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Parliament eases rules on cross-border pet travel

Parliament eases rules on cross-border pet travel | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Όλη η επικαιρότητα της Υπηρεσία τύπου του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου: ψηφοφορίες, ψηφίσματα, συζητήσεις, κοινοβουλευτικές επιτροπές και σύνοδοι ολομέλειας.
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New legislation on the "non-commercial transport" of pets, already informally agreed with EU ministers, was approved by Parliament on Thursday. Taking pets abroad will be easier, but pet health requirements will be stricter. Online information for pet owners will also be made clearer.


Before taking their pets across borders, owners should check that their anti-rabies vaccinations are still valid. Young animals between 12 and 16 weeks that have been vaccinated against rabies - but have yet to achieve immunity - should still be allowed to travel.


"There are 64 million cats and 66 million dogs in the EU. One household in four has a pet. In future, travelling across borders with pets will involve far less administrative hassle. We have eased the rules, and this should have a direct impact on citizens" said rapporteur Horst Schnellhardt (EPP, DE) after his resolution was adopted by 592 votes to 7 with 4 abstentions. The legislation will be applicable 18 months after it is published in the EU Official Journal.


Five-pet limit


Under today's rules, people may not cross borders with more than five pets at once. This restriction is needed to prevent or discourage any abuse of the rules for commercial purposes. However, the new law says owners may be exempted from it if they can prove that they are taking part in a competition, exhibition, sporting or other recreational event (e.g. with a team of sledge dogs). 


Identification forms

  

The new legislation lays down clearer rules on pet "passports" and anti-rabies vaccination. Identification documents must be issued by an authorised veterinarian and should specify the transponder code, anti-rabies vaccination details and other information on the animal's health status.


Since July 2011, electronic tagging has been the only officially approved means of identifying pet dogs, cats and ferrets (which can carry the rabies virus). However, a clearly readable tattoo applied before that date is still considered valid.


Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement with Council

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Doomsday: 9 Real Ways the Earth Could End

Doomsday: 9 Real Ways the Earth Could End | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Hollywood may create far-fetched apocalyptic movies, but scientists' visions of planet Earth's doom are even more terrifying
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From catastrophic climate change to hostile aliens, Hollywood routinely envisions apocalyptic endings to humanity's stint on planet Earth.

For instance, in the movie "After Earth," opening in theaters Friday (May 31), a series of earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and other natural disasters makes the planet inhospitable to humans, who resettle on a new world called Nova Prime.

But although the movie may be pure fantasy, many scientists are worried about other perilous scenarios — some of which are even scarier than anything that's been depicted on the silver screen.

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NASA - Sun Over Earth's Horizon

NASA - Sun Over Earth's Horizon | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The sun is captured in a "starburst" mode over Earth's horizon by one of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station, as the orbital outpost was above a point in southwestern Minnesota on May 21, 2013.Image Credit:...
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Sun Over Earth's Horizon

The sun is captured in a "starburst" mode over Earth's horizon by one of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station, as the orbital outpost was above a point in southwestern Minnesota on May 21, 2013.

Image Credit: NASA

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Γυμνοί για τους ωκεανούς | Τ&Π

Γυμνοί για τους ωκεανούς | Τ&Π | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Η Μέλανι Λοράν, η Σοσάνα των Inglorious
Basterds, είναι η τελευταία επώνυμη που
παίρνει μέρος στην μεγάλη καμπάνια FishLove
που τρέχει εδώ και χρόνια με με σκοπό να ευ-
αισθητοποιήσει την κοινή γνώμη για τους κιν-
δύνους που αντιμετωπίζουν οι ωκεανοί. Η Τζέρι
Χολ και με την κόρη της, Ελίζαμπεθ Τζάγκερ και
ο σερ Μπεν Κίνγκσλεϊ είναι μόνο κάποιοι από την
πληθώρα σταρ που φωτογραφήθηκαν γυμνοί με
έναν αντιπρόσωπο της ενάλιας ζωής από τον διά-
σημο Βρετανό Rankin και πιο πρόσφατα από τον
Ιταλό φωτογράφο μόδας Alan Gelati. Οι επιστή-
μονες προβλέπουν ότι αν δεν ληφθούν μέτρα για
την υπεραλιεία κάθε ζωή θα έχει εξαφανιστεί από
τους ωκεανούς έως το 2050.

