Spoiled opportunity

first_imgIn 1990, Northeastern lakes were becoming more acidic, threatening fish and other aquatic life and conjuring images of a future where lakes — even those in remote wilderness — were barren.The culprit was acid rain, generated by fossil fuel burning in automobiles and power plants that spewed sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, where it became sulfuric acid, falling in rain and as dry particles into lakes and forests.Today, the acid rain problem is greatly reduced. Bipartisan legislation passed in 1990 cut sulfur dioxide emissions over the next 17 years to half the level of 1980, reaching the legislated target three years ahead of schedule and providing health and environmental benefits estimated to outstrip costs by tens of billions of dollars.The sulfur dioxide regulatory system was adopted as part of the Clean Air Act of 1990. In it, total sulfur dioxide emissions were capped — enforced by a $2,000 per ton fine for excess emissions — and then permits were given to power plants across the country to emit a certain amount. Financial incentives for power plant cleanup came by making the emission permits tradable. That meant a plant that lowered emissions below the limit could sell the right to emit more sulfur dioxide to a plant that was having trouble meeting its target. The result was a system that provided incentives for power plant operators to switch to cleaner fuels, install smokestack scrubbers to clean emissions, shut down aging plants, and take other steps to clean emissions beyond the legal requirement.The program’s success made it a model of how a cap-and-trade regulatory scheme should work — everywhere but in the United States.A detail of one of the graphics used during the talk.Harvard environmental economist Robert Stavins said last week that national politics have “tainted” cap and trade, making it unlikely the country will adopt such a scheme to fight climate change anytime soon, even though similar plans are being adopted by other nations around the world.Stavins, the Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), talked about lawmakers’ solution to acid rain Sept. 13 during a seminar held by the Kennedy School’s Regulatory Policy Program, led by Joseph Aldy, assistant professor of public policy.“I think it is fair to say that it offered … a compelling demonstration of cap and trade and, more generally, of market-based interventions for environmental problems,” Stavins said.Drawing on a working paper he authored with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Richard Schmalensee, Stavins outlined the program’s success as well as four “ironies” — one of which is today’s conservative opposition to an idea that had wide support among Republicans.“Conservatives have demonized their own policy innovation,” Stavins said.Other ironies include that the government did the right thing — reduce sulfur dioxide emissions — for the wrong reason: to clean up the environment. Estimates of the program’s benefits put the price of health improvements from improved air quality far higher than benefits to lakes and forests.Another irony was that unrelated government action — rail deregulation — helped ensure the success of this environmental policy. Deregulation lowered the cost of shipping lower-sulfur coal around the country, making a more environmentally friendly fuel cheaper. Stavins’ fourth point was that what the government gives, it can take away. Despite the program’s success, recent judicial decisions and regulatory changes have essentially brought it to an end.Cap and trade was considered a possible way to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to fight climate change until the 2009 battles in Congress, which saw legislation pass the House and then die in the Senate. Republican opponents focused on a key difference between the 1990 and 2009 plans. In the cap and trade proposed for carbon dioxide, rather than giving away emission permits to get the system started, the law would have auctioned them off to emitters. This caused Republicans — some of whom doubt climate change science anyway — to fight against it as a tax.Objections based on fact or approach could have been negotiated, Stavins said. But instead of seeking explanation or compromise, the opposition mounted a campaign to demonize the legislation, labeling it “cap and tax” and in the process tarnishing the whole approach, he said.The political demise of a cap-and-trade system leaves a straight-out carbon tax as an alternative, which Stavins said has even less chance of passage.“If it is easy to demonize cap and trade as a tax, it’s a lot easier to demonize a tax as a tax,” Stavins said. “That probably means, given the political challenges of a carbon tax, the outlook for national policy is not good.”last_img read more

