Renters with a heart: Children with disabilities are offered free holidays throughout our beautiful country

first_imgA great tourist story that definitely restores faith in people. Namely, the group “Renters with a heart” was founded on Facebook, in which members give their accommodation free of charge to families of children with disabilities.The story began when Vjera Matulić from Postira on Brač founded a FB group with the aim of encouraging private accommodation renters across Croatia to offer their apartments for free to children with developmental problems for a few days, and in just a few days the group gathered over 2.000 members.The main goal of the group is to motivate the hosts in the family accommodation to set aside a few days to help children with developmental problems. “A few days in the summer we can all do it, no one will be impoverished, and we can afford a moment of peace and rest from worries for a needy family with sick children. The only rule is tolerance and a peaceful agreement, belittling anyone, will not be tolerated. Let’s show and prove that not everything is in sholds ” writes in the description of the group Renters with a heart.Each of the hosts in the family accommodation has a hole of a few days in the season, and we hereby invite you to join this commendable action to provide free accommodation to families with children with disabilities and provide them with free holidays.It costs you nothing, and you get a lot. Rather, not in money, but in love, and that is the most valuable thing. Good always comes back to good.You can join the Landlord Group with a heart herelast_img read more

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Set target to fight skills gap

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Zambia crackdown on sex dolls provokes fierce rights debate

first_imgThierry Reverdi, owner of the Dreamdoll company, adjusts the sunglasses of a silicone dream doll at their workshop in Duppigheim near Strasbourg, December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerNo one sells them openly, no one admits to owning one, and no one has been arrested — but Zambia is waging a fierce campaign against sex dolls.The government launched the crackdown on the sex toys last month, threatening offenders with heavy jail terms over the dolls which, it says, are “very unnatural”.The action has propelled the issue of sex dolls to the top of the news agenda and made them a hot topic of conversation and debate on social media, dividing opinion in the largely conservative southern African country.“Being a Christian nation, obviously we are anchored in Christian principles and one of the values is morality and ethics,” Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili told AFP.Selling or using a sex doll is against Zambian law, she said, vowing to ensure they are not bought on the internet and imported.“The use of sex dolls is definitely in contradiction to our natural heritage and our principles,” Sumaili added.“The law actually forbids anybody to trade (in) and to use such objects — and so this is why we are saying for Zambians that this is a very unnatural thing.”‘A lifeless object’The minister said the ban was necessary after media reports emerged of sex dolls being imported into Zambia, apparently from Asia. Police are investigating, she added.In recent months, Zambia’s independent and semi-official press have devoted many column inches to reports of sex shops popping up around the capital Lusaka selling sex dolls, as well as chronicling the backlash.“God created man and woman for sexual satisfaction — but for a man or woman to use a lifeless object is immoral,” Sumaili said.“Let’s not import foreign beliefs and experiences. Let us just believe in what we are.”‘Help combat AIDS’The manufacture of sex dolls has become increasingly sophisticated, with China developing custom-made “smart” dolls that can talk, play music and turn on dishwashers.Sex dolls’ inventors say they can cure loneliness and help elderly men who lack female companionship.In Zambia, the dolls made of silicone were reportedly in a variety of shapes and shades, but an AFP reporter failed to find any shops selling them.The Patriots for Economic Progress (PEP) — a fringe liberal party in Zambia — claims the government’s attitude to sex dolls reflects its increasingly authoritarian tendencies under President Edgar Lungu.“The argument that the Bible does not allow the use of any objects is wrong,” said PEP party chief Sean Tembo.“The same Bible encourages free will and it will be wrong to send someone to prison for choosing to use sex dolls. Some men have low self-esteem and cannot propose love.”Tembo said sex dolls could even tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS — in a country with a 12.4 percent adult infection rate.“Men can use sex dolls and this will help reduce the cases of AIDS,” he said, contesting the minister’s claim they were illegal.“There is no law that bans the importation or use of sex dolls and there is no law that criminalises masturbation. The use of sex dolls will be in private, in one’s bedroom and not in a public place.”Privacy violation?Zambia is a largely conservative nation, where homosexuality is illegal and anyone in an intimate same-sex relationship faces up to 14 years in jail.Officials say that sex dolls fall under a constitutional law against making, owning, importing, selling or displaying “obscene matters or things” — punishable with a maximum prison term of five years.No shops openly sell them in Zambia, though they are available from international internet suppliers.The state-owned Zambia Daily Mail reported Sumaili’s campaign under the headline “No toying with sex dolls”, and later ran a feature on how the policy was a constant talking point on public minibuses.“I would order a sex doll without hesitation,” the newspaper quoted one unidentified male passenger as saying.“I am assured of a disease-free relationship because a sex doll will not cheat on me. They are not materialistic and will forever remain faithful.“Government is now violating our privacy as citizens,” he said.Lusaka resident, Jane Kaluba, 25, told AFP that sex dolls were a test of how best to balance morality with individual rights.“I don’t support the use of sex dolls but I still feel that one should be free to choose what one wants,” she said.last_img read more

