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Jul 29, 2012

Eco-conscious: Reduce fuel costs with vehicle tracking

Technology has brought with it several perks and in case of GPS systems and business solutions, Vehicle Tracking Systems have brought about a mini-revolution in which large fleets are managed and have helped firms in cutting back on both costs and reducing wastage of resources. Irrespective of whether your business is big or small, the latest tracking systems help you in tracking vehicle speed, position and every other parameter in real time and implementing necessary reforms.

Here are ways in which vehicle tracking can cut down your business costs.
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Jul 28, 2012

Zebra Surgeonfish (Acanthurus Sohal)



Did you know?

That soft corals and leather type can not be maintained in the same tank with the zebra surgeonfish, as it will be destroyed and eaten by these fishes? While corals are not prejudiced by these fish.

The zebra surgeonfish reaches a length of 38-40 cm, sometimes more. It features striking blue and white horizontal stripes and shiny black wings with blue borders, and some orange markings behind their pectoral fins and the base of his tail. There is no marked differences in color or in terms of morphology between the sexes. 

The Acanthurus Sohal is a common species found in the edges of reefs exposed to wave action. They are aggressive with other surgeons, and territorial. Probably spawn other surgeons gather in pairs, joined by lunar cycles, releasing floating gametes. They feed on various types of algae, especially Sargassum, and finely filamentous green algae, and can also eat animal protein.  



Jul 27, 2012

5 most spectacular waterfalls of Iceland

While Iceland is the perfect ‘hot spot’ for observing and admiring geothermal activities and taking in the grandeur of great glaciers and experiencing the magical dance of Northern Lights in the sky, one thing that you cannot get enough off are the country’s waterfalls. While most nations across the globe will find it hard to put up 2 or 3 amazing waterfalls in its holiday postcard, in the case of Iceland there is a problem of plenty! Of course, if you are a tourist, that is a good thing to have. Here are five of Iceland’s best…

Gullfoss Waterfall

Any Iceland Holidays postcard is simply incomplete without an image of the famous Gullfoss. Iceland’s most well-known waterfall, is not just renowned for its beauty, but also trumps others thanks to simple accessibility. Just a day’s road trip away from Reykjavík, the 32 meters fall is a must visit for every tourist.

Dettifoss Waterfall

At 44 meters tall and 100 meters wide, Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfalls and a sight to behold when in full flow. Originating from eroding glacial sheets, this majestic and roaring beauty captivates with sheer raw force. Not too far away from Reykjavik, a trip here will remind you about the force that nature can unleash.

Dynjandi Waterfall

Inarguably the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Dynjandi has a lovely trapezoidal shape with series of seven stairs, which you can even hike up on special trail. Standing there as if it has fallen out of a fairytale, its exquisiteness simply sweeps you off your feet.

Skogafoss Waterfall

60 meters tall and 25 meters wide, Skogafoss is the perfect waterfalls in the classical sense. It’s perfect symmetry and aesthetic beauty ensure that it falls in perfectly with the ideal image of what a waterfalls needs to be. Next only to Gullfoss in popularity, this too is easily accessible.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

While there are plenty of other waterfalls in Iceland which are taller, more scenic and definitely more secluded, Seljalandsfoss is the only one that you can go behind. That truly is something, if you have never experienced it before. There is a trail that allows you to go right behind the waterfalls and that feeling is every bit as special as you would imagine it to be.


What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Jul 24, 2012

Mexican Red Leg Tarantula (Euathlus smithi)


Did you know?

That, though they have eight eyes, they do not have good vision, and instead use the sensitive hairs of their legs to navigate? Palps at the end of the legs allow the spider to smell, taste and feel.

The red-legged Tarantula is a black spider with an abdomen covered with black guard hairs that are brown-orange. The shell is black resulting in a beige color perimeter. The legs are the characteristics of “knees” that are orange to dark orange-red. The male Euathlus smithi reachies 55 mm in body length with a wingspan diagonally between the legs of approximately 150 mm.

Females, on the other hand, have a larger body, about 75 mm in length. The diagonal size between the legs is about 140 mm. The red-legged tarantulas are essentially nocturnal. They live on the floor, usually burrows. Like other spiders, they use silk for a variety of purposes, including to seal the pieces together and to take the nest egg-shaped buds, but generally do not spin webs.

The female Euathlus smithi lays 100-400 eggs. The offspring hatched between 1 month and 2 months ½ and ½.

