With its strategic location on the northernmost part of the island of Rhodes, the Cactus Hotel with the beach on its doorstep and the wonders of Rhodes Town a few minutes away, offers the very best that this fantastic island has to offer.

With its affordable and quality accommodation near the beach, the Cactus 3 star hotel in Rhodes, Greece, is one of the most conveniently located hotels on Rhodes. Located near the wonders of Rhodes Town, the property is also within easy reach of other famous landmarks such as the infamous Casino and Aquarium and is ideal for vacationers seeking the very best that the island has to offer. Other highlights of the island in close proximity which make the property ideal for Rhodes Old Town holidays are the Marina and the Mandraki shopping area.

With a total of 172 rooms and suites either looking out over the big blue or into swaying palm trees, all accommodations provide the perfect base for exploring this beautiful island. The range of accommodations includes the sea and palm view double rooms and triple rooms, the one-space family rooms and the Panoramic Mediterranean sea view suites.

Beautifully designed, all of the accommodations feature elegant furniture, neutral tones and fine linens. The suites with their floor spaces up to 50 m2 occupy the upper floors accommodating up to four people.

The sea view rooms and suites in the family friendly hotel look out onto the glorious swimming pool where the hours can be whiled away taking refreshing dips or sunbathing. Other facilities include a breakfast room, swimming pool lounge, pool bar, indoors bar, TV and games room.

So with all of its wonderful amenities, not to mention services and multilingual staff, it’s hard to leave. But when Rhodes Town beckons with its plethora of bars, restaurants, cafes and shopping, well, it’s hard to resist. And that’s what makes the Cactus Hotel so special; it offers guests the best of both worlds: affordable refined accommodation combined with the very best the island has to offer.

January 23, 2017

Last night as I sat and watched television I opened up a bag of Swedish Fish. As I sat enjoying the delicious flavor of the gummy snack I did not give much thought to the fact that the gumminess of snack food was a potentially rebuilding my skin and adding to the elasticity of my cells. Growing up I was always taught that all snack food is essentially junk food and has no real nutritional value. However,

I recently learned that there are snack foods that are high in protein and contain hydrolyzed collagen which is essential for health bones, cartilage, and skin. Giving the Swedish Fish I was enjoying their gummy consistency the viscosity of the hydrolyzed collagen is what gives not only Swedish Fish, but all sorts of products their gummy texture.

As a parent I often indulge my children with a gummy based fruit snack. The sometimes juice flavored fruit snacks provide about 10% juices from the various flavored fruits that they represent and now that I know my children are receiving the health benefits of having the proteins of hydrolyzed collagen added to the fruit flavoring of their favorite snack treat I can feel good about giving them a treat that has some health benefits to them.

I have also learned that hydrolyzed collagen aids in the regeneration of damaged tissue. As a parent I know how easy it is for my children to suffer injuries and minor cuts and bruises that require a band aid and kiss to help them heal, but I have also discovered that their injuries are healed better with a dose of collagen proteins that are an essential building block for the bodys ability to regenerate cells and tissue that children are prone to.

Found in 30% of all animal proteins hydrolyzed collagen keeps skin looking and feeling younger as is responsible for proper joint function and movement. Because the cartilage within a joint acts as a cushion between the bones, having soft pliable amount of cartilage is essential to the healthy movement of joints throughout the body. As I thought about all of the benefits I and my children were gaining from enjoying a snack of Swedish Fish I could not help but think I was actually doing something good for my body and not filling it with sugar or artificial colors.

By eating a small portion of the gummy snack treat I was actually helping to replace the hydrolyzed collagen that my body needs to be healthy and strong. Who know gummy snacks could actually be good for you?

January 23, 2017

As Kwanzaa approaches, African cuisine deserves some kudos on the cuisine scene. African food is a rich melange of dishes,

with regional takes on seasonings and preparation methods. Traditional foods combined in exotic ways reflect both native and

foreign influences, accumulated and integrated over hundreds of years. If you haven’t explored the world of African cuisine,

you’re in for a treat. A taste of this regionally diverse and rich cuisine may be just around the corner, in a family restaurant near you. If you’re not so lucky, there are a number of fabulous cookbooks available.

The staples of African food consist in the majority of tubers, starches and vegetables. Cassava, yams, okra, greens, tropical

fruits such as coconuts and bananas, corn, rice, millet, peanuts, sorghum and barley are mainstays of the diet, depending on

the region. Meat is used sparingly in some areas, but seasonings weigh heavily in imparting the distinctive exotic tastes

found throughout Africa. Mixtures of hot spices permeate traditional African food.

Foreign influences introduced the peanut, pepper, tomato, pineapple and cayenne pepper to local dishes. The Portuguese

introduced the domesticated pig, now an integral part of East African cuisine. French, British and Indian colonizers

nonetheless had a positive effect on traditional African food, bringing curry, chappatis, relishes and spicy lentil soups to

the African table.

To Ethiopia, in Eastern coastal Africa, the Arabs brought a number of spices, including cloves, cinnamon and saffron, used in

steamed rice combined with meat, vegetable, tuber, milk and honey dishes, enhancing the already rich and abundant

combinations. Pomegranate juice is an important ingredient in coastal Swahili dishes.

Western African foods reflect the heavy use of fish and meat, as these foods are plentiful in the region and are characteristically hot and spicy. Stews are highly favored, and pack a punch, especially for the Western palate.

The French influence is clear on the western coasts of Africa. Chiles, ginger and hot cayenne marinades are artfully combined

with local vegetables, peanut, palm and coconut oils, garlic and sharp marinades, making a definite food statement.