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3rd Mutual Benefits National Badminton C/ship: Adesokan, Opeyori Emerge Champions

first_imgThe curtains were drawn on the 3rd Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship at the Mutual Benefit / Police College Badminton Complex in the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday, 12 October 2019.The first Final in the Women’s Doubles event produced a brand new set of winners with Kwara State’s duo of Zainab Damilola Alabi and Sofiyat Arinola Obanishola outclassing Ogun State’s pair of Nigeria and Africa’s number one Women’s Singles player, Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan and her partner, Asisat Ogunkanbi to take home the gold medal.The Mixed Doubles event further confirmed the ratings of current Nigeria number one ranked pair and real-life married couple Eneojo Joseph Abah and wife, Peace who pipped FCT’s pair of Yunusa Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu 2-0 to add to their collection of Mixed Doubles gold medals.Women’s singles champion Dorcas Adesokan; Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Chairman, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi; BFN President Francis Orbih Esq.; Men’s singles champion Anuoluwapo OpeyoriThe Men’s Singles event saw a reversal in outcomes from last year’s 2nd Edition’s as Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked male singles player, Anuoluwapo Opeyori defeated his fiercest rival and fellow Lagosian, Godwin Olufua who’s ranked number two in Nigeria and three in Africa.The Men’s Doubles Finals saw Nigeria’s and Africa’s number one ranked pair Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua of Lagos State win 2-1 over Eneojo Joseph Abah (Rivers) and Isaac Murphy Minaphee (Taraba) to retain their gold from last year.In the Women’s Singles event, the reigning Queen of African Badminton, Nigeria’s and Africa’s number one, Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan of Ogun State maintained her stranglehold on the title she’s held from the tournament’s inception be dispatching Ruth Chinenye Ibere of Katsina State in the final.Speaking at the end of the tournament, the Chairman of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, the sponsors of the event, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi congratulated all the athletes in attendance, and the Board of the BFN under the able leadership of Francis Orbih, Esq., for it’s “hard work, resilience and consistency.”Delivering his speech, the President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih, Esq., expressed his board’s gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors of the event, especially the Chairman of the Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc for keeping to their word of making the event an annual one.Awards of recognition and appreciation were given out.RelatedBadminton Nigeria wins Zambia InternationalDecember 4, 2018In “Nigeria”National Badminton Championship Ready To Serve OffNovember 12, 2018In “AFCON Insider”Badminton: Olympics Qualification Top Priority As BFN Unveils 2020 ProgrammeJanuary 9, 2020In “Badminton”last_img read more

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Milner bounces back to win Hua Hin title

