Sharapova, ranked 146th after returning from a doping ban in April, was given a wildcard into the main draw.The 2006 champion had played just one match since May coming into Flushing Meadows, with injuries forcing her out of the grass-court season and US Open build-up.She played superbly to upset world number two Simona Halep on the first day of the tournament, and then beat Timea Babos and Sofia Kenin on her way to the last 16.Sevastova proved too strong, however, the 5ft 5in Latvian’s defensive skills and ability to create angles ultimately derailing the Russian.“The first set was very close, it could have gone either way,” said Sevastova.“She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running every ball, and just stayed there.”Sharapova ended the match with 51 errors to 42 winners as she pressed too hard in trying to break down Sevastova’s brilliant defence.The Latvian went close to taking the first set after coming back from 4-1 down, but Sharapova clinched it with two magnificent forehands in game 12.The momentum had already begun to swing though, and Sevastova would level thanks to a single breakÂ at 2-1Â in the second – in one rally lobbing Sharapova twice, prompting the Russian to scramble left-handed in desperation.A six-minute bathroom break ahead of the decider apparently did not have the desired effect as Sharapova quickly fell 3-0 down.She had said after her opening match that “this girl has a lot of grit”, and it was in evidence as she cut the deficit to 3-2, but in the end Sevastova had too much.Sharapova fought off three match points before a big first serve left the five-time major winner flailing at a return that flew wide after two hours and 17 minutes. Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam tournamentÂ in 19 monthsÂ ended with defeat by Anastasija Sevastova in the US Open fourth round.Latvia’s Sevastova, the 16th seed, won 5-7 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in New York.The 27-year-old will play Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals, after the American beat Julia Goerges. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Vigilanty Justice · 366 weeks ago I hope they find these idiots and HANG THEM ON MAIN STREET. This crap has got to stop. Crime has more than doubled with the casino to the north. Report Reply 7 replies · active 364 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 366 weeks ago Nooners are good(hehe). People that steal trailers are pathetic, scum sucking bottom feeders. Leaches of humanity Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 366 weeks ago Really!! Has society stooped that low? What has happened to us as a society?? I know this is only the minority, but REALLY!!! Thief or Thieves, if you are reading this, please take the trailer back. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 365 weeks ago They might be able to paint it, but they can’t change the structure of the trailer. I’m going to be checking every trailer I see that looks freshly painted that has the unique build that this one does. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Categorize this in the “life can stink,”, or the “some people don’t deserve to live” category â€” take your pick.The Wellington Lions Club “Nooners,” who gather every week as a non-profit organization to help make the community a better place to live in, got its trailer stolen from a storage unit on Lincoln and Fair Street.This was a big yellow with purple logo and lettering trailer used for such things as community toy drives during Christmas to provide gifts to needy children.Â Sometime between Saturday, July 20 and Monday, July 22, the trailer which was locked in a storage unit got stolen when someone broke off the new lockets placed on the shed and stole it.“They obviously wanted the trailer,” said Shawnna Gore, past President of the Wellington Lions Club. “We have the big flag we use in the parade inside it. They took it out and just took the trailer. Nothing else in the storage shed was taken. They didn’t mess with anything else.”If anyone has any information about the missing Wellington Lions Club trailer or the sicko(s) who stole it, contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331.This yellow trailer provided by the Wellington Lions Club was stolen from a storage unit in east Wellington.
