Saturday, October 12, 2013

Five year Journal- Roots of My Soul


I designed a journal diary to help support this Blog. A lot of people love the wallpaper I use on the blog so that is what I used for the cover.  A great way to keep track of your life with out writing long entries....

Five year Personal Journal

Have you tried to keep a diary before , but found that . 

1. You didn't have time to write a page a day.

 2. You didn't have enough to fill a page. 

Which leads to discouragement... which leads to an empty journal. With this five year journal you only have to jot down a sentence a day. Once a day you briefly reflex on your day or goals. 

The journal covers five years with each year a different shade of grey. A fun keepsake (or gift) and summary of your life over 5 years. Track your goals and see how you evolved (or not ) over five years.

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If you order the book, please email me a picture of yourself with the book. Include a short bio on your travels or where you would like to travel. I will post on the blog...the best entry will win a copy of the journal to give to a friend. Thank you for the support.

Mangroves bring wildlife back to Senegal coast

Crabs scuttle among mangrove roots in a dense riverbank forest in southern Senegal, where a major reforestation project is reviving wildlife and boosting the west African country's lukewarm economy.

"Everything you see here has been replanted. Before 2006, there wasn't a single tree," said Senegalese environmental activist and government minister Haidar El Ali in Tobor, a village near Ziguinchor, the main city of the Casamance region.

He gestured toward mangroves tied to stilts bordering the Casamance river, planted by his Oceanium environmental organisation to boost an area that experts said was severely depleted by deforestation, drought and increased salt levels in the water.

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Musique | Sénégal : le festival de jazz de Saint-Louis en quête d'un second souffle | - le premier site d'information et d'actualité sur l'Afrique

Musique | Sénégal : le festival de jazz de Saint-Louis en quête d'un second souffle | - le premier site d'information et d'actualité sur l'Afrique

Senegal's Youssou N'Dour returns to stage after leaving office | The New Age Online

Renowned Senegal singer Youssou N'Dour is set to return to the stage for a comeback, his entourage said on Friday, a month after a government reshuffle saw the icon lose his ministerial post.

The award-winning musician, known for his eclectic style, will perform a concert in Paris on October 12 which will be his "great return to the stage, the comeback of Youssou N'Dour the singer", said his spokesman Charles Faye.

N'Dour had been the country's tourism minister since April 2012 until he was unexpectedly left out of the cabinet assembled by new Prime Minister Aminata Toure in early September.

The hugely popular entertainer was instead appointed as an advisor to the president with the rank of minister, although his duties have yet to be specified.

In an interview with television station Africa24 last month, N'Dour said he now had more time to concentrate on his music -- a mix of traditional drumming with African-rooted Cuban sounds, American soul and rock.

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How salt miners save Senegal's Pink Lake

How salt miners save Senegal's Pink Lake
Senegal's Lake Retba or Pink Lake is a famous tourist attraction where around 3,000 miners extract salt from its water and export it all over the region, reports BBC Africa's Laeila Adjovi.

Shwopping in Senegal with Joanna Lumley

We have become such a throwaway society,' Joanna Lumley says as we drive through Dakar, Senegal. The capital is a rough-and-ready place, choked with cars, mopeds, wooden carts and old buses that smother passers-by in black pillows of smoke. The African sun is shining through the window, and Lumley, here as Marks & Spencer's eco and ethical ambassador, is discussing bras. 'Do you remember push-up bras?' she says. 'I don't even wear push-up bras, but I'd got push-up bras anyway. I'd also got every type of sports bra.' In fact she had an 'immense, tightly packed carrier bag full of bras' hidden in the back of her wardrobe. She also had a cache of clothes in completely the wrong colours. 'Every spring the fashion world tries to introduce you to a love affair with orange and lime green. And everyone goes, "Yay! Orange!" And no one can wear it. So we've all got orange and lime-green things which look hateful on our pale northern complexions. Would work here a treat,' she says, leaning forwards at the sight of a girl crossing the road with a basket of oranges on her head.......