Jul 18, 2012

White Sharks are More Aggressive in Australia



The alarming increase in great white shark attacks off the coast of Australia has led local authorities to consider reviewing the status of protection of this great predator. “The five fatal attacks (ten months) are unprecedented and raises an alarm,” said Minister of Fisheries Western Australia, Norman Moore, in a statement to the media.

The latest victim was the 24-year-old Australian, Ben Linden, who was surfing last Saturday when a great white of five meters long emerged, near Wedge Island, about 180 kilometers north of Perth. Coastguard services are still searching for the remains of the young surfer, while the pursuit of the shark was suspended about 24 hours after the attack.

Few days earlier, the fishermen in the area had spotted the a shark. Moore called for “new measures” regarding the status of protection of the white shark, after saying that its population has increased almost two decades after being declared vulnerable. The shark attacks in Australia have risen more than in other parts of the world.

In time, authorities in Western Australia have ordered to close the beaches near the area of the attack. The representative of the Wildlife Society of Western Australia, Janita Enevoldsen, said in remarks that the exclusion of the great white shark from the list of protected species is not the right solution to these attacks.

Marin Garwood, Sydney Aquarium expert, questioned the existence of a direct relationship between humans and an increase shark attack. He said that there are no reliable statistics. According to Garwood, the latest attacks do highlight the increased presence of humans in new marine areas and noted that in the last decade, the practice of adventure sports such as surfing, has become popular.

The Ministry of Environment of Australia estimated that there were fewer than 10,000 copies of a white shark in 1990, which was incorporated in the list of species protected, although it is impossible to make an accurate assessment of the population. The first known fatal attack of a great white shark in the ocean country dates from 1791 and since then. there have been 689 cases, of which 200 have been fatal, according to Conservation Society of Australia.

The great white, which can grow to 5.5 meters long, became the world’s famous murderer in the 70’s. This aquatic animal usually feeds on fish and other species such as rays, marine mammals, shellfish and sea birds.



Jul 17, 2012

Owl (Bubo bubo)


Did you know?

That the owl takes its prey on the ground or in flight? They prefer to hunt in open spaces and eat almost anything that moves. Their diet includes voles, rats, mice, foxes, birds, crows, ducks, grouse, sea birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, fish, crabs and sometimes even other owls.

The Owl is an extremely powerful bird. The length of an adult is about 66-71 cm. It is the largest species of owl with a wingspan of up to 2 meters. The adult owl can weigh up to 4 kilograms. The size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this owl very distinctive.

Males and females are similar in appearance and size, but the ear tufts of the male Bubo bubo are more vertical than those of the female which are generally fallen down.



Jul 16, 2012

Level 1 Fire Declared in El Paso


The Cabildo of La Palma, under the Wildland Fire Plan de Canarias (Infoca) has reported that it has declared a Level 1 in the burning of El Paso and it would be necessary for people to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

The fire began in the morning in Mountain Henriquez, Las Moraditas, moving to an area of grassland. The area is now being controlled by eight fire engines, six members of the agency, as well as two engineers and two aerial means.

The troops, amounting to 125 professionals, are being coordinated by the Cecopin and the Advanced Command Post, located in the Visitor Center National Park.

The Island Corporation has proceeded to cut the LP-212 road of Tacande, linking El Paso with the district of Stains, leaving operative use only for the use of mass extinction.

Also, as a security measure, they proceeded to evict people who were in the recreation area of El Pilar and the cut of the LP-301 road, from the Cruz de La Pavona, in Brena Alta , to the intersection of the same road to La Cumbre (LP-3).

The council has asked every citizen to take the necessary precautions against the high temperatures recorded these days to avoid any such incident.



Jul 15, 2012

Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi)



Did you know?

That the Grevy’s Zebra is the largest of the three species of zebras? It has loose form territorial groups, compared with strict harem groups of the other zebras. The Grevy’s Zebra lives in dry grasslands and even semi-deserts. These species are in danger with less than 3,000 surviving animals, because it was excessively hunted in the past for its fur.

The Equus grevyi is the largest of the three species of zebra, with a body weight of 450 kg. The black and white stripes are narrower than the other two species of zebra: the plains zebra and mountain zebra. The social structure of territories are defended by males without stable relationship between individual animals. They differ from the structure of the harem with typical household of the other zebras.

After a gestation period of 13 to 14 months, a single foal is born, weighing about 40 kg. The foals are weaned after 8 to 12 months and reach sexual maturity at about age 2. The longevity is greater than 20 years. The oldest animal in the zoo world died at the age of 30 years.