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Infographic: 50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth

Infographic: 50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
This infographic contains 50 fascinating facts about Earth. 40 million tons of dust sweep from the Sahara to the Amazon every year?
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Infographic: 50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth

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Decision Against Greece Upheld for CAP Violations

Decision Against Greece Upheld for CAP Violations | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Greece will need to get by with $320 million less subsidies, after to a court found it failed to comply with CAP rules.
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τι εχει να μας πει ο ΥΠΟΥΡΓΟς ;;;;

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Is Global Warming Cooler than Expected?: Scientific American

Is Global Warming Cooler than Expected?: Scientific American | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
New research suggests Earth may warm more slowly
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An international research team led by Alexander Otto of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford has reported its conclusions in the journal Nature Geoscience.

The Earth is now warming faster than at any time in the last 11,000 years, but scientists do not understand clearly why the atmosphere has warmed less than they expected over the last decade or so – and more slowly than in the 1990s.

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What Types of Wine Glasses Do You Really Need?

What Types of Wine Glasses Do You Really Need? | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
What Type of Stemware is Right for You?
There are a gazillion different types of wine glasses out on the market. So, what should you buy?
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What Type of Stemware is Right for You?
There are a gazillion different types of wine glasses out on the market. So, what should you buy?

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The Wine Color Chart | Wine Folly

The Wine Color Chart | Wine Folly | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Ever wonder if a Chardonnay you're about to buy is going to be rich or lean? Believe it or not, the answer is right in front of your eyes. Wine colors unlock the secrets of style.
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What Different Wine Colors Mean


Many“buttery” Chardonnays are more extracted, which means they’re usually a rich gold color.

A wine’s color can also help you if you’re interested in collecting wine. You can use wine color cues to determine its potential to cellar. For instance, a syrah that tinges blue on the rim has lower acidity. Acidity is one of the primary traits of wines that age well.

Expert blind tasters take serious note of the color of wine. Amongst these experts are advanced sommeliers who must be able to accurately blind taste 6 wines to earn their credentials.

Whether or not you’re aiming for a life in the restaurant industry, you can still use wine colors to better define favorites.

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Domains Names - 4 best Lessons for Future Business Growth | Infographics

Domains Names - 4 best Lessons for Future Business Growth | Infographics | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Infographic on knowing everything about domain names, domain name branding, domain name business and future growth and opportunities with marketing

Via Christino Martin
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Who doesn’t want a domain that can take his business to extreme high level? Who doesn’t want to invest in online business where the returns are expected to be more than 200% of what you get offline. Ofcourse everyone does, i believe, and its the fact that most people are getting success over the online industry.

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What does your domain name tell about your business?

 

Considersing and investing a right domain name is important in creating your brand. Your domain assembles a good location in digital space and create trust to your customers. Getting a brief and meaningful name is recommended not only for domain name, but also your actual product.

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Women's Rights | Visual.ly

Women's Rights | Visual.ly | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Infographic about global statistics on women's rights.
Music: Ketto Revisited feat. Bonobo - Kidkanevil
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Infographic about global statistics on women's rights.
Music: Ketto Revisited feat. Bonobo - Kidkanevil
For more info visit onebillionrising.org

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Economy: The European gas plant

Economy: The European gas plant | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
While the European Commission seems to accept the idea that deficit reduction will take longer than expected and the European Central Bank has cut its […]
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While the European Commission seems to accept the idea that deficit reduction will take longer than expected and the European Central Bank has cut its main interest rate in order to foster economic recovery, Europeans' confidence in the EU is at its lowest ebb, as is clearly shown in the latest survey by the Pew Research Center.

