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Losing Streak Costs Aston Villa Head Coach His Job

In current sports news, English Premier League (EPL) team Aston Villa has sacked head coach Dean Smith after a dismal run of successive defeats in the team’s last five games.

Christian Purslow, Aston Villa’s chief executive, has cited the decision as part of the club’s directive to make a change at the end of the next international break after the management had not seen any continuous improvement in results, performances, and league position from the last season.

Aston Villa Considering Denmark Coach Kasper Hjulmand As Successor

Prior to his recent sacking, Smith (who successfully returned Villa to the top flight in 2019) had steered the football club to a humble 11th-placed finish last season after spending almost £90m on new players during the summer transfer window. Of note, Smith was also responsible for the British-record transfer of Aston Villa star player Jack Grealish to Manchester City for £100m, while also bringing in Emi Buendia, Danny Ings, and Leon Bailey for almost the same price tag.

But as the November international break looms close, Villa is currently placed 16th on the table and is in real danger of facing relegation following Friday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton if the club continues on this poor run of form.

And as far as candidates go, Villa has not yet announced anything concrete. However, Hjulmand is one name that has been thrown around as he is well-known to Villa sporting director and fellow Dane, Johan Lange. One recent highlight of Hjulmand’s career was taking over the mantle for Denmark and leading the team to a Euro 2020 semi-final clash against England after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in the group stage. 

He is expected to be in the running alongside a number of other well-known names. Namely, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl have been rumoured.

Fortunately, the two-week gap between now until the team’s next battle at home against Brighton means that Villa will have some breathing space to hire the perfect candidate as Smith’s replacement. There is also the sentiment that whoever takes over the role will face an uphill battle of taking Villa to the next level with a squad that is capable of competing at the highest level in the EPL.

In Smith’s departure announcement, Villa CEO Purslow said that the team’s progress in the league was not where they had hoped for even after a good start to the season.

“For this reason, we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact. The process of replacing Dean will now begin and the club will update supporters in due course,” he continued.

“When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in the Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season — a rare feat in and of itself.”

“The board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time.”

He ended his statement with, “everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with distinction and dignity — universally liked and respected by everybody associated with Aston Villa — our staff, players and supporters alike. We wish him the very best.”

Melaka’s Looming Elections Will Set The Stage For All Post-Covid-19 Elections

With Melaka on the precipice of a new state election coming in the not so distant future, the country is waiting with bated breath in order to see how the potential landscape of future political elections will change post-pandemic.

Will we see a repeat of the ill-fated Sabah elections that took place back in September last year? Or will the nation be able to handle the inevitable rise of daily Covid-19 cases now that a majority of its citizens have been vaccinated? Or perhaps with new and stricter guidelines in place, will we potentially see a safer election this time around?

Only time will tell, but for now, here are the current political news about everything we know regarding the upcoming Melaka state elections.

Melaka Will Set A Precedent For Future Political Battles In A Post-Pandemic Malaysia

Firstly, there will be three major political alliances that will contest in the Melaka state election: Pakatan Harapan (PH), Perikatan Nasional (PN), and Barisan Nasional (BN). 

Over the past four years, Melaka has been governed by the different coalitions at various points. And all three parties have stressed during preliminary campaigning that voters will be able to elect the state government they want for the next four years. The next iteration of the Melaka government will be decided by the 495,195 voters that are registered in the state.

Data released by the Election Commission (EC) has stated that of this number, women voters outnumber men by 54,666 or comprises 51.43% of the total number of voters. And it was also revealed that 76.1% of the registered voters in Melaka are from the ages of 21 to 59 years old.

Also, the upcoming polls will see all 28 seats in the state being contested by the aforementioned political coalitions, with some surprise candidates rumoured to be contesting as independents. For instance, former Pengkalan Batu assemblyman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee has declared his intent to defend his seat as an independent party. Elsewhere, Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) has made it known in current news of its intention to field its candidates to run in five seats — Pengkalan Batu, Gadek, Paya Rumput, and Duyong Sungai Rambai. 

