Submit Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020 Golden Race has revealed that a floating video option will be one of the new mobile features for its ONLINE platform, the industry’s first all-in-one virtual betting sportsbook.The platform designed to be the same as a real sportsbook, only with virtual results, will see its mobile offering further boosted with improved navigation options, increased client-specific customisation, more statistics and additional games.This improved navigation will allow for faster browsing and switching between all sports, while the floating video option will enable users to navigate and bet while the video player remains visible.Feature highlights on the multi-currency and multi-lingual mobile platform, already includes support for slower connections, multi-game betting, hot picks and jackpot games.Martin Wachter, CEO at Golden Race, commented: “At Golden Race, we are excited about the summer developments to our online and mobile offering. The platform, which can be easily integrated into 3rd party betting systems, is compliant with the highest regulatory standards and will deliver the complete mobile experience, including virtual video quality adaptive to a player’s connection.“We shared details of this virtual sports revolution at the recent iGaming Super Show. For both our new online and mobile solutions, we designed them from the ground up to ensure that the look and feel are completely the same as anything a player would be familiar with from real sports betting, while maintaining the manageability and availability of virtual sports.”
Share Share Submit Related Articles XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Affiliate marketing specialist XLMedia has warned that the recent updates to algorithms on Google could hinder the group’s revenue.Publishing a trading update, XLMedia explained that its site demotions within Google were done manually. This was despite it coinciding with search algorithm changes, which were rolled out on 13th January.“On 18 January 2020, the company became aware that a number of its casino sites have been manually demoted by Google, which impacts the visibility of the sites and their ability to generate meaningful levels of online traffic, and hence revenues, from new visitors,” XLMedia said.“Whilst it is too early to accurately assess the financial impact of this action by Google, any further material delay to the full restoration of rankings of these online assets would result in a corresponding reduction of both revenue and adjusted EBITDA during that period.“The company confirms that the Group’s other online publishing assets remain unaffected. A process of review is now taking place, with a view to resolving any issue as soon as possible and the company will provide a further update in due course as more information becomes available.”Google rolled out a new search algorithm update for January 2020 on 13 January, and in a tweet the search engine said the update was “mostly done” on 16 January.
Teams will be allowed to use five substitutes when the season resumes after a Fifa proposal to help with fixture congestion was approved.The change applies to competitions due to be completed within this calendar year, and the decision on whether to implement the changes is for each relevant competition organiser.There is also an option to stop using the video assistant referee system.Most leagues around the world have been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.Germany’s Bundesliga is due to resume next week, while the Premier League’s Project Restart has a prospective resumption next month.The International Football Association Board (IFAB), football’s rule-making body, has agreed to a temporary change to the laws of the game in order to protect player welfare.“The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare,” IFAB said in a statement.Ifab and Fifa will decide at a later stage whether to extend the ruling to the 2020-21 season.How it will workEach team will be allowed to use a maximum of five substitutes.To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half-time.If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time.Where competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. Source: BBC
“I hope,” Rivers said, “he gets a good shot here.”SCORING SURGEIf you love defense, the bubble might not be the best place for you.According to ESPN, entering Sunday’s games, 17 of the 22 teams inside the bubble were putting up more points — by an average of nine points — than they’d averaged before the season was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus.The Clippers, who, for the season, are the NBA’s fourth-highest scoring team, with 116.3 points per game. On the NBA campus at Walt Disney World Resort, their scoring average has ticked up to 118.0 points per game.For the season, the Nets are averaging 111.3 points per game; in the bubble, Vaughn’s team is scoring 117.8 points.Rivers said the offensive improvement is the result of extra practice and shooting.“We’ve had a lot of practice time,” Rivers said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had this much practice.“We have free gym every night, so I think guys are putting a lot of work in,” added Rivers, referencing the hour or so of open gym available to every team, every night, even game nights.“There’s no oversight, it’s really just shooting. But a lot of guys are coming — on every team, not just our team — and they’re getting a lot of extra shots with our coaches. When they’re struggling with some kind of concept, offensively or defensively, they have the opportunity to go over it in those little sessions, so it’s been invaluable.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Perhaps not specifically on Sunday evening, but longer term, Doc Rivers is rooting for Jacque Vaughn.Entering the game against the Clippers, Brooklyn’s interim coach — promoted in March following Kenny Atkinson’s midseason departure — is 5-2, including 3-2 in the bubble. Brooklyn clinched a playoff berth last week with a 119-106 win over the Sacramento Kings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.It’s the second NBA head coaching stint for the Pasadena native, who starred at John Muir High School, where he maintained a 3.94 grade point average and earned recognition as the seventh-ranked recruit in the nation.As a pro, Vaughn played for Rivers in Orlando for the duration of the 2002-03 season, enough time for Rivers to predict what was next for the 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 assists in 12 NBA seasons. “Listen, I coached Jacque in Orlando, he played with me for an entire year,” Rivers said, via Zoom, before their teams met Sunday “So I’m a big fan of his. He was one of those players, similar to (current Clippers assistants) Ty Lue, and Sam (Cassell), that you knew when they retired, they would be coaches.”To hear Vaughn tell it, he was taking notes while he was a member of the Magic. Orlando went 42-40 that season and lost in seven games to the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, with Vaughn contributing 4.9 points and 3.6 assists.“It was great playing for him,” Vaughn said. “We were a team that we had a superstar in Tracy McGrady, so I saw first-hand how Doc was able to coach high-talented, high-level players who need to be challenged, but also have a great deal of skill.”Vaughn said he appreciated his front-row seat for that dynamic, but also how Rivers was able to “coach a team that played extremely hard and at times overachieved, to be able to get the most out of the group.“I definitely consider him a guy that I’ve taken a lot from and leaned on as far as my coaching career,” Vaughn said.
