Dennis Prager – Townhall 30 Oct 2012Next week voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views?The primary explanation is this: Proponents and opponents ask two different questions.Proponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is keeping the definition of marriage as man-woman fair to gays? Opponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is same-sex marriage good for society?Few on either side honestly address the question of the other side. Opponents of same-sex marriage rarely acknowledge how unfair the age-old man-woman definition is to gay couples. And proponents rarely, if ever, acknowledge that this unprecedented redefinition of marriage may not be good for society.That is why proponents have it much easier. All they need to do is to focus the public’s attention on individual gay people, show wonderful gay individuals who love each other, and ask the American public: Is it fair to continue to deprive these people of the right to marry one another?When added to Americans’ aversion to discrimination, to the elevation of compassion to perhaps the highest national value, and to the equating of opposition to same-sex marriage with opposition to interracial marriage, it is no wonder that many Americans have been persuaded that opposition to same-sex marriage is hateful, backwards and the moral equivalent of racism.Is there any argument that can compete with the emotionally compelling fairness argument?The answer is that one can — namely, the answer to the second question, Is it good for society?http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2012/10/30/why_a_good_person_can_vote_against_samesex_marriage/page/full/
They will serve as exemplars of what acomplete Filipino youth is. BY ALONA V. RAYMUNDO Sixteen other leaders from differentparts of the country were also conferred the award. They were chosen from400 others, who were nominated. Mayor Jerry Treñas congratulatedTunguia and awarded her a Certificate of Recognition during city hall’s flagceremony last Dec. 23, 2019. ILOILO City – An elementarypupil from SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) washonored during the last day of the “National Week for Filipino Gifted and Talented”last Nov. 29, 2019 at Hive Hotel in Quezon City by the Philippine Center forGifted Education, Inc. (PCGE, Inc.). “Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan” isa biennial search which envisions to look for high quality to gifted youngFilipinos from Grade 3 to college level who personify the values of ournational hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the epitome of who the Filipino gifted is:brilliant, nationalistic, spiritual, hardworking, humble, and with many othertraits. “It’s an honor and a privilege tobe given an award from PCGE, especially coming from a prestigious organizationand in honor of our National Hero,” said Tunguia. Sophia Kirsten Mallada Tunguia, aGrade VI pupil, was given recognition by PCGE as one of the 17 recipients ofthe 2019 Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan award and part of the 17 outstandingyouth nationwide. Grade VI pupil Sophia Kirsten Mallada Tunguia of Iloilo City’s SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children is the youngest “Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan” awardee for 2019. The search is also intended to helpelevate Filipino consciousness for a life with integrity, dignity, truth,honesty, and love of country thru self-awareness, leadership and skillsdevelopment and recognition. “We will do whatever we could just toembody our Hero’s effort to mold the youths in our society. My message to myfellow youth is to continue persevering to attain our hopes and dreams like Dr.Jose Rizal and together let’s envision a good picture for our country, make ithappen through hard work, passion, dedication, discipline and prayers,” sheadded. Tunguia underwent orientation,leadership and skills training and project planning by the PCGE, after whichthey will be part of the PCGE’s role to mold other youth programs and they areexpected to keep an updated journal of their activities emphasizing how theseactivities will enhance their nationalism being a Filipino and how they canshow their love for the country and the people like Rizal. All nominees from the differentregions went through stringent qualifiers set by the PCGE headed by Dr. LeteciaPenano-Ho. Tunguia is currently the Supreme PupilGovernment President of her school and is continuously engaged in variouscommunity service./PN Tunguia is the youngest awardee ofthis batch at only 12 years old.
