Paris, 5 November 2007

EFITA newsletter / 336 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Web TV interview about blue tongue (in French)
M. Cassagne delivered his talk from our videoconference room in Paris. The talk has been registered and broadcasted on the web by CNERTA (Dijon in Burgundy)

Workshop LIVE - Agritechnica focus on agricultural machinery servicing: Attracting young people to join the profession
13 – 17 November - HANOVER
Good service and expert, highly-trained mechanics are important requirements for the proper functioning of the agricultural machinery market and its after sales and maintenance services. Workshop LIVE is a new feature at Agritechnica focussing on current and future requirements for agricultural and construction industry mechanics – and their training. The Workshop LIVE is also intended to attract young people into this sector.

Contact: Malene CONLONG
E-mail: M.Conlong(a)

Rural Futures: Dreams, Dilemmas, Dangers
1-4 April 2008 – PLYMOUTH - United Kingdom,
In addition to our headline speaker, Prof Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, we have a number of theme keynote speakers booked, including:
- Dr Kate Braithwaite, Director of Carnegie UK Trust (Theme: Connecting Rural Communities)
- Ian Dent, Specialist in methodologies for agency / community consultation (Theme: Making It Happen)
- Fabienne Goux Baudiment, Head of proGective, Research Centre for Futures Studies, Paris (Theme: Constructing the Future)
- Dr Charles Kenny, Senior Economist, World Bank, author of Overselling the Web? (Theme: Information, Communication and Technology)
- Professor Stephen Daniels, University of Nottingham (Theme: Art, Culture and Society)
Contact : Susie BISSELL
E-mail: susie.bissell(a)

Global Environment Outlook
On 25 October 2007 UNEP's 4th Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-4) was launched at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. ISRIC – World Soil Information is the international collaborating institute of UNEP and for the GEO4 report ISRIC authored and edited Chapter 3 – Land.
The Chapter addresses land issues identified by UNEP regional groups, and highlights the pressures of human demands on land resources as causes of land degradation. The most dynamic elements of land-use change are the far-reaching changes in forest cover and composition, cropland expansion and intensification, and urban development.
Contact : Alfred HARTEMINK
E-mail : Alfred.Hartemink(a)

The Female Genie

While trying to escape through Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden found a bottle on the sand & picked it up. Suddenly, a female Genie rose from the bottle and with a smile said, "Master, may I grant you one wish?"

Osama responded, "You ignorant, unworthy Daughter-of-a-dog! Don't you know who I am? I don't need any common woman giving me anything."

The shocked Genie said, "Please, I must grant you a wish or I will be returned to that bottle forever."

Osama thought a moment, then grumbled about the impertinence of the woman and said, "Very well, I want to awaken with three American women in my bed in the morning. So, just do it and be off with you."

The annoyed Genie said, "So be it!" and disappeared.

The next morning Bin Laden woke up in bed with Lorena Bobbitt, Tonya Harding, and Hillary Clinton at his side.

His penis was gone, his knees were broken, and he had no health insurance.

God is Good

Le están haciendo una entrevista de trabajo a un tipo:
- "Bueno, su currículum es sorprendente. Aquí pone que usted habla inglés"
- "Sí, claro, fui a un colegio bilingüe..."
- "Y también domina el francés"
- "Sí, es que mi madre es francesa..."
- "Y habla perfectamente alemán"
- "Sí, es que mi padre nació en Munich..."
- "Y también conoce el italiano..."
- "Bueno, es que tuve una novia que vivía en Roma..."
- "Y también el portugués"
- "Bueno, es que en mi anterior trabajo me destacaron a Lisboa"
- "Muy bien, muy bien, queda usted contratado. Sólo una curiosidad, conociendo tantas lenguas diferentes... ¿Usted en que piensa?"
- "¿Yo? En coger, como todo el mundo"
Contact : Israel KITRON
Mél : kitron1(a)

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