Duterte says ‘sorry’ to Robredo for believing ‘fake news’ on UN probers

first_img“So basahinlang niya iyan, it is all there and that is where she would exercise herduties, kung meron,” he said. “Ako di pa siya nagtatrabaho nang husto,I have yet to see her (Robredo) working as an ICAD chair and there’s a productof discussion.”/PN Duterte added that Robredo’s mandate asco-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) was in theexecutive order creating it. President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairman of the government’s anti-drug campaign on Oct. 31. Robredo accepted her appointment on Nov. 6, much to the surprise of many, especially her allies in the political opposition, who have advised her against taking on the assignment. ABS-CBN NEWS The President has earlier warned that hewill slap a human rights advocate in front of Robredo but the latter quicklyclarified that she only met with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and officersof the United States Embassy. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasapologized to Vice President Leni Robredo for believing a “fake news” that shehad invited a United Nations (UN) prosecutor to look into his administration’swar on drugs. Despite apologizing, President Dutertesaid that he still cannot trust Robredo, who he recently appointed as co-chairof the administration’s anti-narcotics body, since she was from the opposition. He discovered that the information wasnot true upon watching a news report with Robredo directly denying theallegation. “If she says that’s false news, Ibelieve her. And I am sorry because I said you only realize that it is falsenews when the news comes out. And you hear it and you talk about it, you reactto it, that is the problem,” Duterte told reporters in an interview onSaturday. “There can never be a trust that can benurtured between the two of us for the simple reason that Leni Robredo is withthe opposition, ako andito sa kabila,”said Duterte. last_img read more

IMCA points, All-Star race bonus pay on the line at Park Jefferson’s Iron Cup

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. – A pair of Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying features for IMCA Modifieds are on the Sept. 14 and 15 Iron Cup schedule at Park Jefferson Speedway.IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win and $140 to start on Friday in the makeup event for the Sjogrensen Winery bonus. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars both race for $600 to win while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $400 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $100 to win on opening night of the fifth annual special.Top checks on Saturday are $1,000 for the Modi­fieds, Sprint Cars and Stock Cars, $700 for the Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks and $300 for the Sport Com­pacts.Both Modified features are qualifiers for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Two hundred dollar bonuses will be paid to feature winners with perfect attendance and for previous winners this sea­son; winning drivers who competed at Park Jeff this season are also eligible for another $100 bonus.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional and South Dakota State points, but no track points will be awarded.Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday.Pit passes are $35. Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students ages 6-16. Club­house passes will also be available for an additional $12.More information is available at the www.parkjeff.com website. The Iron Cup is presented by J & J Fitting and free camping is available at the track.last_img read more

Mary Jane Miller

first_imgMary Jane Miller, 90, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday April 18, 2019 at her home.She was born November 25, 1928 in San Jose, CA, daughter of the late Harry Moore and Elsie (Helwig) Moore.She was a graduate of Kansas State University. Mary Jane served her country as a member of the United States Navy. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Indiana.She worked as a School Teacher for South Dearborn School District, retiring after over 40 years of service.Mary was an avid reader. She enjoyed baking, playing cards and she also enjoyed walking. Mary was raised on a farm in Oswego, Kansas. She loved her dogs, Abby and Maggie, and she loved spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.Mary is survived by her children, Michael (Pamela) Miller of Aurora, IN, David Miller of Aurora, IN, John (Marianne) Miller of Burlington, KY, Tim (Holli) Miller of Aurora, IN, Susie (Bobby) Higgins of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Cole, Hannah, Bria, and Sarah Miller, Austin Yauger, Tiffany Miller, Braden (Kaylie)  Perkins, Austin, and Olivia Miller, Serena Thurmond, Bradley (Brittany) Higgins; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack W. Miller, and sisters, Margaret Nettleton, and Dorothy Mosler.Friends will be received Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Aurora, 215 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church Aurora, 215 Fourth Street, Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 11:00 am with officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Aurora or Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Amazon Warriors begin training camp

