Daily Archives: December 13, 2014

  • BRITAIN is being “hurt” by laws from the EU, it was claimed yesterday

    Laws from the European Union include the Olive Oil (Marketing Standards) Regulations, which decree how to label extra virgin olive oil and “olive oil composed of refined olive oils and virgin olive oils”. Fish Labelling Regulations state that “the equipment used to catch the fish” must be listed on relevant products.

    More than half of all criminal legislation created in the UK last year was produced or influenced by the EU.

    Figures released by the Ministry of Justice showed that in the year to May 2014, 129 of 280 new criminal offences came directly from the EU. A further 37 laws had “EU influence” – meaning Brussels had a hand in 59.3 per cent of all new British laws.

    Matthew Elliot, chief executive of Business for Britain, said: “Red tape from Brussels is hurting business competitiveness, damaging jobs and weakening economic growth.

    “The EU not only needs to stop passing absurd new rules that serve no other purpose than to keep the bureaucrats in Brussels in their jobs, but also throw out the mountains of regulations that have built up every year.”

    Since 2010, the EU has created 1,153 new offences in the UK – more than double the 518 instigated in Britain.

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  • 7,500-year-old underwater village may have been oldest olive oil production center in the world

    An underwater excavation site off of Haifa, Israel, has revealed a 7,500-year-old water well and Neolithic village. The finds are from a pre-metal and pre-pottery settlement that lived on the Kfar Samir site. This lost Levantine village is now 5 meters (16 feet) underwater due to prehistoric sea-level rise, drowning out what may have been the oldest olive oil production center of the world.

    The research team from Flinders University in Australia, Israel’s University of Haifa and the Israel Antiquities Authority, has been excavating the submerged structures in the area and using leading-edge photogrammetry, in the hopes of gleaning insights into the ancient society that once thrived there; what they ate, how they hunted, and who they traded with.

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    Dr. Benjamin (left) and the Haifa University team clear away sands at the excavation site. Credit: J. McCarthy.

    The well is thought to have supplied fresh water to the village. According to Flinders University maritime archaeologist Jonathan Benjamin, “Water wells are valuable to Neolithic archaeology because once they stopped serving their intended purpose, people used them as big rubbish bins.” Once sea levels began to rise the fresh well water became salty, and the villagers used it instead for their refuse, throwing in animal bones and food scraps.

    “This is superb for archaeologists because it means we can look through the refuse of prehistoric societies – including animal bones, plant fibers and tools – to see how these ancient civilizations lived, how they hunted and what they ate,” Benjamin says.

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