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Are your predictions limiting your strategic thinking?

first_imgLeaders assess how the world might or might not change. Whether it’s new non-traditional competition, cutting-edge technologies, evolving business models, or changing member behaviors, developing successful strategies today relies on decision-makers opening their minds to the possibilities and then choosing a path. Are you thinking creatively enough about how the world might change around you and how to ensure your credit union does not get left behind?Consider the disruptions in financial services today. Like Blockbuster above, should strategy focus on behemoths like Wal-Mart and Apple, or are there greater threats in newer business models like M-Pesa, SoFi, and The Lending Club? Perhaps the greater threats and opportunities are evolving technologies. All of this is happening on top of traditional competition, regulation, and the economy.Good strategy begins with careful consideration of possible threats and opportunities. Identifying the future you’re planning for is an important first step. With the future uncertain, even the best-laid plans are likely to run into unanticipated challenges. It can be useful, then, to ask, “What if the strategies we pursue are based on expectations that don’t come to pass?” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pochettino Insists Spurs Amongst Europe’s Best

first_imgAfter crushing UEFA Champions League cup holders Real Madrid 3-1 in a group game at the Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night to book knockout stage ticket, Tottenham Hotspur Manager, Mauricio Pochettino, insisted thursday that the English team has proved its belongs among Europe’s elite.“We now belong not only with the best in England, but in Europe,” he said.“What we have to do is move to the next level and that is winning things. We’re pleased, but it will mean nothing if we have not won anything,” he noted. Tottenham, in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2011, last won a trophy – the League Cup – in 2008.“What is important is that we are in to the next round,” added Pochettino, whose side has 10 points from four Group H games, three more than second-place Real Madrid.“We were out with two games to play last season, but this year we are in a very difficult group. We are through, so it is important for us to show we are going through a phase of consolidation.“We are starting to believe in our potential and qualities. We are able to compete with teams now on a physical and mental level.“This sort of win has consequences in terms of making us more visible. It’s something that everyone around Europe will have seen.”Dele Alli scored twice and Christian Eriksen added the third for Spurs, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a consolation for the visitors.England midfielder Alli, competing in his first Champions League match of the season, was praised for his display.“It was a great opportunity for him to show his qualities – a fantastic opportunity playing against Real Madrid at Wembley,” said Pochettino.“It was a big motivation for him to play and he could have had a hat-trick.“He was fantastic. We were starting to feel that it was coming and he was getting better and better every day. We need him to be at his best to try to help the team achieve the things it wants to achieve.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Governor DeSantis says summer camps can reopen without restrictions

first_imgGovernor DeSantis says he will allow summer camps across Florida to reopen without any state level restrictions.The announcement was made during a press conference in Jacksonville on Friday afternoon.The Governor says he decision was based on data showing that while Florida has reported 49,000 cases of the coronavirus and 2,190 COVID related deaths, there are no fatalities under the age of 25:“I think the data is pretty clear: Kids don’t seem to get infected at the same rates that adults get infected,” Governor DeSantis said.While there will be no state imposed restrictions of summer camps, the governor says individual counties can enforce their own restrictions based on what is believed to be right for their communities.“I hope that this will be good for folks over the summer. I really trust parents. I trust the physicians who work with the kids, the local leaders, coaches, camps,” Gov. DeSantis said.last_img read more