first_img… Pakistani Babar Azam replaces injured Chris LynnTHE Guyana Amazon Warriors began a seven-day training programme yesterday as part of preparations for the August 4 start of the much-anticipated Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament.Fourteen of the 17 members started the training camp at the Guyana National Stadium under head coach Roger Harper, assistant coach Esaun Crandon, strength and conditioning trainer Clinton Jeremiah along with the Warriors technical support team.Under Harper, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will be looking to win the tournament for the first time.The Warriors have been the most consistent team in the history of CPL cricket, but never managed to win a single title after four years. They reached the final in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and were one of the semifinalists in 2015.Meanwhile, Crandon told media operatives that the camp is more than an acquaintance exercise for the players.Crandon, who is also the Guyana Jaguars head coach, pointed out that the camp, a customary practice for teams preparing for competitions, is a vital one for the local franchise.Pakistani Babar Azam has replaced Chris LynnHe further related that they will look to pack a heavy workload in the next week with the aim of getting to peak condition for the fifth edition of the League.“Preparation is always important. We have a week together so we will try and put in as much as we could together. We have an assessment in the morning (today) so there we will have a look with the guys and see where they are at present,” Crandon said.Meanwhile, it was confirmed from the Warriors management unit that Pakistani batsman Babar Azam has replaced the injured Australia middle-order batsman Chris Lynn.Azam is an exciting young batsman who has come up through the ranks of junior cricket in Pakistan and is already touted as one of the best young batsmen.Azam first made a mark when he captained the Pakistan team at the Under-19 World Cup of 2012, where he ended up as the highest run-getter for his side scoring 287 runs from six games. He is expected here on tomorrow.Further, Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, will arrive today.This year the Warriors have retained Tanvir, Guptill, Lynn (out injured), Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio of Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo.They have raked in six newcomers in their squad, Jamaican wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton, Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan, ICC Americas opener Steven Taylor, along with Barbados all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair, batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph.Joseph was called in as a replacement for the injured Ronsford Beaton in the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad in 2013. However, he did not play a match.Further West Indies Under-19 World Cup Champions player Keemo Paul has been selected as a replacement for Shimron Hetmyer.Hetmyer, who was initially selected by the Guyana Amazon Warriors as the West Indies Youth Player will be on West Indies Senior Team duties and as such Paul has been chosen as his replacement.The squad will depart for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 2. During the Florida leg, the Warriors will play St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in two games before returning to the Caribbean.Guyana home games are billed for August 17, 19, 20 and 22 at the Guyana National Stadium.The host team (Guyana Amazon Warriors) take on the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17 from 20:00hrs; Trinbago Knight Riders on August 19 from 12:00hrs; Barbados Tridents on August 20 from 18:00hrs and St Lucia Stars on August 22 from 18:00hrs.last_img read more

Trojans top visiting Loyola Marymount

first_imgLoyola Marymount had a tendency of giving up big innings in its first four games of the season, and in the bottom of the eighth inning USC made sure that continued in its 6-5 win Tuesday night.The Trojans broke a 3-3 tie, taking advantage of a pair of free passes issued by left-handed pitcher Jason Wheeler. Wheeler faced only two batters, walking sophomore infielder Matthew Foat on four pitches and hitting Ricky Oropesa, also a sophomore infielder, with his sixth and final delivery.After a sacrifice bunt attempt loaded the bases when reliever right-handed pitcher Chris Eusebio tried to force out a USC runner at third base, USC strung together a sacrifice fly and a pair of RBI singles by freshmen infielder Cade Kreuter and freshman catcher Richard Stock to take a 6-3 lead.Senior Northern Iowa transfer and catcher Shuhei Fujiya collected his second win of the young season after completing the eighth inning. But Fujiya made it interesting in the ninth inning by giving up three hits and allowing two runs before USC coach Chad Kreuter went to the bullpen for junior pitcher Brett Williams.“That’s college baseball,”  Kreuter said. “No lead is ever safe.”With the tying run on third base only 90 feet away, the lead was just enough. Williams slammed shut the door needing only four pitches to strike out infielder Shon Roe to end the game.Loyola Marymount scored the first run of the game without a hit, taking advantage of a pair of second-inning errors by Stock. After a catcher’s interference call and a sacrifice, outfielder Matt Lowenstein attempted to steal third base and waltzed home easily when Stock’s throw bounced into left field.The Trojans responded in the third inning when senior outfielder Mike O’Neill hooked an 0-1 fastball down the line for a two-run homer that clanged off the foul pole.The Lions would twice tie the ball game, but each time USC responded immediately.After a Colton Plaia RBI double tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, the Lions handed USC a run when third baseman Shon Roe dropped a pop fly to the left side of the mound, allowing Foat to score from second base.Playing a little small ball, LMU tied the game in the top of the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Jason Barmasse chopped a pitch off the plate for a single, was sacrificed to second and scored when Roe dribbled a single through the middle. But it was then that USC broke out its big inning.“This is a different character of any other team [he has coached at USC],” Kreuter said. “There is a little battle, a little swagger to this team. They have a cocky confidence and don’t let the momentum sway.”Neither starting pitcher figured into the decision. LMU’s sophomore left-handed pitcher John Lally pitched six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while Trojan sophomore pitcher Ben Mount was even more impressive.The lanky, 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed only two hits and one earned run while striking out six Lions’ batters in his first career start pitching six strong innings.“He pitched brilliant,” Kreuter said. “We had him on a pitch limit, but after he had such an easy fifth inning it was a no-brainer to push the limit back and put him back out for the sixth.”last_img read more

