Saturday, September 29, 2007

Solar observatory in Peru

Well it is true that lately I'm writing more about Peru. There is a reason, this is a country where the bad news were each day filling the newspapers and lately there are some good news coming from there and that are related to "culture" and Human heritage.
This time the University of Yale announced on their web site:
"... Archeologists from Yale and the University of Leicester have identified an ancient solar observatory at Chankillo, Peru as the oldest in the Americas with alignments covering the entire solar year, according to an article in the March 2 issue of Science." You can read the article here.
In the first image you can see the fortified stone temple called Chankillo.
Bellow you see an image explaining how the solar observatory was used.

Joint Statement by the Government of Peru and Yale University

As mentioned in a previous post Peru and Yale University signed an agreement. You can read the "news release" from Yale's site.
Here a paragraph I think is important:
"This understanding represents a new model of international cooperation providing for the collaborative stewardship of cultural and natural treasures."

Monday, September 24, 2007

A new Blog for small business

Hello! Well... hot to say it. I don't know if it is actually a good new for you but I wanted to let you know that I have another Blog! yes but that one is not about good news is about small business!

For me it is a good new :) because I will be trying to invite many interesting people from many countries in the world. I will try to get their contribution there with the goal to share some of our knowledge, experiences, mistakes and good moments!

I hope to have many members from the Small Business Specialists Community, som Partner Area Leads more known as PALS and more specialists interested into share information.
If you feel like visiting it please click here and you will be able to read for free the very first 2 posts!!! :)

Hope for Pakistan's children

An interesting video with hopeful message:

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Fujimori goes back to Peru

I was thinking to not write about it because is a "political" topic and involve corruption and human rights violations. But actually the reason why I want to write about it is because the good news is that after 7 years hiding from the justice Fujimori, Peruvian ex president was extradited from Chile and sent to Peru to answer for his mistakes. Why is this so special? It is a unique case in our history; Alberto Fujimori is the first president that will be judged in his own country. That means a lot! from now on there is precedent for a case like that and now on will be more complicated for corrupt authorities to fly away and avoid responsibilities.

More on CNN

More on BBC

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Yale will return thousands of Inca relics to Peru

That's a great thing!
Universities are of course the center piece for research. In poor countries like Peru the foreign institutions are even more important to preserve the heritage of our ancestors. But I also think that the cultural property must be where it belongs, in the right time.
The problem is that sometimes the place where the relics are discovered can't offer the warranties needed for their preservation. Is then when civilization should take place and the interests of humanity should be the only valid argument.
The agreement between Peru and Yale is a good sample of it. After long time of negotiations they have arrived to a situation where students, scholars and humanity will get the clear benefit.
More than 4000 pieces will return to their native land. You can read more in BBC News.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Recognizing that we are "one" using films

Today is an interesting day. After looking hard for good news i found the effort and results of some persons trying to organize a global day to celebrate the good. A day when to show or different perspectives, sensitivity and realities. A day for persons with young souls. I'm talking about the Pangea Day.

It is a great idea and all independent film makers can join to share their opinions. Check the samples, get inspired and if you can spread the word. I think it is a genuine wish to change the world for better.
You can see the explanation of the idea from the right person in the following video:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Save energy while surfing the web!

Today in the morning I received a message from Boris where he showed me a very interesting site with a great idea.

The name of the site is Blackle and it is a search engine based on Google that included a very simple concept: instead of using white background they use a black one. So what is so interesting here?

Well, you know that the screen is a very "energy expensive" device. It is expensiver when showing or displaying white colors, it just uses more energy. So if you browse on webs with dark backgrounds actually you are saving energy.

Thanks Boris!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Educative videos

One of the great things of our times is the possibility to get a lot of great and valuable information for free using the Internet. That motivates many persons to use the chance to make posts on blogs to make faster the transfer of that information.
I just discovered 180 videos posted by National Geographic that I think are really worth to see.