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Dedicamos éste blog a difundir todos aquellos sucesos o noticias relacionadas con el fascinante mundo de las banderas y la heráldica.
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jueves, 30 de diciembre de 2010

Conquering the last degree

Saudi father-sons trio unfurls Kingdom’s flag at the South Pole
JEDDAH: The flag of Saudi Arabia has been carried into outer space, unfurled on Mount Everest and now flies at one of the last milestone destinations reachable by human intrepidity, the South Pole. An expedition led by Waleed Yusuf Zahid, accompanied by his sons Haytham and Mohamed reached the geographic South Pole on Dec. 10, 2010, the conclusion of a grueling trek across the harshest environment on Earth. They are believed to be the first Saudi team to complete the challenge.
The arrival at the Pole, 90 degrees South latitude, was the capstone of months of preparation, training and conditioning; travel to an Antarctic base station; and a flight to a location at 89 degrees South; to launch the overland trek across the polar plateau known as “The Last Degree.” It is a 111-km journey on skis, over a number of days — achieving 20 km on any day is quite remarkable — with painful progress decided by the whims of the weather, which had the team pinned down in their tent shelters 41 km short of their goal, for several days.
The weather in Antarctica is the most formidable foe of human physiology with the temperature at the Pole, when the team reached 90 South, a numbing -33C on the thermometer but feeling like -50C in the steady 40-km plus wind. However, other hazards face trekkers at the bottom of the planet. The ground at the South Pole is near sea level but the actual altitude at the Polar Plateau, given the ice build up, is about 2,800 meters. Becoming acclimated to the thinner air of higher altitude is made worse by the phenomenon of the Earth’s rotation dropping air pressure to what would be expected at 3,350 meters.
The inhospitable conditions at the Pole were first noted by Capt. Robert Scott, who led a 1912 expedition that took second place, 35 days behind Roald Amundsen as first to the Pole: “Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have labored to it without the reward of priority. Well, it is something to have got here.” The Scott expedition perished on their polar egress.
The Zahid Expedition documented their experiences in Antarctica and their trek across “The Last Degree” on a blog that recorded the team’s dispatches. On Dec. 8, when stranded two days short of their goal, Haytham recorded, “The weather report came in at 8 a.m. this morning saying that the wind will persist for another 24 to 36 hours. We’ve been pinned down by the weather at 41 km from the Pole for the last 36 hours and now we may have to wait another 36 hours before we can move again.”
He continued, “The wind really does make it a miserable existence out here. Inside my down sleeping bag that is rated to -40 degrees C, I still had a chill in my bones. If that wasn’t enough, it started snowing in the inside of our tent. Our breath condenses and freezes on the inside of our tent and over the 36 hours that we have been here it has built up, then the wind blows hard, shakes the tent, in the middle of the night while I’m sleeping I get very fine ice particles falling on my face.”
Until recent years the area around 90 South was the exclusive preserve of scientists based at the American Amundsen-Scott research compound, but it has become a destination for adventure travelers, who fly in for short, symbolic visits to the geographic South Pole. The “Last Degree” trek, however, captures the challenges and dangers faced by the Antarctic pioneers. The three Zahids were accompanied by Duncan Paul of South Africa, Dr. Jeff Lunt of Britain and Guy Cotter of Adventure Consultants, who was commissioned as the expedition organizer.
