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Sunday, July 21, 2013

THE ONLY BRAZILIAN CAPITAL IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

Boa Vista (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈboɐ ˈvistɐ], Good View) is the capital of the Brazilian state of Roraima. Situated on the western bank of the River Branco, the city lies 220 km (136 mi) away from Brazil's border with Venezuela. It is the only Brazilian capital located entirely north of the equator.

Boa Vista is the most populous municipality in the state of Roraima; approximately half of the population of the state lives in the city. Commerce mostly occurs with Manaus, the capital of the State of Amazonas. Travel by airplane is the only means of transportation with other regions of the country.


As a modern city, Boa Vista stands out among the other capitals of the North Region of Brazil as it is a planned city with a radial plan. It was planned by the architect Darci Aleixo Derenusson who based his design for the city on one that is similar to that of Paris, France.

Monday, July 15, 2013

WHERE ARE YOU MY LOVE?

Onde está você                               Where are you
Se o sol morrendo te escondeu?    
When you´re hidden by the setting sun?
Onde ouvir você                              Where can I hear your voice
Se a tua voz a chuva apagou?       When it was dampened by the rain?
Onde buscar se o coração             Where to look for if the heart
Bater de amor pra ver você?          beats in love to see you?
Hoje a noite não tem luar               Tonight there is no moonlight
E eu não sei onde te encontrar      And I don´t know where to find you
Pra dizer como é o amor               To declare the love
Que eu tenho pra te dar                  I carry with me
Passa a noite tão devagar              The night moves so slowly
Madrugada é silêncio e paz             Early morning is all silence and peace
E a manhã que já vai chegar           It´s almost dawning
Onde te despertar?                          Where are you to be awaken?
Vem depressa de onde estás          Come swiftly from where you are
Já é tempo do sol raiar                     The sun is dawning
Meu amor que é tanto                       My love is so great
Não pode mais esperar                    That it can´t wait any longer
PLEASE MEET ALAIDE COSTA!
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ARE YOU INTO ACOUSTIC GUITAR?

Then meet Robson Miguel, one of the ten best acoustic guitar players of the world. 
Robson Miguel is from Ribeirão Pires, Sao Paulo. He is also an internationally recognized virtuoso, justly  honored with numerous titles  and awards in Brazil, Latin America, Europe and Japan. He gives everyone the opportunity to meet fascinating passages of our history and indigenous culture, mixed with the rare pleasure of the eclecticism of his music, while disclosing the name of his  town in his travels throughout Brazil and worldwide. He is also a legitimate representative of  the indigenous culture as a unique  Guarani mestizo chief of the country, along with his lovely wife, Tikuna, We'e'ena. Together, they help  spread the musical culture with rare erudition and comprehensiveness, defend  indigenous causes and do extensive research and surveys about their culture in the ABC region and beyond, besides helping to correct mistakes on how we see the secular indigenous customs, always with the relentless optimistic naiveté and energetic characteristics of their ethnicities and training.















Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIVING THROUGH THE EYES OF A SEA TURTLE

The following video shows  a camera placed on top of a turtle´s  shell and the images reveal the animal´s perspective.  Some little turtles were also monitored throughout the Brazilian coast.

During the night there is some stir in the sand. All of a sudden a newborn pops out. A couple of minutes later the nest  yields tens of little turtles which by instinct run towards the sea. The beach is teeming with predators. Every year, around one million young turtles  are born at the Brazilian beaches, but out in the wild, only one in a thousand reaches  adult life.

The first day is the most dangerous. The little ones who survive the attacks and manage to get to the water still have to face attacks by birds and fish. What happens to them from this moment on is a mistery. Where do they go? Where do they feed? In an attempt to answer  such questions researchers from the Tamar Project and the Florida Atlantic University are working together on a singular project – a  camera placed on the back of a  turtle reveals  it all. 

Our friend swam among sharks, made some beautiful underwater images at the Bahia seashore.  But the researchers want to know more. For the first time they attached chips to little turtles and tracked down their whereabouts  by satellites in their first months of marine life.

Kate Mansfield, the American biologist, adapted transmitters used on birds.  The greatest challenge, according to her, is to keep the transmitter attached to the offspring´s shell. Due to the young turtles´ quick growth, the transmitter would easily detach . The answer came to Katie when she was at the manicurist.  As the shell  and our nails are pretty much alike, I decided to  sandpaper it a little before applying an acrylic foundation.  Silicon helps hold it together.  The battery is solar powered and lasts  10 hours; recharging takes two days.

We left the base of the Tamar Project at Praia do Forte, northern Bahia, and headed 10 kilometers offshore to release three young turtles.  The first turtle is the oldest, 11 months old and about 7 inches long.  The other two are younger, 4 and a half months old and about 5 inches long. If the turtles are too small, there is no way of attaching the transmitters to them.  It was first developed in lab conditions so as to demonstrate no harm was done to the animals and nor their behavior was affected by the transmitters.

After the turtles  are released into the sea, their coordinates are marked. The equipment contains buoys and GPS devices and also sails – its mains purpose is to show the currents patterns in the surroundings.  One of the animals  is released close to the equipment .
The older turtle went southwards, and soon went  off  the coast, in oceanic waters and then  changed its course, northbound.  After 43 days it stopped transmitting signals. It had swum 1,215 kilometers (754,97 miles).
One of the smaller turtles went off the coast, returned and went northwards. It stopped transmitting after 68 days, offshore Pernambuco state, after swimming 2,581 km ( 1,603.76 miles).
The other little turtle went south, along the shore, and after 100 days, it is still sending signals. According to the last recording it had swum 2,385 km (1,481.97 miles)  and  was next to Sao Paulo state.

The researcher states that the purpose is to reveal what happens in the first year of life, currents and winds being strong determinants. Such study will be tallied with results from transmitters placed on adult turtles. The adult ones which had been monitored went north and fed themselves next to the Ceara state. By the time they were tracked down,  the current was northbound.

When the Tamar Project was launched 33 years ago, the marine turtles were threatened by extinction due to predatory fishing. On account  of  research and preservation measures the number of females appearing on the Brazilian coast  went tenfold.  By understanding their behavior patterns we can develop preemptive measures to avoid threats to the species. 



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