African food cannot be quantified in a word. Africa, the second largest continent, should not be discounted or dismissed for

lack of diversity. African food is as diverse as the continent, with an

array of imaginative and regionally unique dishes to tempt your palate.

Take a look on the net, or go to your local bookstore. The flavors of African food beckons. If you know someone who celebrates Kwanzaa, ask them about the rich heritage of African food. Bring your taste buds to the table, and enjoy!

How does the idea of using fish oil for depression treatment sound to you? You can say ‘it is a good idea’, or ‘it is a bad idea’, or you can even say ‘I have no idea whatsoever’. No matter what your answer is, you are not alone. A lot of people do not have a clear understanding of fish oil and the role it plays in treating depression. Let us take a look.

Fish oil, as you all know, is rich in omega 3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA. According to health experts, these omega 3 fatty acids play a major role in improving brain function. They play a very important role in the growth of neurons in the frontal cortex of the brain, which is referred to as the ‘seat of personal behavior’. They prevent the disruption of the dopamine system and promote mental health. A number of clinical studies have shown that a regular dose of omega 3 fatty acids will prevent mental disorders like depression, anxiety, irritability, and aggression. This is why fish oil depression treatment is usually pretty effective.

When consumed on a regular basis, high quality fish based oil supplements can reduce suicidal tendencies and irritability in people who are depressed. They are very essential for pregnant women to stay healthy and to avoid postnatal depression. It has also been proven that omega 3 fatty acids significantly reduce the risks of childhood mental disorders like ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. This is why fish based oil is considered a very good for children and adults alike.

To get the best results in fish oil depression treatment, you should take high quality fish based oil capsules. Look for fish oil supplements which contain plenty of DHA and EPA – preferably in 2:1 ratio. A lot of fish based supplements these days contain very little amount of these omega 3 fatty acids and you cannot expect good results from taking such supplements. So, always make sure the product you choose contains at least 250 mg of DHA and 120 mg of EPA.

One of the most important things you should know about depression treatment is that it is a combination of the right kind of medications, a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, high quality health supplements, and some important lifestyle changes. So, while using fish oil for depression treatment is certainly effective, it definitely should not be considered an alternative for medications. You must always consult your doctor and follow his advice without fail to improve your mental, emotional, and physical health and to get over depression.

The giant stuffed monkey is an all around terrific plush toy for a wide group of ages. For young children, it’s a fun first-time soft toy that can be played with and/or ‘substituted’ for a pillow and slept on, and for older children, it’s a great addition to a stuffed animal collection. The giant stuffed monkey, is, of course, a loyal companion and friend as well, no matter its owner’s age.

In threatened forests around the world in which monkeys make their home, it turns out that monkeys are much more sensitive to damaged habitat than what had previously been thought. Dr. Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York and Director of Conservation at Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, along with several colleagues from other universities, conducted a study in 2010 of monkeys living in the Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania. Their findings suggested that external factors in forests, such as human activity, had a major impact on overall monkey populations living in forests as big 25 square miles. In addition, it was discovered that the monkeys’ health was also affected.

Per Dr. Marshall, “this study suggests that while small forest fragments need protecting we should intervene at an earlier stage to protect larger forest areas that are under threat.- Seven species of monkey that lived in an area covering some 6, 213 square miles, were part of the research. Dr. Marshall goes on to say that the end results were reason enough to help communities living in the area learn a different way of doing things so as to help with the forest species. Local communities could make a point of planting the kind of habitat that would form a corridor between parts of forests that have become fragmented.

Floppy chimps, tall chimps, and/ or chimp families, are all types of giant stuffed monkeys that are available for you from which to choose. If gorillas are more your thing, be sure and go with a giant stuffed monkey that is a gorilla – there is a noticeable difference amongst the species. Whichever one you decide on, you can be sure that both it and you will be quite pleased that you did.

Angeline Hope is a collector of giant stuffed monkey animals. You can view a selection of giant stuffed monkey animals at MyBigPlush.

There are all sorts of jobs at the zoo. Veterinary technician positions may not necessarily the first job that people think of when they think of the zoo; they are more often associated with private veterinary offices, where they assist the veterinarian in caring for people’s pets. This is one type of veterinary technician, but they do also work in zoos. Zoo veterinary technicians complete compulsory education and training in exotic animals in addition to the required training for vet techs. If you are an animal lover looking for a career path in a unique environment, this could just be the right road to take.

Duties of Zoo Veterinary Technicians
As a zoo veterinary technician, your job duties would all be related to the care and supervision of animals in a zoological environment. This may include any or all of the following duties:
Administering medications
Equipment upkeep
Following directions of zoologists and zoo veterinarians
Keeping records of animals’ health
Lending support during surgeries
Maintaining inventory of medication and equipment
Monitoring the health issues of zoo animals
Parasite control procedures
Providing preventative care to animals
Supervision of care staff
Watching out for new health issues in animals Sometimes, zoo veterinary technicians are also involved in the habit development at the zoo, as well as the educational programs for the community. It all depends on the needs of the zoo and the qualifications of the vet tech. h.

How to Become a Zoo Veterinary Technician
There are stringent education and training requirements for zoo veterinary technicians, which may vary somewhat by state. You must complete a two-year veterinary technician associate’s degree program at an institution of higher learning that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, for starters. Zoo vet technicians also complete additional courses or electives on exotic animals. At the end of all the schooling, the graduate must also pass a licensing exam to work as a zoo veterinary technician.

Like most professions, there is quite a bit of training on the job as well. Some vet techs complete internship programs to avoid this learning curve and gain a competitive edge. The average annual salary for veterinary technicians is around $31,000, but vet techs at the zoo tend to earn a bit more due to the specialization and challenges of the job. It is a rewarding career that’s perfect for animal lovers.

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