Ghana Defeats Nigeria 4-1 to Retain WAFU Cup

first_img *Ezenwa emerges tournament’s Best Goal Keeper  By Duro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s home-based Super Eagles lost the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations trophy to Black Stars of Ghana 4-1 last night.Eagles failed to match the form that previously earned them 2-0 victory against the hosts in their last game Group A on Monday. They were poor in every department of the WAFU Cup final except in the goal area where Ikechukwu Ezenwa did his best to emerge the Best Goal Keeper of the tournament.Ezenwa kept clean sheet in Nigeria’s first four matches before poor defending  exposed him to the four goals he conceded last night.A brace from Stephen Sarfo, a penalty from Vincent Atingah and an injury time strike from Winnful Cobbinah handed the Black Stars the trophy they won last in 2013.Nigeria’s consolation goal was scored by Rabiu Ali in the dying seconds of the added time from a free kick given few metres outside the 22metres box of the Black Stars.Straight from kick off, the Ghanaians showed they were out to avenge that earlier group stage defeat. They mounted pressure on Eagles backline with the first t real effort on goal in the 15th minute courtesy of a long range strike from Emmanuel Lomotey. But his 25-yard effort sailed inches wide of the post.Lomotey was in the thick of the action again ten minutes later, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box but he was magnificently denied by the acrobatics of the Nigerian keeper from 14-yards out.Ezenwa was definitely at his best in the 35th minute with another superb save, diving low to his left to turn a low 18-yard shot from Isaac Twum around the post.Eagles flip-flop defending, with Stephen Eze, the biggest culprit, manifesting in series of the easy passages.Central defender, Olamilekan Adeleye Aniyikaye, had to leave the field injured in the 40th minute and was replaced by Emmanuel Ariwachukwu.With the clock ticking for the end of the first half, Stephen Sarfo fired Ghana in front with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.The start of the second half failed to produce any fireworks until the 58th minute when substitute Patrick Razak was fouled inside the box, only a minute after coming on, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Vincent Atingah stepped up for the Ghanaians and doubled their lead with a well-placed spot-kick.A reckless tackle by Stephen Eze on Patrick Razak as he was driving into the Nigerian box earned Ghana another penalty in the 77th minute. Stephen Sarfo stepped-up for to score his second goal of the game to put the Black Stars 3-0 ahead.The only down side for the Ghana was the expulsion of Vincent Atingah after receiving his second yellow card in the 90th minute. Black Stars’ fourth goal was scored by Winnful Cobbinah in the 93rd minute following a goalmouth scramble inside the box. Rabiu Ali’s lone goal for Nigeria was the last kick of the game watched by CAF President, Ahmad and some of his executive committee members.In the third place match played earlier, Niger republic defeated Benin 2-1 to win the bronze of the tournament. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming renews long-standing Playtech partnership

