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Ons schoolproject in Arusha op Belgische TV

De Baraa Primary School in Arusha die in samenwerking met Onsea House en Machweo door de Belgische vzw iThemba wordt gesteund, komt op TV op het Belgische Eén.

Vanavond donderdag 18 april om 21 uur wordt de 1ste aflevering uitgezonden van Convoi Exceptionnel, de reeks over 3 dokters die een ambulance komen doneren aan het Nkoaranga Watoto hospital project van Luc Van Braeckel en zijn dochter. Onderweg van het Zuiden naar het Noorden stoppen ze bij Belgische ontwikkelingsprojecten.

Na een hilarisch avontuur bij het importeren van een oude ambulance vol medisch materiaal wordt er tijdens de 1ste aflevering op de heenweg in Arusha gestopt bij de Baraa Primary School voor een ontmoeting met schooldirecteur. Mr. Mlay laat niet enkel de Baraa Primary School zien maar gaat ook langs bij de Wema School.

Mis zeker de laatste 7 minuten niet: Een korte maar duidelijke voorstelling van de iThemba verwezenlijkingen voor de Baraa Primary School in Arusha waar we sinds de start van het project ook ons steentje aan bijdragen met Onsea House.

Onsea House honoured as Winner Traveller’s Choice 2013

Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travellers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

Tanzania is now for the 1st year among the only 4 African countries (together with South Africa, Kenya and Marocco) which are selected in this contest of the world’s most outstanding hotels. It clearly shows that Tanzania is in the forefront of leading hospitality. Onsea House has been awarded since its opening with the yearly TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.  Being a first time Winner of the Traveller’s Choice 2013 in Tanzania reconfirms the Onsea House objective to be among the best places to stay in Arusha and the wider area.

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognise the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travellers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers’ Choice winners.”

Transgender symposium to educate health care providersC

Amid the firestorm North Carolina ignited March 23 with its bathroom laws and a Virginia court case that will determine which restroom a Gloucester teen can use, a daylong transgender symposium to provide education for health care providers will take place in Charlottesville April 27.

“It’s the first event of its kind in Virginia that I’m aware of,” says Ted Heck, who works for the Virginia Department of Health in HIV prevention and who helped organize the symposium. “Its real focus is providers,” he says, “and it was organized by community members.”

One of those is Karen Barker. She is with the Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia and she’s the parent of a transgender teen. pandora charms She says her son’s primary care physician had no experience with that, and she was surprised to learn UVA did not have a transgender teen clinic. UVA opened a Transgender Health Clinic in March 2015.

“Access to care was really critical for me,” she says. “First for my son, but it’s an issue for a lot of people.”

“It’s a really new field,” says Heck. “There’s very little training in medical schools, and very little medical literature. Even people with expertise don’t have a lot of data to back them up.”

Regardless of socio economic status, transgender people face significant health care disparities, according to a 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force survey of 6,450 people. Nineteen percent reported being refused medical care, a number that’s even higher for people of color.

Survey participants reported four times the national average for HIV infection, and much higher rates of suicide attempts, smoking and drug and alcohol use than the general population.

Whether trying to get care for transitioning or HIV or even basic health care, “It’s all pretty challenging for trans folks,” says Heck.

Heck knows. He moved to Virginia in 1999 and knew he was going to be transitioning. He was unable to find an endocrinologist in the Richmond area willing to prescribe hormones, and finally found a provider in the Washington area who worked with his primary care physician.

Sometimes the information a provider has is outdated. “Before, they used to require that you live in that [gender] role for a year before you can access hormones,” says Heck. “That can be incredibly challenging, especially if you live in a rural area.”

At one time, UVA was a pioneer in sexual assignment surgery. Dr. Milton Edgerton joined the faculty in 1970 from Johns Hopkins, the first academic institution in the United States to perform such surgery. Neither UVA nor Johns Hopkins does so now.

Gender transitioning worked under a different model then, says Heck. “It was very patronizing and people had to jump through a lot of hoops.”

In some ways, Virginia is ahead of the curve as far as services available to transgender people, says Heck. His work in HIV prevention is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “They’re more progressive in making sure the needs of at risk people are met,” he says. Court of Appeals decision in the case of Gavin Grimm, whose Gloucester School Board ruled he had to use the girls or a unisex restroom. A decision in that case is expected any day now.

North Carolina not only legislated which public bathrooms its citizens may use, it also rebuked Charlotte for prohibiting discrimination based on sexuality. The state now faces a lawsuit, the NBA is reconsidering its 2017 all star game in Charlotte and its attorney general says he won’t defend the law.

Heck felt a combination of anger, frustration and disappointment over the Tar Heel state’s decision. “I wasn’t surprised, unfortunately,” he says.

That sort of legislation creates a “hostile environment, particularly for young folks,” he says. “When they have to hide who they are, their behavior becomes riskier. There’s a high level of stigma. www.jewelrymqsn.top/ Any time people’s opportunities are limited because they can’t get a job or find housing, that certainly could have an impact.”

