Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said there is no other experience like the preview center in the NBA.Thousands of potential suite and seat buyers have already taken the tour held in a 2,500-square-foot space, which is located on CNN Center property. The tour is promoting the revamped arena on several large 70-inch screens as a premiere entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTicket holders in the suites, cabanas or verandas don’t just use them for Hawks games, the tickets are good for all events at Philips Arena — with food and beverages all included. But the Hawks home games are the primary hook.“It’s going to be a social place unlike anywhere else in the NBA,” Koonin said. “All of our research told us that people don’t want to sit down in a chair eating a hot dog out of aluminum foil and watch a game. They want a great night out. … Think Vegas pool meets sporting event.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin stands in a mock up of a suite as talks about improvements the team is making to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Koonin says thousands have already taken the tour, promoting the arena on large video screens as an entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events. The tour offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degrees concourse, barber shop, fantasy golf area, and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks are using a high-tech virtual tour to give current and potential season ticket holders a glimpse of their renovated arena.With Philips Arena currently undergoing major renovations, the Hawks recently launched “The Preview,” an interactive tour of the transformed arena in downtown Atlanta located between Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park. The tour was opened about a month ago while the arena is currently in the final phase of its $192.5 million renovation.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Rebuilding Hawks pick 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as coach Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The Preview” offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degree concourse, rapper Killer Mike’s barber shop, Zac Brown’s BBQ restaurant, fantasy golf area, club lounge and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. The tour, which the Hawks dub as somewhat of a “Disney ride,” also provides a look at the new state-of-the-art video board system, which is three times larger than the current one.The Hawks will continue to operate it once the arena renovations are complete, they have three-year lease for the space.Koonin said team officials know they have much work to do.Despite the Hawks’ on-the-court struggles this past season, the franchise hopes to claim some victory off it. The team went 24-58 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.Koonin said they are taking a new business approach to enhance the fan experience beyond any game or event. The courtside club featuring the Hawks Bar in the premium seating area several rows behind the basketball goal was a part of the arena’s phase one transformation.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I love that they’re not letting it sit around,” said Atlanta-based attorney Randy Kessler, who has been a Hawks season-ticket holder since the arena opened in 1999. He hasn’t been on “The Preview” tour, but he’s seen images of the new arena.“I love that they are not just thinking of on-the-court experience, but off it,” Kessler added. “You should feel special once you walk in, and I did. I thought last year’s improvements were good. Even though the team was terrible, the experience was still great. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.”Koonin said the Hawks realize with their recent on-court performance they have to continue to work in order to win over fans.He said the team spent millions of dollars to build the preview center and partnered with a Seattle-based design firm Hornall Anderson to create the virtual tour.Philips Area is expected to reopen in October, but Koonin said the team will keep the tour going on for the next couple years. The arena might be one of the smallest-capacity NBA venues with 17,600 seats.Sales centers are not unique to the NBA and several teams with new arenas have given fans an insight to what they can expect in the new facilities, including Sacramento, Milwaukee and Golden State.Koonin said Hawks officials visited other arena preview centers including Sacramento and the NFL stadium in Minnesota. He said there is no other experience like “The Preview” in the NBA, but the Hawks are still missing one thing — championships.Golden State “has one thing that’s very powerful that I wish we had: A bunch of recent Larry O’Brien trophies and rings,” he said. “We have to work a little harder.”
MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Curry called it a play that nobody else in the gym could have made.“His length, finishing it, and getting it before it came down. Pretty bang-bang play,” Curry said. “Just glad we had that connection. I’m not sure anybody else on the floor could have finished that one. So for it to be choreographed like that was pretty nice.”Antetokounmpo just smiled after the play, maybe even stunned by his own athleticism.“I’m going to keep getting better,” Antetokounmpo said. “Hopefully, I can get as many MVPs as my brother has.”Durant doesn’t doubt that will happen.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jolina dela Cruz has impressive UAAP debut in starting role for La Salle He said the 23-year-old Antetokounmpo has “potential through the roof.”“It is scary to see how far he can keep going,” Durant said of the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo. “His game is still rounding into shape and he is still getting better. But he’s in the elite top three of the MVP candidates (at 24). So, to be that young and already at the top of the class as one of the elites in the game, it is a joy to watch his progression.”Antetokounmpo lived up to his billing as the best player in the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has moved to the Los Angeles Lakers.But, he said the fact that he was the team captain isn’t going to his head.“It’s easy as long as you stay humble and down to earth,” Antetokounmpo said of handling his role as the All-Star Game team leader on Sunday night. “It’s easy. I think just being a leader of the team, it wasn’t as tough as I thought because my teammates, the guys in the locker room encouraged me to step up and take it serious and play hard and help the team to win. So that was kind of easy tonight.” “We didn’t win and that’s why I didn’t get it,” the Milwaukee Bucks star said.He had taken some advice before the game about how to approach things from his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who has won the last two MVP awards in the Greek League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He came out aggressive.Antetokounmpo started the game with a dunk fest — five of them in the first quarter alone and finished with eight for the game. One dunk was a thing of beauty as he took a bounce pass from two-time league MVP Stephen Curry that sailed over the rim and dunked it. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team Giannis reacts against Team LeBron in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Midway through the third quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he began thinking he had a chance to become the first international player to win the NBA All-Star Game MVP.But the thought was fleeting, as Team LeBron mounted a rally and came from behind to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night. While Antetokounmpo finished with 38 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant won the award.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers
Stakeholders who attended a two-day validation conference on Liberia’s new Public Financial Management (PFM) strategy have endorsed the new system that seeks to improve the country’s economic and budgetary performance and is expected to kick off in 2017 and end in 2020.The new strategy, which comes as a result of the current strategy that ended in June this year, will have an internal audit agency, unlike its predecessor.The conference was held from December 16-17, and was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Tanneh Geraldine Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget at the Ministry of Finance, said improving budget credibility and comprehensiveness by strengthening the institutional capacities for preparing medium-term revenue and expenditure will bring all donor financing into the budget without hindrance.“Today, as we validate this new strategy that covers the next four years, it is very important that we re-emphasize these areas, some in which significant improvements have been made, but still needs to be addressed,” said Minister Brunson, who spoke on behalf of MFDP Minister Boima Kamara. According to her, there continues to be clear challenges to sustaining domestic resource generation in the country; however, she was quick to clarify that these challenges are not unique to Liberia. She named narrow tax base and a huge informal sector, lack of transparency which inhibits citizens’ willingness to comply with tax laws, as some of the challenges. Others are Illicit flows, tax havens, and transfer prices which circumvent the normal taxation process, as some of the obstacles in the sector.“We therefore need to build capacities of relevant stakeholder institutions, not only to mobilize domestic resources but also using them effectively and efficiently by enforcing tax payment compliance, reviewing tax relief policies, enhancing revenue collection through provision of proper tax information and education,” she suggested.Deputy Minister Brunson called on stakeholders to expand their tax base instead of raising tax rates.Minister Brunson also called for the enhancement of public investment management by integrating externally financed projects with the domestically financed public sector investment projects on a common platform. Emmanuel Togba, head of Public Financial Management Unit at MFDP, said the new law will also have county treasuries that would handle every financial matter in their respective localities.According to him, most of the PFM institutions collapsed, their systems failed, and human capacity deteriorated, culminating at a situation in which there was near complete absence of procedures in the application of public resources. “With assistance from our development partners,” he said, “the government enacted the PFM Act in 2009 to strengthen greater transparency