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Sky Betting & Gaming has renewed its partnership with Playtech by agreeing a multi-product deal which extends across Playtech’s dedicated Live Casino environment.The long-standing partnership has facilitated year-on-year growth within gaming, live and bingo verticals at Sky Bet, who recently picked up an inaugural award recognising marketing excellence and innovation across the Playtech Casino network of global licensees.For example, Sky Casino’s main Roulette table showcases an ‘ultra-modern environment’ by integrating digital display around the original cloth design and by including a first-to-market Roulette wheel displaying the revolutions of the ball during each spin.Sky Casino, the first brand to launch a dedicated offering within Playtech’s purpose-built live casino studio in Riga, received the top prize of one month’s exclusivity on a new Playtech game as well as £50,000 in marketing budget contribution.Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech, said: “Over the years we have developed a fantastic relationship with Richard and his team. We’re delighted Sky Betting & Gaming has signed a long-term, multi-product extension that brings together one of the UK’s best-performing and fastest growing UK sports betting and gaming operators and the industry’s best-performing software and technology supplier.“This not only shows the huge strength our products have, but also the great trust and faith Sky Betting & Gaming has put in Playtech to deliver even greater results than it has already achieved. Sky Betting & Gaming is going from strength-to-strength and together I’m confident we can achieve many more years of great success.”Richard Flint, CEO at Sky Betting & Gaming, added: “I’m delighted with the work that we’ve done with Playtech over the years and this new deal is a key part of our plans for continued growth across our biggest brands.” Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Ari Evans – Maestro – Beyond view counts, viewer participation in esports

