Friday people roundup

first_imgSTOXX – Eric Zwickel has been appointed director of global asset owners and consultant relations at index provider STOXX in the UK. He started work in the newly created role in October. Zwickel previously worked as a senior investment consultant at Towers Watson. Buck Consultants at Xerox – Celene Lee has been promoted within Buck Consultants at Xerox to head of the investment consulting business. She will report to David Piltz, head of trustee services, and join the firm’s trustee services board. Lee joined Buck Consultants in August 2014 as a senior investment consultant. She is former chair of the National Association of Pension Funds’ North London Group. NN Investment Partners – Kees-Jan van de Kamp has been appointed to work as part of NN Investment Partners’ infrastructure and project finance team. He will be responsible for infrastructure debt origination, execution and portfolio management. Van de Kamp comes to NN Investment Partners from NIBC Bank, where he was most recently responsible for infrastructure and renewables debt capital markets. KPA Pension, Boundary Capital, Banca Finnat, Prévira Invest Sim, STOXX, Towers Watson, Buck Consultants at Xerox, NN Investment Partners, NIBC BankKPA Pension/Finansinspektionen – Erik Thedéen, chief executive of Sweden’s KPA Pension, has been appointed director general of the country’s financial regulator Finansinspektionen. He takes over from Martin Noréus, appointed acting director general at the regulator in April. At KPA Pension, Mia Liblikhas been appointed acting managing director in Thedéen’s place. She was most recently managing director of KPA Livförsäkring.Boundary Capital – Adrian Parton and Grant Hawthorne have been appointed new partners in venture capital firm Boundary Capital. Parton is a biotech entrepreneur whose past businesses include Genera Technologies and food diagnostics firm Matrix MicroScience. Hawthorne was previously manager of business angel network Great Eastern Investment Forum and part of the management team at Azea Networks. Banca Finnat – Giuseppe Caminiti has started a new job at Banca Finnat in Rome, with responsibility for institutional investor clients. He took up the role on 15 September. Caminiti joins from Prévira Invest Sim, where he worked for nearly 14 years, most recently as head of institutional clients. last_img read more

Townsville buyers flock to larger lots

first_imgThe Lamona land release features nine lots and is part of the development’s Horizon precinct.Stockland’s North Shore estate in Burdell recently released its largest lots to date, on the back of market demand.The Larmona land release features nine lots and is part of the development’s Horizon precinct — and their size has already captured the attention of buyers. READ MORE New Belgian Gardens development to inject $10m in Townsville economy How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22 READ MORE NEWS North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said one lot sold within days of the official land release, and the sales team had been inundated with inquiries.The lots range from 707sq m to 1059sq m in size.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“These are the largest new home sites ever released within North Shore and have been created in response to market demand,” Mr Astorquia said. center_img “Larmona is aimed at those who don’t want to sacrifice size for location. Most lots on the market at this size are in outer suburbs that are traditionally rural residential areas which, in Townsville, can be hard to maintain and keep green.”The larger lots are close to lifestyle amenities, which Mr Astorquia said also attracted buyers. “This release is set among a masterplanned community within walking distance of the North Shore shopping centre, three schools, a dog park and aquatic centre, two coffee shops, kilometres of walking tracks and parklands. “Though the traditional lot is still very popular, we have definitely found that a market exists for well-positioned, larger lots where people have the option of purchasing land with room to create their dream backyards. “There is plenty of space to park a boat or caravan, build a man shed, plus add a pool and entertainment area if they so wish.” Lot prices in this release start at $180,000 and range up to $225,000 for the largest lot of 1059sq m within North Shore.last_img read more

