5 Plantation Blast Victims Plan to Sue as Probe Continues

first_imgAs an investigation into Saturday’s massive explosion that left 23 people injured at a Plantation shopping center continues, five victims, have retained a local law firm to file suit against “those found accountable for the blast.”Attorney William Lewis held a press conference Tuesday confirming that the Plantation-based Morgan & Morgan law firm will be representing five blast victims.“In the end, it’s an issue of fundamental public safety because this could have been any of us,” Lewis said. “Our job here is to determine who is accountable for the explosion and to hold those folks accountable.”Watch the full press conference below.An official cause of the blast has not been established.However, investigators believe that the explosion resulted from a gas leak after a broken mane was found at a former Plantation restaurant in The Market on University Plaza.Lewis said Tuesday his firm will launch a separate investigation into the explosion calling into question what authorities believe happened.“Gas lines don’t just rupture,” said Lewis. “We need to determine why it happened.”The attorney did not identify his clients, the extent of their injuries, or whether they were hospitalized.At this time it is unclear who is considered liable for the blast.last_img read more

DEFY gymnasts compete in State warm-up meet

first_img Bio Latest Posts Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Twenty five gymnasts representing the Down East Family YMCA traveled to Old Town on Feb. 21 to compete against all the teams in the YMCA league in a State meet warm-up.“This is the first year the league has tried this, and we were fortunate that the Old Town YMCA was gracious enough to host the two day competition,” Coach Doug Springer said. “This gave us all an opportunity to compete against everyone else in the state, which gives us an opportunity to see where we are.”Weather forced Springer’s team to cancel a meet in February, so the girls had not competed since Jan. 3.“That’s a long time in between meets, and we were really pleased how everyone did with such a stretch between competitions,” Springer said. “The girls from the DEFY team did a fantastic job representing Ellsworth and had continued success from their last meet.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThree gymnasts took top honors in their respective divisions: Lily James was 1st All Around for Level 4 Age 9; Molly Jennings was 1st AA for Level 4, Age 11+; Rachel Whitmore was 1st AA for Excel Silver, Age 12-14.Eight gymnasts won individual first place awards: Level 3 – Molly Jennings – 1st VT, UB, and FX, Age 11+; Nina Roseff – 1st VT, Age 10B; Kaela Springer 1st VT, Age 9B;  Level 4 Mercedes Ulichny – 1st BB, Lily James 1st FX; Excel Silver Rachel Whitmore – 1st UB, and BB; Paige Butler 1st VT; Excel Platinum Mary Lou Ross 1st VT and BB.Fifteen gymnasts obtained an All Around score high enough to qualify them for the 2015 Northeast Regional Championship in May this year: Level 3 Violet Davis, Ashly Emerson, Molly Jennings, Kaela Springer, and Aliyah Washburn; Level 4 Lily James, Genevieve Muise and Elena Springer; Level 5 Syra Gutow; Level 7 Gilly Rice, Excel Silvers Paige Butler, Brooke Davis, Grace Morey, and Rachel Whitmore; and Excel Platinum Mary Lou Ross.“This was also a great opportunity for our newer gymnasts to experience a big meet,” Springer said. “For many of them, this was their first away meet, and to have it in such a big venue can be a little nerve racking, but the girls all answered the call in great fashion.”The girls will next host the Old Town Orono team in a dual meet held at Springers Gymnastics Center on March 8.Meet results:Level 3Age 8Eliza Levin – 5th VT, 5th BB, 7th AAAge 9AAliyah Washburn – 4th VT, 5th UB, 6th BB, 5th FX, 5th AAAge 9BKaela Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 4th BB, 5th AAViolet Davis, 3rd VT, 3rd BB, 7th AAAge 9BAshly Emerson – 4th VT, 2nd UB, 3rd BB, 5th FX, 2nd AAJolie Deal – 6th VT, 11th AAAge 10BNina Rozeff – 1st VT, 8th AAAge 11+Molly Jennings – 1st VT, 1st UB, 4th BB, 1st FX, 1st AAKasey Jordan – 6th VT, 8th AALevel 4Age 9Lily James – 2nd VT, 2nd UB, 2nd BB, 1st FX, 1st AAGenevieve Muise – 7th UB, 7th BB, 4th FX, 8th AAMercedes Ulichny – 1st BB, 10th AAKiera Springer – 11th AAAge 11Elena Springer – 3rd VT, 7th UB, 8th BB, 5th FX, 6th AAMegynn Lord – 7th VT, 4th BB, 4th FX, 8th AALevel 5Syra Gutow – 6th VT, 2nd UB, 3rd FX, 7th AALevel 7Gilly Rice – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 2nd BB, 2nd FX, 3rd AAExcel BronzeMontana DeJulio – 4th VT, 4th UB, 2nd BB, 5th AAExcel SilverAge 11Grace Morey – 2nd VT, 7th UB, 3rd BB, 7th FX, 6th AAPaige Butler – 1st VT, 6th UB, 5th BB, 7th AAAge 12-14Rachel Whitmore – 2nd VT, 1t UB, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 1st AABrooke Davis – 3rd VT, 5th UB, 4th FX, 7th AAExcel GoldAge 12Jialan Deal – 5th VT, 2nd UBAge 13-14Chloe Politte – 9th AAExcel PlatinumMary Lou Ross – 1st VT, 4th UB, 1st BB, 4th FX, 4th AAlast_img read more

