first_imgVulfpeck consistently puts together some of the tightest funk-based instrumentals, drawing comparisons to The Funk Brothers and other motown backing bands of yore. Their leader, Jack Stratton, recently spoke about these comparisons and how best to use their music in a new interview with Stanford Daily.“I want people to perceive it as we put in the time to get tight as a rhythm section instrumentally, and now we’re ready to start backing up these amazing vocalists, provide a nice tight groove for them because we put in the work trying just on our own,” says Stratton. “I’m very excited about that, and it was kind of a part of the initial vision to be backing people up.”The interview then brings up the recent hip-hop/Vulfpeck mashup playlist that recently circulated, Vulfmatic (listen here), asking if Vulfpeck would ever back a hip hop artist. “We want to do some of that. I always thought we’d be sampled by now, but that’s just not happening. Yeah, I’m a big fan of Anderson .Paak and Knowledge and Kendrick Lamar’s new albums. So yeah, I’m open to it. I’m not too knowledgeable, so it would have to be someone else kind of calling the shots, but definitely.” He continues, “Yeah, we’re trying to get sampled somehow. I don’t know how it works. Some of this stuff, like Fugue State and basically that “Vulfmatic” record, proved it. [Our music] is great for sampling, so hopefully it’ll get in the hands of the right producers.”We’d certainly love to hear some Vulfpeck hip hop grooves! Let’s hope this happens, as it would make for some great music.last_img read more

first_imgFifty years ago, when physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert first suggested that the existence of a particle called the Higgs boson could explain how particles have mass, the idea was purely theoretical. No evidence of such a particle existed.Over the next five decades, researchers around the world, including many at Harvard, worked to prove that the elusive particle was a reality. Last year, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that they had detected the particle, proving that Higgs and Englert’s theoretical prediction had been correct.In recognition of that, Higgs and Englert on Tuesday were named the recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.Following the announcement, Harvard faculty who participated in the Higgs hunt said they were honored to have had the chance to contribute to what Joao Guimaraes da Costa, associate professor of physics, called “the discovery of the century.”“Finding the Higgs was a very major discovery, so I think everyone was expecting it to some degree,” Guimaraes da Costa said. “For particle physicists, it represents a new era. Of course, there are still questions to answer, but this was really a huge milestone.”John Huth, the Donner Professor of Science and co-director of the science program, became involved in the search for the Higgs more than a decade ago. At 38 Oxford St. in Cambridge, he led efforts to construct detectors to find muons, the heavy cousins of electrons that are an important signature in the production and decay of the Higgs.While attending a meeting to review data from ATLAS, the particle detector built in part on Harvard’s campus, Huth and colleagues watched the Nobel announcement.“Perhaps needless to say, there was spontaneous applause,” he said. “We were particularly pleased to see that both the ATLAS and CMS [Compact Muon Solenoid] experiments were mentioned in the Nobel citation. I think many experimental particle physicists of my generation feel a strong sense of accomplishment in what is the work of a professional lifetime. Although we know what we’ve done and it’s significant, it is still particularly gratifying to see the recognition of it in a Nobel Prize.”Already, though, Huth said researchers are looking forward and posing new questions that they hope ATLAS will help them to answer.“Humans are peripatetic creatures, however, and even though we’ve arrived at one destination, we’re already eyeing the journey,” he said. “There are important questions out there:  What is dark matter in the universe? What is dark energy? Is there a connection between the kind of mass that Higgs confers (inertial mass) and the kind of mass associated with gravity (gravitational mass)? At this point, experiment is our best hope to answer these questions.”Third-year doctoral student Tomo Lazovich, who has worked with Harvard’s ATLAS group — including with Guimaraes da Costa — since he was an undergrad, said that being part of the Higgs search has been incredibly exciting.“As with any scientific discovery, the discovery of the Higgs boson both answered questions and posed new ones,” he said. “It was incredibly important because it closed one of the nagging loose ends of the Standard Model [the theory that governs subatomic particles and their interactions]. The Higgs mechanism had long been considered the leading theory for why certain particles in the Standard Model have mass. But its prediction of a new particle, the Higgs boson, had not been verified until the discovery by ATLAS and CMS.“Being part of a discovery like the Higgs is a grad student’s dream,” he added. “I feel incredibly lucky to have participated in it. Many of us worked unbelievably hard [and slept very little] in the months prior to the announcement of the discovery. Seeing all of that hard work culminate in the discovery of the Higgs was an amazing reward.