But like any other political game, there were also controversies surrounding the build-up to the event. Namely, former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, as well as fellow Umno alumni Datuk Nor Azman Hassan, made the jump to PH this time around. Their perceived “betrayal” and a habit of party hopping has not dissuaded the concerns of PH coalition partners. However, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has attempted to finally put the issue to rest by saying it is a moot point now that the state assembly is dissolved. 

A Look Into How To Learn From Our Mistakes In The Last State Election In Sabah

As mentioned, the state has seen its fair share of instability throughout the span of four years due to a change of three different state administrations headed by three separate chief ministers. 

Along with that, it doesn’t help that the election has come following the last time a state election was held in Sabah in September 2020. As a result of SOP breaches, the nation immediately got stricken by its worst wave of Covid-19 yet. That being said, the pandemic situation in Malaysia is currently stabilising with over 90% of the country’s adult population already vaccinated. Though, some voters still worry that the Melaka state election could turn into a super-spreader event not dissimilar to the one in Sabah.

The current mood in Melaka, politics-wise, is currently one of disinterest and apathy as many voters regard the state elections as too much of a risk to get infected by the virus.

Where once you may witness party flags, slogan-filled banners, and posters plastered with the faces of the candidates, you won’t find many on the streets of Melaka today. And like many other parts of the nation, many stores and commercial centres in the state are largely closed due to being affected by the recent lockdown, as reported in current business news.

Indeed, many are more concerned with their businesses’ financial well-being rather than who will form the next state government. 

Melaka will hold its voting as early as November 16 but a majority of the voters will only be able to cast their ballots on the 20th of November 2021.

AirAsia To Shrink Fleets In The Coming Days

In light of the recent economic crisis dealt by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia’s homegrown airline company — AirAsia Group Bhd — is mulling the option to return some planes to lessors, as well as shrinking its fleet across the board.

At this point in time, the budget airline is also aiming to return as many aeroplanes from their fleet as they can.

AirAsia To Return Planes To Lessors

More particularly, AirAsia is looking to be flying only 180 planes by the end of next year — a stark decline to the 245 aeroplanes that the group has in their arsenal currently. Along with that, the group will also cease to buy any new aircraft for the time being.

This move came as the company is continuing to cope with the negative impact of the coronavirus, which has massively affected most of AirAsia’s operations — grounding most of its planes and having its operations shut down in Japan.

The move also comes shortly after AirAsia X Bhd (the long-haul arm of the group) proposed restructuring RM 63.5 billion in debt and reducing its share capital by 90%

It was previously reported that AirAsia Group was seeking to reconstitute its debt of RM 63.5 billion into a principal amount of RM 200 million and for the balance to be waived.

Achieve Your Fitness Goals In 2021 With Actxa

With the introduction of the annual National Steps Challenge hosted by the Singapore Health Promotion Board, citizens of the tiny island nation of various ages and backgrounds have gradually become more attuned and incentivised to pay more attention to their health and fitness levels.

This is where Actxa comes in.

Track Your Step Count, Distance Travelled, and Active Minutes For Better Health

To help Singaporeans jump start their fitness journey, the Health Promotion Board also hands out fitness trackers to participants each season. The very same trackers are made and provided by Actxa, a Singaporean company which made its debut with the first-ever National Steps Challenge in 2015.

Actxa was established and founded by the people behind Activate Interactive — a company that specialises in a myriad of digital health and fitness products aimed at improving the quality of people’s lives. The company is also the developer of Healthy 365, the official app for the National Steps Challenge.

Currently, Actxa is positioned to be the Internet of Things (IoT) arm of Activate Interactive which focuses on bringing digital health products and services to the market, whereas parent/sister company Activate Interactive intends to continue its pursuit of newer software and technology.

