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first_imgRelatedPetrojam Donates $1.4 million to Rise Life Trailblazing 1948 Olympian, Dr. Cynthia Thompson will be the official race starter for the inaugural St. Hugh’s Swans 5k run/walk this Saturday, February 1. She will ring the traditional school bell to start of proceedings at 7:30 a.m.The spritely ninety-one year old, who is a past student of St. Hugh’s High School, shares the distinction, with fellow school mate, Vinton Beckett, as being two of only four women on Jamaica’s first Olympic team in 1948. Dr. Thompson qualified for the 100m finals and 200m semi-finals, making her Jamaica’s first female finalist in an Olympic event. This was despite falling ill on a harrowing journey via a banana boat for 14 days to London to participate in the Olympics. Not to be overlooked too, is that she set an Olympic record in the 200m heats, which was broken by the eventual gold medal winner Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands.“It is a great honour to be asked to be the official starter for the Swans 5k race. I am extremely thrilled to participate in this special event to kick off my former school’s 115th anniversary. Although I could not run this race, this time around, I will be on hand to support it because my school taught me the tenants of discipline, fairplay and developed in me, a spirit of camaraderie,” Dr. Thompson said in an interview.Now a retired pediatrician since 2000, Dr. Thompson was also a member of the famed Tigerbelles Women’s Track Club at Tennessee State University (TSU), training ground to the likes of the US track legend, Wilma Rudolph and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. Other achievements include achieving her first international record in 1946 at the fifth Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, where she won gold for the 100m and silver in the 50m.In addition to Dr. Thompson, other celebrity past students will be on hand to participate in Swans 5k such as popular broadcaster Naomi Francis, Sportmaxx’s marketing manager Tanya Lee; media personality, Fae Ellington and fitness coach and entertainer Stacious. The latter will lead off warm-up activities at 6:30 a.m.The race will commence from Marescaux Road by the Mico University College lay-by to North Street to South Camp Road to Caledonia Avenue and finishing at the entrance to St. Hugh’s High School on Leinster Road.The event is partly sponsored through the kind consideration of associate sponsors Guardian Group/Guardian Life and Hi-Lyte.Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation and the sports department of St. Hugh’s.Registration continues today and tomorrow from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the race office located at St. Hugh’s High School. For further information, persons can visit: shpsa.webs.com. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJIS Brings Christmas Cheer to Mount Olivet Boys’ Home Ninety-one year old Olympian to Start St. Hugh’s 5K Walk/Run CommunityJanuary 30, 2014Written by: Gwyneth Harold-Davidsoncenter_img Story HighlightsTrailblazing 1948 Olympian, Dr. Cynthia Thompson will be the official race starter for the inaugural St. Hugh’s Swans 5k run/walk on February 1.The spritely ninety-one year old is a past student of St. Hugh’s High School.The race will commence from Marescaux Road by the Mico University College lay-by to North Street to South Camp Road to Caledonia Avenue and finishing at the entrance to St. Hugh’s High School on Leinster Road. RelatedYoung Principal Transforms Lethe Primary School In St. James Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Borders will matter less to central Africa’s mountain gorillas, following the launch of a strategic conservation plan which covers adjoining areas of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are only about 720 gorillas left in the tropical mountain forests shared by the three countries. The gorillas’ natural habitat is threatened by the destruction of these forests and the great apes themselves are victims of poachers. Yet, the gorillas are the main tourist attraction for the area, earning these countries about $5 million every year, and are thus critical to the livelihood of local communities.The three countries launched their 10-year Transboundary Strategic Plan last week in Kampala. Also launched was a 4 million euro transboundary conservation project funded by the Dutch Government.The new transboundary strategic plan aims to improve community livelihoods and contribute to the stability of the region. It will also assist in strengthening and making similar the three countries‘s policies and laws on the conservation and management of the protected areas.