Iniesta began having sessions with psychologist Inma Puig, who said the Spaniard’s recovery owed much to those around him, including Guardiola.“Guardiola said this is the first time I’ve been in this situation as a coach,” said Puig. “I remember he said, ‘the most important thing now is Andres, the person not the player’.”“They’re people and this is a very human thing which affects millions of people around the world,” said Guardiola. “They have to know we are there for them.”“Guardiola tried to get him out of that bottomless pit he was in,” said Iniesta’s mother Maria.Iniesta came through Barcelona’s La Masia academy and went on to win nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with the club.He also lifted the World Cup with Spain in 2010, after scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands in the final.Despite receiving a hero’s farewell from Barca, Iniesta hinted his relationship with the board influenced his decision to go to Japan.“People at the club never imagined I could leave,” Iniesta said. “It’s like everything, in relationships if you don’t discuss things at the right time there comes a time when there’s no way back.”Share on: WhatsApp Iniesta left Barcelona in 2018 after winning nine La Liga and four Champions League titles with the clubMadrid, Spain | AFP | Andres Iniesta has described his struggle with depression while playing for Barcelona, which his mother says was a “bottomless pit” that caused her 25-year-old son to ask to sleep with his parents.Iniesta recalls his experience with the illness in a Rakuten TV documentary, ‘Andres Iniesta – The Unexpected Hero’, which was released on Thursday and covers his move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018.After winning the Champions League under Pep Guardiola in 2009, Iniesta was battling injury and then hit by the death of his friend Dani Jarque, the 26-year-old Espanyol defender who suffered a heart attack.“The days pass and you realise you’re not improving, you don’t feel good, you’re not yourself. Everything clouds over and goes dark,” Iniesta said.On Jarque’s death, Iniesta added: “That was like a body blow, something powerful that knocked me down again and I was pretty low, clearly because I wasn’t very well.”Iniesta’s depression is described by those closest to him, including his mother Maria Lujan and father Jose Antonio.“I noticed he wasn’t well one night when we were sleeping downstairs and he came down and said, ‘mum can I sleep here with you?’” Maria said. “Then the world came down on my head.”Jose Antonio said: “Our 25 year-old son coming down at midnight and wanting to sleep with his parents means he can’t be well. He said, ‘I’m not well dad’. I said, ‘what’s wrong?’ ‘I don’t know, I don’t feel well.’”Iniesta’s father admitted he thought his son might have to take a break from football. “At one stage I thought he would have to stop because the most important thing was him,” said Jose Antonio.
Tottenham has sent American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan to another second-tier club for the season. The 20-year-old center back will play for Swansea, the south Wales club that was relegated from the Premier League in May. He spent the first half of last season at Sheffield United and the remainder at Ipswich in the League Championship.Carter-Vickers remains in Tottenham’s long-term plans, though, having recently signed a new contract through 2021.A son of former NBA player Howard Carter, the Tottenham academy graduate made four appearances for the London club in the 2016-17 season.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018 file photo, Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers leaps over Roma defender Luca Pellegrini during the first half of an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
Firefighters from as far away as Neptune assisted the Monmouth Beach fire department in getting a fire under control and rescuing resident Jim Fuller early Wednesday morning, Jan. 21.According to C. Read Murphy, with the Sea Bright department who was on the scene, firefighters from Neptune, Highlands, Oceanport, Little Silver, Deal, Asbury Park and Monmouth Beach answered the fire call at approximately 1 a.m. for the fire at the three-story home.Sea Bright Chief Chad Murphy rescued Fuller, who uses a wheelchair, and who was trapped on the third floor, according to Murphy. The chief and Fuller were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Murphy said. Firefighters remained on the scene until 5 a.m.
By John BurtonRED BANK – Borough Council President Cindy Burnham offered a little tidbit to a handful of women at the Red Bank Senior Center as they completed their plantings in the newly established garden: “Nothing’s better than coming back to your garden and picking a cherry tomato and popping it in your mouth.”The women, whose ages range from the mid-60s to late 80s, nodded in agreement, recalling the joy of gardening.“The best part is touching the earth,” putting your bare hands in the soil for the vegetables and herbs to grow, offered Enilza Andrade, an 83- year-old resident of Wesleyan Arms senior apartments here in the borough.Burnham, in addition to serving as council president for the year, is the council liaison to the senior center, 80 Shrewsbury Ave. She personally purchased four elevated planting beds and the needed soil to establish a garden in the center’s back yard area, overlooking the Swimming River.With the helpful assistance of employees of the borough Department of Public Utilities, Burnham said, they stacked the four beds, costing about $200, on top of one another, placing the approximately $300 worth of soil in the beds, and then including mushroom compost in the mix. Having the beds elevated makes it easier for the seniors to participate in planting, said both Burnham and Jackie Reynolds, director of the municipality-run senior center and programs.Among the items planted for the season are cherry tomatoes, Italian peppers, rosemary, garlic, chives, cilantro, basil and nasturtium, an annual flower and leaves that are both decorative and edible.