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Kind of frustrating if you can’t get the serve like three in a row.”After trailing 4-1 in the 10-point tiebreaker — a new addition at the Australian Open this year __ and then taking a 7-6 lead thanks to a video replay review at 6-6 — Karlovic was closing in becoming the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1978 to reach the third round at the Australian Open.But Nishikori stepped it up, sparking chants of “Nishi-kori, Nishi-kori” from a section of Japanese fans at Margaret Court Arena.“I had to reload in the fifth,” he said. “It was really tough. Could go both ways. I really returned well — focussed well.“We both played great tennis — and he served really well. I’ll try to carry on this confidence to the next round.”Rain showers halted play on all courts soon after Nishikori’s win, forcing organizers to close the roofs of the three main show courts.The Japanese fans were still in place after the break to watch U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka advance with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tamara Zidansek.Nishikori said having more Japanese fans in Australia than at any of the other majors always gave him a boost.“You can tell there is so many Japanese. And also many Asians. I’m sure I feel more comfortable playing this Grand Slam than other Grand Slam.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japan’s Kei Nishikori celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Kei Nishikori wants to extend a Grand Slam sequence. He’s not making it easy at the Australian Open.Eighth-seeded Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and had to save three break points deep in the fifth, before beating the 39-year-old Croatian 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) to reach the third round.ADVERTISEMENT Expect the ‘best version’ of Joshua Pacio in his first ONE title defense “I rather do three sets, but today (Karlovic) was playing well, and first match, too, the guy was playing really solid,” Nishikori said. “Yeah, these two matches can go, you know, I could lose these two matches. So I just need to recover well. But, I mean, it’s only two matches, so I’m not too tired yet.”Nishikori dropped to his hands and knees after winning the last three points of the tiebreaker, relieved to secure his spot.He later joked that he’d faced more aces in one match than he himself would serve in a year.“He almost had it,” Nishikori said of how close Karlovic got to victory. “One serve and it could have gone his way.”To force a fifth, Karlovic, who is 2.11 meters (6-feet-11), had served six aces in a row — two from 30-30 in the 10th game and then another four to close after breaking Nishikori’s serve to close out the fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT After missing last year’s Australian Open because of injury, Nishikori reached the fourth round at the French Open, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals in New York, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the last two.He reached a career-high No. 4 ranking in March, 2015 — a record for an Asian player in ATP rankings history — and his runner-up finish at the 2014 U.S. Open made him the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlready with a title in Brisbane to open 2019, he’s starting to believe he’s ready for the next step.But after twice being taken to five sets — he lost the first two sets of his opening match but won 15 of the next 17 games before Kamil Majchrzak retired while trailing 3-0 in the fifth — he’d prefer to take a direct route through the third round. 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Tags It also gives glimpses at some of the actors who will be appearing in the show, like Adam Scott, Tracy Morgan, Kumail Nanjiani and John Cho. According to CBS, which will broadcast the show, other actors will include Greg Kinnear, Jessica Williams and Jacob Tremblay, to name a few. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Scott keeps seeing the same numbers turn up. Nanjiani thinks he has a dog, for some reason. Tremblay may or may not be a child politician.And of course, Jordan Peele, who is executive producing and hosting, has an unsettling look to give the camera from the booth of a diner. The Twilight Zone’s first two episodes will be available on CBS All Access April 1 and will then be released on Thursdays starting April 11. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Jordan Peele hosts The Twilight Zone. Screenshot by CNET In the new trailer for The Twilight Zone, out Thursday, one character utters a telling line to another: “Life sometimes goes like you don’t expect it to.”The trailer gives another look at the upcoming reboot of the classic anthology series, cutting between different stories of characters realizing something in their world has shifted. 50 Photos Share your voice Comment 1 Culture