first_imgIS MISS SOUTHERN MISS KEITH’S ‘GIANT KILLER’ ?CHAMPIONS STELLAR WIND AND DREFONG WORKMIDNIGHT STORM TO BREEZE SUNDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux1972437%68%$406,275 Mark Glatt3776519%49%$258,020 Flavien Prat10124111824%52%$1,358,517 Martin Pedroza57791012%46%$281,668 Rafael Bejarano8314121617%51%$813,568 Luis Contreras62781811%53%$352,744 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tiago Pereira4765513%34%$185,190 Stewart Elliott72871411%40%$351,130 Bob Baffert2953517%45%$411,316 MISS SOUTHERN MISS VS. LAS VIRGENES TOUGHIESMiss Southern Miss tackles a champion and a potential champion Sunday in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but her trainer, Keith Desormeaux, has been known to light up the tote board with a longshot winner now and then.He sends out Miss Southern Miss against 2016 two-year-old filly Eclipse Award winner Champagne Room and Unique Bella, handy winner of her last two starts by a combined 17 ¾ lengths, including a 7 ½-length romp in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 8.Miss Southern Miss, owned by Peter Cantrell, has not raced since last Oct. 10, when she won the restricted Surfer Girl Stakes at one mile on turf at Santa Anita. She was second to Champagne Room in the Grade II Sorrento at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt last August at Del Mar.Miss Southern Miss does, however, have two bullet works for the Las Virgenes.“We didn’t have many options on dirt,” Desormeaux explained, “and she’s shown some class on the dirt before. There were other subtleties into the decision. She’s a very aggressive horse and I prefer to start her out routing instead of sprinting in the Sweet Life (Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 12), just to keep her settled.“It’s a tough race but we’re optimistic.”Anyone who doubts Keith’s prowess with an eye for an underdog need only look at Sorry Erik’s victory in Thursday’s seventh race.Claimed after a five-length victory for $20,000 on Jan. 6, Sorry Erik came back to win for $75,000 at 6-1, leaving in his wake by two lengths 2-5 favorite Conquest Farenheit, a $735,000 Keeneland Sales purchase.The Las Virgenes, race six of eight: Mopotism, Flavien Prat 6-1; Champagne Room, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 3-5; and Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Mike Smith2261527%55%$614,220 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux671410721%46%$915,443 Richard Baltas631112917%51%$598,508 Tyler Baze1042121820%48%$928,277 Peter Eurton2573128%44%$335,824 Doug O’Neill708151111%49%$650,603 Peter Miller461213626%67%$684,510 John Sadler2556720%72%$289,024 Jockey Standings FINISH LINES: Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf for trainer Phil D’Amato, is scheduled to work at 7:45 Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 . . . Trainer Ian Kruljac says he is weighing three races for 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint champion Finest City‘s next start: the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at six furlongs March 5; the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf March 12; and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on dirt March 18 . . . Apprentice Chad Lindsay loses his ‘bug’ Sunday and will ride as a full-fledged journeyman starting next Thursday . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, runner-up by a nose to Obviously in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, has been turned out at Oakmont Farm in Murrieta. “He just wasn’t doing well in the mud, so I gave him another couple months off,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “We’ll bring him back fresh and ready this summer.” . . . Actor Daniel Franzese will present a trophy to the winning connections of the Palos Verdes Stakes, today’s third race. Franzese has appeared in more than 14 films, including Bully, Party Monster, Mean Girls, Bristol Boys and War of the Worlds (2) . . .  Tomorrow, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch three-point favorite New England against Atlanta at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time for the start at 3:30 p.m. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track Sunday is only one dollar. STELLAR WIND, DREFONG WORK FOR RETURNThree-year-old filly champion of 2015 Stellar Wind had her first recorded workout since finishing fourth behind multiple champions Beholder and Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Nov. 4 at Santa Anita, going three furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 36.80 under exercise rider Jose Contreras at 7:45 a.m. for trainer John Sadler with co-owner Kosta Hronis on hand.Also working Saturday was Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion and Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Drefong, who went four furlongs under Martin Garcia in 50 flat for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai March 25.Trainer Bob Baffert termed the move “just maintenance.” Santiago Gonzalez5578613%38%$304,901 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 3) Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Joseph Talamo65751111%35%$256,870 Jerry Hollendorfer601181118%50%$924,904 Philip D’Amato3694625%53%$595,975last_img read more

Is Natural Selection Losing its Appeal?

