ATP | Nadal wins Fritz to raise the 85th title of his career

first_imgIn 2005, Nadal received the third title of his career in Acapulco. It was the first time that he participated in the Mexican Open after reaching the age of majority. He beat Calatrava, Ventura, Cañas, Puerta and Montañés to raise a particular trophy, the Guaje de Plata, fruit of the Central American nation that turns into a jícara to transport water and has a pear form. The Balearic Islands left the reply (solely the authentic is granted to those that earn it 3 times in a row and Muster and Ferrer have it) in a taxi as a result of of the rush, once they arrive at the airport with the proper time. Unbelievable however true. He received it once more in 2013, though this time he didn’t lose it. And 15 years later, this Saturday, Rafa lifted him for the third time after beating Taylor Fritz in the last: 6-Three and 6-2 in 74 minutes. The world quantity two placed on the typical mariachi hat to have a good time per week to body and with little put on, wherein he didn’t yield a single set in 5 video games and solely misplaced 25 video games. Thus he reached a spherical quantity of titles: 85. And he additionally assured one other season, and they’re already 17 consecutive, with a minimum of one cup to add to their showcases, an absolute document in the Open Period (since 1968). The victory doesn’t assist him to lower distances with the primary, Novak Djokovic, who with his victory in the last of Dubai will increase his benefit by 45 factors (10,200 in opposition to 9,850), but it surely fills him with confidence for what’s coming. The next, the Indian Wells Masters 1,000 (March 12-22). The ultimate began with greater than three quarters of an hour late as a result of of the lengthy period of the girls’s crew (2h: 46), with victory of the British Watson in opposition to the Canadian Fernandez. Nadal and Fritz (22 years and 35th of the rating) had not confronted one another earlier than and went on the monitor with kits of the similar model and the similar colours: white pants and pink shirt, with out sleeves that of the Spanish. SThey tried for 3 video games till Rafa attacked, but it surely was not simple for him to break the greatest punch he had confronted in the event. He had two break balls for 3-1 and so they escaped. The American, considerably whining and talkative, didn’t fear about the companies of his rival. And Nadal, who subtracted nearly from Manacor and put the ball with rather a lot of weight and a gradual tempo to exasperate Fritz, did take the third break alternative to put the 5-Three and then shut with a primary partial spherical wherein he solely misplaced three factors with his serve and made 5 unforced errors (he completed the recreation with eight).With out on the lookout for many winners, Rafa discovered a manner to dominate, with laborious hits and good instructions. ANDThe American survived at the begin of the second race as a result of of his firepower at the service. At the time of receiving, little might be performed earlier than the impeccable efficiency of his opponent. And in the fifth recreation, Nadal put a drive that left him sitting, actually. An ethical blow that facilitated the second break of the Spanish and the sentence of a last closed by him with few troubles and far mastery. Champion.last_img read more

Scientific sleuths hunt for Zikacarrying mosquitoes

first_imgZika virus, the once obscure pathogen now widely feared for causing birth defects and other problems, has spread very far very quickly since an outbreak was first noticed in northeast Brazil in early 2015. It has reached more than 
40 countries across the Americas, even making it to the Cape Verde islands, off the western coast of Africa. More than a million people have become infected.As public health officials try to contain the epidemic, researchers are racing to answer a key question with important implications for which areas are at risk, and what methods might work to slow its spread: Which mosquitoes are transmitting the virus? Answering the question is no small challenge. Scientists need evidence from both lab-raised and wild-caught mosquitoes to make the case that a given species is guilty.Just last week, a team in Rio de Janeiro announced that it had nabbed several 
Aedes aegypti infected with Zika—the first infected mosquitoes found in Brazil. The species, the yellow fever mosquito, has long been the prime suspect, but some scientists believe the Zika virus must have other carriers to have spread so quickly—and they have field and lab studies underway to resolve the issue. Until that evidence is in, “we shouldn’t jump to conclusions,” says Duane Gubler, a virologist at Duke-NUS Medical School 
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competent vectors spread disease, however. That depends on several factors, such as how often the species bites, whether it feeds primarily on humans or other animals, and how long it lives. To confirm that a species is transmitting disease, researchers also need to find virus-infected mosquitoes in the wild.You have to look at a lot 
of mosquitoes to find 
[infected ones].Duane Gubler, Duke-NUS Medical SchoolThe team that reported the first Zika-
infected mosquitoes in Brazil, led by Ricardo Lourenço-de-Oliveira, an entomologist at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Rio de Janeiro, vacuumed up mosquitoes from homes and streets in Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods that were home to people complaining of Zika symptoms. Over 10 months they collected more than 1500 mosquitoes, identified them, and tested pooled samples of the same sex and species for the presence of Zika and other viruses. Nearly half were A. aegypti, and most of the rest were Culex quinquefasciatus, another common mosquito in urban Brazil. Roughly 5% were other species. A species called A. albopictus, widely known as the Asian tiger mosquito, which can also transmit Zika in the lab and has been found infected with the virus in Mexico and Gabon, made up only about 2% of the catch, Lourenço-de-Oliveira says. They found Zika virus in three sets of female A. aegypti mosquitoes, but none of the other species.The lack of virus in C. quinquefasciatus is somewhat reassuring, Lourenço-de-Oliveira says, but the case is not closed. Constância Ayres, an entomologist at Fiocruz in Recife, Brazil, says that her lab has evidence that the species is a possible vector; they have found Zika virus in the saliva of C. quinquefasciatus that had fed on infected blood. (Her team has submitted its work for publication.)Lab tests can be misleading, however. “There is a classic discordance between what you see in the lab and what happens in the wild,” Brady says. “Albopictus and aegypti are both highly competent in the lab” as vectors for dengue. “But in Europe, where we have widespread albopictus and almost no aegypti, you don’t have huge dengue outbreaks.”Ayres and others are still searching for Zika in the wild. She and her colleagues have collected and identified more than 5000 mosquitoes in the Recife area since March, from homes where confirmed Zika patients lived and from urgent care centers. She is waiting for promised grant money before she can run the polymerase chain reaction tests to find which viruses the mosquitoes are 
carrying, she says.Culex mosquitoes transmit several viruses related to Zika, and it would not be particularly surprising if both Culex and Aedes species could spread Zika, Ayres says. Gubler agrees that Culex is a plausible carrier. He notes that several Zika relatives spread by Culex mosquitoes, including the West Nile virus, target the nervous system, which Zika also seems to do.If Culex mosquitoes can transmit Zika virus, that will make slowing its spread even more difficult. C. quinquefasciatus is found as far north as Iowa and Indiana in the United States, although people there are protected by window screens and other factors. In Latin America, most vector control methods are targeted at A. aegypti. Those efforts have made barely a dent in curtailing spread of the Zika virus so far, notes Paul Reiter, an entomologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Targeting multiple vectors at once will only make the job harder. “If [C.] quinquefaciatis is a vector,” he says, “we can forget anything about mosquito control.” Emaillast_img read more