Monday, June 9, 2008

Cultures is a highly interesting topic to me, can you imagine who was living on our lands thousand years ago what do they look like how did they behave, what did they eat and why are they gone..

I did some research and i found some interesting information u might want to know

Phoenician culture (1200 to 146 BC)

There was never a country or empire called “Phoenicia.” The historical name of this culture was coined by the Greeks and was not their own. The name Phoenicia derives from the Greek word phoenix, meaning in this case a dark red or purple-brown color. The Phoenicians were renowned for their cloth dyes, especially an expensive purple one popular with royalty. Because Greek language and writings were preserved in abundance, versus Phoenician texts which are very scant, the name stuck.
Location: The Phoenicians appeared on the historical scene around 1200
BC, a time when most of the civilized world was being overrun by barbarians. In the political and military void of a 400-year ancient dark age, this small group of traders was able to prosper and gradually expand their influence. Instead of acquiring a physical empire of contiguous lands, they gradually built, instead, a large trading and colonial network from their home base of a few independent cities along the coast of what is now Lebanon. They were the remnants of the Canaanites, a Semitic people who occupied city-states in this region prior to 1200 BC. The most important of their early cities were Tyre, Sidon, Berytus (modern Beirut), and Byblos. These coastal cities were hemmed in on the land side by the Lebanon Mountains. The only obvious opportunity for expansion and economic gain was by sea. if u want to find out more about Phoenicians and other ancient cultures here is where I got my data go get yours

Coelho's Charm

The Most Translated Living Author April 2008
Paulo Coelho has a new Guinness World Record to his credit, the 2009 Guinness World Record for the Most Translated Living Author with William Shakespeare as the Most Translated Author of all time. Paulo Coelho's highly versatile and appealing columns have been syndicated for 10 years now. They attract large reading audiences worldwide, regardless of their cultural and religious backgrounds and have become a reference point for the public.

Here is a sample of Coelho's Charm!

My unforgettable character: When I was a child I used to read a magazine that my parents subscribed to, which had a section called "My unforgettable character" for common people to talk about other common people who had influenced their lives. Of course, at that age (nine or ten), I also had already created my influential personality. On the other hand, I was certain that over the years this model would change, so I decided not to write to the magazine and submit my opinion (today I wonder how in those days they would have received the collaboration of someone my age).Time has passed by. I have met many interesting people who have helped me at difficult moments and inspired me and shown me paths that had to be traveled. However, the great myths of childhood have always proved more powerful; they go through periods of devaluation, contestation and oblivion, but they remain, appearing on necessary occasions with their values, examples and attitudes. My unforgettable character was called José, my grandfather's youngest brother. He never married, worked as an engineer for many years, and when he retired he decided to live in Araruama, a city near Rio de Janeiro. That is where the whole family went to spend the summer holidays with the children. Uncle José was a bachelor, so he probably did not have much patience with that invasion, but that was the only moment when he could share a little of his loneliness with his grandnephews and nieces. He was also an inventor, and to accommodate us he decided to build a house where the rooms only appeared during the summer! He pressed a button and the walls descended from the roof, the beds and cupboards emerged from the outer walls, and there we had four bedrooms to lodge the newly-arrived! When Carnival was over, the walls were raised, the furniture went back inside the outer walls and the house was once more a big empty shed where he kept material for his workshop. He built cars. Not just that, but he made a special vehicle to take the family to Araruama Lake – a mixture of jeep and train on tires. We went swimming, lived close to nature, spent the whole day playing, and I always wondered: "But why does he live here all alone? He has money, he could live in Rio!" He told stories of his trips to the United States, where he had worked in coal mines and ventured to places never visited before. The family used to say: "It's all lies". He was always dressed as a mechanic, and all the relatives commented: "He should get himself some decent clothes". As soon as television came to Brazil, he bought a set and put it in the sidewalk so that the whole street could see the programs. He taught me to love things done with the heart. He showed me the importance of doing what you wanted to do, regardless of what the others said. He sheltered me when as a rebellious adolescent I had problems with my parents. One day he told me: "I invented the hydramatic (the automatic gear shift in a car). I went to Detroit, got in touch with General Motors; they offered me US$ 10,000 on the spot or one dollar for every car sold with this new system. I took the ten thousand and lived the most fantastic years of my life." The family used to say: "Uncle José is always inventing things, don't believe him." And although I felt deep admiration for his adventures, for his style of life, for his generosity, I did not believe that story. I told journalist Fernando Morais about it only because Uncle José was my unforgettable character. Fernando decided to do some checking and here is what he came up with (the text has been edited, because it is part of a long article):"The first automatic gear shift was invented by the Sturtevant brothers from Boston in 1904. The system did not work satisfactorily because of a problem with weight. But it was the invention of Brazilians Fernando Iehly de Lemos and José Braz Araripe, sold to GM in 1932, that contributed to the development of the hydramatic system launched by GM in 1939."With millions of hydramatic cars being turned out every year, the family who never believed in anything and thought that Uncle José dressed badly could have inherited an incalculable fortune. How good it is to know that he enjoyed some happy years spending his ten thousand dollars! (Sant Jordi Asociados)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Things I Adore

Babies..u gotta Lov'em

Friday, June 6, 2008

Printed Material

Lebanese help launch Mediterranean Youth Parliament
By Hanadi Chami Special to The Daily Star

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Lebanese National Committee of the Mediterranean Youth Parliament and the Goethe-Institut launched a new initiative on Monday to form a Mediterranean Youth Parliament under the same slogan as the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament: "Diversity Dialogue Solidarity."

NGO wants to help hospitals provide better facilities for children with cancer
By Hanadi Chami Special to The Daily Star

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Toufoula (Childhood), a youth group dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for children suffering from cancer, has announced the Dream Floor Project, which aims to provide a better ambiance at the hospitals where they are treated. A report filed by the NGO says that most hospitals in Lebanon.

EU aims to help Lebanon improve vocational and technical training
By Hanadi Chami Special to The Daily Star
Monday, September 10, 2007

"Education reform is another major dispute in the Lebanese educational system, especially in terms of training graduates for the skills that are currently demanded by the labor market, and especially when there has always been an absence of policy framework," an evaluation report from the European Union says.

Women bear brunt of post-war crises
By Hanadi Chami Special to The Daily Star

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRDT-A) held a discussion seminar on Friday on the post-conflict challenges and opportunities for rural women's cooperatives. The seminar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hamra was attended by representatives of women's cooperatives and organizations.