Half-time: QPR 1 Carlisle United 1

first_imgJay Emmanuel-Thomas hauled QPR level three minutes after they had gone behind in the League Cup second-round clash at Loftus Road.League Two side Carlisle scored against the run of play when keeper Alex Smithies, making his Rangers debut, hesitated after coming off his line to meet an unmarked Antony Sweeney, who cleverly sidestepped him and teed up Derek Asamoah to fire home.But Emmanuel-Thomas, who scored against Yeovil in the previous round, equalised three minutes before half-time when he found space near the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a shot which keeper Mark Gillespie got a hand to but was unable to keep out of the bottom corner of his net.QPR had largely dominated before the opening goal and Reece Grego-Cox, one of four home-grown players in their starting line-up, brought a save from Gillespie after Junior Hoilett’s shot had ricocheted into the youngster’s path.Summer signing Sebastian Polter missed a great chance for Rangers when he turned nicely after collecting Michael Doughty’s pass only to scoop over from just inside the box.QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa; Doughty, Gobern; Grego-Cox, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Lumley, Perch, Luongo, Phillips, Comley, Chery, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Middlesbrough v QPR: Rangers without Austin

first_imgQPR will start without a recognised striker for tonight’s game at Middlesbrough.Charlie Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, will not be involved, leaving Rangers with Leroy Fer up front.Forwards Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Tyler Blackwood are among the substitutes, as is young winger Michael Petrasso.Junior Hoilett has been on international duty with Canada and is unavailable. Karl Henry moves back into midfield and James Perch is restored at right-back. Yun Suk-Young is also recalled.Boro, meanwhile, are without the injured Fernando Amorebieta.Middlesbrough: Dimi, Nsue, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Adomah, Leadbitter, Clayton, Downing, Fabbrini, Nugent.Subs: Kike, de Pena, Mejias, Stephens, Stuani, Zuculini, Woodgate.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Phillips, Henry, Sandro, Faurlin, Yun, Fer.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Luongo, Toszer, Petrasso, Blackwood, Emmanuel-Thomas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Obsessed With Sex: How Much Can Be Known About the Sexuality of Hominids?

first_imgBruce Bower in Science News (June 11, 167:24, p. 379) reported on the controversy about the sex life of Lucy and her mate(s).  Owen Lovejoy and Philip L. Reno (Kent State U, Ohio) have “unabashedly” put forth a hypothesis that Mr. and Mrs. Australopithecus afarensis (let’s call him Desi) had long-term relationships and stable families as they evolved along on the way to humanity.  This conclusion was based on statistical analysis of fragmentary bones which represent somewhere between 5 and 22 individuals.  They assumed that the largest femur heads were from the males and the smaller, from the females, then deduced that australopithecines displayed slightly less sexual dimorphism than gorillas do.  From there, they made presumptions about what this implied about their sex lives in the prehistoric I Love Lucy sitcom.    Bower gave good press to Lovejoy and Reno’s hypothesis, but then surveyed the reactions of other researchers:Other scientists express a mix of chagrin and disdain at the amount of energy that researchers have expended on trying to separate fossil boys from girls.  Investigators need to drop their obsession with the sex of fossils and examine how individual differences in skeletal anatomy arise, contends Maciej Henneberg of the University of Adelaide in Australia.  For body weight and many skull measurements, including braincase size and facial width, individuals within each sex usually differ far more from each other than average members of opposite sexes do, he argues.    Erik Trinkaus of Washington University in St. Louis also derides efforts to identify the sex of ancient bones.  Sex assessments always begin with the unjustified assumption that bigger bones must belong to males and smaller ones to females, he says.  And the numbers of individual specimens of A. afarensis and other ancient hominid species are too few to generate reliable estimates of male and female size ranges, in his opinion.    Louisiana State’s Tague doesn’t go that far, but he notes that even the pelvis, the body part regarded as the gold standard for telling apart primate sexes, is surprisingly tough to read.  His work shows no consistent pattern of the pelvis being larger in females than in males.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)It’s not even clear to all researchers that Lucy was a female, to say nothing of whether the Mertzes were part of the same tribe.  Bower hopes that additional specimens will help resolve this “battle of the sexes.”The nonsense that Darwinists get away with is atrocious and silly.  Bower’s article contained the obligatory artist’s conception of Lucy’s family life, all based on myth and unwarranted speculation.  Even though he tried to provide criticism of Lovejoy’s wacky idea, he only extended the debate between members of the Darwin Party.  Why do non-Darwinists never get a chance to provide their scientific critiques?    Historical anthropology is out of control.  It is an endless parody of untestable speculation masquerading as legitimate research.  Science needs creationism as a check against “rampant Darwinism” as Dr. Phillip Skell called it in a recent interview (see IDURC).  He said, “The conflation of neo-Darwinism with the historical biology, and its frequent companion materialist philosophy, should be recognized and exposed for what it is, rather than disingenuously introduced as science.” (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionists Strategize to Fight Creation

