The leadership is responsible for making the same product everywhere, "it's local" is a bad excuse for profit. A brand follows certain guidelines n should be similar everywhere.
Bullshit. So because some factory in Poland isn't capable of making Nutella that would be equally good, they should sabotage the equipment in Italian Nutella factories so that everyone may eat the same garbage?
The product should be as good as it can be, not conform to the standards set by the shittiest factory.
EU alternative-medicine safety rules will slim down access.
LEIGH PHILLIPS 29.04.2011 @ 17:52 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Measures forcing the purveyors of alternative medicines to prove they are safe and that they have a long track-record of people believing they work will cut the number of herbal remedies and traditional Chinese medical products on the European market from 1 May.
Firms providing such products with medicinal claims, from echinacea to peppermint oil, have had seven years since the passage of an EU law governing the sector in 2004 to register their wares with national authorities, and the deadline for the sector - after an unusually long transitional period for the implementation of a directive - arrives on Sunday.
Alternative medicine producers must now prove to national authorities that their wares are both safe to use and ‘effective'.
"We have now reached the end of a long transition period which has given producers and importers of traditional herbal medicinal products the necessary time to show that their products have an acceptable level of safety and efficacy," said John Dalli, European health commissioner said on Friday ahead of the deadline.
"Patients can now be confident about the traditional herbal medicinal products they buy in the EU."
The rules still remain far laxer than the stringent procedures most countries enforce with respect to normal medicine, with products not required to undergo safety tests or clinical trials.
The law's definition of proof of safe usage is limited to documentation that "indicates that the product is not harmful in specified conditions of use," according to the commission.
Meanwhile, proof that a product works does not have to be evidence-based, but can instead be furnished by literature describing "efficacy is plausible on the basis of long-standing use and experience."
Such documentation is defined as sufficient evidence of the medicinal use of the product for at least 30 years, 15 of which must have been in the EU itself. Long-term use of a product is equated with evidence that it works.
"This should be decades of use in a region, involving testimonies from doctors, pharmacists and the people who have been using a product," Frederic Vincent, commission health spokesman told EUobserver.
Pressed whether efficacy can be proved without clinical trials or safety tests, Vincent said that clinical trials for regular medicine often do not prove whether something works.
"It's the same with regular medicine. Often for years, you do not know whether it is going to work or not. And it takes years to know whether something is safe, and frequently we find even after clinical trials that products are dangerous."
Nevertheless, despite the leniency of the new rules, supporters of alternative therapies have kicked off campaigns warning that the EU is out to ban the sector, with left-wing online pressure group Avaaz on Thursday launched a petition against the rules with over 200,000 signatories at the time of writing.
The group claims the EU in two days is to "ban much of herbal medicine", including "virtually all Chinese, Ayurvedic and African traditional medicine" in order to "drive the profits of Big Pharma".
Another group, Slow Food, a group normally focused on the promotion of local produce and traditional cuisine, says on its website that Brussels is to criminalise herbal medicine and the growing or use of herbs in teas.
According to the commission's spokesman, there will be a restriction in the number of medicines on the market as a result of the rules, but there is no ban on any "specific substance, practitioners, books or plants as such."
The commission says that the law does not reduce access for Chinese or Indian medical products per se, but, according to Vincent, "The issue is they say: ‘We can't prove it, but it works.' And we're saying: ‘Do your best to prove it. Otherwise you won't be able to sell it as a medicine."
One EU official, on condition of anonymity told this website that the accusation of criminalising herbal remedies or teas is "Nonsense. This is coming from companies that cannot even produce the simplified evidence demanded. They are trying to sell things that really may not be safe."
For decades alternative medicines have been sold with very little in the way of safeguards and in recent years, stories have abounded in the press of life-threatening incidents and even deaths resulting from the consumption of products that contain microbial contaminants, heavy metals, chemical toxins or that have been adulterated by pharmaceutical drugs.
In the last two years, UK authorities for example have issued over a dozen safety alerts, including over a plant that contained a banned toxic plant derivative that caused kidney failure in two individuals.
Attempts to garner comment on the development from the UK-based European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine did not meet with success.
