first_imgThe Antarctic biota has evolved over the last 100 million years in increasingly isolated and cold conditions. As a result, Antarctic species, from micro-organisms to vertebrates, have adapted to life at extremely low temperatures, including changes in the genome, physiology and ecological traits such as life history. Coupled with cycles of glaciation that have promoted speciation in the Antarctic, this has led to a unique biota in terms of biogeography, patterns of species distribution and endemism. Specialization in the Antarctic biota has led to trade-offs in many ecologically important functions and Antarctic species may have a limited capacity to adapt to present climate change. These include the direct effects of changes in environmental parameters and indirect effects of increased competition and predation resulting from altered life histories of Antarctic species and the impacts of invasive species. Ultimately, climate change may alter the responses of Antarctic ecosystems to harvesting from humans. The unique adaptations of Antarctic species mean that they provide unique models of molecular evolution in natural populations. The simplicity of Antarctic communities, especially from terrestrial systems, makes them ideal to investigate the ecological implications of climate change, which are difficult to identify in more complex systems.last_img read more


first_imgThe process of organoleptic evaluation of wine is decentralized by wine-growing regions – evaluation at the regional level, regional organizations propose evaluators from their own area, so, for example, wine from Pelješac will not be evaluated by licensed sensors from Kutjevo. The Croatian Center for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (through the Institute of Viticulture, Enology and Oil Production) will provide the necessary infrastructure for wine evaluation and guarantee the anonymity of samples. Increased control over the production and trade of grapes and wine has been ensured – it works protection of producers and consumers, clear competencies in control, rights and obligations of users are established, which along with the planned strengthening of human resources in the field of control provides a necessary precondition for better control of production and trade of grapes and wine in order to combat the gray market. At today’s session, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Draft Proposal of the Law on Wine, which was prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with producers from the wine and viticulture sector. With the new law on wine, we adopt the legal framework for the production of grapes and wine, the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions, we strengthen the role of wine associations and we improve the marketing of wine.  “The new law on wine envisages decentralization of wine evaluation, greater control on the ground and contributes to an administrative burden of 33% compared to existing regulations.We have also provided our winemakers with non-refundable financial assistance for the establishment of new vineyards, investments in wineries and wine promotion, and prepared a new National Program for Assistance to the Wine Sector from 2019-2023. with HRK 83 million in support per year”Said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolusic.The draft proposal of the Wine Act regulates the legal framework and implementation of five EU Regulations in the field of production, trade and protection of labels in the field of wine, as well as the competent authorities for implementing this law, geographical areas of grape growing, grape varieties, oenological procedures and practices , vineyard register, pre – marketing quality system, system of protected wine labels, production of fruit wines and supervision and control of production and trade.In addition, the new law introduces new elements into the wine and viticulture system: All fees for controls on the placing on the market of wine are abolished, and thus HRK 12 million is returned to the wine sector for marketing activities.  Record stamps are abolished, which were mandatory before the wine was placed on the market, and the marketing labeling of wine is established through four new wine-growing regions: Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region; Croatian Istria and Kvarner; Dalmatia and Central hilly Croatia.center_img It is envisaged to recognize four regional winemakers’ organizations – linked to the new regions with the aim of giving producers the right to manage promotional and marketing activities related to Croatian wines and their labeling. last_img read more


first_imgEstonia reported its first coronavirus case on Thursday, a day after the man returned to the Baltic nation of just 1.3 million people from his homeland Iran. “The person, a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen, arrived in Estonia on Wednesday evening,” Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ERR.He said the Iranian citizen is currently hospitalized. Local media said the man arrived in Tallinn by bus from the Latvian capital Riga.”For now, there are no plans of putting cities in quarantine following this one case,” Kiik said. “The patient is isolated, there is no risk of the disease spreading, now we have to identify all the people the patient was in contact with.”Iran has announced a total of 19 deaths and more than 130 infections, including the country’s deputy health minister.Iran’s coronavirus death toll is the highest after that of China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the disease.   Topics :last_img read more