“This is something I’ve done all my life in my home,” having her own small garden, said Rosalie Jackson, 83, Red Bank.And for 85-year-old Betty Albert, who lives in Fair Haven, it brought back some fond memories. “My grandparents were farmers,” and she recalled visiting them and doing some work on their farm.For Jackson, the best part of the effort is “seeing everything grow.”It is late in the planting season, Burnham acknowledged, “but better late than never.”Next year, she hoped the group would consider some autumn items to plant.This is something she’s wanted to do since before she ran for borough council, “just for the love of it,” said Burnham, who is running for re-election in the November election as an independent candidate.Prior to her tenure on the governing body, Burnham had advocated for and help establish the borough community garden and the Maple Cove open space and public access area to the Navesink River at the northern end of Maple Avenue.This project “is very senior friendly,” Reynolds pointed out, helping with their socialization, offering an outdoor activity and even providing some cognitive stimulation. And Reynolds suspected others who regularly come to the senior center for its programs and company will look to participate in the gardening.Approximately 65 seniors are “in and out” of the senior center daily, totalling roughly 400 a week, according to Reynolds.The center and its activities are available to residents of the borough and surrounding communities as long as they are at least 60-years-old.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists Leicester will be formidable opponents on Saturday despite their recent results.The Foxes, third in the Championship, face the leaders having drawn one and lost two of their last three league matches.But the reports Redknapp received on those games warned him to expect a tough challenge against Nigel Pearson’s team.He said: “Leicester are flying. They’re a good side and Nigel Pearson has done a great job. We’ve watched them and they’ve got pace and look a really good outfit.“They’ve had difficult games; Nottingham Forest and also Brighton, who are a team that when everyone’s fit could challenge. But Leicester will be there.“We’ve got some tough games coming up. Leicester, Forest and Watford are all interesting fixtures.”See also:Rangers midfielder rates Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Watford The goal that gave QPR victory over Leicester on their way to promotionFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The smallest rotary motor in the world keeps your body humming. It also keeps bacteria, plants, polar bears, giraffes, salmon, sea urchins and just about everything else humming. It’s a nano-wonder called ATP synthase. This molecular motor has been reported many times in these pages, but not recently; what’s new? The state of our knowledge about ATP synthase was summarized in a paper in Nature by three German scientists.1 Basically, it’s a fascinating machine, but there’s still a lot more to learn. It’s not just figurative speech to call ATP synthase a rotary motor. It actually generates torque (the subject of the paper in Nature). The authors compared it to a Wankel engine – the kind that powers a Mazda car, and used the word “motor” 30 times in the paper. They said the first studies of this molecular machine revealed it “resembling a three-chambered molecular Wankel engine, therefore strongly suggested that rotation, rather than alternation, was nature’s choice, and that the synthesis of ATP might be mechanically driven by rotation….” Synthesis of ATP (thus the name) is its job. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy currency for all of life. The ATP molecule is a nucleotide with extra phosphate groups attached. It requires energy to attach the phosphate groups; energy is liberated when they are removed. Most molecular processes in the cell (and in all of life) use that liberated energy that comes from ATP. Plants use it for photosynthesis; animals use it for respiration. Quadrillions of these rotary engines in a human body manufacture ATP constantly, day and night, to keep those processes operational. If they suddenly stopped, you would be dead before you hit the floor. ATP synthase has several parts; a rotor, a stator, and a camshaft. It’s actually two motors in one. The top half (called F1) is a three-chambered assembly factory that pushes the phosphates onto the nucleotide. Three pairs of lobes in this stepping motor turns loading ADP and phosphate, assembling them, and releasing ATP molecules. They are powered underneath by a waterwheel-like rotating motor that runs on proton motive force (see 12/22/2003). Taking advantage of the ever-present Brownian motion and electrostatic interactions, the protons turn the wheel. This simultaneously turns a coupled camshaft-like mechanism that protrudes into the top half, which transfers the torque to the ATP-assembling lobes. The engine can work in either direction, constructing ATP molecules or breaking them down, depending on the concentration gradient. Scientists have been intrigued by the mismatch of gear ratios between the top and bottom halves of the engine. In some animals, for instance, there are 11 units in the rotating half, but 3 in the top half. This implies some transfer of elastic energy in the camshaft. Whatever is happening, it works: scientists say this machine approaches 100% efficiency. For a taste of the discussion from the paper for those who know physics, they are discussing the