Soon 14 new products protected by marks of excellence and geographical origin at EU level

first_imgExtra virgin olive oil Cres, Krk ham, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto are listed in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications at the EU level. Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak, Zagorje turkey, Krrčko olive oil, Korčula olive oil and Pag lambSoon, 14 new products will be on the list of pride, as well as Krk cheese with which the island of Krk with three protected products would be the leader of protected marks of excellence and geographical origin in Croatia.Namely, the Minister of Agriculture prof. dr. sc. At the beginning of September, Davor Romić signed agreements with representatives of producer associations on co-financing the development of a specification for an agricultural or food product for the protection of a designation of origin, geographical indication or guaranteed traditional specialty. The aid includes the allocation of earmarked grants to co-finance the costs of developing product specifications, laboratory tests required to develop product specifications and market surveys, and the amount of aid granted per beneficiary is a maximum of HRK 75,000 (including VAT).Out of the 18 applications received for the Tender for the award of grants under the Program, the Ministry of Agriculture accepted 14 applications in the total amount of co-financing of HRK 726.344,49. Funds have been allocated to develop specifications for the following product names:1. Rudarska greblica – designation of geographical origin 2. Kvargl – designation of geographical origin 3. Zagorje štrukli – designation of geographical origin 4. Zagorje acacia honey – designation of origin 5. Varaždinski klipić – designation of geographical origin 6. Novigrad mussel – designation of origin 7. Vrbovečka Pe – guaranteed traditional specialty 8. Brač olive oil – designation of origin 9. Krk cheese – designation of origin 10. Istrian sheep cheese – designation of origin 11. Međimurski krumpir / Međimurski kalamper – designation of geographical origin 12. Lički škripavac – designation of geographical origin13. Meat of Istrian cattle / Boškarin meat – mark of origin 14. Pag cheese – mark of originThe aim of this Program is to encourage producer groups to enter the process of protecting product names with a designation of origin, a geographical indication or a guaranteed traditional specialty. Do you also have local products that could be protected in various EU countries? Be proactive, get moving because if you stagnate you actually fall because the competition doesn’t sleep.last_img read more

Stimulating neurons could protect against brain damage, research shows

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A breakthrough in understanding how brain damage spreads – and how it could potentially be limited – has been made through a collaboration between neuroscientists and engineers at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde.They have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism in the brain that allows networks of neurons to protect against the kind of spreading secondary damage seen in cases of strokes and traumatic brain injuries.“If this network activity could be triggered clinically as soon as possible then major brain damage could be minimised and recovery periods shortened,” said Dr Christopher Connolly, Reader in Neurobiology in the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.center_img LinkedIn Pinterest “Although this is basic laboratory research, it does now re-open the door to the possibility of stopping ongoing brain damage.“Slow acting neuroprotection is well known but approaches to induce protection require at least 24 hours notice to be effective. This is of no practical use in a clinical emergency situation such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury, so current treatment options are limited to aiding the recovery processes.“We have identified that neuronal networks react to an insult by sending rapid – in minutes – warning signals in an attempt to protect against the toxicity that causes brain damage. If that could be recruited clinically then it would give us a tool to deploy quickly in cases where brain damage was a risk.“Where we can’t protect neurons quickly, we can recruit the help of surrounding neurons to do this for us. It is a case of `If you need a job done quickly, ask the expert’ and in this instance the experts are the neurons themselves.”Laboratory-based modelling also showed that the rapid use of benzodiazepines (Valium) appeared to mimic the protection offered by the neuron networks.“This is something we certainly need to test further but it does suggest the possibility of an effective and immediate pharmacological treatment for stroke,” said Dr Connolly.Dr Connolly worked on the project with Dr Michele Zagnoni, Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.Dr Zagnoni said, “Using microfluidic technology, we were able to produce in-vitro neuronal networks to investigate spreading toxicity in the brain, which is the cause of brain damage even after an initial trauma.“Through this process we were able to demonstrate how the spread of this toxicity is driven. In doing that we also uncovered a previously unknown, fast acting, neuroprotective signalling mechanism.“This mechanism utilises the innate capacity of the surrounding neuronal networks (grown in the laboratory) to provide protection against the spreading toxicity. By stimulating that network, then theoretically we could limit the spread of brain damage. That requires further work, but it is an exciting and important possibility.”The results of the research are published in the journal Scientific Reports.The project examined the process known as acute secondary neuronal cell death, which is seen in neurodegenerative disease, cerebral ischemia (stroke) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and drives spreading neurotoxicity into surrounding, undamaged, brain areas.last_img