Space Solar eclipse 2017: Here’s what people saw 0 Tags 32 amazing photos of solar eclipses (pictures) On May 29, 1919, Eddington managed to image a few of the stars nearest the darkened sun. After much calculating, the positions of these stars in the sky, as captured that day from the island of Principe, would show that Einstein’s theory passed the test. When the results were announced later that year, it catapulted Einstein to a level of stardom that has persisted to this day. “A century ago astronomers confirmed the general theory of relativity – in the process transforming our understanding of the Universe for ever,” Mike Cruise, president of the Royal Astronomical Society, said in a statement. “The work of Einstein and Eddington is an amazing example of international collaboration in the aftermath of the first world war, and a visible demonstration of how science can overcome barriers in these turbulent times.” It is our understanding of relativity, verified first by the 1919 eclipse experiment, that allows global positioning systems to be accurate down to the centimeter, enabling a wide array of uses from navigation to weather forecasting. “The observation of this one eclipse by a few astronomers from Britain and Ireland … may well have been the most important scientific experiment of the entire twentieth century,” writes Daniel Kennefick in his book No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Enlarge ImageA half-tone reproduction of one of the images taken of the eclipse. Royal Astronomical Society Over the ensuing decades, other experiments have continued to prove Einstein correct. The discovery of gravitational waves and the recent first-ever direct image of a black hole both served as further evidence that gravity seems to behave as Einstein predicted throughout the universe. Before the eclipse of 1919, Einstein’s ideas were considered too radical and difficult to understand, let alone verify, to be widely accepted. When the results were published some controversy persisted, as cosmologist Peter Coles has written. But with each passing decade relativity seems more clearly to be settled science and the importance of that long-ago eclipse has become clear. The introduction to the version of the paper published in Science in 1920 might have said it best:”An eclipse of the sun has become of profound interest also to the physicist, to the mathematician, and to the philosopher, in general.”And in case you’re wondering, the next total solar eclipse is just a few weeks away. It will be visible from parts of South America and the South Pacific on July 2. Share your voice 33 Photos Post a comment But rather than geopolitics, the disagreement at hand had to do with gravity and light. According to Newton’s conception of physics, light has no mass and therefore cannot be affected by gravity, so it should always move in a straight line. While Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity does not directly quibble with Newton, it adds the notion that gravity can actually warp the fabric of space-time. He hypothesized that this effect could even be visible with a massive enough object, like the sun, because it possesses enough space-time-warping gravity to make particles of light effectively curve around it.This means the position of distant stars would actually appear to shift a tiny amount when their light passes near the sun. Of course, it’s very difficult to see any stars right next to the sun’s bright light, so Eddington set out to test Einstein’s theory by observing stars during the eclipse. As anyone who saw the great American total solar eclipse of 2017 can attest, during the few minutes of totality, stars briefly re-emerge as the shadow of the moon blots out the sun’s intense light. 21 Photos A century ago, on a small island off the coast of West Africa, a few adventurous astronomers led by Arthur Eddington pointed their telescopes at the sun as it went dark. Their goal was to measure distant stars during what would become one of the most famous total solar eclipses, but in the process they created a whole new kind of star: Albert Einstein.We owe our understanding of modern physics and astronomy — and technology like GPS that helps us navigate our daily lives — to this landmark scientific experiment, which tested Einstein’s theory of general relativity 100 years ago.What was at stake was the scientific equivalent of settling a bet about how the universe works. On one side of the bet was German-born Einstein, and on the other was the British father of modern science, Isaac Newton. At the time, Germany and Britain had just been on opposite ends of bloodiest war either side had ever seen — World War I. Sci-Tech
Post a comment The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car 0 Enlarge ImageThe generators charging the ID R’s battery ran on pure glycerin, further boosting the car’s green street cred. Volkswagen The Volkswagen ID R electric race car is a freakin’ force to be reckoned with. In July, the ID R smashed the 20-year-old overall record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and before that, it beat the previous EV record holder at the Nurburgring Nordschleife by about 40 seconds. Now, Volkswagen has seen fit to divulge some details about that record-setting run.Volkswagen said on Friday that the ID R consumed just 24.7-kWh of battery power during its trip around the ‘Ring, about 55% of its 45-kWh maximum battery capacity. The automaker pointed out that this is equivalent to 25% of the energy a GT3-class race car requires to get around the 12.92-mile Nordschleife. Of the energy the ID R used in its record-breaking lap, 9.2% came through brake regeneration.The ID R reached its top speed at the Fuchsrohre section of track, approximately 3.7 miles into the lap, when it peaked at 169.6 miles per hour. The lowest speed came in the famed “carousel,” where the car dropped down to just 51.5 mph. Its average for the entire lap was a blistering 127.3 mph. Remember: This track has dozens upon dozens of curves over its length. To help maintain that pace, driver Romain Dumas activated the ID R’s drag reduction system (DRS for the race geeks out there) 23 times, leaving it open for nearly a quarter of its time on the track.Speaking of Dumas, he was subject to plenty of stress, and not just because it was on him to break the record set by the electric Nio EP9. The strongest deceleration on track produced a negative acceleration of 2.7 g. During a left-right turn combination in the