• Wax Palms

    Travel

    The Quindio Wax Palm is the highest palm in the world. In good condition it grows up to 80 meters high. It is native to the high valleys of the Natural Park Los Nevados in Colombia.

    This palm grows in groups at an altitude between 2,500 to 2,800 meters above sea level, with temperatures ranging between 7 and 24 degrees Celsius. Their habitat is known as Cloud Forest.

    Ceroxylon Quindiuense or Quindio Wax Palm provides a habitat for many forms of life, frequently endangered species such as the yellow-eared parrot.

    For his jaunty demeanor and for the countless benefits received them, palms have been linked to human life. They are now in danger of being exterminated.

    Logging and livestock are accelerating the destruction of forests. In addition, religious celebrations contributed to destruction; every year at Easter time, its buds and leaves were cut and used in rituals.

    Fortunately, in the year of 1985, President Belisario Betancur declared Quindio Wax Palm Tree National Colombia, in order to protect and stop their extinction. Currently they campaign in the region to plant new palm trees and increase their population are made.

  • Spiral

    News

    The global economy is now caught in what they define as a "spiral" The strength of the dollar, the decline in commodities, weak liquidity and emerging cause a significant and synchronized global recession. Drop in oil prices, a recession and a downward trend in the markets threatens the economy.

    Some encouraging numbers, such as the depreciation of the dollar and rumors about production cuts, faced inventory reports record US crude oil, increased production and a slowdown in the global economy.

    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are hesitant to participate in any negotiations to reduce supply and it also keeps the pressure on the price.

  • Oil Down

    News

    IMF International Monetary Fund decided to lower the growth forecast for the world economy, this caused oil prices to fall again. China enters slowdown and consequently consume less oil. Europe is totally pessimistic.

    While some still remain optimistic side, other analysts point out that an impact is underway. The fall in price, now more dramatic and longer lasting than expected by most.

    There is too much oil on the market, even today with the possibility of Iran, thanks to the lifting of sanctions by the international community, can put on the market about 500 thousand barrels of additional oil. With more oil, it makes sense to lower the price.

    The situation is further complicated in countries where oil revenue is vital to their economies. Venezuela is the best example in Latin America.

  • Niño - A Global Weather Phenomenon

    News

    "Niño" originally referred to the warm ocean current that appears along the pacific coast of South America. Causes a change in traditional rainfall patterns and the release of large amounts of latent heat into the atmosphere, affecting the weather in various ways and places. With a global impact on weather patterns. Developing countries dependent upon agriculture and fishing, particularly those bordering the Pacific Ocean, are the most affected.

    El Niño was originally named "El Niño de Navidad" by Peruvian fishermen in the 1600s. This name was used for the tendency of the phenomenon to arrive around Christmas.

  • Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal

    News

    Situated between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Panama Canal provides an easier and faster route for ships who would not want to take the Cape Horn route. the expansion, which started in 2007 and costs $5.2 billion, aims to create "a new lane of traffic" along the canal with the construction of new locks, thus doubling its capacity. The project would enable nearly tripling the size of the ships that could pass through the waterway’s existing locks.

    The Panama Canal Authority’s ongoing venture to expand one of the world’s busiest maritime routes has entered its final stages. Authorities are also looking at a project that aims to install a fourth set of locks, and the expansion would let the shipping route compete with Egypt’s Suez Canal, opening the way for so-called “Post-Panamax” ships that carry 20,000 cargo containers.

  • Glacier Melt

    News

    The steady melt of glacial ice around the world is largely due to nature factors. Vanishing glaciers are often associated with global warming, and other studies have estimated past ice loss and made projections of future melt.

    Melt rates per positive degree day vary geographically.Some studies have shown that annual positive degree day sums have increased, resulting in changes in the onset of the melt season, melt extent and the duration of the melt season.

    Over the last 4000 years, most of the mass loss was due to natural climate variability, caused, for example, by volcanic eruptions or changes in solar activity. As global temperatures continue to rise, the glaciers will continue to disappear.

  • Santa Fe de Antioquia

    Travel

    Colombia has some of South America's finest colonial cities offering fantastic opportunities for highly cultural tours. Santa Fe de Antioquia is Colombia's colonial gem. There are numerous beautiful old colonial buildings, plazas, museums and a range of other cultural activities. With a pleasant climate Santa Fe de Antioquia is a good destination for walking.

    Tourists admire the white and ochre walls, and the high-reaching doors, windows, and wooden doors of the houses, and enjoy of tamarind candy. Explore the city by foot or "Moto-taxi" In Santa Fe to admire the beautiful streets, the Iglesia de Santa Barbara, the main square's Cathedral, the Museo del Corral and the Museo de Arte Religioso. You can also rent horses for a nice ride in the beautiful nature surrounding it, to visit the city or ask them to bring you to the beautiful bridge over the Rio Cauca.

