City to know European fate on Monday

first_img(BBC) – Manchester City will learn on Monday whether their appeal against a two-year ban from European club competitions has been successful.City appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) issued the ban in February.The CFCB ruled the club had committed “serious breaches” of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations between 2012 and 2016.They were also fined 30 million euros (£25M).City immediately signalled their intention to appeal to CAS. They believe the CFCB was not independent and ended up being distrustful of it, partly due to the amount of secretive information the club felt was leaked to the media.They are adamant that what they consider an independent judiciary will clear them.“We are ready,” said manager Pep Guardiola yesterday.“I have a lot of confidence and trust with the people that we will be allowed to play the Champions League because we want to be on the field during these years.”Their appeal began in June and has been heard by three CAS lawyers in private video conferences.Unless the club are successful, they will not be able to participate in Europe’s flagship competition next season and will be prevented from playing in the annual UEFA Super Cup if they win this season’s delayed Champions League.City face Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium on either August 7 or 8.They lead 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid and will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals, which will be held in Lisbon, if they progress.last_img read more

Big break for biotech in SA

first_imgSouth Africa’s biotechnology capability isgrowing steadily. (Image: BioPad)  The Bio2Biz conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre at the end of September 2009, unpacked new, innovative ways in which biotechnology and business can work together.About 700 delegates attended the four-day event, now in its sixth year. Since its inception in 2004 the conference has rotated between KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces.A diverse range of discussion topics was on offer, from drug discovery and development, women in the biotechnology business, stem cell technology and South African biotechnology start-ups, to bioprospecting and indigenous knowledge systems, among others.Bioprospecting is the scientific search, based on traditional healing and biodiversity, for microrganisms, animal and plant species that could be a valuable source of medicinal drugs.Bio2Biz 2009 coincided with an exhibition of the latest in biotechnology developments. Participating exhibitors included the Department of Science and Technology; filtration and instrumentation specialist Microsep; laboratory equipment supplier Davies Diagnostics; the Innovation Fund, a technological campaigner; and a host of other biotechnology-related companies.Biotechnology on the riseThe conference was organised by a group of six partners: the Innovation Fund, eGoli Bio, BioPad, the Cape Biotech Trust, LIFElab and PlantBio. The latter four are designated biotechnology innovation centres, set up under government’s National Biotechnology Strategy, which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001.“Over the past five years, [the innovation centres] have supported the establishment of 30 new start-up biotechnology companies,” said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, speaking at the conference.Research and intellectual property generated by South African innovators have sustained the new companies, said Pandor, adding that more than 1 000 research jobs have been created and that each year sees more innovative new products and services springing from the country’s creative minds.“We want to make South Africa one of the top 10 nations in the world in terms of the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, flavour, fragrance and biopesticide industries by 2018,” she affirmed.“Already, we have initiated four bioprospecting and product development flagship projects, and registered a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems degree, the first of its kind in the world.”Indigenous knowledge is beneficial for society because it includes natural treatments that have been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat a range of ailments. Because of the potential for business opportunities offering new healthcare products and services, it can also contribute to job creation.Potential in biotechnologyGuest speaker Dennis Liotta, professor of organic chemistry at Atlanta’s Emory University, was adamant that South Africa had all the necessary elements to be competitive in international pharmaceutical development in its own right.“There is huge potential for the South African biotechnology industry,” said Liotta at the conference’s opening session. “There are strong research scientists, government research councils, a traditional knowledge system and biodiversity.”Liotta, also the inventor of a number of anti-viral drugs, said that the South African biotechnology industry would achieve this by capitalising on its strengths and forging new partnerships to boost areas where skill or expertise is lacking.He is also the director of the South Africa Drug Discovery Programme, an initiative of Emory’s Global Health Institute. This programme aims to furnish African scientists with crucial skills in early drug discovery – a situation that, according to Emory, needs urgent attention.The talented scientists selected for the programme have access to top academic expertise from Emory. As funding is always a challenge in drug development, they learn how to evolve their ideas into a package that will attract the right investors. In this way they can successfully translate their research into effective healthcare products.Once training is complete, the graduates are placed in relevant positions in their own countries.This is a positive sign for developing African nations. These days big pharmaceutical companies focus their attention on markets in the developed world, said Liotta, where they are sure to recoup the huge amounts poured into research and development. Developing nations are thus left out in the cold, as state-of-the-art drugs are simply not made available.“[Pharmaceutical giants] only focus on these needs when put under moral political pressure,” commented Liotta.Traditional remedy to fight HIV/AidsOne of the highlights at Bio2Biz 2009 was a presentation by Southern African Network for Biosciences (Sanbio) director Luke Mumba, which featured a traditional remedy thought to have potential in the fight against HIV and Aids.The treatment is currently under scrutiny by scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The traditional healer who developed the remedy claims it can cure HIV and Aids, and tests have shown that at least one plant used in the drink could possibly be as effective as the antiretroviral Indinavir, manufactured by Merck.The names of the plants are as yet a secret. Sanbio is currently seeking permission to take the active ingredients, in capsule form, to clinical trial in Southern Africa.last_img read more