first_imgSome recent science reports sound like they are ready to cast Darwin’s key phrase natural selection overboard, or at least demote it from its leading role in evolution.  These articles each hint that long-held beliefs are being challenged.Make room:  Science Daily asked, “Natural Selection Not The Only Process That Drives Evolution?”  Scientists at Uppsala University are finding a bigger role for neutral genetic drift.  They examined “fast-evolving” human genes by comparing them with those of other primates, and claim that many did not show signals of natural selection.  “The research not only increases our understanding of human evolution, but also suggests that many techniques used by evolutionary biologists to detect selection may be flawed,” the article said.  They may have trouble selling this idea: “many of the genetic changes leading to human-specific characters may be the result of the fixation of harmful mutations.”  It’s not clear how a degrading process led to human language, civilization and fast-food restaurants, but “This contrasts the traditional Darwinistic view that they are the result of natural selection in favour of adaptive mutations.”Tree pruning:  A “dramatic” rearrangement of Darwin’s tree of life reported by Science Daily claims that “evolutionary relationships among animals are not as simple as previously thought.”  The new tree developed by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History appears to have two trunks near the base.  All the sponges, comb jellies, jellyfish and placozoans are on one branch, and all other animals on another.  Placozoans look like slimy multicellular amoebas that glide along the surfaces of household aquariums.  Nature News titled this, “Humans and sponges may share a slimy ancestor.”    What are the implications of this approach?  For one, it means the “genetic tool kit” for complex organs appeared before the split, and for another, convergent evolution was widespread after the split.  “Some people might initially be shocked to see that nerve cells in cnidarians and higher animals (Bilateria), the group of animals that includes humans, evolved independently,” a researcher commented, claiming that the nervous systems are not that similar.  “It is the underlying genetic tool kit that is similar amongst these basal animals,” another said.  “Placozoa have all of the tools in their genome to make a nervous system, but they just don’t do it.”  On the face of it, this would seem to raise questions about natural selection.  Why would selection invent tools that are not used?    Nature News understood the difficulties the new tree presents.  One “difficult implication” means that nervous systems evolved independently in the two branches.  “This is hard to swallow,” one biologist remarked.  The supporters of the new tree just brushed it off.  “The placula already had all the genes necessary to make all the building blocks [of a nervous system], but it didn’t have to make it because ecology didn’t force it to do so,” said Bernd Schierwater [University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in Germany].  For him, this problem is “not too complicated at all.”  His answer begs the question, though, of why natural selection would produce a genetic tool kit in the first place, if “ecology” did not “force” it to use it.    Nature News quoted others who remain wary of the way these trees are calculated.  “Small alterations in the settings of some of these analysis tools can make major differences to the outcomes,” one said.  Another worried about adequate taxon sampling.  “I am tired of these molecular papers that don’t make sufficient controls to check the reliability of the phylogenetic inferences.  The other critic remarked, “This certainly isn’t the last word on the scheme of animal evolution.”White eyes:  If the environment forces evolutionary change, as Darwin insisted, why would some white-eyed birds diversify quickly across multiple habitats while others stay the same?  PhysOrg reported on this biological puzzle.  It claims that bird members of the family Zosteropidae are among the fastest diversifying species ever found, even faster than the cichlid fishes in African lakes.  What’s more, the diversification does not appear to be related to geographical features, because other species in those areas do not diversify so quickly.  “As we started to compile the data, we were shocked,” one researcher said about how similar the genetics of these diverse white-eyed birds were across a wide range.  To her, this represented “a recent origin and incredibly rapid diversification.”    The article claims this confirms a hypothesis by Ernst Mayr 80 years ago that certain species are intrinsically better at diversifying than others.  Mayr’s “Great Speciator” hypothesis proposed that internal factors like sociability, the ability to survive in a variety of habitats, and a short time between generations relative to other animals can be more important than geography in generating changes.  Although the article did not mention natural selection, it seems to relegate it to a lesser role.  Darwin had emphasized environmental factors as drivers for natural selection.  Researcher Christopher Filardi recognized the debate: “This leaves the question: are the white eyes really special, or have we simply caught them at a special time in their evolution?  That we don’t know, but our results indicate that high rates of diversification may have as much to do with a species’ ‘personality’ as they have to do with more classical geographic or geological drivers of speciation.”  