Materialists sound much more confident than they are about their theories for the origin of planets.Evolutionists have mastered the art of bluffing. So confident are they in their worldview of big-bang-to-man evolution, they can leap over tall anomalies in a single sentence. It takes critical reading to see this. Usually, they will start a paper or article by asserting evolution as a fact, about which there is no controversy, in order to claim their turf. Then, when discussing the actual evidence, they will raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index higher and higher as hard data bring multiple questions and anomalies to explain, and theoretical problems rise like high hurdles before them. Resolution of the unknowns is put off to futureware, while they claim that the unexpected new findings have increased their “understanding” of evolution. The presentation is almost formulaic, allowing reporters to just borrow the boilerplate and modify a few words here and there.We see this strategy often in articles on biological evolution, but it appears just as often in articles on planetary science.Comet Hale-Bopp 1997 (DFC)Interstellar ‘GEMS’ Lead Researchers Back to the Early Solar System (Space.com). Chelsea Gohd illustrates the technique. As a cheerleading reporter for secular planetologists, she starts with the opening bluff, reassuring unsuspecting readers that secular materialist experts “know” things from their divination techniques, and are getting warmer to full “understanding” of our solar system.Scientists are following a trail of interstellar dust all the way back to the formation of the solar system.What we now know as [sic] the solar system began as a cloud of interstellar dust and gas. By studying “pre-solar” dust, which was preserved in cosmic objects like comets before they made their way to Earth, scientists [i.e., secular materialists] can peer back in time to the early solar system.Planetary scientists sound like crystal ball gazers, the way Chelsea tells it. They can peer into crystals of dust, seeing visions the rest of us can’t discern. All we see is a mature system of planets following the laws of nature discovered by two Bible-believing creationists, Kepler and Newton. Where is this “early solar system” of dust and gas? You can’t see it.* The NASA-funded astronomers only see bits of comet dust they collected on high-altitude craft. Somebody decided to call them GEMS (“glass with embedded metal and sulfides”). Ah, but it takes special eyes to be able to look into the GEMS to discern the past, and see into the future. Here comes the futureware, the high perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the promised understanding:By studying “the starting materials of planet formation from 4.6 billion years ago,” we might gain “a deeper understanding of the processes that formed and have since altered them,” Ishii said in the statement.Following this research, the team will explore additional comet dust to better understand the composition of GEMS and the size of the sub-grains, according to the statement.When such busy-work and speculation gets the blessing of the National Academy of Sciences, who dares stand up to such giants of “understanding”?*Note: astronomers see dust disks around other stars, but it takes philosophy to imagine them forming planets. For all they know, the dust is debris from collisions as bodies break up, not build up.Exploring the dusty prehistory of the solar system (Phys.org). Following her lead, Chris Packham at Phys.org prophesies more about the hidden wisdom in the GEMS. As an exercise, readers can hunt for the opening bluff, the perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the futureware. Did any of them actually witness dust turning into a planet?The solar system as we know it formed about 4.6 billion years ago as fields of interstellar dust orbiting the sun aggregated into planets and smaller objects. Presolar dust particles no longer exist in the inner solar system, as they were long ago destroyed, reformed, and reaggregated in multiple phases. From the vantage of such a long period of time, astronomers can only make inferences about its composition and the processes that led to the solar system’s present configuration, bringing to bear advanced instruments on Earth, in orbit, and in deep space to collect evidence.Operational replica of Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer (DFC). Analysis of dust particles is science. Storytelling about where they came from and how they turned into planets and people is not.Storytelling about long-lost processes can sound more legitimate when you have something in hand to look at. “Cassini mission data suggest the presence of iron metal in contemporary interstellar dust,” the researchers say, “contemporary” referring to present-day dust. But what does it mean? It should mean that iron exists now, in the present, in dust particles that a modern spacecraft gathered and looked at. Hope Ishii at the University of Hawaii hopes that modern particles can become her crystal balls for more visions of ancient things. Watch for the maybes, the excuses and the promissory notes:The researchers note that the complex organics in the ice-mantled grains must have experienced a high-radiation environment before incorporation into larger bodies, which may have resulted from vertical diffusion of dust above the solar system’s mid-plane.The researchers conclude by noting that their picture is incomplete, and much of the data is still rough—for instance, the elemental composition of GEMS sometimes only matches the solar elemental composition collectively, exhibiting chemical anomalies at higher resolution. But they believe they have provided constraints on solar system development and the aggregation of presolar dust that will inform future studies, observations and models.Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system’s formation: Chemical studies show that dust particles originated in a low-temperature environment (Science Daily). This article reporting on the same work by Hope Ishii’s team follows basically the same formula. Surprisingly, the Phys.org article said that the dust formed at high temperatures, but this article quotes another team member who says, “The presence of specific types of organic carbon in both the inner and outer regions of the particles suggests the formation process occurred entirely at low temperatures.”Multiple generations of grain aggregation in different environments preceded solar system body formation (PNAS). The reason for the discrepancy about temperatures becomes evident in the paper on which the above articles are drawn. The team of 9 (including Cassini ringmaster Jeff Cuzzi and Stardust scientist Donald Brownlee, co-author of Rare Earth) postulates “multiple generations” of particles, some hot and some cold. With that supposition, they can read any scenario they wish to believe, using material that has been destroyed and reworked as props for their scenario.The initial solids from which the solar system formed consisted almost entirely of amorphous silicate, carbon, and ices. This dust was mostly destroyed and reworked by processes that led to the formation of planets. Surviving samples of presolar dust are most likely to be preserved in comets, small cold bodies that formed in the outer solar nebula. In interplanetary dust particles originating from comets, we observe organic carbon mantles on subgrains within amorphous-silicate−dominated grains called GEMS (glass with embedded metal and sulfides). Our observations constrain GEMS grain formation to cold and radiation-rich environments, making a compelling case that these exotic grains, unique to a relatively obscure class of extraterrestrial material, are surviving dust from (variable) interstellar environments and thus the original building materials of planetary systems.It is not the job of a scientist to tell readers they have made “a compelling case.” The evidence should be doing that. Brownlee should know better. One of the big surprises of the Stardust mission for which he was chief scientist is that comet particles that were actually collected directly from Comet Wild 2 showed evidence of high temperature melting. Contrary to the belief at the time that comets represented pristine material, the dust had evidently been heated to white-hot temperatures. This sent them scrambling to come up with stories of transport of the dust into the inner solar system and back out again. The data contradicted the visions dancing in their heads, as a contemporary JPL press release said in 2007:The comet samples collected by Stardust contain abundant crystalline minerals and in most cases it is clear that they did not form by the predicted mild heating of interstellar dust. Many are too large, and have complex mineralogical and chemical compositions that could not have formed by this process. Instead of the mild heating that astronomers envisioned the comet samples were heated during their formation to severe temperatures, temperatures high enough to melt or vaporize them. The temperatures above 1300 °C and the samples were white hot. This is quite remarkable because the [sic] some of the ice components of comets appear to have formed only 30 degrees above absolute zero. The comet is very odd mix of materials that formed at the highest and lowest temperatures that existed in the early solar system. Comets have been cold for billions of years but their ingredients are remarkable products of both fire and ice. Because the rocky materials in comet Wild 2 formed at such high temperatures, we believe that they formed in the hot inner regions of the young solar system and were then transported all the way to beyond the orbit of Neptune.Now, in this new PNAS paper, Brownlee and his colleagues are saying that “Most of the mass of interstellar dust (97 to 99%) is completely reprocessed in the ISM [inter-stellar medium] and is subjected to shocks, impacts, recondensation, and repeated cycling in and out of dense molecular clouds.” Re-processing also occurs for most of the dust within the solar nebula believed to be the parent cloud of our solar system. The Abstract admits, “Bona fide physical samples for laboratory studies would yield unprecedented insight about solar system formation, but they were largely destroyed.”And so we see them using divination tactics to choose which particles remained as ‘pristine’ leftovers. Those become their materialistic