Spaceship-like Coast house passes in at cryptocurrency auction

first_imgThe house at 1 Beech Lane, Casuarina passed in at its cryptocurrency auction earlier this week.A Coast home that looks more like a spaceship than a house has been offered to buyers in a fashion befitting of its futuristic aesthetic.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis home is being auctioned in Bitcoin!00:36The beachfront Casuarina house, which has an unusual design and appears to defy gravity, went under the hammer earlier this week, and some registered buyers bid with Bitcoin.Marketing agents Nick and Carol Witheriff, of LJ Hooker Kingscliff, claim it was one of the world’s first live streamed cryptocurrency auctions.Its design makes it look more like a spaceship than a house.More than 200 people squeezed into the property to watch the auction unfold.There were six registered bidders vying for the property.While it was passed in at $3.4 million — or 457 Bitcoin — Mr Witheriff said he was negotiating its sale with two parties.“We’ve got two groups, one (offering) Bitcoin and one cash,” he said.“We’re negotiating at the moment.”Mr Witheriff said the Bitcoin buyer was from Melbourne while the cash buyer was a company hoping to make the house a prize home.There were six registered buyers on the day with bidding starting at $1.5 million — or 205 Bitcoin.“There was one registered on the live stream but they didn’t place a bid,” Mr Witheriff said.“Bidding was taken in both cash and Bitcoin.“We had a live screen and it converted the Australian dollars into Bitcoin (and vice versa).”He said more than 200 people gathered to watch the auction unfold.MORE NEWS: Home of skating icons who gave away $500k hits marketMORE NEWS: Why real estate often resists economic downturnsMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBuyers bid with both cash and cryptocurrency.The agent is negotiating with two potential buyers.It’s certainly different from any other property on the street.“Normally at an auction, we see around about 20 to 30 people show up,” he said.“In this case, on a Monday we had 200 people present at the auction.“The sheer interest was large because of the concept being different but also the home — it’s such a wow home.“We’ve never seen anything like this built in the suburb.”The property, aptly named “The Jetsons”, was designed to push the boundaries of architecture.Its second level balances on top of the ground floor at a terrifying angle, making it look like it could topple at any moment.Owner and designer Greg Costello told the Bulletin when the house hit the market in August, that its daring design was what made it so impressive.“There’s over 80 tonnes of weight (hanging) there,” he said.But he was quick to assure the top level was not at risk of falling, explaining the structure was “anchored to the earth”[email protected] Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Vipers SC set to defend solid home record, seek 2 goals

first_imgVipers SC at an earlier match this year. Crunch time today at St. Mary’s KitendeTODAY 4PM CAF Champions League Vipers ?? vs CS Constantine ?? St Mary’s StadiumKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Venoms have won two of their three home continental matches and know they must keep this record intact, if they are to stop CS Constantine and march into the CAF competitions “money” bracket for the first time.Vipers Sports Club host Algerian side CS Constantine at the St Mary’s stadium today in a return leg of the Caf Champions League.The Venoms who lost 1-0 away in Constantine in the first leg must win with a two goal margin to qualify for their ever first group stages of the clubs competition. Javier Martinez Espinoza’s charges know the magnitude of qualifying to the next level and have to bring their ‘A’ game if they are to make this a reality.“This is a tough competition where every opponent is a champion. We know it is not going to be a walk in the park for us but team work will be our weapon in this encounter,” Vipers defender Geofrey Wasswa explained.Coach Espinoza is confident. “It’s an important match for the team, we have prepared very well and we are excited We know that it’s victory or never and I have much confidence that we will go through.”Despite coming into this tie with a slim advantage, CS Constantine face a task of breaking Vipers home record which stretches to 13 months minus a loss.The Venoms have not lost at home in CAF engagements; they beat Enyimba FC from Nigeria 1-0, drew 0-0 with Comoros’ Volcan de Moroni and recently won 1-0 over El Merriekh of Sudan.The spirits are high after mauling stubborn domestic opponents Bul FC 3-1 on Wednesday away in Njeru.Any win with a two goal margin will not only see Vipers through to the money bracket, the group stages, but will mark a milestone for the club since officially moving to their magnificent refurbished home in Kitende.Team News:Goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya is ruled out of this game after suffering a knee injury during the 1-0 defeat to CS Constantine last Friday.Therefore either Derrick Ochan who made his league debut against BUL FC or Fabien Mutombora will be selected to start in goal on Saturday.Steven Mukwala is unavailable as he is in Tanzania for the East African University Games with Kampala International University (KIU).Vipers captain Tadeo Lwanga who missed the first leg in Constantine may return to the starting team but will face a late fitness test.CAF Champions League round-of-30 second leg fixtures SaturdayZesco Utd (ZAM) v TP Mazembe (COD) (0-1) 1300 GMT FC Platinum (ZIM) v AS Otoho (CGO) (1-1) 1300Vipers SC (UGA) v CS Constantine (ALG) (0-1) 1300Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) v Al Ahly Benghazi (LBA) (0-0) 1300African Stars (NAM) v Orlando Pirates (RSA) (0-0) 1400Lobi Stars (NGR) v Gor Mahia (KEN) (1-3) 1400Coton Sport (CMR) v Ismaily (EGY) (0-2) 1430ASC Jaraaf (SEN) v Wydad Casablanca (MAR) (0-2) 1700SundayJimma Aba Jifar (ETH) v Al Ahly (EGY) (0-2) 1300Simba (TAN) v Nkana (ZAM) (1-2) 1300Bantu (LES) v V Club (COD) (1-4) 1400Ittihad Tanger (MAR) v JS Saoura (ALG) (0-2) 1500ASEC Mimosas (CIV) v Stade Malien (MLI) (1-0) 1600Horoya (GUI) v Al Nasr (LBA) (0-3) 1700Al Hilal (SUD) v Club Africain (TUN) (1-3) 1700Note: defending champions Esperance (TUN) have a bye to the group stage******SOURCE: AFP & Vipers SC MEDIAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Appeals judges skeptical of Bonds conviction

