Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban MOST READ View comments Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning his men’s final singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURIRoger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was laboring through his service games.He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss. ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0.Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’
VICTORIA, B.C – With the Canada Day long weekend upon us and an increase of people camping or wanting to have campfires, with dry conditions in parts of the province there are higher fire danger ratings in some areas.Currently, in the Peace region, the area is at a low, to very low rating yet travellers to other parts of the province must remember landscapes can dry out quickly and sometimes it doesn’t take much to spark a wildfire.From April 1 through June 26, 2019, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 405 wildfires throughout B.C. About 293 of those fires (or about 70%) are believed to have been caused by people.- Advertisement -Human-caused fires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert crucial firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.Campfire safety and fire precautions: Campfires must not be larger than 0.5 metres high or 0.5 metres wide. Never light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and wind may carry embers to other combustible material. Maintain a fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed right down to the soil. Never leave a campfire unattended. Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available to properly extinguish a campfire. Make sure that the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.Anyone who lights a campfire is legally responsible for making sure it does not escape. That person could be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs if their negligence results in a wildfire. Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.Advertisement Smokers must dispose of cigarette butts and other smoking material responsibly, making sure that those materials are completely extinguished.Anyone riding an all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike on Crown land must have a spark arrestor installed on the vehicle. Check the condition of the muffler, regularly clear build-ups of grass or other vegetation from hot spots, stay on dirt paths and avoid tall grass and weeds to help reduce wildfire risks.Campfires are currently permitted throughout the province within the BC Wildfire Service’s jurisdiction, but larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited in some areas to reduce wildfire risks and protect public safety. The use of fireworks is also prohibited in some regions. Detailed information about current restrictions is available on the BC Wildfire Service website; CLICK HERE“I encourage everyone to enjoy the great outdoors this long weekend, but also to follow the rules and ensure that their activities don’t spark a wildfire,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.Advertisement The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for its help in preventing wildfires. For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the BC Wildfire Service website; CLICK HERE The government’s Natural Resource Officers and Conservation Officers conduct regular patrols throughout British Columbia to monitor high-risk activities. These officers also work closely with BC Wildfire Service staff to investigate the cause of wildfires and any improper use of fire.Be FireSmartMitigating wildfire risk is a shared responsibility. Individual British Columbians can play a critical role in mitigating wildfire risks on their properties by using FireSmart principles to increase the chances that their homes will survive a wildfire.The FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual was developed to help people reduce the risk of personal property damage due to wildfires. It contains numerous tips to reduce wildfire threats, including:clearing leaves and other flammable debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks;removing dead vegetation and other items from under a deck or porch, and within three metres of the house;screening or boxing in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials accumulating in those areas; andremoving flammable materials (e.g., firewood piles, propane tanks) within 10 metres of a home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds.To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.Advertisement
0Shares0000From the resulting corner, the Paris Saint-Germain star made another stunning stop to keep out a header from Matthias Ginter. Photo/COURTESYMUNICH, Germany, Sep 6 – Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola spared his side’s blushes with a string of fine second-half saves as France battled to a 0-0 draw with Germany in their Nations League opener on Thursday.While France took to the field for the first time as newly-crowned world champions, Germany were looking to rebuild after a disastrous World Cup campaign. After a conservative first half performance, Germany upped the ante in the final 30 minutes of the game, but were repeatedly denied by Areola, France’s third-choice goalkeeper standing in for the injured Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda.After a painful World Cup post-mortem, Joachim Loew had promised a greater focus on defensive stability, and the Germany coach would have been happy after 20 minutes as his side kept France away from goal at the Allianz Arena.Germany, though, enjoyed little success at the other end. Timo Werner, who looked dangerous switching between the left and right flanks early on, was the first player from either side to unleash a shot, as he tested Areola on 17 minutes.Yet it was France who had the best chance of the first half, ten minutes