Having struggled to keep their heads above water all season, a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa last weekend moved the Whites up to 18th in the table and five points behind Saturday’s visitors. It was only Magath’s second league win since he became Fulham’s third manager of the season following the 1-0 success over Newcastle on March 15 and the former Bayern Munich boss wants to see that result matched against the Canaries, who will be under the stewardship of Neil Adams for the first time. Fulham manager Felix Magath is hoping the extra spring in the step of his players during training can translate into a second straight Barclays Premier League win at home to Norwich. “It helps us a lot – this feeling and the atmosphere,” he said. “You feel it this week, the players are free, laughing and so I think it was an important win to go on in fighting against relegation. We need another win in the next game and we will try against Norwich. “They are not afraid to make mistakes and that is how we have to play and why I’m convinced we will stay in the league. The whole club now believes after the win at Aston Villa.” For Adams, the game at Craven Cottage will be seen as a crucial fixture if he is to keep the Canaries afloat with their last four games coming against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Fulham’s run-in is less daunting but Magath feels that every game between now and the end of the season is pivotal to his side’s survival bid while suggesting Norwich may have left it too late to replace Chris Hughton in their own fight against the drop. “For us it doesn’t matter who is the opponent because we have only important games now,” he said. “Norwich have a very bad schedule, they have very, very difficult games ahead. They have changed their manager now and this will give them new energy so we will have to be careful. “You can never say what has happened at another club but they took a manager who knows everything about the club – it is a chance to change something and I think it was a good decision. Maybe it was just a little bit too late.” Former Ipswich striker Darren Bent, currently on loan at Fulham from Villa, will be hoping to start against Norwich having scored in the FA Cup third-round replay victory against the Norfolk club in January. The England international has not featured on a regular basis under Magath as the German looks to give every player in his squad an opportunity to impress. He said: “If I come here as a new manager I have to take care of all the players, not only of Darren Bent. “I have to give everyone a chance to show the fans, the club and me how good he is and I think everybody has had their chance. He will get another chance. Everybody wants to play, if I ask the players everyone tells me they want to play. “I’m only regarding the training sessions and I have to choose after training who was good and who has convinced me and then I decide who is playing. He is fit this weekend.” Bent will battle it out with Villa Park match-winner Hugo Rodallega and youngster Cauley Woodrow to lead the line on Saturday, with club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou once again ruled out with injury. The Greece international has made only two appearances since moving to Craven Cottage from Olympiacos in January but Magath did confirm he hopes to have the 26-year-old available for the short trip to Tottenham in a fortnight. Press Association
By Duro IkhazuagbeEdo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole said at the weekend that the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race has come to stay even as he has competed for the last time as the chief executive of the state. Oshiomhole who completed the race just as he has done in the last three editions, was full of emotions recalling how he opened up the community to the world.“Seven years ago when we came here to campaign, we had to use bush paths to get here. Our vehicles got stuck. That made us resolve to build roads so that those here can equally enjoy the amenities found in the cities.“ It was the construction of the road here that made it possible for us to have this 10km road race that has now put Okpekpe on the world map. Even as I leave office as governor, I want to assure everyone here that I will continue to participate in the road race. The Okpekpe 10km International Road Race has come to stay. God willing, the competition will outlive us all with our children taking over the organization,” Oshiomhole prayed while praising promoter of the race, Mike Itemuagbor for his resilience and courage.Kenyan Simon Cheprot (29:48), Smail Juma Gnuet of Tanzania (29:50) and Timothy Toroitich of Uganda (29min: 54sec) finished first, second and third respectively. The winner pocketed $15,000, runner up $10,000 while the third placed runner got $7,000.In the women’s category, Polline Wanjiku Njeru (33min: 23sec) and Esther Ndiema (33min: 35sec ) both of Kenya emerged winner and runner up. Buzunesh Gutalshor (33min: 58sec ) of Ethiopia got the consolatory bronze. All three got similar prize monies like the male runners.In the Nigerian category, Adamu Shehu, Stephen Joshua and Emmanuel Gyang, all from Plateau State finished first, second and third respectively in the men race. They went home with N250,000, N100,000 and N80,000 respectively.Plateau State-born Deborah Pam, Olamide Oluwaseun Serah (Ogun State) and Elizabeth Nuhu of Nasarawa State