Thursday, July 17, 2014

Using 23andme to Explore Your History!

Using 23andme to Explore Your History! 

I have used 23andme in the past to discover a LOT about my family lineage.  My Previous Posts show my experience with the service and the results I obtained.  I really like how 23andme has provided Google Hangouts to help users learn more about their service.  Check out the following video on the Basics of Genealogy:



I actually made real connections with family members through the 'Family Match' features on 23andme.  My matches and I spoke through the 23andme chat feature, email, and by phone.  Here is another 23andme hangout about relatives that will pop up as matches within their service:


Make sure to check out my Special Link to Start Your Journey today!  
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Monday, July 7, 2014

I am Giving The Flex Belt a Run!

I am Giving The Flex Belt a Run!

I was contacted by the people at The Flex Belt to try out the Flex Belt for ab toning.  As you all might know, I have been trying to up my fitness and one of my goals is to improve the appearance of my midsection.  With The Flex Belt, my hope is that it can be an addition to my current fitness program and will help to tone up my abs once I begin to burn more fat.  I also have a guest blogger that will be trying out the device and writing a results post as well.

  In the meantime, check out my unboxing video.  

If you are interested in starting your journey to toned abs, click here:   The Flex Belt

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Grillin' and Chillin' with Cricket Wireless!

Grillin' and Chillin' with Cricket Wireless!

Cricket Wireless has some HOT deals and some COOL recommendations for  apps to get your summer sizzlin'!

"Tech recommendations for summer chilling and grilling
It’s summertime! And, whether you’re planning for the annual family reunion or hosting a big BBQ for the fourth of July, Cricket Wireless recommends the following apps, devices and accessories to protect your smartphone during your summer chilling and grilling activities.
App Suggestions
·       Barbeque Grill Recipes Free -- Powered by Riafy Tecnhologies, Barbeque Grill Recipes is an app for lovers of barbeque and grilling. Equipped with varieties of recipes, the app allows you to create and share shopping lists with loved ones. This app is available for download on Android devices.
·       Cooking Timer – A must have for all serious chefs, Cooking Timer provides assistance in the kitchen and outdoors for BBQ events. This app comes with easy to use timers and even works while your device is powered off. This app is available to download for use with Windows devices.
Recommended Accessories
·       BoostPlus Audio Speaker- Are you looking to add some music to your summer shindig? The BoostPlus Audio Speaker amplifies the sound of your mobile device to get the party started.  Small enough to fit in a purse or small bag, this cool and convenient accessory also gives the option of wireless or wired connectivity.
·       Otterbox Commuter Case- A rugged, protective case, the Otterbox Commuter Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 is made to protect during demanding conditions, heavy use and random accidents. This summer, you won’t want to leave the house without it.
Super Cool Devices
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New to the Cricket roster, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the premiere device for your summer needs. This device helps you embrace all that summer has to offer with dustproof and water-resistant technology engineered to withstand the rigors of everyday life. Its 16 megapixel camera allows you to capture your best moments with crystal clear pictures. The Samsung Galaxy S5’s innovative technology keeps getting better with its fingerprint scanner. At the touch of a finger, you can quickly unlock your phone and access your work, websites and more — all without entering a password.



Exclusively at Cricket, the Nokia Lumia 1320 phablet (phone and tablet hybrid) is the perfect summer sidekick. It features all-day battery life that helps you capture and share your summer adventures, stay in touch with loved ones, and surf the web faster with Internet Explorer 10.
No matter where your family reunion or gathering plans take you, Cricket Wireless will have you covered with its reliable nationwide 4G LTE network. If this doesn’t give you enough to smile about this summer, Cricket is also offering new customers $50 off most smartphones after a mail-in-rebate with the Cricket Visa® Promotion Card.  For customers selecting a $49.99 smartphone, the mail-in rebate means they can get a free phone after the mail-in rebate."
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Via Flowers Communications

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Road Trip in the 2014 Kia Optima!

Road Trip in the 2014 Kia Optima!
Check out my Adventure on Instagram!
#SwarthyDaisyRoadTrip

I had the pleasure of taking a Road Trip to Miami with a couple of my friends.  The objective of the trip was to visit friends and family, as well as check out beaches and hotels for my upcoming family reunion.  Kia so graciously accommodated us by loaning  the 2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo*.  Upon delivery, I was already impressed by how sporty and sleek the car looked.  


