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General Information: Learn about the territory’s weather, language, flora and fauna, government, infrastructure, history, transportation, hospitals, activities and more! Have frequently asked questions answered. ‘Can I commute between islands?’ ‘What are cisterns?’ ‘Are there snakes?’ Enjoy island culture as Alex takes you to local events such as the Carnival. Visit both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands.
12 Aug 2009
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Asociación Española de Dietistas-Nutricionistas www.aedn.es El IV Congreso de la Asociación Española de Dietistas-Nutricionistas se celebrará del 1 al 4 de octubre en Bilbao II JORNADAS DE COMUNICACIÓN EN NUTRICIÓN, ALIMENTACIÓN Y SALUD DESTINADAS A PERIODISTAS Estas Jornadas se celebran en el marco del IV Congreso de la Asociación Española de Dietistas-Nutricionistas y están impartidas por profesionales de la comunicación y por dietistas-nutricionistas. Las Jornadas para periodistas abordarán los asuntos relacionados con la comunicación en nutrición y dietética a los que deben enfrentarse tanto los medios de comunicación como las instituciones sanitarias públicas y privadas. MEDIATOOLStv ha entrevistado a nutricionistas de FLORA, HERO, SORIA NATURAL y prensa de NUECES DE CALIFORNIA. Nos cuentan cosas muy interesantes sobre sus productos.
19 Oct 2008
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Photographing in winter is difficult but also rewarding; forms and shapes can change dramatically, for a very unique visual experience. These images capture various flora covered with ice and snow, including an evergreen and a rhododendron leaf. These images, as well as hundreds of other photos, are available as Fine Art Greeting Cards on my website. Each greeting card is handmade from original photos that I took all over the world, and is printed on 100% recycled paper. *******www.CardsBySergio**** Use a beautiful and unique greeting card to write your thoughts to a special person in your life. Or buy a bundle of cards as an elegant, affordable gift for someone you care for.
27 Oct 2008
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Could be best evidence yet of the existence of the Tasmanian Tiger. The last known wild Thylacine to be killed was shot in 1930, by farmer Wilf Batty in Mawbanna, in the North East of the state. The animal (believed to be a male) had been seen round Batty's hen houses for several weeks. The last Thylacine, later referred to as Benjamin[f] (although its gender has never been confirmed) was captured in 1933 and sent to the Hobart Zoo where it lived for three years. It died on 7 September 1936 (now known as National Threatened Species Day in Australia).It is believed to have died as the result of neglect — locked out of its sheltered sleeping quarters, it was exposed to a rare occurrence of extreme Tasmanian weather: baking heat in the day and freezing temperatures at night. One of the few existing films of a Thylacine, 62 seconds of black-and-white footage of Benjamin pacing backwards and forwards in its enclosure, was taken in 1933. Although there had been a conservation movement pressing for the Thylacine's protection since 1901, driven in part by the increasing difficulty in obtaining specimens for overseas collections, political difficulties prevented any form of protection coming into force until 1936. Official protection of the species by the Tasmanian government was introduced on 14 July 1936, 59 days before the last known specimen died in captivity. The results of subsequent searches indicated a strong possibility of the survival of the species in Tasmania into the 1960s. Searches by Dr. Eric Guiler and David Fleay in the north-west of Tasmania found footprints and scats that may have belonged to the animal, heard vocalisations matching the description of those of the Thylacine, and collected anecdotal evidence from people reported to have sighted the animal. Despite the searches, no conclusive evidence was found to point to its continued existence in the wild. The Thylacine held the status of "endangered species" until 1986. International standards state that any animal for which no specimens have been recorded for 50 years is to be declared extinct. Since no definitive proof of the Thylacine's existence had been found since Benjamin died in 1936, it now met that official criterion and was declared officially extinct by the IUCN. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is more cautious, listing it as "possibly extinct".