first_img(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The “Faith-based communities” they have in mind are the liberal churches who take the DODO position, like the Clergy Letter Project people who want to have Darwin Day celebrations in their churches.The “parents” they have in mind are leftist ACLU supporters who will scream on cue that they don’t want their kids getting religion in science class at the slightest suggestion of teaching evolution honestly.  Notice that they want parents NOT who support academic freedom, but rather “clear thinking” (that is, pure DODO without confusing counter-arguments) and “academic futures” (the red-herring big lie that allowing debate about Darwinism might compromise their ability to get into college).  The “scientists” they have in mind are the DODO evolutionists who still hold to logical positivism, that dead philosophy of science that claims the “scientific process” has some kind of objective meaning.  The “accuracy” they want is Darwin Party approved DODO talking points.  And as long as they stay DODO, it’s strategic for them to play the part of “parents, community members or people of faith” in the manner of Ken Miller, the DODO Catholic. If evolution were a matter of obvious biological facts, why would it be necessary to list strategies to teach it without exposing it to critical thinking?Nature‘s editorial for May 15, “Science in schools,” took aim at creationists, and the Discovery Institute (not a creationist organization, an intelligent design organization) in particular, on the occasion of Eugenie Scott’s retirement (5/09/13) from the National Center for Science Education or NCSE (not an education organization, but an anti-creationist organization).  Beyond the usual talking points (e.g., evolution is science, creation is religion; Kitzmiller; the bandwagon argument all scientists accept evolution), the editors suggested three things scientists could do to keep up Eugenie’s fight against Darwin skeptics.1. Make evolution appear non-atheist.  The editors applauded Eugenie Scott’s tactical coup in removing the words “impersonal” and “unsupervised” when the US National Association of Biology Teachers described natural selection that way in a statement.  It’s not that Scott believed the converse (that natural selection is supervised or personal); she just didn’t want to make evolution a lightning rod for those who would use such a statement as evidence that Darwinists are atheists.  So she argued that there’s a “false dichotomy” between religious people, some of whom believe evolution, and scientists, some of whom might actually believe in some “higher power.”  Scott (an atheist herself) argued that “science could not address such questions.”2. Build coalitions.  This strategy is vague enough to allow Darwinists to appear conciliatory while insisting their view is uncontested.  They can have their say, as long as they all say the right things:Another strategy is to put together coalitions of people from diverse backgrounds to provide multiple perspectives. Faith-based communities can express concerns about one religious view being favoured over another. Parents can argue for their children’s clear thinking and academic futures. Scientists can talk about the scientific process and why accuracy in schools matters, but should also participate, where applicable, as parents, community members or people of faith.3. Perform outreach.  The third strategy is for scientists to get out and interact with the public more often.  The “articulate” ones who can explain the evolutionary view should be recognized and supported by their institutions; “they should bring the same passion to describing the work that is most likely to engage the public,” perhaps dinosaur evolution.  Surprisingly, the editors pointed to Stephen Jay Gould as a good example of outreach.  Gould, a staunch evolutionist, rankled other evolutionists with his frank admissions that the fossils did not support Darwinian gradualism.  His theory of “punctuated equilibria” showed that there are strong disagreements within the scientific community over neo-Darwinism, as the Discovery Institute likes to point out.The editors made it clear that they are not for dialogue or debate.  They ended, “With support from the NCSE and similar efforts, scientists can further not only science education, but science itself.”Oh, they can sound so noble.  They just want to further science.  They just want to help the children.  Who could possibly be against that?  Readers need well-tuned baloney detectors to see why this is DODO talk (Darwin-only, Darwin-only).  In strategy #2, for instance, we have various types of people in their coalition giving “multiple perspectives” on the only acceptable viewpoint, the DODO viewpoint.center_img “People of faith.”  That phrase should be banned from the English language.  Everybody is a person of faith.  Some have logical faith, and some have absurd faith.  Anyone believing life arose by chance and became Man the Wise by unguided processes belongs in the latter group.  No reasonable person should have the kind of faith to believe the impossible.  Those are People of Fluff.  The worst are the ones that throw tantrums when you question their DODOhood: the People of Froth.Hopefully, here at CEH you are learning how to read Darwinian rhetoric with your critical thinking skills honed.  Their talking points can sound grandiose when they just want to “help” people “understand” why anything less than 100% pure DODO is unacceptable.  They know that letting in honest scientific debate over the evidence for Darwinism would be their undoing.last_img read more

