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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Sometimes the information a provider has is outdated.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. 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 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.

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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. 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

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 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.

LeBron James returns home

AKRON, Ohio The drive took about 35 minutes. Neither man in the car said a word. Everything LeBron James was feeling on that trip to the airport four years ago the pain, the angst, the loss, the fear was written on his face.

For weeks he had tried to find a way to stay, to recruit players to join him in Cleveland, so he wouldn’t have to leave. Ray Allen said no. So did Chris Bosh, Trevor Ariza and Dwyane Wade. Cheap Jerseys free shipping Sure, they wanted to play with him. Who wouldn’t? But not in Cleveland. James was the one with a connection to the place, not them. If he wanted to win, he would have to sever those ties and go somewhere where other stars would join him.

The decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat had been made that morning. LeBron walked around with it uncomfortably all day. He knew it would hurt people, that nothing would ever be the same for him after he did it.

Somehow he got through the final day of his annual basketball camp in Akron without confessing. By the time Damon Jones drove him to the airport, where he would fly to Connecticut and reveal his infamous decision to the world, there was a lump in his throat.

“The ride from his house to the airport is 35 minutes,” said Jones, who played with LeBron from 2005 to 2008 and remained a close friend. “Neither of us said a word. It was tough. You saw it on his face, just his emotions.

“Everybody thought that the Miami decision was planned a week, two weeks prior, but it was in the last minute. He exhausted everything to try and get players to come to Cleveland and play with him. I was there for the whole week, staying in his house. He was agonizing, ‘I want to win. I want to win here, but can we?’

“I don’t think the fans knew that. They think he just went to Miami and that was it.”

LeBron went to Miami all right. He won two titles and evolved into the best basketball player on the planet. He answered his critics with championship trophies. He married the mother of his children, and they built a life in South Florida together. But he never truly left northeastern Ohio.

He kept his home in Akron. He started a foundation to help the city’s kids and promised to be there until they were grown. When they missed a day of school, they often got a call from “Mr. LeBron.”

The place never truly turned its back on him, either. Yes, fans burned his jerseys and cursed his name. They tore down his billboards and painted over his murals. But that was the hurt talking. LeBron isn’t the first kid from a Rust Belt town to leave for warmer weather and starrier nights. Most return only for holidays and funerals.

But LeBron kept coming back. If anything, he planted his roots deeper into this place after he left for Miami. They took note when he spent his summers in Akron instead of at the beach. He built an office nearby and came in to work during the offseason. He trained at his old high school, St. Vincent St. Mary.

Jones was with LeBron again this week when he made the decision to return. After four straight NBA Finals appearances with the Heat, it was as surprising to the rest of the world as his first decision to leave Cleveland.

But this was an easy call. It felt right.

“It was just from one end of the spectrum to the next, from the way it was in 2010,” Jones said. “He was relaxed. He was laughing. He was happy.”

The signs appeared on Market Street in downtown Akron within hours of when James’ letter posted on the Sports Illustrated website Friday morning. The Highland Theater announced, “The King Returns” on its marquee. Walgreens and his favorite burger joint, Swenson’s, wrote, “Welcome Home, LeBron.” Someone placed a homemade poster saying, “Thank you, LeBron! Akron loves you!” in front of his old high school.

Longtime Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao was in Brazil when he heard the news.

“I was telling everybody like I was a little kid who found out something he wasn’t supposed to find out,” Varejao said. “‘LeBron is coming back! LeBron is coming back!’”

Fans honked their horns as they drove by Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. Those who hadn’t burned their old No. 23 James Cavaliers jerseys four years ago dug them out of drawers and put them on again.

Nobody in these parts will ever forget the way LeBron hurt them when he left in 2010, but they started forgiving him a long time ago.

Maybe not as much in Cleveland, which celebrated him but didn’t raise him. In Akron, though, he was still family. To this day, he can walk into any store in town and not draw a crowd. He’s just LeBron, Gloria’s son, the skinny kid who bounced from apartment to apartment as a boy, sleeping on the couches of friends of his mom until finding prosperity and stability through sports.

“I’ve known LeBron since he was 8 years old,” said Vikki McGee, who works for his foundation now. “He’s been to fish fries and barbecues in my backyard. I’m just proud he’s from the 330.”

The healing started in 2011, when Akron embraced him after his meltdown in the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. While the rest of the country seemed to delight in his failure, Akron wrapped its arms around him.

“When you break up with a girl, you don’t go on the PA system of the school and say, ‘I’m going to break up with you and start going with Suzy,’” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. “But he’d done so much for this community in ways that most people don’t even realize. We had to stand behind our guy.”

Despite some public pressure to remove signs in Akron that proclaimed, “Home of LeBron James,” Plusquellic insisted they remain.

