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Europe in Harmony EESC 2015 Video Challenge

Published on January 15, 2015 by in blog, slider

Calling all amateur singing groups and video- makers – “Europe In Harmony” needs you!

 

The EESC video challenge is back, and this time it has an additional element to it – music! The third edition of the challenge, organised in partnership with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is called Europe in Harmony and is open to amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 EU Member States.
The requirement is to perform an interpretation of “Ode to Joy” accompanied by a video clip.The video should be dedicated to any European
topic the participants wish. The submission period runs until 20 February 2015 and will be followed by a public vote and the fi nal selection of the
winners by a jury. The award ceremony is to take place in May 2015.
Lend your voices to Europe in Harmony!

http://www.eesc.europa.eu/video-challenge/2015/

 
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The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2015

Published on January 5, 2015 by in blog

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards are back. Launched by the European Commission in 2006, year after year the Awards highlight the very best sustainable energy projects taking place across Europe today. The 2015 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 15 to 19 June 2015.

 

The dates are set for the 2015 leading event on energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in Europe. The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place from 15 to 19 June 2015 in Brussels and across Europe. The European Commission invites you to be part of it, organising an Energy Day, applying to the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards or attending one of the hundreds of events to take place during the entire month of June 2015. Discover how to become an Energy Day organiser.

 

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards, the EU reference prize for sustainable energy projects in Europe, are officially open. If you are proud of your company’s results in reducing its carbon footprint or if your city deserves further recognition for its achievements in sustainable energy, the Awards are made for you. This year projects can compete in three categories: renewable energy, energy efficiency and cities, communities and regions.

 

Nominees and winners will be invited to the Awards ceremony that will take place in Brussels during the EU Sustainable Energy Week, giving them great visibility at the European level. Articles and videos will present the winning projects as innovation leaders and role models for sustainable energy. We strongly encourage you to submit an early description to take full advantage of the Secretariat’s personalised feedback. (First evaluation deadline is January 31. Final deadline to apply is 28 February 2015).  Check the Awards Eligibility and Assessment Criteria.

Apply for the Awards

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Contact: David Crous dc@eusew.eu 32(0)2 340 30 68 / Ralf Tinga rt@eusew.eu +32 (0)2 663 30 47.

 

www.eusew.eu

http://www.eusew.eu/

 
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Ecodesgn Energy Efficiency

Published on January 2, 2015 by in blog

From 2015 new energy efficiency measures will help Europeans save €45 per household and the amount of energy consumed by 11 million homes per year in electricity.

Measures include energy labels for cooking appliances and products sold online, and automatic stand-by requirements for connected devices and coffee machines.

What changes on 1st January 2015

From 1st January 2015 new measures introduced by the European Commission will help consumers save energy while cooking, making coffee and surfing the internet. In addition, energy labels will also allow consumers to check the energy efficiency of products sold online.

  1. Energy labels for online sales:Retailers will be required to show energy labels when selling products online. Up until now, retailers only displayed the energy efficiency class of a product online, such as ‘energy class A’, but not the other classes on the label (e.g. A+, A++, B or C) making it difficult for consumers to compare products. This will now become clearer.
  2. Energy labels for cooking appliances: New domestic gas ovens and range hoods will have to have an energy efficiency label. Up until now, only electric ovens were sold with an energy efficiency label.
  3. Automatic standby for networked devices: New networked equipment (such as modems, receivers/decoders, connected televisions, printers, etc.) will have to offer a function that switches the equipment into a low power standby mode if no main task is performed.
  4. Automatic standby for coffee machines: New coffee machines will have to offer a function that switches the machine into a low power standby/off-mode after a specified period of time, depending on the type of machine.

Read more:

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/products2015_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/doc/eep_infographic_en.pdf

 
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European Year for Development 2015 ‪#‎EYD2015‬

Published on January 1, 2015 by in blog

Find out about the Year: partners, the events, the stories from all over the world on the EYD 2015 website. Keep up to date on what’s going on and read about life changing projects.
VISIT THE EYD 2015 WEBSITE https://europa.eu/eyd2015/

The European Year for Development 2015 is set to be a special year, as the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals, which the international community agreed in the year 2000; and for the next set of goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – to be put in place. This year will be a unique opportunity to inform EU citizens how every euro of support helps to make a difference and to showcase our strong commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide, improving the situation of refugees and those in dire need of aid, tackling climate change and helping to protect to world’s natural resources. One of the main objectives of the European Year is to show EU citizens that development aid is also about them; that it also has a positive impact on their lives, considering the increasingly interdependent world we live in, and to foster a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity as a result.This is very well reflected in the motto of the year, “Our world, our dignity, our future”.

The launch event will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 9 January 2015, in the margins of the opening of the presidency of the European Council. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica are expected to attend. A press conference will take place at 12.30 (to be confirmed) and will be broadcasted on Europe by Satellite.

