November 17, 2020

Industrial: Business Berks

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Lady Eagles Are Big East Runners-up

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)center_img PreviousNext Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 CARIBOU — The Ellsworth Eagles scored 134.4 points to finish as runners-up behind the Hermon Hawks (139.8) in Saturday’s Big East Cheering Championships at Caribou High School.The John Bapst Crusaders were third, followed by Old Town, Presque Isle, Caribou, the Mount Desert Island Trojans, Washington Academy and Foxcroft Academy.In the Penobscot Valley Conference Small Schools Cheering Championship at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Houlton took top honors, followed by Central, Orono, the Sumner Tigers, Dexter, Bangor Christian, Penobscot Valley, Lee Academy, Bucksport and Mattanawcook Academy.The PVC Large Schools Championship will be held Saturday starting at noon at Ellsworth High School.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Hancock County PVC All-Stars

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.comcenter_img ELLSWORTH — Junior Conor Maguire of the Ellsworth Eagles has been named the Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year for Class B baseball.Maguire, who pitched and played second base for the Eagles, was among the PVC leaders in a host of statistics.On the mound, the Ellsworth righthander led the conference in strikeouts with 50 and innings pitched with 46.3.Offensively, Maguire was second in the conference in hits with 22, fifth in batting average at .400 and fifth in stolen bases with 11.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSteven Hanscom of the Mount Desert Island Trojans was named PVC Class B Pitcher of the Year and a second team all-star.On the mound, Hanscom had four wins and led the conference with an earned run average of 0.93. He was tied for second in innings pitched with 45Also named a PVC first team all-star was pitcher/shortstop Jon Phelps of the Mount Desert Island Trojans.Phelps was tied for sixth in hits with 18, eighth in batting average at .388 and tied for second in stolen bases with 12.On the mound, Phelps had four wins and was fifth in strikeouts with 31 and fifth in earned run average at 2.09 for MDI.In softball, three MDI Trojans — Shelby O’Neil, Hannah Shaw and Sierra Myrick — earned PVC Class B first team honors, and Leah Stevens of the Ellsworth Eagles was named a second team all-star.Fifteen Ellsworth scholar-athletes earned PVC All-Academic Awards for the season.Cited were Aaron Malone, Sid St. Peter and Brandon Braley in baseball; Katherine Jordan and Megan Hunt in softball; Olivia Mora and Josie Schmale in tennis; and Brayden Beardsley, Robert Looker, Dan Cox, Dan Curts, Adam Hitchcock, Frank King, Aleta Looker and Shariena Hill in outdoor track.Several Hancock County athletes also earned PVC all-conference honors in outdoor track.Large school girls:First team honorees from Ellsworth include Aleta Looker in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs and Elizabeth Perry in the shot put and discus.Ellsworth second team all-stars are Looker in the 400-meter run and Haley Lawrence in the 3,200-meter run.First team honorees for MDI include the foursome of Lydia DaCorte, Caroline Driscoll, Waylon Henggeler and Isabel Erickson in the four-by-800-meter relay.Second team honors went to Driscoll in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, Erickson in the 800-meter run and high jump and Henggeler in the 3,200-meter run.Large school boys:First team honorees for Ellsworth include Dan Curts in the 800-meter and 3,200-meter runs, Cooper Holmes in the 1,600-meter run and the foursome of Curts, Holmes, Robert Looker and Jeff Weeks in the four-by-400-meter relay.Ellsworth second team honorees are Holmes in the 800-meter run, Brayden Beardsley in the 3,200-meter run and Dan Cox in the shot put and discus.First team honorees for MDI are Ralph Magnani in the 400-meter dash and Chapin McFarland in the shot put.Second team honors for MDI go to Brandon Murphy in the 100-meter dash, Aaron Miller and Will Richard in the high jump, Ryan Bender in the long jump, Jalique Keene in the javelin and the foursome of Murphy, Matt Hanna, Josh Bloom and Magnani in the four-by-400-meter relay.Small school girls:First team honors go to Jessica West of the Sumner Tigers in the javelin.Second team honors for the George Stevens Academy Eagles go to Alice Dillon in the 800-meter run, Bella Cimeno in the 300-meter run and Cimeno, Madison Cole, Hanna Jordan and Dillon in the four-by-800-meter relay.Earning second team honors for the Bucksport Golden Bucks are Natalie Coleman in the 3,200-meter run and Mavis Taungatu’a in the shot put.Sumner’s West received second team honors in the discus.Small school boys:Sumner’s Baramee Janla is a first team all-star in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, and Erik Taylor-Lash is a first team all-star in the 1,600-meter race walk.Second team honors for GSA go to Finn Davis-Batt in the 400-meter dash, John Hassett in the 1,600-meter run, Devin Valle in the 3,200-meter run, Alex Taylor-Lash in the pole vault and the foursome of Davis-Batt, Cameron Gordon, Stephen Krichels and Ata Bahar in the four-by-100-meter relay.Christian Kimball of Sumner earned second team honors in the 110-meter hurdles.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