fairy dust, the remnant particles out of which Earth was born, and everything on it evolved, including us. Since the GEMS theoretically formed in the fridge of space, they must be the magic seeds that became people!Egregious AccretionThe paper starts with the typical secular bluff: “The solar system formed from interstellar dust and gas in a molecular cloud.” That’s a statement of materialistic belief, not a scientific fact. To show why, let’s see if they have found, after decades of trying, a way for dust particles to accrete into planets (e.g., 3 Feb 2004, 5 Dec 2007, 15 Aug 2015). As we have shown many times, particles in space tend to bounce off each other and grind down to dust, not accrete into bigger objects. An object must grow to about a kilometer in diameter to have enough gravity to attract other particles by accretion. This was a major reason for the ‘heretical’ view called disk instability (the other major reason being migration, a type of migration into the star that would destroy growing planetesimals; see 21 March 2006). Let’s see if this team has finally figured out how to get particles to accrete:In the Introduction: “Knowledge of the dust from which our molecular cloud and, later, the solar system formed is critical to our understanding of chemical and physical processes in star-forming regions, the inventory of organics incorporated in the solar system, and the accretion and subsequent evolution and processing of solar system bodies.”In the concluding Discussion: “GEMS are thus first-generation aggregates in which subgrain mantles may have played a role in the aggregation (or accretion) process.“In the concluding Discussion: “However, in the absence of identified physical samples, there has been ongoing debate among astronomers about the significance of composite grains, either as aggregates or as organic mantles on silicate grains. Specific mechanisms and environments for accretion are also far from settled.”That, dear readers, is all they say about accretion: GEMS “may have played a role” in accretion, but the specific mechanisms and environments for accretion “are far from settled.”Update 6/28/18: Planet formation starts before star reaches maturity (Phys.org). This article shows how worldview assumptions can drive interpretations. All these researchers at the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy detected (by indirect means) were dust particles about 1 millimeter in diameter, when they expected them to be 1 thousand times smaller. The “surprising” conclusion? “The results indicate that planets already start forming while the star is still developing.” Logically, it could be just as true that the particles are grinding down from larger sizes into dust. These astronomers are assuming accretion is a fact leading up to planets when, as just shown, how that could happen is contrary to laws of physics.Planetary Origin Science: the myth that dust bunnies turn into live bunnies, given billions of years of the Stuff Happens Law.Who pays these guys?* Materialists continue to be wrong, wrong, wrong for decades, for centuries (at least as far back as Laplace), and yet they bluff their way out of every problem, promising “understanding” to the peons who don’t yet understand “science.” But even peons know that snowballs don’t accrete into bigger snowballs during a snowball fight. And peons know that dust bunnies do not accrete into living bunnies (see “Is Making Planets Child’s Play?”, 5 Dec 2007, where Jeff Cuzzi said, “How the first stage of this process, primary accretion, works is a fundamental unsolved problem of planetary science.”) If the secular wizards were right, Saturn’s rings would have accreted into a big moon by now, but as Cuzzi well knows, destructive processes predominate in real planetary ring physics (10 July 2010). In fact, all the secular ringmasters of Cassini are baffled that the rings still exist! Not only that, comets are burning up as they pass the sun. Asteroid particles are colliding into planets and burning up in our atmosphere. Magnetic fields are decaying. The Second Law of Thermodynamics—one of the best-attested laws in all physics—guarantees that entropy will increase. Physical laws describe processes that destroy order and increase entropy; they do not create minds, butterflies, and whales.Their choice of a secular materialistic worldview** forces these guys to believe that particles accrete into planetesimals, and planetesimals into planets, and planets into people. Real observations show the opposite: planetary bodies colliding, wearing down and destroying each other. The Eyewitness, the Creator of the universe, tells us that he made the Earth by his power, and fashioned man on it by His wisdom. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It took the power of creative intelligence acting on matter to make us; we are not accidental by-products of natural forces. If that is a true foundation to build on, we should see evidence of it, and we do! We should see natural processes powerless to make the Earth and life, and we do. The science supports the Eyewitness account. That is Reality; not the contradictory visions of the self-appointed experts who must use divination tools to see the impossible become possible. Read Jeremiah 17:5-10.To the data! Stop the storytelling. Get real, planetary scientists! Stop trusting in your divination tools, and in histories you never witnessed. Stop importing your atheism into your science. Stop playing games with your peer group that has expelled all who don’t think like you do. Until you cease these anti-scientific habits, we cannot even have a rational discussion about origins.