The demands and exhilaration, the inspiration and spirituality of such a journey was perhaps best summed up by Waleed in a blog posting from the Union Glacier base station on the outbound trip. On Dec. 12, he wrote, “When Mohamed and Haytham first suggested we undertake this expedition I was thrilled at the prospect of sharing in such an adventure. I expected it to be hard, but I had no idea how hard it would actually turn out to be — physically, psychologically, emotionally and hygienically, by far the most demanding and challenging two weeks of my past 60 years. Two weeks that would normally flash by unnoticed in our everyday life crawled excruciatingly slowly here on the ice. Every kilometer gained and every hour clocked felt like a lifetime. But in all those kilometers and hours, it was the last two, when the Pole was so close that it seemed so unattainably far. But Alhamdulillah we made it, by Allah’s grace and mercy, all in one piece and none the worse for wear other than the brutally blistered feet and marginally frost bitten noses and hands.”
Waleed celebrated his 60th birthday on Dec. 7, the target date for reaching the South Pole, but weather delays kept them from the goal until Dec. 10.
The last steps of “The Last Degree” trek were documented on the blog by Mohamed who wrote: “I enjoyed every aspect of it, the frigid cold, the brutal wind, the powerful hidden UV rays, the vast nothingness and the company of my father and brother. There was no margin for error. The cold can freeze you, the sun can burn you, the wind can bite you and the monotony can wear you down. On the last day, I thought Antarctica had accepted me because of the generous treatment it gave me but not so. On the final stretch, it slapped me with a fierce wind bite on my cheek leaving a scar, hopefully not permanently, a sure reminder to be on alert at all times. The long grueling hours of skiing took a toll on the body but, alas, it was what was needed to achieve the goal of reaching the South Pole and my determination kept me in good spirits. The sight of the South Pole, first spotted from 15 km out, gave us a false perception of heaven. It was a large fortress, the Amundsen-Scott station, neatly hidden and tucked in the dense clouds, a rare sighting after 10 days of nothing but the wind, sun and ice. It was adrenaline jolting. Yes, after arriving at the southern most point on Earth at the day’s end, I felt a tremendous reward and the paying off of the planning, training, self-discipline and tedious treks but neither compared to the feeling rushing through me at the appearance of my father and brother collapsing into each other’s arms with joy pouring out of them. It was emotionally magnificent.”
The closing notes from the expedition, summed up by Haytham on the blog were not of the hardships but of the accomplishments and rewards, “Memory is a very funny yet kind creature, whenever we look back on experiences we always remember the good and tend to forget the bad, or at least the bad doesn’t exist as prominently in our psyche as the good. The funny thing about this experience is that it was the very things that I complained about that I now cherish and relish and very much miss. What an experience! If it hasn’t been mentioned yet, Antarctica is the most beautiful place I have ever been to, the polar plateau is featureless, beautiful nonetheless but that’s not what I’m talking about … The sights were awe inspiring, the mountains on three sides, the clearly visible glaciers of blue ice, the whole thing was just magnificent!”
Those were words echoed by Mohamed in his expedition epilogue, “Standing on Antarctica, the last great pristine and protected place on Earth, is a privilege! The wind, sun and ice. Ah, I miss it.”

