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first_imgA carnival in São Tomé and Príncipe. The song Bleguê Bleguê encourages São Tomeans to use condoms. (Image: Lourenço Silva, PlusNews)The new hit being sung by everyone in São Tomé and Príncipe goes like this: “Bleguê Bleguê … A mi na mecê Bleguê, anda com bebê …” The lyrics, in São Tomé’s Forro language, have two simple but important messages: when you go out, always take condoms with you, and when you have sex, always use a condom.The song is being sung by adults and children, and played incessantly on radio stations and in night clubs throughout São Tomé and Príncipe, an archipelago of 150 000 inhabitants in the Gulf of Guinea off the east coast of central Africa.It all began with a group called Bulauê Linda Estrela, in the quiet village of Messias Alves, a fishing community of some 3 000 people, with old houses and less-than-optimum public services.The only television set able to receive more than one channel stopped working over two years ago and the internet has yet to reach the village.“The only thing left to do after you come back from fishing is to drink sugarcane brandy and make babies,” said one young resident.Three years ago some of the village’s men and women came together to create the Bulauê Linda Estrela cultural group.“People here go to bed very early, and there’s no centre for entertainment,” said village chief Lauriano Costa, 78. “We created the group to break the monotony.”Bulauê Linda Estrela did more than that: its song, Blegue Blegue, is helping raise awareness about the importance of using condoms to prevent HIV. The group has not yet released a CD with the song on it, but it is already available on the grey market.The lyrics were inspired by a real-life incident: one of the band members invited his wife to attend a rehearsal; she turned down the invitation but suggested he take condoms with him in case he happened to have casual sex.Ludmila Monteiro, an activist with the Médicos do Mundo, a humanitarian aid organisation promoting development, believes the song’s success can partly be attributed to the groundwork done by national campaigns encouraging condom use.“Talking about condoms is no longer a novelty for São Tomeans,” she said.There is, of course, a big difference between enjoying the song and understanding its message.“I like the song a lot,” said Sabina Graça, 25, who admitted she had no idea what the lyrics meant.“Having sex with a condom reduces your sexual potential,” said Niker Quarsema, 27, a fisherman.“My husband has two wives, but he won’t have sex with a condom,” said Adezica Beatriz, 38, a member of Bulauê Linda Estrela. “When I talked to him about the need to do so, he nearly hit me.”Source: Irin PlusNewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaFighting HIV with your phoneIncentive scheme for the poor Healthy babies for HIV couplesRidding Africa of HIV in 10 yearslast_img read more


first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are two kinds of companies.Resourceful OptimisticsThe first kind of company believes that the difficult challenges that their clients and prospects present them are opportunities. Let’s call these companies “resourceful optimistics.” Optimism gives them the belief that something is possible. Their resourcefulness allows them to find a way or make one.These companies see challenges and obstacles as problems to solve. Solving those problems gives them the ability to create new value that they can use to help out other companies and people solve those same problems.Resourceful optimistics see problem-solving as value creation and new capabilities. And because they see the world this way, they competitively displace a lot of the sales organizations that are unwilling to solve these challenges.Unresourceful StasistsThe second kind of company believes that their sweet spot is so well-defined that anything difficult is something to be avoided. They don’t want challenging work; they want to do what they already know how to do and what they already do well. They like stasis.These companies see problem-solving as a problem. They see difficult clients that are going to stretch them as too much work. They don’t exercise their creative faculties to generate new solutions. When their client’s world changes and new problems occur, these resourceful stasists lose their business to sales organizations who solve the problems they aren’t interested in working on.What you are unwilling to do, someone else sees as an opportunity. They see it as a chance to win a new client. Resourceful optimistics believe that there is some innovation that can be deployed to create new value and solve those problems, deepen relationships, and retain the clients they take from competitors who refuse to solve problems.last_img read more


first_imgNominations for the Yass Knockout close Friday, 9 January 2009.The Nomination Form is enclosed and for further information, please visit the Yass website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=508&pID=14 Related Files2009_yass_touch_knockout_form_211008_01-pdflast_img


first_imgQuestionable goaltend vs. SMU seals UCLA win.UCLA, the No.11 seed in the South, just upset sixth-seeded SMU 60-59 in truly bizarre fashion. The Bruins had possession of the ball after an awful SMU turnover, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. They ran their offense and got the ball in the hands of point guard Bryce Alford, who had hit 8-of-10 three-pointers up to that point.Alford launched an off-balance three-pointer from the left wing. From the release, it looked like it was going to fall short. SMU center Yanick Moreira thought the same thing, and he jumped up to corral what he thought would be an airball.Except, it wasn’t. Moreira was ruled to have goaltended the shot, and Alford was awarded what would be the game-winning three-pointer. SMU’s final two shots fell short.Did the refs get it right? You be the judge.last_img read more


first_imgThe canned food drive “The Cold-EEZE & City Harvest Food Drive to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims” was hosted on December 14 by Kevin and Danielle Jonas from the hit TV show “Married to Jonas.”Kevin & Danielle Jonas Host the Cold-EEZE & City Harvest Food Drive to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims at NYC FDNY Station Dec 14The food drive was held for two hours and the couple assisted in the collection of non-perishable food donations to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.Those who attended the event had the chance to meet, take pictures with and received autographs from the Jonas’ as well as local firemen.The Jonas’ helped collect 600 pounds worth of canned goods!last_img