first_imgIn this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, former baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court after being sentenced for obstructing justice in a government steroids investigation in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skeptical members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned the soundness of Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction for a rambling response to a grand jury in 2003 and left open the possibility they may throw out the verdict.During oral arguments that lasted just over an hour Thursday, judges asked a federal government lawyer how an evasive answer could be obstructive given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it is a prosecutor’s duty to pin down a witness who gives an evasive answer.“I don’t see how there is sufficient evidence where the question was re-asked immediately and answered repeatedly,” Circuit Judge Susan P. Graber said. “So it’s as if someone says, ‘Well I can’t remember what time it was. Oh, yeah, it was 7 o’clock.’ It just doesn’t make sense to me that a jury could find the elements as instructed given the specifics of this case.”Bonds was given immunity to testify before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors asked Bonds whether Greg Anderson, his personal trainer, ever gave him “anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with?”Baseball’s career home runs leader referred to his father, former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, when he responded: “I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by my own instincts. I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just don’t get into other people’s business because of my father’s situation, you see.”Barry Bonds answered “no” to similar questions later in his grand jury appearance. His lawyer, Dennis Riordan, argued that was sufficient to override any non-responsive answers.“Can a non-responsive, misleading answer be cured?” Circuit Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Merry Jean Chan.“Cure is a different word than I would use,” Chan said.“Nevertheless, that’s the question you are being asked, and I would like to know an answer to Judge Nguyen’s question, not a different question,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said.Many in the court room laughed when Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith interjected: “Did you just give an evasive answer?”“At least I don’t think I had the intent to. There was no corrupt intent, your honor,” Chan responded.Kozinski then chimed in: “That might be a jury issue. And remember that the U.S. Attorney is watching.”The jury at Bonds’ trial in 2011 failed to reach a verdict on three counts charging him with making false statements when he denied receiving steroids and human growth hormone from Anderson and denied receiving injections from Anderson or his associates. Prosecutors later dismissed those three charges.The guilty verdict was upheld last year in a unanimous vote by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit, but a majority of the court’s 28 participating judges voted to set aside that decision and have the larger group rehear the appeal. A decision by the 11-judge panel is not expected until next year.Bonds has served his sentence of 30 days of home confinement and paid a $4,000 fine. He also was placed on two years of probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities.Kozinski and Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt expressed concern that Bonds’ third superseding indictment charged him with obstruction specifically for the answers cited in the false statement charges but not in the answer that led to his conviction.Chan said that element was covered by language in the obstruction charge saying it was “not limited to” the specific answers cited in the indictment and that Bonds’ lawyers had sufficient notice because the “celebrity child” answer was included in proposed jury instructions given to Bonds’ side about one month before the trial.Chan called it “simple narrowing.”“I think that’s misleading, you know, (an) attempt to sort of mislead the proceeding,” Kozinksi said. “If that’s what you’re going after, doesn’t the government have an obligation to list it and say look, this is what we’re going after you (for), this is what you need to defend?”Chan argued that Bonds had a “corrupt intent” in attempting to obstruct the grand jury with the rambling answer. Kozinski questioned Riordan’s assertion that a true statement cannot constitute obstruction.“One can mislead with the truth,” he said. “One can certainly mislead with irrelevant statements by leading a questioner into blind alleys, and isn’t that why we have a jury? A jury was instructed. It heard arguments, and it concluded there was in fact a corrupt obstruction of justice here. Why don’t we defer to the jury?”Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher compared the prosecution’s definition of obstruction with lawyers who evaded questions in civil litigation with the intent to mislead. When he asked Chan whether that would be criminal behavior, Chan said she believed it would be.“So how many San Francisco lawyers do you intend to put in jail?” Fletcher said. “That is common behavior in civil litigation. Have you just criminalized half the bar here? … I find your reading of the statute absolutely alarming, and half the bar, maybe three-quarters, maybe all of the bar is in big trouble.”last_img read more

