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bradetonBradenton's 16-year-old Victoria Duval is one of five female players receiving wildcards into the main draw or qualifying for the 2012 US Open later this month, the USTA announced this week.

Contrasting the players granted wildcards by the USTA, the teenage Duval earned her wildcard by winning the USTA Girls' 18 National Championships, knocking off five Top 10 seeds, and receiving the US Open main draw wildcard that annually goes to the winner of the event.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 15:58

Shanosky Named Defensive Player of The Week

ConorShanosky2The NASL has named Fort Lauderdale Strikers midfielder Conor Shanosky Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first award for the rookie who played a key role in the team’s 0-0 draw on the road against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. The shutout was the second straight for the Strikers and fifth of the season.

"I’m honored to receive this award, as it was a good result for us as a team,” said Shanosky. “Personally, I just tried to listen to the guys around me and we were able to work together and produce a strong defensive effort to get the result."

HIVAIDSHeterosexual transmission remains the main route of HIV infection in the Caribbean, according to the latest information released by UNAIDS. In a report titled Together we will end AIDS released ahead of the 19th Annual AIDS Conference in the United States last month, UNAIDS also noted that AIDS-related deaths in the Caribbean have declined by almost 50 percent in 10 years.

It stated that AIDS-related deaths have fallen to about 10,000 persons in 2011, nearly half what was seen in 2001, in almost 30 years since the start of the AIDS epidemic. This is in large part due to the relatively high antiretroviral treatment coverage of 67 percent for the Caribbean as a whole, the report noted. At present 230,000 people are living with HIV in the Caribbean. The estimated number of persons who were newly infected with the virus last year was 13,000.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:43

Blacks at High Risk for Glaucoma, Blindness

eye examAfrican Americans ages 40 or older, who have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, are at higher risk of getting the eye disease, which, if not treated early and properly, can cause blindness. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye and result in vision loss.

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form. In this condition, fluid builds up in the front chamber of the eye and the optic nerve is damaged by the resulting increase in eye pressure. Glaucoma affects more than two million people nationwide (in the United States) and is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in African Americans, said Dr. James Tsai, chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee for the National Eye Institute (NEI) National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) in the U.S.

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