Croatian scientists developing antibiotic that could fight deadly E.coli infections.
Croatian Times 17.06.11.-13:00
Two Croatian scientists have discovered an antibiotic that could help fight deadly bacterial infections such as the ones caused by certain strains of E.coli.
Physicist Davor Juretic and mathematician Damir Vukicevic from Split’s Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (PMF) have developed Adepantin, an antibiotic that could yield a cure for such infections.
The investigations however are still in their preliminary phase. The antibiotic has proved efficient on cell cultures in labs but has not yet been tested on lab animals.
It can take between 10 to 15 years for a promising substance to yield a usable medicine, daily Jutarnji List writes.
The soil of Russian far-eastern Amur region, rich in precious metals, has yielded up treasure of another kind. Dinosaur bones found here have attracted paleontologists eager make advances in their branch of science.
Yury Bolotsky is a man obsessed with the past – a bygone age when dinosaurs ruled this part of Russia.
He may have been born in modern times in the west of the country, but it is the untapped Jurassic history of Russia’s far eastern Amur region to which he has devoted his adult life.
“This site has been known about since about 1948,” he told RT. “An unbelievable number of bones are buried here and I think we will be digging for at least another two years. They are literally everywhere here.”
“The Amur Region is lucky,” Bolotsky added. “Only here can a site boast of having produced a complete dinosaur skeleton.”
A discovery, made over a decade ago by Bolotsky’s team, has led to the formal recognition of a new breed of dinosaur – Olorotitan, translated as “giant swan”.
A 12-metre-long herbivore was found almost exclusively in the Amur region and it was Yury’s son, Ivan, who fist spotted the fragment of tail bone sticking out of the earth. Three years of careful excavation later, father and son made paleontology history.
Ivan, who has since followed in his father’s footsteps, said that excavations require patience and skill in equal measure.
“When we discover the bone we begin to remove the ground around it using a knife, your hand and a shovel – very careful, very slow because there can still be more bones in the ground around it,” he explained, while demonstrating his techniques for RT’s cameras.
Yury and his team have been excavating the same site in Amur region for the past three years. There, they have found well over a 1,000 dinosaur bones, which are approximately 65 million years old.
The scientists believe that the bones of hundreds of more dinosaurs are yet to be found within their small plot alone.
The team say they may have also found fragments of another giant duck-billed plant-eater, unique to the region. The dinosaur was named in its honour – the Amurosaurus.
Each new discovery must be carefully catalogued and this mission is carried out by the local Paleontological Museum, which carefully collects and displays Bolotsky’s discoveries.
According to the museum’s director, Olga Sashnina, contrary to what we know today, just a century ago foreign paleontologists did not believe that Russian soil held even a trace of dinosaur remains.
She said that American paleontologist Charles Marsh, who visited Moscow in 1887, declared that there were no dinosaurs in Russia – and everyone believed him.
Luckily, Yury Bolotsky comes from a long line of scientists who chose to follow their own instincts and secured Amur’s place in the history books as one of the world’s foremost sites for paleontology.
It was their determination, and no small amount of digging, that unearthed a dinosaur bonanza.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 17, 2011 13:57:54 GMT -5
UAC signs $3.8-bln contract for 50 MS-21 passenger planes.
19:38 17/08/2011 ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow region), August 17 (RIA Novosti)
Russia's state-run Rostekhnologii (Russian Technologies) corporation and Irkut Corporation (part of the state-run United Aircraft Corporation) signed on Wednesday a $3.8-billion contract for 50 MS-21 passenger jets.
The contract was signed by Rostekhnologii chief Sergei Chemezov and Irkut's Alexei Fyodorov.
The MS-21 is a family of twin-engine jet aircraft still under development by the Irkut and Yakovlev design bureaus, part of UAC.
It has a 150-212 seating capacity.
MS-21 planes will be produced in three modifications. It will be Russia's first plane with components made of carbon fiber.