and accountability around public resources.”The new strategy, he added, will guide the country for the next four years and, during the period, treasuries in the various counties, for example, will have their own procurement offices.Meanwhile, the conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, General Auditing Commission, Governance Commission, Civil Service Agency, as well as development partners, namely the World Bank, IMF, USAID, EU, SIDA, and AFDB, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wi used a run of three straight birdies – starting with a chip-in from just off the green at 12 – and immediately undid the damage caused by the triple, but by round’s end, it almost seemed as if Wi was alternating birdies and bogeys. He made back-to-back birdies to pass Allenby with two holes left, but dropped another shot on the par-4 ninth, his last of the day. In all, he had eight pars, six birdies, three bogeys and one triple-bogey – not to mention six consecutive 3’s at one point. “The way I hung in there today, I’m really happy,” Wi said. “But I’m really disappointed in the middle of the round, where I kind of lost focus out there. “I think I probably could have done a little better. But to shoot 70 after the way I started, I’m really pleased.” Allenby shot a 2-under 68 and left the PGA National course at around lunchtime thinking he’d be within a couple strokes of the lead by day’s end. “I think 5 under is a pretty good score after two days,” the Australian said. “This golf course is only going to get tougher from this moment on.” Defending champion Luke Donald made the cut – barely. Donald was 7 over after 14 holes, but made three consecutive birdies to rally and avoid what would have been his third consecutive missed cut in a stroke-play event. He shot a 67, 10 shots better than what he managed Thursday. Bernhard Langer added nine strokes to his Thursday score. Langer started the day one shot behind Wi, and took the outright lead with two birdies in his first four holes. But he was 6 over on the back nine and wound up shooting a 75, falling to 1 over for the tournament into a tie for 25th. Overseas: England’s Oliver Wilson eagled the 11th and 15th holes en route to a 6-under 66 and one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Phuket, Thailand, sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australian tours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Got a stroke back there,” Wi said. An uneven round of even-70 leaves him at 5-under and tied with Robert Allenby, who is winless in his last 139 Tour events. Charlie Wi got a quick lesson in addition Friday during the second-round of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. And because of it, he still has a share of the lead. Wi, the Westlake High grad and first-round leader, quickly squandered that advantage by making triple bogey on No. 11, his second hole, after balls found hazards and bunkers with such regularity that he actually thought he made an 8 instead of a 7.
Manager Gareth Southgate, who celebrated his 48th birthday on Monday, is not expected to call up a replacement for Sterling.The 23-year-old’s withdrawal leaves England with just three forwards — captain Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford — for the Nations League match with Spain on Saturday at Wembley and a friendly against Switzerland at the King Power Stadium three days later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sterling was a key member of the England side which reached the World Cup semi-finals © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 3 – Raheem Sterling has pulled out of the England squad for their matches against Spain and Switzerland with a back problem, the Football Association announced on Monday.The Manchester City forward, who played in six of England’s seven matches as they reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, has scored twice in the Premier League so far this season.
Sergio Ramos’ move to Manchester United is NOT dead in the water, according to Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson.The Real Madrid defender has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford this summer, in a deal which is linked to David De Gea’s move to the Bernabeu.There has been little update, following the Spain defender’s instance he is NOT in talks with any club, but Jackson claims a deal to take the former Sevilla to the Premier League is still on.“The Sergio Ramos deal is not dead in the water,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “It’s all hooked in with the David De Gea move.“Neither club can get the player they want unless the other one moves. The De Gea situation has to move so then we’ll find out.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDeeley and Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said since 2004 Lancaster has added more sheriff’s deputies, authorized a new staff of community service officers trained to collect fingerprints at crime scenes, and launched efforts against criminals living in government-subsidized rental housing, juveniles who break into homes while skipping school, and out-of-the-area parolees who commit crimes. “We’re doing everything in our power to get the bad guys off the street,” Roberts said. Overall, the Los Angeles County portion of Antelope Valley last year had 37 homicides, including two that occurred inside California State Prison-Los Angeles County but were listed on Lancaster’s crime report. There were 36 homicides in 2004. The record is 45 homicides in 2003. The old record had been 38, set in 1992. The serious crime rate in Lancaster climbed from 423.8 serious offenses per 10,000 residents in 2004 to 440.26 in 2005. In Palmdale, the rate dipped from 393.97 to 375.38. LANCASTER – Led by crimes involving gangs, drugs and prison parolees, serious crime increased in Lancaster and dropped in