16 Nov 2008
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One of the most beautiful and peaceful havens in Colombia. Pleasant mountain climate, the kindest people, and the greenest area ever seen with lots of exotic fauna and flora. Featuring: - Hotel Farm: Bosque del Saman (Quimbaya - Valle) - Agricultural National Park: Panaca (Montenegro Quindio) Coffee Park: - Parque del Cafe (Montenegro Quindio)
11 Nov 2008
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*******www.instablogs****/ Gaza on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe Palestine It had been 20 days now since Israel decided to put its strong closure ever on Gaza Strip. For the first time in its history, Gaza suffers huge shortage in all basic needs. Nothing had entered Gaza Strip during this period except some few trucks once 10 days ago for UNRWA. Situation has badly developed in terms of food and other supplies. All bakeries in Gaza city are closed due to the absence of flora. Population in Gaza city (around 550,000) are the most infected and influenced population among Gaza Strip population in other areas. Population in Gaza city receives electricity 2 or 3 hours a day. Linking to the power supply, water supply, especially for multi-story and high buildings, is 4-6 hours a week. Interpol launches investigation Interpol announced Wednesday it is sending a team of investigators to Mexico to investigate the possibility that its communications systems and databases are not being used for legitimate purposes. The prospect was raised after the arrest of Ricardo Gutierrez Vargas, director for International Police Affairs at Mexico's (AFI), Federal Investigative Agency and the head of Mexico's Interpol office. The arrests came amid "a war of master proportions" between authorities and narcotics traffickers that have left more than 4,500 dead so far this year. Due to corruption at the highest levels of the Mexican government, and the almost effortless infiltration of security forces by the cartel, an ultimate victory by the state is far from certain. This is a huge industry with an extraordinary capacity to corrupt and intimidate the country. There's no easy solution , unless you put an end to the criminalization drugs, and that's not going to happen. Save the children campaign Internationally renowned organization Save the Children has pressed on Pakistan's government to revise child and family laws in the country in order to provide better protection to children against violence, abuse, and neglect both within and outside the family. According to available statistics, more than 5000 children suffered from violence in the year 2007 while many more cases go unreported. Save the Children has recently launched a national campaign in Pakistan, calling for early enforcement of the Child Protection Bill that was presented in 2006. The campaign aims at putting an end to all kinds of violence against children including corporal punishment in learning institutions. Alan Keyes non citizenship theory Alan Keyes the black Republican candidate who lost to Obama in the 2004 Senate race, is now trying to sue Obama, claiming that the new president-elect was not born in the U.S. Keyes filed suit in California Superior Court in Sacramento to stop the state from giving its electoral votes to Obama until evidence is shown to prove Obama was born in the U.S. Keyes was the presidential candidate of the American Independent Party in the 2008 election and was reportedly listed on the California state ballot. He has run for office several times before and never won. The story is old news for the Obama campaign. The Washington Post investigated months ago and debunked the non citizenship story. And FactCheck****, an independent research project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, also proved that Obama is, in fact, a natural born U.S. citizen. The facts: Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday, August 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m. *******www.instablogs****/
25 Nov 2008
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*******www.instablogs****/ Dubai’s real estate market in doldrums A lot of Syrians have invested in the boomed real states sector in Dubai. I met one of them who claimed that he has lost about 15 $ millions. At the beginning, I didn’t believe what he said. This is a fortune in Syria. After a quick trip to Dubai last week, I realized that what he said was the new fact in Dubai. Dubai has turned from the heaven of Real States to the hell of it. A lot of Syrians have invested there. One of the public rumors in Syria, Aleppo that one of a leading business men in the city has lost about 20 $ million in Dubai stock market, which has named recently Nasdaq-Dubai market. IFFI scraps M F Hussein film In a bid to preserve the image of the country of the country the Films Division of India has decided to defer the screening of M.F. Husain's 1967 film "Through the Eyes of a Painter", at the ongoing International Film Festival of India. Films Division of India comfortably chose to forget the democratic credentials settling for Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’s chauvinistic agenda that only knows how best to spread communal hatred and violence. The objection is a fall out of ruckus generated over his paintings of nude Hindu deities that led to court cases, attacks on his house and death threats. Maqbool Fida Husain, 93, is one of India's best-known artists and has even been referred to as the country's Picasso. Those who have watched the film consider it as work of art and see nothing objectionable in it. We make our films to be seen and not to be dumped at slightest opposition of a jingoist right wing organization. Operation Baba, African answer to poaching Africa has seen the unprecedented destruction of its wild fauna and flora as a result of poaching, fuelled to a large degree by the profits that are gained by wildlife traffickers. The last 35 years have seen the loss of 97 per cent of rhinoceros species and, in many countries, over 90 per cent of elephant populations, through uncontrolled trafficking in rhino horn and ivory. Many other species are suffering the same fate. At risk too are Africa's rich and diverse tropical forests, threatened by uncontrolled commercial exploitation. Kenya has had a fair share of these incidences that have been described as a great threat to the wildlife as well as tourism industry. However, a joint operation involving Kenya, Congo-Brazaville, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia since June has seen conservancy officials recover 1,000 kilogrammes of ivory in powder form and carvings as well as hippo teeth. Lahore HC bans dance performances Punjab government’s ban on dance performances has a positive side to it. In that it shows government’s concern over fuelling vulgarity and sexual perversion but at the same time there is no explanation over why the red light district in Lahore and other red zones in other parts of the country are left open as public venues for prostitution. Some form of limitation is also to be specified for private dance performances because the ban on stage performances and theatre performances are likely to make the dance addicts use private functions as the new dance stages within the fore walls considered decent in the general opinion. Beyond that issue of media censorship also needs to be addressed and a team of qualified editors be hired for bringing film and video production in accord with the moral code of society. *******www.instablogs****/
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Second Part - I've decided to test Dr Floras Colon Cleanse on myself. How do I feel? How does it taste?
