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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 9 December 2013

EFITA newsletter / 629 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

A thought for today
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death – Nelson MANDELA

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Information and communication technologies for promotion and development of sustainable tourism around cultural and natural destinations. The case of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
25 August – 5 September 2014 - LUGANO – Switzerland

Balmart wireless solutions and advantages

Taming Drones: How Java Controls the Uprising of the Drone Force

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LIFE+ 3Water project

Into Green
A green workplace creates happiness and health. (???? – GW)
Offices are the most common workplaces and are often still an unhealthy place to be. A company which wants to be green will be able to find all the inspiration and arguments it needs to really give green its rightful place.

Check out who are the top players on the advanced biofuels markets!

Women to spearhead next ‘Green Revolution’

Pan-European Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stock of agricultural soils (data available)
An Interesting dataset is available. The future EU policy in agriculture will utilized SOC as indicator, both as a main parameter of soil quality and as a strategy to offset CO2 emission by C sequestration. However a consistent picture of agricultural SOC stock is missing as well as tools to orient the future policymaker decisions. We estimated a current top SOC stock of 17.63 Gt in EU agricultural soils, by an unprecedented model application running about 164,000 combination of climate, soil and land use/management.
The Data [Soil organic stock (t C ha-1) in the layer 0-30 cm at 2010 and hectares under agricultural land use] are available as Shape Files.
A detailed explanation of the methodology and the platform of simulation developed could be found in: Lugato E., Panagos P., Bampa, F., Jones A., Montanarella L. (2013). A new baseline of organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils using a modelling approach. Global change biology. In Press
Contact : Panos PANAGOS
E-mail: panos.panagos(a)

European Soil Portal: Newsletter No 60 (December 2013)

EFITA 2013
24-27 June 2013 - TURIN

EFITA 2013: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT innovation

> Scientific program

> Poster session

> The acts of the EFITA2013 congress


Contact: Prof. Remigio BERRUTO
E-mail: remigio.berruto(a)

WOW Our History in 2 minutes
Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video reproduction. He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into two minutes.

No, no relationship to Geoorge Bush, or so I'm told!

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

I know a barber just like this one. And a dentist...
A man who was planing a holiday trip to Rome with his wife was having his hair cut in his local barber shop. He mentioned the trip to the barber who laughed and responded:

"Rome ? Why would anyone want to go there this time of year... it's crowded and dirty... what a dump ... I've been there... you're crazy to go to Rome." He paused, "Anyway, tell me, how are you getting there?"

"We're taking Continental Airlines," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"

"Continental?" exclaimed the barber. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rom?"

"We'll be at this exclusive little place overlooking the river Tiber called Teste."

"Don't go any further," exclaimed the barber, "I know that place. Everybody thinks it's gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."

"But, best of all, we're going to visit the Vatican and maybe even get to see the Pope."

"That's rich," laughed the barber derisively. You and a million other people trying to see the Pope. He'll be so far away hell look the size of an ant. But good luck to you on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."

A month later the man again came in for a haircut. The barber greeted him and asked him about his trip to Rome.

"It was wonderful," explained the man, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's new aircraft, but our flight was overbooked, and we were upgraded to first class. The food and wine were wonderful."

The barber was becoming flustered by the good report."The hotel ... I bet the hotel was a dump."

"Aw no, the hotel was great! They'd just finished a major remodelling job, and now it's a jewel, one of the finest hotels in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us a suite overlooking the Tiber at no extra charge!"

"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."

"Actually, we were really very lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope would like to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be kind enough to wait a while, the Pope would personally greet me."
The barber, at this stage, was livid as the man continued: "Sure enough, five minutes later the Pope walked through the door, shook my hand and embraced me. And, as I knelt down to kiss his ring, he whispered a few words into my ear."

"Oh, really!" said the barber, flabergasted, "What'd he say?"

He said: "Jesus Christ, who cut your f*cking hair?"

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes... an Anatomy of Wit
Mick Harkin, ex Secretary of EFITA, who has kept us amused with his Friday Jokes over the years, has published a book on Amazon entitled "Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes... an Anatomy of Wit".
Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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