match between the energy needed for ATP hydrolysis and the mechanical work done by the motor:The match implies 100% efficiency for the conversion of the Gibbs free energy of ATP hydrolysis into mechanical work performed on the elastically strained filament. This is not surprising given the approximate thermodynamic equilibrium of the enzyme (long)-filament construct. It is more informative to say that there is no slip between ATP hydrolysis in F1 and rotation in FO under the given conditions.2 Rotary slip in FOF1 in chloroplasts and bacteria has been detected, but only under single-site occupancy, that is, at nucleotide concentrations significantly below 100 nM. The momentary torque can be larger (for example, during a particular power stroke) or smaller (during a kinetic dwell) than its equilibrium average. This may account for the still puzzling independence of the torque from the ATP concentration in the nanomolar to millimolar range (see ref. 2 for a review). It is worth mentioning that the other technique for determining the torque from the rate of rotation underestimates its magnitude because it neglects viscous flow coupling between the filament and the enzyme-supporting surface.The mismatch of gear ratios may actually make the machine more efficient. “It has also shown that an elastic power transmission is indispensable for a high rate of coupled turnover under load,” they said. “It increases the rate by several orders of magnitude over that of a rigidly coupled double motor….. The elastic power transmission both increases the ‘kinetic efficiency’ of the coupled motors … and allows the double motor to function with different gears in different organisms.” In conclusion, they noted five questions about ATP synthase that remain to be answered since the true mechanical nature of this rotary engine came to light around 1997 (and won its discoverers the Nobel Prize). Surrounding those questions were expressions of marvel at the design of this machine:ATP synthase (FOF1) is a molecular machine that combines the electrical, mechanical and chemical aspects of enzyme function. These are neatly separated, readily attributed to its different subunits, and reasonably well understood thanks to a wealth of structural and kinetic data. However, understanding the enzyme fully at a molecular level will require considerable efforts, both experimental and theoretical. There are five outstanding issues…. Only when we have solved these problems will we come close to a full understanding of this remarkable piece of cellular machinery.There are other examples of rotary engines in living cells, including the bacterial flagellum (which is an order of magnitude larger), and helicases (the machines that unwind DNA). There are also two other spinoffs of ATP synthase (if you’ll pardon the pun), built on the same principle, that perform other functions (see 02/24/2003 and 12/22/2003 for information on of them). Most other cellular machines, like the actins and kinesins, operate in a linear fashion. “The coupled operation of two rotary motors, one electrical (FO) and one chemical (F1), is unique,” the authors said. “In FOF1-ATPase there is no fine-tuning of the two stepping motors;3 instead, their coupled operation is smoothed and speeded by elastic power transmission, which accounts for its high kinetic efficiency and robust function..” Scientists used to believe life was incapable of utilizing the wheel. Now they know better. Speaking of elastic power transmission producing high kinetic efficiency and robust function, they mentioned something that should tempt a biophysicist to investigate: “Other nanomotors probably share this feature.”1. Junge, Seilaff and Engelbrecht, “Torque generation and elastic power transmission in the rotary FOF1-ATPase,” Nature 459, 364-370 (21 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08145.2. F0 refers to the rotating part of the machine that runs on proton motive force. F1 refers to the top half that synthesizes ATP.3. They refer not to design principles but to the non-integer gear ratio between the two parts which, as they explained, actually increases the yield by an order of magnitude. See also the 08/10/2004 entry: “ATP Synthase: Another Unexpected Case of Fine Tuning”.We could form a pretty large stack of scientific papers with the following characteristics: (1) they express marvel at the engineering design of living things, and (2) they say absolutely nothing about evolution. This paper was another prime example. Somebody should make a project of that and carry the stack to school board meetings where the NCSE is giving their usual spiel that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. The more you know about ATP synthase, the more you will be led to conclude that this is a wondrous device showcasing intelligent design. It’s mechanically perfect, irreducibly complex, 100% efficient, absolutely necessary for life, and capable of generating awe among scientists who study it. Notice that it was discovered 138 years after Charlie dreamed up his little myth about how design could invent itself.(Visited 111 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
