January 19, 2020
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first_imgThe House of Representatives last Thursday once again proved that they strongly believe the people elected them not to seek the people’s interest but that of themselves—the House members. But who is to blame but the PEOPLE themselves, the ELECTORATE, who put in power these people, so many of whom are a greedy, selfish, in-compassionate, inhumane and uncaring bunch of people?      These are desperate times in Liberia, when the Liberian government itself faces serious economic and financial difficulties, triggering the budget shortfall and the drastic decline of the Liberian dollar.If the people’s government can’t make ends meet, what about the ordinary people?  They are feeling not the pinch but the bite and the blight (affliction, scar) of their government’s pain.   Liberians are today experiencing the worst financial crisis in recent times.  They have never suffered so much economic hardship since the restoration of democratic governance.  It is so bad that the government says it has difficulty finding money to pay even the media, on which government depends to relate to the people.All the essential costs have escalated—food; transport; fuel; water; and education because all educational institutions say they, too, are seriously affected by the current economic downturn. But worse yet, just think of our poor people in the interior, who can hardly afford one good meal a day because the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is severe food insecurity in  Liberia, due to the failure of our agriculture over the past several years.  Even the nation’s leading breadbaskets, Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties, are facing food insecurity.  Liberians, despite their fertile land and abundant rainfall EVERYWHERE, are STARVING. And remember the tens of thousands of our youth, from age six up, not in school, but selling candy, towels and rat poison on the streets as breadwinners for their impoverished families.This is the time Members of the House of Representatives  have chosen to pass a law giving what our Legislative Correspondent Keith Morris has called “a fabulous” pension package for the leaders in ALL branches of government, who are already among the best paid people in the country!  The bill seeks to award the President, Vice President, the Legislators themselves and members of the Supreme “50% of their salaries and 25% of their benefits monthly for life upon their retirement—and much more!  And when such officials die, these benefits will extend to their spouses and children, for life!The House could not have chosen a worse time to pass this heartless, unconscionable,   unscrupulous bill, which clearly portrays its members as totally insensitive to the suffering of the Liberian people.  All these lawmakers ALWAYS think about is THEMSELVES.Worse yet, just think about WHO some of these House members are.  You have the likes of Edwin Snowe, who presented the bill to the House.  Has the public forgotten who Edwin Snowe really is?  Does the public remember Representative Edward Forh of District No. 16 in Montserrado County who was caught in the Social Development Fund  scandal?  It was he whom Montserrado Superintendent Grace Kpaan recorded on tape suggesting that she share between himself, herself and then Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson US$400,000 from Montserrado’s Social Development Funds.   “You eat, I eat and the MIA Minister eat,” he told Supt. Kpaan, in a blatant attempt to cheat Montserrado people of money intended for county development.There is also Rep. Thomas Fallah of District No. 5, who diverted SDF money to his personal use.The House got angry with Superintendent Kpaan for exposing their members in their corruption, and did not rest until the President unceremoniously removed her from office.Is it surprising, then, that these are the likes of the House members who passed that bill  endowing themselves so lavishly and saying to hell with the Liberian impoverished masses?We urge the Senate to reject that bill; but if this body, which also has been known to have often acted selfishly in the past, passes it, too, we call on the President to veto the  pension bill.   The Liberian economy simply cannot afford it.  It would be a slap in the face of Liberia’s suffering masses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img– as joint communiqué issued 1 day after high-level meetingBoth Government and the Opposition have expressed willingness to meet again to ensure the management of various issues facing the nation.This is according to the communiqué put together by both parties and issued to the press by way of email on Thursday, following a high-level meeting which took place on Wednesday.Although late by one day, the statement is seen as a historic move on the way forward from President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.It said, “The parties met in an atmosphere of cordiality and iterated their emphatic commitment to work on all and any matters relating to the preservation and protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana; irrespective of any domestic political issues.”According to the joint statement, the parties recognised the high importance of continuous engagements between the Government and Opposition, the importance they hold for the national interest and the elevated public expectation.Further, it said Jagdeo reiterated his position that the “No-confidence Motion” was validly passed and therefore there must be compliance with Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.He further stated that the timeframes prescribed by the two provisions of the Constitution must be rigidly observed, notwithstanding the pendency of the legal proceedings.The statement referred to Jagdeo statement in which he said that Parliament must be dissolved unless otherwise agreed upon in accordance with Article 106 (7) of the Constitution.