Mount Desert Island boys, girls claim Hancock County track titles

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island track and field teams both earned first-place finishes at the Hancock County championship meet Friday in Ellsworth.On the boys’ side, MDI won 13 of 19 events to finish 181 points ahead of second-place George Stevens Academy. Griffin Maristany won the 200- and 400-meter dashes for the Trojans, who also won all three jump events.Cameron Gordon won the 800-meter run for the GSA boys’ team and also claimed second place in the 100- and 400-meter dashes. For Deer Isle-Stonington, junior Brendan Penfold won the 3,200-meter run and was second in the 1,600-meter run.The MDI girls won 12 events and the team event to finish first with 171 points. Ashley Anderson and Tia Tardy both won a pair of individual events for the Trojans.George Stevens Academy’s Mary Richardson runs with a baton during a relay race at the Hancock County track championships May 18 in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s girls’ team took second. Eliza Broughton won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles for GSA, and Ava Sealander won the pole vault and 1,600-meter race walk. Ellsworth finished third.Below is a list of the top-three individual finishers and all team scores for both the boys’ and girls’ events.Boys’ 100-meter dashColby Lee, Mount Desert Island, 11.82 secondsCameron Gordon, George Stevens Academy, 11.97Noah Hutchinson, MDI, 12.02Boys’ 200-meter dashGriffin Maristany, MDI, 23.94Colby Lee, MDI, 24.65Owen Mild, MDI, 24.98Boys’ 400-meter dashGriffin Maristany, MDI, 52.51Cameron Gordon, GSA, 52.83Liam Higgins, MDI, 54.85Boys’ 800-meter runCameron Gordon, GSA, 2:10.98Oliver Johnston, MDI, 2:11.21Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, GSA, 2:13.63Boys’ 1,600-meter runNicholas Reznik, MDI, 4:47.35Brendan Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 4:58.90Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 4:59.97Boys’ 3,200-meter runBrendan Penfold, DI-S, 10:52.75Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 10:56.12Calvin Partin, MDI, 11:08.55Boys’ 110-meter hurdlesElijah Joyce, MDI, 17.42Alex Taylor-Lash, GSA, 17.94Nicholas Kimball, Sumner, 19.76Boys’ 300-meter hurdlesJosh Bloom, MDI, 43.22Elijah Joyce, MDI, 44.07Jack Sandone, Ellsworth, 52.63Boys’ 4-by-100 relayMDI, 46.82GSA, 49.81Ellsworth, 50.64Boys’ 4-by-400 relayMDI, 3:42.54GSA, 3:53.40Sumner, 4:14.80Boys’ 4-by-800 relayGSA, 9:08.78Ellsworth, 9:26.78MDI, 9:57.04Boys’ 1,600-meter race walkErik Taylor-Lash, GSA, 7:13.85Boys’ high jumpNoah Hutchinson, MDI, 6 feet, 2 inchesMax Mattson, GSA, 6-0Drew Rich, MDI, 5-10Boys’ long jumpChris Farnsworth, MDI, 19-11 1/2Danny Bunker, Bucksport, 19-0 1/4Drew Rich, MDI, 18-11 1/4Boys’ triple jumpGiovanni McKenzie, MDI, 42-5 1/4Drew Rich, MDI, 40-8Danny Bunker, Bucksport, 40-2 3/4Boys’ shot putCroix Albee, MDI, 46-9Micah Hallett, MDI, 41-6 1/2Samuel Hoff, MDI, 40-3 1/2Boys’ discus throwSamuel Hoff, MDI, 144-2Micah Hallett, MDI, 115-0Gilbert Isaacs, MDI, 108-10Boys’ javelin throwJoe Norwood, GSA, 136-2Chris Farnsworth, MDI, 135-1Micah Hallett, MDI, 126-4Boys’ pole vaultAlex Taylor-Lash, GSA, 10-6Jose Chumbe, MDI, 9-6Erik Taylor-Lash, GSA, 9-6Boys’ team scoresMDI, 302GSA, 121Ellsworth, 72(4T) Bucksport, 18(4T) DI-S, 18(4T) Sumner, 18Girls’ 100-meter dashAdriana Novella, MDI, 13.47Lily Turner, MDI, 14.00Allyson Bender, MDI, 14.19Girls’ 200-meter dashAshley Anderson, MDI, 25.99Hanna Jordan, GSA, 29.25Lily Turner, MDI, 29.84Girls’ 400-meter dashAshley Anderson, MDI, 1:02.05Mary Brenna Catus, GSA, 1:06.58Meaghan Goodine, Bucksport, 1:08.80Girls’ 800-meter runTia Tardy, MDI, 2:15.53Lydia DaCorte, MDI, 2:34.33Zoe Olson, MDI, 2:35.43Girls’ 1,600-meter runZoe Olson, MDI, 5:41:55Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 6:01.60Chelsea Lounder, Ellsworth, 7:14.86Girls’ 3,200-meter runTia Tardy, MDI, 11:44.39Louise Chaplin, MDI, 13:51.90Bella Cimeno, GSA, 14:45.86Girls’ 100-meter hurdlesEliza Broughton, GSA, 17.63Bella Cimeno, GSA, 17.86Mazie Smallidge, GSA, 19.25Girls’ 300-meter hurdlesEliza Broughton, GSA, 49.03Bella Cimeno, GSA, 51.16Kiona Osterlin, Ellsworth, 53.16Girls’ 4-by-100 relayMDI, 53.25GSA, 55.54Ellsworth, 59.24Girls’ 4-by-400 relayMDI, 4:21.55GSA, 4:30.78Bucksport, 4:55.53Girls’ 4-by-800 relayGSA, 11:02.07Ellsworth, 11:31.66MDI, 11:44.22Girls’ 1,600-meter race walkAva Sealander, GSA, 10:02.98Cecelia Zeamer, Ellsworth, 10:12.8Emma Larson-Whittaker, GSA, 11:20.05Girls’ high jumpErin White, MDI, 4-8Ivy Manner-Wheelden, GSA, 4-8Emma McKechnie, Ellsworth, 4-6Girls’ long jumpCeileigh Weaver, MDI, 14-5 1/2Ivy Manner-Wheelden, GSA, 14-4Kayla Agaman, Ellsworth, 13-2Girls’ triple jumpSyra Gutow, GSA, 30-8 3/4Cassidy Lee, Sumner, 27-8 1/4Erin White, MDI, 27-8Girls’ shot putDorothy LeMoine, MDI, 32-11Mackenzie Hanna, MDI, 30-9 1/2Alicia Norberg, MDI, 30-8Girls’ discus throwMackenzie Hanna, MDI, 96-4Morgan Dauk, GSA, 85-2Kristina Cloutier, Bucksport, 81-6Girls’ javelin throwMorgan Dauk, GSA, 111-1Megan Moore, MDI, 89-2Mackenzie Hanna, MDI, 86-2Girls’ pole vaultAva Sealander, GSA, 7-0Girls’ team scoresMDI, 171GSA, 129Ellsworth, 48Bucksport, 16Sumner, 8last_img read more