*You do. NASA loves to throw money at the secular shamans (11 April 2018). They also throw money to lawyers to punish those who get in their way.**To theistic evolutionists: it is no help to respond that “God used” natural processes like accretion and Darwinian evolution to create people. That is a self-contradictory argument. Natural processes do no such thing. If God guided natural processes, they are no longer unguided; they are no longer “natural.” It amounts to believing in multiple miracles to think that the secular astronomers’ toolkit of natural processes would make people. See the new anthology Theistic Evolution for detailed analysis of the theological, scientific and philosophical problems with the theistic evolution compromise position.(Visited 834 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cape Town Stadium with the harbour andpart of the V&A Waterfront at right, withTable Bay beyond. Tourist accommodationnear the city bowl was 90% full in the finalweek of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Skye Grove, communication managerCape Town Tourism+27 21 487 email@example.com• Tammy WhiteRabbit in a Hat Communications+27 21 447 3197 or +27 73 202 firstname.lastname@example.orgMary AlexanderCape Town, foreign tourists’ favourite South African city, is set to enjoy long-term benefits from successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup by building its reputation as a special-events destination in the winter off-season.The city is immensely popular during summer, with its sunny and dry Mediterranean climate, but tourists tend to stay away during its cold, windy and wet winters.“Our focus has never been on the short term benefits of hosting this event, but rather on maximising the long term benefits and changing the opinion the world has of us, converting soccer fans into fans of Cape Town,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, head of Cape Town Tourism.“Our aim is to double the economic impact of tourism by 2020 and the successful hosting of the World Cup in Cape Town in winter will definitely make this target more attainable.”This week Cape Town Tourism is launching a campaign to promote the city as a winter destination, with advertising on radio and billboards in Gauteng province, and internationally on TripAdvisor, a major online travel portal. TripAdvisor named Cape Town one of the world’s top 25 destinations in its Travellers’ Choice 2010 Best Destinations Awards.During the World Cup Cape Town Tourism conducted weekly surveys to determine visitor behaviour, choices and trends, and assess the city’s tourism industry’s attitude towards to event.It found that while tourist numbers and bookings were a lot higher than the same period in 2009, they did not live up to the winter peak season anticipated during the World Cup.Nonetheless, 90% of survey respondents agreed that the tournament had had a positive impact on Cape Town as a destination, and 62% agreed that it had helped to counter seasonality.Felicity Purchase, the Cape Town city council‘s head of economic development and tourism, said hosting major events in the Cape Town winter would help boost the city’s economy.“The City of Cape Town has developed an events policy and is now working on a post-2010 World Cup events strategy,” she said. “Events can play an important role in addressing seasonality, which is one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the development of Cape Town as a year-round tourism destination.”While official visitor numbers have not yet been released, the survey, the results of which have been published online, found that the average occupancy level for the 30 days of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was an estimated 55%, some 15% up on the same period in 2009. Bookings rose by at least 30% over the tournament’s final fortnight, with an average of some 70% for the Cape Town metropolitan area.Tourist accommodation in the vicinity of the city bowl and the Cape Town Stadium obviously benefited the most, with 90% occupancy in the final week of the World Cup.International arrivals at Cape Town International Airport from 11 June to 16 July – the final match was on 11 July – were 24% higher than in the same period in 2009. These included an increase in chartered flights, in addition to scheduled international flights. Domestic arrivals were up by 8%.The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain cableway and other major Cape Town attractions confirmed that visitor numbers higher than those of the 2009 season. More than that, World Cup tourists spent up to four times as much as regular winter visitors.Cape Town Tourism’s 18 visitor centres reported a 47% increase in visitors from kickoff to the final match of the World Cup compared to 11 June to 11 July 2009, with international visitors up by 77% and locals by 15%.Most international tourists came from the UK and US, but there were also significant numbers from South America and the Far East – new markets for Cape Town that tourism officials plan to expand with media and trade campaigns.“We have to follow up the raised profile that our city has garnered as a result of a highly successful World Cup with real, visible, accessible offers that speak to a world still battling their way through tough times,” said Du Toit-Helmbold of Cape Town Tourism.“We are in a unique and incredibly fortunate position to have seen so much positive coverage on television this year. Now it’s up to us to convert that into tangible tourism results through showing that we offer great value.”