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LOOK: Is This The Wreckage Of Amelia Earhart's Plane?

LOOK: Is This The Wreckage Of Amelia Earhart's Plane? | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
For decades, the question of what happened to the fearless American pilot Amelia Earhart has been an enticing puzzle for history buffs, but a grainy sonar image of possible plane wreckage could be key in answering the nearly 76-year-old mystery.
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For decades, the question of what happened to the fearless American pilot Amelia Earhart has been an enticing puzzle for history buffs, but a grainy sonar image of possible plane wreckage could be key in answering the nearly 76-year-old mystery.

Possible theories for the heroine's demise include a devastating crash into the Pacific, as well as capture and execution by the Japanese, according to PBS. However, researchers working with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believe they have found evidence that Earhart landed on a remote reef, after which her plane washed into the ocean and sank, according to the group's website.

TIGHAR-funded sonar imaging has revealed a 22-foot long object that represents a true "anomaly" in the group's data, Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News. The piece, possibly wreckage from Earhart's Lockheed Electra, is located 600 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean and just west of the remote Nikumaroro Island.

The object came to light during a forensic analysis of data collected during a $2.2 million TIGHAR expedition last July. That trip marked the group's 10th Earhart fact-finding mission, according to ABC News.

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Mock Mars Mission Will Test Stresses of Red Planet Living

Mock Mars Mission Will Test Stresses of Red Planet Living | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The project will study how people can live and work together under stressful conditions.
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The question of how people can live and work together well on a mission to Mars may turn out to be one of the biggest challenges of deep-space exploration. To simulate the experience of a crew stuck inside cramped quarters under stressful conditions, a nonprofit is planning a one-year mock Mars mission in the Arctic.

The mission, to begin in July 2014, is being planned by the Mars Society, an organization dedicated to manned exploration of the Red Planet. Six crew members will spend a full year living inside the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), a 25-foot-tall (7.6 meters), 27-foot-wide (8.3 m) cylindrical habitat on Devon Island in the high-latitude Canadian Arctic.

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We Want Everything on London's Most Fashionable Street. Even the Beanies.

We Want Everything on London's Most Fashionable Street. Even the Beanies. | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Less than a decade ago, London's graffiti-swathed Redchurch Street was a grimy stretch of Shoreditch your mother wouldn’t want you walking down after dark. Since then its leather wholesale stores have made way for designer boutiques, galleries, and pricey condos, and everyone’s guessing who’s coming next (Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton are rumored to be sizing up spaces). We took a spin around the neighborhood…

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How Relationships can be Great Asset in Happiness & Finance

How Relationships can be Great Asset in Happiness & Finance | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Infographic on Building Greatest asset of life with Happiness & Finance with Relationships & Love with being effective at market place

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Towards the end of poverty

Towards the end of poverty | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the first time in...
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Nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in 20 years. The world should aim to do the same again
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Volare mission

Volare mission | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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The launch of the Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers; Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, and Karen Nyberg of NASA, is scheduled for 29 May, 2013, Kazakh time.

Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and, Parmitano, will remain aboard the station until mid-November.

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NASA - Soyuz to the Launch Pad

NASA - Soyuz to the Launch Pad | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Kazakhstan.
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Soyuz to the Launch Pad

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Kazakhstan. 

Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, and Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, are set to launch to the International Space Station Tuesday night Eastern U.S. time, Wednesday in Kazakh time. Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and, Parmitano, will remain aboard the station until mid-November. 