REVEALED 2 gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Lloris is not planning on leaving Spurs any time soon “As for my reconversion, we’ll wait a bit more.“I still have beautiful years with Tottenham and les Bleus ahead of me.” targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card possible standings ALTERED Lloris visited his hometown of Nice as the France squad tour the country in the wake of their World Cup win, and he spoke at the city’s town hall about the appointment of Patrick Vieira as Nice manager, and whether he may one day ‘invest’ in the club at which he started his career.As quoted by Sport Witness, Lloris said: “I’m extremely happy to see Patrick in charge of OGC Nice. I appreciate him as a person so much.“I had this chance to be around him when I first started with the national team. He’s a huge player, and huge personality.“I think it’s a great opportunity for Nice and for him to prove himself. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT punished Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Hugo Lloris has committed his future to Tottenham by insisting he has many ‘beautiful years’ to come in north London.Lloris, the Tottenham captain, recently skippered France to their second World Cup success, playing a near-perfect tournament until a mistake in the final that, thankfully, meant nothing. Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Lloris lifted the trophy as France won their second World Cup Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 REVEALED smart causal gameday cracker Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener The 31-year-old is about to enter his seventh season at Spurs, having joined from Lyon in 2012, and he remains one of the best glovesman in the Premier League.He has made 254 appearances in total for the Lilywhites, but, Spurs fans will be glad to hear, Lloris has no plans to end his journey in north London any time soon. Latest Tottenham news
Yuba City >> The Red Bluff Bass Anglers held a bass tournament Sunday at Bullards Bar Reservoir. It was a tough bite for everyone except Frank Johnston, whose winning five fish limit included 9.94, 9.53 and 8.51 lb. spotted bass for a total weight of 33.13 lbs. Johnston used a spinnerbait to catch the winning fish. Ken Davis finished a distant second with 8 lbs. and Kevin McLachlan took third with 7.22 lbs.The Red Bluff Bass Anglers will be starting a new tournament season on April 30 at …
McKinleyville >> The Tigers can say that the played virtually the entirety of their postseason opener Wednesday night with the lead.No, seriously.Andy Miranda’s goal all of 19 seconds into 5th-seed Arcata’s 2-0 win over 12th-seeded Lower Lake in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs proved to be all of the offense the Tigers needed on a chilly night at McKinleyville High School.“Coming into this game, we obviously knew what was at stake and we knew putting in a couple early would take our opponent’s morale down,” Miranda said. “We wanted to do that, right off the touch score the ball and hopefully keep adding and adding more.” Arcata will face No. 4 Roseland University Prep on Saturday with a spot in the D-1 semifinals on the line.Kickoff time and location were not known by the time this paper went to print.If the Tigers start that game like they did on Wednesday, then a second straight trip to the semis — and quite possibly another showdown with rival Fortuna — could very well be in the cards.Miranda’s goal came with barely enough time off the clock to have the center referee catch his breath after sounding the opening whistle.Off a through ball from midfielder Zack Oakland, Miranda collected the pass, fired across the face of goal and into the bottom-left corner of the goal to put the Tigers in front. When asked about the goal, Arcata head coach Tony Ren couldn’t help but crack a smile.“Probably not, probably not,” Ren said in regard to the Tigers having a better start to the game. “That was pretty good.”The early goal set the tone that the Lower Lake defense was in store for a busy night at Panther Field.However, after striking so early, Arcata — which improved to 17-4-1 with the win — wasn’t able to double its lead until midway through the second half.The Tigers created chances — a lot of them.Arcata outshot Lower Lake 11-1 in the first half and 23-6 for the game.It wasn’t for a lack of opportunity to double their lead, that’s for sure.“It was like trick-or-treating when you keep knocking and they wouldn’t open the door for you,” Ren said about the missed chances. “You keep trying until they want to go to sleep. ‘I want candy! I want to score!’ That’s it.”Lower Lake’s lone scoring chance of the first half was arguably its best chance the entire night.A cross from the right wing not only skipped past one potential goal scorner in the box, but two before it connected with the left foot of Octavio Perez. However, his outstretched left leg wasn’t enough to redirect it on goal, as the attempt on goal went just wide at the back post.The second half was much like the first in that the bulk of the scoring chances coming from the boys in orange and black.That’s even with the Trojans starting to throw numbers forward as they looked for the game-tying goal.Within a 10-minute span midfielder Kai Narum sent a pair of shots from outside of the 18-yard box sailing over the Lower Lake goal, the second coming off a one-time effort that went high and to the right.“We had a lot of opportunities, we just didn’t make the most of them,” Miranda said. “It’s a credit to [Lower Lake’s] defense as well. After the first goal in the first 20 seconds, they knew what was coming and they adjusted to it. We obviously knew there were going to be adjustments made, and it was just important for us to realize those adjustments and execute on the following play and keep on going from there.”Just mere moments after Narum’s second long-range effort went high over the crossbar, the Tigers doubled their lead in the 55th minute.Miranda turned from scorer to provider, sending a through ball to Wyatt Rohn, who calmly finished to put his team ahead 2-0.“It was big, it was big,” Miranda said of Rohn’s goal. “Obviously, you take nothing for granted, and putting a second one in gave us a little more confidence to play a little more loose. After the first goal, nothing was going our way. But after getting the second goal it just gave us a little more confidence to get forward.”Tigers goalkeeper Quin Parker, who was the star of Arcata’s shootout loss to Fortuna in the Humboldt-Del Norte League Postseason Tournament title game this past weekend, was once again his usual self in goal. Not only did he command his box and snatch any cross out of the air that came his way, but recorded all six of his saves in the game after halftime.“Defensively, they communicated, they played safe and they came back to defend,” Ren said. “They played very well defensively and I really appreciated how my defenders have been doing.”Contact Danny Penza at 707-441-0528
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beck’s is pleased to announce a collaboration between its secure, web-based precision ag tool, FARMserver, and John Deere’s Operations Center in MyJohnDeere.com to improve data flow and connectivity. The collaboration will allow users the ability to seamlessly transfer data and field prescriptions between their FARMserver account and John Deere equipment.“Since the inception of FARMserver, we have worked hard to deliver a product that is not only farmer friendly and easy-to-use, but that is compatible with all colors and brands of equipment,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “We recognized data connectivity and transfer are some of the biggest obstacles for farming operations. Our partnership with John Deere enhances the user experience for our customers.”Beck’s FARMserver team identified one of the biggest pain points for farmers was the process of manually transferring agronomic data between equipment monitors and a precision ag data platform. Beck’s has worked in conjunction with John Deere to give farmers the ability to use and apply their data more efficiently.“The Operations Center open platform gives farmers the opportunity to see the performance of their operations and collaborate with agronomic and business partners to optimize their production and costs. Beck’s and John Deere share the commitment to honor data principles and enable farmers to control and manage their data. Through the Operations Center, that environment also supports farmers’ efforts to optimize their returns,” said Pat Pinkston, Vice President Technology and Information Solutions, John Deere. MyJohnDeere, a comprehensive information platform enables the management of equipment data, production data and farm operations.FARMserver customers with existing subscriptions to the Operations Center in MyJohnDeere and JDLink Connect will have the ability to create field prescriptions within their FARMserver account and automatically upload it to their equipment monitors. By allowing farmers to make changes on the fly, they can quickly adjust prescriptions or applications based on field conditions. In addition, the automatic transfer will allow users to see their data immediately and start analyzing it instead of waiting until the end of the season.For more information or to sign up for a membership, visit FARMserver.com or call 317-565-4120.