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo June 28, 2018 The Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN, in Portuguese), a college-level institution that trains officers for the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese), also trains foreign officers from partner nations. At the bicentennial academy, located in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, cadets seek bachelor’s degrees in military science, with an EB specialty: Infantry, Calvary, Artillery, Engineering, Quartermaster, Communications, or Warfare Material. In 2018, 48 cadets from 17 countries attend the four-year program at AMAN, 10 of them in the first year. Countries such as Angola, Guyana, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mozambique, Paraguay, Peru, São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname, and Vietnam sent students. AMAN receives cadets from partner nations since 1946. Over the years more than 200 foreign officers trained at the EB academy. According to EB Major General Ricardo Augusto Ferreira Costa Neves, commandant of AMAN, the academy’s tradition of preparing leaders while upholding the values of the land force are inspirations to foreigners. “In addition to academic and military subjects, cadets have the best environment to improve physically, intellectually, and morally to be ready to lead subordinates in the future,” he said. The officer said the cadet exchange with partner nations is culturally beneficial to Brazilians through the transfer of professional experiences. “It is an opportunity to show the Brazilian Army’s high level of professionalism and qualification, and to promote the good practices conducted at AMAN,” said Maj. Gen. Costa Neves. “It strengthens the ties of friendship between our nations and increases our credibility on the international stage.” The Ministry of Defense and EB, in accordance with the strategic objectives of each nation, establish the protocols and carry out the negotiations that enable this exchange between countries. AMAN’s command receives the necessary information on foreign student enrollment the year prior to the exchange program. “Countries select their best cadets to take the courses in Brazil, who, at the end of the four year-program, will return to their countries as officers, to serve in their own armies,” Maj. Gen. Costa Neves said. Following the routine of Brazilian cadets Upon arriving at AMAN, foreign cadets go through an adjustment period, get familiar with Brazilian culture, and the rules and traditions of EB. Cadets also prepare to join their ranks and receive clarifications about the course. Students then join the cadet corps and embark on an academic routine, attending classes and scheduled military instructions. “From reveille to curfew, the cadet, either Brazilian or foreign, is constantly challenged to seek technical-professional knowledge, overcome difficulties, push their own limits, develop camaraderie and team spirit, and constantly uphold truth, loyalty, integrity, and responsibility,” Maj. Gen. Costa Neves said. “AMAN offers to all cadets the opportunity to experience, internalize, and practice the values that will define the attitude of future officers throughout the course of their military careers.” Students choose their specialties at the end of the first year. “Some countries determine which branch, framework, or military service the cadet must pursue in their training. Other nations, however, offer each cadet the opportunity to choose the field of expertise that best suits them,” Maj. Gen. Costa Neves said. Foreigners highlight their experiences Cadet Kevveon Travis Lewis from Guyana is in his fourth year of Engineering at AMAN. For him, the experience at the Brazilian academy has been crucial, especially regarding technical-professional knowledge. “I will be able to help restructure the education and training of my country’s military instruction,” said Cadet Kevveon. The cadet’s interest in AMAN motivated him to join the exchange program in Brazil. His grades from Guyanese schools and basic knowledge of Portuguese weighed in the selection process. “It is very difficult for all of us foreign cadets to master the Portuguese language,” he said. The complexity of the Brazilian training differs greatly from Guyana’s military training. “In Guyana, military training is purely physical and based on military doctrine; at AMAN, however, the preparation includes physical training, military doctrine, and general studies,” Cadet Kevveon said. For Cadet Luciano Coutinho from Suriname, on his fourth year in the Infantry course, the Brazilian military educational program was positively challenging. “In my country, only hands-on training has a heavier workload,” Cadet Luciano said. “The educational program at AMAN requires a lot of dedication from students.” Foreign students emphasized the good relationship with Brazilian cadets and instructors. “I had the opportunity to make genuine and lasting friendships,” said Cadet Luciano. “I learned a lot with them, and there is a lot of camaraderie and experience exchange,” Cadet Kevveon added. According to Cadet Luciano, the exchange increases their knowledge of military topics and contributes to developing professional and social-emotional competencies. “At AMAN I learned how to lead, teach, and guide my subordinates in the best way to benefit the mission,” he said. “The values I will take from this experience will positively influence future relationships between Brazil and Suriname, especially in the military field,” concluded Cadet Luciano.last_img read more

first_imgFeb 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – From stigmatization of people exposed to the virus to maintaining methadone treatment facilities, public health officials need to plan for a wide spectrum of mental health challenges that would likely emerge during an influenza pandemic, federal officials said today at a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) live Web seminar (webinar).Dana Taylor, chief of emergency medical services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), urged pandemic planners to think more broadly than just how the pandemic events will affect people’s feelings and emotions. He said that public perceptions and conclusions will affect their decision-making and behavior, which will be especially important when public health officials need their compliance with social distancing measures and other pandemic-related actions.Taylor  said pandemic planners can work with their communities now to build resilience and can use a process that mental health professionals call “stress inoculation.””The more an individual