first_imgA group of about 130 designers, builders, and Passivhaus fans gathered at U Mass Boston on October 27, 2012 to attend a one-day conference organized by Passive House New England.It’s impossible for this report to be comprehensive, unfortunately, and I won’t be able to do justice to all of the conference events. My report will focus on three speakers: Adam Cohen, Chris Corson, and Roger Normand. Among the presentations not reported on here:Adam Cohen is a designer at a firm called Structures Design/Build in Roanake, Virginia. In recent years, he has had a surprising degree of success convincing residential and commercial clients to build to the Passivhaus standard.Cohen opened his presentation with some jokes about his corner of Virginia. “I work in the Bible Belt South,” said Cohen. “Right before I came up to this conference, my Obama yard signs were stolen. Someone suggested that I call this session, ‘Passivhaus in redneck country: Building for people who don’t care about the environment.’”Cohen then shared an affectionate look back at his countercultural roots. “When I was 25, I was a hippie and an idealist,” he said. He showed us a photo of a house he built with his wife (see Image #2, below). “The house cost $3 a square foot. We lived on a commune. Back then, we were building off-grid houses. We were trying to live off the land. If we had 4 or 6 Arco solar panels, that was a screaming big PV system. We used gas appliances, wood appliances, gas refrigerators. We built thermosyphon solar hot water systems. We built hydraulic ram pumps out of PVC. Why did we go do all of this? Because we were poor hippies.”Cohen has come a long way. He is now a successful designer of single-family homes and commercial buildings.Here… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Busquets relieved with Slavia Prague winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted relief after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Busquets admitted they were made to suffer in the Czech capital. “It’s an important victory,” Busquets said after the win. “We knew we had back-to-back games coming up against them (in Europe) and winning away is always important. It’s really complicated and even group. These three points give us an advantage at the top and we hope to be able to take advantage of that at home in the next game. “(The final minutes) were difficult. We knew they would take risks, put lots of players forward and if we didn’t press it was going to be tough. We had chances but we also suffered quite a bit. They had the game lost and were throwing bodies forward. We had the numbers on the break but we suffered until the end.” On the missed chances, he said: “Sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in. Our second goal wasn’t the best but it still counts. We have to keep on going.” And on Lionel Messi, who scored the opener, Busquets added: “He’s had a tough start to the season because of injuries. He’s fundamental to the way we play and a lot goes through him. He’s getting his rhythm back but it won’t take him long because he’s the best in the world.” last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Ontario has introduced broad consumer protection legislation that covers home warranties, ticket sales, real estate practices, and travel services. Here are some of the provisions in the bill:Ticket sales— Bans the use of automated ticket purchasing software, or so-called scalper bots.— Bans tickets from being resold at more than 50 per cent of the face value.— Makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by bots.— Ticket sellers would also have to disclose how many tickets will be on sale as well as the venue capacity, an itemized list of all fees, taxes and service charges.— Ticket resellers would have to disclose the ticket’s face value.— Companies would have the power to sue other companies for losses resulting from the use of bots.Home warranties— Establishes one administrative authority to deliver the warranty program for new homes and a separate one to regulate new home builders.— Clarifies the dispute resolution process to make it easier and fairer for new home owners.— Gives the auditor general the power to investigate the regulatory authorities.Real estate— Allows the government to create regulations specifying circumstances in which real estate agents and brokerages are prohibited from representing both buyer and seller in a transaction.— Real estate sellers, brokers and brokerages would also be subject to stiffer fines if they violate a code of ethics, up from $25,000 to $50,000 and $100,000 for brokerages.Travel industry— A travel salesperson could be required to take educational courses if a complaint is made against them.— Travel salespeople would no longer have to register as both a travel agent and a wholesaler.— Allows the government to make regulations governing advertising by out-of-province travel sellers who target Ontarians.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsIn this edition we put a 24-hour drumming vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women InFocus.Sue Martin tells us why she thrusted an urn of her daughter’s ashes into the arms of a Conservative MP.In the second half, a former Indian Residential School teacher shares her story of reconciliation with one of her former students.last_img