Palmdale in 2005, Sheriff’s Department records show. Robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and arson all increased in Lancaster, with auto thefts going down and homicides staying the same, for a total of 5,968 serious crimes – up 8 percent from 5,525 the year before. In Palmdale, homicides, rapes, burglaries and arson were up; robberies, assaults, thefts and auto thefts were down. Overall, Palmdale serious crimes went from 5,239 to 5,225 – down 0.3 percent. “We are very aware of the problems,” Lancaster sheriff’s station commander Capt. Carl Deeley said. “People have a right to be frustrated in the rise of crime up here.” “Of course, we’d like to do better,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. “I’m happy we continue to drop the numbers in spite of population increases. I think that’s the story over the last 10 years.” Ledford said he expects Palmdale’s law enforcement budget will be increased as usual this summer to add more deputies, though throughout the county a shortage of deputies means many are working overtime to fill all the jobs. In both cities, crime remains below peaks hit in 1997, despite Lancaster adding more than 8,000 residents since then and Palmdale more than 22,000, according to Sheriff’s Department records. In 1997, Lancaster had 6,609 serious crimes, for a crime rate of 519.98 per 10,000 residents. Palmdale had 5,687, for a crime rate then of 484.83. The serious-crime statistics cover four violent crimes and four property crimes on which the FBI collects data across the United States. The crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft, auto theft and arson. In comparison, Santa Clarita’s crime rate was 231.25 in 2005, up from 212.56 the previous year. Los Angeles’ crime rate was 434.7 per 10,000 residents in 2004, the last year for which full statistics were available. In Lancaster, officials are considering expanding its Target-Oriented Policing unit from three deputies and a team leader to eight deputies and a sergeant, Deeley said. They would concentrate on the serious crimes listed in the FBI statistics. “Our three big problems are gangs, drugs and parolees. Those are the areas that we are attacking,” Deeley said. The extra deputies added since 2004 have helped drop average response times for routine calls from nearly two hours and 20 minutes in 2004 to about 84 minutes so far this year, Deeley said. Emergency response times dropped from 5.6 minutes to 5.3 minutes. The quickened response times might have led to an increase in reports of thefts last year, Deeley said, because crime victims may have not bothered to file reports when it took deputies so long to get to them. Ledford believes Antelope Valley’s crime is worsened by prison parolees, who number about 1,700 in the Los Angeles County portion in the valley, and whom state officials in February promised would be restricted to people with pre-existing local connections. About 50 out of every 10,000 valley residents are parolees, compared to 32 out of every 10,000 residents statewide and 36 out of every 10,000 Los Angeles County residents, according to state parolee and population figures. Ledford said he believes the state should spread parolees around equitably among California communities. Whether they came to the Antelope Valley because housing is cheaper than elsewhere in Los Angeles County shouldn’t mean the valley gets more than its share, he said. “I don’t care,” Ledford said. “That’s not fair.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TOP WORK RANKED Herrera is ready to extend his stay at Old Trafford 3 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Latest transfer news Pellegrini stayed with Roma despite interest in him over the summer The Red Devils refused to let Anthony Martial, the France forward, leave Old Trafford over the summer, and he is now prepared to stay at the club having been heartened by the decision to keep him. (Telegraph)Aaron Ramsey is not yet ready to sign a new Arsenal contract, and will instead wait until January to make a decision on his future. (Mail)Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini in the January transfer window. (Sun) REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a £100million move for Christian Eriksen, the Tottenham attacking midfielder, before the European transfer window closes on Friday. (Express)Manchester United made NO attempt to sign Spurs pair Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose throughout the summer transfer window, with the only contact coming when the Lilywhites offered the duo to United. (Mirror) Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 3 Chelsea have denied reports Roman Abramovich is looking to sell the club after 15 years of ownership. (Mirror)David de Gea is refusing to sign a new Manchester United contract as he wants pay parity with Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, the club’s highest earners. (Daily Record)However, Ander Herrera, the midfielder, will pen a new two-year contract with the Red Devils. (Sun) targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM moving on three-way race Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Chelsea midfielder, is a loan target of Monaco’s. (Sun)Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham will reject a loan move to Aston Villa as he wants to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. (Mirror)And here are the top talkSPORT.com headlines…Loris Karius, the Liverpool goalkeeper, has joined Besiktas on a two-year loan dealTottenham starlet Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed on loan with Swansea until the end of the seasonMesut Ozil was dropped for Arsenal’s defeat of West Ham due to a ‘row’ with Unai Emery, the club’s managerDean Ashton has told Manuel Pellegrini to worry about results on the pitch, rather than ‘having a go’ at West Ham’s fansViewers were left stunned when Joleon Lescott appeared to be working on Sky Sports – without any trousers on! LATEST 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade talkSPORT.com round up all the latest transfer rumours and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…