before half-time, as an Olivier Giroud header sent Manuel Neuer scrambling across his goal to beat the ball away.France continued to threaten after the break, Antoine Griezmann forcing one save from Neuer in the 49th minute, and another in the 64th.As the rain began to fall heavily on Munich, the final half hour belonged to Germany, who, urged on by the home crowd, created several chances but were repeatedly denied by the Paris Saint-Germain and France goalkeeper.First, Thomas Mueller linked up elegantly with Marco Reus, whose curling shot was pushed away by a flying Areola.The French goalkeeper was called into action again moments later, denying a ferocious shot from Mats Hummels as Germany swept forward on the break.There was no time for Areola to catch his breath, however. Having turned Mueller’s looping ball over the bar, the PSG number one then pulled off a marvellous, one-handed stop from the resulting corner to deny Matthias Ginter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
If Cupid’s arrow has missed it’s target, it might be time to try world famous matchmaker Willie Daly at the Ardara Matchmaking Festival next month.North Clare farmer Willie is one of the last traditional matchmakers in the country and has set up around 3,000 marriages since he started following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps over 45 years ago.Each year his tiny home town of Lisdoonvarna (population 800) hosts a matchmaking festival that attracts 40,000 visitors from around the world. The annual Matchmaking Festival in Ardara takes place over a weekend and also includes fortune-telling, tarot cards, traffic-light dating, blind date and speed dating as well as live music.Described as “the horse-whisperer of matchmaking”, Willie’s top tips for love are:Never quit looking.Avoid looking at love through the eyes of another person. Love can be around the next bend in the road.Always hope that it will happen sooner than you expect.Treat love with respect and it will respect you in return and you will enjoy the magic of romance.If there is someone in your dreams don’t be afraid to open your arms and tell them that you love them.Believe and you will, you will, you will find love and be happiness for the rest of your life. Love is a wine of a rare vintage and is waiting for you to uncork and indulge.Willie Daly also swears by his 150 year old “Lucky Book”. If you touch the book you’ll be married and in love inside of six months. If you are already married, you will recreate the honeymoon period you first had.He said he realised there was a need for matchmaking when he saw his Neighbours living and dying alone.“I saw my neighbours, good, fine people, dying off, alone, and the farmhouses and our way of life going to ruin. There was no one for them and without a real knowledge of what I was doing, I started introducing people to one another.” Meet Willie and you could also find the love of your life at Ardara Matchmaking Festival, November 7th, 8th, 9th.LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT ARDARA MATCHMAKING FESTIVAL was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaraMatchmaking FestivalWillie Daly
Irish Water workers carry out work in Drumkeen today. Pic by Donegal Daily.BREAKING NEWS: More than a dozen Gardai have been despatched today to patrol a Co Donegal village after Irish Water contractors were involved in a stand-off with residents.Residents in Drumkeen were woken from their beds at 7.20am to the noise of workmen drilling and digging holes outside their homes.Gardai – including two plain clothes detectives – have been on duty in the village since. Angry residents in one estate have since insisted that the contractors re-fill holes dug outside their homes.However the contractors are continuing to fit meters outside homes where residents are not at home today.Residents say the contractors – who are paid hundreds of euro for each fitted meter – said they would return tomorrow morning to continue their work.Cll Gary Doherty had been involved in some early morning negotiations with GMC Sierra, the contractor. “We will be up at 7am tomorrow again to make sure they don’t fit meters,” said one angry resident.“We have to send a message to the Government; we’ve had enough of austerity and we will not be paying any water charges.”All the protests today have been peaceful. Two garda patrol cars have been stationed in the village all day.A nearby resident also ordered Irish Water to leave his private lane when workmen arrived there shortly after 2pm.There is a tense atmosphere in Drumkeen this afternoon; with residents planning more protests tomorrow. GARDAI CALLED AS TENSE STAND-OFF ERUPTS BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND IRISH WATER was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DrumkeenGardaiIrish Waterstand-offwater charges
ROSAMOND – Kern County officially welcomed its new Rosamond fire station on Monday, a building that will make life easier for firefighters. In a brief ceremony, county officials marked the opening of the $2.1 million fire station on 35th Street West just north of Rosamond Boulevard. The 5,600-square-foot station is a replacement for a station that operated out of a World War II-style Quonset hut. “The old Quonset hut was outdated years ago,” said County Supervisor Don Maben, whose district includes Rosamond. “This is a smarter and updated facility.” The Quonset hut station was established in 1967. That building, which is just over 3,000 square feet, is old and cramped, county officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The former station will be used as a base for a search and rescue team, giving them a place to store their equipment and to conduct training. The team’s gear is now stored at various members’ homes. For now, the station will house one fire company. However, the building was designed with expansion in mind and is capable of housing another fire engine and its crew. “It’s a much better