Kallenhard section, Dumas experienced a peak of 3.49 g. No wonder the world’s best racing drivers have such terrifyingly thick necks — all that muscle is needed to manage the additional weight of a driver’s head during such maneuvers. The result was a lap time of 6:05.336, which is wildly impressive. But then again, the ID R needs to be impressive; it’s Volkswagen’s way of letting us all know that our electrified future will be far from the equivalent of a damp sponge. Having seen the ID R launch itself up the Goodwood hill in person, I can confirm that there are plenty of dramatics involved with this electric race car. Volkswagen Volkswagen More From Roadshow 18 Photos Share your voice Tags 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star 2019 BMW M4 CS review: Greater performance with fewer compromises Electric Cars Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
Stocks shave Tuesday’s gains after Fed minutes1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Stocks shave Tuesday’s gains after Fed minutes1.2K viewsBusinessThe Dow and S&P 500 ticked slightly lower Wednesday – investors trying to sort out the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting which highlighted policymakers’ desire to keep interest rates lowerVentuno Web Player 4.50The Dow and S&P 500 ticked slightly lower Wednesday – investors trying to sort out the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting which highlighted policymakers’ desire to keep interest rates lower
Road Accident LogoTwo motorcyclists were killed as a covered van hit their motorbike on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Paolanpur area in Narsingdi on Sunday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased are Rabbi Mia, 28, son of Delo Mia of the same area and Roxy, 25, son of Mostafizur Rahman of Tatapara village in Madhabdi Upazila of the district.Madhabdi police station officer-in-charge Dewan Abu Taher said the accident took place around 4pm when the Narshingdi-bound covered van hit the motorcycle, leaving the duo dead on the spot.The bodies were sent to Narsingi Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
00:00 /02:21 Pat HernandezThe iconic Astrodome roof from inside the structure.The Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved turning part of the Houston Astrodome into a parking garage.Specifically, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Commissioners Gene Locke, Jack Morman, Steve Radack and Jack Cagle gave the green light for the design phase of the project. The plan is to raise the Dome’s floor 30 feet to ground level to build a two-story underground garage with room for about 1,400 vehicles.County officials have budgeted $10.5 million for the design phase, which can take between 12 and 18 months.“We’ll wanna team because most of it is just pure engineering, the structural concrete for the parking lot and things, but there’s architectural elements as well,” Harris County Engineer John Blount explains.The overall cost of the project is $105 million, $35 million of which would come from the county’s general fund.The balance would come from the hotel occupancy tax and revenue from other parking lots Harris County owns.Emmett says the project doesn’t require any tax increases,. Further, the plan is less expensive than demolishing the Dome.“Even if it could be demolished, that would cost upwards of 30 million dollars,” Emmett said after the meeting. “So, Do you use taxpayer dollars to destroy an iconic structure, after which you have nothing left? Or do you use taxpayer dollars to put it back into use that all the groups like OTC say they can use?”However, retired engineer John Stephens isn’t totally on board with the project.The Harris County resident spoke at the meeting/ He proposed a referendum about the Astrodome that would include all options, from demolition to full restoration of the venue.Stephens argues he doesn’t necessarily oppose the parking garage, but opposes the way Emmett and the commissioners are making the decisions about the project.“The voters rejected a plan for the Dome a few years ago and now we’re seeing sort of a well-intentioned, nostalgic, passionate group try to do something without voter approval,” Stephens said.Emmett said he hopes this project will still leave the option of converting the Dome into an event venue.The Texas Historical Commission would eventually have to approve a final design for the parking structure proposal from Harris County because they are considering granting the Astrodome a State Antiquity Landmark status.View Fullscreen Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Dr. Elizabeth Simas (Associate professor, political science, UH) joins host Gary Polland for a recap of the 2018 mid-term election. Topics include the “Beto Effect,” Props A & B, and the defeat of Harris County judge Ed Emmett by Lina Hidalgo. With guests Neftali Partida (Senior Public Policy Advisor, Locke Lord LLP) and Mustafa Tameez (Managing Director, Outreach Strategists). Original air date: November 9, 2018.Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue Share