john paul titlow 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout It’s been five months since Timothy Ferriss launched his bold experiment in modern publishing. The best-selling author bypassed the “big six” publishers, signed with Amazon and, as if that weren’t unconventional enough, partnered with BitTorrent to help promote his new book, The 4-Hour Chef. The whole thing seemed almost designed to generate press, which it did. But now for the important part: Did the experiment work?It sure looks that way. Despite being boycotted by Barnes and Noble and other bricks and mortar retailers, Ferriss’s book has sold over 250,000 copies and landed on all the major bestseller lists. Of course, Ferriss is a well-known and established author, which helps. So does signing with Amazon, which is powerful enough to send the U.S.’s biggest brick-and-mortar book retailer into a book-banning fury. But as mighty as Amazon is, being banned from big-box retailers is a serious handicap. To compensate, Ferriss had to forge some unexpected partnerships, such as with smaller retailers and Panera Bread, the sandwich shop chain. He also teamed up with BitTorrent, through which he published a 680-megabyte bundle of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes videos, a sample chapter and author notes. Can BitTorrent Actually Drive Sales? “To be honest, I was initially skeptical about how many sales would result from BitTorrent,” says Ferriss. “After all, that’s where people go to get stuff for free, right?”Indeed, most people associate the P2P filesharing protocol with pirating movies, music, software and yes, books. BitTorrent, Inc has been busy trying to shed that reputation, in part by partnering with well-known content creators like Ferriss, even if they’re somewhat nervous about the idea. “It turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong,” he says. “The click-through rates from BitTorrent to Amazon were higher than anything I’ve ever seen through paid advertising. Orders of magnitude higher.”More than 880,000 people have clicked through to The 4-Hour Chef‘s Amazon landing page. Amazon doesn’t offer its authors conversion metrics, so it’s hard to say how many of those people actually purchased the book. But it’s an impressive amount of exposure. BitTorrent also sent nearly 300,000 people to the book’s video trailer on YouTube and over 327,000 to Ferriss’ website. Not bad. The Piracy Question But there’s an elephant in the room: piracy. Just as easily as they can grab Ferriss’ 4-Hour Chef promotional bundle on BitTorrent, users can find pirated copies of all three of his books. “If someone is willing to spend time finding a legit bootleg source and reading a DRM-broken hard-to-read copy of my book on a computer screen not intended for reading, just to avoid spending $12 or so, they weren’t ever my core audience to begin with,” Ferriss says. “If I get them, it’s nothing but bonus points.”So, the Amazon/BitTorrent publishing hack seems to be working, for Ferriss at least. There are lessons to be learned here, but with the usual dose of caution. In the same way that Radiohead didn’t single-handedly make “pay what you want” a viable model for all musicians, Ferriss’s example is going to be of limited value to new authors. Still, it demonstrates the potential of today’s platforms and protocols when it comes to one-upping long-entrenched players and leveling the playing field a bit. We all can’t be Tim Ferriss, just like we all can’t be Justin Timberlake. But just as the Internet has opened a new potential path to success for YouTube pop singers, platforms like Amazon and BitTorrent could be where tomorrow’s authors find their audiences. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#BitTorrent#books#digital publishing#ebooks