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Neutral venues, no ‘home field’ advantage could make for exciting 2020 CPL

first_img-Regional stars expected to shine at ‘Bubble’ venuesBy Clifton RossWITH this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League to be played inside a ‘Bubble’, no home-field advantage will see franchises duking it out in a neutral environment, with the West Indian players entering with the clear cut edge.Action gets underway in nine days as the 33-match season will be hosted this year under strict biosecurity rules due to COVID-19.Travelling has been a major part of the tournament’s identity over the years, as fans and the party-like fanfare have been a key part of CPL.No fans and restrictions to players and staff now means that this season will be pretty one dimensional with regard to teams looking to gain the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd.the Queen’s Park Oval groundTrinidad & Tobago, who has been privileged with hosting the finals every season, is now tasked with hosting one of the most difficult and delicate CPL’s in history.Keeping the parameters, organisers have gone with keeping the matches at two venues, The Brian Lara Cricket Academy, located in Tarouba, and at the famous Queen’s Park Oval.Tarouba will host the lion’s share of the games with a total of 23 matches set to be hosted at the venue, which has been a favourite during the Regional Senior season.The internationally recognized Port-of-Spain-located Queen’s Park will host the other 10 games, arguably the more important round of matches.Such familiarity with the playing conditions could result in an evenly poised tournament, as no team or player except for former champs, Trinbago Knight Riders, and cricketers, who either play their club cricket or are of Trinidadian nationality, should have the playing edge over any other side.More so, with all the matches centralized into basically one hub, teams will have more time to adapt and further strategize for rematches against opponents they may have succumbed to in previous encounters.Also, batsmen and bowlers will have ample time to acclimatise themselves with the conditions, mainly the pitches which will be used as well as the outfield.Much like the batsmen, the bowlers will ideally relish playing all of their games between two venues, adding to their already existing knowledge of the grounds due to Regional cricket.Due to the shortened encampment period because of the pandemic, the gelling and training process will be crucial more than ever for players and teams alike. Coaches too might favour the limited travelling as it reduces the exhaustion and fatigue from their cricketers.Refreshed, focused players engaging in battle within a designated environment is a recipe for high levels of intense cricket. Most of the upcoming days will see teams looking to get themselves familiar with the CPL ‘Bubble’, its biosecurity rules and the two battlegrounds.Also, with the isolated structure of the ‘Bubble’, the mental approach to this season will be key for the players. However, the Trinidadian players will have a bit of an edge, having played most of their cricket all year round across the Twin Island Republic.The Dwayne Bravos, Sunil Narines, Kieron Pollards, Lendl Simmons and other other ‘Trini’ stars of the cricket world, will be on display given their records at home and with the two venues, most notably Queen’s Park Oval, basically serving as home clubs for those players.With a number of Trinidadian cricketers scattered across the respective franchises, those familiar with the conditions, whether team or individually, will certainly headline the ‘Bubble’, come the next few days when the quest for the crown begins.last_img read more

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Scrimmage an opportunity for Syracuse to play with new rules