Jul 14, 2012

Illegal Sale of Gold in the Amazon Region


Police arrested smugglers of gold in the Brazilian Amazon, that resulted in at least 26 arrests, as reported by local media.Brazilian authorities have seized huge quantities of gold, mining equipment and numerous aircraft.

Due to the wide expanse of the Amazon, it is very difficult to maintain tight control of the area. The area in question, which has suffered a major environmental damage, is located near the border with Venezuela. In particular, detainees are using highly toxic dose of mercury to separate the salinity of the river of gold.

This operation has responded to allegations made by populations of Yanomami Indians, one of the many and varied groups that survive in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Brazilian police has specified that up to five criminal groups were involved in this network of illegal sale of gold that was found a year ago, during which the authorities have been investigating. This network, which were involved from engineers to businessmen, was based in the city of Boa Morte.



Jul 11, 2012

UNESCO Declared the Natural Park of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa


The International Coordinating Council of Man and Biosphere Programme, the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved on Wednesday in Paris, the declaration of the territory of Natural Park of the La Mesa as Ubiñas Biosphere Reserve.

As recalled by the Government of the Principality, Asturias already has six spaces integrated into this global network, given that stocks of Somiedo Narcea Muniellos-sources, Networks, Picos de Europa (shared with Castilla y León and Cantabria ) and Rio Oscos, and Terras de Buron Eo (shared with Galicia ) is now added the Natural Park of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa.

Among the factors that will benefit the territory, the Ubiñas-La Mesa with the declaration of a Biosphere Reserve include the internationally recognized as a natural environment of great diversity and high degree of conservation, promoting the area, increasing tourism, the establishment population and depopulation brake.

Furthermore, the area will become part of the Tourism Product Club Biosphere Reserves, a territorial seal that is implanted locally but which has international recognition.

Moreover, the decision of UNESCO will facilitate in the territory sustainable economic development and improved living standards of its inhabitants, through collaboration agreements between administrations in proceedings relating to infrastructure, sanitation or conservation.

In addition, the Natural Park of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa is integrated into the Spanish Network of Biosphere Reserves, composed now of 45 spaces that have common elements of identification, dissemination, and surveys and other actions relating to interest exchanges of experience, collaboration and mutual learning.

Jul 9, 2012

Ecuador Declared the “Lonesome George” Cultural Heritage


Ecuador this week began the process to declare cultural heritage “Lonesome George”, the last tortoise of his species, who died in June at the Galapagos Islands by natural causes, said the Ministry of Heritage Coordinator.

“The ‘Lonesome George’ is considered a symbol of natural heritage conservation of the Galapagos Islands and the planet, at a time that is considered part of collective memory and cultural identity of Ecuador,” they said.

The Ministry has initiated the collection of information with the help of several scientists, as the century-old tortoise has “an interest” for “science and natural history of the Galapagos and the world”.

On the other hand, the deputy coordinator of Heritage, Juan Carlos Coellar, delivered a plaque of special recognition to the “Lonesome George”, on July 4 at the National Park Authorities and the Governing Council of the Galapagos, in a solemn session which also celebrated the 53rd anniversary of the creation of the Galapagos National Park.

The turtle’s body is embalmed and displayed in an exhibition at an interpretive center dedicated exclusively to turtles.

This center has yet to be built and will be named after his exemplary star, The ‘”Lonesome George”.

The giant tortoise, from the island of Pinta, was the last of his kind, Chelonoidis abingdoni, and for 40 years, he was the symbol of the Galapagos.

The century-old tortoise lived in the Center for Reproduction and Breeding Turtles in Santa Cruz.



Jul 8, 2012

Seven Dead and Four Missing in Two Shipwrecks in Haiti

Port au Prince – At least seven people were killed and four others went missing during the weekend in two shipwrecks that occurred in the northern and western coasts of Haiti, authorities said Monday.

Six young members of a group returning from a walk in Labadie, on the outskirts of Cap-Haitien (north), died in the sinking of the ship that carried them on Sunday night, as confirmed the Maritime and Navigation Service of Haiti (Semanah).

The agency told local media that rescue teams could, nevertheless, assist 14 people in an afternoon in which the waves on the north coast were very violent, witnesses said.

Moreover, one person died, four were missing and 20 survived the sinking of another ship in the bay of Port au Prince, said Semanah.

The wreck, due to engine failure, according to testimony, occurred on Saturday after leaving the boat to the island of La Gonave with 25 people aboard.