“This is an exciting development”, said Dr Susan Lieberman, a director at the World Wildlife Fund “We applaud this tremendous contribution of the government and people of the Netherlands, which recognizes that species conservation and sustainable development and poverty alleviation go hand in hand.”The project is part of the 10-year strategic plan developed by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), and is supported by the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP). IGCP is a coalition of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Fauna & Flora International (FFI).AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgTown of Granby, VT, Granby, Vermont $15,000 to maintain trails and improve signage at the Cow Mountain Pond Municipal Forest Area.“Without the funds from this grant, the Town of Granby would not be able to maintain our trail system to acceptable hiking safety standards,” said Bruce Berryman, a volunteer in Granby working on the project. “Visitors and residents will now have a more enjoyable experience as they walk through the 1,800 acres of pristine forest environment, including a patch of 200 acres of old growth forest, surrounding Cow Mountain Pond.” Western Foothills Land Trust, Norway, Maine: $21,000 to connect the recreational and educational assets of Roberts Farm Preserve to downtown Norway.“The funding will help build a Nordic ski trail linking the trail system at Roberts Farm Preserve to downtown Norway, creating a skiable village,” said Western Foothills Land Trust Executive Director Lee Dassler.  “In the winter of 2018-2019 more than 3,000 skiers and snowshoers enjoyed the 20k trail system. Those visitors frequent our Main Street restaurants, shops, and services while in town, and this trail will connect them directly to the downtown,” she said.Source: CONCORD, NH:  The Northern Forest Center 6.22.2020 Vermont Business Magazine The Northern Forest Center today announced 10 towns and organizations that will receive $302,000 collectively to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Seven of the grants go to organizations in the Northeast Kingdom.The grants are provided by the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative, which is managed by the Northern Forest Center in partnership with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association and NEK (Northeast Kingdom) Collaborative of Vermont. Funding comes from the Northern Border Regional Commission.The Destination Development Initiative helps communities develop recreational assets that attract visitors and drive visitor spending, while also improving quality of life for local residents. “Many of the projects, for example, will connect existing recreation areas to downtown commercial areas through new trails and recreational amenities that residents and visitors will both be able to enjoy,” said Joe Short, vice president of the Northern Forest Center. “We tailored this grant program to invest in economic development and to serve people living in these communities,” said Short.According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy supports 206,000 jobs with a payroll of $6.3 billion across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The sector generates $22.4 billion in consumer spending and $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenues in the three states.”Over recent years, we’ve seen many Northeast Kingdom communities embrace outdoor recreation as a way to build and strengthen their local economies,” said David Snedeker, executive director of Northeastern Vermont Development Association. “With the support of Northern Border Regional Commission funding, NVDA is pleased that we are able to assist these local efforts.””We’ll be linking and upgrading the two most popular hiking trails in Greensboro— the Porter Brook Nature Trail ending near Caspian Lake, and The Nature Conservancy’s Barr Hill Natural Area,” said Clive Gray, chairman of the Greensboro Land Trust. “The two trails attract hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors in spring, summer and fall. We hope that improved structures, signage and safety features on both trails will enable us to attract many more visitors to our town.”Other projects selected for funding include trails, wayfinding signage, maps and itineraries to connect paddlers with underused waterways, and improvements to parks and recreation buildings.  The projects will serve diverse recreation groups, from paddlers to mountain bikers to people requiring wheelchair-accessible paths.The initiative prioritizes projects that are in sync with community-developed plans and priorities. In Rangeley, Maine, a wayfinding project emerged as a priority from a months-long community destination planning process(link is external).