Paris, 21 December 2009

EFITA newsletter / 442 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Precisiondairy2010 eNEWS
This is one way that the organizers will be keeping you up to date with developments as we organize the first North American Conference on Precision Dairy Management to be held in Toronto, Canada, March 2-5, 2010.
The call for papers is closed. The program committee has reviewed all papers and you will be hearing back from them soon. A detailed program will be posted on the website. If you still want to submit a poster to the conference please do so as soon as possible as there are still a few spaces remaining for posters only.

IAALD 2010 World Congress, organized by IAALD and Agropolis International
26 - 29 April - MONTPELLIER

This 13th world congress aims to share and discuss the ways in which scientific and technical information can help address issues of rural and agricultural development. It will be an occasion for exchanging information about new practices and to reinforce feedback mechanisms between information specialists. It will also provide a forum for scientists and other appropriate development actors.

It concerns all those who are involved in the production, management, distribution or use of knowledge in the agricultural and rural development sectors.

- Registration is open -

Discover the programme on IAALD 2010 website:

P.S.: Please note that the deadline for the notification to authors has been postponed to January 7, 2010

Hello again folks.
Two thought-provoking questions for you...!

Question 1:
†If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?
The consequence of your decision is below... but answer the next question first.

Question 2
It is time to elect a new world leader and you are asked to cast your vote.
Here are the facts about the three available candidates.

Candidate (1)
He associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 Martinis a day.

Candidate (2)
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate (3)
†He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke or drink and never committed adultery.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Decide first... No peeking, and then scroll down for the response.

†Candidate (1) is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
†Candidate (2) is Winston Churchill.
†Candidate (3) is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, about your answer to the first question:
†If you said YES, you just killed Ludwig Beethoven.

Interesting isn't it?
Almost makes a person think...!

AND, for yet another home spun perspective, remember:

Amateurs ... built the ark.
Professionals ... built the Titanic

Contact : Mick HARKIN

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