“I had people mad at me for rooting for LeBron,” Plusquellic said. “I’d go to a sports bar and it was horrible. But it’s just life and how it unfolds sometimes. He made a decision that a lot of people make. They leave their hometowns. But he had done so much, and he continued to do things for Akron. I think that was the right way for us to handle this.”

The common narrative goes something like this: In 2010, Miami Heat president Pat Riley put his five championship rings in front of James on a table, like, Come with me if you want to win some of these. In 2014, with two championship rings of his own, James met with Riley, and his stance was like, Tell me again why I still need you?

But that version suggests that the Heat had a chance to keep James. The truth is Miami was always going to be his temporary home. A place to grow, explore and test himself. Four years of sublime basketball that would change the NBA and the dynamic between owners and superstar players.

Once LeBron, Bosh and Wade demonstrated it was possible for three superstars to team up AAU style, everyone wanted to do it. Chris Paul made his way out of New Orleans to play with Blake Griffin in Los Angeles. Dwight Howard tried to join Deron Williams with the Nets, ended up in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant and then bolted for Houston to play with James Harden.

Will Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija jerseys

Will Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija jerseys be hot sellers for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Chicago baseball fans and retailers.

Baseball’s winter meetings this week brought a lot of enthusiasm back to Chicago with free agent left hander Jon Lester signing with the Cubs and the White Sox acquiring right handed starter Jeff Samardzija and closer David Robertson.

The excitement could translate into increased spending on baseball apparel.wholesale jerseys But is there enough time to get the new hopefuls’ jerseys under trees before Christmas?

The sticking point right now: Lester and Samardzija don’t have uniform numbers yet. Cellular fields are practically hyperventilating.

“The merchandise will hit the street pretty much the next day” after Lester’s number is announced, said Brad Rosen, whose Sports World Chicago is across the street from Wrigley Field’s front gate. “We’re crossing our fingers they can get us it as quickly as possible.”

Rosen said he already has placed his order pending Lester’s number and paid extra for overnight shipping from Majestic Athletic, the official licensed supplier for Major League Baseball.

Starter Jason Hammel excited about opportunity with the Cubs Mark Gonzales

A series of reunions looks promising for the Cubs’ 2015 rotation.

“I knew this was a place for me and (knew I) would have a very good opportunity,” Jason Hammel said Friday of his return after being traded in July to the A’s. “Thankfully, (Cubs President Theo Epstein) called me the first day of.

A series of reunions looks promising for the Cubs’ 2015 rotation.

“I knew this was a place for me and (knew I) would have a very good opportunity,” Jason Hammel said Friday of his return after being traded in July to the A’s. 31 throughout his career, but the Cubs previously retired it for Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins. So, while waiting for an answer, Rosen is selling a T shirt that says simply: Jon 3:16.

“We’re kind of calling him ‘The Savior’ around here,” Rosen said.

Over on the South Side, the family owned Grandstand has hawked official White Sox wares for nearly three decades. One of the owners, Stephanie Ganal, said the hype is nice right before the holidays.

Besides pre ordering from Majestic, Grandstand has an in house machine from the company so it can customize jerseys while customers wait. It takes about 15 minutes, she said.

Samardzija, who used to play across town for the Cubs, is expected to be a Sox fan favorite. He potentially could retain his No. 29 but, until it’s official, merchants are waiting. They recall past false starts after Ken Griffey Jr. and Cliff Lee trades.

“We’ve been waiting for something like this,” Ganal said. “He’s going to be a great asset to the team. It’s going to be nice to have this kind of excitement again, especially with Paulie’s (Konerko) retirement.”

Marty Maciaszek, spokesman for the Mount Prospect based National Sporting Goods Association, used the industry term “hot markets” when feverish demand is fueled by a championship or big name signing to describe what’s happening at the moment in Chicago baseball merchandising.

Rest assured, Maciaszek said, the shelves should be stocked with fresh official MLB apparel soon. Little League champs Jackie Robinson West.

“I would imagine they’re pretty happy right now,” Maciaszek said of Chicago baseball retailers.

Jim Pisani, president of Majestic Athletic in Tampa, called the timing of this week’s announcements “almost perfect.” He said Majestic is ready to start sewing jerseys and printing tees as soon as it learns the numbers. It has the product, numbers and letters lined up.

He estimated official Lester or Samardzija jerseys could be in fans’ hands within 36 hours of their respective teams announcing the players’ numbers.

“Chicago is a great baseball town,” Pisani said. “We’re excited whenever Chicago fans are excited. There’s been so much pent up fan enthusiasm we’re thrilled to see the wait (for a championship) come to an end, hopefully.”