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Hyatt Announces Plans for First Hyatt-Branded Hotel in Senegal: Hyatt Dak

  Hyatt Hotels Corporation  announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Lacoste & Cie S.A. for a new Hyatt hotel in Senegal's capital city, Dakar. Hyatt Dakar will become the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Senegal, joining the previously announced Park Hyatt Marrakech and Hyatt Place Taghazout in Morocco, as well as Park Hyatt Zanzibar and Hyatt Regency Arusha in Tanzania.
"We are delighted to work with Lacoste & Cie S.A. on Hyatt Dakar, our first hotel in Senegal. The company has a depth of expertise that matches Hyatt's ambition to provide an exemplary guest experience," said Peter Norman, senior vice president, real estate and development, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. "Africa's hotel market remains underdeveloped, despite a growing middle class and increased inward investment in recent years which has pushed up demand for hotels. This creates significant opportunities for us and has increased Hyatt's development focus on the continent. We believe that the Hyatt brand and the hotel's excellent location in Dakar - one of West Africa's major business hubs - will have strong appeal to business and leisure travelers visiting the region."
Expected to open in 2016, Hyatt Dakar will offer 140 guestrooms, and will feature two restaurants, a guest lounge and bar, as well as meeting space and a spa. The hotel will be located in the heart of the city's business district, within walking distance of major international organizations in the city, such as UNICEF and UNESCO. Additionally, the hotel will border the popular Kermel market, which was originally built in 1860 and is known for its striking original architecture.
"We appreciate Hyatt's commitment to providing authentic hospitality to its guests, and we believe Hyatt Dakar's excellent location in the city's business district will deliver an exceptional hospitality experience to guests visiting the region," said Dr. Mahmoud Aidibe, Lacoste & Cie S.A.
There are currently six Hyatt-branded hotels in Africa, including:
-- Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort
-- Hyatt Regency Taba Heights
-- Hyatt Regency Casablanca
-- Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilamanjaro
-- Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
-- Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saharan Express 2013 concludes in Senegal

DVIDS - News - Saharan Express 2013 concludes in Senegal

Saharan Express 2013 concludes in SenegalCourtesy Photo
Capt. Andrew Lennon, right, U.S. exercise director for Saharan Express 2013, speaks with Lewis Lukens, U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, during a post-sail press conference. Saharan Express is an international maritime security cooperation exercise designed to improve maritime safety and security in West Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian T. Glunt/Released)
DAKAR, Senegal – The multinational maritime exercise Saharan Express 2013 (SE-13) successfully concluded with post-sail discussions and a press conference, Mar. 14.

SE-13, which began Mar. 7, is a maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase counter-piracy capabilities and deter maritime crimes in West Africa.

“During the past week, eight West African nations, five European nations and the United States worked very well together,” said Capt. Andrew Lennon, U.S. exercise director for SE-13. “With the skills they developed during Exercise Saharan Express, the participating nations are better prepared for real world operations. They now have a better capability to stop weapons and narcotics trafficking and prevent illegal fishing.”

Focusing on counter-piracy and maritime security operations, the exercise included a wide variety of training for participating forces, including at-sea ship boarding and queries, medical familiarization, air operations, communication drills and regional information sharing.

“This marks the third time that this exercise has been conducted,” said Lewis Lukens, U.S. ambassador to Senegal. “I’m happy to say that it has become a cornerstone in our efforts to achieve the improvement of maritime security in the waters off West Africa.”

SE-13, which has occurred annually since 2011, is one of the four African regional Express-series exercises known as Africa Partnership Station (APS). The regional maritime exercises test skills learned from previous APS training events.

“Saharan Express is not just another task passing across the desk of the Senegalese armed forces,” said Rear Adm. Mohamed Sane, Senegalese Sous-Chef d’Etat Major Général des Armées. “It is an exercise of great importance for the Senegalese navy and the naval forces of the sub-region. It allows us to practice the techniques taught to our crews and is, as such, an indicator of the progress we are making in strengthening our capacity to carry out the tasks entrusted to us.”

During SE-13, 10 ships, four aircraft and four maritime operations centers were operated by participating nations to achieve their common maritime security goals through partnerships and collaboration while focusing on deterring piracy, countering illicit trafficking and protecting resources.

As part of the U.S. Navy's global maritime partnerships, APS was developed to support sustained, focused training and multinational and organizational collaboration on a regional scale in order to increase maritime safety and security in Africa.

Eight West African and six European nations participated in SE-13 including Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, France, The Gambia, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, The Netherlands, Portugal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

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