The new technology will save 25% in fuel and 15% in maintenance costs, as well as reduce harm to the environment.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 18, 2011 16:44:34 GMT -5
President delays signing GMO seed law
Thenews.pl 18.08.2011 08:48
President Bronislaw Komorowski has delayed making a decision on whether to sign a controversial GM crops law in Poland. Though he is pro-GM, he says the bill, as written, is “legal junk”.
The head of state held consultations with experts, Wednesday, but has yet to come to a decision on whether to sign the so-called “Seed Law” which has been passed by both houses of parliament.
As the president consulted with a team of scientists and legal experts, protestors gathered outside the Presidential Palace chanting “No to GMO”.
Main critics of the seed bill, including Jadwiga Lopata from the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC), maintain that a key phrase in the bill, which unilaterally disallows GM seeds in Poland, was taken out, leaving the law ambiguous in the matter.
“We think that this act was done in a strange way [which tries] to cover that we will not recognise that this is in fact an act which is opening Poland up to GMO planting, and that’s what the President is also referring to,” Lopata told Polish Radio reporter John Beauchamp.
Komorowski said later that he lamented the fact that there had been little or no public debate concerning the law in Poland.
The president underlined, however, that he is a supporter of GMO, and said that no convincing scientific proof had been produced to show that the technology is harmful to humans or the environment.
The apprehension among some sections of society, said the president, could be calmed down through a public debate.
On Wednesday the head of state forwarded a letter to Prime Minister Donald Tusk asking for more information on the stand of ministries on the effects of genetically modified crops on health, environment and ecological safety.
The president has to take a decision not later than 24 August.
The bill was supported in parliament by the ruling Civic Platform/Polish Peasant's Party coalition after a previous law banning GM passed in 2006 was referred to the EU Court of Justice for failing to fulfill obligations under European Union law. (pg/ab/jb)
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 21, 2011 14:00:55 GMT -5
Damn, it's huge!
New prehistoric discovery brings Croatian scientists to Bosnia.
Croatian Times 19.08.11.-13:00
Paleonthologists from Zagreb have been dispatched to look into what are believed to be the remains of the elephant’s predecessor belonging to the extinct Gomphotherium genus (sub-genii Tetralophodon punjabensis and Anancus arevensis).
The bones were discovered in Tomislavgrad area in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their exact location has not been disclosed.
The head of the Tomislavgrad district Ivan Vukadin founded a team that will investigate the remains under the supervision from paleonthologists in Zagreb.
If it is confirmed that these are indeed the remains of an ancient elephant aged several million years, experts from the European Union and America are expected to head to the location of this important discovery that could be of key significance to the scientific reconstruction of life in this part of southeastern Europe at the time.
Today's elephants' predecessor Gomphotherium genus is believed to have died out due to dramatic climate change and strong tectonic movements that elevated mountain ranges like the Alps, Dinarides and Carpathians. In scientific circles it is assumed that the species lived around the Pannonian Sea which covered all of today's Balkan Peninsula, and which gradually dried into a great lake. The relatives of the pre-elephant lived around the edges of the lake, feeding on tree leaves. The remains of their teeth were found in several locations in Croatia, daily Vecernji List writes.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 23, 2011 14:48:48 GMT -5
Meh, it's a railway to Alaska, that belongs to Russia!
I wish this will include energy deals..
Return to New York please, via Moscow: Kremlin paves way for East to West rail link after 'approving' £60bn Bering Strait tunnel.
• Trip of a lifetime would take the best part of three weeks through picturesque Alaska and Siberia • Russia set to complete extension of rail network to tip of Siberia by 2030 • £60 billion plan would see 65-mile tunnel bored under Bering Strait and linking East and West
Dailymail.co.uk By Wil Longbottom 23rd August 2011
The prospect of an epic train journey from London to New York might seem like a distant dream for those seeking the ultimate railway holiday.
But booking a ticket from St Pancras to Grand Central station could be a step closer after Russia gave the green light for plans for a 65-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait.
The Kremlin this week gave its support for a £60billion scheme that would link Asia and North America and allow for a potential once-in-a-lifetime train journey.
The proposed tunnel would pass underneath the Big Diomede and Little Diomede islands and straddle the international dateline to link East and West.