Features
Upon approaching the car, the rearview mirrors automatically folded out and the interior lights of the vehicle turned on.  Neat!
I immediately got in and started checking out more cool features.  The first thing that impressed me was the leather interior and the interesting shape of the steering wheel.  The seats not only looked cool, but also had a cooling feature that worked well in the summer heat!  Upon pressing the cooling button, the seats released air that was similar to the air temperature of a fan.  The rear seats also had access to the heating and cooling features.  The Optima had automatic seat adjustment settings.  On the door panel there was a number 1 and 2.  The seating distance was able to be set per driver.  I thought this was a neat feature at first, but it became something that I needed to get used to every time I entered the car.  I was not used to seats moving at all upon entry of cars in general. 
The steering wheel, I was told, had a flat shape at the bottom to accommodate larger drivers.  Typical round shaped steering wheels could be uncomfortable for drivers that make bodily contact with the wheel often.  



Next my eye was lead to the center console and then up to the touch screen.


I knew this car meant business when I saw the word 'Turbo' as well as the sporty looking gas and break pedals.


The sunroof was massive and was used often during our trip.  I loved the fact that the passengers in the back seat had the opportunity to enjoy the sun rays and view of the sky as well. 


Florida Sky

I enjoyed the UVO system with easy access to Satellite Radio, Handsfree Phone access, Voice Command, Navigation and more!

The map was VERY detailed and involved.  It took me some getting used to over a few days to get the hang of it.  It could be a bit more user friendly upon user startup, but then again I could have taken a few minutes to read the manual as well (lol).

On the Road
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The Optima was a beast on the road.  It had great acceleration and maintained a smooth ride even at higher speeds (50+ MPH).  There was no wind noise in the cabin of the car, and the radio and map voice output was at a good level for listening while driving.  I really liked the 3 driving modes, that included Sport, Normal, and Eco.  Using Eco on a long drive was a wise choice as we only needed to fill up one time during our 600+ mile trip (we started on a full tank).  The Sport drive mode was excellent on the open road, as it allowed us to accelerate and pass pockets of traffic as well as trucks that clogged up the highway.  I REALLY enjoyed the acceleration (+) and deceleration (-) features just behind the steering wheel.  This feature, when toggled while driving, allowed the car to decelerate without touching the breaks.  Now this is a smart move on Kia's part being that this model is a Turbo, and the temptation to test out the turbo engine is great.  In the event that a police officer was spotted ahead, the deceleration feature allowed us to break our speed down without tapping the break.  This was very helpful in keeping us safe as well as helping us to avoid getting a ticket.   


The Optima had a massive tank.  I was really surprised at how large it was given that I am used to driving a smaller car with a 13 gallon tank.  The Optima's tank is slightly over 18 gallons large!  I did notice a difference at the pump, but on the road we did not have to fill up as much, so that was good.

The side mirrors had blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts.  This was helpful on the road and I noticed how helpful it was to help prevent fender benders.    

The Kia Optima has SO MANY FEATURES!  Check out additional features and options here: http://atlanta.kiadealers.com/New-2014-Kia-Optima-SXL-Turbo/vd/20495547

Overall this was a very impressive car!  My family and friends were impressed with it.  It made them look at the Kia brand in a whole new light!  My road trip was made 100% better in the Kia Optima!


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*The third generation Kia Optima is built and manufactured in West Point, Georgia which began in 2011 with the 2012 model. 
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

I Completed My First 5k!

I Completed My First 5k!
I am so proud of myself!  I completed my 1st 5k!  With the recommendation and support of some of my friends, I spent the last few months "training" for this day.  In a past post I shared my strategy for increasing my stamina and upping my fitness.  This actually helped me during my walk.  ALTHOUGH I did not come close to 1st place (lol), I was proud of the fact that I was able to complete the 3.1 mile course in just under an hour.
Cave Springs, Georgia (Georgia School for the Deaf)
6/14/14

Now that one race is under my belt, I am looking forward to attending another one soon!  I will continue walking weekly and improving my stamina for jogging.  My next goal is to join a local Black Girls Run group.  I will keep you all posted on my fitness journey! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tap the Future! Miller Coors Business Pitch Contest

Tap the Future! Miller Coors Business Pitch Contest

I was fortunate to attend a Pitch Contest by Miller Coors this past week in Atlanta.  The contest featured several small business finalists that were competing for a chance to win money to fund their businesses.


