Hanfmann: awarded with toilet paper after winning the first tournament in the ‘coronavirus era’

first_imgAs well as, in this post-tournament press convention, the German wished to supply a collection of options that might quickly be included into skilled occasions: “For some ATP tournaments, the introduction of fast units, or the rule of slicing breaks. What I’d do is return to every little thing when the public may very well be current, I didn’t actually like the quiet ambiance throughout the video games. The general public ought to come each time they need, with out the must be silent, They need to even be capable of change seats throughout factors, as in school tennis, that little noise doesn’t hassle me. “Maybe, being the first champion underneath the present circumstances, his phrases are taken under consideration. Tennis began rolling once more final week. After all, with an exhibition tournament in Höhr-Grenzhausen (Germany) that additionally permits us to say one factor: there has already been a winner of a tournament since the exercise of the circuit was stopped by the coronavirus. His title is Yannick Hanfmann, quantity 143 of the ATP rating, who was the better of the eight members who gathered the occasion.“Winning a tournament is all the time a optimistic factor, however it isn’t a time to magnify. I’m glad I didn’t overlook to play tennis, of with the ability to maintain bettering. In the finish, the enjoyable issue and the competitors issue have been the greatest expertise throughout these 4 days. Tennis was what I missed the most in the free time I used to be at house. Relating to the trophy (a roll of toilet paper), I see it as one thing filled with irony, it’s the greatest trophy that may be obtained at this stage, “Hanfmann defined for Tennis Magazin.last_img read more

Lyme disease-immune lizards stem spread of illness in area

first_imgeye rash, often causes fever, aching and fatigue if left untreated with antibiotics, and can progress to neurologic symptoms and chronic arthritis within weeks or years. Adolescent ticks, called nymphs, are also carriers of Lyme disease. Though the poppy-seed-size critters seem to have a strong predilection for feasting on lizards, Lane said, they also latch onto grey squirrels and, at times, humans. “They tend to occur in leaf litter in woodlands, and sometimes they tend to get on wood or logs,” he said. “Sitting on a log, gathering wood for a fire … in some areas that kind of behavior can be very high risk.” Nymphs are active in spring and summer. West Coasters, fortunately, are less likely to encounter either nymphs or adults than Northeasterners, who are more likely to live surrounded by the undeveloped land ticks favor, Lane said. In fact, it is that difference, he said, which causes much of the disparity between West Coast and East Coast Lyme disease rates. According to the county health department report, the majority of local cases are contracted outside the county. “It’s not our worst thing in the wild. There are rattlesnakes and poison oak. You need to be careful of that, too,” Long said. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALTADENA – Each late fall to early spring is tick season, when the tiny adult arachnids emerge on cool days to fill their bellies with blood. Crawling to the end of branches and grasses, the ticks wait with front arms outstretched to latch onto passing animals. Their bite can be irritating or painful, but more worrisome are the diseases they carry. Of those, the most common is Lyme disease, which in the West is carried by the black- legged tick. In Connecticut, where Lyme disease was first discovered three decades ago, one of every 2,500 people caught it in 2003, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report. In Los Angeles County, though, the illness only reaches about one in every 2million residents each year. One cause for the disparity? Lizards. In 1998, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists discovered that Western fence lizards, also known as blue-bellies, were immune to the spiral-shaped bacterium that causes Lyme disease. What’s more, they transferred their immunity to the juvenile ticks that feasted on their blood. These medium-size, grayish lizards with a complicated pattern of dark stripes and chevrons on their backs and their famous blue undersides “are one of our most abundant lizards,” said Mickey Long, natural areas administrator for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. As a result, less than 5 percent of black-legged adult ticks carry the disease in the Western United States, said Robert Lane, one of the Berkeley entomologists who first drew the connection between the lizards and Lyme disease. By comparison, in the Northeastern United States about 50percent of adult deer ticks, the Eastern carrier of the disease, contain the offending bacterium, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department. The difference is significant. The disease, which usually starts as an expanding bull’s- last_img read more

Administration Announces 2nd Renewal For Old Health Plans

first_imgAmericans who kept health plans that didn’t comply with the health law’s coverage requirements will be able to renew those policies again.Politico: Canceled Health Plans Get ReprieveThe Obama administration will allow some health plans that fall short of Obamacare coverage requirements to continue past the November elections and through most of President Barack Obama’s second term. The decision, announced Wednesday by federal health officials, extends for two years an earlier decision by the White House to let people keep their existing health plans through 2014, even if those plans fell short of the Affordable Care Act requirements (Cheney, 3/5).The New York Times: Obama Extends Renewal Period for Noncompliant Insurance Policies “This approach incorporates the flexibility that exists under the law,” said a senior administration official. Republicans said they were not surprised by the president’s latest move. Indeed, they said it confirmed their contention that parts of the health care law were unpopular and unworkable. The reprieve for noncompliant policies was the latest in a series of waivers, deadline extensions, delays and dispensations announced by the administration. Lawyers said that Mr. Obama was testing the limits of his powers (Pear, 3/5).Bloomberg: Obama Said To Allow Two-Year Renewal For Old Health PlansPeople who stayed on old plans, which don’t carry the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections, are believed to be younger and healthier in general than people on exchange plans. The insurer Humana Inc. (HUM) said in January that its exchange customers would be sicker and older than it expected in part because Obama allowed renewals of old plans (Wayne, 3/5).Earlier coverage:The Wall Street Journal: Extension Expected On Health Policies Not Meeting Law Millions of Americans received notices last fall saying their health-insurance policies would be canceled because they didn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s stricter coverage standards. In November, President Barack Obama said state insurance commissioners could let health plans reinstate such policies for 12 months since many consumers were unable to use the balky HealthCare.gov website to obtain replacement coverage (Radnofsky and Mathews, 3/4).Reuters: White House Readies Health Insurance Renewal Extension – SourcesThe Obama administration will allow consumers to extend health insurance plans that fail to comply with President Barack Obama’s health care law beyond 2014, according to three people familiar with the matter. In a move that could help Democrats avoid a repeat of last autumn’s public outcry over canceled health policies, administration officials are expected to announce the change within the next few days, according to the sources (Morgan, 3/4).CBS News: Obamacare’s “Keep Your Plan” Fix To Be ExtendedPresident Obama took some serious heat last year when insurers started dropping millions of Americans from health plans that were no longer Obamacare-compliant, seemingly breaking his promise, “If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance.” Consequently, he enacted an administrative policy change allowing insurers to extend existing plans on the individual and small-group markets for a year (Condon, 3/4). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Administration Announces 2nd Renewal For Old Health Planslast_img read more