won the first, second and third position and were given N250,000; N100,000 and N80,000 in that order as prize money.In the category created for runners from the communities around Okpekpe, the runner from the host community, Raphael James and Mary Enodube won the male and female category race and were given the prize money of N150,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ Fitting a 17-game regular season into a span of just more than two months gives Syracuse little time to revel in its record-breaking season. Each time the Orange’s next match rolls around, it’s still recovering from its last.Weekends on the road and weekday games against central New York opponents — against Cornell, Colgate and Albany and at Binghamton — have become the norm.On Friday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium, No. 4 Syracuse (10-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) will play its third game in seven days with a match against Wake Forest (6-5, 2-2). Despite the quick turnarounds, the team has gotten off to its best start in program history, and currently holds its highest-ever national ranking.The Orange takes on the Demon Deacons just three days after Tuesday’s 2-1 comeback victory over Albany.“Winning (against Albany) will make it better,” said head coach Ian McIntyre. “It makes you feel a little bit lighter on your feet. But it’s about management of the bodies.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough McIntyre’s rotations have helped the players’ freshness and health, SU’s schedule may slowly be taking a toll on its players.This past weekend, the Orange spent 20 hours on a chartered bus to and from Blacksburg, Virginia, after leaving a day early to save the players’ legs, McIntyre said. The team rode through the night — starting at 10:30 p.m. — back to Syracuse after its 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech.“If you need anything in the next 10 hours, give me a call,” McIntyre said jokingly that night as the team boarded the bus.Syracuse beat the Hokies, but it took a double-overtime effort and a goal in the 107th minute from Emil Ekblom to seal the victory. McIntyre said his team’s performance that night was “gutsy,” a word he also used to describe the team’s win over then-No. 2 Virginia on Sept. 27.After a three-day layoff, Syracuse came out flat to start both halves against Albany. Early in the first half, McIntyre yelled from the sideline for midfielder Juuso Pasanen to “please win” a header, for midfielders Nick Perea and Julian Buescher to “get on the ball” and for the entire team to get tighter and “go get it.”“It’s tough to come from an ACC game and then turn up for a Tuesday night game,” Pasanen said after the match.But McIntyre’s use of player rotations and substitutions has helped produce four 1-0 victories over Binghamton, Clemson, St. John’s and Rutgers.Midway through the first half, the coach usually replaces starters Chris Nanco and Buescher with Alex Halis and Stefanos Stamoulacatos. Whenever Korab Syla enters, it’s usually for Oyvind Alseth, and Noah Rhynhart often replaces Ekblom. Louis Cross has started most weekday games and Tyler Hilliard has started most weekend games.On Tuesday, Syracuse used six subs in the second half alone, something McIntyre said the team needed to “freshen things up.”“We’ve been putting a lot of minutes on (Hilliard),” McIntyre said after the Albany game, in which Hilliard replaced Cross in the 60th minute. “T’s been awesome, very good, and I think Louie’s had a good season. So ultimately to allow (Cross) to have minutes gave (Hilliard) a little bit of a rest tonight.”Though Cross started 13 of the 17 games he played for Akron last season, the defender said he never started more than three or four games in a row.Said Cross: “I’m quite used to resting one game and playing the next. It keeps me on my toes.” Comments Published on October 9, 2014 at 12:25 am Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Joey at email@example.com. During the latter days of training camp, Ed Orgeron stood near the corner of Howard Jones Field, arms crossed and carrying a slight grin. He knew the answer to the question, but he cared not to say, really, or even elaborate much.“You’re sandbagging a little, aren’t you?” a reporter asked. “You guys are better than anybody realizes.”Pleasant surprise · Ed Orgeron has seamlessly replaced three of last season’s four defensive line starters and caught new recruits up to speed. – Daily Trojan file photoHe responded, bellowing: “We’re staying hungry, just staying hungry.”It hardly meant much, of course.And when again asked about USC’s untested but developing defensive line, he offered a familiar response: “staying hungry.”Call it his patented way of filibustering. The Trojans’ poker-faced defensive coordinator was keeping his cards particularly close to his chest that day. He didn’t want to boast — at least not publicly. There was no itch to grab a microphone and make any sort of sweeping declaration.Maybe the unit, a subject of much preseason scrutiny because of questions surrounding its inexperience, would be OK after all. But Orgeron, who also serves as USC’s defensive line coach, saw no reason to spread the news up and down the Pacific Coast.So instead he opted to keep grinning and nodding, repeating the same two words until eventually a new question and a new topic was presented.But with roughly one-third of the season completed the secret — and it’s hardly much of one now — is out: USC’s defensive line is rather good.In the team’s latest win, a 27-9 drubbing of California at the Coliseum last Saturday, USC recorded seven sacks against rattled quarterback Zach Maynard — the most in a game since posting the same total in a 2007 matchup against Oregon State. And on the season thus far, USC ranks third out of 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams with 16 sacks, one behind the nation’s leaders, Tulsa and San Jose State.So now we know what Orgeron knew in August. We know the defensive line is quick. We know it’s deeper than in the last couple seasons. We know it’s shouldering much of the load at the moment.Oddly enough, in several respects, the defense line — once the question mark — might very well be the strength of the defense. Against the Golden Bears, it pressured Maynard by rushing just four down linemen, dropping everyone else into pass coverage. There was little need to blitz a linebacker, or a safety, or a cornerback, which certainly makes it easier for the secondary.And that’s a bit of a surprise. For one, the Trojans had already lost two starters from a season ago in DaJohn Harris and Nick Perry, who each left for the NFL and now play for the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers, respectively. Not to mention, returning senior defensive end Devon Kennard tore a pectoral muscle while weightlifting in late July.In spite of this, USC’s gotten quite a bit of production from its newest players, junior defensive end Morgan Breslin, a transfer from Diablo Valley Junior College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams. The two combined for 5.5 sacks against Cal. And Breslin’s total, 3.5, marked the highest by a USC player since Lawrence Jackson recorded four sacks at Arizona State on Thanksgiving 2007.So you’d think by now Orgeron would spill the news and maybe boast, at least a little. After all, his group is ahead of the curve and better than most anticipated, especially this early.“They’ve performed well,” he said Saturday.And then came the qualifier.“But the competition is going to get stiffer. How they respond throughout the season will be important — a lot of ball is left.”He does have a point, sure. There are at least eight games remaining on the schedule, and against Stanford — the team’s lone blemish thus far — the Trojans failed to sack quarterback Josh Nunes once. The pressure that propelled the Trojans against Cal a week later was sorely missing.But still, you sense a sort of cautious optimism from a coach who’s witnessed quite a handful of the Trojans’ more decorated defensive line units in school history.Comparisons are tough to make, but this group carries its fair share of upside.“They’re getting better every time,” said Orgeron. “But we have to stay hungry. We have to work very hard, stay humble and pay attention to details. Because if not, we won’t play very well and we have to be at our best every game.”Right now, he has them doing that.
AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles came from behind to beat Benin Republic 2-1 in their opening 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo yesterday evening. L-R: Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Jamilu Collins celebrating Nigeria’s bronze at the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt. Nigeria defeated Benin Republic 2-1 yesterday to start the AFCON 2021 qualifiers with maximum points Lille of France’s Victor Osimhen scored Nigeria’s equalizing goal from the penalty spot in the 45th minute to cancel out Stéphane Sessègnon’s third minute opener for the visitors from neighbouring Benin Republic.It was however Samuel Kalu that secured maximum points for Eagles when he delivered the winner in the 63rd minute.The victory moves Nigeria to the leadership of Group L on three points with Sierra Leone and Lesotho that played out a 1-1 draw in Freetown second and third respectively.The Super Eagles are playing away to Lesotho on Sunday while Benin Republic will host Sierra Leone in Cotonou.Without any doubt, Eagles clumsily started the encounter in Uyo.It therefore was no surprise that Squirrels’ Captain, Sessegnon, had to jolt the mostly Europe-based Nigerian professionals from their slumber with that early minute goal.Sloppy defending gifted the Benin captain a clear sight of goal, and he made no mistake, slotting the ball past a helpless Daniel Akpeyi.After that goal, Gernot Rohr’s men rose to the occasion, soaking up what the visitors had in their arsenal.In the closing stages of the first half, Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze rattled the woodwork with 40 minutes on the clock. It didn’t take long for the equaliser to come as on the stroke of halftime. Ola Aina was upended in the box. A confident Osimhen stepped forward to rifle home from the penalty spot.On resumption for the second half, there were equal exchanges with the Squirrels but it was Kalu who weaved his way into the area before slotting home from close range to give the Super Eagles a deserved lead in the 63rd minute.Eagles however navigated their way through a nervy final few minutes to secure all three points as they immediately turn their attention to Lesotho, who they will face in Maseru this weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share Submit Darren Moore of Betting Gods has provided his picks for Doncaster this week as he looks to prove his mettle in the Tipster Challenge. Darren Moore, Betting GodsMoore is the Director at professional sports tipster network and here he provides SBC readers with his best bets across six races. He will be going up against 10th placed Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform in 14th. Harris, who represents leading affiliate bettingexpert, returned a Tipster Challenge record 15.72 points at Towcester last time out.