first_imgWhich businesses should use streamers? Maestro is a company which aims to transform live streaming into a ‘meaningful tool for business growth’. So far they’ve worked with the likes of Playstation, ELEAGUE, Capcom, Echo Fox, Coachella and more. The company, which raised £2.2m in a Series A funding round back in September 2017, is a ‘white label engagement and analytics platform for enterprise streamers’. This means that publishers, leagues, teams and so on can utilise Maestro to achieve their own ends with the aim being to drive better engagement and superior value out of their streams. Ari Evans, MaestroHere we spoke to company founder and CEO Ari Evans about the myriad ways in which their platform can be used, how to define value from a stream, understanding audiences and engagement in the modern age, the power of data and more. Esports Insider: In the current streaming landscape, how important is it for enterprise streamers (e.g. publishers, leagues, and teams) to provide viewers with ways to engage with them and with each other?  Do they require a complex and fun range of options? How is success measured?Ari Evans: When I worked at Zynga, I was amazed to learn how large a role data plays in game development. After all, games are all about engaging the player and publishers strive to build communities around continued engagement. It’s a mixture of giving users what they want while also delighting them in new ways. Early on in our development of Maestro, it was surprising to discover that these same companies apply a dramatically less rigorous approach to live streaming, which clearly has become a critically important and transformative medium for engagement. As Twitch initially gained stream, the industry was abuzz with talk about the level of “interactivity” they fostered, but many years later we haven’t moved very far past chat and many question its value entirely.“Game developers should operate under the assumption that their game likely won’t be the most popular in terms of viewership and instead shift focus to engaging the core audience”As live streaming matures, key stakeholders are evolving and realising that reach may not be the best metric to evaluate success, since that mostly fits a media rights or advertising-based approach. The gaming industry should look to its past as a good indicator of the future. I personally played Everquest, one of the original MMORPGs, for over 7 years. The game is almost two decades old, still up and running, with new content under development. How can that be viable? Because the core audience who cares about the game is engaged, the community is active, and they are happy to pay on a subscription basis for what they love. Game developers should operate under the assumption that their game likely won’t be the most popular in terms of viewership and instead shift focus to engaging the core audience. After all, it is that constituency that will contribute the lion’s share of revenue to the bottom line. Data is a vital element of catering to those users.“Determining the best strategy to engage a particular audience will require experimentation”With that in mind, we think it is important to offer many options for engagement–not necessarily for the sake of variety, but because determining the best strategy to engage a particular audience will require experimentation. At the moment, there is no clear guideline on what a best-in-class interactive live stream looks like. We are hard at work with our customers and the industry to invent the new gold standard. In our world, success is measured based on the percentage of audiences who like to engage in each way and the value of the resulting data or revenue that results from those actions.ESI: How does Maestro work with clients to discover and develop tools to encourage viewer participation?Ari: Maestro’s evolution has been a highly collaborative development with our customers and a continued act of experimentation to unlock the next major wave of interactive streams.“The tools are only as good as the creative campaigns that leverage them. We are continually surprised by how our platform is used in ways we never expected”Our highly successful quest system, for example, was brainstormed and first launched for PlayStation’s E3 streams. Soon after, our friends at Microsoft imagined an expansion of the feature, so we rolled out several big enhancements. A few months later, Capcom challenged us to enable automated in-game fulfillment for virtual goods. Recently, ELEAGUE needed us to support separate code banks depending on whether you logged in with a PlayStation or Microsoft account to participate. Our positioning is unique in that we are an independent entity entirely focused on a complex set of problems which are outside the core competence of publishers and leagues. We truly are here to support the industry as a whole. While it might seem unusual that these traditionally competitive companies are contributing to the development of a third party platform, the truth is that the tools are only as good as the creative campaigns that leverage them. We are continually surprised by how our platform is used in ways we never expected. Every feature we roll out is tied into our robust analytics dashboard, providing real-time stats to evaluate success, which helps align us with our customers to continually enhance existing features and discover new concepts to push the limits on participation.ESI: Do ‘reach and view counts’ equate to business growth?Ari: In short, no. Considering the zillions of tweet impressions and massive Facebook reach we all supposedly have, businesses should be orders of magnitude more successful than before we had social media.Obviously, we all know that isn’t the case generally, though there are certainly outliers. Primarily, those who succeed are able to convert their reach metrics into growth of their bottom line. Having a large reach, in our opinion, equates to the potential for a particular kind of business growth. “Publishers would be wise to start thinking through streaming as another customer acquisition channel, with the same rigor in analysis they already employ with their game”In the esports world, sponsorship and media rights deals become increasingly viable with more reach, but right now as an industry, we aren’t doing a good job of understanding the funnel as it pertains to engagement across spectating and playing. The closest stat I’ve seen relates the percentage of spectators who also play the games they watch, but that is way too high level to be actionable. Our customers are becoming wiser and using our white-label login system to tie spectator data to in-game account engagement and spend. Publishers would be wise to start thinking through streaming as another customer acquisition channel, with the same rigor in analysis they already employ with their game. This perspective highlights the necessity of identifying your viewers and preventing the continued disintermediation of audiences by big video platforms. Ultimately, owning your audience, building a direct