Filardi did not characterize what “personality” might mean in biochemical or genetic terms, or why this bird family would have such a different “personality” than other families that would cause rapid diversification.  The word is foreign to evolutionary nomenclature.  He seemed to use it as a place-holder for ignorance of the cause of diversification.The ability of some species to diversify can be dramatic.  Science Daily reported on a catfish found in Venezuela that can climb trees.  Its modified pelvic fins (see picture on National Geographic News) allow it to inch up tree trunks.  Furthermore, this ability is seen in three separate species, suggesting the common ancestor lived upstream.  Nevertheless, they are all catfish, and not members of any groups that evolutionary charts show as ancestors of land animals.  The fins are modified fins, not bony limbs.Natural selection has long been the fulcrum of controversy in evolutionary thinking.  Historians agree that Darwin succeeded best in making the general idea of evolution acceptable – but he failed to win the case for natural selection as the mechanism of evolution.  Natural-selection theory was almost moribund by 1900.  It was revived by the neo-Darwinian synthesis in the 1940s, but that was more by peace treaty between disagreeing groups of scientists (fossil hunters, field naturalists and geneticists) than by demonstration – and the peace treaty signers knew nothing of the revolution in molecular biology just around the corner.    Since the last major Darwin drum-beating celebrations in 1959 (the centennial of Darwin’s black book), natural selection has been treated like a truism, rarely questioned.  Some are still objecting to it, though.  One reason is that the phrase portrays nature operating with a purposeful hand, choosing traits it wants for a purpose.  As Darwin envisioned it (aware of the inherent personification in the phrase), it could only operate on small variations in the immediate present.  No foresight or planning was involved.  Another problem recognized later was that it conveys no information.  If fitness is measured by what survives, and survivors are assumed to be the fit ones, then it is a tautology: survivors survive.  Evolutionists have squirmed around this problem with lots of bellowing and bluff, but their answers merely shield the tautology with synonyms (example: 10/29/2002).    The most serious and enduring objection to natural selection theory has been its insistence on randomness.  Natural selection is supposed to produce endless forms most beautiful from an unguided, purposeless mechanical process.  But chance is not a process!  Oh, but the randomness in variation is selected by the environment, the Darwinist says.  Well, guess what: the environment is random, too, so this reduces to chance acting on chance.  Folks, chance is not a law of nature.  Chance is not a mechanism.  Chance is not an explanation.  Chance is nothing.  Darwin is celebrated because he liberated biology from theology and supposedly brought it under the reign of “laws of nature.”  Big deal.  What kind of law is it to say that Stuff Happens? (09/15/2008).  It’s like calling Brownian motion a force.  There is no vector.  Moreover, natural selection has never been shown to be creative.  One major impetus for the intelligent design movement has been the lack of evidence that natural selection is capable of originating the complex, interacting organs that permeate biology.  Nobody questions the reality of mutations, and not even young-earth creationists disagree with the ability of selection to conserve and adapt existing genetic information to changing conditions, but how could a blind process that can only respond to immediate circumstances build a wing, eye, kidney or brain?  Imagining it, or making up stories, is not evidence.    If Darwinism is true, abandon all hope of purpose, meaning and values.  Darwin could not endure the theistic evolutionary views of his friend and supporter Asa Gray, who promulgated Darwin’s ideas in America but tried desperately to cling to a role for God in the process.  Darwin understood that any designing intelligence would contradict his central tenet.  Stuff Happens.  Take it or leave it.  Darwin wanted pure, unadulterated chance in his biology, not “God makes stuff happen.”  He could allow for God creating the dice in the foggy past, perhaps, but every roll from then on was hands off.  William Provine has been among the few Darwinists willing to go all the way to the bitter consequences of the Stuff Happens law: there is no purpose, no meaning, and no free will, and when you die, you are dead, dead, dead.  (It never seems to enter his attention that he shoots his view in the foot when he says this.)    Darwin Day would be a good time to point out to the world that “Stuff Happens” is no law at all, and believing in this anti-law has bitter consequences.  As a kicker, point out to them that the scientific evidence contradicts it.  Above you have three examples.Exercise:  Assuming philosophical naturalism for the sake of argument, is natural selection as arbitrary and vacuous a scientific explanation as its nemesis, vitalism, the idea of a “life force” in living things?  Defend your answer.Discussion Question:  Are laws about chance different than calling chance itself a law?  For instance, there are well-known Laws of Probability that can predict the outcomes of probabilistic events to high degrees of certainty in some cases.  Is natural selection like one of these laws, or would that be confusing subject and object?  In light of the commentary above, see if probability theory can rescue natural selection from the charge that it reduces to Stuff Happens.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Ways to Preview Audio in After Effects

