Liverpool desperately need another striker otherwise they will be in trouble this season, according to talkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent Graham Beecroft.The Reds eked out a 2-1 victory over Southampton on the opening day of the Premier League season, but the feeling remains they have not adequately replaced Luis Suarez yet.The Uruguayan joined Barcelona in a £75million move earlier this summer and while many agree he is impossible to fully replace, Liverpool have only brought in two strikers this summer – veteran Rickie Lambert and Divock Origi, who is spending this season back on loan at Lille. Brendan Rodgers said after the Saints win he was still looking to strengthen his squad and Beecroft believes up front must be a priority.“Liverpool do need another striker. Brendan Rodgers is saying ‘well we’ll have a look but if we don’t get another striker in this window, then there’s no panic’. Believe you me, Liverpool need a striker before the window shuts otherwise they will be in trouble as far as the season is concerned,” he told Extra Time.“It only needs an injury to Daniel Sturridge and/or Rickie Lambert and they will be in trouble, there is no question about it.“They need quality in there. I think they’ve got the money to buy quality, it’s just a question of whether they can persuade their targets to come and sign for Liverpool Football Club but it is vital, and I repeat vital, that Liverpool do make that signing before the transfer window closes.”Liverpool saw a transfer for QPR striker Loic Remy fall through earlier in the window after a failed medical, while in recent days they have been linked with a shock move for former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o and Reds legend Steve Nicol has encouraged the club to move for Swansea forward Wilfried Bony.
0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jul 24 – French World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane were included alongside perennial candidates Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a 10-man shortlist for the FIFA best player award on Tuesday.Luka Modric was nominated for the prize as well after helping Croatia reach the final, with the Real Madrid midfielder named the player of the tournament in Russia. Belgium duo Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne were also shortlisted along with England striker Harry Kane, in addition to Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah.However, there was no place for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, whose country lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.France coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, headlined the 11 candidates in the running for men’s coach of the year.Deschamps became just the third man to lift the World Cup trophy as both a player and a coach, joining an exclusive club featuring Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.Zlatko Dalic was recognised after Croatia’s impressive run to the final, while Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez were also among the nominees, having respectively led England and Belgium to the last four.Six members of Lyon’s Champions League-winning side are in contention for the women’s player of the year award, including Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg, whose 15 goals fired them to a record fifth European title.Lyon boss Reynald Pedros is one of 10 nominees for the best women’s coach.With the help of fan voting, the final lists will be trimmed to three candidates in each category and revealed in early September.This is the third edition of the Best FIFA awards following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon d’Or in 2016.Ronaldo is the two-time winner of the accolade, which is a revival of the FIFA World Player of the Year award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The May 19 issue of Nature1 printed seven letters responding to its editorial about the intelligent design movement (see 04/27/2005 entry). They were all critical of ID. Not one even tolerated Nature’s suggestion that scientists try to help students integrate their faith with science. Apparently, last month’s editorial was not sufficiently vicious against ID, says Rob Crowther on Evolution News. Crowther knows that at least one letter favorable to ID was not printed: the one by Stephen Meyer, interviewed in the April 27 article, who wrote in to correct some misconceptions (see it at Discovery Institute).1Correspondence, Nature 435, 275 (19 May 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435275a.OK, since some readers are intimidated when Big Science raises its collective voice against anything, let’s examine this correspondence. First, we don’t know how many readers wrote responses, and of those, how many were pro vs. con. Since Nature was born as a pro-Darwin mouthpiece (see 03/04/2004 commentary), it is not surprising the editors would continue the propaganda campaign of associating Charlie with science and anything else with foolishness. Second, scientists are fallible. The majority has been wrong before, often strenuously, sometimes for long periods of time. Third, scientists can be woefully ignorant of issues outside their specialties; in fact, one of the writers (Roy, below) admits it. This means that a molecular biologist or geneticist may know a lot about a particular molecule or gene but very little about intelligent design theory and the history and philosophy of science except what his liberal Democrat ivory-tower colleagues in academia tell him or her (see 12/02/2004 entry). They may be oblivious to the fact that their work rests on the shoulders of centuries of creationists and believers in design (see online book). What onlookers must do is get past the hot air, bluffing and bandwagon tactics of these selectively-printed letters and evaluate the strength of the arguments. See if you are impressed with what any of these self-styled Darwin champions have to say:Jerry Coyne (U of Chicago) uses the word science or scientist 17 times in 3 paragraphs, but really means materialism. Substituting in the correct word makes his whole point fall apart, i.e., “scientists” have no duty to help “religious” people come to terms with “science” – recast as: materialists have no duty to help non-materialists come to terms with materialism. By perpetuating the either-or fallacy of science vs. religion, Coyne contributes nothing to the discussion. Remember how Coyne flip-flopped in the 07/05/2002 entry?David Leaf (Western Washington U): this letter is all about politics and strategy for fighting ID. He thinks high schoolers are too dumb to understand the controversy, because they are “just learning the basics of science” (read: materialism). He recommends waiting to allow students to think until they have been thoroughly indoctrinated by their junior or senior year of college. (In the film Icons of Evolution, a high school student takes offense at the suggestion they can’t handle the controversy. He points out that evolution is taught to kindergartners. “If we can’t handle