The evening began with a panel where media were able to ask the Tap the Future judges business related questions.  Here is a video clip from it:


The next item on the agenda was to watch the pitch contest.  It was an exciting as well as edge of your seat time for the contestants and audience alike.  The contestants were asked to present their product, then were asked a series of questions to shed further light on their plans to advance their companies.  

"Atlanta witnessed five teams of entrepreneurs pitch their business in an effort to win $20,000 at the Miller Lite Tap the Future live pitch event. Teams took the stage of Opera Night Club to impress the audience and a panel of renowned judges, including Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank.”


"Two teams from Georgia, two teams from Tennessee and one team from Wisconsin presented their ideas, but at the end it was Stephen Vlahos and Tripp Stanford who swept away the judges with Bellhops. This business from Chattanooga, TN utilizes innovative technology to hire energetic and charismatic college students to provide affordable and comfortable local moving experience. Pending background check, Vlahos and Stanford will receive $20,000 for their business and advance to the final round of Miller Lite Tap the Future to compete for the grand prize of $200,000."
The other teams that competed were:
- Bankmybiz (Madison, WI)- Your Safe Box (Tucker, GA)- Soberdough (Nashville, TN)- Signature Elite (Conyers, GA)In addition to Daymond John, the judging panel included Marve Frazier, chief creative officer of Moguldom Media Group and CEO of Bossip.com, Lauren Miller, co-owner of Excelegrade, and Joseph Hudson, experienced business developer, community planner, strategist and organizational designer who leads the new voices in the articulation of new approaches fro business development. The remaining Miller Lite Tap the Future semifinalists are scheduled to present their ideas in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Miami later in June and July. People can RSVP at MLTaptheFuture.com."
Photos and Verbiage via Flowers Communications. 




Sunday, June 8, 2014

Growing...Changing Your Life. It Happens!

Growing...Changing Your Life.  It Happens!

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I had lunch with a male cousin recently.  He was in Atlanta from Philadelphia to attend the Black Greek weekend.  I was intrigued and asked a lot of questions about Greek life, and why he chose the fraternity that he is associated with.  His answers varied and gave me a some insight on how the organizations are not mainly based on partying (as many believe) but are also big on community outreach.  During our conversation, he mentioned that this was going to be his last time attending the Greek Weekend, as he was looking forward to settling down more and moving forward in his personal life.  He mentioned that a lot of the events surrounding the Greek Weekend are mainly attended by individuals of college age, and he felt that he and his friends were starting to age out of that scene (they are in their mid to late 20's).  One of his friends is getting married, another is taking on a new job, etc.  His sentiments made me reflect on my changes in life over the years.  
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I can clearly recall all of the changes and phases that I experienced in my life.  From Elementary School to Middle School.  Middle School to High School.  High School to College.  College to my 1st real job.  All of those phases were essential for progressing in life.  Once I had accomplished all of those milestones, I was nestled and snuggled into my comfort zone.  I was living in the Atlanta area, had a "Real" job, bought my first house (and a new car to match), and had met awesome working class people in my age group.  Then as life would have it, some of my friends started settling down and getting married.  Others were moving away.  Many moved to other states such as Florida, Texas, and Washington.  Some even moved out of the country to places like the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Guam, Australia, and even Africa!  I was still nestled in the Atlanta area in my comfort zone throughout all of these changes.  
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I was supportive of my friends when they ventured off to other parts of the world.   I desired  the same type of change, but was too scared to get out of my comfort zone.  After getting married and merging my life with my husband's, a lot of other "Changes" had to take place.  Now I was having to experience life changes with another person.  Any decisions that needed to take place had to be a 'Team' effort.  Fortunately, my husband is very supportive and open to change.  
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An essential piece to making changes in your life is to set goals.  Because I am a planner by nature, it can be difficult for me to handle abrupt changes.   Despite the occasional disruption in life, I have learned how to cope with unexpected changes.  Other than unplanned occurrences,  I have learned to create some predictable changes by setting specific goals.  The few Lifestyle goals that I have set to accomplish within the next year or so include going back to school (to add a certification), taking on a few more public speaking jobs, revamping my approach to Social Media events, and setting up helpful programs for the community (stay tuned for my Financial Wellness series).  These are a few short term goals that I hope to accomplish in the near future.  Long term goals, of course, include traveling abroad more and living in another country for a while.  I actually have a lot more personal goals that I would like to accomplish.  Many of which are being accomplished at this very moment!