“Leader of the Opposition contended that while the Government remains in office in accordance with Articles 106 (7) of the Constitution, its functions must be confined to the provision of essential services of the State and to matters in relation to preparation for elections.”In addition, the communiqué highlighted that Jagdeo emphasised that the National Assembly should only meet to deal with issues connected with the provision of essential services by the State and all matters related to the preparation of General and Regional Elections.Meanwhile, it said the President emphasised that Government is legal and that it must govern without any limitations on its authority. Granger said too that there is no provision in the Constitution which imposes limitation on the Government to perform its lawful functions.“The President indicated that the Government and the Opposition, by agreement in the National Assembly, can enlarge the time beyond the 90 days contemplated by Article 106 (7) of the Constitution. The President further stated that it is lawful for the Government to engage the court, to bring clarity to the provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution. Pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings, Parliament remains functional,” it added.In ending, it stated that both sides are committed to work towards the expeditious conclusion of the matters engaging the attention of the court. It also confirmed that the parties identified Ally and Teixeira to enquire into the readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission.last_img read more

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first_img“In March we’re going to do a trial with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes,” the 31-year-old world record holder told the Sunday Express.“If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.“It makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it.”Bolt shares the same sponsor — Puma — as Dortmund and the trial with the Bundesliga team has been arranged by the sportswear company.“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard,” said Bolt.“I’ve spoken to (former United manager) Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt shares the same sponsor — Puma — as Dortmund and the trial with the Bundesliga team has been arranged by the sportswear company © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVPARIS, France, Jan 8 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt said Sunday that he hopes to still see his dream of becoming a professional footballer come true when he undergoes a trial at German top-flight club Borussia Dortmund.However, the multiple Olympic and world champion admitted that he would prefer to play for Manchester United, his favourite team.last_img read more

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first_img“They represent the very best of the best,” Robles said. “We’re so proud to honor each of them.” Long, 36, who teaches a fourth grade/fifth grade combination class at Carmela Elementary School, said the ceremonymade him “feel like I won the Oscar. “You know, I was telling my partner-teacher the other day that we all just steal each other’s ideas, but then only one person gets the credit,” said Long, who’s been teaching for nine years. “So I’m thrilled to have made it to this level, and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed” for the state contest. Perencevic, 53, said she’s known for some time that this honor was coming – but after the TOY ceremony, “it finally, kind of, feels real right now. Two Whittier-area teachers were among 16 educators named Friday as the “best of the best” in Los Angeles County public schools, and will now compete for top honors in the California Teacher of the Year competition later this year. Michael Allen Long of the South Whittier School District, and Robin Perencevic of the Little Lake City School District had already been named Teacher of the Year at their respective districts in the spring. But on Friday, they made the “Sweet 16” list of 2007-08 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year, besting 48 other candidates who had also been given top honors at their districts. “These 16 teachers have been judged by their peers as shining examples of this shining profession,” County Superintendent of Schools Darline P. Robles said about the winners, who also each received a $1,000 honorarium at a ceremony in Los Angeles. “I’m just flying at the moment because of the excitement, the energy and the inspiration from the ceremony,” said Perencevic, who teaches at Lakeview Elementary School in Santa Fe Springs. “I have a young class of pre-kindergartners with autism. It’s a rather specialty assignment that isn’t something you necessarily put out there as a frontrunner for Teacher of the Year,” she said. “But that’s what makes this more special,” Perencevic said. “What we do in special education is part of the educational system, and I’m happy to represent them.” Now in its 26th year, the county TOY competition is the largest in the state. State officials are expected to announce five co-winners for California Teacher of the Year in November, only one will advance to the national competition. “Obviously, we’re extremely proud of Robin,” said Little Lake Superintendent Phil Perez. “I’m not surprised, however, because of the excellence she demonstrates in her classroom every day.” Rosa Pope, Long’s former principal at Carmela Elementary, said she always knew Long could be state Teacher of the Year. “But even if he doesn’t go all the way, I’ll always think he’s No. 1.