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, March 17, Imperial Lake View A & B – Stableford56 players and friends made the trip for the 3rd Hua Hin H’Cap, organised by the Outback Golf Bar.  Many of the guys who travelled up from Aus had been on an Outback Tour before and it was very like an old friends’ reunion and it was great to see the camaraderie amongst all from Pattaya and Aus alike. The format was the same as ever, three tournament rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Wednesday being an optional day for golf.  The chosen courses this year:- Round 1 on A & B at Imperial LakeView; Round 2 at the renowned Black Mountain and the Final Round at the fantastic Banyan course.(From left): Greg LeBlanc, Rod Crosswell, Bruce Milner, Keith Buchanan & Steve Mann. We had played Imperial for the first time when we came here last August; it’s an old style somewhat colonial style course bearing remarkable similarities in style to Springfield and I would guess from the same era.  It was OK in the wet season but regrettably the long dry season this year had turned the course very brown and hard; giving way to very tight baldish lies.  The greens were ok but tricky to putt on but overall there were a number of negative comments about the course.It won’t be on the August schedule and there will be a number of others (golf courses) we will try before or if we return here. Their hospitality here however was great and I thank the Manager for everything he did for us.Bruce Milner was the overall winner with 109 points.The scoring was about right in spite of the course comments with the top score being 38pts; two players achieved that – Bob Pearce, winner of Div C and Ed Turner, the runner-up on count back also in Div C.Greg LeBlanc won the D Division with 37 and Kissy Div A with 36.  Div B was a lot closer with four players all tied up on 35pts and it was left again the c/b to sort them all out into order with Tony McDonough heading them from Rod Crosswell, Anton Rowbottam and Barry Copestake with their respective back nines looking like this: 20, 17, 17, 13 and Rod beating Anton on the last six, 12 to 8.Nigel Cannon kindly sponsored four near pins in honour of his birthday and they were won by Bruce Lamont (4th), Brian Maddox (8th), Tony McDonough (14th) and Tim Knight (17th).There were three ‘2’s from Jason Gale (8th), Tony McDonough (14th) and Dino Binlusimoen (17th).Div A (0-14)1st Keith Buchanan (13) 36pts2nd Stephen Mann (10) 34pts3rd Mark Rossiter (12) 34pts4th Rob Guthrie (10) 32ptsDiv B (15-17)1st Tony McDonough (17) 35pts2nd Rod Crosswell (15) 35pts3rd Anton Rowbottam (16) 35pts4th Barry Copestake (15) 35ptsDiv C (18-23)1st Bob Pearce (22) 38pts2nd Ed Turner (21) 38pts3rd Howard Marson (19) 36pts4th Paul Lavender (18) 34ptsDiv D (24+)1st Greg LeBlanc (24) 37pts2nd Dino Binlusimoen (24) 34pts3rd Barney Clarkson (26) 34pts4th Andy Makara (25) 33ptsTuesday, March 18, Black Mountain – StablefordOn our previous high season tours to Hua Hin, Black Mountain has been omitted due to the high green fees but what a mistake that was, which this year, by popular demand was corrected.  This is a fabulous course and it can truly lay claim to being in the top 100 courses in the world.  It was in wonderful condition and is a “must-play” course, when one visits Hua Hin.  Perhaps not exactly everyone’s cup of tea but certainly most of our 56 players would love to come back.Dino chips back to the 18th at Black Mountain.Check in at the pro-shop went smoothly and we teed off on time, the carts were very reasonably priced also at 600 baht and believe it or not, unlike Pattaya courses, the trend here is to allow walkers!Bruce Milner was not happy with Imperial Lake View on Monday but he certainly put that behind him and made up for that today, recording the best score of the day (40pts) to win Div A by three from one of last year’s finalists, Murray Hart (37) and the Mann who is always in the shake up and also one of last year’s finalists, Steve, one further back on 36, beating Kissy on count back.Div B went to the very steady Kim Stokes with a great 39pts from Martin Kingswood (37) and Tony McDonough (36), following up Monday’s excellent round.  