knows what to expect, the more mitigation of fear and panic,” said Taylor, who suggested that pandemic planners can use prepandemic stages to identify credible and trustworthy leaders who can address the public during a pandemic.Brian McKernan, a technical assistance team manager at SAMHSA, emphasized that mental health pandemic planning is already well underway in several states, including California, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, and New Jersey. Some have already planned ways to ensure adequate supplies of psychiatric medications for mental health in-patient and outpatient facilities, while others have developed resources to address more general needs such as stress reduction. He also said federal officials have addressed mental health planning in a supplement to the HHS pandemic flu plan.McKernan  urged webinar viewers to consider training people to provide psychological first aid, a well established, practical approach to contacting and engaging people and assessing their mental health needs in an emergency setting. Having these first aid providers will help alleviate the strain on traditional mental health providers during a pandemic, he said, “And it’s designed for use by paraprofessionals.”Linda Ligenza, a public health advisor to SAMHSA, said the Red Cross has developed a psychological first aid protocol, adding that each state has a disaster mental health coordinator.She advised pandemic planners to identify groups ahead of time who might be especially vulnerable to pandemic disruptions, such as frail, elderly people and those with disabilities or chronic illnesses who depend on other people for their care.The experts also singled out children as another vulnerable group. Taylor urged parents and guardians to use a tone of voice that projects security when talking to children about pandemic topics and limiting the information to age-appropriate topics that they can participate in, such as instructing smaller children about proper hand-washing technique.”It’s vital to limit what they watch on television. They don’t need to be overwhelmed by the trauma,” he said.Healthcare workers will also require mental health support, McKernan said. For example, public health officials can plan ahead to ease workers’ contact with their families during tough working conditions through Internet chat rooms or message boards. Also, he said healthcare workers and their families might face stigmatization because of possible exposure to the virus.Taylor said that unlike during the 1918 pandemic, today’s public health officials can make creative use of technology to deliver mental health services to wide groups of people during a pandemic.After a pandemic ends, mental health services will gravitate back to face-to-face interventions focusing on those who were most impacted and suffered multiple losses, the experts said. However, they urged viewers to consider public ways to make a mental health connection after the pandemic, such as convening a community memorial on a pandemic anniversary date.See also:Dec 1, 2008, CIDRAP News story “PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING: Addressing psychological needs in disaster response”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal are looking at candidates to replace Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have identified Massimiliano Allegri and Mikel Arteta as possible candidates to take over at the Emirates if Unai Emery is sacked.Much was expected of Emery when the former PSG and Sevilla boss arrived at Arsenal last year but he is already fighting to save his job.Emery’s Arsenal suffered a costly dip towards the end of last season to drop out of the top-four and are currently fifth in the Premier League with just one win from their last five games. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Nov 2019 4:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kSharescenter_img Max Allegri is a figure of interest for the Premier League club (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell understands Arsenal’s interest in Allegri and Arteta and also thinks his former club should look at Luis Enrique and Patrick Vieira.Speaking to AFTV, he said: ‘What has Unai Emery done to make us better?‘I used to back managers, but I don’t back managers anymore because it’s wrong. When you back managers, you get stuck with that manager. And I don’t want to be stuck to any managers.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I want Arsenal to progress and to be able to go and challenge. I don’t see it! So, I am calling out Unai Emery, right now because I am not seeing that.‘I think we’re regressing. In my opinion, Unai Emery, thanks for trying, but we’re going to go a different direction.‘The board should be getting him out and getting in someone like an Allegri or someone of that ilk. Luis Enrique, I like Enrique – people even mentioned Arteta. What about Vieira?’MORE: Ed Woodward wanted Verratti and Varane transfers but failed to convince Mourinho Emery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:06FullscreenEmery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at home is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It has been a shocking month for Emery, who saw his Arsenal side succumb to defeat at Sheffield United before dropping points at home to Crystal Palace and Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA large section of fans have turned against Emery due to the club’s worrying run of form and Arsenal have identified possible candidates to replace the Spaniard.While the Arsenal board are committed to giving Emery time to turn things around, Mirror Sport say the Gunners have expressed interest in Allegri and Arteta.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRecent reports have linked Arsenal with former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho but he is not thought to be in the running at this stage.Instead, Arsenal are looking at former Gunners midfielder Arteta, who was strongly linked with the job in north London before Emery’s appointment, and Juventus hero Allegri.Allegri won five Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias during his spell in Turin before leaving the Italian giants earlier in the year. Arsenal identify Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta as top two candidates to replace Unai Emerylast_img read more