So far 95 people have signed up for the April 27 symposium. “Response has been better than we thought,” says Barker.

Celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have drawn a lot of attention to transgender issues, says Heck, but their visibility also brings a backlash in much the same way that the legalization of same sex marriage brought religious freedom bills.

New flight options to Kilimanjaro

Turkish Airlines launched on 5 December 2012 its maiden flight to Kilimanjaro from Istanbul via Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa. The new route will make Turkish Airlines fly five times a week between the two destinations.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) is within Tanzania’s tourist destinations and only 40 minutes drive from Onsea House and Machweo in Arusha. By launching this direct flight to Istanbul, we expect an increase in overnight hotel bookings for clients after their arrival in Tanzania and dayrooms before their flight departure after midnight.
KIA serves more than 650, 000 passengers every year and the number has been going up with 15% on yearly basis.
Tourists from Europe and America will have another option to reach Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit as the Istanbul hub provides many opportunities to capitals and big cities around the world.

For travellers who live close to Schiphol (AMS), KLM offers convenience at its best. Effective December 27, 2012 until March 30, 2013 KLM will operate non- stop Amsterdam – Kilimanjaro – Amsterdam twice weekly. The flight will depart Kilimanjaro on Fridays and Sundays at 01:25 to arrive Amsterdam same day at 08:40.
Departure from Amsterdam will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 13:10 arriving Kilimanjaro same day at 23:35. In addition, the already existing daily flight from Kilimanjaro via Dar es salaam to Amsterdam will continue to operate every day. That means nine total weekly flights into / out of Kilimanjaro!
Make your travel easier, smoother and more time efficient. Check out the list of attractive destinations we have selected for you and book now until December 15, 2012 for travel until May 15, 2013.

Other international flights arriving in KIA include Qatar Airways via Doha, Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Abeba and charters from Condor from Frankfurt and Edelweiss Air from Zürich.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for comfortable overnight bookings and/or dayroom and dinner after arrival and/or before departure.

De baard van Bartel Van Riet in Arusha

Niet Sinterklaas maar Bartel Van Riet  was vandaag 6 december met een stevige baard te gast in Onsea House en lunchte met de Hotel Hungaria productie ploeg in Machweo, naar aanleiding van de 100 dagen durende opnames van de Baard van Bartel. Ze waren de afgelopen week in Tanzania om op zoek te gaan naar de Grote Migratie in de Serengeti, één van de 7 wereldwonderen die aan bod komen in de nieuwe reeks. De Baard van Bartel zie je ten vroegste in het najaar van 2013 op je scherm.

Naast het bezoek van de We Are From Belgium ploeg met Annick Ruyts en De Baard van Bartel zijn er nog 2 andere Vlaamse TV ploegen langs geweest bij Onsea House naar aanleiding van reportages die binnenkort in België te bekijken zijn.
De Serengeti is zondag 9 december eveneens te ontdekken op Vlaanderen Vakantieland. In Expeditie Kenya en Tanzania deel 3 wordt niet enkel dit natuurpark bezocht maar komen ook de Ngorongoro krater en een traditioneel Masaidorp aan bod.
Vanaf het voorjaar 2013 wordt Convoi Exceptionel uitgezonden, waarin je het avontuur kan volgen van 3 toekomstige artsen die een ambulance schenken aan een ziekenhuis in de buurt van Arusha.

Zin om ook zelf Tanzania te ontdekken in combinatie met een verblijf bij Onsea House en Machweo? Neem dan contact op via info@onseahouse.com.

Leominster hosts national dek hockey tournament

LEOMINSTER Leominster is the birthplace of organized street hockey and dek hockey, and the Leominster Dek Hockey Center is celebrating a special anniversary. National Tournament.

The tournament began Friday and will run through Sunday. The event is a national competition for participants ages 16 and older, with the majority of players in their mid to late 20s. nationals including squads from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as a group of local teams from Massachusetts, including Leominster. wholesale jerseys from china Although the competition is elite, there is also some parity among the competitors.

“There are really eight teams that could win it,” Leominster Dek Hockey Center owner Chris Housser said. “Some teams have won it in the past pretty regularly, while some are new teams that are younger and are getting involved and improving.”

There is a three game seeding round, then the playoffs guarantee each team a fourth game. Sunday is when the semifinals and championship games take place, and those contests tend to draw larger crowds.

In addition to battle for a title, the event serves as a ranking tournament for future competitions, helping to determine which level of competition the teams enter into. “The semifinal games are competitive with a lot of action. Players in this sport shoot the ball over 100 miles per hour.”

The Leominster Rams have been a mainstay in the tournament for years, and Steve Kendall who coaches Nashoba Regional ice hockey and softball is one of the best defensemen in the sport. Last year at the world championships, Kendall picked up the Most Valuable Defensive Player Award.

During a particularly impressive stretch, the Rams won the national tournament in Leominster in six out of the nine events from 2000 08.