Boeheim’s Army honors late Pearl Washington with jersey patch and warm-up shirts

first_img Related Stories Year in sports: How Pearl Washington influenced the Big East and college basketballJoe Biden, Carmelo Anthony and Pearl Washington leave their mark on this year’s ESPY AwardsJim Boeheim pays emotional tribute to late Syracuse great Pearl WashingtonBoeheim’s Army takes down Basketball City NYC, 87-59, to advance to Round of 32NBA Summer League, uncle’s wedding and Boeheim’s Army star — all in a day’s work for C.J. Fair AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve known Pearl, I’m older than all these guys, so when I was at school, he was always around,” Boeheim’s Army head coach Ryan Blackwell said. “I actually took a class with him. Just a humble guy. Like everyone says, he’s humble. you would never had known what he accomplished in his career, what he’s done in his life, just because of the type of person he was.”Washington died on April 20 after succumbing to a brain tumor and since then, it has become evident the effect he had on multiple generations of Syracuse basketball. Jim Boeheim started crying talking about Washington the day he died. Last season’s team sported the honorary warmups during the NCAA Tournament, some players even going against the NCAA and not wearing the mandated white warmup tops.On Saturday, eras of Orange basketball slightly closer to Washington’s paid tribute to the player who influenced the lives of many not only with his pizzazz on the court but his humility off it. “For me, I’ve known Pearl for a while, since I’ve got involved with Syracuse,” Eric Devendorf said. “It was tough losing him, but we know he was here with us today in spirit and we’re just thankful that we’re able to do that little small gesture for him.”Syracuse head equipment manager Dan Schworles, along with the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, helped bring the “Pearl” T-shirts to Philadelphia. Fans in the stands wore them, too.Washington watched Boeheim’s Army in person in The Basketball Tournament last year and it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t have been pleased with their opening effort this year as well.Said Devendorf: “Pearl was supportive of Boeheim’s Army.” Comments Published on July 17, 2016 at 10:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img PHILADELPHIA – Before Boeheim’s Army took the court on Saturday night, they huddled in a corner of the Gallagher Athletic Center gym waiting for the game preceding theirs to end. In the practice gym, players had shown off their sleek new jerseys, but no one put on what every player was now wearing, the same orange “Pearl” warmups that Syracuse donned during the latter portion of this past season.They jogged onto the court to a thunderous ovation from the decidedly pro-Syracuse crowd before shedding the warmups to reveal jerseys that also paid tribute to Washington, the late Syracuse great, with a white “31” inside a black circle right below the back of each player’s neck. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Long fit for World Cup Qualifier against Moldova

first_imgTom Mohan’s side secured one of the two automatic qualification places for the Elite Phase after hosts Albania lost 3-2 against Germany this afternoon. The Gortnahoe man will train with the squad at the match stadium this evening after shaking-off a knock he suffered during Thursday’s win over Georgia.Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland have qualified for the Elite Phase of the UEFA U19 Championships.It’s after a comfortable 5-0 win over Gibraltar in Albania, to maintain their winning start to the Qualifying Round this morning.last_img read more

Premier League Results

first_imgAntonio Conte’s side dropped drew 1-1 at Liverpool, but also saw their main title rivals drop points as well. Arsenal lost at home to Watford for the first time in 29-years, with the Hornets coming away from the Emirates with a 2-1 win. Like Arsenal, Tottenham are now nine points adrift of Chelsea after they were held to a goalless draw at Sunderland.  Elsewhere, Robbie Brady became Burnley’s club record signing midway through their 1-nil defeat of Leicester at Turf Moor. Crystal Palace also managed to pick up three points while remaining busy ahead of the close of the transfer window. Sam Allardyce’s side won 2-0 at Bournemouth, and also completed the capture of Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic and the loan signing of Liverpool defender Momo Sakho. Swansea won 2-1 at home to Southampton, and also announced the capture of Jordan Ayew from Aston Villa, with Neil Taylor going the other way. Elsewhere last night, Middlesbrough and West Brom drew one apiece at the Riverside. Both Manchester sides are in action tonight. City is seeking a first league win in three games in their trip to West Ham. United last won in the league on January 2nd and welcome Hull to Old Trafford tonight. Meanwhile, Everton go to Stoke.last_img read more