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img1 Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has abandoned plans to appoint Nebojsa Vignjevic as the Championship club’s new manager.Vignjevic was all set to be unveiled by the Addicks on Thursday following their decision to end interim boss Karel Fraeye’s miserable three-month reign.The Serbian is currently in charge of Ujpest, the Hungarian club also owned by the Duchatelet family.But Ujpest have now confirmed Vignjevic is staying put after Duchatelet backtracked on his decision to appoint another unknown foreign boss amid fears of a huge fans’ backlash.The billionaire Belgian businessman has employed five different managers since he took over Charlton in January 2014, all from within his network of clubs across Europe.None of those appointed have lasted long and the latest – Fraeye – has left the Addicks deep in relegation trouble after a run of nine games without a win.Supporters have been left dismayed by Duchatelet and chief executive Katrien Meire’s running of the club and staged a huge protest earlier this month outside The Valley boardroom.Duchatelet, who has only been seen at The Valley once since completing his takeover, was warned by club figures he risked increasing supporter unrest by bringing in Vignjevic.That forced him into a rethink and talkSPORT understands he is now looking to bring in a boss with experience of British football to try and appease supporters and rescue the club’s season. Roland Duchatelet last_img read more

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first_img The cast of “Brokeback Mountain” earned the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations of any film Thursday, with Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all receiving individual nods, as well as an ensemble nomination honoring the film’s entire cast. Competing against “Brokeback” for best ensemble, and in some individual categories, are the casts of “Capote,” “Crash,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Hustle & Flow.” Ledger’s nomination for lead actor was his first while Gyllenhaal was nominated in the supporting actor category. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Ledger will compete in a tough field against “Cinderella Man” star Russell Crowe, a seven-time nominee and former winner; Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played the title role in “Capote” and earned his sixth SAG nod; “Walk the Line” star Joaquin Phoenix, whose third nomination came for playing country music legend Johnny Cash; and David Strathairn, nominated for his portrayal of Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Meanwhile, Felicity Huffman was anything but desperate, as the star of “Desperate Housewives” earned three SAG nods – the most of any actor – for her part in the hit ABC show and for her big-screen turn in “Transamerica.” Huffman was the only star of “Housewives” to earn an individual nomination, although the entire cast was nominated in the best comedy ensemble category. Competing against Huffman in the motion picture category will be nine-time SAG nominee and two-time winner Judi Dench (“Mrs. Henderson Presents”), 2004 winner in this category; Charlize Theron (“North Country”); and first-time nominees Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha”). Performances from independent films dominated the nominations, which included a supporting actress nod for first-time nominee Amy Adams in the little-seen “Junebug.” “More than any other award, this feels really personal to your work because it is other actors and people who really pay attention to performance who are less swayed by studios or budgets,” Adams said. “I’m just extremely flattered.” Get all the latest award nominations coverage. More » center_img In the television categories, “Boston Legal” and the miniseries “Empire Falls” received the most nominations, with four each. The cast of “Legal” was nominated in the comedy series ensemble category while James Spader, William Shatner and Candace Bergen earned individual nominations. Acting legends Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward received nods for outstanding male and female actor in a television movie or miniseries for their roles in “Empire” as did their co-stars Ed Harris and Robin Wright Penn. Among those competing against Woodward and Penn will be S. Epatha Merkerson, nominated for her Emmy-winning role in “Lackawanna Blues.” “At 53, this is a great thing to happen,” a joyful Merkerson said. “I’m loving it. I’ve been kicking the boards a long time and for this to happen now is very sweet.” Merkerson added that should she win, she will hold her speech in her hand. At the Emmys last fall, she had placed the speech down the front of her dress, but as she made her way to the stage, it slipped down so far that she could not retrieve it, in one of the evening’s comic highlights. “I learned my lesson,” she said, laughing. Alan Alda, nominated for Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards in 2005, added a SAG nod to his list of recent accomplishments for his role as a presidential candidate on “The West Wing.” “When the actors started giving out awards, I wasn’t sure it was such a good idea, but now I think it’s a great idea,” Alda said. “I’m always surprised and delighted to be nominated. I had the chance this year to have the amazing experience of doing the live debate, and that was an extraordinary event.” Kyra Sedgwick, star of TNT’s “The Closer,” had two reasons to celebrate Thursday. Not only did she nab her first SAG nomination for outstanding female actor in a drama series, she also received a second nod for outstanding acting ensemble along with the rest of the cast of one of cable television’s biggest hits. “It’s just amazing, just an amazing thing,” said a breathless Sedgwick, who wasn’t aware SAG nominations were to be announced. “I was not looking to do a TV show, but it’s just been like this gigantic gift that keeps giving. It has inspired me so much.” Sedgwick is competing in a tough category that also includes current Emmy winner Patricia Arquette (“Medium”), Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief”), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”). Arquette was ecstatic at the news of her nomination. “I’m a fourth-generation