first_imgA superb Paulo Dybala strike and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty just after the hour mark made sure of the result at the Allianz Stadium before two late strikes from Gonzalo Higuain and Matthijs de Ligt completed the rout against a Lecce team who had to play for an hour with 10 men.The away side meanwhile stay third-from-bottom, level on 25 points with Genoa a place above them and a point behind Sampdoria in 16th.Juve started the match off the pace and while Adrien Rabiot forced a good save and Ronaldo flashed a powerful shot wide, Lecce comfortably kept the hosts at bay right until Fabio Lucioni got himself sent off.The 32-year-old got tangled up on the ball under no pressure on the half way line and then clumsily bundled over Rodrigo Bentancur.Maurizio Sarri’s team were still below their best but should have been at least a goal up at half-time after Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi both blazed over from point-blank range just before the break.Juve pressed ahead after the restart, with Leonardo Bonucci’s header forcing a smart stop from Lecce keeper Gabriel and Dybala whipping a curling effort just wide.Argentine Dybala was not to be denied however, when he picked the ball up on the edge of the area in the 53rd minute and crashed a high shot home to break brave Lecce’s resistance.Ronaldo then bagged his goal from the spot in the 62nd minute after being tripped by Luca Rossettini.However the Portuguese will be kicking himself that he didn’t come away from this game with more goals after missing several presentable chances.By that time Lecce were playing for damage limitation but two quickfire goals made the scoreline a more accurate representation of the balance of play.Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo set Juventus on the way at the Allianz StadiumRead Also: Video: Gary Neville ‘flees’ after Liverpool title nightmare comes trueHiguain, who had already gone close just seconds after being brought on as a 77th-minute substitute, pounced on Ronaldo’s deflected backheel with seven minutes left before sweeping a fine left-footed finish high over Gabriel.Dutchman de Ligt then bundled home the fourth two minutes later, stooping low to head in Douglas Costa’s whipped cross from the right to leave Lazio having to win their home clash with Fiorentina on Saturday evening to cut the gap back to four points.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus moved seven points clear at the top of Serie A on Friday night after hammering struggling Lecce 4-0 in Turin and piling the pressure on title rivals Lazio.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Arsenal reject £3m bid for Balogun Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs Tottenham vs. Sheffield UnitedVenue: Tottenham StadiumKick off: 4PM Tottenham Hotspur find themselves sitting 11th in the table after 11 games and in desperate need of a Premier League win against Sheffield United.Conversely, the newly-promoted Blades are up into sixth in the league after a four-game unbeaten run in which they have conceded just once.Tottenham are in the bottom half of the league standings after a disappointing league run that has yielded no wins in four successive games, including two defeats.Spurs did claim a first away win in any competition since the beginning of May last time out with a 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade.However, the six games across all competitions before that yielded just one win and three defeats, including a 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.In fact, Mauricio Pochettino’s side last won a Premier League game in September, and have managed just three league wins all season, with a mere five victories from 16 games across all competitions.Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United will hope they can take advantage of Spurs’ struggles, having made a fine start to life back in the top flight.The Blades have lost just three league games all season and are currently on a four-game unbeaten run that has propelled them into sixth.United also boast the joint-best defensive record in the league this term, shipping a mere eight goals so far.However, with just 12 strikes to their name, they have the fourth-worst attack of any team outside the relegation zone.Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Alli, Son, Kane.Sheffield United possible XI: Henderson, Basham, Jagielka, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset.Tags: Sheffield UnitedTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Premier League clubs have been given the green light to take part in friendlies with strict protocols in place as they prepare for the restart of England’s top-flight season on June 17, British media reported on Tuesday.Venues must not be more than 90 minutes away and players will need to travel in their own cars and arrive in full kit, according to Sky Sports. Matches will be refereed by members of the clubs’ coaching staff and players involved need to have returned a negative test for COVID-19, the reports said.The Premier League, which has nine rounds remaining, has been suspended since mid-March but clubs have since returned to group training, with the government giving elite sport permission to return from June 1.Leicester City Manager, Brendan Rodgers, said the Midlands club will stage practice games at the King Power Stadium to help players get up to speed.“We’ll look at trying to prepare as best as we can for that. We’ll have some practice games in our own stadium before we play, so they’ll feel and get a sense of that,” Rodgers told British media.