Engineers have said there is no technical reason the tunnel could not be completed and it could provide a cheaper way of shipping freight around the world.
The idea was first raised by Tsar Nicholas II in 1905, but was this week endorsed by Aleksandr Levinthal - deputy federal representative for the Russian Far East - at a conference on developing infrastructure in the country's remote north-east.
The three-day conference, held in the eastern city of Yakutsk, brought delegates from the U.S., China and Britain and was aimed at capturing the economic potential of the resource-rich region.
Mr Levinthal told The Times: 'We should see advanced development of road and rail infrastructure here [in the Russian Far East] and improvement in the investment climate in Russia as a key aim.'
A 500-mile railway line stemming from the existing Trans-Siberian line to Yakutsk - costing £900million and due for completion in 2013 - is part of Kremlin plans to extend rail lines 2,360 miles to the north-eastern tip of Siberia by 2030.
That could open up the way for the construction of a tunnel - which could take up to another 15 years to complete.
The route would be twice the length of the Channel Tunnel, in a sparsely populated area miles from large population centres.
It would also require U.S. engineers to create through train lines in Alaska, linking it with cities in Canada and onwards.
Currently, travellers would have to get a ferry to Anchorage, Alaska, from the U.S. west coast and train services in Russia would only take you as far as Chita or Vladivostock, before they move down into China and Mongolia.
It remains to be seen whether Russia could finance such an ambitious project, but it opens up the possibility of a breathtaking train journey through picturesque Siberia and Alaska.
SO HOW LONG COULD THE EPIC JOURNEY TAKE?
An East to West train route would require both Russia and the U.S. to construct railway lines in Siberia and Alaska.
Currently, train services extend as far east as Chita or Vladivostock in Russia, while you would need to take a ferry between Bellingham and Anchorage to get anywhere near the Bering Strait on the U.S. side.
At present it would take just over two weeks to get as far along the route as physically possible. Here's how:
London - Brussels - Cologne - Moscow: 18hrs 30mins Moscow - Chita: 106 hours Train route from Chita to Anchorage Bellingham - Anchorage: 7 days - by ferry Seattle - Bellingham: 2 hours New York - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Chicago - Seattle: 64hrs 30mins
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 28, 2011 17:59:31 GMT -5
Polish minister calls for Europe-wide ban on GM crops.
TheNews.pl 26.08.2011 12:55
Poland’s stance on genetically modified crops has been thrown into confusion after its agriculture minister called for a European-wide ban on GMO.
“We are now proposing to completely prohibit not only the cultivation of GM plants, but also imports of feed and food that is genetically modified,” Minister Marek Sawicki told TVP public television.
“And not just in Poland,” he added.
Sawicki’s remarks come just days after he criticized President Bronislaw Komorowski for vetoing a government bill on the registration of GM seeds, which was intended to bring Polish law in line with EU dictates.
The previous Law and Justice government passed a law in 2006 unilaterally banning the growing of GM foods and exports of seeds. The European Commission consequently referred Poland to the European Court of Justice for passing a law at odds with Brussels directives.
President Komorowski, though not against GM on principle, said this week that the ‘seed bill’ did not in fact sufficiently clarify the issue and declared the law “legal junk” and sent it back to parliament.
Now Minister Sawicki says that the EU should ban GM across the 27-nation bloc. “Here indeed is a task for the Minister of the Environment, to introduce such an initiative under the umbrella of the Polish Presidency [of the EU Council], and we will support him.”
Opinion polls have shown the general public suspicious of the technology.
Opponents of GM claim that the technology could be harmful to the environment and human health, though studies have consistently failed to find such a link.
Proponents of GM say that it could greatly increase yields at a time of rising food prices and would abolish the need to use harmful fertilizers against pests.
Currently a type of maize called MON 810 is the only GM food cultivated commercially in the EU.
A GM type of potato harvested for industrial starch, called Amflora, is also allowed.
Last summer, however, the European Commission proposed that each of the 27 nations in the EU should be allowed more flexibility in drawing up GM legislation. (pg/nh)
Russia to export 24-25 mln ton of grain this year says Putin.
