Thursday, August 31, 2006


Due to the fact that I was one of those guys who had to stay in Heathrow for a few days before travelling on my connect flight to Toronto and the fact that I arrived in Toronto 2 1/2 days late and without any luggage I had to buy new recording equipment in Toronto to do my job.

I spent so much money in London due to inflated prices and opportunistic rip offs executed by British people during my forced stay therefore I could only afford a tape recorder to record interviews and sessions.

The sound quality therefore is not up to the standard you are used to from radio- and TV broadcasting.

I can only apologize and assure you that the content is still worth listening to.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Despite the seriousness of the topic at hand there was always time for a bit of fun and laughter. The picture shows Gomathi (Concern Worldwide India) and Thomas (NEER FM, Dublin) in front of the guesthouse in Toronto


The audience: Alert and interested at all times
One of many sessions during the conference
Benudhar Senapati talked about the street children of Orissa, India
James Njuguna, Concern Worldwide Kenya @ Niagara Falls, August 2006

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: on

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. 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

Thursday, August 17, 2006

XVI International Aids Conference Toronto 2006