Sunday, December 1, 2019

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS IN TANZANIA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Because of its biodiversity and ecological significance, the park has been listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site.The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger.

The Serengeti gained more fame after the initial work of Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael in the 1950s. Together, they produced the book and film Serengeti Shall Not Die, widely recognized as one of the most important early pieces of nature conservation documentary.

The park is Tanzania's oldest national park and remains the flagship of the country's tourism industry, providing a major draw to the Northern Safari Circuit encompassing Lake Manyara National ParkTarangire National ParkArusha National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It has over 2,500 lions and more than 1 million wildebeest.

The park covers 14,750 square kilometres (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. To the southeast of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the southwest lies Maswa Game Reserve, to the west are the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, and to the northeast and east lies the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem.

The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains: the almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals - zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, waterbuck - also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. "Kopjes" are granite florations that are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons.

Western corridor: the black clay soil covers the savannah of this region. The Grumeti River and its gallery forests is home to Nile crocodilespatas monkeyshippopotamus, and martial eagles. The migration passes through from May to July.

Northern Serengeti: the landscape is dominated by open woodlands (predominantly Commiphora) and hills, ranging from Seronera in the south to the Mara River on the Kenyan border. Apart from the migratory wildebeest and zebra (which occur from July to August, and in November), this is the best place to find elephantgiraffe, and dik dik.

The park is worldwide known for its abundance of wildlife and high biodiversity. The migratory - and some resident - wildebeest, which number over 1.5 million individuals, constitute the largest population of big mammals that still roam the planet. They are joined in their journey through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem by 200,000 plains zebra, 300,000 Thomson'sand Grant's gazelle, and tens of thousands of topi and Coke's hartebeestMasai giraffewaterbuckimpalawarthog and hippo are also abundant. Some rarely seen species of antelope are also present in Serengeti National Park, such as common elandklipspringerroan antelopebushbuckgreater kudufringe-eared oryx and dik dik.

Perhaps the most popular animals among tourists are the Big Five, which include: Lion: the Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3,000 lions live in this ecosystem. African leopard: these reclusive predators are commonly seen in the Seronera region but are present throughout the national park with the population at around 1,000. African bush elephant: the herds have recovered successfully from population lows in the 1980s caused by poaching, numbering over 5,000 individuals,and are particularly numerous in the northern region of the park.
Eastern black rhinoceros: mainly found around the kopjes in the centre of the park, very few individuals remain due to rampant poaching. Individuals from the Masai Mara Reserve cross the park border and enter Serengeti from the northern section at times. There's currently a small but stable population of 31 individuals left in the park.African buffalo: the most numerous of the Big Five, with around 53,000 individuals inside the park.

Carnivores -aside from the Big Five- include the 225 cheetah - which is widely seen due to the abundance of gazelle -, about 3,500 spotted hyena, two species of jackalsAfrican golden wolfhoney badgerstriped hyenaserval, seven species of mongooses, two species of otters and the East African wild dog of 300 individuals, which recently reintroduced (locally extinct since 1991). Apart from the safari staples, primates such as yellow and olive baboons and vervet monkeyblack-and-white colobus are also seen in the gallery forests of the Grumeti River. Other mammals include aardvarkaardwolfbat-eared foxground pangolincrested porcupine, three species of hyraxes and cape hare.

Serengeti National Park has also great ornithological interest, boasting about more than 500 bird species; including Masai ostrichsecretarybirdkori bustardshelmeted guineafowlsGrey-breasted spurfowlsouthern ground hornbillcrowned cranesmarabou storksyellow-billed storklesser flamingomartial eagleslovebirdsoxpeckers, and many species of vultures.

Reptiles in Serengeti National Park include Nile crocodileleopard tortoiseserrated hinged terrapinrainbow agamaNile monitorchameleonsAfrican pythonblack mambablack-necked spitting cobrapuff adder. Since 2005, the protected area is considered a Lion Conservation Unit together with Maasai Mara National Reserve and a lion stronghold in East Africa

As a national park, it is designated as a Category II protected area under the system developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which means that it should be managed, through either a legal instrument or another effective means, to protect the ecosystem or ecological processes as a whole.

The administrative body for all parks in Tanzania is the Tanzania National Parks Authority. Myles Turner was one of the park's first game wardens and is credited with bringing its rampant poaching under control. His autobiography, My Serengeti Years: The Memoirs of an African Game Warden, provides a detailed history of the park's early years. "Snapshot Serengeti" is a science project by the University of Minnesota Lion Project, which seeks to classify over 30 species of animals within the park using 225 camera traps to better understand how they interact with each other and lions.