Fourth place went to Rod Crosswell.Personally, I don’t think that playing the blue tees contributed to the lower scores in Div C & D but they (the scores) were markedly down with both divisions being won with just 33pts.  Greg Hill took the C Div on c/b from another of last year’s finalists, Howard Marson, with Paul Lavender grabbing third on c/b from Bob Pearce, who was slightly disappointed with his 32 but it was just enough to earn him fourth place.Div D was won again by Greg LeBlanc (33pts) following up his win Monday from one of the new Aussie visitors, Dennis Toal with 31, and Nigel Cannon (30) and welcome back to Geoff Treloar who took the fourth place, also with 30.There were eight ‘2’s from Murray Hart, Johannes Murken & Tony Aslett (3rd), Keith Buchanan, Greg Hill & Barney Clarkson (8th), and Rob Guthrie & Roger Ellis on the 11th.Div A (0-14)1st Bruce Milner (14) 40pts2nd Murray Hart (14) 37pts3rd Stephen Mann (10) 36pts4th Keith Buchanan (13) 36ptsDiv B (15-17)1st Kim Stokes (16) 39pts2nd Martin Kingswood (15) 37pts3rd Tony McDonough (17) 36pts4th Rod Crosswell (15) 34ptsDiv C (18-23)1st Greg Hill (18) 33pts2nd Howard Marson (19) 33pts3rd Paul Lavender (18) 32pts4th Bob Pearce (22) 32ptsDiv D (24+)1st Greg LeBlanc (24) 33pts2nd Dennis Toal (26) 31pts3rd Nigel Cannon (27) 30pts4th Geoff Treloar (28) 30ptsThursday, March 20, Banyan G.C. – StablefordAfter Wednesday’s rest day we had a slightly earlier tee time of 9.30 for the start at Banyan which I have to say was not its usual smooth welcoming operation with the golf bags just being dumped on the floor when we arrived rather than being sorted into carts in an orderly manner.The course however is another class act – beautiful fairways and massive sloping greens, which were made much harder than usual today as they seemed to lack pace making it very difficult to get the ball to the hole – even when putting downhill or with the grain.Two of the four par 3’s are particularly tricky – long uphill hits with many taking a driver on the 17th which surprisingly gave up two birdies (to Mark Rossiter and Rod Crosswell).  Neil Lavery got the only ‘2’ on the 4th (the first of the long uphill par 3’s) with the other two ‘2’s of the day both coming on the short 2nd hole from Eddy Beilby & Reg Williams.Rod Crosswell kindly sponsored the near pins with a bottle of whisky going to each of the winners, who were Reg Williams (2nd), Peter Eriksen (4th), Geoff Treloar (15th) and Barney Clarkson (17th).The course played quite short and as a result the scoring was relatively high with both Suzi and Jack, playing in the first group out, both scoring 40pts each.  Jack won his division (Div C), beating Eddy Beilby on c/b and Suzi came second in Div D after Barney Clarkson posted the day’s best score of 43pts to win that division.Bruce Milner followed up his win at Black Mountain with another here, scoring 39pts and the Div A title from Maurice Copan (38) and Mark Rossiter & Neil Lavery both with 37.The presentation for the all the days was held at Banyan and General Jack congratulated everybody for turning up on time for their tee times which always contributes to the smooth running of a tournament of this size.  He also spoke of the Songkhran tournament which will be staged in Pattaya as the Outback are not going on tour this time – The 3 day tournament is likely to be held at Burapha (Mon 14th April), Khao Kheow or Bangpra (Weds 16th April) and Laem Chabang (Thurs 17th April).Although Bruce Milner had a poor start after only 30pts at Imperial Lake View, he picked up 79pts at Black Mountain and Banyan to win the overall by two on 109pts from Keith Buchanan on 107.  Steve Mann was in equal third with Rod Croswell and Greg LeBlanc, all with 106pts, and Barney’s 43pt final round boosted him from 17th place to a tie for 6th.Div A (0-14)1st Bruce Milner (14) 39pts2nd Maurice Copan (14) 38pts3rd Mark Rossiter (12) 37pts4th Neil Lavery (12) 37ptsDiv B (15-17)1st Rosco Langoulant (17) 39pts2nd Rod Crosswell (15) 37pts3rd Martin Kingswood (15) 37pts4th John Lawton (17) 35ptsDiv C (18-23)1st Jack Moseley (20) 40pts2nd Eddy Beilby (18) 40pts3rd Ed Turner (21) 35pts4th Brian Maddox (23) 34ptsDiv D (24+)1st Barney Clarkson (26) 43pts2nd Suzi Lawton (28) 40pts3rd Reg Williams (25) 39pts4th Bruce McAdam (27) 37ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.last_img read more