How to Remove Hum in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgWhats that sound? Nothing, if you follow these steps to remove hums and other noises in Final Cut Pro X!Top image via ShutterstockThere’s nothing more frustrating than bringing all of your hard-earned, beautiful footage back to the edit bay, only to have your spirit crushed once the audio starts playing. There it is — the unwanted background noise and infuriating hum, buzzing just behind your Oscar™-worthy character dialogue.Have no fear, video editor! Final Cut offers a few methods to help (even if just a little) get rid of unwanted audio blemishes.Before ImportingYou can start your edit off right by adjusting the unwanted sounds in your audio clip from the moment of import simply by checking the boxes seen above. This is a very basic level of correction; it’s less of a fix and more of a very minor adjustment, a surface-level correction. Still, the cleaner the better, and it never hurts to preemptively tweak a few problems. Here’s what the check-boxes do:Analyze and fix audio problems (flags unwanted hum and noise, marks minor problems with audio)Separate mono and group stereo audio (channels are analyzed and grouped as dual, mono, or stereo)Remove silent channels (Silent channels are removed and those clips are marked as Autoselected)Hum and Noise RemovalThis more in-depth customizer is better for fine-tuning your audio. It lets you control the amount of noise removal that’s applied, and you can turn on each enhancement individually, instead of grouping them together. Be aware — toggling the noise removal dial helps with background noise, but it will also reduce the volume of your vocals.Obviously even using this in-depth customizer won’t completely remove hum and unwanted noise from your project. Nonetheless, if you’re working with irreplaceable audio, you can only do so much, and this option has gotten me out of some hairy situations in the past.Your first encounter with bad audio in post will quickly remind you just how important it is to record good audio during production. For more info on good audio equipment and smart recording habits, check out some of our previous articles on the matter.Hack Your H1 Audio Recorder for $159 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsThe Best Audio Recorders for Under $300Get Great Location Audio When Working as a One Man Band10 Audio Accessories Under $100 What are your go-to tricks for salvaging bad audio? Share your techniques in the comments below!last_img read more

How To Scale the Unscalable

first_imgCaring is difficult to scale. Every interaction—both internally and externally—requires greater intention, attention, and energy. Because so much of this depends on the individuals, many believe it doesn’t scale. Organizational caring isn’t a thing.Initiative is equally difficult to scale. The idea that a person would decide for themselves what needs done and take action before being asked isn’t something that is easily accomplished. Because it is difficult, few try to be proactive as an organization.Resourcefulness, harnessing the creative powers and imagination, if put to work in an organization would likely allow that group of people to outperform their competitors by the widest of margins. Most would never even consider this a goal.This may be the first time the words “organizational” and “respect” have been combined. The idea that everyone in an organization would respect all they come in contact with within their organization as well as with those on the outside isn’t something one thinks of scaling. When something is individual, it is perceived as being something that applies to groups—especially large groups.The idea that these things don’t scale is incorrect. In every case, they scale perfectly well, even if the work involved takes time and energy and effort. Any attribute or value or virtue can scale, and when one of these things scale, the word we use to describe it is “culture.” When a large group of people all believe and act in accordance with a set of values or virtues, you have proof positive that the “soft” stuff that makes any enterprise truly special does indeed scale.Unfortunately, there are more harmful things that also scale. Scarcity thinking can also spread to become how the enterprise views the world. Victimhood, the idea that the world is working on you without your ability to create a positive future, is easily spread amongst a population, as do negativity, skepticism, cynicism, and negativity. At the heart of each of these beliefs is fear.If you want to scale your business, the first thing you should scale is the things that most people don’t believe lend themselves to being scaled. When you scale the attributes and virtues and values that build a culture that is positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered, your business will scale on its own power. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Plus, the Hotshots have done a good job in willing themselves to this point, gaining a headstart in the series and never relinquishing the lead—a fact Beermen coach Leo Austria acknowledges.“I just hope we could score two straight wins over [Magnolia],” Austria said. “It has never happened this series.”What San Miguel Beer has done is win a game with its defense. The Beermen’s Game 6 victory was the first time in the series that they won while scoring under 100.“Defense wins championships, as great coaches would say. We know that when it comes to offense, we’re the first or second-ranked team. But we can’t rely only on that,” Austria added.The Beermen hope their defense will earn them a fifth straight all-Filipino crown.“[W]e have a good chance to grab [the title] again,” Austria said.June Mar Fajardo, who paced San Miguel with 23 points, will again be the focal team of both squads tonight. For the Beermen, it will be an attempt to maximize the reigning five-time MVP by camping shooters in the perimeter to punish double teams at the post.The Hotshots, meanwhile, will try to delay entry passes and cut off kickouts.“Experience will barely matter this time,” San Miguel veteran forward Arwind Santos said in Filipino. “It’s going to be about effort and aggressiveness and how you’re going to bring it into the game.” —DENISON REY A. DALUPANG Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis may be the exact blueprint of Magnolia for the PBA Philippine Cup: Keep pushing the championship series as far as it can and keep it as close as possible for a shot at winning it in the end.The Hotshots have been doing that thus far winning three games in the best-of-seven series by an average of 3.7 points. Contrast that with the Beermen, who have an 11 ppg average winning margin after their 98-86 Game 6 victory that forced the battle for the league’s premier crown into a no-tomorrow match.ADVERTISEMENT “We just want to have a shot in the end,” coach Chito Victolero has always said.And the end is here, with the Hotshots having a crack at stopping a dynasty dead on its tracks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a series that has seen practically everything—including an Avenger-costumed fan running into the court—Magnolia takes on defending champion San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in an expectedly classic Game 7.Game time is at 7 p.m. LATEST STORIES Underdog Pacquiao keen on solid firefight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue There are all sorts of trivia to pick from each time this type of a knockout game for the title presents itself.San Miguel Beer, for example, has a 6-5 record in Game 7s, according to league statistician Fidel Mangonon III. The Beermen are 3-1 in Game 7s in the all-Filipino, including that historic battle from 0-3 down against Alaska.The Hotshots, meanwhile, have lost all three Game 7s in an all-Filipino conference.But trivia means nothing in a game where will mostly dictates the outcome.“They always say that a decider in any series is a player’s game. It’s going to come down to who wants it more,” said veteran Rafi Reavis, who has played seven career Game 7s in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more