Let's look at a few easy ways to approach goals:


1.  Write Your Goals Down
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An easy way to keep up with your goals is to write them down.  I am what people call "Old School".  Yes, I still use paper and pencil! Paper and pencil is a great way to write and edit your thoughts on the  spot.  Since goal writing is so specific, a lot of what we write has to be tweaked often to fit our desired outcome.  My next step is to add my goals to my "New School" platform, which is Evernote.  Evernote is a great way to keep notes in typed, pictorial, and auditory format.  The Snapshot below is an example of how you can create a simple checklist in Evernote. 


If you want to make your Goals a lot more specific, then take a look at the SMART Goals criteria:

SMART is a mnemonic acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives, for example in project management, employee performance management and personal development. The letters S and M usually mean specific and measurable
  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.


2.  Take Action!
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Now that you have your goals written out, it is time to take action!  Place that phone call, send that email, visit that location.  Whatever you have to do, make sure you follow through with your plans and goals.  This is a surefire way to success and achievement.

3.  Get Surrounded with Progressive People!
 
A key to setting goals and making sure they are successful, is to have like minded people in your circle.  If you are looking to start and maintain a business, then seek out local networking events of like minded business people.  Your local Small Business Administration frequently has events and seminars geared toward small business owners (on and offline).   Linkedin is also a good platform for networking and finding chat groups of individuals in your area of interest.  Or if your interest is improving your writing skills, try platforms like Meetup.com for local writers groups or look at local colleges to explore continuing education classes.  

4. Achieve!
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Achievement is one of life's greatest moments!  Whether you graduate from college, finish painting your living room, or complete a 5k, all are great moments that result from setting and completing goals.  Make sure to steady the course and keep moving forward toward your dreams.  You will be glad that you did!  
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Summertime fun! Amicalola Falls (Georgia)

Summertime fun! Amicalola Falls (Georgia)

Now that summertime is in full swing, a lot of families are looking for fun activities to do.  If you live in Georgia, try visiting the Amicalola State Park!  I recently visited the park with my husband and my friend's daughter.  Here is a pictorial recap of our day!

We started strong!
Beautiful sights along the way!

We were ready to take on the next leg of our journey...and then we saw how much of a challenge it was (lol).
We finally made it to the top!  It was well worth the journey!
So happy to complete the journey!

I made sure to track our steps by using the S Health app on my Samsung Galaxy S4 (by Cricket wireless).



This was a ton of fun for the the day!  At the top of the falls, families were relaxing and having picnics.  This is a highly recommended trip and is a great way to get in exercise for the entire family!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

From the Brotha Man to the Otha Man....GedMatch results (Part 3)

From the Brotha Man to the Otha Man....GedMatch results (Part 3)

As a part of my ongoing research to find my African Ancestry, I have also looked into my Non-African results.  The following includes screenshots from my Gedmatch Eurogenes Admixture (K11):



It seems that the small percentage of Non-African results seems to have a consistent similarity throughout DNA batch processes on GedMatch, so for reference I am using the K11 results:  

North Atlantic:  Ireland 4.20%

The Irish people (IrishMuintir na hÉireann or Na hÉireannaigh) are a nation and ethnic group who originate in Ireland, an island in northwestern Europe. Ireland has been inhabited for about 9,000 years according to archaeological studies (see Prehistoric Ireland). For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people (see Gaelic Ireland) with a similar culture to that of the Highland Scots and theManxAnglo-Normans conquered parts of Ireland in the 12th century, while England's 16th/17th century (re)conquest and colonization of Ireland brought a large number of English and Lowland Scots to parts of the island.

Volga-Ural:  Western Volga 3.40%

The Volga Finns (sometimes referred to as Eastern Finns)[1] are a historical group of indigenous peoples of Russia whose descendants include the Mari people, the Erzya and the Moksha Mordvins,[2][3] as well as extinct MeryaMuromian and Meshchera people.[4] The Permians are sometimes also grouped as Volga Finns.
The Urals (RussianУра́л) are a geographical region located around the Ural Mountains, between the East European and West Siberianplains. It extends approximately from north to south, from the Arctic Ocean to the bend of Ural River near Orsk city. The boundary between Europe and Asia runs along the eastern side of the Ural Mountains.[3] Ural mostly lies within Russia but also includes a part of northwestern Kazakhstan. This is a historical, not an official entity, with the boundaries overlapping its western Volga and eastern Siberianeighbor regions. At points in time, parts of the Urals were considered a gateway to Siberia, if not Siberia itself, or were combined with the Volga administrative divisions. 