actor and my whole life has been surrounded by actors,” Arquette said. “This is like really my people, the people who understand how it works, when it’s difficult, and the process of television. I love actors and I love acting.” The ABC Sunday night hit “Grey’s Anatomy” earned three nods overall, including best ensemble cast and individual nominations for Patrick Dempsey and Oh. “We’re very proud and very excited. I think Patrick and Sandra are really pulling it home for us,” said “Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, who was on hand early Thursday morning along with Benjamin Bratt and SAG President Alan Rosenberg to announce the nominations. The 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center and will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. -Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758, greg.hernandez@dailynews.com SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS What: Presentation of the 12th annual awards, live from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Where: TNT and TBS. When: 8 p.m. Jan. 29.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgDD HEALTH: A new Irish-designed patch that monitors sun exposure is to be widely available this summer and it’s hoped it will help in the fight against skin cancer.The “My UV Patch” from La Roche-Posay, one of L’Oréal Group’s skin-care brands, contains photosensitive dyes that work with all skin tones, changing colour when exposed to UV rays to indicate varying levels of sun exposure.In a recent study carried out by La Roche-Posay and the Irish Cancer Society it was found that 44% of adults only wear sunscreen in Ireland during the summer months with 37% only wearing it when the weather reaches over 20 degrees.And, 12% admit to not wearing sunscreen at all in Ireland due to a belief that they don’t need it because of our weather. The My UV Patch is an easy-to-use transparent adhesive strip that you stick to your skin. It can be worn for up to five days and will be distributed from dermatologists and GPs.The patch is simply applied to whatever area of the skin you want to monitor. Then you take a photo of the patch on your smartphone and upload it onto the La Roche-Posay My UV Patch mobile app.Kevin O’ Hagan, from the Irish Cancer Society said: “It represents a step forward in raising people’s awareness of the dangers of UV exposure and the importance of sun protection.It’s important to note that Ireland has the highest recorded incidences of non-melanoma skin cancer and the particular problem is about 75% of the population have fair skin types”.It was designed by the Irish company PCH International, which specialises in manufacturing products, and was manufactured by L’Oreal Global Technology Incubator. La Roche-Posay is bringing the patch to market. The patch is due to be available in Ireland from July onwards and will be distributed with advice, free of charge, from top dermatologists and GPs.Register for your patch at www.laroche-posay.ieNEW SUN PROTECTION PATCH TO HELP IN BATTLE AGAINST SKIN CANCER was last modified: June 6th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily healthIrish Cancer SocietyMy UV Patchskin cancerlast_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny Youth Information Centre will be providing a Leaving Cert results phone helpline for those receiving results in the coming weeks.Staff at the centre will be available on August 15th and the following days from 10am-6pm daily for young people and parents to bring along any queries that may arise following students receiving their results.The Youth Information Centre, which is managed by the Donegal Youth Service, will be able to give young people details on how to calculate points, how to go about having papers re-checked, how to go about accepting an offer from your college, or how to access other training courses. Youth Information Officer, Martin Keeney, says the important thing is to take time to decide what you want to do.“If you don’t get the results you want it is not the end of the world. You could repeat, take on a Post Leaving Certificate course, access other courses or find a career path through a state training agency. We have information available on all these options so feel free to come in and have a talk to one of the staff or phone us in the centre.”A 65-page booklet produced by the Roscommon Youth Information Centre, entitled “Flying the Coop”, is also currently available through the Youth Information Centre, which is full of advice on areas including tenants rights, health, finances and useful contacts and advice for those going on to study in the Republic of Ireland., Northern Ireland or the UK.The Youth Information Centre will also be holding a Flying the Coop workshop on August 23rd in Letterkenny YIC at 7pm for young people and parents of those who will be leaving home for the first time, with advice on managing finances, tenants rights, how to make the most of college and how to stay safe. The phone number to call for the Leaving Cert results helpline is 07491-29640. The Youth Information Centre is located at 16-18 Port Road or you can even email your query to yicletterkenny@donegalyouthservice.ie. LETTERKENNY YOUTH INFO SERVICE TO PROVIDE LEAVING CERT HELPLINE was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Leaving certLetterkenny Youth Information Serviceslast_img read more