The Department of Energy recently solicited information from experts and other interested parties that will help the agency develop energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing. It could be an interesting process, and perhaps a contentious one.The DOE’s basic mandate is to comply with a provision (Section 413) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that requires adapting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code to manufactured-housing practices, but doing it in a way that also is compatible with factory-housing rules – known as HUD Code – and that are currently enforced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.This balancing act, not surprisingly, is complicated by the concerns of energy efficiency advocates, who see development of the standards as a prime opportunity to address what they say are manufactured housing’s woeful energy efficiency performance, and the concerns of the manufactured-housing industry, which is trying to control costs and revitalize its diminished market.The DOE requested interested parties’ input in an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” which it entered in the Federal Register on February 22. The response deadline was March 24.A chance for transformationOne of the people sending comments to the DOE docket was Lane Burt, a construction engineer and the manager of building-energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In an NRDC blog post, Burt complained that “a manufactured home can come off the assembly line today and immediately be eligible for weatherization through the Weatherization Assistance Program. That means that the government could immediately be paying to retrofit this home to become more efficient when just months before it could have been done at the factory for pennies on the dollar. I can’t think of a single reason why it is acceptable for new manufactured homes to be weatherization candidates because the code is not up to par.”Burt also cites a DOE analysis showing that manufactured homes use almost twice as much energy per square foot as site-built single-family homes.Of course, cost – specifically the purchase price of a manufactured home – also is a principal issue for the Manufactured Housing Institute, an industry trade group.Advising cautionIn its comments to the DOE, the MHI cited a 2007 housing survey showing that the median annual income of a family living in manufactured housing was $28,343, and that 2008 Census Bureau data showed that the average price for a manufactured home was $64,900, excluding land. Financial pressures on manufactured housing’s customer base – which now represents about 14% of the market for new single-family homes, according to the MHI – are now especially severe; not long ago, the industry served about 20% of the market.Beyond standards that won’t push purchase costs beyond the financial means of the industry’s customers, the MHI also advocates that the standards DOE imposes mesh smoothly with HUD’s supervision program for manufactured housing. Another priority for MHI is that the new standards rely on whole-house performance rather than prescriptive requirements for building components, and that they be compatible with the engineering, design, and material-management software commonly used in the industry.MHI also recommends that the DOE allow a year after the rules are finalized before requiring compliance. The big issue for the industry, MHI repeated in its comments to DOE, is that the standards don’t push the purchase cost of a manufactured home so high that the likely cost of operating it becomes a moot issue.The DOE says it will present a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, containing the proposed standards, later this year, and will then invite public comments and also play host to a public meeting on the proposed rules. It could indeed be interesting.
Here’s how shooting with a shallow depth of field can immerse your audience like nothing else.Top image via Hulu.Choosing how you will shoot your project might be just as hard as writing the script. With all the different lenses and cameras available today, choosing the right piece of equipment can be difficult. The creator and director of 2017’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a shining example of knowing exactly how to communicate ideas and tell stories — all through the lens.The recent upload from nerdwriter1 dives into the significance of Hulu’s latest brilliant series. The video explores what makes the show stand out and why it’s important to consider the story when choosing lenses. Without giving too much away, it’s important to know the show’s director Reed Morano (who usually works as a director of photography) was methodical with her approach to framing and shooting the central characters.Morano chose to shoot on the ALEXA Mini at an aperture of up to 1.4, creating a razor-thin depth of field, which allowed the filmmakers to guide the audience through each shot. This workflow carries more weight than you might think. Morano and DP Colin Watkinson created a hauntingly beautiful and disturbing visual motif that also serves as a fantastic example of the power of a shallow depth of field.Capture the Point of ViewImage via Hulu.By using a Zeiss 28mm T2.1 Lens and placing it mere inches from the lead actor (Elisabeth Moss), we get shots like the one you see above. Given the circumstances of the show, the central character, Offred, has experienced true tragedy and finds herself in this strange and terrible world. This isolation and trauma draws a remarkable performance from the actor, and the closeness of the camera to her face amplifies this work. Given the extremely shallow depth of field, the audience identifies with Offred and understands that due to the lack of control she has over life and body, “Your only agency is mental.” Moss’s incredible performance brings power to Morano’s vision.Create the WorldImage via Hulu.The women in the world of this show are forbidden from reaching out to the outside world — or reading anything in general. This lack of knowledge and understanding of the world around them creates a level of disconnect that we see expressed as an out-of-focus environment. The shallow depth of field gives us an excellent view of their perspective and the isolation they experience. This method of shooting your actors isn’t anything new; some of the best working cinematographers like Hoyte Van Hoytema and Lubezki have used this technique in the past. What makes this particular use of shallow depth of field so effective is how dedicated and consistent this vision is throughout the course of the show. This dedication proves how engaging one’s work can become with enough planning and care.Connecting the NarrativeImage via Hulu.The Handmaid’s Tale moves back and forth through time, giving us a glimpse of Offred’s past life, before Gilead. Straying away from the precise Kubrickian framing and acute angles of the present, the flashbacks are still shallow. Given the brilliant nature of the show, this decision to shoot both worlds the same way makes the audience think. Given the disconnect and isolation in Gilead, these themes were still present in the real world (our world), and Morano is communicating this through her camera work. Shows and films like this that live on past the screen and start conversations are vital, and they give us hope for the future of the medium.