Chelsea are 29/20 favourites at BetVictor to land their third FA Cup in four years in 90 minutes at Wembley, with Liverpool 21/10 and the draw 23/10.The Blues are 8/13 to lift the trophy with the Reds 6/5 – and the 11/1 we have quoted for Liverpool to win on penalties has been the most popular bet.The last time the cup was decided on penalties was 2006 when Liverpool beat West Ham. They also won the Carling Cup from the spot back in February and their last Champions League triumph was decided from 12 yards back in 2005!Wednesday night’s defeat against Newcastle more or less guaranteed that if Chelsea are going to be playing in the Champions League next season it will be as holders given they are now 16/1 to finish in the top four.Tongue firmly in cheek, we have a market between Liverpool and the Chelsea Pensioners (Drogba, Terry and Lampard only) and bet:Chelsea Pensioners 7/2Draw 2/1Liverpool 4/5Note all three Chelsea stars must start or the bet is void.Didier Drogba and Luis Suarez are 10/1 joint favourites with BetVictor to be named man of the match and as both were given the accolade in their respective semi-finals I do think that is just too big.Rangers are 4/5 to be relegated to the Championship and, with a visit to the Etihad Stadium next weekend, they really have to beat a poor Stoke side who were extremely fortunate to get a point against Everton on Tuesday having been outplayed for long periods of the game.That said I think the R’s will get all three points at 20/23 with the Potters 33/10 and the draw 11/4.The final spot for the drop looks to be between Rangers and Bolton, who were very ordinary against Spurs on Wednesday.Sunday is a must-win game for the Hoops and, after their drubbing at the Bridge, they owe their supporters another three points. But will it be enough?Fulham must have travelled back to Merseyside hardly full of confidence after their loss to Everton, but history was made at Anfield and they are a shade of odds-on at 20/23 to beat a struggling Sunderland side.The honeymoon period for Martin O’Neill is long gone and the Black Cats are 7/2 to land all three points with the draw at 27/10.Clint Dempsey has had another wonderful season and the American is 5/1 to score the opener which would be fitting after the campaign he has had for the Whites.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.com.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
1 December 2010An Aids-free generation is achievable if the international community steps up provision of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection, while focusing on the most disadvantaged communities affected by HIV, says a new UN report marking World Aids Day.According to “Children and Aids: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010”, released in New York on Tuesday, while children worldwide have benefited enormously from stronger Aids responses, “there are millions of women and children who have fallen through the cracks due to inequities rooted in gender, economic status, geographical location, education level and social status.“To achieve an Aids-free generation we need to do more to reach the hardest hit communities,” Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), said in a statement. “Every day, nearly 1 000 babies in sub-Sarahan Africa are infected with HIV through mother-to-child transmission.“Our Fifth Stocktaking Report on Children and Aids highlights innovations like the Mother Baby Pack that can bring life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more mothers and their babies than ever before.”According to the report, in low- and middle-income countries, 53% of pregnant women living with HIV received ARVs to prevent mother-to-child transmission in 2009, compared to 45% in 2008.“One of the most significant increases occurred in Eastern and Southern Africa, where the proportion jumped ten percentage points, from 58% in 2008 to 68% in 2009.”“We have strong evidence that elimination of mother-to-child transmission is achievable,” said Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation. “Achieving the goal will require much better prevention among women and mothers in the first place.”Young women still shoulder the greater burden of HIV infection, and in many countries women face their greatest risk of infection before age 25. Worldwide, more than 60% of all young people living with HIV are female. In sub-Saharan Africa, that figure is nearly 70%.“We need to address gender inequalities, including those that place women and girls at disproportionate risk to HIV and other adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes,” said Irina Bokova, director-general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).“While we are encouraged by a decline in HIV incidence among young people of more than 25% in 15 key countries in sub-Saharan Africa between 2001 and 2009, we must do everything possible to sustain and increase such positive trends in order to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support.”The report also emphasises the importance of tailoring education programmes to target the most vulnerable young people – those who are out of school – with information about HIV prevention.“We must increase investments in young people’s education and health, including sexual and reproductive health, to prevent HIV infections and advance social protection,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund. “Reaching marginalised young people, including vulnerable adolescent girls and those who are not in school, must remain a priority.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material