Caribbean to have strong presence at HIV/AIDS meeting

first_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Caribbean to have strong presence at HIV/AIDS meeting by: – June 2, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share The Caribbean will have a strong presence at the United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on HIV/AIDS next week with more than 50 representatives, including Heads of Government, Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs, and representatives of regional Civil Society organizations in HIV/AIDS, slated to attend.The June 8-10 meeting which will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York is being called to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the UN’s 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, will also provide an opportunity for promoting the continued engagement of leaders in a comprehensive global response to AIDS. Five themes have been identified: Shared responsibility; Prevention; Innovation and new technologies; Women, Girls and HIV; and Integrating the HIV and AIDS response with broader health and development agendas.Among the issues of particular relevance to the objectives of this High Level Meeting, is the Declaration of St Maarten resulting from Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP)’s Tenth Annual General Meeting in October /November 2010, in St. Maarten. In that Declaration, the Partnership resolved to place universal access to prevention, care and treatment at the centre of its programme; and by 2015: to eliminate mother to child transmission; increase access to care by 80 percent; reduce infections by 50 per cent; and accelerate the agenda to achieve human rights for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), including eliminating travel restrictions.In recognition that human rights for all and particularly for vulnerable communities are fundamental to impacting the epidemic, a recent PANCAP/UNAIDS brief called on Governments to place explicit emphasis on protecting and promoting human rights as a proven effective means to advance public health.  The brief draws attention to recent modes of transmission data, which highlight that some key populations, particularly Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and sex workers/clients are significant parts of the epidemic in some countries in the region.  It points out that these populations, which also include  transgender people, people who use drugs, prisoners, people affected by humanitarian emergencies, vulnerable migrants and  substance abusers, suffer from very elevated risk and infection in specific contexts. In these contexts, from a public health perspective, these populations need special attention to access services. “For CARICOM/PANCAP the Declaration of St Maarten, the eight priorities of the Caribbean Strategic Framework (2008-2012) and the UNAIDS outcome document from the Global Task Team on the Elimination of Mother-to-child transmission  and keeping mothers and children alive are guiding principles for action,” a statement from the CARICOM Secretariat said.The PANCAP/CARICOM Delegation will be headed by Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Denzil Douglas who is Chair of the Partnership and the lead CARICOM Head of Government with responsibility for Health, Human Resource Development and HIV and AIDS. Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Overtime corner-kick goal pushes Syracuse past Loyola Marymount, 2-1

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2016 at 9:28 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Oyvind Alseth lined up for a free kick in the 101st minute of sudden-death overtime. Once again, Syracuse men’s soccer team had a prime opportunity to close out a game against Loyola Marymount. Once again, it was Alseth taking a kick from just outside the box, something he had done several times after LMU’s 17 total fouls. Once again, the ball found Chris Nanco inside the box but refused to go in, as his shot ricocheted off a defender for a corner kick.Both teams were tired. The game was stopped a few times as it wore on, as players were cramping up playing in warm and humid conditions. One goal would make this extra-time struggle worth it.Alseth curled the ball from the middle in, toward the near post and a scrum of players indistinguishable from each other. Goalie Colin Partee leaped toward the ball. Before he could get there, it was tapped by the head of freshman Johannes Pieles. As the Orange ran to the corner to celebrate, head coach Ian McIntyre turned to greet Lions head coach Paul Krumpe, a wry smile on his face.“This was a real test for us today, and to come out the other side, we learned a lot about ourselves,” McIntyre said.No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) was the better team for much of the match. But a few inconsistent moments of play prevented the Orange from locking down the game earlier and made overtime necessary in order so salvage a victory against Loyola Marymount (0-2) on Sunday night at SU Soccer stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game started off slowly for the Orange. McIntyre got into a habit of yelling out tips to his players — whether it was telling sophomore defender Miles Robinson to press up or telling freshman midfielder Mo Adams to take the ball into space.“Mo, you’re hiding, find a space!” McIntrye yelled.But then eventually turning away in disappointment after sloppy passes.That changed in the 22nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Jonathan Hagman found space at the top of the penalty box and rifled in a shot. Partee deflected it, but it ended up going right toward Pieles who put it in for a 1-0 lead.“I give a lot of credit to Jonathan … all in all I’m very happy with (my) scoring,” Pieles said through an interpreter, and SU goalie, Hendrik Hilpert.While the offense started slowly, the defense looked in midseason form in the first half. The Lions tallied no shots in the first half, becoming frustrated by SU’s back line of Robinson, Kamal Miller and Louis Cross.For the first three quarters of the game, Syracuse was the stronger, faster and more dominant team. But in the 68th minute the Lions Adrien Perez wound up and shot from 25 yards out. The ball flew past a diving Hilpert, and just like that the game was tied at one.“We weren’t really getting tagged to our men, and we allowed him to turn, and he got a good shot off really,” Cross said.The Lions took five total shots in the second half. It was the only five shots they had all game, and although he praised LMU’s tough play, McIntyre admitted that Hilpert didn’t need to do much during the game, finishing with two saves.With the defense back to its stellar play, the offense accrued its chances. But chances weren’t going through for the Orange. Three crosses in the first three minutes of the second half were sent away. Six corner kicks bared fruitless returns. In the 87th minute, Chris Nanco had the ball alone in space, but kicked it right at Partee for an easy save.The first overtime was no different. Syracuse blitzed and got four shots and three corner kicks off in the 10-minute frame. But still, nothing to show for it.As Pieles’ shot went in, the Orange celebration looked like a sigh of relief as much as it did a declaration of victory. After an up-and-down game, Syracuse finally pulled out the win it knew it could have.“I thought in overtime, it looked like there was only one team that had a chance to win the game,” McIntyre said. Commentslast_img read more