27 Nov 2008
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Cerrado é um domínio fitogeográfico do tipo savana que ocorre no Brasil e em partes do Paraguai e na Bolívia, conhecido neste último como chaco. Exibe uma enorme biodiversidade vegetal e animal, patrimônio ameaçado pelo crescimento das monoculturas, como a soja, a pecuária extensiva, a carvoaria e o desmatamento causado pela atividade madeireira e por freqüentes queimadas, devidas tanto às altas temperaturas e baixa umidade, quanto ao infortúnio do descuido humano. O Cerrado é um tipo único de savana no mundo.As savanas brasileiras são uma vegetação que tem diversas variações fisionômicas,e climáticas, pelas grandes áreas que ocupam do território brasileiro.Sendo o segundo maior bioma brasileiro, estende-se por uma área de cerca de 2 milhões de km², abrangendo nove estados do Brasil Central: São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Tocantins, Bahia, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Piauí e o Distrito Federal. É cortado por três das maiores bacias hidrográficas da América do Sul, com índices pluviométricos regulares que lhe propiciam sua grande biodiversidade. Nas regiões onde o cerrado predomina, o clima é quente e há períodos de chuva e de seca, com incêndios espontâneos esporádicos, com alguns anos de intervalo entre eles, ocorrendo no período da seca. A vegetação, em sua maior parte, é semelhante à de savana, com gramíneas, arbustos e árvores esparsas. As árvores têm caules retorcidos e raízes longas, que permitem a absorção da água - disponível nos solos do cerrado abaixo de 2 metros de profundidade, mesmo durante a estação seca e úmida do inverno. Dependendo de sua concentração e das condições de vida do lugar, pode apresentar mudanças diferenciadas denominadas de Cerradão, Campo limpo e Cerrado, intercalado por formações de florestas, várzeas, campos rupestres e outros. Outras variações incluem: Cerrado Sentido Amplo (lato senso), Campo Sujo, Campo Cerrado, Cerrado Sentido Restrito (stricto senso), Cerrado Rupestre, Mata Seca ou Mata Mesofítica, Mata de Galeria ou Mata Ciliar, Vereda e Parque Cerrado. Grande parte do Cerrado já foi destruída, em especial para a instalação de cidades e plantações, o que a torna um ecossistema muito mais ameaçado do que a AmazôniaMesmo que não totalmente conhecida, a flora do Cerrado é riquíssima. Sua cobertura vegetal é a segunda maior do Brasil, abrangendo uma área de 20% do território nacional. Apresenta as mais diversas formas de vegetação, desde campos sem árvores, ou arbustos, até o cerrado lenhoso denso com matas ciliares. Reconhecido como a savana mais rica do mundo em biodiversidade com a presença de diversos ecossistemas, riquíssima flora com mais de 10.000 espécies de plantas, sendo 4.000 endêmicas desse bioma.Os pontos mais elevados do Cerrado estão na cadeia que passa por Goiás em direção sudeste-nordeste. O Pico Alto da Serra do Pireneus, com 1.385 metros de altitude, a Chapada dos Veadeiros, com 1.250 metros e outros pontos com elevação consideradas que se estendem em direção noroeste; a Serra do Jerônimo e outras serras menores, com altitudes entre 500 e 800 metros. O relevo é um tanto acidentado, com poucas áreas planas. Nos morros mais altos são encontrados pedregulhos, argila com inclusões de pedras e camadas de areia.O Cerrado apresenta grande variedade em espécies em todos os ambientes, que dispõem de muitos recursos ecológicos, abrigando comunidades de animais com abundância de indivíduos, alguns com adaptações especializadas para explorar o que fornece seu habitat.