facility to operate out of,” said Dennis Shoffner, president of the Rosamond Municipal Advisory Council, which provides guidance to county officials on planning issues related to the community. “It’ll certainly cut down on response times for all the new housing developments that are popping up on the westside.” The fire station joins the Rosamond Library and the new headquarters and operations building of the Rosamond Community Services District. The three buildings are providing the makings of a civic center for the community of about 20,000 residents. The fire station has been four years in the making. Initially, the project was to be a joint fire station/sheriff’s substation, but those plans fell through because of financial constraints and space concerns. The sheriff’s substation will remain in a leased building on Sierra Highway for at least two more years. Before the lease ends, the Sheriff’s Department, with input from residents, will study the feasibility of building a new station, officials said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
An Inishowen mum, who found herself in the middle of a Customs ‘ambush’ over non-payment of her VRT, has been fined for careless driving after she panicked and drove her car at a Revenue officer.Lorraine Bradley, 42, of The Glen, Garvey, Burnfoot, was charged with careless driving at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, on May 15, 2015, when he appeared before a special sitting of Buncrana District Court. Another charge of assault was dismissed prior to the start of the case. Ms. Bradley admitted the charge of careless driving.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that Revenue Officials Officer Flynn and Officer McIntyre were on duty at Burnfoot when they saw a UK registered Ford Galaxy parked at the side of the road. Officer Flynn was familiar with the car and recognised the female driver as he had seen her waiting on the school bus on previous occasions, the court was told.Insp. Doyle said Officer McIntyre went to speak with Ms. Bradley about the VRT on her car. He said both officers were in full uniform.“She alleges that Ms. Bradley pushed passed her and tried to get into her car but Officer McIntyre prevented her. Officer Flynn then stood in front of the car to prevent her from pulling off,” outlined Insp. Doyle.“Officer McIntyre was standing holding Ms. Bradley’s car door open when she started the engine. She was asked to stop but instead moved forward on two occasions while the door was open. Officer Flynn was forced to move out of the way. There was a child in the back of the car.”The court heard that Gardaí were called and Ms. Bradley gave them a name of Lorraine Thompson with an address in Derry but the Garda believed that she was Lorraine Bradley of Garvey Burnfoot.“The Garda attempted to seize her car but she refused. She said she needed to take her child to the doctors and the Customs officers agreed to let her go,” added Insp. Doyle.“The Customs officers made official statements to Gardaí and Garda Canning called to Ms. Bradley’s house in September and took a recorded statement from her.“In her statement she said she was driving her two children to get the bus to school when her third child who was one and a half at the time was in the back seat. The next thing she knew she seen a woman running towards your car and opened the door – the woman kept shouting at her saying ‘you nearly took my arm off’,” read Insp. Doyle.Further more the statement read “I didn’t know who the woman was and I didn’t know what she was wearing. She just kept shouting at me and was really aggressive. Then a man jumped out of the same car she was in and stood in front to me. I told them that I needed to take my child to the doctors because she was sick but the female officer kept saying it was all my fault – I was in floods of tears and kept apologising.“I didn’t move my car forward but I might have panicked when she opened the car door as I didn’t know who she was.“In the panic I give them my maiden name and address but in hindsight I know I should have given them my present name and address.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client didn’t know who the Customs officers were and felt like it was part of an ambush.He said the independent witness, the bus driver, said it was ‘like something you would see on TV’.“He said he never saw anything like it in his life,” said Mr. Dorrian. “He said the navy car, which the Customs officials were travelling in, came up behind him, then out of nowhere came up along his right hand side and cut him off. He said it was like something on the TV.”Reading directly from the bus driver’s statement, Mr. Dorrian said: “The car, which I now know to be a Customs car came to a halt in front of me, but before it fully stopped the female passenger jumped out and opened the door of Ms. Bradley’s car.“At this point I noticed the lapels on her uniform and realised that they were Customs Officers.”Mr. Dorrian said the bus driver said he believed that it was a very dramatic scene and Ms. Bradley felt the same.“My client got a fright and she panicked,” said Mr. Dorrian.“This whole incident lasted 30 or 40 seconds it looked like an ambush but it turns out it was completely lawful. Ms. Bradley apologised and has confessed, she has no ill will towards the Customs Officers. She was tearful and apparently moved her car forward – she didn’t drive off – there was no intent here at all.“She moved her car in the panic, it’s difficult to see where the crime is as there were no injuries and the car only moved a matter of inches.”Mr. Dorrian said his client was a mother of three children and worked as a classroom assistant, with no previous convictions. He said this incident would bring with it its own consequences.Judge Paul Kelly said people who live in border areas and drive foreign registered cars in Donegal should be well aware of the risks.