan to become more informed about Georgia agriculture, which generates $71.1 billion annually. He plans to visit other agricultural sites when he tours the state with Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black.“I think that’s part of what I should be doing. The other part is back home in Athens, making sure that our Athens Campus, our Tifton Campus and our Griffin Campus are all being supported in ways that will allow them to continue to do research that supports the agricultural industry as well as educate our students as future farmers and leaders in this state,” he said.For more about agricultural research and Extension programs at UGA, see the website uga.edu.Farmer of the YearA longtime farmer from South Carolina was named the Southeastern Farmer of the Year on Tuesday at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie.James E. Cooley was honored as the region’s top farmer on the first day of the annual Expo event during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon.The top state farmers were also recognized from across 10 southeastern states; Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Bluffton resident Will Harris was Georgia’s representative.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo October 11, 2011 Geographically unique, Chile is more than 2,700 miles north to south yet only 150 miles east to west at its widest point. Chile’s military is tasked with defending more than 4,000 miles of border with the sea along South America’s western coast. Expanding their capability to face this challenge, Chilean military officials welcomed a group of American special operations sailors during a four-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) that took place in Viña del Mar, Chile, during the month of September. This JCET was the first formal training event between U.S. Navy Special Boat Team trainers assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit Four, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and members from the Chilean Comando de Fuerzas Especiales, known as the COMFUES. Within the Chilean military, the COMFUES is considered a top-notch element of the nation’s security forces. Chilean Marine Major César Aguirre Rivera, who serves as the chief of training for the COMFUES, said the command and its personnel always look for ways to improve their skills. “We asked for this training in order to create a Special Boat Team in the command,” he said. “This has been a great experience for us, and we hope to continue this great communication with our U.S. partners.” The JCET is part of Special Operations Command South’s Theater Security Cooperation program that enables partner nations to better protect their borders and increase their capacity to conduct special operations. SOCSOUTH is responsible for all U.S. Special Operations activities in the Caribbean, Central and South America and serves as a component for U.S. Southern Command. Throughout the JCET, members of the Special Boat Team trained with their Chilean partners on skills and tactics such as Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS), a maritime boarding action designed to capture hostile vessels and high value target there may be onboard. Boat inserts and extraction techniques, live-fire water-board training and boat handling maneuvers on small tactical boats were also covered during the training. Members of the COMFUES view this JCET as a great opportunity to learn from some very experienced U.S. Special Operations Forces. “Working with our American partners has been great because they have so much knowledge and skill,” said Chilean Marine Lieutenant Patricio Arriagada. Established in 2005, the COMFUES is an operational level command comprised of 10 Special Operations Units – six Marine Commandos Regiments and four Combat Driver elements. The COMFUES’s mission is similar to its U.S. Special Operations Forces counterparts as it can perform direct action, surveillance and other tasks such as humanitarian relief. The COMFUES already participated in several high-profiled events including humanitarian relief operations in Haiti following the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 and assisting their own nation just weeks later, when a 8.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Chile leaving hundreds dead and millions displaced. The JCET ended with a closing ceremony where each Chilean participant received a certificate of training from their American counterparts. “Their motivation and dedication is outstanding, and I would fight side by side with these guys any day,” said the Special Boat Team Chief in charge of the JCET. Major Aguirre Rivera uttered those same sentiments and hopes this is just the first of many exchanges between the two nations.last_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Napoli president tests positive for coronavirus Lille OSC of France striker, Victor Osimhen, has reportedly rejected transfer move to Serie A side, Napoli.Osimhen, according to impeccable sources, is surprised that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis could not recognise him as the player being sorted for. The source said: “Victor was given the best treat in Italy.“He enjoyed the yacht cruise and all that, but was shocked that the owner of the cub couldn’t recognise him when they finally met to discuss the transfer deal.“Victor sat before Napoli owner and he was asking who sat before him.“At that point the player got discouraged about the settings.“He had no option than to return to France in order to regroup with his teammates at Lille.” Other top European sides such as Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are still on the trail of the Nigerian.The striker has scored 18 goals in all competitions for the French side.Tags: Aurelio De LaurentisLille OSCNapoliVictor Osimhenlast_img read more