Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Just back from Toronto Thomas wasted no time and edited hours of footage recorded during and at the XVI. International Aids Conference which took place from August 13th - 18th in Toronto / Canada.

His show "IN-DEPTH" is on every tuesday between 3.30p.m - 4.30p.m. GMT on NEAR FM 101,6FM or globally via webstreaming: http://www.nearfm.ie/livestream.htm on www.nearfm.ie

Thomas will dedicate ALL of his shows for the months of September to the conference and the pandemic that is HIV/AIDS.

This is the overview of what is comung up on IN-DEPTH:

XVI. International Aids Conference Toronto – Show 1

Apart from an interview with a Canadian couple about Canada the show features plenty of different interviews and footage from sessions e.g. an interview with Gomathi Sankarakrishnan from Concern Worldwide from India, Berry Hall from the International Community of Woman Living With Hiv and AIDS , Gary Barker (Executive director of Omundo, Brazilian NGO) talks about the effectiveness of working with men in order to battle HIV and AIDS and Benudhar Senapati , who works with Concern´s partner organisation “Ruchika” as a project manager in Orissa / India, gives us an overview of their work with street children.

ON AIR DATE: 05.09.2006

XVI. International Aids Conference Toronto – Show 2

The second part of this four-part special on HIV and AIDS features interviews with Anannia Admassu from “Children Aid” in Ethiopia and his fellow Ethiopien Mahelet Abrehem who works as a public officer for “Mekdim” in Addis Ababa. Indian Transgender issues are laid bare by transsexual Lakshmi from India, we will learn why Garlic and Lemon Juice might not be enough in places where nutrition is nowhere to be found and Masumba Biriwashi, key correspondent of the “Health and Development Networks. Tells us about HIV and AIDS and other issues in his native Zimbabwe and he also enlightens us on how to become a key correspondent. Sandra Petite from “Calm” will explain why Marijuana as medicine could be beneficial to HIV/AIDS patients before VSO country director Rakhi Sakar explains why the involvement of volunteers on grass roots level is crucial.

ON AIR DATE: 12.09.2006

XVI. International Aids Conference Toronto – Show 3

Part Three features an interview with Kieran McKinney from the Gay Hiv Strategies group based in Dublin about their plans to involve more HIV + men in their fight to battle the virus and the stigma attached to it. We hear from the “Movement of Men against HIV and AIDS” (MMAAK) in Kenya and we also hear from National Aids Council. We also here accounts from South African campaigner Mandala Majola and fellow South African James McIntyre. We hear “Like a Child” a song performed by Glen Murray and Thomas talks to protesters who fight against the Free Trade Agreement coming into being as they are afraid to loose the ability to access all needed medicines to treat Hiv and Aids. James Njuguna from Concern Worldwide Kenya will tell us about the situation regarding the pandemic in his home country, an actress from India (forgot to write down her name, sorry) talks to other delegates in her role as good will ambassador and we also hear from Indias Minister of health that HIV and AIDS has so far never been discussed at meetings.

ON AIR DATE: 19.09.2006

XVI. International Aids Conference Toronto – Show 4

The final part of this four part series from the XVI. International Aids Conference which took place from August 13th – 18th 2006 in Toronto / Canada offers snippets from the very moving closing ceremony and features speeches of Keira Larkin who speaks on behalf of Canadas indigenous people and HIV/AIDS specialist and superstar in his own right Mr. Stephen Lewis. Thomas also captured the mood and thoughts of many participants as he asked them to sum up their thoughts on the conference.

ON AIR DATE: 26.09.2006

What´s up in October*:

03.10.2006 Animal Welfare show with Sarah from EGAR.

10.10.2006 Leonard Peltier with studio guest Dave Bailey

17.10.2006 Cancer - The plague of our time with a studio guest from the Irish Cancer Society, more to be announced soon!

24.10.2006 09 / 11 - 5 years on I will be talking to Connie Jeske, a New Yorker who is married to an Arab about her life post 09/11. I will also talk to Rita (Name changed to protect Ritas identity) who witness rather bizarre reactions to the terrorist attacks while she was in Saudi Arabia. - schedule change: ON AIR DATE 29.08.2006

* - subject to change


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