2 Aug 2009
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Here's another one for the "Oops!" file. Macquarie Island was discovered by humans early in the 19th century, and was soon seeing a brisk traffic in sealers who brought more than just hunting supplies to the small island southeast of Australia. The introduction of rats and mice (inadvertently brought to the island on sealers' ships), cats (meant to control the population of rats and mice, of course), and rabbits (tasty victuals for the intrepid sealers) has virtually destroyed the island's ecosystem and caused the population of native seabirds to dwindle. A study conducted by scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division and released earlier this month confirms that the most recent attempts to protect what is left of the natural flora and fauna have actually succeeded in creating conditions under which seabirds continue to die. Arko Lucieer, geologist at the University of Tasmania and co-author of the study, explains the situation to GOOD News.
28 Jan 2009
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The cerrado (English: "closed" or "inaccessible") is a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil. The cerrado is characterised by an enormous range of plant and animal biodiversity. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, it is biologically the richest savanna in the world.The cerrado region's typical climate is hot, semi-humid, with pronounced seasonality marked by a dry winter season from May through October. The annual rainfall is around 800 to 1600 mm. The soils are generally very old, deep, and naturally nutrient poor.The "cerrado" landscape is characterized by extensive savanna formations crossed by gallery forests and stream valleys. Cerrado includes various types of vegetation. Humid fields and "buriti" palm paths are found where the water table is near the surface. Alpine pastures occur at higher altitudes and mesophytic forests on more fertile soils.The savanna formations are not homogenous. There is great variation between the amount of woody and herbaceous vegetation, forming a gradient from completely open "cerrado" — open fields dominated by grasses — to the closed, forest-like "cerrado" and the "cerradão" ("big cerrado"), a closed canopy forest. Intermediate forms include the dirty field, the "cerrado" field, and the "cerrado" sensu stricto, according to a growing density of trees.The "cerrado" trees have characteristic twisted trunks covered by a thick bark, and leaves which are usually broad and rigid. Many herbaceous plants have extensive roots to store water and nutrients. The plant's thick bark and roots serve as adaptations for the periodic fires which sweep the cerrado landscape. The adaptations protect the plants from destruction and make them capable of sprouting again after the fire.As in many savannas in the world, the "cerrado" ecosystems have been coexisting with fire since ancient times; initially as natural fires caused by lightning or volcanic activity, and later caused by man.The great habitat variability in the different types of "cerrado" supports an enormous diversity of plant and animal species. Recent studies, such as the one presented by J. A. Ratter and other authors in "Avanços no Estudo da Biodiversidade da Flora Lenhosa do Bioma Cerrado" (Advances in the Study of the Biodiversity of the Ligneous Flora of the "Cerrado" Bioma) in 1995, estimate the number of vascular plants at around 10,000 species.More than 1600 species of mammals, birds and reptiles have been identified in the cerrado ("Cerrado's Fauna", Costa et al., 1981), including 180 reptile species, 113 amphibians, 837 birds and 195 mammals (WWF). Among the invertebrates, the most notable are the termites and the leaf-cutter ants ("saúvas") which are the primary herbivores of the cerrado and play an important role in consuming and decomposing organic matter, as well as constituting an important food source to many other animal species. The Crowned Solitary Eagle, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, Buff-necked Ibis, Dwarf Tinamou, and Brazilian Merganser are examples of birds found in the Cerrado. Giant Armadillo and Giant Anteater, also found in the Cerrado, are relatively large insectivores that thrive on ants and termites. Large herbivores include the Brazilian Tapir and Pampas Deer. Large predators include the Maned Wolf, Cougar, Jaguar, Giant Otter , Ocelot, and Jaguarundi. Although the diversity is far lower than in the adjacent Amazon and Atlantic Forest, several species of monkeys are present, including Black-striped Capuchin, Black Howler Monkey and Black-tufted Marmoset.Taking advantage of the sprouting of the herbaceous stratum that follows a burning in the "cerrado", the aboriginal inhabitants of these regions learned to use the fire as a tool, to increase the fodder to offer to their domesticated animals.Until the mid 1960s, agricultural activities in the "cerrados" were very limited, directed mainly at the extensive production of beef cattle for subsistence or the local market, since "cerrado" soils are naturally infertile for agricultural production. After this period, however, the urban and industrial