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Jonathan Van Ness Speaks Openly About Living With HIV

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Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones star Jonathan Van Ness has spoken publicly for the first time about living with HIV. In an interview with the New York Times, which ran accompanied by an extract from his forthcoming memoir Over the Top, Van Ness opened up about his diagnosis at the age of 25. After he fainted at work, Van Ness visited Planned Parenthood, where he was diagnosed with HIV. “That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be,” he said.

There are currently more than one million people living with HIV in the United States, and yet stigma surrounding the condition persists. Van Ness, who described himself in the profile as “a member of the beautiful HIV positive community,” recalled the reluctance he felt to discuss his status as his career took him from the salon and onto millions of TV screens, saying:

“When Queer Eye came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?’ And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the LGBT community thrive around me.'”

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Misinformation and an absence of sufficient education about HIV have contributed to a continued lack of public understanding. People who are living with HIV and who are on effective treatment can expect to live just as long as anybody else, and cannot transmit the virus to their partners. HIV prevention techniques include condoms and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Van Ness, whose ability to help people as a grooming expert on Queer Eye is informed by his own struggle with body image, also spoke candidly in the interview about his experiences as an addict and a sexual abuse survivor.

“It’s hard for me to be as open as I want to be when there are certain things I haven’t shared publicly,” he said. “These are all difficult subjects to talk about on a makeover show about hair and makeup. That doesn’t mean Queer Eye is less valid, but I want people to realise you’re never too broken to be fixed.”

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Stop unwarranted factional fights, DP Ruto tells Jubilee leaders

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Deputy President William Ruto has asked Jubilee Party leaders to stop unwarranted factional fights. 

He said members of the party should conform to the party’s direction under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Deputy President noted that there were individuals who wanted to create division in the party through propaganda.

Dr Ruto asked members to be wary of such people who did not want to see Jubilee united.

He said the motive of those who wanted to break Jubilee was to ensure it failed to deliver on its agenda to the people.

Dr Ruto further said Kenya was a democratic country that allowed anyone to belong to a political party of his or her choice.

“The rest of us will continue to forge the unity of the nation, progress and transformation of Kenya as we move forward as a party,” he said.

He explained that the party would not be divided by leaders who believe in tribal political parties.

“Jubilee under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta would not allow the country to go back to the era of politics of hate, tribalism and division,” he said.

He noted that those engaging in the archaic politics were wasting their time.

The Deputy President urged Kenyans to shun tribal politics characterised by personality cults.

He explained that the country’s politics should be built around parties with national outlook and guided by progressive programmes.

“That is how we are going to speak about pro-people issues and avoid ethnicity and personality cults.”

Dr Ruto spoke on Sunday in Kericho and Kisii Counties during a prayer service and an empowerment drive of the Kisii Performing Artists Association, respectively.

He was accompanied by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, MPs Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Alpha Miruka (Bomachoge Chache) and Sylvanus Maritim (Ainamoi).

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The leaders called for speedy implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) without dividing Kenyans.

They said the report should be implemented quickly, a development they claimed would ensure the Government focuses on President Kenyatta’ legacy.

“We need to finish the implementation of BBI by March so that we can ensure Big Four is successfully achieved,” said Mr Mose.

Mr Kemosi said they would support the implementation of the BBI report, whichever route the BBI taskforce recommends.

“We have read the BBI report; we will support its implementation whether through county assemblies, National Parliament or a referendum,” he noted.

On his part, Mr Miruka asked politicians not to use the BBI report to divide the country.

“Let us move our nation forward and use the report in transforming the country,” he argued.

At the same time, Dr Ruto said the government was focussed at supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.

He said the country needed to look for a structured way of supporting them.

“They are the engines of our economic growth for they generate jobs to our youths. We must, therefore, come up with policies that would reinvigorate them,” he said.

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Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh wins Miss World 2019 ▷ Kenya News

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– Toni- Ann was crowned as the 69th Miss World by her predecessor, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, at ExCel London

– Ann was competing alongside Miss Nigeria, Miss Brazil, Miss India, Miss Jamaica and Miss France

Many girls, while growing up like to dress up as little princesses as they have been made to believe from an early age that they are royalty.

A number of girls nurture this dream as they hope to win a crown and make it a reality one day. That appears to be the case of 23-year-old Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica who has been crowned the 69th Miss World.

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Miss Jamaica was crowned as the 69th Miss World by her predecessor, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, at ExCel London. The grand final of the show was hosted by Megan Young and Peter Andre.

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Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh emerges as Miss World 2019

Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh emerges as Miss World 2019 Photo credit: Fabiola Bonnot
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The news was met with widespread joy on social media and from the other beauty queens from other parts of the world, especially Miss Nigeria, who could not hide her genuine happiness when Miss Jamaica was announced as the winner.

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Miss Nigeria alongside Miss Brazil, Miss India, Miss Jamaica and Miss France were all in the top five spot to clinch the crown but there is no doubt that they are all winners.

Reacting emotionally to her win, Miss Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica said she is very happy and also thinking of all the work that needs to be done now that she has won the crown.

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“So honored and grateful for this opportunity but most of all I’m thinking about the work that needs to be done and that I have the platform and the means to do it. I’m ready to get out there and work. I’m excited!” She said

Earlier, Miss Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 winner in the latest edition of the annual competition.

Her message was loud and clear that this is the time that kind of discrimination stopped, and those little girls should be able to see their faces reflected in hers.

Do you have a groundbreaking story you would like us to publish? Please reach us through news@tuko.co.ke or WhatsApp: 0732482690. Contact Tuko.co.ke instantly.

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US secretly expelled two Chinese diplomats, report says [ARTICLE]

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The newspaper, which cited people with knowledge of the episode, said it appeared to be the first time in more than 30 years that the US has expelled Chinese diplomats on suspicion of espionage.

At least one of the diplomats was believed to be an intelligence officer operating under cover, the Times said.

The Times said the diplomats, accompanied by their wives, drove up to the checkpoint at the entrance to a sensitive installation near Norfolk, Virginia that includes special operations forces.

The guard saw that they didn’t have permission to enter and directed them to go through the gates, turn around and exit.

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The Chinese officials continued onto the base, evading military personnel pursuing them until they were forced to stop by fire trucks blocking their path, according to the Times.

It said the officials said they didn’t understand the guard’s instructions and got lost.

Weeks after the incident, the State Department placed restrictions on the activities of Chinese diplomats, in what it said was a response to years-old Chinese regulations limiting the movements of US diplomats.

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