Pandor: we did it

first_imgScience and technology minister NalediPandor cuts a cake, in the shape of Africawith little SKA flags in each of thepartner countries, at a media briefingwhere she announced the final outcome. (Image: GCIS) Pandor has always supported South Africa’scabability to host the SKA and, she said,the world has listened. The seven-dish KAT-7 array is alreadyonline and bringing in valuable imagery.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert  SKA South Africa communications  +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • Great astronomy, with or without SKA • Big science coming to SA • Space science thriving in SA • SA assists with Nasa’s Mars mission • Gallery: the KAT-7 radio telescopeJanine ErasmusAfter weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array(SKA) Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope.“We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital.This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia.Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor was visibly elated by the outcome.“We did it,” she said. “Africa has won.”Despite the fact that the SKA is to be hosted jointly, Africa will get the lion’s share of the instrument, with two-thirds of the components located across Southern Africa and the remaining third in Australia.“We accept this compromise in the interest of science,” Pandor said.She added that the decision was made possible by the “sterling” work – nine years’ worth – by the entire SKA team.Prof Justin Jonas, SKA associate director for science and engineering, was just as thrilled. “Two-thirds of the world’s largest scientific instrument is still the world’s largest scientific instrument,” he said.Jonas explained that Africa would host all of the mid-frequency receptors – the dishes – while Australia would get the low-frequency receptors, which look similar to television antennae and are unable to swivel.He emphasised that although the split may affect the cost of building the SKA, it wouldn’t compromise the science. “The decision shows that South Africa is still recognised as the better site,” said Pandor, alluding to unsubstantiated reports in the Australian press some weeks ago that reported that the SKA site advisory committee had recommended South Africa as the preferred site.For video footage of the announcement by Pandor, visit the South African government’s YouTube channel.Skills development and exchange of ideasBrand South Africa was among the first to congratulate the South African SKA bid team, and Pandor and her department.Brand SA CEO, Miller Matola, said that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange.“The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts,” he said.“The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.”In addition to the SKA, South Africa’s plans to focus on developing the field of astronomy will be enhanced by the MeerKAT project in the Northern Cape. The MeerKAT is a powerful scientific tool in its own right and it will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers across the continent and the country.Matola added that the building of the MeerKAT will also spearhead the Department of Science and Technology’s campaign to introduce astronomy to scholars and students across the country, and develop and retain human capital in the field of science and engineering.“We thank the bid committee for giving us and our African partners the platform to bring the stars and the universe closer to the leaders and explorers of tomorrow,” he said.“SKA funding and infrastructure will encourage our scholars and students to take up science and technology subjects, and a new class of scientists will be developed. The SKA will showcase the innovation from African communities and will embolden career interest in the diverse field of physics and cosmology.”The announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved.Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions.The findings of the working group would decide the final outcome.The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space.It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius.The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024.Driving scientific development in Southern AfricaIn South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA.Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor.When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrumentThe team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015.To date, R55-million (US$7-million) has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates.An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women.• Slideshow image courtesy of Square Kilometre Array Organisationlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 13, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are leaving the forecast largely alone this morning, tweaking only our rain totals here over the next 48 hours and removing Saturday precipitation. Today we have clouds increasing in northern areas, and we see a few scattered light showers develop in NW Ohio. That may trigger a few hundredths to .1″ there. Most of today’s action will hold in Michigan and over Lake Erie. A large part of the state may end up staying partly sunny through the entire day today. Better organized rains develop overnight tonight and continue through tomorrow into very early Friday morning. Rain will be moderate, but we are less concerned about widespread thunderstorms, and as such, are lowing our rain expectations for tomorrow. We are putting rain totals for the 2 day period at .25”-.1” with coverage at 90% of the state; updated totals are shown on the map at right. Temperatures will be mild today and will reach their peak tomorrow.  Today we expect highs the 50s and 60s, and tomorrow we will be at least in the 60s over the state, but we are keeping any run at 70 in the southwest quadrant of the state, mostly because we think the rain through the day will put a cap on temps, keeping other areas just under 70s…but we will keep our fingers crossed.Friday we should be done with precipitation, and temps pull back closer to normal. Clouds give way to some sun as the day progresses. On Saturday, we still see some clouds around and we cant rule out early morning sprinkles, flurries or even lake effect snow in NE Ohio. WE should turn out partly sunny over the rest of the state.Beautiful, dry, sunny weather arrives on Sunday with high pressure dominating. The dry pattern holds all the way through next week into the start of the 11-16 day period next Friday. Temperatures will be near normal through the period. Unfortunately, we can’t keep that pattern going for the balance of the extended window.Scattered showers are back starting Saturday the 23rd. Those will be mostly from US 30 northward and will produce rain totals up to .3″. The same set up will be in still for Sunday and Monday…with rains up to .3″ each day from US 30 northward, but nothing farther south. Finally we see statewide rains develop for Monday night through Tuesday and Wednesday. Combined rain totals for the event, from next weekend through the 27th will be 1-3 inches from US 30 north, and 1-2″ from US 30 south. Coverage will be 90% of the state. Colder air arrives at the end of the 16 day window for Thursday the 28th. That may trigger a little bit of morning snow with statewide potential, but no accumulation.last_img read more