relationship, and continually engaging them to maximize retention is going to be the winning strategy over the long term.ESI: Esports marketing is predicted to grow by a sizable margin in the next few years as more brands wake up and realise the opportunity. What forms do you see this taking, and will influencer marketing play a major role?Ari: We have already seen a massive change in the kinds of brands committing to the space and along with them comes large investment sums to propel the industry forward globally. We expect esports marketing to take any and all kinds of forms. We’ll see a good portion of it following sports: star creation, narratives, rivalries, etc. We’ll continue to see brands pop up to support the lifestyle and culture. Influencer marketing will grow in significance, however, at the moment it is totally broken. This stems from two key issues. Firstly, measurement is hard/impossible; it is so difficult to measure the direct impact of influencer marketing that many publishers and brands simply accept throwing money into the wind for intangible benefits. Most of the campaigns I see that include influencers simply list the “reach” metrics, i.e. their follower count, which in most cases has little to do with actual results. But yet–what else is there?“If your marketing plan doesn’t involve WeChat in China, you’re probably missing out on the single biggest opportunity in the country”Secondly, it’s unclear how the activations should be marketed. Do they do a paid media campaign driving audiences to Twitch? To a landing page? How do they explain and measure the benefit? If you’re a publisher with an influencer program, how do you cross-promote streamers? By tweeting their links? In 2018 we will be discussing our solution to these problems that we believe will unlock the true potential of these programs.ESI: Do the effective forms of marketing vary region to region; for example would you offer a different package to a brand targeting the millennial male demographic in China as opposed to the United States? Ari: Having just traveled to China for the first time, it is clear that effective forms of marketing will vary from region to region. For example, if your marketing plan doesn’t involve WeChat in China, you’re probably missing out on the single biggest opportunity in the country.“If it’s your first time watching League of Legends, we should probably give you some pointers as to what is going on”From a live streaming perspective, we believe an important catalyst is in enabling uniquely personalized experiences. For example, if you’re from Japan but watching an esports event happening in the US, you would probably prefer if it was delivered to you in Japanese. If it’s your first time watching League of Legends, we should probably give you some pointers as to what is going on. If you own Overwatch and are from Dallas, we should give you the in-game Dallas Fuel skin offer. Marketing campaigns will also be able to take advantage of this deep audience understanding–essentially with more effective targeting. If you own your own audience and have tools to segment and target them, then you don’t have to continuously rely on platforms like Facebook or Google who control 60% of the world’s advertising. For example, using our audience segmentation tools today, a publisher could sell their North American audience to Brand A and their European audience to Brand B. To drive audiences to your live stream platform, simply put, give the community something to talk about. Word of mouth marketing is still king. The right answer will take into account the culture, behavior, and desires of your target audience.ESI: Which industries have been fast to recognise the opportunity and make a move in esports, and which do you anticipate we’ll see more of in the next 2-3 years?Ari: I highly recommend Manny Anekal’s Brand Tracker, which does a great job of monitoring brand activation in the space. Historically, the industries quickest to recognise the opportunity have primarily been endemic industries–hardware manufacturers mainly–followed mainly by beverage companies. Now we’re seeing all kinds of brands get involved as they understand the cultural movement that accompanies esports.“Today, there’s a good chance a random person off the street in a major metropolitan city considers him or herself a gamer”“Gamers” were once esoteric and perhaps misunderstood but today, there’s a good chance a random person off the street in a major metropolitan city considers him or herself a gamer. It’s only going more mainstream from here and brands are realizing that esports fans are people–people who wear shoes, go to restaurants, travel, drive cars, etc. Many brands will probably get involved in ways that demonstrate their lack of understanding of the culture, but others will totally get it and set the example of successful campaigns.ESI: Tell us about clients Maestro has worked within the esports field, and what stand out moments can you pinpoint to date? How do you measure the ROI for these?Ari: One of Maestro’s core differentiating concepts is that there is a person–a “maestro”–in charge of engaging the audience while they watch. I’ve been the maestro myself during many events and there’s always a magic feeling when watching a live audience interact with you and each other in real time. The impact of interactivity can often easily be observed, for example when fans discuss polls in the chat after they cast their vote. In that instance, we measure the percentage of the audience who engaged with the poll out of the total audience who saw the poll, but we could also measure the number of chat messages sent about the poll topic as well.“It’s amazing how much you can learn from a few simple interactions; audience data changes everything”One fun story is when the Gears of War 4 team offered an exclusive, limited-edition weapon skin as a quest reward. The quest was teased to the audience for hours before being unlocked and viewership continued to climb. When the magic moment arrived, we saw a huge influx of clicks in the span of 60 seconds, which heavily tested our infrastructure and taught us many valuable lessons. To really drill down here, we could look at the users visiting the hub for the first time from a quest-related marketing message on Twitter who then subsequently claimed their skin for the first time. This would help measure the effectiveness of  driving viewership growth via this mechanism. The Gears team can also look at the Xbox IDs of those users to evaluate if they played the game soon after receiving their skin. Throughout the season, retention of these users could also be mapped out to better understand if the reward was an effective hook to convert a visitor into a continued fan of their league. As you can see from this example, we’re all about building fun and interactive elements into the broadcast that benefit the fan and the streamer with meaningful data to help drive decisions. It’s amazing how much you can learn from a few simple interactions; audience data changes everything.last_img read more