first_imgFor a second straight season, Syracuse enters the upcoming campaign clouded in uncertainty. Last season, the question was how the Orange would replace one of the best recruiting classes in NCAA history.In September, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee approved the implementation of a 30-second shot clock. How the 2013 season will play out, though, remains especially uncertain as every team in the country adjusts to the new rules.“There’s so much that’s put on the officials – from the early jump on the faceoff to when do you call stalling. They’re going to have to determine whether a team is stalling,” SU head coach John Desko said. “And then you’re going to have to look at what teams will do.”On Saturday, Syracuse will get its first real test run of how the new rules will affect the sport. The Orange plays host to a pair of opponents, Hofstra and Holy Cross, at 10 a.m. in the Carrier Dome for an exhibition doubleheader to open the season. For all three teams, it’s an opportunity to play under the new rules for the first time.SU’s regular season doesn’t kick off until Feb. 17. The Orange will get one more chance for game action after this weekend – a Feb. 2 exhibition doubleheader against Ohio State and Robert Morris in Columbus, Ohio.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe addition of the 30-second shot clock was the most talked-about rule change in the offseason. Lacrosse fans – Orange fans in particular – have clamored for some sort of a shot clock for years. Syracuse should especially benefit from the rule change.Under Desko, the Orange plays at a fast pace. SU has struggled against opponents like Maryland and Johns Hopkins, which have held the ball on offense to limit Syracuse’s possessions and force it out of its rhythm.Under the old rules, even after a stall warning, players could hold the ball for as long as they wanted so long as they didn’t leave the box. With the new rule, players have 30 seconds to shoot after a stall warning. Teams can no longer imitate the tactics of the Blue Jays or Terrapins. The Orange can get out and run.“There’s going to be a lot of goals in transition this year,” SU attack Derek Maltz said. “We’re a very athletic team. We have great, very athletic defensemen, very athletic midfielders, and our attack’s been moving the ball very well. So I’m very confident in these new rules, and they’re going to help us out a lot, especially in transition.”But the biggest change could be that substitutions are now on the fly. The horn that signaled substitutions no longer exists.Whereas the 30-second shot clock is still flexible – it only begins after the referee’s stall warning is called – the new substitution rules, as well as placing more balls on the sidelines and allowing for quick restarts, are more absolute and promise to speed up the game regardless of officials.“You can just pick up the ball and basically, if you step on the field fast enough with the balls on the sideline, you can go right away,” Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “And we’ll get some transition goals pretty fast on that.”Perhaps the biggest surprise is how the new stringing rules have affected the game. Not everyone sees much of a change – both Marasco and Maltz will use extremely similar pockets to those they used last season – but other players’ slight modifications have made a world of difference.Steve Ianzito is one of several players using a new style of pocket. In past seasons, nearly every player utilized a hard-mesh pocket. Now, Ianzito estimates, at least 75 percent of the team is using a soft-mesh or traditional pocket.“It’s completely changed my style of play after five years,” the long-stick defensive midfielder said, “and I love it.”The changes will have an effect. Just how much of one, though, remains to be seen.Even in the fall, the Orange worked to get a leg up on the competition. As early as late September, SU brought NCAA officials to practice to play with the new rules.Syracuse won’t be caught off-guard.“We brought officials in earlier than we normally do,” Desko said. “ … That’s one of the reasons we’re getting into it earlier this year, also, is to see how the rules will actually play out. There’s still some unknown until you actually play by the rules.” Comments Published on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Related Stories Syracuse works to adjust to 30-second shot clock, other rule changes aimed at speeding pace of playSyracuse’s fast-paced style benefits from NCAA rule changescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Power “honoured” to be Wexford manager

first_imgHe has told Tipp FM that it’s a “great honour for him, his family and his club” to get the chance to be an inter-county manager. The Kilsheelan-Kilcash clubman will be unveiled as their new manager next week, becoming the youngest inter-county manager in the country in the process.Power led Tipperary to the All-Ireland Minor title in 2011 and was Tipp’s U21 manager this year.The 31 year old was apparently the choice of Wexford county board officials following a series of interviews.last_img read more

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Simon Trim: Sporting Solutions – Automation as a corporate discipline