it, we shouldn’t be in high school,” he quips.)Chris Miller (Brandeis U): no merit in this letter, either; he just perpetuates the dysteleology argument with a presumably witty remark about Tinkerbell in the kitchen, “Evolution is a short-order cook, not a watchmaker.” Read the 05/18/2005 entry again, and the 03/11/2005 commentary.Douglas Yu (East Anglia U): perpetuates the non-overlapping magisteria science vs. religion stereotype, making the odd claim that “ID actively undermines the basis of Christianity.” Presumably Darwinistic materialism does not. He defines all of Christianity in terms of the advice to doubting Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Talk about a quote out of context (see half truth). Jesus often urged his disciples to follow the evidence, not engage in blind faith (and especially not human tradition). Thomas should have followed all the overwhelming prior evidence he had rather than demanding more physical proof. Jesus meant that future disciples would not have the benefit of his bodily presence. It does not follow that they had no evidence or should have believed out of ignorance.Rustum Roy (Penn State) equates ID with the ignorance of different cultures or belief systems, and advocates a relax and stay-the-course strategy. “Ham-fisted efforts will simply alienate much larger numbers of people from the rest of science,” he says, so just treat ID like you would those who are ignorant or illiterate. Even for scientists, “amazing ignorance” of things outside their specialties does little harm, he argues. Maybe if they ignore ID it will go away. What if it doesn’t? Again, no effort to understand or answer the case for ID was offered.Michael Lynch (Indiana U) pounds the nail about ID being equivalent to intellectual laziness: i.e., just giving up and saying “the Designer made it that way.” That didn’t seem to be an obstacle for James Joule (see Joule’s own words) and many other great scientists (see also von Braun’s own words); on the contrary, their fascination with God’s design was their motivation to do good science. Lynch also tries to distance evolution from dependence only on natural selection – interesting admission that Charlie’s famous mechanism is not omnipotent, but then what naturalistic mechanism can produce a wing or an eye? (see 05/15/2005 attempt). Lastly, he repeats the faulty analogy that evolution is not just a theory, but a fact like respiration or digestion. Surprisingly, Lynch touts evolution as the most quantitative field in biology, and suggests that teaching evolution will help students gain the mathematical skills necessary to compete in our technical world. Is this a record for non-sequitur density per paragraph?Dan Graur (U of Houston) embarrassed himself with a senseless rant, equating ID with “flat-Earthers, tea-leaf readers, astrologers, geocentrists and phlogiston theorists” who, like ID (he thinks), “cannot publish their studies in respectable journals.” This guy is clueless; the egg is on Nature’s face for printing it, unless their intention was to make ID look good by contrast. Jonathan Wells on Discovery Institute shouldn’t have had to give it the dignity of a response.So thank you, Nature, for giving us a sample of your best and brightest Darwin defenders taking on intelligent design. If this collection of ridicule, straw man arguments, loaded words, false dichotomies, big lies, equivocation and pure ignorance of the issues is the best the Darwin Party can offer, then all ID must do is stand back and watch evolutionism implode. Just don’t let them try to delay the inevitable by letting their illogic and ignorance go unchallenged.Suggested reading: The Design Revolution by William Dembski. This 2-PhD mathematician/philosopher answers typical objections to intelligent design, including all those of the above challengers.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New research shows that the black coating on sandstone known as rock varnish or desert varnish can form much more rapidly than previously thought.The abstract of a paper in Geology1 states:Rock varnish is a thin dark coating best known from deserts, and is believed to grow extremely slowly. Varnish samples from near Socorro, New Mexico (United States), contain as much as 3.7% PbO, derived from nearby smelters operating from A.D. 1870 to 1931. Additional varnish, measuring as much as 4 μm beyond the Pb-rich layer, indicates continued growth from 1931 to 2003. Comparison with other varnish confirms that the Pb is not an artifact. Based on Pb layer thickness, and the period of smelter operation, these very young rock varnishes yield growth rates of 28–639 μm/k.y., substantially higher than previously documented fastest rates of 40 μm/k.y. These rates imply that the average 1–2 μm/k.y. rate for older varnish is not the active growth rate. Rather, it is a long-term value including periods of nondeposition, erosion, and active growth. Therefore, models of rock varnish formation should be reevaluated with consideration of much faster maximum growth rates.The new maximum growth rate is nearly 16 times the old estimate.1. Spilde, Melim, Northup and Boston, “Anthropogenic lead as a tracer of rock varnish growth: Implications for rates of formation,” Geology, published online January 4, 2013, doi: 10.1130/G33514.1 v. 41 no. 2 p. 263-266.Interpretive signs about desert varnish appear in national parks throughout desert parks in the United States and probably elsewhere. How many of them are going to be updated as a result of this revelation? Probably few. They will continue to tell unwary visitors that it’s a slow, slow, slow process. As this paper shows, not necessarily. Significant buildup could occur in just a few thousand years. Even so, does any scientist possess the wherewithal and know-how to understand all the variables? That this paper shows up in 2013 after decades of research on desert varnish should cause perceptive readers to see, once again, that human “scientific knowledge” is limited and subject to change without warning.
(Visited 469 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked… nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.Psalm 1 divides people into two groups: those who humbly follow God’s law, and those who mock it and disobey it. When people think they can go against what God created, it’s like jumping off a height. They can choose the action, but not the consequences.One in three youth who break the law identify as LGBTQ (MedicalExpress). In the beginning, God created humans male and female. He ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Many people today, having jettisoned this common-sense principle that accords with science, feel they can “identify” as whatever they feel like at the moment. But they can’t choose the consequences. The authors of a study bend over backward to not cast homosexuals and transgenders in a bad light, but their findings shout for them:Adolescents who identified as non-heterosexual are significantly over-represented among first-time offenders, according to a new study that examined sexual orientation, gender expression and mental health among adolescents who are involved in the justice system, but are not incarcerated.The study also found that depression, self-harm, and drug and alcohol use were more prevalent among youth who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) or other sexual minorities, as compared with straight youth.