President Jacob Zuma walks with Indian President Pratibha Devinsingh Patil at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. President Patil meets the various cabinet ministers in the South African government. President Patil addresses delegates at the meeting. (Images: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS •GCIS Media Service +27 12 314 2911 RELATED ARTICLES • India invests in Africa development • Trade show to boost India-SA ties • India and SA: 150 years of history • South Africa, Brazil cement tiesRay MaotaPresident Jacob Zuma welcomed a delegation of government and business leaders from India, led by President Pratibha Devinsingh Patil, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 2 May.Patil is in South Africa following an invitation from her South African counterpart. The two heads of state will discuss bilateral relations and will also address business leaders from both countries at a forum in Pretoria on 3 May.Patil is accompanied by a government minister, four parliamentarians, government officials from various departments, and representatives from business.“This is a significant state visit because relations between India and South Africa date back many decades,” said Zuma.“It is more important as it takes place during the year in which the country marks 100 years of the oldest liberation movement in Africa, the African National Congress (ANC).”The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1993, with numerous high-level visits resulting from the relationship. Furthermore, cooperation agreements have been signed in the trade, investment, education, defence, ICT, health, agriculture, and science and technology sectors.Strong historical ties“Our two nations share a history of struggles against colonial oppression and racism,” Zuma said.He added that the ANC’s centenary is important to India as well, as evidenced by the high level delegation sent from that country to the official celebrations in January.Zuma noted also the deep social, economic and cultural ties shared by the two countries.“In our talks we reflected on how we can further translate our historical ties into meaningful socio-economic development cooperation. Progress is being made in that regard.”The Indian delegation held private talks with their South African counterparts and then addressed the media, saying that there is a need for further cooperation in a number of areas, especially infrastructure development, training, trade relations and tourism.Investing in and visiting South Africa“We have once again extended an invitation to Indian business to invest in our infrastructure development programme, which will run until 2014 and is worth more than R800-billion (US$104-billion).”Of that investment, R300-billion ($39-billion) will go towards the energy sector and R262-billion ($33-billion) towards transport and logistics projects.The delegates identified a definite need for skills transfer with India in the areas of engineering; ICT; computer science; finance; economics and accounting.According to South African Tourism, between 2005 and 2010, there was an increase of 122% in the number of Indian tourists to South Africa.In 2011, the number in the first nine months of the year had already surpassed, by 29%, that of the same period in 2010. As a result, India is now ranked seventh in the top 20 source markets for South African tourism.“The Southern African Tourism Association is training more than 1 000 Indian travel agents and tour operators in India to ensure they have the skills and experience to market South Africa,” said Zuma.“We are doing this because we want tourism from India to South Africa to increase significantly, especially after this state visit.”Trade between the two countriesAccording to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, trade between the two countries stood at R48.2-billion ($6-billion) as of November 2011, with South African exports at R21.9-billion ($2-billion) and imports from India at R26.3-billion ($3.3-billion).The two countries have set a bilateral trade target of R111-billion ($14-billion) to be reached by 2014.“During our discussions, I also thanked the president for India’s continued development support,” said Zuma.
11 September 2013 Despite the significant progress made in transforming the South African economy, the majority of the population remains on the margins of development, says National Planning Commission deputy chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa. The economy created too few jobs and the majority of South Africans remained poor, Ramaphosa said during a packed lecture at Wits University in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, as he outlined the proposals contained in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP). A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Ramaphosa told academics, students and civil society organisations that the NDP was the only plan that could deliver faster as well as inclusive economic growth. He said the plan took a critical and long-term perspective of the country as it outlined ways to overcome unemployment and poverty. To boost economic growth, the plan suggests a focus on three areas in particular, namely promoting labour-absorbing industries; growing manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications; and providing a broader social wage to enable even the poorest to have a decent living. The plan also offers clear measures for growing agro-processing and mining and supporting small business. Ramaphosa called on those who were criticising the plan to engage on some of the proposals and agree on a process to move forward. “We all want what is best for our people and what is best for our country. This plan is not perfect. There is no perfect plan in the world, and where there are differences, they must be resolved.” South Africa had lower inflation and higher levels of employment since 1994, he said; the number of middle-class people had doubled to more than four-million; workers now enjoy more protection than ever before. “We have a lot to be grateful for. The glass is not half empty but half full. We have a duty to fill that glass, and the NDP is giving us the chance to do so.” Ramaphosa said many of the unemployed people in the country lacked the skills they needed to enter certain markets. The challenge of creating meaningful jobs would forever be present, and this was the struggle “we must engage in”, he said. Source: SAnews.gov.za