Curiosity Cube Content Revealed: Winner To Become An In-Game God

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… nick statt Tags:#Curiosity#games#now#smartphone 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img The social experiment and smartphone app Curiosity: What’s Inside The Cube finally came to a close early Sunday morning. The winner, Bryan Henderson of Edinburgh, Scotland, will become an intrinsic part of creator Peter Molyneux’s new game Godus as the one god ruling over all other players. After UK studio 22Cans accelerated the experiment to its final 50 layers earlier this month, the race was on to be the final person to tap the floating cube and reap the rewards.(See also Gaming Legend Peter Molyneux: What Makes A Great Game?)What part will Henderson’s status play in Godus, a cross-platform mobile and PC/Mac game that will let you run a civilization as a deity? Early indications are that he will not only rule over potentially tens of thousands of other players – setting rules, imposing a moral code and acting as a sort of Zeus of Greek mythology – but he will also share in the profits of the game and its in-app purchases. How big a slice Henderson will get is not yet clear. (See also Curiosity Update Will Let Players Find Out What’s Inside The Cube Much Faster)Here’s the video Henderson was given access to as the winner of Curiosity, which he subsequently agreed to let 22Cans share with the world: 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Extending the Olive Branch

first_imgby Robin AllenEver wonder what the phrase “extending the olive branch” means? It is an offer of peace and extends back to biblical times, the ancient Romans and Greek mythology.  A dove brought back an olive branch to Noah to signal the flood had ended.  In ancient Rome the defeated used to hold up an olive branch for peace. In Greek mythology, Athens is named after the Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift after she won a contest with Poseidon, god of the sea. This gift proved useful for light, heat, food, medicine, and perfume.  Indeed olive trees are one of the oldest cultivated trees in the world.  Originating in North Africa it spread to the Mediterranean, especially to early Greece.  The Greeks exported the olive trees to Italy around 1000 B.C.  As the Roman Empire spread so did the olive trees.  The Romans were the first to document the growth and production of olive trees and olive oil.  The first olive tree can be traced back over 5000 – 6000 years. The greatest use for olive oil at the time was for lamp oil which made it a very valuable trading commodity.  Other uses include anointing rulers, religious purposes, offerings to gods, skin and hair health, and athletes rubbed olive oil on their skin then scraped it off to clean themselves.  Olive trees proved to be long-lived and drought resistant.Today we still value the olive for its oil, especially extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).  I recently had the pleasure of participating in a tour of Puglia which is the Eastern boot portion of Italy. There we immersed ourselves in the Mediterranean Diet, a key component of which is EVOO! One of our stops was to 2 olive farms to understand and participate in the harvest and production of olive oil. The olive farm we visited had dated back 3000 years and was planted in the ancient Roman tradition with trees set far apart.  Since this was harvest time tarps were laid underneath to catch the fallen olives so they did not hit the ground.  Harvesting was done with a rake like device which shook the olives from the trees.  The best quality olive oils are made with the youngest, greenest olive.  The quality of the oil goes down as the olive ripens.So have you ever tasted a fresh olive from the tree?  If you like the tasted of chewed up aspirin that the best I can compare it to.  It was harsh and bitter however makes the best EVOO with the most antioxidants and flavor.What else did I learn? Well, I have been consuming not very good olive oil.  