Welsh ruling on GM crops deals blow to biotech sector

first_imgSince then, GM restrictions introduced by Germanyand Italy have gone unchallenged. A total of six countries – France, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Austria and Luxembourg – are continuing to block approvals of new GM varieties over safety and environmental concerns. In a ruling published this week, the influential Scientific Committee on Plants stopped short of condemning Welsh restrictions on an authorised GM crop – even though it said there was no scientific evidence supporting the measures.The result has been hailed by environmentalists as a partial victory in their battleto keep GMOs out of the But the committee ruled that it was not competent to determine whether cross-pollination of neighbouring crops posed a sufficient “riskto human health or the environment” to justify the Welsh measures.Byrne’s spokeswoman denied that the scientists’ opinion was a blow to attempts to boost the fortunes of Europe’s embattled biotech sector. “This is not a setback,” said Beate Gminder. “We’re certainly not disappointed – the committee was simply doing its job.”Margot Wallström, Byrne’s environment colleague, could now try to force the UK to lift the Welsh restrictions by asking a regulatory committee of member states’ representatives to reject the measures.The last attempts by the Union executive to overturn national GM bans in Austria and Luxembourg in 1998 failed to win support from other governments, even when the Commission scientistswere unequivocal in opposing the bans.center_img food chain.“It’s the first time the committee has done that,” said Adrian Bebb of Friends ofthe Earth. “On every other occasion they have come down very much on the side of the biotech industry.”Other countries were now bound to follow suit with restrictions of their own, Bebb predicted. “This is going to launch a huge debate in Europe about how you can grow GM and organic crops in the same area.”The EU scientists examined new Welsh laws prohibiting farmers from planting Aventis T25 maize within 200 metres of other farms growing conventional maize or organic crops to prevent the spread of the engineered genes through cross-pollination.They were asked by Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne’s department to decide whether the measures were compatible with Union environmental protection rules invoked by the UK to support the restrictions.last_img read more

Reasons for lawyers to love the EU

first_imgAt a time when political rhetoric on Europe is increasing in volume, not only because of the troubles in the eurozone but also because of the European Union (Referendum Lock) Bill going through parliament, I think it is time to put forward the other side of the argument. A number of the comments to my blog exhibit strong euroscepticism, and so here is another side. I have not dealt here with more general reasons to be in favour of the EU. They are in any case well-known: the prevention of war between countries which have traditionally fought through the centuries, most terribly in the last century; the need for the UK to be part of a larger grouping in the new geopolitical balance between the US and China; and recognition of our geographical and historical reality. Of course, not everything is rosy in the European garden, and there are powerful arguments against the project (too big, too weak, too undemocratic) – but at any rate here is why lawyers should love the EU. (1) The lawyer-specific legislation has been good for us. The regime for free movement of lawyers around Europe is among the most radical in the world. The three directives which govern us (the services directive, the establishment directive and the professional qualifications directive) allow lawyers to practise temporarily or permanently in another member state without difficulty, and to requalify easily. Mobility is something that English solicitors demand from other countries – from India to Brazil – and which the UK grants in return to a wide range of foreign lawyers. The EU has granted lawyers mobility more or less on the UK’s terms. English law firms have benefited hugely from the ability to open offices from east to west and north to south. (2) The constant discussion on convergence and harmonisation of laws is good for lawyers. Clearly, there might be political disagreements on the benefits of convergence and harmonisation, but here I am looking at it only from the lawyer’s point of view. More and more, given the twin growth in globalisation and technology, every lawyer is dealing with cross-border cases. Many, doubtless most, of those in the UK relate to other parts of the EU – divorces, succession, company work. The considerable work that the EU does to ease cross-border transactions, either by making the law converge or resolving conflicts through agreed procedures, eases our work. Clearly, it is to the benefit of citizens, too, since it reduces costs and complexities. (3) There are intellectual benefits to lawyers being in a single market with – and so being brought into regular contact with – lawyers from other jurisdictions, particular non common law ones. Our natural legal relationships are with those who share the basis of our law, for instance the commonwealth, the US and Ireland. The EU forces us to discuss with those who come from different traditions, which in turn leads us to widen our horizons and consider that there may be solutions other than the ones we have chosen a long time ago. Of course, this networking can be done on a voluntary basis, but the legal framework of the EU obliges it, to our benefit. For instance, are there different solutions to the anti-money laundering regulations? Yes, in some member states reports are made through the bar – and in nearly every other member state the number of lawyer reports are not more than double figures (compared to our own in the thousands). Are there other solutions to the holding of client money? Yes, the French bars run a single bank account through the bar. Are there other ways of appointing judges? Yes, many continental countries have judicial careers starting from a much younger age, without having to have been a lawyer first but after appropriate training. And so on. Being brought regularly face to face with different choices is healthy for our own legal system. And it is good training for us in the coming world of ever greater globalisation and technological advance when we will all have to get used to cross-border dealings with an even greater number of countries, including those outside the EU. Are you persuaded yet? Probably not, since attitudes to the EU seem to be born out of deep cultural notions. My own view is that the UK will not love the EU until it has got over the trauma of loss of empire and its profound nostalgia for the days when it ruled the world. Get over it, I say. At any rate for lawyers, the EU has brought large benefits. Jonathan Goldsmith is the secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents around a million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies Visit the Gazette’s blogs page for more Euro blogslast_img read more