“It would be incorrect to conclude that sexual-minority status puts a youth at increased risk of offending,” said first author Matthew Hirschtritt, MD, MPH, of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. “But if we compare court-involved sexual minority youth with court-involved straight youth, we see more severe psychological distress and a greater likelihood of child-welfare system involvement.”Transgender individuals likely have higher risk for heart disease (Medical Xpress). In all scientific fairness, everyone is at some risk of heart disease. The issue is whether transgenders put themselves at higher risk by taking unnatural drugs to fight against their biological nature.Transgender individuals may be at higher risk for myocardial infarction and death due to cardiovascular disease, according to several studies. This increased risk may be due to the hormone therapy that transgender patients take for masculinization or feminization.On the Washington Watch radio program August 1, Tony Perkins talked with a pastor in Canada who warned that pastors and doctors can now go to prison for opposing the transgender movement, even when children are being administered hormones, contrary to the Hippocratic Oath, that can permanently harm their bodies and minds.Fear of litigation is a key factor in decision to perform C-sections (Medical Xpress). Natural childbirth is very painful for a woman, but there are reasons it is to be preferred over surgery except in extreme cases. You can thank overactive lawyers—not nature—for putting women at risk with an unnatural option:Fear of litigation and perceived safety concerns and are among the key factors influencing the decision to perform a caesarean section, according to a major international literature review conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.The rising rate of caesarean sections (CS) worldwide, despite the considerable evidence that vaginal birth is safer and associated with fewer complications, is a growing concern among women and healthcare professionals.The authors urge returning to nature:Assistant Professor Dr. Deirdre Daly, the supervisor of the Ph.D. work, added: “It is really important to understand these factors because they influence individual clinicians’ attitudes towards the natural progress of labour and spontaneous birth, even when the woman and baby are well and have no risk factors. This then leads to the decision to intervene prematurely, often without medically justifiable reasons.”Invariances in the architecture of pride across small-scale societies (PNAS). To the God-fearing person, pride is a sin to be avoided—arguably the worst of sins. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall,” warned Solomon (Proverbs 16:13). Today, though, pride is trendy! Cities even in the Bible land of Israel have pride parades, where rebels against God’s created order flaunt their rebellion to cheers of crowds, and no one dare criticize them. To Darwinians, pride is an evolutionary strategy. This paper by 16 social Darwinists, among them Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, who are working to destroy civilization with Darwinian ethics (7/23/17), make pride out to be a good thing (or at least an amoral development in evolved populations, including humans). They studied 10 small-scale societies in Africa, looking for evolutionary games that promote hubristic leaders to prominence. No word about any harm these leaders cause to their subjects. It’s all evolutionary games. Look at the cold calculus in their amoral, Darwinian just-so story:Darwin and Marx believed that “laws of nature” favored the ruthless.In general, there are two classes of bargaining tactics organisms have available for influencing others’ choices. First, they can conditionally inflict costs—aggression; second, they can bestow (or withhold) benefits—altruism. The first causes individuals to be respected (or feared). The second causes individuals to be valued. Thus, it might be advantageous to put weight on another’s welfare, (i) because the individual is formidable and could inflict costs if not propitiated or (ii) because the individual’s actions or existence make positive fitness contributions to the valuer, which would be diminished or lost if assistance was not given. Here, we call these two components respect (for formidability) and valuation (for positive fitness contributions)—also referred to as dominance and prestige. Being respected and being favorably valued by others were resources, and selection on our ancestors would have shaped the human motivational system to cost-effectively promote access to both of those different types of resources.This kind of thinking has nothing bad to say about dictators like Robert Mugabe who have destroyed their countries and reduced their citizens to poverty, or like the Kim family in North Korea who have starved millions and continue to commit Nazi-like tortures against dissidents. To Cosmides and Tooby’s gang, evil dictators, like any other evolved animals, are just playing evolutionary fitness strategy games that work for them. A question we’d love to ask them: should they respect Donald Trump because of his dominance and prestige?Blessings to Those Who Align with the Created OrderPrayer makes families connected, unified and bonded with less relational tension (Medical Xpress). It goes without saying that the Bible often commends prayer, even commands prayer. From the very beginning, communicating with their Creator and learning from Him was Adam and Eve’s greatest delight. Secular Big Science these days often mocks or ignores “religious” exercise of any kind. Atheists mock at people who feel the need to talk to their “invisible sky daddy” instead of exercising pride in their own powers. Let them mock. They can’t deny the findings of a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology:Family prayer as a means for continuing family religious traditionsFamily prayer involves issues and concerns of individuals and the familyFamily prayer provides feelings of connectedness, unity and bondingFamily prayer helps reduce relational tensionsThe authors of the study list several specific examples of family members turning to righteousness and avoiding evil due to prayer, and experiencing more love, joy and happiness as a result.Although the religious nature of prayer was directed toward God and worship, the content of family prayers served as a valuable interpersonal communication tool for family members. Prayers often included individual as well as family issues…Many families found that regular prayer together eased relational tensions and facilitated better relationships. In resolving conflict, many participants also used prayer individually to center or restrain themselves, helping