first_imgLast month, the City received an application for “Starbuds,” a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence, that will be located in the Dawson Mall.Anyone wishing to voice their concerns is asked to write to:Cindy Fisher, Deputy Corporate OfficerCity of Dawson CreekP.O. Box 150, 10105 12A StreetDawson Creek, BC V1G 4G4 DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has received an application for a non-medical cannabis retail store.In a release, the City says a store under the proposed establishment name of “Northern Cannabis” has made an application for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence. The location of the proposed store is at 10112 10th Street, in Dawson Creek.The City says anyone who feels that they may be affected by this application is asked to submit their written comments no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 7, 2018.last_img read more


first_imgSagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Rahul Gandhi over his alleged association with UK-based firm ‘Backops’, saying its name was akin to the Congress leader’s actions of indulging in “back office operations” and not from the front.Referring to the 10-year UPA rule under then prime minister Manmohan Singh, Modi also alleged that India lost an entire decade of the 21st century after the Congress installed “family loyalist” Singh as the PM in 2004 because the “prince” was not ready and all efforts to “train” him went waste at that time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAttacking Gandhi in an election rally here, Modi said all his scams are now being “unearthed from land, air and water” as it has now come out to be known that the Congress leader’s business partner in the UK company got a submarine contract despite an experience in liasoning only. The Union Home Ministry recently served a notice to Gandhi, saying it received a representation from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in which it was brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in 2003 with the Congress leader as one of its directors. The Home Ministry said Swamy’s letter also mentioned that in the British company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005, and October 31, 2006, Gandhi’s date of birth has been provided as June 19, 1970, and his nationality as British. Targeting Gandhi over his alleged association with the UK-based firm, Modi said, “The ‘naamdar’ made a company in England, the name of which was akin to his actions. The name of the company was Backops… Means back office operations. He never worked for the company from front and did operations from behind the curtains”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This behind-the-curtain firm closed in 2009. But now it has come out that the naamdar’s partner in the company got a submarine contract in 2011. The firm owner was his friend. Now people are asking the Congress naamdar that your partner only had liasoning experience, how he got a chance to enter the submarine line?” Modi questioned. Modi said since the matter has come to light, the “naamdar and his raagdarbaris” (sycophants) have gone silent. “The Bofors gun, helicopter (AgustaWestland chopper) and now submarine, as deep as you dig… Whether ‘jal’ (water), ‘nabh’ (air) and ‘thal’ (land), naamdar’s acts are coming out. Michel Mama (Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam), is already blurting out secrets,” he said.last_img read more


first_img Related Items:chamber of commerce, Junior Achievement Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Junior Achievement Leader in country for meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2014 (Junior Achievement Press Release) – BE A PART OF JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM IN TCIWe are offering this program throughout the high schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands at no cost to students to want to take ownership of their future:Giving Students a Brighter FutureStudents who participate in Junior Achievement programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts, particularly those who participate in programs at consecutive grade levels, according to independent evaluators The students will be based in an Company environment and can stay in the program throughout their high school years.The envisioned future … what we aspire to become. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students – guided by our core values:• Belief in the boundless potential of young people• Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship• Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it• Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals• Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration• Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning From our values, we articulate our purpose and vision, comprised of our core ideology:To empower young people to own their economic success. It’s not an easy task. But it’s the kind of challenge that JA takes on with creative energy, fervor, and decisive action.Junior Achievement has recently adopted a strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth and development over the next several years. This plan will ensure that JA is vital to those who build the future.We invite you to take up the challenge with us. Get involved today!Register online by September 30, 2014 at WWW.JATCI.ORG Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws Chamber of Commerce blind-sided to Work Permit changeslast_img read more