In a study by UC Davis, 2010, of the five top-selling “extra virgin” olive oils, 73% failed International Olive Council (IOC) and USDA sensory standards. The chemical testing indicated that the samples failed extra virgin standards for reasons that include one or more of the following:Oxidation by exposure to elevated temperatures, light, and/or aging;Adulteration with cheaper refined olive oil;Poor quality oil made from damaged and overripe olives, processing flaws, and/or improper oil storage.So what is high-quality olive oil? Extra virgin olive oil should be:Fruity, pleasant flavors of ripe or green oliveBitter, will have a pleasant acrid sensation on your tonguePungent, peppery sensation in your mouth or throat.Signs of a poor quality olive oil:Rancid! Olive oil is best when fresh and used within 1-2 years of harvest. Do not hoard or save it.  Use it! Store in a cool dark place.  Pepperiness and bitterness is a good sign.  Greener robust olive oils keep longer than oils made from riper olives.Fusty! This is caused by fermentation and absence of oxygen.  This occurs before the milling process if olives are left to sit in bags or piles.  For many, the “fusty” odor is the norm and can smell like vinegar, sweaty socks, and brown mushy Kalamata olives.Winey or vinegary, started the fermentation process.So how is a shopper to know?If at all possible taste before you buy.Buy from a local grower.Look for dates on the olive oil bottles. EVOO does not last longer than 2 years from harvest to consumption. Most experts prefer EVOO to be used within a  year after harvest.Olive oil should be kept in dark bottles or tins to prevent oxidation.What are the different types of olive oil? There are over 100 different varieties of olive oils with their own taste.Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) The gold standard! EVOO is an unrefined oil which is not treated with chemicals or heat. It has a higher level of oleic acid and a golden-green color with a distinctive flavor and peppery finish and also has the highest level of antioxidants. EVOO is unique from other oils because it is extracted using a cold press technique without solvents or heat so the chemical structure of the oil is not altered or compromised. This results in an oil which is higher in antioxidants or phenolics.  These phenolic compounds are associated with increased LDL oxidation, decreased platelet aggregation, improved endothelial function, and lower blood pressure as well as many other benefits.Virgin Olive Oil, next quality, also unrefined but has a slightly lower level of oleic acid and less intense flavor.  It is from riper or poorer quality grapes.Refined Olive oil or Pure Olive oil involves chemical treatment and may contain other oils. It is a blend of virgin olive oil and refined olive oils.  It usually has a lighter color and can be treated as an all-purpose oil.Light Olive oil is a refined olive oil.  It is lighter in flavor, not calories.Pomace Olive Oil is produced by high heat and chemical solvents and has a high smoke point for cooking.  It is extracted from the pomace with is the solid substance that remains after the virgin olive oil has been extracted.Lampante Oil is virgin olive oil not fit for human consumption.  It is a poor quality oil and is used for industrial purposes.All olive oils are a monosaturated fat which has been shown to benefit heart health.  All alive oils can be used for cooking. EVOO is best used for dipping and dressings but is used throughout Italy for all baking and cooking needs.  However, the antioxidants and their benefits are what has separated EVOO as an even more beneficial oil and is characteristic of the Mediterranean Diet.If you want to learn more about olive oils please see the following references.  High-quality EVOO has become like wine tasting and chefs are starting to pair different types of olive oils with different foods. What olive oil do you use?  Check out the quality and see if you are using the best for your health.References:Report Evaluation of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Sold in California (Accessed 11/17)The Olive in the Ancient Mediterranean (Accessed 11/17)History of the OliveIt’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day – Is Your EVOO Real or Fake? (Accessed 11/17)Olive oil: more than just oleic acid (Accessed 11/17)The Olive Oil Sources (Accessed 11/17)Extra virgin olive oil and oleic acid (Accessed 11/17)last_img read more