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Where is Tom Herrington?

first_imgThen a phone call from the bus. They were waiting for one more passenger, but no-one had realized that group 7 was still on the course. They had dropped behind and were caught in the rain, so took shelter. As they were ready to go they called a group from another society to play through so, consequently, finished much later than the rest.Those waiting in the bus were asking “where is Tom Herrington?” At last he boarded and they were on their way.Next up we travel to Bangpakong which is in a different province, so perhaps have different weather gods. We will make the same request about the rain and cross fingers we have the same result.Counting down the days to return to competition golf, not too many more to wait, hopefully. The, now routine, health check-in at Greenwood Golf Club was simple and easy as was the service at the green fees counter, and then to the locker rooms. Yes, happily, they are open, but no showers, of course.Our 27 golfers gathered at the marshaling area to be told that we would have a two tee start, even though we only had seven groups, but it is always welcome. All groups got away a little earlier than scheduled.Before the forced layoff this course was always presented in great condition, so it is a credit to the ground staff and management that, after so long, they were able to give us that same standard today.Promoted ContentbrainberriesThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Thembrainberriesbrainberries Fairways were well grassed and nicely mown and the greens running truly and at pace, just how we like them.Since our washout at Laem Chabang earlier in the week we asked the weather gods if we could have lots of rain, but after we finished play. This was granted at Pattavia and, as the last group exited the eighteenth that day, the heavens opened.We asked the gods for the same today and, once again, it was granted. The sky grew darker as all groups finished and headed off to return to Pattaya, since there are no showers.The rain tumbled down as we drove on the motorway. Loading…Sponsored ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Promoted Content10 Incredibly Looking Albino AnimalsbrainberriesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldbrainberries10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldbrainberriesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?brainberriesFake brand-name goods worth over 100 million baht seized in Bangkok – Patt…13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootbrainberriesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericalbrainberries7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandbrainberriesThailand focuses on Vietnamese second spread of COVID-19 cases – Pattaya M…5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksbrainberriesThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?brainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThembrainberriesAll quarantines in Thailand apply same rules for both Thai and foreign arr…7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniversebrainberriesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombsbrainberries Phil phoned, “Where are you, it’s five to nine?” A mumbling of some unprintable words and a sound of “on my way.”We are not sure what shortcut he took on the motorbike from Soi 12 to Links, but he arrived in time to jump in the bus. Pattaya Sports Club Links Golf SocietyFri May 15 Greenwood A+B StablefordEveryone was at Links and in receipt of their 550 baht green fee voucher. Those in cars loaded up or had already left, and the bus was due to leave at 9.00 am. Everyone was there, that is, except Tom.last_img read more

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The big test awaits Pakenham

first_imgSOUTH EAST WOMEN’S REVIEW – ROUND 14 DIVISION ONE Cranbourne and Seaford will meet for the second time in a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Club to get new home under land plan

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON EMERALD Netball Club will have a new $3.2 million home at Pepi’s Land after Cardinia Shire Council…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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