For the company, 2015 was a particularly significant milestone in its short history. For one, they won the all-important tender to supply fitness trackers for the pilot season of the National Steps challenges. Also, they had to work with manufacturing partners, conduct integration, testing, and everything in between all the way through to going live in a seemingly short eight-week span.

Though the countless hours and blood, sweat, and tears were definitely worth it as the Actxa Stride (their first product) was released to the public with an overwhelmingly positive response — with around 250,000 Actxa Strides in the hands (or rather, on the wrists) of the public by 2016.

Since its inception in 2015, Actxa has sold more than 800,000 fitness trackers. And more impressively, while most of their current customers and users are located in their home country, their products have also managed to penetrate a number of foreign markets around the world.

Bonus Bears

The Adorable Bonus Bear Slots On Mega888

Winnie The Pooh. Paddington Bear. Kumamon. Yogi. Ted.

These are among some of the most well-known (and adorable) bear characters to have been featured in the media. Okay, so Ted may not be THAT cute (rather than that, he’s crude) but the point stands. 

Without a doubt, bears can be cute, especially when they’re in the form of an animated character, a film character, or in the form of a plush — anything other than the real-life animal coming at you in the wild.

Now you may enjoy the adorable fiasco of bears in the form of an online slot game entitled Bonus Bears. If you love the fluffy animal beary, beary much, then this is the game for you. 

About Bonus Bears — One Of The Cutest Slot Titles In Existence

At the heart of it all, Bonus Bears is a 5-reel game with 25 paylines which has adopted the wildlife theme magnificently. Developed by popular online gaming software developer Playtech, the increasingly well-received game is now available on Mega888 in Malaysia.

The slot game revolves around the simple life of a bear living in the wilderness. Bonus Bears features various rewarding symbols including a grizzly bear (of course), a female park ranger, a picnic basket, a honey bee, jars of honey, a beehive, and a skunk. That’s where the wilderness theme stops though, as the other symbols in the game also include card suites in the form of A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9.

Setting aside the colours, fonts, and vibrant graphics, Bonus Bears is quite the appealing slot game solely for the fact that the interface is easy to use. The Spin and Auto Play feature proves exactly that.

Playing Bonus Bears On Mega888

Like most other slot titles, Bonus Bears has a minimum bet of 0.01 credits and a maximum of 0.50 per credit. And while it may sound like a slog for the high-rollers to spend huge amounts of money on, the max bet a player may make in the game could amount to at least $125 if they were to bet on all 25 paylines.

The gameplay of Bonus Bears is simple and the animations are fairly impressive, which makes this one a must-try in our books. And if you’re fortunate enough, you could take home 5,000 coins worth of the jackpot from the game!

Bonus Features Of Bonus Bears

Not only is Bonus Bears a simple yet addictive game, but it’s also rewarding to boot!

The game comes with several beneficial bonus features including free spins and massive multipliers. Bonus Bears also come with wilds which are represented by the bear symbol itself. The bear symbol may be used to replace any other symbols in the game, with the exception of the beehive. Similarly, the beehive acts as the scatter symbol which triggers the multiplier, as well as the Honey and free games feature.

Speaking of honey, the Honey feature is a bonus round which allows players to win free credits easily. The feature is triggered when you score at least three beehives anywhere on the reels. The objective of the bonus round is then to find as many honey pots as possible. This can be achieved by choosing one of the five trees for which the bear will climb up the chosen one. The more pots that the bear finds, the more free credits you get. It’s literally as simple as that. And the Honey feature may even be triggered during the free spins.

As for the free games, the feature is triggered when the wild symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 after a round of spinning. Free games can be earned (up to 15 free games) by triggering and retriggering this feature. The best part about the free games rounds is that wins are 3x your bet. Talk about an attractive reward!

Get Comfortable While Lounging On Bean Bags

In Malaysia, Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and/or TGV Cinemas are at the forefront of the country’s top cinemas of choice. But if the generic mall cinema environment doesn’t provide enough immersion and uniqueness for you, Kuala Lumpur is also home to several out of the ordinary moviegoing experiences — one of which involves the aforementioned TGV Cinemas.