first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday removed its Joint Director Satyabrata Kumar, who is now in London assisting UK prosecutors in fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s bail hearing case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.In a confusion that erupted consequently because of the repatriation of an official investigating a case such as the PNB bank fraud case, ED headquarters in Delhi overturned Kumar’s repatriation order within minutes. Kumar is the main investigating officer from ED in the Nirav Modi case. Sources here said that Director of ED Sanjay Kumar Mishra has cancelled the order and reinstated him into his original post in the Mumbai Zonal Office (MZO) Unit I. The order, dated March 29, said that Kumar’s five-year tenure with the federal agency had ended. Citing Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) guidelines for personnel deputation, the order states that “no extension in deputation beyond 5th year is allowed and deputationist officer is deemed to have been relieved on the date of expiry of deputation period unless the competent authority has with requisite approvals, extended the period of deputation, in writing, prior to the date of expiry.” According to DoPT guidelines on personnel deputation, an officer’s tenure in the agency might be extended for up to two additional years. ED Special Director Vineet Agarwal had signed the order, which further stated that under the current circumstances, all cases being overseen by Kumar, including the USD 2-billion PNB Bank fraud case against Nirav Modi, must be handed over to his immediate superior authority, the Additional Director (western region), who also sits in Mumbai. The repatriation order, which is in possession of the Millennium Post also mentions a Supreme Court directive passed in November 2018, which forbade ED from transferring any officer investigating the coal block allocation scam. The ED order states that as one of the investigating officers in this case Kumar will continue to probe the case from its MZO. However, according to agency officials, it is not possible for Kumar to oversee any ED investigation if he is relieved of his duties in the federal investigative agency. Director Mishra confirmed on Friday that Kumar has not been transferred and that the necessary paperwork required for his two-year extension has already been moved. This cancellation of Kumar’s repatriation order will be followed by an approval of an extension of tenure of Kumar which has already been sent for clearance to the Department of Revenue under thew Union Finance Ministry and the DoPT, sources here said. The ED also issued a clarification through its Twitter handle. “Certain media reports have been appearing that Joint Director supervising investigation in the case of Nirav Modi has been relieved. This report is not correct and denied,” it said. With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: State-run lender Bank of Maharashtra on Monday reported a standalone net profit of Rs 72.38 crore during the quarter ended March 31 on a year-on-year basis. The lender had reported a standalone net loss of Rs 113.49 crore in the same period last year. Besides, net interest income for the lender during Q4 FY19 rose by 13.47 per cent to Rs 1,000 crore as against Rs 881 crore for Q4 FY18. However, for the fiscal, the bank reported a net loss of Rs 4,784 crore against a net loss of Rs 1,146 crore reported for the corresponding previous financial year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”This increased loss is due to higher loan loss provisions on impaired assets… Increase in depreciation on revalued assets as per revised AS – 10… Increase in expenses due to wage revision provision of Rs 109.80 crore,” it said in a statement. “Net Interest Income increased by 10.14 per cent to Rs 3,733 crore for FY19 in comparison to Rs 3,390 crore for FY18.” Further, the bank reported that its gross NPA (non-performing assets) decreased by Rs 3,109 crore from Rs 18,433 crore as of March 31, 2018 to Rs 15,324 crore as of March 31, 2019. “Gross NPA and Net NPA ratios are 16.40 per cent and 5.52 per cent as of March 31, 2019 as against 19.48 per cent and 11.24 per cent as of March 31, 2018,” the bank’s statement said. “There is reduction in Net NPA by 53 per cent from Rs 9,641 crore as of March 31, 2018 to Rs 4,559 crore as of March 31, 2019.” Consequently, the provision coverage ratio improved substantially to 81.49 per cent as of March 31, 2019, it added.last_img read more


first_img Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:goverment, Hon Sharlene Robinson, job creation, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2015 – There is a dire need of jobs and the People’s Democratic Movement Party leader is slamming the PNP Administration for what she believes is a nonchalant attitude to getting residents working. Hon Sharlene Robinson chides the government for boasting about some $200 million dollars in various bank accounts. “We continue to hear the cries and can say to you that the creation of a Jobs Policy and the management of jobs will be a top priority for a PDM Government. The attitude of this Government in their “we will get to it, when we get to it” attitude when PDM raise issues that affect our people continues.” The PDM continues in that media statement issued today, with a plea for the government to change its approach and to stop ignoring what is good for the people. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more


first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 1/22Audio PlayerTuesday-0122.mp3VmTuesday-0122.mp300:00RPdCity Officials Caught Off Guard By BOF Reversal Of 2020 UCI Meeting Location, Soldotna Director of Economic Development Awarded 2018 ‘Planner of the Year’ Monday 1/21Audio PlayerMonday-0121.mp3VmMonday-0121.mp300:00RPdHandgun Fired Accidentally Injures Woman At Soldotna Kaladis, What’s Going To Happen To The Mural At The Airport?, Troopers Warn Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement Wednesday 1/23Audio PlayerWednesday-0123.mp3VmWednesday-0123.mp300:00RPdKenai Peninsula Delegation Request BOF To Rescind Decision To Move 2020 Meeting, Dunleavy Outlines Plan To Gain Back The Trust Of Alaskanscenter_img Thursday 1/24Audio PlayerThursday-0124.mp3VmThursday-0124.mp300:00RPdDunleavy Proposes Bills To Repeal, Replace SB91, Borough Establishing Plan To Collect Sales Tax On Online Purchases, Revenue Commissioner Looks At New direction For AK LNG Project Friday 1/25Audio PlayerJennifer-Friday-.mp3VmJennifer-Friday-.mp300:00RPdWhite House And Congressional Leaders Reach Short-Term Deal, Dunleavy Accepts Resignation For John Quick, Last Day To Register To Vote In Special Election Is February 3last_img read more

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