Taylor, Vikes take aim at NCAA Regional Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsGranite Pointe’s Lauren Taylor and the rest of the Portland State Vikings team take to the Washington Golf Club in Auburn, WA. Thursday to compete in the NCAA West Regional Women’s Golf Tournament.Taylor is joined by Big Sky Championship teammates Britney Yada, Tiffany Schoning, Kalyn Dodge and Alexia Brown.The Vikes enter the 24-team, 54-hole tournament, as the 20th seeded team.The competition at the West Regional will be a huge test of Portland State as some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, including Pac-10 Champion, USC, will be among the competitors. Other top-25 nationally-ranked teams playing in the regional are Virginia, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Pepperdine, Iowa State and UC Davis.The top eight teams from the West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament, May 18-21, at the Traditions Golf Club in State College, TX.Taylor, 19, enters the NCAA Regional with some of the top freshman numbers in Portland State University history.The L.V. Rogers Bomber grad won two tournaments this season on the Big Sky circuit in California — Cal State Fullerton Folino Invitational and UC Irvine Anteater Invitational.Those accomplishments did not go unnoticed as Taylor earned Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year accolades — the first freshman from Portland State to claim the honour.Taylor also was named to the All- Big Sky Conference Team with Schoning and Yada. Dodge was named to the second team.All-Conference honors are based on Golfstat.com national player rankings.Taylor’s scoring average of 75.80 is the best ever by a PSU freshman. She also tied a school scoring record for a 36-hole tournament with an even par 144 at the Folino. Taylor is a two-time Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week.Taylor tees off Thursday at 1:25 p.m., Friday at 8:55 a.m. and Saturday at 1:25 [email protected]last_img read more

Blues legend Lampard hails Kante

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea legend Frank Lampard believes N’Golo Kante is even better than former Blues star Claude Makelele and on current form is the best central midfielder in the world.Lampard has previously likened his ex-Chelsea team-mate Makelele to Kante, who has been outstanding since his move to Stamford Bridge from Leicester.But his performance in Monday’s FA Cup victory over Manchester United further convinced Chelsea’s record goalscorer that Kante is on a another level.Speaking on the BBC, Lampard said: “I compared him to Claude Makelele last season, but he’s got even more to his game than Makelele.Kante scored Chelsea’s winner against United“I would go so far as to say N’Golo Kante is the best central midfield player in the world right now.”Lampard was also full of praise for Eden Hazard, who could not be suppressed by United despite being the victim of some crunching challenges from the visitors, particularly in the opening 25 minutes of the game.Lampard said: “Eden Hazard has been incredible. I was lucky enough to play with him myself and I saw the potential in him as a young player.“Great ability, very carefree kind of player, very laid back off the pitch, but when he plays he has that magic.”“And once he gets into those central areas he can add goals and assists to his game and move himself into the real top bracket of world football.”See also:Chelsea see off Man Utd to set up semi-final clash with SpursMourinho tells Chelsea fans he is ‘still number one’United’s treatment of Hazard annoys ConteChelsea v Man Utd player ratings Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Complexity Appears “Earlier than Thought”