Mediterranean:  Sardinia 0.45%
The Sardinian people or Sardinians are the people from or with origins in Sardinia, a western Mediterranean island and autonomous region of Italy.
The Sardinian people are originally from the island of Sardinia, which was populated in waves of emigration from the Paleolithic period until recent times.

North Amerindian + Arctic:  Northwest America 0.31%

American Indian, also called Indian, Native American, indigenous American, aboriginal American,Amerindian, or Amerind,  member of any of the aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Eskimos(Inuit and Yupik/Yupiit) and Aleuts are often excluded from this category, because their closest genetic and cultural relations were and are with other Arctic peoples rather than with the groups to their south. 

South Baltic:  Lithuania 0.05%
Lithuanians (Lithuanianlietuviai, singular lietuvis/lietuvė) are the Baltic ethnic group native to Lithuania, where they number around 2,561,300 people.[1] Another million or more make up the Lithuanian diaspora, largely found in countries such as the United States, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Russia, United Kingdom and Ireland. Their native language is Lithuanian, one of only two surviving members of the Baltic languagefamily. According to the census conducted in 2001, 83.45% of the population of Lithuania proper identified themselves as Lithuanians, 6.74% as Poles, 6.31% as Russians, 1.23% as Belarusians, and 2.27% as members of other ethnic groups. Most Lithuanians belong to the Roman Catholic Church, while the Lietuvininkai who lived in the northern part of East Prussia prior to World War II, were mostly Evangelical Lutherans.

Hunter Gatherer vs. Farmer Eurogenes
GedMatch also gave interesting results that included the Farming and Hunter-Gathering lifestyles of the ancestors in their database that matches my DNA .   For this one I will include my African results as well as the Non-African: 


Bantu Farmer:  West Africa 76.99%
Before the expansion of farming and herding peoples, including those speaking Bantu languages, Africa south of the equator was populated by neolithic hunting and foraging peoples. Some of them were ancestral to modern Central African forest peoples (so-called Pygmies) who now speak Bantu languages. Others were proto-Khoisan-speaking peoples, whose few modern hunter-forager and linguistic descendants today occupy the arid regions around the Kalahari desert. Many more Khoekhoe and San descendants have a Coloured identity in South Africaand Namibia, speaking Afrikaans and English. The small Hadza and Sandawe populations in Tanzania comprise the other modern hunter-forager remnant in Africa.
Over a period of many centuries, most hunting-foraging peoples were displaced and absorbed by incoming Bantu-speaking communities, as well as by Ubangian, Nilotic and Central Sudanic language-speakers in North Central and Eastern Africa. The Bantu expansion was a long series of physical migrations, a diffusion of language and knowledge out into and in from neighboring populations, and a creation of new societal groups involving inter-marriage among communities and small groups moving to communities and small groups moving to new areas.
After their movements from their original homeland in West Africa, Bantus also encountered in East Africa peoples ofCushitic origin. As cattle terminology in use amongst the few modern Bantu pastoralist groups suggests, the Bantu migrants would acquire cattle from their new Cushitic neighbors. Linguistic evidence also indicates that Bantus likely borrowed the custom of milking cattle directly from Cushitic peoples in the area.[16] Later interactions between Bantu and Cushitic peoples resulted in Bantu groups with significant Cushitic admixture and culturo-linguistic influences, such as the Herero herdsmen of southern Africa.
East African Pastoralist:  Masaai 7.42%
The Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs.[5] Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands.[6] Many Maasai tribes throughout Tanzania and Kenya welcome visits to their village to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle.[7]

Pygmy Hunter Gatherer:  Mbuti Pygmy 7.72%
Most Pygmy communities are partially hunter-gatherers, living partially but not exclusively on the wild products of their environment. They trade with neighbouring farmers to acquire cultivated foods and other material items; no group lives deep in the forest without access to agricultural products.[1]
It is estimated that there are between 250,000 and 600,000 Pygmies living in the Congo rainforest.[2]However, although Pygmies are thought of as forest people, the groups called Twa may live in open swamp or desert.