them calm down before interacting directly with family members to relieve tensions or reconcile.So if Darwinian evolution produced beings who appear to have higher fitness by engaging in this behavior, maybe some evolutionary biologists would be wiser joining them on their knees, too. Let them first hear the warning of the Apostle James, though, that God will not hear selfish hypocrites (James 1:5-7).The lifesaving power of gratitude (The Conversation). Richard Gunderman (Indiana University) is the latest of many extolling the mental health benefits of gratitude. In this case, though, he does not leave out God as a worthy recipient of our thanks. Taking the example of Robinson Crusoe, he quotes Defoe’s portrayal of the turning point when Crusoe realized that his trials had fallen on him for good:“I gave humble and hearty thanks that God had been pleased to discover to me, even that it was possible I might be more happy in this solitary condition, than I should have been a liberty of society, and all the pleasures of the world… It was now that I began sensibly to feel how much more happy this life I now led was, with all its miserable circumstances, than the wicked, cursed, abominable life I led all the past part of my days.”Of course, political correctness on a secular site like this demands that Gunderman not prefer any “faith traditions” over others, but he does acknowledge the “wisdom of religious and philosophical traditions that extend back thousands of years.”The question we would like to ask Gunderman (if he espouses Darwinian evolution) is, to what mutation he would give thanks? “I thank thee, almighty Stuff Happens Law, that good stuff happened by chance upon me,” doesn’t seem to likely to procure the health benefits of gratitude.Jesus said a tree is known by its fruits. The atheist critics who attack CEH are among the most bigoted, prideful, angry, hate-filled, mean-spirited, stuck-up, arrogant, bitter people we have ever encountered. And so we ask them, if in your view natural selection produced happy believers who follow God’s will—ones who pray, give thanks and live according to the law of the Lord—why are you attacking the fittest? That’s kind of stupid. Join them!
Founder: The Dreamfields ProjectWhy is John a Community Builder?After a very successful career in journalism, John resigned from his job at a prominent broadcaster to pursue greener pastures – or rather, greener fields.Realising the opportunities presented by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, John decided to start a project to build soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in South African townships and rural communities.The project has grown and now includes distributing Dream Bags (which include soccer balls, boots and kit) in under-resourced township soccer teams and rural areas.Dreamfields is not only giving a lot of township youngsters “a piece of the action” that is surrounding the Soccer World Cup, it’s also helping to keep kids away from ever-present temptations like crime, alcohol and drugs.John promotes the spirit of giving and generosity, which does not always mean donating large sums of money, but giving others a chance to realise their dreams.In his own words …“I don’t see this project as being just about developing football; it’s about developing teams of children. It’s about making communities feel that they haven’t been forgotten.”Fast FactsDreamfields uses its donations in three ways: to fix up existing sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas; to supply Dream Bags to as many needy communities as possible; and to create new fields.Dreamfields has received endorsement from the Minister of Education.John presented the AM Live show on SAfm Radio Talk-show for over a decade.BHP Billiton has invested R6.5-million in the Dreamfields Project, while Old Mutual has committed R6.2-million.By 16 June 2008 (Youth Day), 169 Dream Bags had been donated to needy schools.How can I help?For the price of R5 500, plus transportation, you can donate a Dream Bag to a school in need. For more options on how to support the project, visit The Dreamfields Project.Story published on SAinfo on 16 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africa
Festivals, festivals, festivals … South Africa has a celebration for every event, art form, food, drink and agricultural commodity.The pupils from Chris Hani High School welcome festival goers on day two of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in March 2017. (Image: Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Facebook)Here’s a comprehensive month-by-month guide to some of South Africa’s best excuses for a party. You can browse the whole list, or click on the links below to jump to a specific month:FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberFEBRUARYDance UmbrellaWhere: Johannesburg, GautengWebsite: Dance UmbrellaA festival of contemporary choreography and dance, the Dance Umbrella presents work ranging from community-based dance troupes to international companies. Since it started in 1988, it has launched many South African choreographers into international dance, including Vincent Mantsoe, Robyn Orlin and Boyzie Cekwana.Up the CreekWhere: Up the Creek campsite, Breede River, near Swellendam, Western CapeWebsite: Up the CreekThe Up the Creek campsite is situated on the banks of the Breede River and during the four-day festival offers three stages: the main stage, the river stage and the all-night-long Breede River bar stage. Visitors can frolic in the river during the day and then move up to main stage as the day progresses.Prickly Pear FestivalWhere: Uitenhage, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern CapeThe Prickly Pear Festival is held in late February or early March every at Cuyler Hofstede farm near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay. It’s a day of traditional food, such as ginger beer, pancakes, potjiekos, home-made jam, a spit braai and fish braai, bunnychow and home-made pudding.MARCHCape Town International Jazz FestivalWhere: Cape Town, Western CapeWebsite: Cape Town International Jazz FestivalCape Town International Jazz is a two-day festival held during March or April featuring some 40 international and African acts performing on five stages to an audience of 15 000. It also features photographic and art exhibitions.Lambert’s Bay KreeffeesWhere: Lambert’s Bay, West Coast, Western CapeWebsite: KreeffeesKreef is Afrikaans for crayfish, and a fees can be both festival and feast. It is held every March in the West Coast town of Lambert’s Bay, where you’ll feast on fresh crayfish and get festive at rock concerts by some of South Africa’s favourite musicians. There’s also bungee jumping, aerial displays, a half-marathon, beer tents and more.The Rotary River FestivalWhere: Vanderbijlpark, GautengWebsite: Rotary River FestivalThe Rotary River Festival takes place on the banks of the Vaal River at Stonehaven on Vaal in Vanderbijlpark and has been running since 1995. It’s a fun fund-raising occasion, with the money raised going to a large number of local charities. The festival features top musicians, dance, fashion, raft racing, tasty eats, and plenty of fun for the kids and those that are young at heart.Scifest AfricaWhere: Grahamstown, Eastern CapeWebsite: Scifest AfricaSciFest Africa, or the National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, is held in late March in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Over seven days it features some 600 events: lectures, game drives, a laser show, workshops, sunset shows, robotics competitions, science olympics, school quizzes, interactive exhibitions, the PlayFair, field trips, talkshops and a film festival. Attendance now exceeds 35 000 visitors every year.Tonteldoos Country FestivalWhere: Tonteldoos, MpumalangaThe Tonteldoos Country Festival, previously known as the Peach Festival, happens in late March or early April in the village of Tonteldoos, some 20km northwest of Dullstroom and two hours from Johannesburg. It offers peaches and pretty much everything that can be made from the fruit, including peach mampoer.APRILKlein Karoo Nationale KunstefeesWhere: Oudtshoorn, Western CapeWebsite: Klein Karoo Nationale KunstefeesThe Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn features well-known and young up-and-coming artists in dance and theatre. Started as an Afrikaans alternative to the mainly English National Arts Festival, KKNK has 200 different shows on three different stages.AfrikaBurnWhere: Tankwa Karoo, Northern CapeWebsite: AfrikaBurnAfrika Burn is based on The Burning Man festival which grew out of a loose grouping of individuals and organisations who questioned, and continue to question mainstream, highly commercialised society and what it does to the notion and workings of community. In a nutshell, it’s about radical self-expression.Splashy FenWhere: Underberg, KwaZulu-NatalWebsite: Splashy FenEvery year the Splashy Fen music festival attracts thousands of people to a farm near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for a feast of mainstream and alternative rock and pop. It offers plenty of facilities, but there are great bed-and-breakfasts in nearby towns for those who believe music festivals can be enjoyed without mud.Philippolis Witblits FestivalWhere: Philippolis, Free StateThe Philippolis Witblits Festival, held in early April, will give you a taste of a proud local tradition – witblits (Afrikaans for “white lightning”) is South African moonshine. Held in the oldest town in the Free State, the festival has boeresport (literally “farmers sport”) for the kids, food, drink and more witblits.Prince Albert Town and Olive FestivalWhere: Prince Albert, Western CapeWebsite: Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival The Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival, held in the Swartberg region of the Western Cape in April, offers a whole lot more than just the region’s famous olives and wine. There’s an art exhibition, beer tents, live music, witblits tastings, crafts for kids, historic tours, a cycle race, an olive pip-spitting competition, culinary demonstrations, a midnight ghost walk, stalls, cabaret, a dance and more.MAYPink Loerie Mardi GrasWhere: Knysna, Western CapeWebsite: Pink Loerie Mardi GrasThe Knysna loerie is a green bird, but the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is different. A gay festival held in the beautiful coastal town of Knysna in May, the Mardi Gras offers four days of non-stop entertainment for anyone who enjoys a party.Riebeek Kasteel Olive FestivalWhere: Riebeek Kasteel, Western CapeWebsite: Riebeek Kasteel Olive FestivalThe Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival takes place in the Swartland area of the Western Cape in May. A feast of wine and the best olives in South Africa, the festival also has an art competition, live entertainment, stalls and lots of food.JUNECalitzdorp Port and Wine FestivalWhere: Calitzdorp, Western CapeWebsite: Calitzdorp Port and Wine FestivalThe Klein Karoo town of Calitzdorp is the port-wine capital of South Africa. Its annual port festival, held over a weekend in June, is hosted by the eight wine cellars of Calitzdorp. There’s a historical treasure hunt around the town, local arts and crafts, lifestyle market stalls to suit all tastes, the Port Dance, restaurants, food stalls and the annual South African boules championships, plus much more.National Arts FestivalWhere: Grahamstown, Eastern CapeWebsite: National Arts FestivalThe Grahamstown National Arts Festival, held in late June or early July every year, is South Africa’s oldest, biggest and best-known arts festival. The 10-day event offers culture hounds every indulgence of theatre, music, song, dance, film and a whole lot more. If there’s one South African festival you have to attend, this is it.JULYHow artists will help South Africa reflect, critique and reimagine our national aspirations: https://t.co/LnXQ2DnchJ #NAF2016— National Arts Fest (@artsfestival) October 30, 2015Dullstroom Winter FestivalWhere: Dullstroom, MpumalangaWebsite: Dullstroom Winter FestivalHeld annually in July, the Dullstroom Winter Festival is historically themed as Christmas in Winter. Activities during the festival include a golf day, a tagged trout event – Dullstroom is a fly-fishing hotspot – chocolate and wine tastings, art exhibitions, whiskey tastings and themed restaurant evenings. Live music shows showcasing roots, blues and folk music from top South African performers take place at various venues around town.Knysna Oyster FestivalWhere: Knysna, Western CapeWebsite: Knysna Oyster FestivalThe coastal town of Knysna is famous for its oysters, and increasingly famous for the July festival that celebrates them. In addition to oyster braais, oyster tasting, oyster-eating competitions and other molluscular activities, there’s live entertainment and lots of sporting events.VryfeesWhere: Bloemfontein, Free StateWebsite: VryfeesFormerly the Volksblad Arts Festival, this is a lovely festival with lots of live shows, stage productions, and an art market with lots of stalls. This festival is the big showcase for artists from all over the country who want to perform in the Free State.Ellisras Bushveld FestivalWhere: Lephalele (Ellisras), LimpopoThe Ellisras Bushveld Festival takes place in early July in the heart of the bushveld, in the Waterberg district of Limpopo. The festival includes cattle shows, a game auction, horse jumping, dog shows, agricultural activities, a three-day battle for the best 4×4 competition, a game farms expo, hunting opportunities, bird- and tree-identification competitions, traditional food, a beer tent and huge camp fires.AUGUSTOppikoppi Bushveld FestivalWhere: Northam, North WestWebsite: OppikoppiHeld on the bushveld farm of Oppikoppi (“op die koppie” in Afrikaans, or “on the hill”), this festival offers three permanent thatched stages, a smaller comedy stage and a stage for more chilled music at the top of the koppie. Oppikoppi has helped establish many South African musicians’ careers, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. This is real bushveld: hot and dry, and everywhere red dust and thorn trees. Expect