New towns, greater homeownership and localism: a possible Labour housing strategy?

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Martial’s hat-trick lifts ManU over Sheffield

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Converting from a winger to a central striker is bringing the best out of Anthony Martial at Manchester United (ManU) this season.The French forward scored his first hat-trick for United in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the Premier League yesterday, taking his tally in all competitions to 19 goals – his highest in one season since joining from Monaco in 2015.There could be as many as 14 matches remaining this season for Martial to top up that number, and with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba finally together in central midfield to increase United’s creativity, goals shouldn’t be in short supply.It was the first hat-trick by a United player since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and the type of finishes Martial delivered, showed he is growing in his new role.Martial’s first two goals came at either end of the first half, the opener coming when he slid in to divert in a fiercely driven cross by Marcus Rashford from the right in the seventh minute.It was a real striker’s goal, as was his second in the 44th, when he swept home another cross from the right, this time by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Rashford was again the provider for Martial’s third goal, slipping a short pass behind the visiting defence for his fellow forward to run through and apply a deft finish over goalkeeper Simon Moore. FIFTH PLACE The win kept United in fifth place, which will be enough to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League if second-place Manchester City fail in their appeal against a two-year European ban.It was a second straight loss for the visitors, who dropped five points behind Man United.The hosts printed large photos of 40,000 supporters and placed them on the seats at Old Trafford as part of a fan mosaic for the match that was again played in a virtually empty stadium during the coronavirus pandemic.Most intrigue surrounded the decision of Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play Fernandes and Pogba – with Nemanja Matic anchoring the midfield – and they showed flashes to suggest their partnership can prosper.Given the limited nature of the opposition, Fernandes had an easy time running the game, while Pogba grew into the game in his first start since September 30 in an injury-interrupted campaign.Solskjaer chose to make all five of his allowed substitutions at the same time – in the 80th minute – with temporary rules increasing the number of replacements from three.last_img read more