lunes, 27 de diciembre de 2010


Se presentó la nueva bandera que representará a la provincia de Córdoba, elegida mediante la realización del concurso “Buscando la bandera de Córdoba” que tuvo como objetivo diseñar una enseña que representara “nuestra identidad provincial”.
Del certamen participaron 2000 estudiantes de escuelas de gestión pública y privada de toda la Provincia que presentaron 752 diseños. En sucesivas selecciones ese total se redujo a 400 primero y a 64 después para quedar finalmente cuatro, de los que surgieron el diseño ganador y las tres menciones que se otorgaron el día 16 de diciembre.

El diseño ganador pertenece al Instituto Argentino de Ceremonial y Relaciones Públicas INARCE, de Córdoba Capital.
En la Sala de Situación de Casa de Gobierno, donde se llevó a cabo el acto, el gobernador de la Provincia, Juan Schiaretti, manifestó: “Es una gran alegría que culminando el año del Bicentenario de la Patria, nuestra Córdoba –una de las dos provincias junto a Catamarca que no tenía bandera propia-, haya elegido a través de la participación de los alumnos, de los padres y de la comunidad, su propia bandera”.
“Tener una bandera propia significa ratificar nuestra identidad como cordobeses y nuestra pertenencia a la Nación Argentina”, agregó el gobernador.
La bandera que flameará en todos los edificios públicos provinciales tiene tres bandas verticales proporcionales: roja a la izquierda, blanca al medio y azul-celeste a la derecha que cumplen el doble propósito de rescatar los colores empleados por Artigas y ser compatibles con las de las otras dos provincias de la Región Centro: Entre Ríos y Santa Fe simbolizando, de esta manera, la vocación integradora del área.
Vistos de forma separada, el rojo representa la sangre vertida y el federalismo abrazado por Córdoba, el azul-celeste los aportes a la independencia nacional y los cursos de agua que recorren la provincia y el blanco se refiere a la identidad de un pueblo formado por numerosas corrientes migratorias. Contiene además la silueta del “sol jesuita” que con sus 32 rayos -16 rectos y 16 ondulados- dispuestos alternadamente, coinciden desde los gráfico con el “sol inca o sol de mayo” presente en la bandera nacional y busca reflejar la importancia política, social, cultural, educativa y religiosa de los jesuitas que dieron a lo largo de la historia a Córdoba un legado patrimonial que ha sido reconocido por la UNESCO a fines del año 2000 como Patrimonio de la Humanidad.

Para el 2011, La Luna

lunes, 20 de diciembre de 2010


The City of Salisbury is a local government area (LGA) located on the northern fringes of Adelaide, South Australia. It has an estimated population of 130,022 people and encompasses an area of 158km². The council's main offices are situated in the Salisbury central business district.

sábado, 18 de diciembre de 2010


The Kingdom of Calsahara was founded on 24 November 2009 on a barren tract of land a few miles south of the unincorporated community of California Valley, California. Calsahara's absolute ruler, King Montague, a seasoned micronationalist in his own right, has already established established friendly liaisons with the leaders of numerous countries including: Molossia and Vikesland.

jueves, 16 de diciembre de 2010

Black Hawk County

Black Hawk County is a county located in the northeastern part of U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 128,012, making it the fourth largest county in population in the state. The majority of the county's population resides in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls urbanized area. Waterloo, the county seat, is located approximately 65 miles (105 km) east of I-35 at the intersection of U.S. Highways 20, 63 and 218. The city of Cedar Falls is located approximately eight miles west of Waterloo.

miércoles, 15 de diciembre de 2010

lunes, 13 de diciembre de 2010


Bandera rectangular de proporciones 2:3, formada
por nueve franjas horizontales iguales, siendo cinco verdes y cuatro
blancas alternadas y una franja vertical verde al asta de 1/3 del largo con
estela blanca con inscripción negra.


Bandera rectangular, de proporciones 2:3, formada por tres franjas
horizontales iguales, siendo verde la superior, blanca la central y azul la
inferior, pudiendo llevar el escudo municipal en el centro de la bandera.

domingo, 12 de diciembre de 2010

Dibujada y disponible la bandera de Peñausende

Bandera rectangular de proporciones 2:3, formada por tres triángulos,
que tienen un vértice común en el ángulo inferior del asta, y los otros
en el ángulo superior del batiente y en el centro del batiente, siendo
el triángulo superior blanco con una cruz de Santiago de Roja a 1/3
del asta, el central rojo y el inferior verde.

lunes, 6 de diciembre de 2010


El Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) es una organización armada mexicana de carácter político-militar y de composición mayoritariamente indígena. Su inspiración política es el marxismo y el socialismo científico, y su estructura militar es la guerrilla. Su objetivo es «subvertir el orden para hacer la revolución socialista y crear una sociedad más justa» 

Salió a la luz pública en el estado mexicano de Chiapas el 1 de enero de 1994 cuando un grupo de indígenas encapuchados y armados atacaron y ocuparon varias cabeceras municipales el mismo día en que entraba en vigor el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, durante el gobierno de Carlos Salinas de Gortari, desestabilizando el sistema político mexicano y cuestionando sus promesas de modernidad. Su objetivo era el derrocamiento del presidente elegido y el establecimiento de un gobierno socialista en México, haciendo alusión al estilo de Cuba, Vietnam o Angola