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Langholm man urges people to learn more about HIV

Michael Hebington has been living with HIV for 30 years. Credit: ITV News

Michael Hebington has been living with HIV for 30 years.

He contracted the virus when he was living in New York in 1984 and three decades on he is able to manage the condition well.

But he says people are still ignorant about his condition and treat him like a lepar.

As World Aids Day approaches on 1 December he says attitudes need to change and is urging people to try and better understand how HIV is transmitted and how people can live with it.

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New initiative to boost tourism in Langholm

Langholm Credit: ITV News Border

A new initiative is being launched to help boost tourism in Langholm and the Scottish Borders.

Local traders, hoteliers and businesses will join tourism officers in a series of events at the Buccleuch Centre.

The one-day Event will focus on two key themes, exploring marketing and brand-development, and the benefits of working together and will be chaired by Gordon Mann, Chair of Destination Dumfries & Galloway, who are supporting the event.

Latest: Akong Rimpoche death

Victim, Akong Tulku Rimpoche Credit: Samye Ling Centre

It's been confirmed that one of the men arrested for allegedly stabbing a Buddhist monk to death in China, had lived at a monastary in Dumfries and Galloway for five years

The victim, Akong Rimpoche, co-founded the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery in Eskdalemuir.

His brother, who is the current abbot there, has released a statement saying one of the three men arrested was resident there and used to make religious sculptures.

He also denied reports that the alleged murder was prompted by a dispute over money.

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Calls for review of gas extraction proposals

Bob Frew, Spokesman, Canonbie Residents Against Coal Developments (CRACD) Credit: ITV News Border

Bob Frew is the spokesperson for the Canonbie Residents Against Coal Development group.

He is asking for landowners Buccleuch Estates to review their proposals:

“We are aware that communities are largely ignored or trampled in the context of the 'dash for gas' even though respected economists, and industry experts recognise that it will have no significant impact on the cost of energy to consumers.

"The messages from this survey are very clear.

“We therefore call on Buccleuch Estates to fundamentally review these proposals, and offer assurances to local people that they will not permit Dart Energy to utilise the existing planning consents.

“We further call on Buccleuch to enter into meaningful discussion with local groups, businesses and individuals, and in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council to identify alternative, sustainable economic development opportunities.”

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