SFNF Recruiting Archaeology Site Stewards

first_imgSFNF News:SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for site stewards to protect its wealth of archaeological sites rich with sherds, lithics and adobe pueblo remains. The selected stewards will receive comprehensive training in a full-day session Saturday, March 21. Because applicants must complete an application, which is then reviewed for eligibility, the Program must receive applications as early as possible.The training covers the topics of safety, proper preparation, national forest regulations, historic preservation acts, sensitivity to the cultures, both prehistoric and modern, identification of artifacts, code of conduct, chain of command, site monitoring procedures and documentation.By the end of the training, applicants are eligible to become volunteer site stewards. No previous archaeological experience is necessary.Stewards are assigned to a specific site that they visit on a regular basis (generally once every six weeks) with a partner. They monitor their site for evidence of any deterioration caused by natural causes or by vandalism and file a brief site visit report.As a result of their experiences, Site Stewards become more familiar with the Forest’s cultural resources as well as broaden their knowledge of ancient cultures in New Mexico. Occasional workshops on the archaeology of the area and its prehistoric peoples are offered to interested stewards to inform them about the types of ceramics, lithics and other cultural remains that they encounter. Stewards are also eligible for special VIP visits to some sites that are closed to the public.To apply, visit the “Become a Site Steward” page on the Santa Fe National Forest Site Stewards to complete an application and review the program’s criteria. Don’t delay; send in your application today.last_img read more

COVID-19 Update April 30: Barbados PM address to the nation

first_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Measures agreed upon to allow travel between Guyana, Suriname(Department of Public Information, Guyana, Press Release, Tuesday April 21, 2020) Some new ground rules have been agreed to by both Guyana and Suriname on travels between the two neighbours, in light of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana and Suriname met…April 22, 2020In “Business”PAHO Director: COVID-19 Threatening Fight Against Infectious Diseases(Nation News) Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr Carissa F. Etienne has warned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is threatening to set the region back in its fight against diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and mosquito-borne diseases. In a webinar media briefing Tuesday, Etienne…August 12, 2020In “CARICOM”Update St. Kitts and Nevis – Prime Minister Address to the Nation: April 24My Fellow Citizens and Residents:Last Friday, the 17th of April, after a long debate in the National Assembly, a Resolution was passed by a two-thirds majority as required by the Constitution, to extend for six (6) months the State of Emergency, which began on the 28th of March 2020. This was necessary…April 25, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020center_img Oct 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley addressing the Nation on matters of national importance 29 April 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC last_img read more

LNG in Mozambique gets USD 30 bln push

first_imgMozambique’s natural gas sector will get a $30 billion investment to build the capacity for production of 20 million tonnes per year of LNG, with first exports planned to start in 2018.Reuters reports that the investment will be directed into the development of ports of Pemba and Palma where the LNG facilities are planned and where Rovuma Basin gas will be transferred to.Exports will start with a 5 million tonnes per year train in 2018 with plans to push the capacity to 20 million tonnes per year.The government of Mozambique recently approved a “special regime” for LNG development in the Rovuma Basin areas 1 and 4, that will cover construction, operation and all other LNG related activities. LNG World News Staff, August 22, 2014; Image: MZLNGlast_img

Quite a spread

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Barnhart secures lift off

first_imgDesigned by engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama, USA, the simulated core stage of the rocket will measure 213 ft (64.9 m) in length and weigh 230,000 lbs (104.3 tonnes).Memphis-based Barnhart will transport the mock-up from its final assembly point at the G&G Steel plant in Alaska, to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, USA.According to Jeff Latture, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Barnhart, an overhead crane will be used at G&G to load the core stage onto a 200 ft x 35 ft (60.9 m x 10.6 m) Barnhart deck barge that will be utilised in conjunction with a 250 ft x 50 ft (76.2 m x 15.2 m) deck barge. Barnhart will use Goldhofer transporters to offload the component at Michoud.The inaugural flight of the SLS is anticipated in late 2018. www.barnhartcrane.comlast_img read more