first_imgWidely-separate branches of science seem to converge on a common puzzle: complexity goes farther back than scientists expected – evolutionary scientists, that is.Cosmology: More evidence has come that galaxies formed very early. A mature galaxy detected through gravitational lensing was announced by the Hubble Telescope team, with an estimated redshift of 6.027. In the conventional big bang chronology, that dates it at 950 million years after the big bang. Other galaxies have been detected at redshift 10 or more, but this appears to have mature stars, “pushing back the epoch of its formation to about 200 million years after the Big Bang, much further than we had expected,” a NASA spokesperson said in the Hubble press release. That is about 1.5% of the assumed age of the universe. “This suggests,” he continued, “that the first galaxies have been around for a lot longer than previously thought.”Biology: “Complex Life Emerged from Sea Earlier Than Thought,” reported Jennifer Walsh at Live Science. Although her article assumes evolutionary time, the announcement from Boston College and University of Sheffield, who studied sediments in Scotland lakes, poses a challenge for evolutionists who had assumed the climb onto dry land was much later. “Life on Earth began in the oceans, but new fossils are showing that complex algae-like organisms left these salty seas earlier than thought, about 1 billion years ago, and spent more time evolving on land.” Science Daily titled their report, “Loch Fossils Show Life Harnessed Sun and Sex Early on.” “This suggests that life on land at this time was more abundant and complex than anticipated,” a co-author of the study said. “It also opens the intriguing possibility that some of the major events in the early history of life may have taken place on land and not entirely within the marine realm.”Geology: Belemnites are a type of cephalopod known only from fossils. They were thought to have gone globally extinct at an alleged “Cretaceous-Paleogene event,” after which time modern cephalopods evolved. According to an abstract in Geology,1 “In the North Pacific, however, a turnover from belemnites to the modern types of cephalopods about 35 m.y. before the Cretaceous-Paleogene event documents a more complex evolutionary history of cephalopods than previously thought.Botany: Recall also, as reported here 04/12/2011 (bullet 5), scientists at Penn State found evidence in their evolutionary scheme that genetic “upheavals” leading to the emergence of flowering plants occurred “nearly 200 million years earlier than the events that other research groups had described” (see PhysOrg). 1. Iba et al, “Belemnite extinction and the origin of modern cephalopods 35 m.y. prior to the Cretaceous-Paleogene event,” Geology, v. 39 no. 5 (April 2011), pp. 483-486, doi: 10.1130/G31724.1.What this means is not that the evolutionary dating schemes are now more accurate than before, but that empirical evidence is falsifying earlier beliefs about slow, gradual increases in complexity appearing over time. The data won’t give evolutionists what they want even within their own assumptions; why should the rest of us pay any attention? What’s a word that means the early appearance of complexity? Starts with a C, but we can’t utter it, because in academic circles it is offensive and makes scientists feel uncomfortable.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

West Nile Virus confirmed in Ohio horses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late August, the Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ohio horses for 2018. Two cases in Northeast Ohio have been confirmed and the animals had not been vaccinated. The spread of WNV in horses is preventable with proper vaccination and horse owners are urged to ensure their animal’s vaccine and boosters are up to date.West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30 to 40% in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported positive cases in horses each of the last few years. There were 14 confirmed cases of WNV in Ohio in 2017.“My message to horse owners is simple: vaccinate your animals and you can protect against West Nile Virus,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “Vaccines are a proven and effective prevention tool and I encourage all owners to talk to their veterinarian to learn how they can easily keep their animals healthy.”In addition to vaccinations, horse owners should work to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate possible breeding areas. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents.last_img read more

Kei Nishikori comes up aces, rolls into 3rd round in Australia Open

first_img“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 STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlready 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. He next plays Joao Sousa, who beat No. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4. Expect the ‘best version’ of Joshua Pacio in his first ONE title defense “Never easy. 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.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more