 
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Published on December 23, 2014 by in blog

Честита Коледа! Щастлива Нова Година, Sretan Božic i uspješna Nova godina, CzVeselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok, Glædelig jul og godt nytår, Prettige Kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuw jaar, Häid Jõule ja õnnelikku uut aastat, Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta,

Joyeux Noël et bonne année, Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit, Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr, Frohe Weihnachten und ein frohes neues Jahr, Καλά Χριστούγεννα και Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος, Kellemes karácsonyt és boldog új évet, priecīgus Ziemassvētkus un laimīgu Jauno gadu, Il-Milied u s-sena t-tabja,

Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku, Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo, Crăciun fericit şi un an nou fericit, Veselé vianoce a šťastný nový rok, Vesel Božič in srečno novo leto, ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!, God jul och gott nytt år, Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo, Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

 
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NEW EU FOOD LABELLING RULES from 13th December 2014

Published on December 18, 2014 by in blog, slider

Food: EU consumers to benefit from better labelling as of 13 December 2014

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling[1] rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat.

The EU Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “As of 13 December 2014, European citizens will see the results of years of work to improve food labelling rules. Key content information will now be more clearly marked on labels, helping people make informed choices on the food they buy. The new rules put the consumer first by providing clearer information, and in a way that is manageable for businesses.”

Key changes

Some of the key changes to the labelling rules are outlined below:

  • Improved legibility of information (minimum font size for mandatory information);
  • Clearer and harmonised presentation of allergens (e.g. soy, nuts, gluten, lactose) for prepacked foods (emphasis by font, style or background colour) in the list of ingredients;
  • Mandatory allergen information for non-prepacked food, including in restaurants and cafes;
  • Requirement of certain nutrition information for majority of prepacked processed foods;
  • Mandatory origin information for fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
  • Same labelling requirements for online, distance-selling or buying in a shop;
  • List of engineered nanomaterials in the ingredients.
  • Specific information on the vegetable origin of refined oils and fats;
  • Strengthened rules to prevent misleading practices;
  • Indication of substitute ingredient for ‘Imitation’ foods;
  • Clear indication of “formed meat” or “formed fish”; and
  • Clear indication of defrosted products.

However, rules relating to mandatory nutritional labelling for processed food will only apply from 13 December 2016.

Food business operators have been given three years to ensure a smooth transition towards the new labelling regime for prepacked and non-prepacked foods. In addition, the Regulation provides for exhaustion of stocks for foods placed on the market or labelled before 13 December 2014 (N.B. this does not include exhaustion of stocks of labels).

The Commission has been working together with businesses to ensure that the new rules will be properly implemented. Work is also underway on developing an EU database to facilitate the identification of all EU and national mandatory labelling rules in a simple way. This will offer a user-friendly tool for all food business operators and for SME’s to consult. The work for the creation of the database should be carried out during 2015.

Background

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of information to consumers replaces and combines into one piece of legislation previous labelling rules deriving from Directive 2000/13/EC regarding labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs and Directive 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling of foodstuffs and other legislative acts for specific categories of foods.

For more information

MEMO/14/2561

http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/labellingnutrition/foodlabelling/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/documentation/publications/eu-new-fish-and-aquaculture-consumer-labels-pocket-guide_en.pdf

Follow us on Twitter:@Food_EU

 

[1]Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011

 
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A Carol A Day – “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

Published on December 17, 2014 by in blog

A few facts about  Christmas carols

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a popular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England. The author/composer cannot be traced.  The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition whereby wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as figgy puddings that were very much like modern-day Christmas puddings. For the curious, the recipe consisted of the most important ingredient which was of course figs together with butter, sugar, eggs, milk, rum, apple, lemon and orange peel, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and ginger! Not dissimilar to the modern day Christmas Puddings! It is one of the few English traditional carols that makes mention of the New Year celebration.

17th Dec 2014 – Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!

Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!
Wednesday 17 December
3.00 – 6.00pm
Central Library, The Atrium
Seasonal songs, poems and tales for all the family, craft stalls and free refreshments for all who join in!
Enjoy the Leeds Frozen in Time Exhibition.
Adults and families welcome.
Free event, No booking required.

For more information call 0113 247 6016
or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries
@leedslibraries

Central Library’s Winter Festival

There’s something for everyone in the run up to Christmas along with a festive selection of brand new festive books to borrow.