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Brendan RodgersCOVID-19Leicester CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Huddersfield Town stunned Manchester United 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, a defeat that ended the visitors unbeaten start to the Premier League season and dropped them five points behind leaders Manchester City who beat Burnley 3-0.Huddersfield’s victory in driving wind and rain was their first over United since 1952 and all the more unexpected after a run of one goal in six league games.But the top-tier newcomers fully deserved their first league win since mid-August after hitting United twice in the first half and withstanding everything the visitors – and the appalling weather – threw at them.Former City midfielder Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored twice in 33 minutes, with United’s afternoon made worse by an injury to Phil Jones.Jose Mourinho responded by bringing on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford for Juan Mata and Anthony Martial at halftime and Rashford scored his seventh of the season to set up a rousing finish in what was the sides’ first league meeting since 1972.Mourinho blamed defensive mistakes for the defeat.“A bad team deserved to be punished,” he said.By Manchester City’s recent free-scoring standards, their 3-0 victory over Burnley was modest, with the match turning on a controversial first-half penalty when Bernardo Silva went down theatrically in the area.TV replays showed no contact from Burnley keeper Nick Pope and the Portuguese may find himself in trouble with the three-member FA review panel which looks at simulation and last Friday issued its first retrospective ban on a player for diving.he spot-kick decision infuriated Burnley’s players, but Sergio Aguero kept his cool to equal Eric Brooke’s all-time scoring record for the club with his 177th goal. Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane made the scoreline more comfortable as City registered a club-record 11th straight win.Elsewhere, Chelsea made up ground on third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who play Liverpool on Sunday, by beating Watford 4-2 in the day’s early kickoff at Stamford Bridge.The game was closer than the scoreline suggests, with Marco Silva’s impressive side coming from behind to lead at Stamford Bridge before two goals from Michy Batshuayi and another from Cesar Azpilicueta ended the argument.Pressure will be growing on Stoke City manager Mark Hughes after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Bournemouth which left them into the relegation zone.Hughes had hoped the return of Ryan Shawcross would strengthen his defence after last week’s 7-2 demolition by Manchester City, but Shawcross gave away a penalty, which Junior Stanislas converted and Andrew Surman also found the net.Mame Biram Diouf narrowed the gap but the goal was not enough to prevent Bournemouth recording their first away league win of the season.A Federico Fernandez own goal and a second-half strike by Shinji Okazaki gave Leicester City caretaker manager Michael Appleton a much-needed 2-1 win at Swansea City in his first game in charge, lifting the Foxes out of the relegation zone.But there was no escape for Crystal Palace, whose 1-0 defeat at Newcastle left them rooted to the bottom spot. Mikel Merino’s scored Newcastle’s 85th-minute winner.last_img read more

first_imgBy Toby DavisLONDON, England (Reuters) – Serena Williams clubbed her way into the Wimbledon semi-finals, draining the last drop of fight from fellow American Alison Riske before sealing a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win in a rip-roaring Centre Court contest yesterday.For two sets, Riske absorbed every last punishing blow from the seven-time champion, while her own lightweight jab inflicted some early pain then levelled the see-saw encounter at 1-1.Williams’ blows, however, became too frequent and too heavy in the final games, with the weaponised serve pushing the world number 55 Riske back on her heels, while her return worked like an old slugger’s right-hook.Having knocked out world number one Ash Barty in the last round and having spent over nine hours on court en route to the quarters – the longest path to the last eight of anyone since 2011 – Riske had shown a streak of pure Pittsburgh steel.But Williams, who is hunting down a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, is tennis tungsten, and recovered superbly from a brief wobble in which she lost the second set and fell a break behind in the third.“I just needed to fight,” said Williams. “She was not giving it to me. I needed to step up and take it. That’s what I had to do.”She eventually charged over the finish line after more than two hours on court, bringing up match point when Riske netted a forehand, and completing the job with her 19th ace of the match to set up a clash with unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova, who beat Britain’s Johanna Konta in straight sets.While the women’s game is often exalted as being wildly unpredictable, Williams remains the exception to the rule and yesterday’s win secured her a 37th Grand Slam semi-final appearance.She came into the quarters having won 96 singles matches at the All England Club, while the other seven players left in the draw had won 80 between them.‘GET TO BUSINESS’ The discrepancy between Williams’ achievements and those of Riske could not have been starker.The 29-year-old was playing her first Grand Slam quarter-final in her 30th major and had accumulated around $85 million less in prize money than Williams.Yet the Pittsburgh native feels at home on grass and, with 11 of her 19 Grand Slam match wins coming at Wimbledon, she was never going to be a pushover for Williams, who is still feeling her way back after a niggling knee injury had limited her court time since the Australian Open in January.Riske struck first, breaking in the third game before Williams had really got her legs into gear, but a 3-1 advantage was quickly wiped out as the 11th seed won five of the next six games to take the set.last_img read more