first_imgU.K. sets new wind generation record FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Strong gusts on Wednesday evening helped Britain’s wind farms to produce a record amount of electricity, trade group Renewable UK said on Friday.Britain aims to increase its renewable output and close its coal-fired power plants by 2025 as part of efforts to meet climate targets. “Britain’s onshore and offshore wind farms hit a new high of 14.9 gigawatts (GW) between 6 and 6.30pm on Wednesday evening,” the industry group said in a statement.Overall on Wednesday wind generated 32.2 percent of the country’s electricity more than any other electricity source. The figure beat the previous record of 14.5 GW set on Nov. 9.The country’s renewable electricity capacity overtook that of fossil fuel generators such as gas and coal for the first time this year. The world’s largest offshore wind farm, Orsted’s Walney Extension, opened off the northwest coast of England in September.More: Britain blows past wind power generation recordlast_img read more


first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Great Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Loading… Top seed and three-time US Open winner Djokovic – who has won five of the past seven Grand Slam crowns – has 17 slams, behind Nadal on 19 and Federer on 20.Also on Ashe Monday is top-seeded woman Karolina Pliskova, who goes up against 145th ranked Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine.Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka is scheduled to play as well, but her status is in doubt due to a left hamstring injury that forced her to pull out of Saturday’s WTA New York final.Read Also: Platini questioned in Swiss probe of $2m FIFA paymentSerena Williams starts her bid for a 24th career Grand Slam women’s singles crown to match the all-time record set by Margaret Court on Tuesday.Women’s number one Ashleigh Barty and reigning champion Bianca Andreescu are among high-profile women skipping the event because of concerns about coronavirus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Top favourite Novak Djokovic begins his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title on Monday as a unique, spectator-free 2020 US Open gets underway in a COVID-19 quarantine bubble at Flushing Meadows. The world number one headlines the opening day of a tennis major that promises to be unlike any other and which is missing several top players due to coronavirus fears. Djokovic takes on unheralded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a round-one evening match at an Arthur Ashe Stadium that in normal years buzzes with 23,000 screaming fans. But due to strict measures aimed at keeping COVID-19 out of the US National Tennis Center, only players, officials and a handful of media will be watching in-person this year. “It is strange to see,” said Djokovic, crediting his love of playing on the New York hardcourts to Ashe, which he described as “the most dynamic and explosive court” in the game. “The circumstances are very unusual but we have to deal with it and try to embrace it,” the Serbian superstar added. The US Open marks the first Grand Slam of the coronavirus era, and the first since the Australian Open in January and February, after the global pandemic wiped out much of the season, including Wimbledon. Players are being kept in a tightly controlled environment to minimize the risk of infection and are being tested for coronavirus regularly throughout the tournament. The men’s draw was disrupted on the eve of the tournament Sunday when France’s Benoit Paire was removed after organizers announced that an unidentified player had been withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.center_img Under New York state rules, any player that tests positive is immediately withdrawn and must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Most competitors are staying at specific hotels and are not allowed to travel anywhere other than to and from the tournament site and their accommodation. Some players, including Djokovic, have rented private houses that must be guarded 24 hours by security to safeguard the quarantine bubble. Parts of the tennis center grounds were turned into makeshift hospital rooms during the worst of the pandemic in New York in April. Intense cleaning and safety protocols were put in place before the US Open allowed players into the bubble. And the number of support personnel for each competitor is limited, as is the number of players allowed into the locker room at any one time. Players are advised to wear masks when they are not on court and must wash their hands regularly. The absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal and Swiss legend Roger Federer gives Djokovic a prime opportunity to gain ground on his rivals in the chase for the all-time men’s Grand Slam singles title record. The participation of Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the 2020 US Open is in doubt because of injurylast_img read more