Dek hockey is similar to street hockey in regulations and rink size, however street hockey participants play on tar or concrete, while dek hockey players battle on a plastic surface with the same 160 feet by 80 feet dimensions. Ball hockey is another variation of the sport, but it takes place on dry ice hockey rinks.

Dek hockey has similar rules to ice hockey, however there is no checking and some of the guidelines differ slightly, for instance the center line in dek hockey is the offsides line.

“Dek hockey is street hockey, but it’s played on a module outdoor surface,” Housser said. “It is a plastic surface with grip on the top, so you can play in inclement weather. You use a plastic ball, and a plastic or composite stick, so you have the stick on ice feel. For safety reasons, it’s better with cushioning on the hips, knees, ankles or back; it’s easier to run on this than cement or asphalt.”

Street hockey had a long, unofficial history, with people playing schoolyard and backyard games with worn out ice hockey equipment. Leominster native Ray LeClerc changed the sport by founding organized street hockey in the early 1970s, then in 1974 constructed the Leominster Dek Hockey Center.

LeClerc established a set of rules for the sport which are still in place today, laying the groundwork for national and international tournaments. Through Mylec, a street hockey equipment company he also founded, LeClerc invented the signature orange ball most identified with the sport.

Mylec is still running strong in its Winchendon location, and boasts roller hockey blades and hockey surfaces in its manufacturing line.

“LeClerc tried to promote the game throughout the country with his company,” Housser said. “He was really successful in that, and is the father of our sport. Today the sport is growing every year, worldwide too. (Being the home of the sport), Leominster has generated a lot of good players over time, and I think the community has a lot to be proud of.”

The senior nationals event is one of many tournaments hosted at the facility throughout the year. On Memorial Day weekend, the facility will host one of the more prestigious youth tournaments. http://www.clevelandbrownsjerseys.com There are also tournaments for women and masters division tournaments held at the Leominster site.

Vlaanderen Vakantieland op bezoek in Tanzania

Sinds zaterdag 24 november neemt Vlaanderen Vakantieland op Eén je mee naar Kenya en Tanzania.

Twee reporters en vijf avonturiers hebben een doel: drie weken lang rondtrekken dwars door de Afrikaanse bush. Overgeleverd aan de ongerepte natuur en haar ontembare schoonheid. Het wordt een trip door het mysterieuze zwart Afrika, op zoek naar het kloppend hart van de Afrikaanse cultuur. Ze maken er kennis met de bewoners van de jungle en vangen een glimp op van de big five.

Het reisdagboek brengt herinneringen naar boven van de opnames in januari 2012 wanneer Saartje Vandendriessche, Thomas Vanderveken en de ploeg op het einde van de reis in Arusha (in het Noorden van Tanzania) kennis maken met Onsea House en Machweo en een bezoek wordt gebracht aan het iThemba Baraa Primary School project dat we steunen.

Ook zin gekregen in een safari naar Tanzania met verblijf bij Onsea House of Machweo? Neem contact op met ons op info@onseahouse.com

Asilia Africa opens new Rubondo Island Camp in Tanzania

Opening on December 15th 2012, Rubondo Island Camp will be the only camp on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. With an area of 456 km2 it is the largest Island National Park in Africa and has laid unexplored for decades.

With forest eco-systems increasingly scarce in equatorial Africa and across the world, Asilia is very proud to be able to work with Tanzania National Parks and other partners to develop Rubondo Island into a thriving and lasting conservation area – protecting wildlife and habitat, and contributing to the economic development of the region.

A short flight from the Serengeti NP, the island is the epitome of peace and tranquility. The island has no human inhabitants and 80% is covered with a pristine sub-tropical forest. Elephant and giraffe are dwarfed by ancient trees, and wild chimpanzees inhabit the untouched forests. In the shadow lurk bushbuck and genet, and the elusive sitatunga hides in the papyrus swamps. Crocodile lie in wait along the shores and hippo crash through the shallows. Nile Perch in excess of 100 kilograms call these waters home, and over 200 bird species thrive in this rich natural habitat. This is virgin paradise, uninhabited for decades.

The small and exclusive camp is being constructed using local materials to blend in with the island’s natural vegetation. The 8 luxury cottages will sit in the shade of the forest canopy just 60 metres from the lake shore. 3 spacious cottages will be ready for our ‘soft opening’ in December 2012 to stand alongside the 5 luxury tents under thatch. During the camp closure in April/May the tents will be replaced by larger cottages and the camp will be completely ready by June 2013.

Visit the blog www.rubondoislandcampproject.com for regular updates and photographs of the new camp.

Founded in 2004, Asilia has a strong presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya and aspires to grow its footprint and its positive impact and to be a leader in improving and expanding natural habitats. Currently, Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes: In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Oliver’s Camp and Ubuntu Camp. On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House. In Kenya: Rekero Camp and Naboisho Camp.
Since the opening of Onsea House in 2006, we have been a great match with the Asilia properties. With the addition of Machweo in 2011, we are now welcoming even more clients before and/or after their safari in Asilia properties.