Realmuto’s 3-run blast lifts Phillies over Nationals, 8-3

first_imgLast Updated: 26th August, 2020 08:15 IST Realmuto’s 3-run Blast Lifts Phillies Over Nationals, 8-3 J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta pitched five strong innings before a rain delay of more than an hour ended his night, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Tuesday night SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta pitched five strong innings before a rain delay of more than an hour ended his night, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Tuesday night.Realmuto ripped his ninth homer — his first since Aug. 14 — in the third inning off right-hander Erick Fedde. His shot bounced up off the top of the right field wall, then fell in the Nationals’ bullpen while Washington outfielder Adam Eaton looked on helplessly.Shortstop Trea Turner hit his sixth homer to lead off the first, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, but that was all the Nationals could muster off Arrieta (2-3). The former Cy Young Award winner needed just 54 pitches to breeze through five innings. He struck out only one, but induced three inning-ending double plays.The last of those came in the fifth, immediately after which a downpour finished Arrieta’s night.Eaton hit a solo homer in the sixth to pull the Nationals within 4-2, but Philadelphia scored the next inning when Roman Quinn beat Turner’s throw home on Andrew McCutchen’s fielder’s choice grounder. Alec Bohm added an RBI single on the eighth.Fedde (1-2) gave up four runs while allowing seven hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out one and has six strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings this season.Bryce Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP during a seven-year stint with the Nationals before joining Philadelphia last season, was 1 for 3 with two intentional walks in his first game against Washington this year.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: LHP Jose Alvarez, who was placed on the injury list with a testicular contusion after getting hit by a liner Thursday, isn’t supposed to throw for two weeks from the date he was injured. It’s uncertain how quickly he could return to the bullpen after he resumes throwing. … LHP Ranger Suarez has at least two more rehab outings. Suarez hasn’t pitched this season after testing positive for COVID-19 before camp. He’ll pitch out of the bullpen once he returns.Nationals: INF Howie Kendrick was out of the lineup for a routine off day. He had played three days in a row after missing five games with a hamstring injury. “I want to make sure that we continue to have him for the rest of the year,” manager Dave Martinez said.ROBLES’ BULLETWashington CF Victor Robles made a stellar two-part play in the sixth. He first leaped to track down Bohm’s fly to deep center, then zipped a throw on the fly to first to double off Jean Segura, who was already around second when Robles made the catch.BEEP, BEEPPhiladelphia recorded a season-high four stolen bases, with McCutchen and Quinn both stealing second twice.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Aaron Nola (2-2, 3.10), who gave up four runs in a career-low 2 2/3 innings at Atlanta on Friday, starts for Philadelphia as the series continues.Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (2-2, 3.99) is 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies.Image credits: AP First Published: 26th August, 2020 08:15 IST Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TVlast_img read more

Graham Cooke – Qubit – Straight shooting on AI as a technology and business matter