Chad Ochocinco going back to Chad Johnson

first_imgMcCall SportsLogos.Net 245 Sports Logos http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8191660/chad-ochocinco-miami-dolphins-says-last-name-johnson-againSo I wonder how this affects any jerseys that may have already been made up? Did he give the required lead-time to the manufacturer (Nike) to ensure they changed it? Or is this a case where there may not have been any Chad Ochocinco jerseys made up in Miami colors anyway? NJTank Posted July 25, 2012 Location:Indiana 1,380 posts Share on other sites Recommended Posts 0 crashcarson15 0 0 Resident CRJ stan Hail to the Redskins…forever. My question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank God he changed it back.He used to have the game to back up this kind of antic, but no more.If I were Miami, I’d retire Mark Duper’s #85. Now that they’re on Hard Knocks, it would be a hilarious episode when they notify Chad that he can’t wear #85 for them.That would be the best episode ever aired. But more than likely he would just switch to his college number (#80), I’m sure Anthony Fasano would sell it. 163 Posted July 24, 2012 Link to post dcameronh ARTnSocal 0 6,127 posts Location:West Coast Share this post 50 522 Being a Mets fan is like being water boarded on a nightly basis Link to post Which do you like best? I just don’t know. Ochocinco or Johnson? I just can’t get around the fact that the number 85 in Spanish is actually ochenta cinco. (I hope I spelled that right)Except it’s ochenta y cinco… Favourite Logos:LA Angels Anaheim Mighty DucksHumboldt BroncosSaskatchewan Roughriders ARTnSocal 1,005 243 Location:Missouri Location:Michigan Share on other sites Share this post 21,915 posts Sign in to follow this   Forums Home Members crashcarson15 Banned Buster Formerly & Currently McCall Location:Belleville, NJ 243 Share this post This topic is now closed to further replies. phutmasterflex Share this post 2,414 Favourite Logos:Buffalo Bills ’62-73 .. Buffalo Bisons (hockey) ’56-’70 .. Buffalo Sabres ’06-’07 alternate logo 66 245 163 1,730 posts Posted July 24, 2012 Buster 5,835 posts Location:Freedom, PA Link to post Dang there goes my plans for an Ocho jersey Share on other sites 1,204 Posted July 24, 2012 Link to post UniformJipetto 2,008 posts Members 0 Link to post 2,527 posts All Activity 0 Share on other sites My question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank god he changed it back. By larrypep, July 24, 2012 in Sports Logo News dcameronh My question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank God he changed it back.He used to have the game to back up this kind of antic, but no more.If I were Miami, I’d retire Mark Duper’s #85. Now that they’re on Hard Knocks, it would be a hilarious episode when they notify Chad that he can’t wear #85 for them. Location:Greater Calgary Area 522 Share this post 522 0 Share this post 888 Posted July 24, 2012center_img Share on other sites Members 16kid Chad Ochocinco going back to Chad Johnson Sign in to follow this   1,005 1,204 66 245 Link to post Moderators Posted July 24, 2012 McCall Banned Sports Logo News Members Members Share this post 888 Share on other sites Link to post 66 Forums Home 0 0 Share on other sites Link to post 50 My question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank God he changed it back.He used to have the game to back up this kind of antic, but no more.If I were Miami, I’d retire Mark Duper’s #85. Now that they’re on Hard Knocks, it would be a hilarious episode when they notify Chad that he can’t wear #85 for them.I wouldn’t.If they were to do that, then they’d have to retire Nat Moore’s # 89 and Mark Clayton’s # 83 too …. I just can’t see itJoke.Your head. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8191660/chad-ochocinco-miami-dolphins-says-last-name-johnson-againSo I wonder how this affects any jerseys that may have already been made up? Did he give the required lead-time to the manufacturer (Nike) to ensure they changed it? Or is this a case where there may not have been any Chad Ochocinco jerseys made up in Miami colors anyway?He had his name change process been in the works for a while and since he is joining a new team, no jersey compensation needed My question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank God he changed it back.He used to have the game to back up this kind of antic, but no more.If I were Miami, I’d retire Mark Duper’s #85. Now that they’re on Hard Knocks, it would be a hilarious episode when they notify Chad that he can’t wear #85 for them.I wouldn’t.If they were to do that, then they’d have to retire Nat Moore’s # 89 and Mark Clayton’s # 83 too …. I just can’t see itMy question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank god he changed it back.Easy one … he’s one of those attention seekers, always has to be in the limelight. No different than David Beckham and many other athletes of our times. Share this post whitedawg22 0 243 2,414 Share this post Posted July 24, 2012 Members My question is why he would change his name in the first place that was just dumb! Thank god he changed it back.According to Johnson, he has made a lot of money because of the name change. And I can believe it, thanks to crap like “The Ocho Show.” For a pro athlete, any attention that doesn’t result from drugs or arrests can be incredibly lucrative. 2,414 50 Share this post 15,496 posts Posted July 24, 2012 16kid Share on other sites 163 Link to post 1,204 All Activity Followers 1 Location:Southern California Share on other sites 888 Members Which do you like best? I just don’t know. Ochocinco or Johnson? I just can’t get around the fact that the number 85 in Spanish is actually ochenta cinco. (I hope I spelled that right) Location:Saskatchewan (Ridernation) phutmasterflex 1,005 larrypep Posted July 24, 2012 whitedawg22 Link to post 1,129 1,129 Link to post 0 Followers 1 1,129 53,174 posts Share on other sites Posted July 24, 2012 561 posts Members NJTank Share this post SportsLogos.Net Share on other sites Chad Ochocinco going back to Chad Johnson 3,026 posts Posted July 25, 2012 Go To Topic Listing Favourite Logos:New York MetsDetroit Red WingsBoston Celtics larrypep UniformJipetto Sports Logos Sports Logo News Chad Ochocinco going back to Chad Johnsonlast_img read more