Government officials have proposed expanding the Serengeti National Park to reach Lake Victoria because increasingly intense droughts are threatening the survival of millions of animals

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The newly rebuilt &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is sheer safari elegance. Tucked beneath a canopy of mopane and Tamboti trees, each spacious ensuite thatched cottage exudes a romantic colonial ambience with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. Soak off the day’s exhilarating adventure in the deep, soothing bathtub or follow the enchanting lantern-lit path to a private alfresco shower where you can bathe under the starry African sky.

Deep in the heart of a mahogany forest and continually serenaded by peaceful birdsong,  Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Tanzania is a blissfully tranquil escape from city life. After a day out in the African sun, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than the tree-house bathtub. Overflowing with bubbles and surrounded by candles, it’s time to relax, get back to nature and take in the lush, green scenery.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

KHLOE KARDASHIAN NEEDS TIME TO HEAL

After weathering two major cheating scandals with Tristan Thompson, Khlo√© Kardashian will be guarding her heart for a while.

Almost a month after her world was rocked by the news that Thompson, 27, had hooked up with her longtime family friend Jordyn Woods,  Kardashian, 34, is “doing okay” — but certainly won’t be jumping back into the dating scene anytime soon.

“She just needs time,” says the source. “It’s going to take so long for her to rebuild trust with anyone.”

Though she initially forgave him, they had been living apart since the fall and an insider recently told PEOPLE that things “never really went back to normal” between the couple.


“It will take her a long time to date again,”. “A significant amount of time.”

On March 1, Woods, 21, shared her side of the story in a tell-all interview, claiming that Thompson kissed her at an afterparty at his house on Feb. 17. 

Though she adamantly denied having sex with him, she admitted that the next day, while she told her best friend Kylie Jenner, 21, and Kardashian that she had been at Thompson’s house, she didn’t disclose what had happened between them.

Kardashian initially slammed Woods on Twitter after the interview, blaming her for breaking up her family, but softened her tone a day later and placed the fault instead on Thompson.

Guys may come and go.

The bond between the [sisters] is never going away,” the source added. “And they’re committed to supporting each other.”

 The mother of one appears to be doing her best to move on with her life

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

CHICAGO FASHION WEEK POWERED BY FASHIONBAR LLC

Chicago Fashioin Week powered by FashionBar LLC invites you to The Shows and The Marketplace. We have a full schedule of designers showcasing, headlining at The Shows and 25 designers exhibiting at The Marketplace!! We kick off on March 31st with Evening Wear at Joy District and a music video to be filmed at our close out Swim and Resort Wear show on Apil 7th. IDENTITY is theme of this seasonsFashion Week as we bring awareness to Howard Brown Health Clinic and The VOICES initiative to assist our Trans and Gender Non-Confirming Youth programs and resources to elevate LIFE! We celebrate IDENTITY by living the TRUTH! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SPECIAL VENDING OPPORTUNITY FOR FASHiON DEDIGNERS ONLY!

Special vending oppurtunity for FASHiON DEDIGNERS ONLY! The vending dates are on April 5th 6th and 7th at Water Tower Place (3rd Floor) in downtown on Chicago Illinois. The cost is on $300 for 3 Days! Would you be intrested? Here's the link to get more info. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-designers-vend-at-water-tower-place-eventbrite-special-only-tickets-57057179560

OSCARS 2019 RED CARPET

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez both in Tom Ford

Gemma Chan in Valentino.

Allison Janney

Regina King

Kiki Layne in Atelier Swarovski jewelry

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MISTAKES YOU MAKE WHEN TRYING TO LOSE BELLY FAT

There's a reason belly fat is known as the most stubborn to shift. The fat cells that gather around your lower abdomen are known as 'beta fat' cells, which are notoriously hard to get rid of - something we explain in more detail here.
So what do you do if you've been exercising regularly and maintaining a balanced diet, but you're still failing to see any results?:

You're not getting enough sleep

"From scrolling through social media to having a late-night coffee, there are plenty of ways we unknowingly keep ourselves awake at night. Aside from feeling tired and groggy the next day, not getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night can affect weight loss.

