May 15, 2009

Healthy Travel Tips

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 11:38 am

Be prepared:get good night’s sleep before you travel, eat a light meal and take some gentle exercise before arriving at the terminal.

Dress Down:Wear lose, comfortable clothing and shoes that are not too restrictive.

Hydrate:On longer journeys low cabin humidity can cause dry eyes,nose and throat. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice(keep alcohol, tea and coffee to a minimum as these can lead to dehydration). If possible, remove contact lenses and apply skin moisturiser and lip balm.

Keep moving:Keep your circulation going by sanding up and walking in the aisle when possible. By carrying put some simple stretching exercise in your seat every few hours you will feel much fresher on arrival.Flex diffrent muscles in your feet, legs,arms,shouldersand neck. Sluggish circulation causes tiredness,muscle crampsand water retention(the cause of swollen feet). It can also result in bllod clots,which can be dangerous if they move to a vital organ.

Eat Right:Eat a light, well balanced meal before you travel and a smaller helping than usual on the aircraft. Avoid too much salt,sugar and dairy products-and also try to steeer of fizzy drinks and gaseous food. Moderate your intake of alcohol,tea and coffee,and drink a lot of water throughout the flight. Eating and drinking in excess,or consuming the wrong kinds of food,can lead to indigestion and uncomfotable bloating.

Stay focused:If you are prone to moyion sickness  dring take -off landing or in the event of turbulence,focus on a fixed objest. some believe applying pressure to your earlobes can reduce neusea.

Watch your Body Clock:When travelling across times zones your body’s sleep rhythms can become disrupted ,leading to insomnia, losss of appetite and fatigue. Prepare your body lock by getting a good night’s sleep before your flight. Try to give yourself a couple of relaxed days to adjust to new night and day cycless when you arrive. On quick trips,try to adjust your eating and sleeping patterns before laeving home.

May 14, 2009

The Surprising Six

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:56 am

Lung Fish:Deep beneath the cracked mud of adry lake bed lurks a living fish. The lungfish waits out the dry season in a cocoon of its own mucus until the rains arrive to release it . Its lung -like bladder allows it to breathe out of water.

Armadillo Girdled Lizard:This spiny -scaled reptile inhabits¬† rocky crevices in South Africa’s Western Cape. If caught out in the open by a predator it will take in its mouth and roll itself into an unswallowable ball.

Hero Shrew:A small,furry animal weighing just 100g. This remarkable insectivore has a masssively reinforced spine that can support the weight of a grown man.

European Swift:This migrant from Europe has such tiny, vestigial feet that it cannot perch -except by clinging to vertical surfaces

Cartwheel Spider:When ambushed by a hunting wasp or lizard, this diminutive denizen of the Namid Desert simply flips on its side and cartwheels away down the dune slope.

Black Heron:It makes a unique canopy of its wings in order to lure fish into the shade.

May 13, 2009

Kakamenga Forest a natural success

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 2:45 am

Kakamenga forest,the easternmost fragment of the Guinea – Congolian rainforest, is world famous for its unique biodiversity, which includes a huge variety of pants , birds,reptiles, mammals and insects. Sitting on the fringes of this forest in western Kenya is the village of Virhembe, a contrastingly nondescript neighborhood for such a famous site.

Kakamenga forest is invaluable to the people living around it ,many of whom depend on it for timber,fuel-wood,herbal medicines,food, income and new land for Agriculture and settlement.However increasing human and economic pressure,and haphazard,excessive and wasteful exploitation posed a threat to its survival.

There are several projects set by the people living within the area, there is the Muliru Farmers Conservation Group that came together in an effort to try and conserve the forest and earn a livelihood, by planting tree seedings in their homesteads which they would sell to neighbours.These project has been beneficial to the members bcauser they have build better homes. A lot of them, the low levels of literacy notwithstanding, are eager to acquire computer and business management skills.

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