development of the Southeast Region has forced agriculture to the Central-West Region. The transfer of the country's capital to Brasilia has been another focus of attraction of population to the central region. From 1975 until the beginning of the 80's, many governmental programs have been launched with the intent of stimulating the development of the "cerrado" region, through subsidies for agriculture. As a result, there has been a significant increase in agricultural and cattle production. On the other hand, the urban pressure and the rapid establishment of agricultural activities in the region have been rapidly reducing the biodiversity of the ecosystems.The cerrado was thought worthless for agriculture until researchers at Brazil’s agricultural and livestock research agency, Embrapa, discovered that it could be made fertile by appropriate additions of phosphorus and lime. Researchers also developed tropical varieties of soybeans, until then a temperate crop.Nowadays the "cerrado" region contributes more than 70% of the beef cattle production in the country ("Pecuária de Corte no Brasil Central"; Beef Cattle Production in Central Brazil, Corrêa, 1989), and thanks to irrigation and soil correcting techniques it is also an important production centre of grains, mainly soya, beans, maize and rice. Great extensions of "cerrado" are also utilised in the production of cellulose pulp for the paper industry, with the cultivation of several species of Eucalyptus and Pinus, but still as a secondary activity.The region is increasingly threatened by single-crop monoculture plantations (particularly soybeans), the expansion of agriculture in general, and the burning of the vegetation for charcoal.Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug has described the Cerrado as one of Earth's last remaining arable frontiers for the expansion of agriculture. The 2006 World Food Prize was awarded to former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture Alysson Paolinelli, soil scientist Edson Lobato (also of Brazil), and American soil scientist A. Colin McClung for their leadership in soil science and policy implementation that opened the Cerrado to agricultural and food production.The Cerrado is one of the most threatened ecosystems in Brazil, suffering effects of the agricultural activities, criminal fires, and other anthropic effects. Less than 3% of this domain is protected by law, and some of 10% are regions without human interference. The conservation of the "cerrados" natural resources is represented by different categories of conservation units, according to specific objectives: eight national parks, various state parks and ecological stations, comprising around 6.5% of the total "cerrado" area ("Cerrado: Characterização, Ocupação e Perspectiva"; Cerrado: Characterisation, Occupation and Perspectives; Dias, 1990).
10 Feb 2009
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Costa Rica... Volcanes, playas, Flora, Fauna y mas
2 Feb 2009
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Munnar, Idukki : *******www.neelaearth**** Location : Idukki, central Kerala. Altitude : 1600 - 2695 m above sea level. Munnar,a charming hill station covered with unending expanses of tea plantations, was the summer resort of most European settlers in Kerala for centuries.Anamudi, the highest mountain peak in south India towering at an altitude of 2695 m above sea level, is part of this hill station. Munnar is ribboned by winding lanes that snake through its tea plantations. Among the exotic flora found in the rich tropical forests and grasslands here is the Neelakkurinji (Strobilanthus) . This unique plant that blooms only once in twelve years paints the entire Munnar hillside blue.An assortment of wildlife such as the endangered mountain goat - Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, Gaur and the Lion tailed Macaque are found in the tropical forests around Munnar.Munnar literally means three rivers and has three mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala - meeting at the heart of the town.
6 Feb 2009
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Vrindavan Jardin Ecologico, hermosa finca en medio de la amazonía ecuatoriana, con bellos paisajes, fauna y flora, excelente atencion y buen servicio... Visitanos en: *******www.fincavrindavan****/
6 Feb 2009
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Studiò all'Académie Julian di Parigi e fu autore di quadri realistici riguardanti tanto temi mitologici (come Flora e Zefiro, del 1875, custodito a Mulhouse, e la Nascita di Venere del 1879, conservato a Nantes) sia temi sacri nei quali sintetizzò echi del Rinascimento italiano, dell'arte bizantina e del movimento del Preraffaellismo. www.blulight.it
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Studiò all'Académie Julian di Parigi e fu autore di quadri realistici riguardanti tanto temi mitologici (come Flora e Zefiro, del 1875, custodito a Mulhouse, e la Nascita di Venere del 1879, conservato a Nantes) sia temi sacri nei quali sintetizzò echi del Rinascimento italiano, dell'arte bizantina e del movimento del Preraffaellismo. www.blulight.it
13 Feb 2009
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