Relax At The Beanieplex

There’s really nothing quite like parking your tush on a bean bag, especially after a long day. Imagine the comfort of having the styrofoam beans inside instantly enveloping and conforming to your body’s shape as you sink into the bean bag.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that TGV Cinemas has a hall dedicated to this quirky “furniture” — if you could call it that. Replacing the run-of-the-mill (and oftentimes, uncomfortable) cinema chairs, you’ll find some of the cushiest bean bags to sink into at TGV’s Beaniplex halls.

Indeed, enjoying the air-conditioned hall, along with TGV’s offerings of popcorn, hot dogs, and sodas make for a blissful cinema-viewing experience.

Where: Multiple locations including TGV Jaya, TGV 1 Utama, TGV 1 Shamelin, and TGV Sunway Pyramid

Great Blue

The Great Blue Slot On Mega888

Taking players and gamers alike deep down to the depths of the great, open ocean, Great Blue is an online video slot game available on the Mega888 app. The underwater/nautical-themed slot features a modern 5-reel, 25-payline grid format with an RTP of over 96% — making it a rewarding playing experience overall.

As far as gameplay goes, you may expect the usual online slot experience, with the addition of an entire host of sea critters decorating its reels. To win in this exclusive Mega888 game, you will need to match five symbols on the reels — that’s if you’re aiming for the highest pay-outs. These symbols should also consecutively line up from the left to right, along with other paylines which may be available on this Mega888 slot game.

This title also has decently good graphics, as well as a range of well-paying symbols and even a nifty bonus round for extra winnings! And speaking of symbols, watch out for the stacked wilds and the scatter symbol as they may award you with an electrifying bonus game. During this bonus game, you can win up to 33 free spins in addition to a 15x multiplier.

So if you’re interested, get your snorkel and trigger finger ready, it’s time to dive into Mega888 and Great Blue! Tap on Mega888 Download now!

The Great Wide Open Ocean On Mega888

As expected of its theme, the slot takes an iconic scenery of the deep blue ocean to use as its backdrop — with bubbles floating upwards towards the surface for added effect. 

But aside from its pretty graphics, this Mega888 game isn’t particularly a complex slot to play. As mentioned above, the official Mega888 game comes with several features that’ll spice up your gameplay including wild and scatter symbols — the latter of which has the potential of boosting your winnings tremendously via free spins.

Each round may be played using credits that range from 25 to 125.

More On The Mega888 Great Blue’s Various Symbols

Obviously, the reels here takes inspiration from the ocean. Thus, you’ll find various sea creatures like sea turtles, sharks, fishes, seahorse, whales, and even oysters. Other non-sea faring symbols also include the classic playing card icons from 10 to A.

Of the lot, the whale and oyster symbols are what you should be striving for. 

A Whale Of A Good Time On Mega888

In Great Blue, the wild symbol is represented by the killer whale or orca. And like the joker suite in any card game, you may use it to substitute any symbols other than scatters to help you form a winning payline. Plus, you could also stack multiple wilds on the reels for easier wins!

The best part about the wilds in this Mega888 offering is that they offer double pay when you land at least one. It’s also one of the ways to earn the game’s 10,000 credit jackpot, though you’ll have to bag ten icons on the adjacent lines to claim it. 

Look Out For The Oysters In This Game On Mega888

As for the scatter symbol, the Mega888 game uses oyster shells which is somewhat of a regular occurrence throughout the reels. 

If you happen to land on three or more, you’ll activate a bonus game wherein you are awarded eight free spins with a 2x multiplier. You’ll then have to pick two of the five oyster shells which could reward you with further free spins and/or multipliers — up to 33 free spins and a multiplier of 15x. 

Best of all, even more free spins may be triggered during this phase. Theoretically, there’s no limit to the number of re-spins you could potentially win.