first_imgMac Shortcut: (.) on numeric keypad or (Control + .) on main keyboardPC Shortcut: (.) on numeric keypadLike the previous technique, when you use this keyboard shortcut you’ll only hear audio. However, the preview will begin from the position of your CTI (Current Time Indicator).3. Preview Video and Audio Learn how to quickly preview audio in After Effects using these five simple techniques.After Effects isn’t a great program for working with audio, but I’m surprised at the number of motion designers who only use RAM Preview to preview sound in After Effects. Rest assured, there are so many other ways to preview your audio.Seamlessly integrating audio and video together will help your animations have more life. Whether you’re learning these techniques for the first time or simply need a quick refresher, here are five ways to preview audio in After Effects.1. Preview Audio Only From Beginning Mac Shortcut: Control + 0PC Shortcut: 0 on the numeric keypadIf you want to preview your final composition’s audio and video together, you’ll need to use RAM Preview. A RAM Preview will create physical video on your computer’s scratch disks which After Effects will playback. The only downside to a RAM Preview is that it typically takes a lot of time — but it all depends on the size of your project.4. Audio + Video While ScrubbingMac Shortcut: Hold Command and ScrubPC Shortcut: Hold Control and ScrubTo simultaneously scrub through video and hear audio at the same time, hold down Command while scrubbing. The only downside to using this method is the fact that it can be quite taxing on your computer to scrub through a video with a lot of effects applied to it. I recommend lowering your preview resolution if you use this technique.5. Scrub Audio OnlyMac Shortcut: Hold Command + Option and ScrubPC Shortcut: Hold Command + Alt and ScrubTo preview just the audio audio while scrubbing, simply hold down the command and option key while scrubbing your mouse across your composition. You will be able to hear an audio preview, but the video will remain still until you release your mouse.Pssst: By the way, if you need After Effects templates, check out RocketStock!Want to learn more about working with audio in After Effects? Check out a few of the following posts:Creating an Applause-O-Meter: Animation Synched to Audio in After EffectsAfter Effects Video Tutorial: Syncing Cartoon LipsFAQ: How can I play or preview sound (audio)?Have any other tips for working with audio in After Effects? Share in the comments below.center_img Mac Shortcut: (Option + .) on numeric keypad or (Control + Option + .) on main keyboardPC Shortcut: (Alt + .) on numeric keypadTo preview audio in After Effects from the beginning of your work area, simply use the above keyboard shortcut. This can be incredibly helpful if you’re trying to get your keyframes to match up just right with the audio but don’t want the video files to bog down your computer.2. Preview Audio From Current Locationlast_img read more