Mediterranean Farmer: Sardinia  1.84%
The soil of Sardinia is exploited to 60% for breeding, 20% for agriculture and the rest is occupied by closed forests, urban areas and areas that are not exploitable. Sicily practically has reversed percentages and, with the same extension, almost three times the inhabitants of Sardinia. Sardinia is home to nearly 4 million sheep,[43] almost half of the entire Italian assets and that makes the island one of the areas of the world with the highest density of sheep along with some parts of UK and New Zealand (135 sheep every square kilometer versus 129 in UK and 116 in New Zealand). The soils of Sardinia are largely underpowered, shallow and therefore not very productive for agriculture. Sardinia has been for thousands of years specializing in sheep breeding, and, to a lesser extent, goats and cattle that is less productive of agriculture in relation to land use. It is probably in breeding and cattle ownership the economic base of the early proto-historic and monumental Sardinian civilization from Neolithic to the Iron Age.
Even agriculture has played a very important role in the economic history of the island, especially in the great plain of Campidano, particularly suitable for wheat farming. The Sardinian soils, even those plains are slightly permeable, with aquifers of lacking and sometimes brackish water and very small natural reserves. Water scarcity was the first problem that was faced for the modernization of the sector, with the construction of a great barrier system of dams, which today contains nearly 2 billion cubic meters of water.[44] The Sardinian agriculture is now linked to specific products such as cheese, wine, olive oil, artichoke, tomato for a growing product export. The reclamations have helped to extend the crops and to introduce other ones such as vegetables and fruit, next to the historical ones, olive and grapes that are present in the hilly areas. The Campidano plain, the largest lowland Sardinian produces oats, barley and durum, of which is one of the most important Italian producers. Among the vegetables, as well as artichokes, has a certain weight the production of oranges, and, before the reform of the sugar sector from the European Union, the cultivation of sugar beet. In the forests there is the cork oak, which grows naturally; Sardinia produces about 80% of Italian cork. In fresh food, as well as artichokes, the production of tomatoes (including Camoni tomato) and citrus fruit are of a certain weight. Sardinia is the 5th Italian region forrice production, the main paddy fields are located in the Arborea Plain.[45]
In addition to meat, Sardinia produces a wide variety of cheese, considering that half of the sheep milk produced in Italy is produced in Sardinia, and is largely worked by the cooperatives of the shepherds and small industries.[46] Sardinia also produces most of the pecorino romano, a non-original product of the island, much of which is traditionally addressed to the Italian overseas communities. Sardinia boasts a centuries-old tradition of horse breeding since the Aragonese domination, whose cavalry drew from equine heritage of the island to strengthen their own army or to make a gift to the other sovereigns of Europe.[47] Today the Island boasts the highest number of horse herds in Italy.[48]
There is little fishing (and no real maritime tradition), but the cork district, in the northern part of the Gallura region, around Calangianus and Tempio Pausania, is composed of 130 companies and has become the driver of Sardinian economic development. Every year in Sardinia 200,000 quintals of cork are carved, and 40% of the end products are exported. Fishing along the coasts is also an important activity on the island. Portoscuso tunas are exported worldwide, but primarily to Japan.

South American Hunter Gatherer:  South America 0.55%
South American nomad, indigenous inhabitants of South America living as nomadic hunters, gatherers, and fishers.
In the past, South American nomads could be found from Cape Horn to the Orinoco River in northern South America. The most variable groups were found in the southern half of the continent, occupying a variety of habitats and exploiting differing resources. With the technology known to them, food production was low, the population sparse, the social organization simple. Constant movement within prescribed territories prevented the establishment of large permanent villages or the accumulation of material wealth.

South Asian Hunter Gatherer:  South India 0.16%
Most of human history in South Asia is a feature of life on the land, but most documents that we use to write agrarian history concern the state.

Oceanian Hunter Gatherer:  Papua New Guinea 0.16%

People typically live in villages or dispersed hamlets which rely on the subsistence farming of sweet potatoes and taro. The principal livestock in traditional Papua New Guinea is the oceanic pig (Sus papuensis). To balance the diet, people of PNG hunt, collect wild plants, or fish — depending on the local environment and mode of subsistence. Those who become skilled at farminghunting, or fishing — and are generous — earn a great deal of respect in Papua New Guinea.


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