Dolphin Reef

Mega888 Online Slot — Dolphin Reef

Fancy diving into the depths of the ocean to hunt sunken treasures? Now you can! Say hello to Dolphin Reef — a 5-reel online slot found on the popular Mega888 platform.

While swimming amongst the vivid, colourful reef, you’ll get to observe a myriad of dolphins (obviously), turtles, clownfish, sea horse, starfish and more! As well, you’ll be paid handsomely for spotting and landing on their tile, depending on your luck of course.

Other than that, there’s also a sunken treasure feature where you may obtain specific bonuses which includes a Wild Bonus, a Scatter Bonus, Free Games, and a Re-Spin Feature. 

But don’t worry about not being connected to the Internet in the vast expanse of the ocean, as this game — like every other offering on Mega888 — offers amazing mobile connectivity which allows you to hunt for underwater treasure using your smartphones, tablets, and even PCs! 

Swimming With The Dolphins On Mega888

Everyone knows swimming with dolphins is a one-of-a-kind experience — and this slot offering by Mega888 whisks you away (or rather, underwater) to the bottom of the sea where you may bear witness to a long list of wonderful sea critters. 

But don’t forget about the hidden treasures while you’re down there.

Sunken Treasures In This Mega888 Gaming Title

Of all the symbols available for you to win in Dolphin Reef, the floating letters and numbers would be the most common. These winning paylines will reward you between 5 to 250 times your initial bet for landing on 3-5 matching symbols.

But this game is well-known for its underwater theme and its the sea creatures here that will pay out more. For 500 times your stake, scoring five seahorses or starfish would be your goal. Whereas five turtles will award an astounding 1,000 times your bet.

Though, the most rewarding icon here is the clownfish. If you’re really, really, really fortunate, netting five of them will reward you with 5,000 times your stake. But talking is certainly easy. After all, didn’t Pixar make a whole movie out of finding a particular clownfish?

Now you may be wondering, “For a slot title called Dolphin Reef, there’s no mention of any dolphins so far.” Hold your (sea)horses, we’ll get to them now.

In this nautical-themed slot on Mega888, the dolphins are considered the Wild symbols. These seemingly mythical (in the game) sea mammals only appear on reels 2 and 4. If you happen to score one of them, they may be used as a substitute for all other symbols except for the Scattered Treasure Chest symbols. And if you DO score dolphins on reels 2 and 4 at the same time, the event will trigger the Re-Spin feature where, as its name implies, the reels will be spun again up to five times.

Indeed, with a range of excellent underwater creatures, plenty of lines and bet options, coupled with a multitude of payouts and bonuses, this Mega888 online slot game should be riding the wave of success for the foreseeable future.

TEMCO is The Only Way Forward For Malaysia

In the past few days, Malaysia has set record highs in relation to confirmed daily coronavirus cases. And with that, steady murmurs of another impending lockdown (similar to the one implemented a few months ago) in Malaysia have begun to come to a defining crescendo.

However, experts — ranging public health professionals, economists, and top politicians — are of the opinion that a repeat lockdown will not bode well for the local economy and neither will it be a good solution to overcome the second wave of infections.

Instead, the group of experts believe that a more targeted movement control is the way to go forward.

Experts Say Targeted Movement Control is The Best Way to Deal With The Recent Covid-19 Spike in Malaysia

On October 6th, Malaysia recorded 691 new infections and four deaths — a jump from the previous day’s 432 cases, which was then an already all-time high record of daily infections.

The bulk of the country’s new wave of cases of Covid-19 has been linked to an outbreak in a prison in Kedah, as well as in the recently held state election in Sabah. The two aforementioned states accounted for 616 of the 691 cases reported on Tuesday. It has also been predicted that the number of positive cases will only continue to rise in the coming days. 

However, the government (at this time) is not considering implementing another Movement Control Order (MCO) as the livelihood of 15 million Malaysians in the workforce are on the line. Certainly, the first round of lockdown in Malaysia contributed to the country’s loss of over RM2 billion per day during the lockdown and led to countless jobs being lost.

