quinta-feira, 27 de Novembro de 2014

SPEA launches new portal about birdwatching

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Portuguese society for the study of birds (SPEA) launched this week a new portal dedicated to the observation of birds in Portugal. The site provides detailed information on some of the most suitable locations for bird-watching in the Portuguese mainland, Azores and Madeira, the main target species of observers and suggested itineraries.

The site, which is in Portuguese and English, also has some other information and useful features for those who want to observe birds in Portugal, such as maps and links to important bird areas (IBAs) associated with the observation sites.

The project was developed within the framework of the Mediteraves (IPOT-International Project of Ornithology Tourism), advances the SPEA in a statement, and funding for the Leonardo da Vinci programme.

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Portuguese engineer will manage central competences of the Ikaros Solar

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The Portuguese José Pascoal just assumed the post of engineer of Business process management of Engineering skills centre of the Ikaros Solar. It is recalled that the giant photovoltaic Belgian decided to host this engineering centre in Portugal, at the beginning of 2013.

Previously, José Pascoal was coordinator of automation and control area on Martifer Solar (2011-2014), where he worked with solar PV projects developed in Portugal, France, India, England, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Cape Verde, among others. José Pascoal joined the Portuguese multinational in 2010 to take over the functions of automation and control Engineer.

In the Centre of competences of the Ikaros Solar, the engineer will be responsible for analysis, design, optimization and monitoring of business processes and procedures for all departments of the group, which has as a subsidiary Portugal Ikaros-Hemera. José Pascoal is also responsible for managing the process of knowledge and know-how in all the subsidiaries of the Group Ikaros Solar.

"I've always followed my career by demand constant new challenges and this post is an example of this ambition. Have the responsibility to manage and standardize business processes of the central powers of the Ikaros Solar from Portugal makes me believe that the future brings good news for many Portuguese engineers in the photovoltaic area. The Group's investment in Solar Engineer Service Center Ikaros is revealing this trend ", explained in a statement José Pascoal. the new international Competence Center Engineer of Ikaros Solar has a degree in electrical and Computer Engineering-Automation and control Branch at the University of Coimbra. He was also a researcher at Institute for systems and Robotics at the University of Coimbra and coordinator of master's theses, in the context of renewable energy, in the Faculty of engineering of Porto and at the Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Viseu, and author and co-author of several scientific papers.

In full operation from 2013, the Center has created a core of engineers solar PV experts to meet the technical requirements of the various subsidiaries of the Group worldwide. The major foci of this team's work will be the development of projects of greater complexity and size, along with the research and development of the solution.

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CGD recognized by transparency and address climate change actions

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Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) was distinguished by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for his course in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and mitigating the risks of climate change, achieving a position of prominence in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index of the CDP.

The award was announced at the launch of the CDP Iberia 125 Climate Change Report 2014, accompanying the activities of the 125 largest Iberian companies quoted on the stock exchange with regard to response to climate change.

CDP Iberia 125 Climate Change Report is drawn from a survey done to companies of the Iberian Peninsula. CGD responding to inquiry voluntarily since 2009, because it is not listed on the stock exchange. For the fourth consecutive year, CGD has achieved a prominent position in the area of leadership, being the only company in the financial sector with a rating of 100 points on the scale of CDP report.

"We are fully aware of the importance of climate to our business and as such the box continues to work on environmental issues," said Paula Viegas, Director of sustainability of CGD, during the launch of the CDP Iberia 125 Climate Change Report 2014.

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quarta-feira, 26 de Novembro de 2014

Underwater discovery in the Aegean Pompeii

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Researchers at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Ephorate of Underse Archeology, in Greece, discovered a species of "underwater Pompeii" in the Aegean Sea. According to the international press, were found remains of an ancient village â€" including your workshop â€" on the seabed near the island of Delos (photos 5 to 9).

Archaeologists have discovered 16 terracotta pots and remnants of an ancient furnace, according to Discovery News, describing the find as "a little Pompeii".

"In the past, these ruins had been identified as port infrastructure," explained the Minister of culture of Greece. However, the survey revealed that, instead of a port, they are part of an ancient village. "Workshops were found equal in Pompeii and Herculaneum".

Other structural elements of the village, as columns or walls, were also collected along the coast. The village, probably linked to maritime activities or crafts, disappeared in mysterious ways. Later, the sea took it upon himself to hide from people.

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New giant crater appears in Russia

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2014 seems not to be the best year for land in Russia. After three giant craters that appeared in the region of Siberia, appeared another in Perm region.

However, unlike the other craters, whose origin is still unknown, this giant hole is the result of the collapse of a potash mine, which opened a massive crater in the middle of an abandoned mining town.

Although the village is uninhabited, the same mine is also located in another village, a few miles away, which is inhabited. Experts and officials now fear that the mine may collapse also in the locality inhabited, writes the Inhabitat.

Uralkali, a company that produces potash fertilizer and responsible for extraction at the mine, announced recently that the works were abandoned in Solikamsk-2 mine, after the site has been flooded by salt water. Shortly after, appeared the giant crater.

terça-feira, 25 de Novembro de 2014

The Lisbon that doesn't come on tour rankings

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The last two years have been excellent for sightseeing in Lisbon. The city receives more and more people, the local economy gets a new breath and the municipality raises funding which allows you and will rehabilitate some of the most degraded areas of the city.

In parallel, and fruit of major investment in marketing and communications, the city has gained great notoriety abroad, mainly due to reports and articles that they realize that Lisbon is fashionable and has some of the most pleasant places to visit across Europe, a mixture of eagerness, cosmopolitan Beach, culture and history â€" and is therefore assiduous presence in the rankings of travel and tourism.

However, not everything is perfect â€" starting in one of the ex-libris of interest, precisely, of the city, the Elevador da Bica. The calamitous state of this national monument was in the genesis of a third citizen â€" Bernardo Ferreira de Carvalho, Fernando Jorge and Moimoi â€" the municipality.

"We protest the fact that the vehicles are vandalized, the lower station keep up with tile gaps, persists the bad state of conservation, the waste and lack of" composure "(for lack of a better word!) in general presentation (dustbin, Chair) to customers ", explains the three citizens, in a note published in the LX Citizenship, one of the best-known blogs about Lisbon.

According to the three citizens, each trip by now costs €3,60 â€" all the more reason for it to be properly preserved. "We take this opportunity to ask why the schedule was reduced lift, ending now at 8:0 pm when in an area such as that concerned the tram can and should have a much broader role in mobility between the waterfront and the Hill of Santa Catarina/Bairro Alto/Chiado?", conclude the citizens. This Lisbon, definitely not enters the international lists.

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Covilhã: Portuguese artist Bordalo II transforms trash into Owl serrana

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The street performer Arthur Bordalo, Portuguese of 26 years, transformed a bunch of junk sculpture of an OWL, which installed on the wall of a building in Covilhã. According to the Bored Panda, the sculpture is called "OWL Eyes" and was built with tractor tires, chunks of corrugated metal and other debris from urban waste.

The creation of Bordalo was built to the annual WOOL festival, promoted in Covilhã to celebrate the urban arts.

The author, known as Ruel II, has created several works from trash or recycling, smart and resourceful.

According to the magazine Saturday, Bordalo II had the first contact with the world of the arts in the workshop of his grandfather, the painter Real Bordalo. Currently, attends the painting course at the Faculty of fine arts of Lisbon. Remember the story of Saturday and see the work "OWL Eyes".

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