"When we’re lacking in sleep, our body’s hormones get thrown off balance which can impact our hunger levels the next day. We all have two hormones that affect our appetite: ghrelin and leptin. When we don’t get enough sleep, our ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) rise, and our leptin levels (the hormone that makes us feel full) drop. This means that when we’re awake, we tend to eat more but feel less satisfied. Try going to bed a little earlier than usual to avoid this imbalance and remember to remove any distractions that might prevent you from nodding off."

You’re doing the wrong type of workout

"Only doing abdominal-focused workouts, like crunches, won’t help you banish the bulge. Belly fat is simply where your body stores energy, so you need to take a whole-body approach to tackle it. HIIT training (high intensity interval training) is a great way to burn fat and get your heart rate up. Squats, burpees and treadmill sprints are all examples to try."

You’re consuming too much sugar

"If your diet consists of lots of sports drinks, sugar-sweetened drinks like fizzy pop and flavoured waters, or sugary foods like chocolate and cakes, it will make losing weight harder. While whole fruits and vegetables are undoubtedly good for you, they can also sometimes cause weight gain if you eat too much, as they have high levels of natural sugars in them. Low-fat food options might have high amounts of added sugar in there too, so make sure to check the food label.

"Try cutting back on the amount of simple carbohydrates you eat, like pasta and bread, and substituting for healthier alternatives like courgetti. It won’t be easy, but by dropping your overall carbohydrate intake (not eradicating carbs completely!) you will have the best chance of tackling your belly fat."

You're not eating enough protein

"Protein is great for fat loss. It helps build and preserve lean muscle tissue and can increase the amount of calories you burn. It’s also a great source of energy that helps you feel fuller for longer, so you’re less tempted to snack. Good sources include chicken breast, tuna, eggs, milk and chickpeas. And if you’re finding it difficult to avoid snacks that are high in carbohydrates, try substituting them for protein shakes or bars. Remember also to opt for the lean sources of protein because some sources can be high in saturated fat."

You’re feeling stressed or anxious

"Feeling stressed can wreak havoc on our bodies. It can cause our body to produce the steroid hormone cortisol, which can make you crave sugary foods that provide instant energy and pleasure. Short-term bursts of cortisol are necessary to help us cope with immediate danger, but our body will also release this hormone if we’re feeling stressed or anxious. When our cortisol levels are high for a long amount of time, it can increase the amount of fat you hold in your belly."

You’re expecting a quick fix

"It’s easy to become impatient and frustrated when you’re trying to lose weight and haven’t seen the results yet. But be realistic – you won’t see the affect overnight. Your brain’s wiring plays a huge part in resisting changes in lifestyle, and it takes time to establish new habits – up to 12 weeks. Stick with it for at least eight weeks and you should notice a change."

You’re not tracking your progress

"There are some great apps and wearable tech devices available that make it easier to stick to your plan. They can help you monitor your goals, your food intake and the calories burned during exercise. If these aren’t an option, write down a meal and exercise plan. This will help you stick to your goals and remain focussed."

You’re crash-dieting

"Crash diets (dramatically cutting down how much you eat) might help you to lose a few pounds at first, but they’re hard to sustain and won’t help you keep the weight off. It might seem like a quick and easy option, but eating too few calories can actually do more harm than good. If your calorie intake dips too low, your body could go into starvation mode. This will slow down your metabolism, making it harder for your body to lose weight. Make sensible, healthy changes to your lifestyle that you can stick to and avoid the fad diets."

You’re doing too much

"Your body needs a healthy balance of exercise and rest. Doing too much prevents the body from shifting excess fat. Exercising without rest can impact our levels of the steroid hormone cortisol and cause an increase of stubborn fat stored in the belly. Not allowing your body to recover can increase the risk of injury too, so make sure you factor in rest days to your plan."

You haven't got the right exercise balance

"With all the different tips out there, it can be tricky to understand exactly which exercises work the best. HIIT is great for fat burning and will get your heart rate up, but I’d also recommend including strength (resistance) exercises too. Try lifting weights, using resistance bands or using the weight machines at the gym as these will increase your metabolism to help with weight loss, and increase your muscle strength. It’s important to mix-up your whole-body workouts so you don’t get bored."

You’ve lost motivation

"One of the hardest parts of losing weight is maintaining the lifestyle changes you’ve made. It’s difficult to stay motivated all the time, especially if you’ve slipped up along the way. But don’t let this affect your end goal. If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, ask a friend to join you for your workout and then afterwards cook something healthy for dinner together."

Source: cosmopolitan - Bupa UK's Dr Luke James has some suggestions about where you might be going wrong