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Grow Social Media Reach & become King of Google 1st Page | Infographics

Grow Social Media Reach & become King of Google 1st Page | Infographics | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Infographic on Social media and Google relation in making Search Engine Rankings for Business websites against Google Panda & Penguin with Google Authorship
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Does the title seems little exciting? Obvious it does. This has always been a great point of argument of causation versus correlation. While many people have suggested that its becoming true with the fact that Google is consistency working on its search engine to make it better and better with the help of Panda and Penguin Updates.


As everyone knows the fact that Facebook and Google are not friends in real life and with the support of Microsoft, Facebook seems to be growing even more bigger. So how the correlation of Facebook Posts comes into the Google’s Search Engine? While its pretty simple, both of them are internet giants and both want to work and go ahead together.

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Shameless style

Shameless style | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
THE OUTRAGEOUS stars who’ll stop at nothing, and wear virtually nothing, to make sure all eyes are on them
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Look at me! ... stars' outrageous attention-grabbing antics

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4939545/shameless-celebs-who-strip-off-to-steal-the-limelight.html#ixzz2UDemBvNy

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Wine Nutrition Facts | Wine Folly

Wine Nutrition Facts | Wine Folly | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Learn the nutrition facts of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and sweet wine. The calories can differ from wine to wine depending on one key factor: ABV
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Q: Why doesn’t wine have nutrition facts on the label?
One of the reasons nutrition facts are not listed on a wine label is to stipulate that booze is not part of a daily diet. Unfortunately, wine is not calorie free! It’s time to understand what’s in your wine and how different types of wine affect calories and nutrients.
 

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Tornado Tracks | Visual.ly

Tornado Tracks | Visual.ly | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Here is what 56 years of hurricane tracks all look like all at once. Brightness is tied to F-Scale. Couple of charts. That's it. P.S. Tornadoes hate mountains.

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Δημιουργήθηκε Task Force για το brand "Ελλάδα" - Ποιοί μετέχουν ~ Biznews

Δημιουργήθηκε Task Force για το brand "Ελλάδα" - Ποιοί μετέχουν ~ Biznews | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

Στην εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως δημοσιεύθηκε χθες απόφαση της Κυβέρνησης για τη συγκρότηση 9μελούς ομάδας εργασίας (task force) η οποία θα έχει στόχο "τη μελέτη και την υποβολή προτάσεων σχετικά με τη δημιουργία του εθνικού brand το οποίο θα χαρακτηρίζει κάθε επιχειρηματική, τουριστική, επενδυτική και εξαγωγική δραστηριότητα της χώρας".

Η επιτροπή έχει χρονικό περιθώριο ενός μήνα για να υποβάλλει τις προτάσεις της και ενδιαφέρον προκαλεί η σύστασή της. Συγκεκριμένα επικεφαλής έχει τεθεί ο Ανδρέας Κατσανιώτης, γενικός γραμματέας Ενημέρωσης και Επικοινωνίας και μέλη είναι οι:

  • Ο Στιβ Βρανάκης, διευθυντής του Creative Lab της Google
  • Η Θεοδώρα Μάντζαρη, Brand Consultant & Design Director
  • Ο Δημήτρης Τζιώτης, σύμβουλος Επικοινωνίας της υπουργού Τουρισμού
  • Ο Δημήτρης Πτωχός, προϊστάμενος του Γραφείου Στρατηγικού και Ψηφιακού Σχεδιασμού της Γενικής Γραμματείας Πρωθυπουργού
  • Ο Στέφανος  Ησαΐας, διευθύνων σύμβουλος του Invest in Greece
  • Ο Γιώργος Μουρούτης, προϊστάμενος του Γραφείου Τύπου της Γενικής Γραμματείας Πρωθυπουργού
  • Ο Αλέξης Ζορμπάς, υπεύθυνος Στρατηγικού Σχεδιασμού και Επικοινωνίας στο γραφείο του υπουργού Εξωτερικών.
Σύμφωνα με την  απόφαση δεν προβλέπεται αμοιβή για τη συμμετοχή των μελών της συγκεκριμένης task force στις συνεδριάσεις.
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