first_imgTripp Gaylord ended his first IMCA Modified start in the 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour in victory lane Friday at Sweetwater Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) The satisfying win came at a track where Hansen hadn’t had much tour luck in the past.  Making his 109th consecutive Wild West Tour start, Chase Hansen topped the IMCA Modified main event on night two of the doubleheader weekend at Sweetwater Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker) Both drivers earned $1,200 and saw their names added to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  After starting fifth, Gaylord found the middle line to his liking on Friday. He passed Ricky Alvarado and Braxton Yeager for the lead following a restart and stayed in front to the end of the 30-lapper.  “Rock Springs is a good track, always racy,” Gaylord said after his runner-up finish on night two. “We were very comfortable running our line. We were having fun out there, I think I could have run another 100 laps.” The tour for Modifieds first ran from 2007-2014, with IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods added when the tour resumed last year.  ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (June 19-20) – A driver making his first-ever tour start and a driver who’s never missed a tour event were weekend IMCA Modified winners at Sweetwater Speedway.  “It felt good to have a good car we could be competitive with,” he said. “We started 14th and got sixth on Friday so we were good both nights.” center_img DeVilbiss raced from 13th to finish third. Braxton Yeager and 15th starting Jake Donnelly completed the top five.  Gaylord’s opening night checkers ended the streak of a record six straight wins Zane DeVilbiss recorded on the way to the last year’s crown. “It feels like it’s been years trying to get that big out-of-state win,” said Gaylord, who’d run second to Alvarado in the Yeager Memorial finale. “We knew there would be a lot of good cars there and it turned out to be a very good weekend for us with the Modified.”  Justen Yeager was fourth, DeVilbiss fifth.  Hansen started the Saturday show from outside the front row. He had the lead when the second lap was scored and led the distance, pulling away after a caution at midway and beating Gaylord and Alvarado across the stripe. Tripp Gaylord topped the Friday night 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour feature, returning to Rock Springs to redress a runner-up finish on night two of May’s Rudy Yeager Memorial. Chase Hansen was the Saturday winner, collecting his career third checkers, and first since 2014, in his 109th tour start. Stock Car winners at Rock Springs were defending tour champion Ed Henderson and DeVilbiss. Michael Johnson and Brian Baker were the Northern SportMod winners.last_img read more


first_img Alternative betting markets: short-term filler or long-term fixture? May 12, 2020 Share Submit Amelco continues international expansion with Colorado licence July 2, 2020 Related Articles Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models. The fourth round table participant was Amelco, represented by Trading Director Sam Foulkes.SBC: What role does pricing and risk have to play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering? SF: For operators, the actual prices of selections are of diminishing importance. At the moment, we’re seeing sportsbooks offer largely similar prices – as recreational bettors are often not price sensitive – and focus on attraction via a high-quality proposition. Pricing more markets is also becoming a common strategy for differentiation; this demand has been the driver for Amelco’s delivery of new products such as Quantum Outrights. As a result, operator focus is shifting towards service-level quality – with the focus now on which markets are published and when they are published taking precedence over pricing. Personalisation at this level means it is essential to keep things simple for the customer so that when they navigate towards your sportsbook, they are quickly presented with the markets that they are most interested in. From a risk perspective, operators demand an easy life, so being vastly different on price is undesirable. Depending on territory and channel, Amelco aims to offer an optimised price; we try to be as competitive as possible for customers, while at the same time, keeping tight control on risk for our operators. We utilise third party price feeds to monitor the global market, giving our models knowledge of price competitiveness ahead of updating our own odds.SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both enhance player experience and drive higher margins? SF: At Amelco, we leverage machine learning technology to segment players. When you consider the size of some of our customer databases, which is usually in excess of a million, having entirely automated segmentation is the only effective option. The way this works is relatively simple. Throughout a customers’ life-cycle, they will display several behaviours which we use to predict their lifetime value. This information allows us to then deliver targeted promotions to that customer depending on which point they are in within that cycle. Trends within player demographics and their bet history are used to push content which we predict they are most likely to be interested in – and removing content that is unlikely to be of relevance. This mechanic is replicated at scale to deliver a sophisticated segmentation engine. Output segments can be pushed to areas of the operator’s choice, including new and higher margin products, flagging responsible gaming protocols and VIP segmenting. SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?SF: Our segmentation engine enables advanced personalised content. Once we have built a profile of players’ interests, we are then able to deliver the most relevant content and promotions that would be of interest – and in turn, improve their experience.  The nature of machine learning means that over time, as more data is captured, the more accurate our output analysis will become as the model will find patterns within player behaviour that would ordinarily not be picked up in a manually driven segmentation solution. SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification, what can it do for sportsbook?SF: Gamification is, by far, the most powerful retention tool available to sportsbook. It has enormous potential, but its success will depend on how effectively it is combined with segmentation and strategised towards retention.When it’s aligned with an advanced segmentation engine, gamified products can be used to steer customers to desired site content at key times. This strategy is currently being adopted industry wide, by driving mass engagement via free-to-play opportunities. Another area of growth we’re seeing is by incentivising customer navigation into desired products via achievement-based rewards.last_img read more