first_img As betting incumbents seek greater independence, flexibility and individual customisation from standard platform provisions, Simon Trim, Chief Executive of Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions details to SBC that automation should be treated by leadership as a core corporate function._______________________SBC: Hi Simon, great to catch up on this intriguing subject matter. Can you explain ‘betting automation’ to SBC readers? From your leadership perspective what key functions in betting’s value chain can or should be automated?  Simon Trim (CEO – Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions): Put simply, automation involves embracing technology to deliver solutions which require no manual, or human, intervention. While automation of the risk function is well-established in other industries – such as the financial sector, which utilises automated algorithms to manage the risk of portfolios – adoption has been muted in the sports betting industry.This failure to adopt automated risk solutions means the industry now has a systemic weakness in a fundamental part of its value chain.  Manual risk management is not fit for purpose in the modern market landscape as the exponential increase in the number of events offered means operators can no longer manage exposure efficiently.  Currently, the only risk management undertaken by many operators is to simply restrict the size of bet customers can have, unless they are sufficiently “recreational” in nature.While other managed, or manual, trading solutions (MTS) give operators the opportunity to outsource the risk function, swapping one manual head for a cheaper one doesn’t address the underlying issue. That is why we at Sporting Solutions have developed our automated Risk Adjusted Pricing (aRAP) to address this missing link of the operator’s value chain.The dynamic pricing function of aRAP has been developed using risk management algorithms to underpin a solution which is scalable (able to manage the whole book effectively), objective (highly configurable settings vs. subjectivity of manual risk managers), and real-time (vs. latency of manual price moves).Given the increasingly harsh commercial environment in which sportsbooks must operate, risk management is a core area in need of automation to help operators not only survive, but thrive in tightening market conditions.SBC: At a product level, bookmakers have pursued deeper front-end customisations as a means to differentiation and engagement. Can these desired dynamics be achieved with legacy risk management functions?  ST: While front-end customisation can deliver short-term boosts to customer acquisition and engagement, initially innovative developments – such as cash out or build-a-bet – quickly become standard fare across the industry. The inherent absence of IP in the product sphere, combined with a legacy pricing and risk management function capable of producing only homogenised pricing, has resulted in a uniformity of offering, with expensive marketing and bonusing increasingly the ”blunt weapon” for operators looking to attract and retain customers.Our aRAP solution drives differentiation which is tangible and sustainable through price. It is bespoke to each operator, as our automated tooling analyses individual operator liability (and customer data, where applicable) to adjust prices based on both total exposure and the risk preference of the operator. SBC: As a subject matter, to what extent does automation conflict with traditional betting stakeholders?  ST: The growth of in-play betting – which we have pioneered since 1992 – has been largely powered by automation.  As such, automation should not be viewed as incompatible with traditional betting stakeholders, but viewed as complementary.At Sporting Solutions, events are initially priced and traded via a combination of Sporting Solutions established algorithms and expert trading teams, utilising trading insight which can’t be automated, to deliver the best “base prices” in the market.However, automation is necessary with a view to embracing trends in big data, artificial intelligence and behavioural economics – all of which are important themes for the industry and none of which can be carried out via a manual trading service.By way of example, to enhance aRAP, we developed Profile – automated customer analytics tooling built to query reams of anonymised information and “grade” the client base. Profile provides a basis for objective risk management based on the skill level of the customer placing the wager and can be integrated alongside aRAP, allowing for real-time price optimisation based on specific consumer activity rather than just total exposure.SBC: Do you worry that a reliance on automation by bookmakers could lead to generic market propositions for betting end-user (same product and same pricing)? ST: Over the last 10 years there has been a market move to homogenised pricing, which worked for operators when cost of operations and taxation levels were lower.  As I touched upon earlier, automation of the risk function is a means to greater differentiation in pricing, which we see as the solution for operators to be successful in today’s much harsher market conditions.The biggest threat today to a unique customer experience is the adoption of white-label or “turn-key” solutions. These “one-size-fits-all” propositions typically rely upon scraped pricing – generic by definition – with limited customisable front-end technology, which is why you can visit the website of two “different” white-label sportsbooks and the only difference you will see is the colour.Sporting Solutions’ Risk Management Services (RMS), of which aRAP is a key vertical, has been designed to be agnostic to the bet engine, and to allow the operator to retain full control of its front-end, brand and tone of voice, as part of a specialised, best-of-breed solution.Furthermore, RMS’s in-built “self-trade” mechanism enables operators to maintain a local pricing strategy for their own market – be that AFL in Australia, or Handball in Denmark – to further customise and differentiate their offering.SBC: Overall what do you feel automation will deliver to the industry in terms of innovation and new processes? Why should we bank on automation as a new discipline? ST: When compared to current manual solutions, the advantages of an automated risk function are clear. Increased objectivity, scalability and minimised latency translates to greater turnover, improved margins and enhanced profit certainty.By addressing and investing in automated risk management technologies, operators can secure and build upon their market position, giving them the freedom to pursue a long-term innovation strategy, rather than the constant battle to merely stand still that characterises the industry today._____________Simon Trim – CEO – Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions StumbleUpon Submit Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index  May 29, 2020 Related Articles Share Share The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020last_img read more

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Youth in Action for Progress Celebrates First Anniversary

first_imgThe Youth in Action for Progress (YAP) of Chicken Soup factory is celebrating one year of service to the MTA community.In their first year of operation, YAP says it has provided dozens of youth in their community with counseling, education and skills. They have delivered these services through innovative debates, group workshops, community events and sponsorship assistance. YAP’s president and CEO, Tanneh Togba, says their interest in forming such a youth group came after seeing youths in her community being ruined due to drug abuse and other illegal activities. “Youth coming up by themselves run helter-skelter doing their own thing. Most of them smoke, drink, gamble and do a lot of things that are very dangerous to themselves. Some youths in my community are very bad. We call on youths who have not yet joined them to help transform them and get their interest away from wanting to do bad to do good. That’s why we founded this organization,” she added.“We are incredibly proud of YAP,” said Tanneh.Joseph Togba, YAP’s sports director added, “Please join us as we celebrate the successes of the past year and renew our pledge to continue YAP’s quality programs for our youths,” he added.Meanwhile, YAP has been sponsored through the year and looks forward to adding more members ranging from ages 18 to 29 to their group. “We counsel troubled youths to help transform their lives because you can’t talk to someone just once. It’s a continual process. Today, we have some in our midst who have changed from those bad habits and want to give back to our society,” he further stated. For now, YAP urges youths to accept that the future leaders of tomorrow in our society depend on them.“Looking at our country now and how hard it is, we advise youths to be rational and see reason to put education first to make a better and successful tomorrow. This society is looking at us to make a change for this nation tomorrow,” Tanneh added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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