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: apasionadoHad an excuse when disappointing three months ago and can bounce back to form on drying ground that will suit.Timeform: Charming ZenWas an expensive purchase having scored readily on his only outing in France during the autumn, and he gets the nod to make a successful start for the Dan Skelton team. Apasionado will be no pushover though, and is feared, as is Mister Whitaker.Betting Gods: Mister WhitakerHe doesn’t look like he’s been easy to train with 5-months and 4-months gaps between his first 3 races. However, he now returns just 12-days after his last run, and could strip much fitter here. His last run also showed plenty of promise in finishing third to the well-backed Chelsea Flyer. Top Doncaster Jockey Brian Highes taking the ride again is another plus, whilst the 8lb he receives off the two previous winners should hopefully swing things in his favour.____________________________________2:45bettingexpert: timoteoHas shaped well on all three runs for Alan King and can get off the mark in a race where only three runners hold claims on form.Timeform: Soldier in ActionShowed aptitude for this job whilst possibly needing the run when fifth at listed level at Musselburgh earlier this month. He looks sure to do better and gets the narrow vote to build on that effort now. Diable de Sivola, who chased home Defi du Seuil latest, is the chief threat, ahead of Alan King’s Timoteo.Betting Gods: Diable De SivolaLooked to take a big step-up when second to Defi De Seuil when last seen at Cheltenham in November and, with the stable in better form now, he’s fancied to see off Soldier In Action who didn’t seem to appreciate the jumping when finishing 5th of 6th on his hurdling debut.____________________________________3:15bettingexpert: rockys treasureHails from a yard back in top form and can make a winning handicap debut from a generous looking mark.Timeform: The TailgaterA really competitive heat. The Tailgater didn’t appear to get home on his only previous attempt over 3m but that was on soft ground and he’s worth another chance at this trip having shaped well in defeat over shorter here since. Wetherby novice winner Skipthecuddles likely has more to offer now handicapping up in trip and heads the many dangers along with Some Kinda Lama and Abricot de L’Oasis.Betting Gods: Skipthecuddles (NAP),Apart from being cheekily named, also showed plenty of verve when winning last-time out, though it’s his previous 5-length defeat by Keeper Hill that suggests he could be chucked in here off a mark of 128. Keeper Hill beat the highly-touted Messire Des Obeaux next time, and that looks rock solid form.____________________________________3:45bettingexpert: seventh skyHas slipped back to a good mark and can make all the running here if able to boss things from the tape.Timeform: Blue KascadeBlue Kascade isn’t a typical sort for an event like this as he’s looked better than ever this season and rates a big player back on quicker ground. Last year’s winner Saint Are has to be respected, while Seventh Sky is back on a handy mark.Betting Gods: Saint Are (NB)Looks set to make a bold bid to win back-to-back renewals of this race, after winning last year off a 1lb lower mark. More importantly, the weights have already been framed for his main target the Grand National, and he can win here without getting a penalty for the big-race. His stable is also in excellent form with 8 winners from 24 runners in February.____________________________________4:20bettingexpert: Paint the CloudsLooks a class above these hunters with decent ground and this track ideal.Timeform: Paint the CloudsThis horse has made a winning reappearance in this race the last 2 years and it will be a surprise if he doesn’t complete the hat-trick. Ardea looks the danger having shown improved form in a hunter at Wetherby this month.Betting Gods: Paint the Clouds It’s impossible to oppose in his hat-trick bid with everything in his favour, and is expected to take this with ease on his way to another appearance at the Cheltenham Festival.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert: legal okHas joined an astute small yard after winning his Eire point and could go well if the market vibes are positive.Timeform: Sea SovereignThis looks a warm bumper. Sea Sovereign brings some solid form to the table and there’s a possibility this less-testing ground will see this strong traveller in an even better light. Previous winners Getaway Whiskey, Monty’s Award and Claimantakinforgan merit plenty of respect, while Black Op is a very interesting recruit from the Irish pointing field.Betting Gods: Black OpIs just a token gesture for the closing bumper, and the former point-to-point winner is just preferred to fellow ex point-to-pointer Lega OK, as both of them get 7lb from the three previous winners.____________________________________Where will Darren Moore enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Share 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 3Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 4Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 6John Hill – Coral24.25 7Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 8Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 9Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 10bettingexpert1.503.79 11Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 12Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 13Paddy Power13.00 14Timeform1.782.94 15Russell Yershon11.88 16Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 17Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 18John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 19Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 20Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73