“Outdoor recreation is a critical component of economic development in the Northern Forest,” said Rich Grogan, executive director of the Northern Border Regional Commission. “We’re excited that these investments will further the development of this sector and build capacity in our region.”The total $302,000 in federal grants awarded will be matched by $608,000 in local matching funds, bringing the total investment in recreational development through this initiative to $910,000. In the NEK, the $214,800 grant investment is matched by more than $400,000, bringing total NEK project investments to $634,072.Another round of funding will be available in 2021 to public and non-profit entities in Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties in Vermont; Coos County, New Hampshire; and Oxford and Franklin counties in Maine. New funding opportunities will be announced in the biweekly Northern Forest News Digest. Subscriptions are available free by signing up at https://northernforest.org/newsletter-signup.(link is external) “Outdoor recreation trail networks contribute significantly to our region’s quality of life and economic well-being,” said Katherine Sims of the NEK Collaborative. “We’re excited about this opportunity to invest in trail infrastructure projects in the region and support the future growth of this important sector.”The full list of grant recipients includes:VermontCraftsbury Community Care Center, Craftsbury, Vermont: $30,000 to build accessible paths open to the public and connected to the town trail system.“Our new ADA handicap accessible trail will allow for all residents at The Care Center to participate in healthy activities with increased independence and safety while having greater access to nature throughout the trail system,” said Norm Hanson, board member with the Care Center. “The Town of Craftsbury Trails Initiative aims to have trails in each village to enhance quality of life for all, and this ADA accessible trail is strongly supported by the town as a special feature that will eventually connect with town trails. This grant will allow this long-awaited project to become a reality and in turn enhance the lives of many individuals,” he said. Greensboro Land Trust, Greensboro, Vermont: $12,000 to repair bridges and add and improve signage at Barr Hill.”We’ll be linking and upgrading the two most popular hiking trails in Greensboro — the Porter Brook Nature Trail ending near Caspian Lake, and The Nature Conservancy’s Barr Hill Natural Area,” said Clive Gray, chairman of the Greensboro Land Trust. “Barr Hill, acquired by The Vermont Nature Conservancy in 1971, is its oldest preserve. The Porter Brook Nature Trail was conserved by the Greensboro Land Trust in 2018. The two trails attract hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors in spring, summer and fall. We hope that improved structures, signage and safety features on both trails will enable us to attract many more visitors to our town.” Town of Brighton, Brighton, Vermont. $38,200 for improvements to Island Pond’s Lakeside Park, including trailhead improvements and a dock.“The proposed dock on Island Pond will bring the lake closer visually to the downtown and provide a place for residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the lake,” said Town Manager Joel Cope.  “It will also allow boaters to tie up and enjoy the downtown for eating, shopping, walking or other recreational activities in the town Lakeside Park.” Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, Rangeley, Maine: $36,000 to implement a strategic wayfinding project that enhances visitors’ experience, establishes a consistent brand, and promotes healthier lifestyles.“This funding ensures that we can implement a wayfinding system for the Rangeley Region,” said David Miller, executive director of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. “We are lucky to live in one of the best parts of Maine and this grant will help us all — community members and visitors — get outside and get active and healthy. Given the challenges facing our nation, there has never been a better time than now to increase access to the great outdoors for all of us. With support from the Center we are on our way!” he said. Vermont Land Trust, Newport, Vermont: $50,000 to build a boardwalk that connects Newport’s beach area to Bluffside Farm, creating a waterfront recreation corridor.“Newport City has embraced ‘looking to the lake’ as a way to build economic opportunity that supports residents, and attracts new businesses and visitors,” said Tracy Zschau, vice president for conservation at the Vermont Land Trust. “This project is one of several that are building off each other and leveraging state, federal and private dollars to change Newport’s relationship to Lake Memphremagog and to the outdoor recreation economy. Vermont Land Trust is thrilled to be a partner during this exciting time in the region, and we’re so grateful for the timely support of the Northern Forest Outdoor Recreation grant program,” she said. Regional (Including Vermont)Northern Forest Canoe Trail, regional: $19,600 to map and promote underutilized waterways of the Northern Forest. “The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is excited to use funds from the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative to expand our catalogue of resources for paddlers,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. “This Summer we will create maps, videos and trip descriptions of select day- and weekend- trips in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Coos County New Hampshire and Maine’s High Peaks. This project aligns with our mission to help paddlers discover the region and fall in love with our waterways, landscapes and communities,” she said. Maine:Mahoosuc Pathways, Bethel, Maine: $30,000 to develop a “Main Street to the Mountains” recreational wayfinding system.“The Main St. to the Mountains project will help us connect through trails and wayfinding the places where people live and work with where they play,” said Gabe Perkins, executive director of Mahoosuc Pathways. “It grows out of our recent Community Destination Academy experience and years of community effort. This grant elevates the project from an idea to a reality; without it we wouldn’t be moving forward.” NorthWoods Stewardship Center, E. Charleston, Vermont: $50,000 to replace the main lodge roof.“This grant is providing critical matching funds to replace the roof on the NorthWoods Lodge,” said Maria Young, executive director of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. “The lodge is the hub of outdoor recreation and conservation programs on our 1,500-acre campus and the gateway to a network of multi-season trails that stretch through the Kingdom Heritage Lands, one of the largest and wildest contiguous forests in Vermont. The new roof will end moisture damage to the building and provide an opportunity to install high-efficiency insulation and waterproofing. We expect to reduce heating costs and better use our large hosting space through the winter and shoulder months,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgIn this Dec. 13, 1966, file photo, Tommy Nobis of the Atlanta Falcons, poses. (AP Photo/File) BOSTON (AP) — Atlanta Falcons linebacker Tommy Nobis seemed to transition easily into his post-playing career, landing a job as the manager of the team’s training camp hotel and rising through the franchise’s front office to vice president.For three more decades, the man who came to be known as “Mr. Falcon” never left football.And football never left him.“Growing up, I remember my mom having to call his secretary when he was going out to training camp to let them know what kind of mood he was in. And then vice versa,” his daughter, Devon Jackoniski, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.“We were pretty uneasy growing up,” she said. “Although my dad had just some beautiful moments of being a wonderful man, emotionally he was so unstable it was just hard to get close to him.”Researchers have confirmed what Nobis’ family long suspected: He had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive blows to the head that can cause the kind of violent moods they had grown accustomed to.And now, as the NFL world descends upon Atlanta for Sunday’s Super Bowl, it serves as a somber reminder of the impact that football can have on its players and those who love them.“That truly was my dad’s first love,” Jackoniski said. “He wasn’t born with a lot of money. They were from a blue-collar area. It gave my dad a lot of opportunities, so it’s kind of a bittersweet thing.“He told me before he became very ill he would never turn his back on football or do anything different. But he would educate kids a little different in the game,” Jackoniski said. “There’s something very wrong with slamming your head against a brick wall over and over and over again.”A two-way star at Texas whose No. 60 was retired by both the Falcons and the Longhorns, Nobis won the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player in college football and finished seventh in the 1965 Heisman Trophy voting, just ahead of Bob Griese and Steve Spurrier. In the Orange Bowl against Joe Namath and top-ranked Alabama, Nobis led a goal-line stand to preserve the Longhorns victory .He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1966 NFL draft — the first ever selection by the brand new Atlanta Falcons franchise . Rookie of the year. Five Pro Bowl selections. But he never made the playoffs, with the upstart franchise posting only two winning records in his 11 seasons. And when the Falcons reached the Super Bowl two years ago, he was too far gone to understand what it meant.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of Boston University’s CTE center, said on Monday that Nobis had the most severe form of the disease, showing a “severe loss of neurons and large CTE lesions throughout the cerebral cortex.”The family was not surprised.“We knew there was going to be something wrong on his pathology report,” said Jackoniski, who is a physician’s assistant. “But it was shocking how a human being could still be alive with that little functioning brain.”Jackoniski was 2 when her father retired from the NFL, but football was never far from their life.Nobis spent three decades in the team’s front office, working in scouting, marketing, player development and corporate development. (He also ran a charity that provided job training for people with disabilities.)At home, there was more football.“It doesn’t matter the time of year, my dad could always find a football game on,” Jackoniski said. “That was basically our lives. When he retired, his only career was with the Falcons. We would go to all the Falcons games, whether we wanted to or not. That was who we were.”She remembered her father, who died in 2017 at the age of 74, as a humble man who was not very social, and yet a great public speaker. A prankster. Big Red. Huckleberry Finn with Muscles.He was beloved in Atlanta; Jackoniski said he would approach children with disabilities at restaurants, just to make them laugh.“That can be awkward for a lot of people, but it wasn’t to him. He could relate to a kid but not an adult,” she said. “When we were growing up, people would always come up to us and say, ‘Your dad is a saint.’ We would just sit there smiling, knowing that when we got home, the tide was going to turn.”With his family, Jackoniski said, Nobis was a disciplinarian. Aggressive. Intense. “We always said we had to walk around eggshells with my dad,” Jackoniski said.When her older brother, Tommy, decided he didn’t want to play football anymore, her father snapped. The incident drove a wedge between them, and kept Nobis from seeing any of his grandchildren for many of his later years.“He just became unhinged,” Jackoniski said. “We just thought that’s who my dad was.”Nine years ago, Nobis was supposed to give the eulogy at his father-in-law’s funeral. “My dad, who was the public speaker,” Jackoniski said. “It was totally garbled.”Afterward, in front of the extended family, Nobis snapped at her 2-year-old son. His rage was so frightening they thought about calling the police.“He was this caged animal that was just unleashed,” she said. “At that point we knew there was something wrong. Once he took it out to the public, we knew there was something horribly wrong with him.”The family tried to avoid triggers like noise or chaos, but Nobis would become increasingly rattled in public. There were restaurants he couldn’t return to because of his outbursts; he got out of a car at a bank drive-thru to yell at the teller for taking too long with the customer in front of him.“It became embarrassing,” Jackoniski said. “But it was scary, too. Toward the end my brother removed all the guns from his house, thankfully. I don’t know if he ever threatened to use a gun, but my brother had enough insight to do that.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed after death, has been found in more than 100 former NFL players, and in dozens more athletes and members of the military who have been exposed to repetitive head trauma. The disease can lead to memory loss, depression and even suicide.“When you see some of these guys going in for these tackles, I wish they would allow these guys to come into these houses where these CTE victims are living and see them living their lives, day to day,” Jackoniski said.“Do they really want their lives to be that way? Not only is it going to affect their lives, but it rips families apart, and it rips friends apart, and it is so destructive.”Although her children don’t play football, Jackoniski said they remain Falcons and Longhorns fans and are proud of the man who they were once kept away from for their own safety. And though connecting his behavior to CTE has helped the family understand Nobis’ struggle, it also made Jackoniski realize that she never knew what her father was actually like.“I don’t know that I ever saw my dad without showing signs of CTE, my entire life,” she said. “In hindsight, I think that was the saddest part of the news. His children never even knew who he was. My mom even may have not known.”Jackoniski said she doesn’t watch a lot of football any more, but she will watch the Super Bowl “just because I know it will be on in our house.” In an email follow-up to the telephone interview, she said she struggled to comprehend what the sport has meant to her family.“Football was my father’s life, the air he breathed and therefore the air we breathed,” she wrote. “It brought discipline and recklessness, self-worth and depression, strength and weakness, determination and fear, teamwork and destruction of relationships, competition and dissension, friendships and loneliness, strategy and brutal honesty, entertainment and subsistence.“In the end,” she said, “it brought humility in every sense of the word.”___For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLcenter_img In this Sept. 20, 2009, file photo, former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowler Tommy Nobis is introduced along with other members of the 1966 inaugural team during halftime of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Amis, File)last_img read more

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first_imgBy JARROD POTTER AUGUST has been an amazing football month for Izzy Marsh. The Garfield football prodigy represented Victoria, helped…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgGalway United head to Buncrana this evening to take on Derry City in the Airtricity League. United are currently second from bottom but a win would see them move out of the relegation zone. Jesse Devers is out and Gavin Holohan will have his groin injury assessed before kick off at 7.45pm. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/KEEGAN+OTL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway United manager Shane Keegan spoke to John Mulligan on Over The Linelast_img read more

first_imgSouthland Baseball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist junior right-hander Curtis Jones has been named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week and Lamar senior shortstop Sam Bumpers has been named the Southland Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Jones tossed his second complete game of the season in leading HBU to a 7-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana to clinch the series win. The junior from Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch H.S.), allowed just one run on six hits while striking out two hitters and not allowing a walk. Lion hitters only managed to notch a .200 batting average as Jones lowered his season ERA to 1.91, which ranks sixth in the conference. Jones also leads all starting pitchers with a 0.73 ERA in league play. With the win, Jones moved to 2-1 on the year. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to Houston Baptist junior second baseman Josh Martinez and Stephen F. Austin senior shortstop Brett Thornell. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Northwestern State freshman right-hander Adam Oller, New Orleans junior right-hander Alex Smith and Stephen F. Austin junior right-hander Tyler Wiedenfeld. Bumpers had one the better hitting performances of the year in the series opener against McNeese State to help lead the Cardinals to the 8-7 win in 11 innings. The senior from Bourbonnais, Ill. (Bradley-Bourbonnais H.S.), went 7-for-7 with three home runs and a double against the Cowboys. Bumpers drove in five runs in the contest while scoring three times. He is just the third player in league history to record seven hits in a game and is the first Cardinal to ever accomplish that milestone. Bumpers also had a home run in the second game of the series and hit safely in all four of Lamar’s games. On the week, Bumpers hit .700 (14-for-20) with four home runs, two doubles, seven RBI and seven runs scored. He notched an impressive 1.400 slugging percentage while recording a .714 on-base percentage.last_img read more

first_imgThe HIV prevalence among women in the 30 to 34 age group showed an increase, from 39.6 percent in 2007 and 40.4 percent in 2008 to 41.5 percent in 2009. The department will observe this age group closely to assess what impact ARV treatment has. 12 November 2010 As in previous years, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence, followed by Mpumalanga and Free State, with overall prevalence greater than 30 percent. The North West, Limpopo, Gauteng and Eastern Cape had prevalences of between 20 percent and 30 percent. The survey, released in Pretoria this week, shows that South Africa’s HIV prevalence has remained constant at around 29 percent over the past four years. Motsoaledi noted that KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape had the same socio-economic conditions when it came to HIV. “This is the most important group to provide evidence when monitoring new HIV infections,” Motsoaledi said. He added that it remained to be seen how far South Africa was from achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in this age group – the MDG target for 2015 is a reduction by 25 percent, to an HIV prevalence rate of 17.3 percent. Motsoaledi acknowledged that while he was satisfied that the government had done everything possible with regards to HIV/Aids intervention on paper, he was concerned as to whether it was being implemented on the ground. Socio-economic factors “We are reviewing this,” he said. The report, presented by Motsoaledi on Thursday, showed that HIV prevalence remained constant among 15- to 24-year-old pregnant women, with 21.7 percent in 2009. This was the same as the figure in 2008, which was a decline of 0.4 percent from 22.1 percent in 2007. The Northern Cape and Western Cape were the only provinces that had HIV prevalence rates below 20 percent. While South Africa’s latest antenatal prevalence survey shows a stabilisation in the country’s HIV prevalence rate since 2006, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants more to be done to implement the government’s plans to combat the epidemic. The 2009 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence survey was conducted in all nine provinces and 52 health districts, where 337 841 pregnant women booking into 1 457 public antenatal clinics for the first time were sampled during October. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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