Lakers’ Julius Randle, Byron Scott at odds over role, criticisms

first_img“It’s about ball movement,” Randle said. “It’s not about shot attempts and getting points. It’s about getting wins.”That might explain why Randle’s role won’t changeHe has averaged 11.5 points on 40 percent shooting and 9.9 rebounds through 24.5 minutes as a reserve, while averaging 11.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and 9.2 rebounds in 28.4 minutes as a starter. But Scott has resisted making lineup changes because of the Lakers’ recent three-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Scott has gushed about Nance Jr.’s consistency with his mid-range shooting and defense.Yet, Scott has suggested in recent days he may start Randle at power forward and slide Nance Jr. at small forward, something Nance Jr. said he would “love.”“I want him to be an All-Star,” Nance Jr. said of Randle. “I want everybody on this team to be the best they can be. So if I come out and he has a double double, awesome. If he comes out and I have a double double, awesome. Either way, I’m just trying to win. If he gives us the best chance to win, play him. If I give us the best chance to win, play me.”Nance Jr. spoke with enthusiasm as he said those words. Randle spoke with muted tones amid losing a starting role he said is “not my decision.”“You can’t get frustrated all the time and can’t be happy all the time,” Randle said. “The biggest thing is you control your effort and how hard you play.” Yet that explains why Scott pulled Randle in the first place, providing the framework of a testy relationship in 2016 between the Lakers coach and one of the team’s top young prospects. Scott emphasized he had also addressed the Lakers’ entire reserve unit. But Scott offered a new message to Randle, who has spent the last month as a reserve. “He’s got to grow up.” Scott said of the Lakers’ seventh pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. “The main thing I don’t like is when you take him out of games, how he reacts sometimes.”Scott described Randle’s attitude in Monday’s practice as “okay.” Scott then stressed Randle has “another chance” when the Lakers (8-27) host the Golden State Warriors (31-2) on Tuesday at Staples Center. “Basketball is an emotional sport,” Randle said. “I’m going to feel some type of way about it.”On Sunday, Randle yelled at reserve guard Marcelo Huertas to pass him the ball. But Randle downplayed any frustration with having only four shot attempts. The stoic expression on Julius Randle’s face told lots of the story. So did his honesty surrounding his frustration with playing time during a double-digit win over Phoenix on Sunday at Staples Center.“I played 15 minutes” said Randle, who didn’t speak to reporters after Sunday’s game but was made available after Monday’s practice. “I was frustrated when I went out on the court. Simple.”With the Lakers’ reserves coughing up a 38-point lead in the fourth quarter against Phoenix, Lakers coach Byron Scott phased his starters back in the game. When Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. entered the game with 4:43 remaining, Randle looked irritated as he went to the bench. Afterward, Scott said he told Randle in front of the team to “guard your man” after also overshadowing his 12 rebounds and three assists with two points on 0-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes.“I don’t think there was defense on the court at all in the fourth quarter,” Randle said. “He singled me out, but I think it was a team thing.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLS postgame fireworks show canceled because of … the plague?

first_imgThe Colorado Rapids’ MLS home game Saturday against the Montreal Impact will go on as scheduled, but the the postgame fireworks display has been canceled.The reason, per a Rapids news release Friday: “the confirmed presence of plague-infested fleas affecting prairie dog colonies” in the area surrounding Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. MLS All-Star Game 2019: Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix lead Atletico Madrid to win UEFA Super Cup to feature all-female on-field officiating crew MLS in ‘very advanced discussions’ with St. Louis about expansion, commissioner says The cancellation of the fireworks show at the stadium in suburban Commerce City, north of Denver, was at the recommendations of the Tri-County Health Department and the City of Commerce City, the team said.Additionally, at the health department’s recommendation for the safety of those planning to attend the soccer game, parking will be restricted to asphalt lots until further notice.  According to the Rapids, the health department feels that these precautions “will greatly minimize the risk of exposure to patrons, players, and employees and help ensure a safe experience”. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people typically contract plague by being bitten by rodent fleas carrying Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes the disease. Although plague is a very serious illness (thus the abundance of caution by the Rapids), it is treatable with commonly available antibiotics. That would be “plague-infested” as in The Plague (a.k.a. the bubonic plague), which killed an estimated 50 million people in the Middle Ages, peaking in Europe in the 1300s.”Our highest priority is the health and safety of our fans, staff, and local community,” the team said in its release. “We will continue to monitor the situation in the lead up to the Rapids home game with Montreal Impact on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.” Related Newslast_img read more