A sign oriented toward North Avenue traffic hails a Madison Park’s unique residential and business community. After decades of high crime and violence, the City has announced the imminent closing and razing of the troubled housing complex.Last June, residents of the Madison Park North apartment complex were told the housing development would be closing, and that they would have to find new places to live. The housing authority would be providing residents receiving a public housing benefit, new housing vouchers and additional assistance for relocating.Three families and the pastor of a church that reside on the premises of the Madison Park North complex have agreed to keep the AFRO updated on their progress as they await their new vouchers and undertake the process of finding a new place to live. Residents tell us they have been asked to leave within four to five months.The Madison Park North complex sits on North Avenue just west of the Jones Falls Expressway, occupying part of Reservoir Hill’s southernmost border. It is a mix of predominantly housing units with commercial rental space. According to Carl Cleary, housing coordinator for the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, the development is home to approximately 180 households who must now find new housing.Yolanda Pulley is president of the Madison Park North Apartments tenant’s association.Yolanda Pulley is the president of the tenant’s association at Madison Park and has lived on the site for 23 years, currently residing in her fourth unit. She is also the lead plaintiff in a recently filed lawsuit against the Madison Park North Apartments Limited Partnership (MPNALP), the entity that owns the complex, and All-County Security Agency, the company contracted to provide security at the development, for failure to provide adequate living conditions as well as violating the civil rights of the tenants.Pulley tells the AFRO that the apartment complex was a difficult place to raise her four children, who live with her at Madison Park.“Basically, I sheltered my children in the house because of the area that we lived in,” said Pulley. “It was bad, it was real bad. When I first moved around here it was just bodies dropping all over the place.”Pulley says that the complex is no longer as afflicted by violence, but that issues with violence and drug trafficking are nonetheless recurring. One benefit the development did offer, however, was convenience, with easy access to the bus stops and cabs on North Avenue, a lifeline to someone who, like Pulley, does not own a car.Pulley would like to find something with similar access to public modes of transportation as she begins her search for a new home and says she would like to remain in Baltimore. The City’s Housing Authority, organized under Baltimore Housing, has committed to assisting not only with new vouchers, but with various other expenses related to applying for housing as well as costs of moving.“That’s what we fought for and they basically gave us what we wanted,” said Pulley.The next step is to sit for an interview to determine her eligibility for a voucher. Interviews for all residents of Madison Park begin Aug. 25.Ashley Smith has lived at the complex with her mother for the past eight years. She tells the AFRO that she does not spend much time out in the complex, preferring to be indoors at home instead.Smith is not particularly concerned with the safety of the complex, but far more troubled by the lack of responsive maintenance management and leaking roof she has had to tolerate while living in Madison Park.Smith’s only request of the City is a simple one.“Help me move. That’s all I want from them, just to help me move,” said Smith.Smith says that her ideal landing place is Edmondson Village, but otherwise just wants something that will be her own, as she will now look for housing independent of her mother.Brittany Jones has lived at Madison Park for approximately six years. She had previously lived there with her mother but for the last five months has rented her own unit, where she lives with her younger brother.The apartments at Madison Park“Not happy with the neighborhood,” said Jones of her impressions of the development. “There’s a lot of drug activity. And when I first moved around here, the first couple of months, there were shootings in broad daylight. I was so scared.”Jones says that Madison Park feels safer now, but that there is still drug activity occurring out of some units.Otherwise, her biggest complaints were the pest problems suffered in the apartments.“Water bugs. Spiders. Too much for me,” said Jones.Jones says that she would like the City to pick up the pace a bit as they seek to assist residents with the transition. Otherwise, Jones says, “I just want to find a nice neighborhood for me and my little brother.”Madison Park is not only home to its residents, there are also businesses and non-profits residing in the complex. Among them is a church, Love and Liberty Family Ministries, that has to suddenly find a new home, after having moved in just last December.“We wanted to add a bright, vibrant space to the community, something that the children could come to. And if you bring children and help children you’ll eventually help their parents,” explained Bishop Mark-Anthony Wilson of what he and Love and Liberty’s three other trustees had envisioned for the space which they renovated and painted. “We’ve put a lot of money into it for a one year old church,” said Wilson. “A lot of out of pocket expenses from myself and my trustees”Love and Liberty is not receiving any assistance, financial or otherwise, from any source to assist with its relocation. Wilson says he has inquired of the leasing office as to why he was not told about the impending closing when he signed a lease late last year, only to be told it was none of his business. Love and Liberty is now scrambling for a new location, and funds with which to secure it, hoping to avoid having to suddenly shut down the young ministry.Wilson, though he no longer lives there, grew up in Madison Park and had hoped his church would become a permanent fixture in the community.“It’s bittersweet,” said Wilson. “I’ve grown up here, I’ve been here all my life. To see it go, of course, there will be a lot of memories that go with it, but I’m very excited for the possibility that it brings for the residents. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start, it’s an opportunity for a new beginning.”Wilson recently received a letter from management ordering the church to vacate by Aug. 27. He says that as a commercial tenant, he was not informed of the plans to close down the complex by management, but from parishioners who are also residents at Madison Park.Wilson, along with Pulley, Smith and Jones, has agreed to keep the AFRO updated as they search for a new home. In September, we will report on how the residents’ respective eligibility interviews went and how their searches are progressing. firstname.lastname@example.org