The full list of events is below, but we will be posting each event individually so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow us on Twitter @leedslibraries

https://www.facebook.com/leedslibraries/photos/a.158043964207.116597.119146154207/10152943373909208/?type=1&theater

 

Sources :

www.niu.edu

http://www.carols.org.uk

www.aboutgerman.net

www.german-way.com

http://www.theatlantic.com

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org

www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com

 
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A Carol A Day – “The Holly and the Ivy”

Published on December 16, 2014 by in blog

A few facts about  Christmas carols

“The Holly and the Ivy”

“The Holly and the Ivy” is a traditional British Christmas carol. Holly and ivy have been a mainstay of British Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they were mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts.  The music and most of the text was first published by Cecil Sharp (1859–1924). Sir Henry Walford Davies wrote a popular choral arrangement in 1913 that is often performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and by choirs around the world. European Holly was sacred to druids who associated it with the winter solstice, and for Romans, holly was considered the plant of Saturn. European Holly has always traditionally had a strong association with Christmas. In ancient British village life there was a midwinter custom of holding singing-contests between men and women, where the men sang carols praising holly (for its “masculine” qualities) and disparaging ivy, while women sang songs praising the ivy (for its “feminine” qualities) and disparaging holly. The resolution between the two was under the mistletoe.

17th Dec 2014 – Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!

Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!
Wednesday 17 December
3.00 – 6.00pm
Central Library, The Atrium
Seasonal songs, poems and tales for all the family, craft stalls and free refreshments for all who join in!
Enjoy the Leeds Frozen in Time Exhibition.
Adults and families welcome.
Free event, No booking required.

For more information call 0113 247 6016
or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries
@leedslibraries

Central Library’s Winter Festival

There’s something for everyone in the run up to Christmas along with a festive selection of brand new festive books to borrow.

The full list of events is below, but we will be posting each event individually so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow us on Twitter @leedslibraries

https://www.facebook.com/leedslibraries/photos/a.158043964207.116597.119146154207/10152943373909208/?type=1&theater

 

Sources :

www.niu.edu

http://www.carols.org.uk

www.aboutgerman.net

www.german-way.com

http://www.theatlantic.com

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org

www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com

 
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A Carol A Day – “Jingle Bells”

Published on December 15, 2014 by in blog

A few facts about  Christmas carols

“Jingle Bells”

“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written to be sung for American Thanksgiving. “Jingle Bells” was often used as a drinking song at parties: people would jingle the ice in their glasses as they sung. The double-meaning of “upsot” was thought humorous, and a sleigh ride gave an unescorted couple a rare chance to be together, unchaperoned, in distant woods or fields, with all the opportunities that afforded. Sleigh rides were the nineteenth-century equivalent of taking a girl to a drive-in movie theatre in the 1950s and early 1960s, so there was a somewhat suggestive and scintillating aspect to the song that is often now unrecognised.. The Singing Dogs created in Denmark in the early 1950s by a self-taught ornithologist and released in the U.S. in 1955 marks a turning point in how we listen to music but became one of the most hated Christmas song in 2007.

17th Dec 2014 – Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!

Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!
Wednesday 17 December
3.00 – 6.00pm
Central Library, The Atrium
Seasonal songs, poems and tales for all the family, craft stalls and free refreshments for all who join in!
Enjoy the Leeds Frozen in Time Exhibition.
Adults and families welcome.
Free event, No booking required.

For more information call 0113 247 6016
or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries
@leedslibraries

Central Library’s Winter Festival

There’s something for everyone in the run up to Christmas along with a festive selection of brand new festive books to borrow.

The full list of events is below, but we will be posting each event individually so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow us on Twitter @leedslibraries

https://www.facebook.com/leedslibraries/photos/a.158043964207.116597.119146154207/10152943373909208/?type=1&theater

 

Sources :

www.niu.edu

http://www.carols.org.uk

www.aboutgerman.net

www.german-way.com

http://www.theatlantic.com

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org

www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com

 
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A Carol A Day – “Silent Night”

Published on December 14, 2014 by in blog

A few facts about  Christmas carols

“Silent Night”

“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. In 1859, the Episcopal priest John Freeman Young, then serving at Trinity Church, New York City, published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The version of the melody that is generally used today is a slow, meditative lullaby, differing slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber’s original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in March 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre. The carol has been translated into about 140 languages. The song was sung simultaneously in French, English and German by troops during the Christmas truce of 1914 during World War I, as it was one carol that soldiers on both sides of the front line knew.

17th Dec 2014 – Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!

Central Library’s Christmas Cracker!
Wednesday 17 December
3.00 – 6.00pm
Central Library, The Atrium
Seasonal songs, poems and tales for all the family, craft stalls and free refreshments for all who join in!
Enjoy the Leeds Frozen in Time Exhibition.
Adults and families welcome.
Free event, No booking required.

For more information call 0113 247 6016
or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries
@leedslibraries

Central Library’s Winter Festival

There’s something for everyone in the run up to Christmas along with a festive selection of brand new festive books to borrow.

The full list of events is below, but we will be posting each event individually so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow us on Twitter @leedslibraries

https://www.facebook.com/leedslibraries/photos/a.158043964207.116597.119146154207/10152943373909208/?type=1&theater

 

Sources :

www.niu.edu

http://www.carols.org.uk

www.aboutgerman.net

www.german-way.com

http://www.theatlantic.com

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org

www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com

 
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