BCCI under RTI? Ministers may oppose, ex-cricketers welcome

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s attempts to reform sports bodies seem to have hit a roadblock.Sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday that some senior ministers were opposed to the Sports Development Bill, which seeks to bring Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under Right to Information Act (RTI) among other things. Sources said ministers have reservations against certain provisions of the proposed bill. They plan to raise the objections after it is introduced for the Cabinet approval later in the day. They have objection particularly to fixing the retirement age and tenure of chiefs of sports bodies.Some Opposition leaders have also expressed their reservations against the proposed bill. Interestingly, most of the sports bodies are headed by politicians without any change at the top for years.Reacting to the Sports Bill, senior BJP leader V.K. Malhotra said, “It is draconian law and not acceptable to any international sports bodies. If age is the factor, then prime minister, Delhi chief minister and Pranab Mukherjee (Finance Minister) are all above 70.”Some BCCI members have called it a tool to harass the cricket body.Young BJP MP and BCCI member Anurag Thakur opposed the proposal to bring the board under RTI. Thakur told Headlines Today that it could be used to harass the cricket body.”I oppose Sports Bill. RTI is a tool to harass. There is no age limit for politicians and prime minister. First the (sports) ministry should look into Sports Authority of India. It is an attempt to hide Commonwealth Games scam. Politicians are required in sport bodies,” Thakur insisted.advertisementCongress MP and BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla said, “I have not seen the draft bill. Show me the draft bill. How can it be under RTI when it does not take any grant from the government?”Former captains welcome moveFormer Indian cricket captains Kapil Dev and Mohammed Azharuddin favoured the BCCI becoming a national sports federation and falling under the purview of the RTI Act.Reacting to the developments on Sports Bill, former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev said, “If government formulates a rule, the BCCI should follow the framework of the guidelines and I believe BCCI can work independently but must always toe the government line.” Azharuddin, a Congress MP from Moradabad, said, “It is good for sports bodies and their professional running. It (law) should be for all Sports Federations and there should be no exception.”Another former national cricketer Ajay Jadeja said, “The BCCI is really doing well but if the government is making some law then everyone has to come under it. As far as RTI is concerned, selection should not be a factor. Otherwise, BCCI should not be worried about the RTI.”Bill may affect ruling, Oppn parties alikeA number of politicians heading various sports bodies of the country for years could be in trouble if the Sports Bill becomes law.The proposed bill stipulates a maximum term of 12 years for presidents and eight years for all other office-bearers of the national sports federations.Among those who could be affected by the legislation of Sports Bill include jailed Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi who heads the Athletics Federation of India and the party’s senior leader Jagdish Tytler who is the president of Judo Federation of India.Leaders of main opposition party BJP, including Yashwant Sinha who heads the All India Tennis Association and V.K. Malhotra who heads the Archery Association of India might also lose their authority.Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Chautala was yet another politician who heads the Indian Boxing Federation.Left supports Maken’s Sports BillEven as some ministers and Congress MPs were opposed to Maken’s Sports Bill, it found support from the Left. CPI leader D. Raja said the BCCI must be accountable to government for the tax breaks it gets.”The BCCI gets tax exemptions and thus who is it accountable to. There should be some body that it should be answerable to,” Raja argued.last_img read more