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe who’s who of Black politics and – well – politics in general – were in attendance at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Swearing In Ceremony, and bolstered by a rallying cry of course correction by it’s new chair-elect.There was plenty to celebrate on the morning of Jan. 3 at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. N.W., as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held their event to welcome old and new members into the class of the CBC of the 11th Congress.Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), along with her fellow Congressional Black Caucus members, were sworn in on Jan. 3. (Courtesy Photo)“It’s a moment in history,” U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said. “A significant moment. For this class now stands at 55 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, some 22 percent of the Congress.”The CBCF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institue that seeks to advance the global Black community, according to the website. The first CBC was established in 1971. Five years later the first Annual Legislative Conference was held. In 1976 the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) was officially founded as a non profit. Since that time the CBCF has been at the forefront of many legislative efforts to push equity and growth of the Black community.“We are excited about the four decades of labor of the CBC of whose shoulders we stand,” Jackson Lee said, adding. “This foundation continues to be the conscience of the Congress.”Angela Rye, political commentator and analyst, served as master of ceremony during the event.Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House, highlighted some agenda items both the CBC and the Congress will be engaging in the future.“We will be introducing and passing the Voting Rights Act in this Congress,” Pelosi said to applause, adding that “we will be passing and having legislation to get voting rights for the people of the District of Columbia.”“We have important work to do in this Congress,” Pelosi said. “We have to address the disparity of income in this country. We have to address climate crisis and what that means in terms of environmental justice in our country. We have to recognize that one in five children lives in poverty and that is intolerable to us.“We have to do so in a way that treats everyone with dignity whether we agree with them or not on issues. And we want every member of Congress to respect the truth.”Pelosi took time to honor the 9 new members of the CBC joining Congress. They include Jahana Hayes (CT), Lauren Underwood (IL), Steven Horsford (NV), Joseph D. Neguse (CO), Colin Allred (TX), Ilhan Omar (MN), Lucy McBath (GA), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Antonio Delgado (NY).Pelosi also recognized some of the CBC members who will be holding committee chair positions in this Congress including: Eddie Bernice Johnson, who will chair “Science, Space and Technology,” Bobby Scott who will chair “Education and The Workforce Committee,” Elijah Cummings who will chair “Government Oversight Committee,” Bennie Thompson who will chair “Homeland Security” and Maxine Waters who will chair the “House Financial Services Committee.”Karen Bass, the California representative who replaces Cedric L. Richmond (LA) in this session, brought the Caucus’ mission into sharp focus.“Today is a glorious day,” Bass said during her address. “Not just for the CBC, but today is a glorious day for our country. Today marks the beginning of a course correction.”“Correcting the trauma we have all experienced on a daily basis for the last two years.”Bass broke down the Black diaspora and its place in the nation’s capital’s history as well as the county at large.“The year marks the 400th anniversary of when our ancestors arrived on this land. Some came here as free men and women, most were enslaved and many of those that were free were later captured and placed into slavery. Our ancestors built the US Capitol, they built the White House and many of the historic buildings in D.C.“The wealth and advancement of our nation is because of over 200 years of free labor from our ancestors.”Bass pointed to the resilience of Black folks nodding to gubernatorial nominations of Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum in southern states, and other key successes like the election of President Barack Obama.She pushed the crowd to come to grips with the shape shifting of a nation reimaging itself with a broader more diverse palette.“America is becoming more diverse, and that diversity is leading to the browning of our nation,” Bass said. “Instead of a celebration the reaction has essentially unleashed a dragon.“A dragon that is gasping his last breath, so he is dangerous as he lashes out. The dragon is hate, the dragon is White supremacy – and they have a leader,” Bass said, jabbing at President Trump.After the ceremony, the CBC members went on to be sworn in with the other members of Congress.