19:22 25/10/2011 STAVROPOL, October 25 (RIA Novosti)
Russia will export 24-25 million tons of grain in 2011, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
"Today, to avoid oversupply on the domestic market, we began exports. The exports will amount to about 24-25 million tons," Putin said at a meeting with farmers and United Russia party members.
In the future, the government plans to impose certain restrictions aimed at filling the domestic market and replenishing grain reserves.
Today, grain exporters should keep in mind those future restrictions to avoid signing extra export contracts, Putin said, adding that export duty would be raised to keep the bread in the country.
"This means that we will regulate prices in the domestic market this way," he said.
Earlier in October, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said the government might limit grain exports if they exceeded 24 million tons in the 2011/2012 agricultural year to reign in local prices.
The government banned all exports of grain last year after an abnormal heat that killed a third of harvest. Exports resumed in July, and Zubkov's comments shook markets.
Russia has exported 10.7 million tons of grain as of October 11. Zubkov has said 2011 exports might amount to 18-19 million tons of grain.
BELGRADE -- The Greens of Serbia representatives submitted a petition to the Serbian parliament, requesting ban of genetically modified food.
They also submitted a draft law banning genetically modified organisms (GMO).
“With the petition, which was signed by more than 35,000 citizens, the Greens of Serbia request that the state support the ban of production, import, use and sale of GMO,” Greens of Serbia leader Ivan Karić told reporters.
He stressed that their goal was not to halt development of the scientific and research work because research needed to be done and medicine had the need for GMO.
“We believe that Serbia is a country of extraordinary natural resources and agrarian potentials and that there is no need to produce genetically modified food,” Karić pointed out and added that the use of GMO had negative effects on people’s health and jeopardized natural diversity.
Research has showed that negative effects of the use of the genetically modified food, such as allergies and toxic manifestations in the human organism, could even affect the third generation, he underscored.
The Greens of Serbia leader stressed that the initiative to ban GMO had nothing to do with the party and that it was not a political campaign, but only a civil initiative for the wellbeing of all the Serbian citizens.
According to Karić, the existing law on GMO is not being implemented at all and there are no by-laws, which leaves the door wide open for the genetically modified products.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 13, 2012 13:33:31 GMT -5
Ice Age Park? Russian, S.Korean scientists to clone woolly mammoth.
RT.com 13 March, 2012, 22:22
A Siberian research institute has joined forces with the world’s most controversial geneticist to clone the woolly mammoth – a species that has been extinct for thousands of years.
Vasily Vasilyev, vice rector of North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic and Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation have signed an agreement, and say they hope to produce a living mammoth within six years.
The union is no accident.
Although mammoths once roamed Earth, they survived the longest in Northern Siberia, with the last dying out less than 2,000 years ago – some 8,000 years after they disappeared elsewhere. The cold climate also meant that they were best preserved in that part of the world, meaning Russian research institutes like Sakha University have access to more frozen mammoth parts than any other.
Hwang is one of the world’s leading geneticists, and a celebrity in his native country. He was the first to clone a dog (Snuppy the Afghan hound, born in 2005) but was later given a suspended prison sentence for embezzlement and ethical violations when it was found out that he had faked some of his research.
But despite the perfect match, the cloning is anything but straightforward – Russian and Japanese scientists have been working on cloning the mammoth for the best part of a decade, and the two countries already have a world-class team at Sakha University.
One of the problems is that the DNA needs to be perfectly preserved. Hwang said that finding undamaged tissue would be the “primary difficulty,” and labeled the job “a tough task.”
If scientists did isolate perfect DNA from the mammoth, it would need to be implanted into the eggs of an elephant. The embryos would then be carried by an African elephant – the closest surviving relative of the mammoth – during a 22-month pregnancy.
But despite the difficulty, seeing the creatures – famed for their colorful fur and 5 meter-long curved tusks – alive on Earth again would constitute perhaps the greatest scientific achievement of the century.
If the project is successful, it would be the second time an extinct animal has been “resurrected.” The Pyrenean ibex – a type of wild goat that became extinct in 2000 – was cloned three years ago, but the billy died within minutes.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5