2017 M’sia Cup QF match-ups confirmed

first_imgMalaysia Cup Pahang and Melaka take up the last 2 spots in M’sia Cup quarters Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 06:00 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yamil Romero, Pahang, T-Team, Malaysia Cup Pahang FA Malaysia Cup Johor Darul Ta’zim Kedah v Kelantan Negeri Sembilan v PKNP Kuala Lumpur v PKNS Johor Darul Ta’zim v Selangor Terengganu v Sarawak Pahang v Terengganu II UiTM v Melaka United Perak v FELDA United FELDA United PKNS Negeri Sembilan Kuala Lumpur Selangor Sarawak Terengganu II UiTM Melaka United Pahang Perak Terengganu Kelantan Kedah PKNP The quarterfinal match-ups of the 2017 Malaysia Cup have been confirmed after Pahang and Melaka sealed place in the knockout phase. Pahang and Melaka United became the final two teams to qualify to the knockout stage of the 2017 Malaysia Cup as the group stage came to a close on Saturday night. They join PKNP FC, Perak, Felda United, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Selangor and Kedah who have all confirmed their quarter final ticket before the last round of matches.The quarterfinal matches have also been decided with Pahang playing Perak, Felda hosting PKNP, Selangor going up against Kedah and Melaka facing up against JDT. The first leg matches are scheduled to take place over two day, 15 – 16 September. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing In Group A, Pahang clinched the second spot in the group after defeating T-Team 3-2 at Darul Makmur Stadium. The Titans gave the Elephants a run for their money, equalising twice in the match through Syed Sobri and Youssouf Maiga after Matheus Alves and Nor Azam Azih had given their team the lead. It was left to Yamil Romero to seal the win with five minutes left to play, a result which was a double blow for T-Team as it knocks them out of the competition. Negeri Sembilan and PKNP played out a goal-less draw in the other match.Perak, Felda United, Malaysia Cup(C) Perak TBGOver in Group B, with the top two spots already confirmed, it was a battle between Perak and Felda to see who finishes top of the group. Mehmet Durakovic put out a mixture of first teamers and fringe players but was still able to guide Perak to a 2-1 win. Nizad Ayub opened the scoring in the first half but the visitors struck back through Danial Amier. Shahrul Saad emerged as the hero as his late goal proved to be the winner. Guilherme de Paula scored twice for Kuala Lumpur as they beat PKNS FC 2-0 in the group’s other match.Things were a little less straightforward in Group C. Before the start of the day, Melaka needed only a point to confirm their place in the last eight and were given a big scare by UiTM FC. In a ding-dong battle, the plucky UiTM side handed Melaka an embarrassing 5-3 defeat. Akanni Sunday’s late penalty conversion ultimately became the deciding factor and killed the last breath of fight in Melaka. However, Melaka were able to count their lucky stars as Kedah took the match against Kelantan seriously to triumphed 2-0 at Darul Aman Stadium. Ken Ilso continuing his fine form with another goal to add to an earlier strike from Sandro da Silva as The Red Eagles won the group with consummate ease. Mohammed Ghaddar, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Selangor, Malaysia Cup(C) Johor Southern TigersLike Group B, Group D was also another battle to determine the winners of the group and it was JDT who was victorious in that battle with a 3-1 win. Mohammed Ghaddar benefited from Gonzalo Cabrera’s delivery from the left to open the scoring but Selangor equalised through Rufino Segovia. Gary Steven Robbat capped a rare start with a headed goal before half time to restore JDT’s lead and Ghaddar added to Selangor’s wounds in the second half, reacting quickest to Natxo Insa’s shot that bounced off the post. Terengganu and Sarawak played out a 3-3 draw in the group’s remaining match.last_img read more

21 days agoBarcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagrebby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona sports chief Eric Abidal had a high level scout posted to Manchester City’s Champions League win at Dinamo Zagreb.Mundo Deportivo says Abidal had Goran Vusevic attend the tie with one player in his notebook.Vusevic was there to watch the 22-year-old Amer Gojak. The midfielder, who came into play for the last 30 minutes of the match, also is attracting the interest of the likes of Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham. Gojak is tied to Dinamo to 2022. last_img read more

Local Fort St John man wins 50000000

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – After matching all four Extra numbers on the June 21st, 2019 Lotto Max draw local, Kim Peck plans to purchase new horses.“We were at a graduation dinner, and somebody said someone in Fort St. John had won $500,000, which a friend said is not a lot of money anymore, but I thought ‘It’s better than a kick in the butt,” said PeckAccording to the BCLC, the 66-year-old winner is a hard-working husband, father and grandfather who is excited to use his winnings to retire, invest in some horses and get back into his hobby of rodeo roping. “When I found out I had won, I told my wife and she was pretty happy! She didn’t believe me at first until I showed her my ticket.”“(The win) means the bills will all be paid off and the house is ours,” Peck said. I haven’t done roping for three years now, and I would like to pick that back up. I have been working a lot in the past, so it will be nice to have more time off.”British Columbians have claimed over $96 million in Lotto Max prizes so far in 2019 and the BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit British Columbians.The BCLC shares, play for fun, not to make money.Visit GameSense.com.last_img read more

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