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first_imgRyan Tubridy has faced backlash after making a joke about Seamus Coleman’s leg break on the Late Late Show.Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman suffered a painful leg break last March during the World Cup qualifier last March against Wales. After a long 10-month recovery, Killybegs native Coleman was back on the pitch in the Everton colours in a Premier League clash against Leicester City just three weeks ago.On the Late Late Show, Tubridy was discussing the annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) awards, which also took place on Friday. During the segment, a selection of the most iconic photographs of 2017 was shown as PPAI President Robbie Reynolds gave the audience a background of each photograph.A picture of Coleman’s mangled leg was shown on the screen.Tubridy commented: “If you look closely at this image ladies and gentlemen, you will see a foot where a foot should not be.”The audience gasped as the camera zoomed in for a closer look at the shocking injury. Reynolds said: “I can hear an ‘oh’ from the audience, I felt the same way when I saw it first… it’s hard to watch.”Turbidy then commented: “Bend it like Beckham… thankfully Seamus is back in action playing two-and-a-half weeks ago for Everton.”Only a couple of members of the audience chuckled at the joke before Tubridy moved on to the next photograph.Viewers vented their disgust on Twitter, with one commenting: ‘Bend it like Beckham’ when looking at a pic of Seamie Coleman’s broken leg is a bit tasteless by Tubridy.”“‘Bend it like Beckham’… Ryan is such a sensitive soul,” another tweeted. Other viewers said that it was “bad enough” to show the graphic picture without warning, without then making light of the crippling injury Coleman sustained.Another tweeted: “Shocking and distasteful of The Late Late Show to celebrate the photo of Seamus Coleman horror tackle last year! Best wishes to him resurrecting his career!”Tubridy faces backlash after making joke about Seamus Coleman’s horror leg break was last modified: February 20th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:evertonjokeleg breakRyan Tubridyseamus colemanlast_img read more

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first_img1 December 2010 Ntombi Zondi* of Pimville, Soweto always gets mixed emotions on World Aids Day. Ten years ago to the day, she tested positive for HIV. She speaks about her journey since then, and her belief that HIV/Aids is not a death sentence but an opportunity to create a better life. Ntombi Zondi (*not her real name), a mother of two HIV-negative children, is one of millions of South Africans living with the virus. Speaking to BuaNews at an event to mark World Aids Day on Wednesday, the 36-year-old said she would probably be dead by now if she had not started taking anti-retroviral drugs.Finding out “My decision to test for HIV had little to do with me being sick or suspecting that I had HIV. It was World Aids Day and I was curious to know my status,” says Ntombi, whose red eyes speak of deep emotion. She was 26 at the time and pregnant with her first child. Reliving the day she was tested, Ntombi takes a long pause. “I was in shock. All I could think about was how can this happen to me and why. I was in denial. I was still young and my future was bright.” Soon after testing positive, she started drinking almost every day to hide the pain and the embarrassment. “At that moment, I didn’t care about the baby. But after a while, I started losing weight fast, then I start hearing about people around my age group dying of Aids, and I started freaking out. “I said to myself, I want to live as long as I can. I decided I’m not going to let this kill me. So I started going to the clinic. “I take my treatment (ARVs) every day and I’m looking forward to a longer life. I’m 36 years old now. It was 10 years ago when I [tested positive]. Look at me, I’m still here.”Doing something about it Ntombi says she also owes her longevity to the positive mind-set she adopted after attending counselling sessions, and the support she got from friends and family. “I told myself I am going to hold my head up high and do something positive about it.” She now juggles her part-time jobs with that of being a counsellor for people living with HIV/Aids. Apart from the training she got from a non-profit organisation dealing with HIV/Aids, Ntombi has no formal training, but says people feel at ease talking to her about their status. “I let people know that they should not stop being what they want to be in life just because they are HIV-positive. And I will continue to teach my peers about this until the stigma stops and until we find a cure.” Ntombi fiddles with the red ribbon pinned on her right breast pocket. “I know that some are asking a hidden question: they wonder what experiences in my life have moved me so that I would want to wear a red ribbon every day. “My answer is always the same: I wear it because I can. I am still alive, still able to carry the message about the reality and urgency of Aids and how HIV can be prevented. I carry this message for those whose voices can no longer be heard, but whose presence can still be felt.” Although living with the virus was not easy, Ntombi says people should not see it as a death sentence but as an opportunity to create a better life.Telling family and friends She says she decided to disclose her status in order to stop people from talking behind her back and to motivate others living with the virus. It took Ntombi about six months to make her first disclosure. It was to her mother, who was disappointed at first. “I did it because I wanted them to know the truth, that HIV is here and it doesn’t matter how educated you are,” she said, adding that she was also avoiding a scenario where people would gawk should her health take a turn for the worse. At times, Ntombi admits that she gets depressed from thinking about her status. “Sometimes I feel I am not ready to die. My wish is to be with my family, especially my daughters, for years to come.” Asked if she has made peace with the father of her first child, whom she claims infected her, Ntombi takes a deep breath and thinks before she answers. “I was never mad at him for infecting me. I was mad at him for not wanting to talk to me afterwards; but now I have made peace. I have a supporting family, boyfriend, and friends who don’t judge me.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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