    Santa Fe de Antioquia is a great place to visit on a day-trip from Medellín. The climate is slightly hotter than that in Medellín, and wandering the enchanting colonial streets is a great way to relax and escape the bustle of city life.

  • Colorado

    Travel

    The Grand Canyon is in the northwest corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada. Most of the Grand Canyon lies within Grand Canyon National Park.

    The canyon’s climate is semi-arid, with some sections of the upper plateau dotted with forests, while the canyon bottoms are a series of desert basins. More than 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammalian, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian and 17 fish species are found in park.

    The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon beginning 5 million to 6 million years ago. However, recent advances in dating techniques have upended the notion of a uniformly young Grand Canyon. The new approach determines when erosion uncovered rocks in the canyon. The big picture: there were two ancestral canyons, one in the west and one in the east. And the western canyon may be as old as 70 million years.

    For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its numerous caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon ("Ongtupqa" in Hopi) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.

  • Pennsylvania

    Travel

    Pennsylvania one of the nation’s most historic cities and birthplace of America. Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, the famous Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. West of here, the Appalachian mountains begin, as do the so-called Pennsylvania Wilds, a barely inhabited patch of deep forest.

    Just a short drive away is Philadelphia’s countryside, where visitors can experience artistic small towns like New Hope, history at Valley Forge where George Washington once encamped during the American Revolution and attractions like Longwood Gardens with acres upon acres of awe-inspiring flower gardens and water features.

    Home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests and mountains, as well as the largest free-roaming elk herd in the eastern United States, the Pennsylvania Wilds region is composed of 11 distinct and beautiful counties, each with its own heritage, character and outdoor adventure. This region is where visitors can find breathtaking views, miles of waterways, trails and plenty of wildlife. In between are lovely tucked-away towns that welcome visitors with a friendly smile.

    Pennsylvania is home to outdoor recreation and historic sites, cultural attractions and natural beauty which are second to none.

  • Gopitos Movie

    Entertainment

    An animated feature film in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique.

    Gopitos is a Colombian computer animated comedy film directed by Eduardo Alzate Palacio. The film centers on three birds. Eduardo Alzate began developing the film in 2008 and wrote the story with Carolina Sierra Blair. The characters went through many incarnations over the film's production process.

  • Balloon Flight

    Entertainment

    The Experience of a Lifetime. An Unforgettable Experience Day

    Hop into a basket and venture on a hot air balloon flight where you can see beautiful a totally unique perspective. Reach heights of up to 5,000ft and float across wonderful landscapes in this nostalgic method of air travel.

    A hot air balloon ride is both thrilling and serene. The hot air balloon is the first successful human-carrying flight technology. The first untethered manned hot air balloon flight was performed on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France.

    A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket, which carries passengers and a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope.

  • Silleteros in Medellin Flower Festival

    Entertainment

    Santa Elena, more than anything else, is known as the birthplace of the men, women, and tradition behind the Flower Parade, the highlight of Medellin’s annual Flower Festival.

    The heroes of this parade, the hundreds of paisas of all ages, both male and female, carrying elaborate floral displays, are called silleteros.

    Silleteros today are flower vendors, farmers who carry their colorful wares down from small plots in the majestic mountains around Medellin to sell in squares and markets. "Silla" means "seat" in Spanish, and men in this part of the world once carried wooden chairs, or seats or saddles, on their backs to bear burdens of cargo like kids, produce, and dignitaries or nobles; over time, silletero became a term indicating someone carrying a wooden framed container on his or her back.

  • Kasue

    Music

    Kasue are an Colombian electronic music group. The group was formed in 2015. Kasue is the native spelling. The group's name, however is taken from the name of volcano Poleka Kasue o White Maiden.

    The world of electronic music contains some of the most sensual, smoothest, most love-soaked jams in the history of sound.

  • Johann Strauss

    Music

    Johann Strauss, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet.

    Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, is a polka written by Johann Strauss. The title may be interpreted as "Chit-chat" and may refer to the Viennese passion for gossip. The mood of the piece is jaunty and high-spirited, as were many of Strauss' polkas.

    The animated movie entitled "Gopitos" makes use of Johann Strauss II's Overture of Tritsch Tratsch Polka.

  • Electro Music

    Music

    Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production.

    Electronically produced music became prevalent in the popular domain by the 1990s, because of the advent of affordable music technology. Contemporary electronic music includes many varieties and ranges from experimental art music to popular forms such as electronic dance music.

    Before electronic music, there was a growing desire for composers to use emerging technologies for musical purposes. Several instruments were created that employed electromechanical designs and they paved the way for the later emergence of electronic instruments.