first_img Graham Cooke – QubitArtificial intelligence will revolutionise global business, but how should industry stakeholders approach this complex and often misunderstood technology? SBC speaks to Qubit CEO & Co-Founder Graham Cooke on the current context of AI and how to gain inclusive learnings on the subject matter without distractions or disruptions. Leading Qubit, Cooke has worked and consulted on a number of ‘Tier1’ industry Big Data and digital personalisation projects for clients including; Ladbrokes Coral, Betfair International, Sky Betting & Gaming and BetBright. _________________SBC: Hi Graham great to catch up, as a technology and data veteran, what draws you and Qubit to AI advancements and innovation?Graham Cooke: Firstly, I think it’s important to make a quick point that most of the concepts in the AI field, such as machine learning and deep learning, have been around for years. However, we previously lacked the economically and technically viable environment in which to apply these concepts at scale.Today the combination of increasingly powerful computers, decreasing data storage costs and the cloud computing delivery model has sparked a ‘renaissance’ period for AI.Pursuing AI was always a natural fit for Qubit. We’re a personalisation-focused business and the only way to deliver personalisation at scale is via AI. Furthermore, we knew we had the ingredients to push the boundaries of the technology. AI is only as good as the data you feed it, and our data pipeline processes and stores billions of digital interactions on behalf of our customers. You can only describe a system as a pipeline though if the data has a destination (or purpose). Qubit’s destination is digital personalisation and we always knew that whilst rules based personalisations are a great place to start, AI-driven personalisation would take us to the next level of scale.SBC: At present, AI has taken on a broad definition. As a technology leader, how do you look to specifically define effective AI innovations and processes?GC: AI is taking an increasingly broad definition, partly because new applications for AI are constantly being developed. However, there’s also an alluring, almost mysterious implication in saying that your solution or product is ‘powered by AI’. We’re seeing many features haphazardly painted with the AI brush for marketing reasons, even if they’re actually just traditional algorithms.At Qubit, we focus mainly on machine learning, employing algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data in order to automatically improve programmes. For example, we use this in eGaming to spot key signals in customer behaviours, uncovering where the biggest opportunities for improvement may lie. The machine learning engine can identify these opportunities instantly, but it would take humans months to sort through the same data.Ultimately any application of AI can only be classed as effective if it improves your business KPIs and if you can prove that this uplift is caused by the AI element. Despite all the recent developments in AI, this is still my definition for effective use of the technology.That being said, I have noticed that we’ve become more patient when considering whether AI is effective. A Machine Learning algorithm needs time and data in order to learn and improve. The more data you feed the model the quicker it learns and so many organisations are learning that patience is required. It’s no use writing off a product as ineffective when it hasn’t been given time to improve, and the history of AI is littered with success stories that started out as abject failures.SBC: In the industry’s current context we are seeing a huge emphasis on producing omni-channel dynamics, bridging gaps between land-based and digital capabilities. How do you see AI changing these dynamics? GC: So much of the experience in land-based operations, whether in casinos or bookmakers, is dependent upon human interaction. In the early days of eGaming, this human element was completely lost. Whilst this may have been a good thing for a poker player with an obvious physical ‘tell’, for many people it made the experience less sociable and enjoyable. We’re now seeing companies striving to curate ‘human’ elements in their digital service, and AI-driven personalisation, which provides tailored and relevant experiences for each user, forms a big part of this.The emphasis on omnichannel strategies makes commercial sense. Ladbrokes has been at the forefront of this, promoting their multi-channel product during Euro 2016 and welcoming more than 13,000 new active customers over the course of the competition. Ladbrokes has found that retail customers who converted to multi-channel continue to deliver more value than digital-only customers.We’re also seeing efforts to try and treat customers more consistently across digital and social. However, while digital identification is easy, most land-based business is anonymous. I can see why the operators would like to change this, particularly U.S land-based business closely following developments in digital regulations.Looking into the future, the latest iPhone developments around facial recognition could potentially help here. If a user is unlocking their eGaming apps via facial recognition, it’s feasibly possible to match this land-based business using CCTV auto-recognition. However, to me this still feels like a bridge too far, and I’m not convinced that either regulators or players are quite ready for that level of ‘know your customer’. Share SBC: You have detailed changes at a consumer level, however from a leadership perspective, how will AI factors influence governance and future decision making for all industry stakeholders?  