to shower a lot when you get home. (Oppikoppi also hosts an Easter Festival in March.)Standard Bank Joy of JazzWhere: Johannesburg, GautengWebsite: Standard Bank Joy of JazzJohannesburg’s biggest annual jazz festival is an ideal family outing, featuring a range of musical styles but with a strong emphasis on jazz. Over 200 local and international artists perform at different venues across the city, particularly in Newtown.Hantam VleisfeesWhere: Calvinia, Northern CapeWebsite: Hantam VleisfeesCalvinia in the Northern Cape is sheep country, and this festival celebrates meat. There’s meat braaied, stewed, curried, in pita, on sosaties, in potjies – you can even pick up a done-to-perfection sheep’s head for a mere R30. First held in 1989, the three-day Hantam Vleisfees has a music concert, street party, vintage car rally and, a highlight for many, the Miss Vleisfees competition – a glittering affair with dinner and dancing.Cellar Rats Wine FestivalWhere: Magaliesburg, GautengWebsite: Cellar Rats Wine FestivalTaste South Africa’s best wines in a tranquil outdoor setting in Magaliesburg. Held every year in August, the Cellar Rats Wine Festival is a day of wine tasting, with picnic baskets for sale and many activities for the kids. Enjoy huge shady trees, lush green grass and an abundance of birdlife on the banks of the picturesque Magalies River. Designated drivers get in for free.SEPTEMBERArts AliveWhere: Johannesburg, GautengWebsite: Arts AliveArts Alive, held every September since 1992, features a heady mix of dance, visual art, poetry and music at venues in the Joburg inner city. The main concert, held at the Johannesburg Stadium, headlines international superstars such as 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. Over 600 artists perform during the four-day festival, with most shows at various venues in Newtown. The ever-popular Jazz on the Lake is held on the final day.Aardklop Arts FestivalWhere: Potchefstroom, North WestWebsite: Aardklop Arts FestivalAardklop Arts Festival offers a feast of arts and an all-round good jol for five days in late September and early October. First held in 1998, Aardklop – Afrikaans roughly translated as “earth beat” – has over 90 productions, with classical music, jazz, hard rock, cabaret, visual arts, theatre, circus performances, opera, African and World music, poetry and more, ending with the OppiAarde rock festival on the final day.Southern Cross Music FestivalWhere: Mooi River, KwaZulu-NatalEvery September the Southern Cross Music Festival showcases South African music in a three-day event in Hidden Valley on the banks of KwaZulu-Natal’s beautiful Mooi River. First held in 1998, the festival donates part of its proceeds to charity. In addition to music, there’s fishing, swimming, white water rafting, abseiling, hikes, walks, mountain biking and 4×4 courses. The farm caters for 6 000 festival-goers.Woodstock Music FestivalWhere: Hartbeeshoek, North WestWoodstock, first held in 1999, is the largest youth-oriented music and lifestyle festival in South Africa. In addition to mainstream music, the festival offers a market of crafters and alternative lifestyle products over four days. It is held at Hartbeeshoek Holiday resort near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West.Boertjie KontreifeesWhere: Bultfontein, Free StateWebsite: Boertjie KontreifeesThe Boertjie Kontreifees is an agricultural festival, featuring 340 stalls, which draws about 20 000 people over four days. It includes plenty of sport, plenty to eat and drink, lots of competitions, and many entertainers. It being an agricultural festival, you can expect to find horses, cattle, sheep, buck, greyhounds, tractors, and cars as well.Gariep KunstefeesWhere: Kimberley, Northern CapeWebsite: Gariep KunstefeesThe Gariep Kunstefees (arts festival) features an impressive line-up of local musicians, a film festival showcasing South Africa’s new filmmakers, as well as art exhibitions and children’s theatre.Hermanus Whale FestivalWhere: Hermanus, Western CapeWebsite: Hermanus Whale FestivalEvery year, southern right whales travel thousands of miles to the Cape south coast to mate and calve in the bays. Join the villagers of Hermanus for an entertainment-packed festival, in the town with the best land-based whale watching in the world.Awesome Africa Music FestivalWhere: Midmar Dam, KwaZulu-NatalThe Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival, first held in 1999, takes place at the Midmar Dam in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands after calling Durban home for many years. Its focus is on collaboration with musicians from Africa and beyond.Prince Albert Agricultural ShowWhere: Prince Albert, Western CapeWebsite: Prince AlfredJoin the people of Prince Albert as they celebrate their agricultural heritage in September. Homecrafts, art and flowers, horses, motorbikes, sheep and angora goat competitions, local products, delicious food, bar facilities and entertainment for young and old are all on the menu.MacufeWhere: Bloemfontein, Free StateWebsite: MacufeMacufe, the 10-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. The festival attracts up to 140 000 people and is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.It’s great to see our female musicians get so much support. A prove that they are being recognized #Macufe2015 pic.twitter.com/ksgrjNzKR1— Arts & Culture (@ArtsCultureSA) October 9, 2015White Mountain FestivalWhere: Estcourt, KwaZulu-NatalWebsite: White Mountain FestivalThe White Mountain Folk Festival in the Central Drakensberg mountain range offers great music in an awesome setting for three days in September. Featuring acoustic performances by some of South Africa’s top folk musicians, it is held at White Mountain Lodge in the foothills of the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve. Camping in a beautiful site at the edge of a dam is free, with hot shower units at the ready, plus lots of “executive” loos. There’s also a variety of food stalls, and a beer market offering naturally brewed local ales and lagers.Vrede Paddadors FeesWhere: Vrede, Free StateThe full name of Paddadors, the Free State town of Vrede’s annual festival, is the Vrede Paddadors Rooivleis en Kultuurfees – which translates literally as the Peace Frog-Thirst Red-Meat and Culture Festival. The story goes that the dry land on which the town was established was originally called Paddadors (“frog thirst” in Afrikaans), until peace came and the place was named Vrede. The festival offers live music, traditional food, a beer garden, children’s activities and more.OCTOBERLekkerhoekie OpskopWhere: Polkadraai Festival Ground, Zwartkops, CenturionThe Lekkerhoekie Opskop brings together many of South Africa’s best-loved Afrikaans singers. There is also plenty of other entertainment on the side, including things for the kids to do.Herman Charles Bosman WeekendWhere: Groot Marico, North WestWebsite: Herman Charles Bosman WeekendHerman Charles Bosman was one of South Africa’s greatest writers, and this weekend festival celebrates his work in the desert town of Groot Marico, the setting for many of his stories. Some of South Africa’s top actors read from and perform Bosman’s work; there’s also good food, good company – and lots of mampoer.Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle FestivalWhere: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, Western CapeWebsite: Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle FestivalRocking the Daisies features top South African bands performing a wide variety of music, as well as comedy, burlesque dancing, acoustic jams, and giant African puppeteering. The Food Village looks after the stomach and the Traders Market offers exciting goodies. Other attractions include swimming, wine tasting, the Daisy Den and Art Field, and activities for the kids.NOVEMBERFicksburg Cherry FestivalWhere: Ficksburg, Free StateWebsite: Ficksburg Cherry FestivalOne of the oldest festivals in South Africa – first held in 1969 – the Ficksburg Cherry Festival now attracts around 20 000 visitors to this small eastern Free State town every November. The scenery is magnificent, and the festival offers cherry and asparagus tastings, tours, picnics, music, and the Miss Cherry Blossom and Miss Cherry Pip competitions.DECEMBERRustler’s Valley New Year’s GatheringWhere: Ficksburg, Free StateWebsite: Rustler’s Valley New Year’s GatheringRustler’s Valley in the eastern Free State hosts some of its best trance, dance and drumming festivals in late November and December, including a New Year celebration. The majestic scenery in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains alone is worth the trip.Updated November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The dust settled last week after the USDA news reporting upcoming massive corn acre estimates. With the recent 20-cent corn decline and 50-cent bean rally (over the last several weeks), many traders think farmers will switch more corn acres to beans. While logical, I’m not sure that will happen at levels traders anticipate. Farmers I speak with are not planning to make changes due to logistics or sunk fertilizer costs already applied.Similarly in the Dakotas, some traders think corn acres could be switched to spring wheat. Again while logical, after running the numbers, most farmers would need wheat to rally another 50 cents (compared to corn) to make this more profitable.Weather in the Delta may bring an opportunity to switch acres, but it’s such a small growing region that farmers in that area would need to switch 50% of acres to beans to have any impact. This isn’t likely.Lastly, don’t forget about insurance guarantees, which are the most attractive for corn. This year, farmers may try for the least loss of revenue, which may be accomplished by planting corn. Weather is always a factorBullish traders remember in 2012 the largest corn crop was expected in modern history, but ultimately the drought happened and changed everything. It’s important to note though, the drought impact of 2012 was the third year in a row with below average rainfall for the Corn Belt. The strongest El Niño on record prior to 15-16 was 97-98, where crop yields were normal and prices drifted lower into the 1998 harvest. There have been six similar El Niño events similar to 15-16 in the last 50 years and they all had different outcomes, so it’s hard to estimate future weather’s impact based upon so few historical events. Adding updated seed genetics and farmer technology makes comparisons even more difficult.That being said, if I didn’t think weather could still impact this market I would be 100% priced, which I’m not.Market actionBeansConsidering the recent bean rally, I priced 20% more of my 2016 beans last week at $9.21 against Nov. With this I am 40% priced for 2016. CornAfter letting the trade digest the release of the USDA report I still feel concerned that I am not far enough along in my 2016 corn marketing. I’m still not prepared to sell more futures at $3.75 against the Dec, but I want some downside protection while leaving me some upside potential.I bought a $3.70 put and sold a $3.30 put for 17 cents. I then sold a $4 Dec call for 18 cents to help offset the put spread cost. This trade represents about 5% of my anticipated production for 2016. With brokerage commissions this trade cost me less than a half cent per bushel and expires near Thanksgiving.What does it mean?• Below $3.70 but above $3.30 I get $3.70 for my corn• Below $3.30 I take the price of corn but I add 40 cents on to the price, thus $3 futures would mean my corn is worth $3.40• $3.20 futures would mean my corn is worth $3.60• Above $3.70 but below $4.00 I get whatever price corn is trading• Above $4 and I only get $4 regardless how high corn goesIn all the cases above I have to subtract a half cent from the final price to cover the cost of placing the trade.While I don’t know if this trade is ultimately the correct one, I’m pleased with the flexibility it offers and I’m comfortable with all the price outcomes possible, knowing what I know now after report. Basically, if prices go lower I have some protection, but if they go a little higher, I can take advantage. I certainly hope that futures rally above $4 this year, but I don’t want the risk if they do not.Lifting hedgesRecently a farmer asked me if I like to “lift hedges” if the market moves lower and has the possibility of bottoming out. The short and simple answer is no, I don’t lift hedges.Why?“Lifting hedges” is code for speculating. I don’t want to be a speculator with my marketing program. I have hedges in place so I know exactly where my grain is marketed. Additionally, my banker is completely on board with my program, and the last thing they want is me speculating. My banker trusts I am doing sound marketing that minimizes risk. I never want to violate that trust.How big of a hedging line do I need?A new client was surprised to find they received a hedge line with their bank that was bigger than their operating loan. While they may never need more than 25% of the hedge line, the rest is available should a margin call be needed. The bigger surprise to my new client…the banker was completely supportive of the large hedging line. This banker understood “Risk Off Hedging” and what was needed to make it successful.It helped the banker had followed my marketing strategy for many years and felt comfortable with his clients taking advantage of opportunity. However, I find most bankers understand hedging and prefer clients use proper hedging techniques versus speculating. I always speak with new clients’ bankers BEFORE starting a marketing program so I can verify the client and their banker are on the same page. We never want surprises down the road when margin calls accumulate.Why are few farmers doing “Risk Off Hedging”?Speaking with bankers, few farmers are taking advantage of this kind of marketing strategy. “Risk Off Hedging” isn’t sexy or exciting. It’s boring and safe, which unfortunately is not something most people like to participate in. However, boring and safe helps me sleep at night and understand/realize future farm operation profits.Be cautious of advice that suggests lifting hedges. It might turn out to be great advice, but remember you have another crop coming in less than a year that will need to be marketed. Adding more pressure to sell additional bushels in an uncertain market puts farmers in a risky position. What if the market really hasn’t bottomed out?Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Partly sunny skies will be in over most of the state today, but we still can’t shake the cold over the region. Temps will again be a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday, but by no means are we approaching normal or any above normal temps. The threat of lake effect snow lingers today in far NE Ohio, but with winds not as strong, it should be less of a factor. Tomorrow clouds increase, but we still see no significant precipitation threat over the northern half of the state. From I-70 south, we can see some scattered snow showers perhaps as early as late afternoon, but more likely overnight tomorrow night into early Friday. There is not a lot of moisture to work with, but we could see the potential for a coating to an inch of the white stuff.Friday turns out partly sunny from midday on, and we should start to see temps turn milder. That milder push will come ahead of our next significant weather event. Clouds increase through the day Saturday, and then rain develops from Saturday evening through sunrise Sunday. We are pulling our rain totals back just a bit, but are still looking at some good moisture potential. Right now we expect .3”-.9” over 100% of the state. The map at right shows precipitation potential for the event. The rest of Sunday turns out partly sunny as clearing settles in, but the winds really ramp up on the backside of the event. West winds will blow at 15-30 mph, after a strong south wind Saturday. Monday and Tuesday are partly sunny and chilly.Our next system is still on track for midweek. Clouds spread in overnight Tuesday night and rain is develops in NW Ohio Wednesday morning. This is expected to be a minor wave to start the event, then better rains and even thunderstorms come from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. Rain totals from the two waves combined will be from .5”-1.25” with coverage at 90%. The rest of Thursday will feature a mix of clouds and sun. Friday can be partly sunny, but flurries can remain with minor coverage. Even though we see the rains stretched out over a longer period, we likely do not see much of an increase in moisture totals, with our projections at .25”-1”. That is a small increase on the top end, but we are leaving the bottom end of the range alone this morning. We turn colder with partly sunny skies next Thursday to finish out the 10 day window, although some models are trying to keep with a later arrival of the system and therefore a slower exit. We will watch the developments closely.For the extended period, is trending less active this morning. The weekend features plenty of clouds, but so far nothing more than flurries. Monday and Tuesday, the 18th and 19th should bring partly sunny skies, but another cool push, and then we have some rain coming into the state next Wednesday, the 20th, but it stays over the southern third, mostly from US 50 south. We look to finish out the extended period with partly sunny skies and a cold afternoon for Thursday the 21st.
Pumas v Necaxa Pumas vs Necaxa: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time, & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:39 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Schemidt Pumas v Necaxa Liga MX Necaxa Pumas Both clubs sit just outside the playoff places and are searching for their first win in weeks to revive their Liguilla hopes Sunday afternoon’s matinee brings a contest between Pumas and Necaxa.Both clubs sit just outside of the top eight – cutoff to make the Liga MX Liguilla – and will be looking for a result to potentially poke into the playoff places this week.Neither team has won in their last four contests, though both went into the international break after a draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Can either of these historic clubs get things going with a victory Sunday? Game Pumas vs. Necaxa Date Sunday, April 1 Time 1 p.m. ET Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Watch Pumas vs. Necaxa live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Pumas players Goalkeepers Saldivar, Magana, Castillo Defenders Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Mendoza, Fuentes, Garcia, Jaquez, Gonzalez Midfielders Escamilla, Cabrera, Gonzalez, Jurado, Zamudio, Gallardo, Diaz, Calderon, Formica Forwards Barrera, Guerron, Alustiza, Figueroa, Asprilla, Acosta, Castillo, Torres Center back Alejandro Arribas suffered a graphic arm injury during Pumas’ draw with Cruz Azul but has trained with a special cast this week and seems set to face the Rayos.Potential starting XI: Saldivar; Mozo, Arribas, Quintana, Mendoza; Barrera, Cabrera, Diaz, Gallardo; Alustiza; Castillo Position Necaxa players Goalkeepers Barovero, Fernandez, Gutierrez Defenders Beckeles, Lichnovsky, Hernandez, Ponce, Colula, Gonzalez, Alvarado, De Luna Midfielders Fernandez, Perez, Alvarez, Baez, Villalpando, Alvarado, Davila, Gallegos, Gonzalez, Torres, Allende, Culma Forwards Barragan, Riano, Gonzalez, De Jesus Matias Fernandez is suspended because of a red card in Necaxa’s previous match, a 1-1 draw with Pachuca.Potential starting XI: Barovero; Beckeles, Lichnovsky, Alvarado, Gallegos; Alvarado, Villalpando, Gonzalez, Baez; Barragan, DavilaGAME PREVIEW Pumas was the leader of Liga MX at the beginning of the tournament, but a streak of six league matches with a victory has the Mexico City club not only out of the top spot but also out of the playoff positions.Necaxa, too, sits just outside the top eight but is suffering from its own drought, failing to pick up three points in any of its last four matches.There’s a bit of animosity between these two teams after a recent Copa MX meeting saw a 10-man Necaxa come from behind to top Pumas and advance in the tournament.This contest could be more significant than the knockout match, though. After a last-place finish in the Apertura, how Pumas’ tournament is judged may come down to making the postseason. With three of Pumas’ matches after Sunday coming against teams currently in the playoffs, this could be one of the last chances to pick up a result and change course.Alejandro Arribas looked like he’d be out for the season after a bad arm injury but has been in training this week for Pumas. He’s been one of the best performers in the defense this season, and David Patino will hope to have him in the XI against a Necaxa team that has scored in each of its last nine matches.The Rayos will be missing Matias Fernandez because of a suspension, though. Nacho Ambriz may turn to Xavier Baez or give Costa Rican prospect Gerson Torres his first start of the season.If Pumas can help Nicolas Castillo up top, it may be able to defend home turf and get back into the top eight. If the Chilean forward is left on an island, look for Necaxa to emerge from the CU with a result once again.