Seniors keep fit and healthy

first_img 1 of 2 Katie Links, 80, has been with the Bluegum Fitness Club since its inception five years ago. Exercising for the mind, body and spirit. That is the motto of the Bluegum Fitness Club in Bonteheuwel, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. FounderJennifer Grey said she had a vision to start an exercise club for all the women who were at home during the day – with many facing challenges within their families.“Here we can destress, exercise, and socialise. We also have a lot of outings and weekends away,” Ms Grey said. The club has grown from 10 members to 50, and women from the age of 40 have joined up. The group is not only there for the members’ physical health, but also to support one another emotionally and spiritually.Members have transformed one of the store rooms at the Bluegum community centre -where they meet – into a prayer room.“If we have problems or illnesses, we go to the prayer room. And we have members from the Christian and Muslim faiths,” Ms Grey said. Many of the members can share stories of how being part of the club improved their health. Some have chronic illnesses, but have made remarkable improvement that they are even off the medication. Joyce Gouvea said she was so unfit when she joined the club, that she couldn’t even bend. “I have high blood pressure, but since being with the club, it’s all under control now,” Ms Gouvea added. Nawaal Hassiem said an injury left her with “eight screws in my back”, and the exercise has helped her deal with the pain.Doris Cochlan used a walking stick when she joined the club, but she no longer needs it, and Jamiela Davids had hip replacement surgery, but not even that can slow her down. Katie Links, 80, is the club’s oldest member, who has been with the group since its inception. The executive of the club, are, from left, Jean Brooks, Jennifer Grey, Fatima Skippers, Mary Kammies, and Joyce Gouvea.center_img Katie Links, 80, has been with the Bluegum Fitness Club since its inception five years ago.last_img read more

Breach of confidence

first_imgSummary judgment – Entitlement to summary judgment – Duty of servant Philip Coppel QC and Christopher Lingard (instructed by Follett Stock) for the claimant; George Hamer (instructed by Jirehouse Capital) for the defendants. Devon and Cornwall Autistic Community Trust (t/a Spectrum) v Pyrah and others: PCC (Mr Recorder Douglas Campbell): 24 September 2012center_img The claimant provided care and accommodation to people with autism in Cornwall. The first three defendants (the personal defendants) left the employ of the claimant on various dates in April to May 2009. The personal defendants then joined the fourth defendant company (the company), which competed directly with the claimant in terms of geographical area, service users and customers. The claimant brought an instant action alleging breach of confidence. The defendants submitted that the claimant’s pleaded case lacked particularity and the claimant admitted that it was unable to give further particulars of the personal defendants’ breaches until after disclosure. Further, there was a lack of documentation about some of the complaints made against the defendants. The defendants sought an order for summary judgment on the claim pursuant to Civil Procedure Rule 24.2 or that the claim be struck out, pursuant to CPR 3.4(2)(b), for failing to comply with orders made at previous hearings (the orders). The issues for determination were: (i) whether summary judgment ought to be granted; and (ii) whether the pleaded case lacked particularity such that it ought to be struck out. The application would be allowed. (1) It was settled law that, in respect of summary judgment applications, the court had to consider whether the claimant had a realistic as opposed to a fanciful prospect of success (see [26] of the judgment). On the facts, the instant case had no realistic prospect of success. Accordingly, summary judgment ought to be given for the defendants under CPR 24.2 (see [71], [79] of the judgment). (2) It was settled law that the rules relating to the particularity of pleadings applied to breach of confidence actions as they applied to all other proceedings. But it was well recognised that breach of confidence actions could be used to oppress and harass competitors and ex-employees. The courts were therefore careful to ensure that the plaintiff gave full and proper particulars of all the confidential information on which he intended to rely in the proceedings. If the plaintiff failed to do that, the court might infer that the purpose of the litigation was harassment rather than the protection of the plaintiff’s rights and might strike out the action as an abuse of process (see [27] of the judgment). Applying settled law and on the facts, the instant case should be struck out under CPR 3.4(2)(b) as an abuse. It was far from clear what confidential information was actually being relied upon. The nature of the claim had changed from pleading to pleading. The failure to specify the basic component of the claim was fundamental. The court had come to the firm conclusion that all of the allegations relating to the misuse were no more than unsupported speculation. Further, the court inferred that the purpose of the litigation was harassment of competitors and ex-employees, rather than the protection of the claimant’s rights (see [28], [72], [73], [79] of the judgment). The defendants’ application would be granted (see [80] of the judgment).last_img read more