Related Articles Submit Share Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry have offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models.The next round table participant was Betinvest, represented by its VP of Business Development Valentyn Kyrylenko.SBC: What role does pricing and risk have to play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?VK: A mid-range sportsbook with a standard set of tools will cost roughly the same amount from any provider. It’s the additional features which provide the competitive edge that impacts the price. These could include flexible customisation options, to what degree the product responds to current global trends, or the inclusion and quality of risk management tools.For operators, both the price they pay for a sportsbook as well as how much risk they’ll have to bear in the future when working with the platform are important. The more triggers and models that have been incorporated into the risk management system, the better. On top of that, it’s also important that the locations of operators and their players are taken into account, since the risk triggers will vary by country. As a provider, we analyse, include and update all the necessary features to ensure that our clients can run a stable business.SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both enhance player experience and drive higher margins? VK: Every operator has a marketing department to analyse all the players and keep track of their behaviour to see how they tend to play. Their gaming style is analysed for various reasons: risk management, player retention and for reworking the bonus system.Operators use all of this data to improve the player experience by updating or creating marketing campaigns. As for margins, operators can set these themselves and make them appropriate for the market in which they work. The margin levels will depend on the region. For example, it’s well-known that in Asia the margins are significantly lower than they are in Europe but in the same time the number of players is bigger. SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?VK: There’s no doubt that AI and Big Data are the future and that the whole world is moving in that direction. Our industry is no exception. Thanks to AI tools, analysing and reacting to player behaviour has become quicker and easier for operators. This technology enables us to group players in a comprehensive, detailed way. As a result, every player can be sent messages and bonuses that are fully personalised, and operators are able to manage risks even more effectively.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification, what can it do for sportsbook?VK: Gamification is a trend which for many years has been a hot topic across the globe and in the gaming industry specifically. It’s all about what brings customers back to your website every single day to check their rating and compete with other players.That’s why operators are offering customers a game within a game – they aren’t just placing bets on sporting events, but also completing the different levels of a quest to earn extra prizes and bonuses.A good example of sportsbook gamification is bonuses. During the biggest sporting events, operators hold interesting, specially designed quests in which players are awarded bonuses for their achievements.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — A pickup truck was stolen near the 800th block of Commercial St. over the weekend.The owner of the vehicle thought a family member had taken the pickup truck, but soon realized it was stolen. The situation unfolded on Sunday evening. The trucks details were entered into a nationwide database and recovered later in Montmorency County.According to investigators, the suspect apparently abandon the truck and got a ride back to Alpena. That’s when police received information and located the 28–year–old subject in the northern city limit of Alpena. He was arrested and lodge at Alpena County Jail. The identity of the man has not been released. He faces up to 5 years if convicted of the offense of unlawfully driving away an automobile.The Alpena Police Department was assisted by the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department and the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena County Jail, Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, Alpena Police Department, Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department, Stolen VehicleContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Sam’s Gift’ provides 21 scholarships for future Alpena Community College studentsNext Photo of the Day for Wednesday, May 1