“These cases come up repeatedly in court,” said Judge Kelly. “You must know you are quite likely to be stopped by the Customs or the Gardaí if you are driving one of these cars so you have to take the consequences that go with that.”Judge Kelly said Customs officers are just doing their duties when they are met with a lack of co-operation and people who feel that they are not entitled to enforce the law.“Their uniforms are clearly identifiable,” he added. “I accept there might have been a degree of panic but she [Mrs. Bradley] should not have attempted to drive off. If she had of engaged with a discussion with them the incident may have been resolved.”He fined her €400 for careless driving, while also noting that the Burnfoot woman did not produce her licence. He warned her that she could be liable to further prosecution by Gardaí for producing the licence.Mum panicked and drove car at officer during Customs ‘ambush’ was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ambushBurnfootcourtcustoms checkpointdonegalInishowen
Almost half the American public still believes God created man recently, despite decades of indoctrination by education and the media. Another third believe God guided human evolution.Gallup issued its latest poll in a series begun in 1982, asking the question, “How do you believe people came into existence?” The choices are, (1) Humans evolved over millions of years without God; (2) God created humans sometime in the last 10,000 years, and (3), Humans evolved, but God guided the process.The report from Gallup said,Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.Live Science tried to emphasize that the less educated, the church-going, and Republicans were more likely to accept the creationist account, but did admit that “this belief was also the most prevalent among Independents and Democrats compared with other beliefs held by the two groups.” It should be noted that “theistic evolution” is not Darwinian. Believing that “God guided the process” strikes at the heart of the contingent, unguided process Darwin had in mind.The Gallup report itself, under “Implications,” said, “Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origin of the human species since 1982.” In conclusion, it stated, “Thus, almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.”Live Science later provided an infographic on the poll. The article revealed its pro-evolution bias by beginning with artwork of alleged pre-human ancestors, then ending with a statement that portrayed skepticism over Darwinism as a cultural “belief” standing in opposition to scientific evidence and the scientific consensus. “Most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years and did not begin in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution,” it said. “This makes almost half of Americans who continue to hold to an antievolutionary belief about the origin of humans at odds with the preponderance of the scientific research and information.”Polls need to be interpreted. Despite attempts to use random samples, 1,012 adults cannot speak for tens of millions of people. The wording of the questions (decided 30 years ago) is also unfortunate; it only asks about the origin of humans. What about the rest of the plants and animals, the Earth, and the universe? The word “evolved” is also equivocal. A respondent might be confused, believing in creation but denying fixity of species; i.e., allowing for variation within limits but deny the creative power of natural selection.There is enough wiggle room in the questions and answers to distort the implications various ways. For instance, what is meant by church-going? What churches are we talking about? There are churches that teach evolution and churches that teach creation. One must also disentangle correlations and distinguish causes from effects. The 25% of evolution-espousing non-church-attenders, for instance, might not attend church precisely because they believe in evolution.The higher numbers of educated people who espouse evolution should be understood to have sat longer under teachers and professors who are denied permission to teach alternatives to evolution, either by law or peer pressure. Look what happens to Darwin-doubting professors; they get expelled. The implications might be opposite of what the media try to insinuate: i.e., those escaping or avoiding the indoctrination of higher education are less likely to be influenced by it. Conversely, those exposed to alternative explanations for the origin of man via church are more likely to find that explanation reasonable.Another point of confusion is Gallup’s statement that creationist belief “is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.” Readers of CEH recognize the self-fulfilling prophecy here; scientific literature is evolutionary because alternatives to evolution are systematically expelled. Advanced readers will also wish to clarify what is meant by “scientific.” As shown here often, evolution is usually assumed, not demonstrated. When falsifying evidence arises, evolutionists use a variety of auxiliary hypotheses to rescue Darwin from the multiple disasters that would unravel his belief system.In short, it is not surprising that those sitting longer under the influence of leftist, liberal, materialist profs fall prey more often to the evolution cult. What is surprising is that three decades of indoctrination and intimidation by TV, newspapers, cartoons, museums, and all the other Darwin-only influences in the culture have failed to convince the majority of Americans that God had no role in their origin. Some things are intuitively obvious to those who can avoid long-term brainwashing. Holding your own baby in your arms can reveal more about reality than abstruse lectures in highfalutin words by self-proclaimed experts pontificating about things they don’t know. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Coral reefs shouldn’t exist. Teeming with fish and a rainbow of other organisms, they somehow thrive despite the fact that the water surrounding them contains hardly any nutrients. Now, scientists think they’ve solved part of the puzzle: These communities are living off the waste of sponges.It’s easy to forget that sponges are animals. They don’t have faces. They don’t move. They don’t even have circulatory or digestive systems. Instead, they draw water through little holes in their bodies, and then pump it past cells that extract nutrients. Some sponges grow in the shape of barrels or balls, but the ones that Jasper de Goeij studies are flat, colorful crusts, only a few millimeters thick. When De Goeij, a marine biologist at the University of Amsterdam, started keeping them in the lab several years ago, he noticed that they were always dirty, covered in fluffy little pyramids of brown detritus. At first he blamed the tanks he kept them in, but he soon realized that the sponges themselves were making the dirt by sloughing off dead cells and excreting waste. Because sponges fill the cracks and crevices that make up about two-thirds of a Caribbean coral reef, De Goeij wondered if this detritus might feed these ecosystems.Researchers already knew that microbes helped feed coral reef communities. They take up dissolved organic matter like sugars and amino acids and turn it into complex molecules that animals can use. (Most marine animals can’t just suck sugar out of the water; they need it in a more complicated form.) But De Goeij found in earlier research that there aren’t enough bacteria in reef waters to account for all the activity. 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To trace the path of nutrients, they fed sugars and other molecules made with heavier-than-usual forms of carbon and nitrogen to the animals. De Goeij found that the gunk that fell off the sponges also had those heavier elements in it, showing that the sponges had taken up the nutrients and turned them into cells and waste.Next, the researchers took their experiments to reefs near their lab. They used tightly woven cotton fabric to close off two crevices of the coral reef—sponges love crevices—and injected the labeled food. After 6 hours, they removed the cloth and took samples every 6 hours from the sponges in the crevice; the sediment nearby; the water; and the snails, worms, and other animals in the area. After the initial 6 hours, the labeled food had made it to the sponges. Over the next day, it showed up in the sponges’ castoff cells and waste products. Within 2 days, it was in other animals in the area, meaning they’d eaten the sponges’ detritus, the team reports online today in Science. “It’s a really fast system,” De Goeij says. “In a 100-liter cave underwater, you put a teaspoon of sugar and 2 days later you can find it in a snail that’s crawling around.”It’s not clear how big the sponges’ role is. De Goeij calculates that on the Curaçao reef, the animals cycle about 10 times more nutrients than bacteria do, but scientists will need to study more sponges in more places to work out how important they are overall. Scientists have observed that sponges are becoming more common on Caribbean reefs. That might be partly because of nutrients pouring into the water from agriculture and other human activities; algae use them to grow wild, then leak sugars that sponges can suck up.“I’m excited, because by and large sponges have been kind of ignored,” says Joseph Pawlik, a marine chemical ecologist at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Sponges are hard to identify, and the ones that grow in cracks and crevices are hard to get to. Pawlik studies big sponges that grow on top of reefs, and he looks forward to finding out whether they’re ditching cells at the same rate as De Goeij’s thin, crustlike sponges. The new study “is going to generate a lot of new science and a much better understanding of how important sponges are to the reef ecosystem,” Pawlik says.
Serena Williams has been the world No.1 women’s singles player for a long, long time in her career but on Monday at the Australian Open, she was up against a world No.1 for the first time since 2013 and there was a hilarious confusion before the iconic match at the Rod Laver Arena.As the players were ready to come out of the tunnel and the announcer was ready to introduce the players on the court, a funny moment ensued.Serena Williams standing in the tunnel ahead of her opponent and world No.1 Simona Halep starting coming out but turned out the announcement was for Halep.The announcer was annoucing for the top seed and having taken a few steps out, as soon as Serena realised her mistake, she turned right back into the tunnel. A partially laughing Simona Halep then made her way out of the court.#AusOpen | Estamos sin duda a la imagen viral de la semana y posiblemente del torneo. Cuando el speaker anunciaba por megafonía la entrada de la número uno del mundo salió Serena, que al instante se da cuenta de su error y se da la vuelta. pic.twitter.com/SfvJFQ0lF8Carlos Molins (@Carlitosmolins) January 21, 2019It was after her that Serena was introduced and came out again to a cheering Rod Laver Arena.Serena Williams, a 7-time Australian Open champion, stayed on course for her 8th title in Melbourne.Serena is also looking to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles and would hope for one at the Melbourne Park.advertisementOn Monday, Serena had an extremely stiff challenge in front of her in Halep. The Romanian is a fighter and she showed that on the court.After being completely outplayed in the first set 6-1, Halep shot back at her revered opponent with some gusto to take the second set 6-4.However, Serena showed her class in the final set and hit winners after winners at Halep to take the final set and the match. 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.Serena will next be up against Karolina Pliskova.Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outAlso Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian Open