GC: From a leadership strategy perspective, AI will naturally accelerate the decision-making process. A key strength of machine learning is the automation of the market segmentation discovery process, identifying priority customer groups for targeting, highlighting the monetary opportunities they represent, and creating new clusters of interesting potential customers for attention. This is all done instantly and without error, and so business strategies can be adapted very quickly indeed.With regards to governance, there is clearly a lot of talk around data protection regulation, which is clearly very important. However, there are also opportunities for AI to play a role in safeguarding potentially vulnerable customers. Behaviours commonly associated with problem gamblers can be analysed and flagged to operators in real time. AI will benefit the eGaming industry enormously and I believe it will provide even better, even more responsive services for eGaming customers too.SBC: Moving forward how would you advise to industry stakeholders to approach the discussion of AI with internal teams, in what can be a disruptive and often misunderstood subject matter?GC: Businesses need to understand what AI is and why they need it. As you say, it’s a misunderstood subject and it’s easy to imagine a generic AI ‘brain’ that can be applied to any problem, magically self-optimising websites and engagement wherever it’s deployed. In reality, algorithms need to be specifically calibrated to function effectively. I don’t think industry stakeholders need to be experts in AI, but they must know where their business can benefit from it, and internal operation teams will be best-placed to point out challenging areas such as missed opportunities to drive additional revenue.AI should be broached internally as an opportunity rather than a risk. Machine learning eliminates the need for labour-intensive, manual data collection and integration. This means that internal teams previously tasked with this will have far more time to dedicate to those areas that humans excel in, namely creativity and strategy.SBC: Finally, In your view, has the industry been enthusiastic/ambitious enough when experimenting with AI? How does it compare to other sectors in this regard? GC: eGaming has been particularly enthusiastic in experimenting with AI, delivering more personalised service at massive scale breeds loyalty in a market with very little. That being said, eGaming faces specific challenges. Harnessing AI to predict what might interest a customer is more difficult in this industry than any other. Big operators will have over a million potential options available to customers on any given Saturday, most of which will be gone by Sunday.Additionally, AI is often used in Retail & Travel to make tailored recommendations and help people discover new products. In eGaming this process is fundamentally different and product discovery is nowhere near as effective since customers already have an intuitive knowledge of the selections that will be available. Instead, our eGaming AI techniques focus on delivering improving navigation by predicting which markets and sports a user wants to get to, as well as deciding the next best action once users have placed a bet, surfacing other options that may tempt them, such as previous winners.Both of these areas have helped eGaming really push the boundaries of AI on mobile in particular. Whereas the mobile experience in retail or travel is still somewhat behind the desktop, eGaming is often able to provide a seamless, tailored mobile experience.We’ve found that there’s a bigger emphasis in eGaming on the operator owning the IP and algorithms to ensure differentiation from competitors. When Qubit develops an effective predictive model, we work to integrate that model into the client’s product and provide the data to train and constantly improve that model. This means that gaming/betting businesses often have a better grasp of the capabilities of the technology and can naturally be more ambitious in pushing the boundaries of AI._______________Graham Cooke -Co-Founder & CEO – Qubit Submit Share XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020center_img GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Little things keep killing Kootenay Ice