Police arrested Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Monday in Srinagar to foil separatists’ march towards the Army headquarters to protest against the killing of seven civilians during the Pulwama operation on Saturday.Mr. Malik, who had gone underground, was detained by a team of policemen when the separatist and his supporters alighted near Srinagar’s Gaw Kadal area and started a march towards the Badamibagh area. The area houses the headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps and is just seven km away from the spot. Mr. Malik and his supporters were wearing white dresses with a slogan: “Kill us all.”Mirwaiz condemnsIn a separate crackdown, the police arrested the Mirwaiz outside his residence at Srinagar’s Naseembagh. “It is preposterous to brand civilians as overground workers and terrorists. The Government of India has overplayed the terrorist, Pakistan proxy and instigators card. The world sees ever growing graph of atrocities and massacres of Kashmiris, who are only asking for a just and peaceful resolution of the dispute,” said the Mirwaiz.Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of a Hurriyat faction, was also placed under house arrest.In Jammu, Peoples Democratic Party leaders, including Yawar Mir, Firdous Tak and Aijaz Mir, held a demonstration inside the Civil Secretariat and demanded an “end to the bloodshed.”Roads sealedThe authorities sealed all the roads leading to the Army headquarters and imposed restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles in the old city and south Kashmir’s Pulwama, in the wake of the separatists’ call.The shutdown affected the life for third consecutive day on Monday in the Valley. Tension surged after three militants and seven civilians were left dead in the Army operation in Pulwama on Saturday.Police’s claimLocals alleged civilians were killed hours after the operation was called off and “were targeted deliberately during clashes.” The police said the “mob came dangerously close” to the security forces engaged in the operation near the encounter site. It was the highest civilian casualties near an encounter site this year.The State Human Rights Commission has asked the security agencies to submit “a factual report on Pulwama incident.”
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann was on Wednesday reappointed chief of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit.Mr. Mann had resigned from the post last year in protest against AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to former Shiromani Akali Dal Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging his involvement in the rampant illegal drugs business in the State.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and in-charge of party’s affairs in Punjab Manish Sisodia, who was also present on the occasion, said that health, employment, education and farmers’ concerns were the real issues and AAP was working to bring them into the national discourse.“People across the country see AAP as a movement and a party which is working towards elimination of corruption from politics. They [people] have high hopes from the party,” he said.Mr. Mann expressed his gratitude to the party for reposing its faith in him and accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Badals of the Shiromani Akali Dal of being hand in glove with one another.“Capt. Amarinder had backed out on the poll promises that were made to the people ahead of the last Assembly elections. The people of Punjab are sick of the subsequent anti-people governments and see AAP as the only hope on the vast political horizon,” he said.Mr. Mann said that the Punjab AAP would reach out to the remotest village and every household across the State with the Delhi model of governance.
“If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”She’s the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals in Australia, and knew she had plenty of support at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy,” said Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy. “I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”The No. 37-ranked Mertens successfully defended her Hobart International title — she decided last year to target that title instead of entering Open qualifying — two weeks ago, and has now won five matches at Melbourne Park. 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His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense. Other players have been fined larger amounts following a Grand Slam tournament, such as Serena Williams’ $82,500 fine in 2009 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge.Italian player Fabio Fognini was fined $96,000 last year after insulting a chair umpire at the U.S. Open, an amount that could be reduced to $48,000 if he doesn’t have any further offences over the next two years.The new rule came in response to a rash of first-round retirements at Wimbledon last year. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Mertens dominated against Svitolina, who also entered her first quarterfinal in Australia on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International two week ago.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”Mertens raced out to a 5-2 in the first set before Svitolina got her only service break. The second set was no contest. Mertens won a 27-point rally while holding serve in the fourth game, then hit a backhand winner into the open corner to break Svitolina in the next game for a 5-0 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium’s Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — A year after opting out of qualifying for the Australian Open, Elise Mertens has reached the semifinals in her debut at the season-opening Grand Slam.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday to extend her winning streak to 10 matches and be the first woman through to the semifinals at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers