WESTERN BUREAU:Clarendon College were left with a bittersweet taste in their mouths after defeating Rusea’s High 2-0, but still had the daCosta Cup title ripped from their grasp in dramatic fashion, as Dinthill Technical advanced to the semi-finals as group winners with a comprehensive win of their own.Dinthill made light work of Glenmuir High in yesterday’s second match of a double-header at the Juici Field, winning 3-0 to take the top spot with seven points, one better than the outgoing champions, who were hoping for a Glenmuir victory, or a draw in that game to keep their title defence alive.It was not to be, however, as the north St Catherine-based school eased to what, in the end, was a fine victory, to vindicate the technical staff’s early-season belief that they will be among the top schools at the end of the competition and retain a great chance to land their first daCosta Cup title since 1981.BITTERENDThe result is a bitter end to what began as a promising campaign for Clarendon College – under the guidance of Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis – and although it ended as it began with a win, their opening quarter-final-round loss to this same Dinthill team meant they would have to stage a miraculous comeback.At Frome Sports Complex, it was Lennon who stole the show with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Petersfield High to advance from Group Q.Two goals from Rushane Grant in the 20th and 56th minutes, respectively, and a beast of a free kick from Jason Johnson in time added to the second-half propelled the Merron Gordon-coached team into the semis.”That last goal was beautiful; we played well against this tough Petersfield team and we are proud to have come so far to Westmoreland and win,” said Gordon.”It gets even harder for us now, but we are confident of what we are capable of and we look forward to the semi-finals,” Gordon added.Manchester High also advanced yesterday, edging St James High 1-0 at Jarrett Park to move to six points, thus ending the hopes of the brave Lacovia High, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Paul Bogle High.Last year’s beaten finalists St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) need only a draw in their game later this afternoon at home against Manning’s to advance, while Vere Technical will tackle Marcus Garvey High at Wembly Community Field to see which qualify to the last four.Semi-finalists Manchester, Lennon and Dinthill could be joined by STETHS.Yesterday’s Resultsn Manchester 1, St James 0n Glenmuir 0, Dinthill 3n Petersfield 0, Lennon 3n Port Antonio 3, Seaforth 6n Lacovia 1, Paul Bogle 1n Clarendon 2, Rusea’s 0Today’s gamesn STETHS vs Manningsn Vere vs Marcus Garvey
The Public Health Ministry on Thursday signed an agreement with the non-governmental group Alpha and Omega to provide services to persons infected with and affected by HIV/ AIDS in various regions.The Ministry, as the principal recipient of the Global Fund grant, signed the agreement with the sub recipient or implementing partner, Alpha and Omega Community Health Associates.Officials of the Education and Public Health Ministries pose with members of the Alpha and Omega Community Health AssociatesThe project, which will run for some 14 months, will be implemented in what has been described as key populations in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Dr Morris Edwards from the Public Health Ministry said the National AIDS Programme Secretariat has a number of implementing partners, when implementing programmes from the Global Fund.“The Ministry of Public Health advertised for two sub-recipients to come on board. It was a competitive process. We had five applicants, and of those five, two were successful. We had Alpha and Omega and SASOD”.Minister within the Education Ministry Nicolette Henry, who also serves as the chair of the country coordinating mechanism for the management of Global Fund said the project is very important as it will provide support to those who are affected by the social malady.“This $28 million is intended to provide support to persons affected by and infected with HIV. There are three programmes that Global Fund provides funding to Malaria, Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. This grant is specifically for HIV and is in specific regions”.President of the Alpha and Omega Community Health Associates, Dr Karen Gordon-Boyle, said the not for profit organisation had worked under the previous Global Fund project. As such, the staff has extensive knowledge of working with the key populations.“Our methodology is to engage NGO’s from those regions who know the hotspots, who know where to find the key population. We will be mapping out in each region; we will be engaging the NGO’s and members of the key populations who know themselves, so that they could be able to find their social networks and we are going to be able to reach them with HIV messages and HIV testing”.Dr Gordon-Boyle said anyone found to be HIV positive will be enrolled in treatment.The main objective of the project is to reduce the prevalence of HIV within the key populations. She said the selected regions have been targeted since they have been disproportionately affected by HIV, compared to the general population.