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s the little mistakes that are killing the Kootenay Ice.The Vancouver Northeast Chiefs pounced on those mini blunders to pull off a B.C. Hockey Major Midget League sweep of the Ice over the weekend at the NDCC Arena.The seventh-place Chiefs started the two-game set by outlasting the Ice 7-5 Saturday. Sunday, Vancouver scored six times in the second period to thump Kootenay 8-3.“Believe it or not, (I feel) we’re not far off,” said Ice head coach Simon Wheeldon, still holding out hope for his 2-9-1 team. “I cannot sit here and say, today or last night, we got out played,” added the former Nelson Leafs coach. “What seems to be the biggest thing is that we keep finding ways to lose.”Despite being outscored 8-2 in the final 40 minutes, Wheeldon continues to see signs of hope in his team. Through 12 games Kootenay has seen one period, one play or one missed assignment prove be the difference on more than one occasion.Those losses are starting to take a toll on the mental state of the players.“Somehow I have to get the mentality through to them it’s not how to find ways to lose, it’s finding ways to win,” Wheeldon explained. Sunday, the Ice grabbed a 1-0 lead after one period on a goal by Nelson’s Carsen Willans, and could have been up by more than the single goal has the forwards converted just a few of the many chances.Those missed opportunities cost the Ice huge as Vancouver exploded for four goals in 10 minutes to start the middle frame.Kootenay’s Luke Bertolucci of Trail tried to keep the home side close, scoring a pair of goals. But a shorthanded marker by Michael Scobie that dribbled between the pads of starting goalie Christian Pickles spelled the end of Pickles and the Ice.Vancouver scored two more goals before the period ended before adding another pair in the third to win convincingly. Scobie and Matthew Bissett each scored twice to lead the Chiefs.“Another thing is we just give pucks away,” Wheeldon said. “Of the eight goals (Vancouver scored Sunday), one was scored by hard work while the other seven, we gave them the puck (before they scored).”Saturday, Vancouver held period leads of 2-1 and 5-3 en route to the win. Bissett once again led the Chiefs, finishing, along with Adam Rockwood, with two points.Castlegar’s Quinn Klimchuk, with a pair, Jake Lucchini of Trail, Dryden Hunt of Nelson and Paulsen Lautard of Castlegar replied for Kootenay.“I can never complain about the work ethic (of this team),” Wheeldon admitted. “Should I bench a guy because he makes a mistake . . . no, he’s not trying to make a mistake? I’ll bench a guy because he doesn’t work or because he doesn’t listen. And I really believe this is a good crew and they just have to learn.”The Ice has little time to right the wrongs as the squad travels to Burnaby Saturday to face the 9-2-1 Vancouver Northwest Giants.The Giants are third in the 11-team league, three points behind leading Greater Vancouver Canadians.Next home game is November 13-14 when tenth-place Kootenay hosts the Fraser Valley Bruins at the Cominco Arena in Trail.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more