At this point in time, it seems the government has learnt of the devastating impact on the economy that the MCO has on the country. In that sense, if the government does decide to become stricter in regards to handling the coronavirus, it’s going to have to be very targeted and localised.

Public health experts are also echoing this statement. 

Indeed, a full-fledged, country-wide MCO may not necessarily slow the spread of new cases as the clusters are currently concentrated in Kedah and Sabah. In this case, the government will likely resort to TEMCO (Targeted Movement Control) to contain the spread of the massively infectious Covid-19 virus.

An all-out effort in contact tracing among the prison staff and their immediate contacts needs to be done immediately in order to curb the infection from spreading outside the prison walls in Kedah. 

On the other hand, the high number of cases in Sabah may be tackled by actively detecting and aggressively implementing contact tracing — a strategy that has helped authorities contain a large cluster in Kedah in the early days of the pandemic.

The Adorable Bonus Bear Slots On Mega888

Winnie The Pooh. Paddington Bear. Kumamon. Yogi. Ted.

These are among some of the most well-known (and adorable) bear characters to have been featured in the media. Okay, so Ted may not be THAT cute (rather than that, he’s crude) but the point stands. 

Without a doubt, bears can be cute, especially when they’re in the form of an animated character, a film character, or in the form of a plush — anything other than the real-life animal coming at you in the wild.

Now you may enjoy the adorable fiasco of bears in the form of an online slot game entitled Bonus Bears. If you love the fluffy animal beary, beary much, then this is the game for you. 

About Bonus Bears — One Of The Cutest Slot Titles In Existence

At the heart of it all, Bonus Bears is a 5-reel game with 25 paylines which has adopted the wildlife theme magnificently. Developed by popular online gaming software developer Playtech, the increasingly well-received game is now available on Mega888 in Malaysia.

The slot game revolves around the simple life of a bear living in the wilderness. Bonus Bears features various rewarding symbols including a grizzly bear (of course), a female park ranger, a picnic basket, a honey bee, jars of honey, a beehive, and a skunk. That’s where the wilderness theme stops though, as the other symbols in the game also include card suites in the form of A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9.

Setting aside the colours, fonts, and vibrant graphics, Bonus Bears is quite the appealing slot game solely for the fact that the interface is easy to use. The Spin and Auto Play feature proves exactly that.

Playing Bonus Bears On Mega888

Like most other slot titles, Bonus Bears has a minimum bet of 0.01 credits and a maximum of 0.50 per credit. And while it may sound like a slog for the high-rollers to spend huge amounts of money on, the max bet a player may make in the game could amount to at least $125 if they were to bet on all 25 paylines.

The gameplay of Bonus Bears is simple and the animations are fairly impressive, which makes this one a must-try in our books. And if you’re fortunate enough, you could take home 5,000 coins worth of the jackpot from the game!

Bonus Features Of Bonus Bears

Not only is Bonus Bears a simple yet addictive game, but it’s also rewarding to boot!

The game comes with several beneficial bonus features including free spins and massive multipliers. Bonus Bears also come with wilds which are represented by the bear symbol itself. The bear symbol may be used to replace any other symbols in the game, with the exception of the beehive. Similarly, the beehive acts as the scatter symbol which triggers the multiplier, as well as the Honey and free games feature.

Speaking of honey, the Honey feature is a bonus round which allows players to win free credits easily. The feature is triggered when you score at least three beehives anywhere on the reels. The objective of the bonus round is then to find as many honey pots as possible. This can be achieved by choosing one of the five trees for which the bear will climb up the chosen one. The more pots that the bear finds, the more free credits you get. It’s literally as simple as that. And the Honey feature may even be triggered during the free spins.

As for the free games, the feature is triggered when the wild symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 after a round of spinning. Free games can be earned (up to 15 free games) by triggering and retriggering this feature. The best part about the free games rounds is that wins are 3x your bet. Talk about an attractive reward!