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Frenchman found stranded in Maluku after his boat sinks


first_imgWest Leihitu Police chief First Insp. Johan Anakotta confirmed the incident: “We received a report from Larike village secretary about a foreigner who was stranded on a beach in Lai hamlet.”The police chief added that Claude set his lifeboat on fire upon landing on the beach.“I don’t know why he decided to burn his lifeboat. However, the locals managed to rescue him. The Lai village chief immediately reported him to the authorities.”Johan said the police’s village-level security and public order officers (Bhabinkamtibmas) brought the Frenchman immediately to the community health center in Alang village, located near Larike.Claude underwent a medical checkup at the COVID-19 post at the district.“The medical process is still ongoing. He told us he had decided to return to his home country soon,” Johan said. (dpk)Topics : A Frenchman was found stranded on Thursday evening on a beach in Lai hamlet in West Leihitu district, Central Maluku regency, Maluku, apparently after his boat sank.The man, identified as Alain Michael Claude, 62, told the West Leihitu Police that his boat sank in waters off the hamlet after being hit by heavy seas. Claude claimed he managed to survive after escaping on a lifeboat.Claude also told the authorities that he sailed by himself and planned to go to the provincial capital of Ambon, before eventually returning to France.last_img read more


Cyclone Harold tears through Vanuatu, bears toward Fiji


first_imgTropical Cyclone Harold lashed the South Pacific island of Vanuatu for a second day on Tuesday, ripping off roofs and downing telecommunications, and was moving towards Fiji where it is expected to slightly weaken.The powerful cyclone made landfall on Monday in Sana province, an island north of Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, with winds as high as 235 kilometers an hour knocking out communications overnight, according to reports by the government’s disaster and weather bureaus.The province of Sana sits on the biggest of Vanuatu’s 80 islands and is home to its second-most populous city, Luganville, where photos circulated on social media purported to show buildings flattened by the storm. The winds blew roofs off houses, tore down trees and destroyed a council building in Luganville, which has a population of 16,000, according to a Radio New Zealand report.Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office said in a social media post that officials were expected to survey the area later in the day to assess the damage.Gusts were expected to drop to 110 km per hour (68 mph) as the system tracks south east away from Vanuatu later on Tuesday, and approaches Fiji, Vanuatu’s weather bureau said.Fijian authorities issued a tropical cyclone alert for some of its southern islands.Cyclone Harold is expected to skirt the main island of Viti Levu, coming around 230 km from the main transport hub of Nadi, about 6:00 a.m on Wednesday (1800 GMT Tuesday), Fiji’s weather bureau said.The alert was in force for islands further south including Lomaiviti and the Southern Lau Group. A strong wind warning and damaging heavy swell warnings are in place for the country. Fiji’s meteorological bureau also warned of the risk of flash floods.  Topics :last_img read more


Sportradar’s Felix Geyr: Improving the efficiency of ad:s spend


first_imgShare Related Articles Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Earlier this month, Sportradar launched ad:s, the firm’s full-service marketing offer for sports betting operators.We caught up with Felix Geyr, Managing Director of Sports Media at Sportradar, for his take on the new service, how it can help operators increase their customer numbers, and why its customisable combination of automated and non-automated data-driven marketing components makes it a truly bespoke and effective solution.SBC: How will ad:s help sports betting operators bring more customers to market?FG: There are a number of things ad:s can do for betting operators. Essentially it can help improve the efficiency of their marketing spend to improve their ROI. Worldwide, across all industries, there are billions of dollars’ worth of marketing spend that is being wasted. So ad:s, as a bespoke service for the betting industry, is great news for operators.  What we have done with ad:s is combined our betting knowledge with our Sports Media expertise. As such, we are building on our work with betting operators to offer examples of best practice using our Sports Media expertise, which includes OTT platform, streaming, widgets, social media and sports content solutions. In this way, we can help operators retain and attract customers, by simplifying the customer journey and making their experience a better one.With ad:s we leverage our expertise to offer data-driven marketing including audience targeting, conversions through live odds integration tools and campaign tracking. We therefore match solutions to the challenge or optimisation area the operator wants to focus on, whether that’s brand awareness, customer acquisition, retention or revenue stimulation.  Felix Geyr, Sportradarad:s complements our existing world-leading 360-degree betting portfolio. The products and solutions that are part of this offering are fully customisable, tailoring to client needs and their required levels of service. Some clients access our odds, others obtain our data and price their books themselves, while some integrate more of a full-service offering, where we act as an outsourced service provider for trading, for example. ad:s can be integrated in a similar way. So, for operators looking to increase their brand awareness, the sponsorship or brand activation components of ad:s can be utilised. While, other operators may come to us and say ‘well actually brand awareness is not my problem, but I’m not converting very well’, or even, ‘I convert well, but I have a churn problem’. In this situation, ad:s can assist with creative forms of targeted messages that are relevant to the user. There is a large portion of audiences that aren’t being spoken to in the right way. If you look at how betting operators communicate with the market, there is the opportunity to be a lot more intuitive in addressing their needs. SBC: What is the level of non-automation as part of the ad:s service?FG: Touching on the last point above, the magic of ad:s is that it combines our data, betting and Sports Media expertise. Our Sports Media vertical provides businesses with a number of different products and services that helps sports deepen their fan engagement and with their marketing efforts. ad:s utilises this knowledge to further understand sports fans and their activity, generating specific marketing messages and targeted creative content to various audiences. This is the automated piece of ad:s. Like most of our services, however, there is also a level of non-automation that we do manually, which includes SEO, UI and UX. We take a holistic look, as part of an ongoing process with clients, to ensure campaigns are working as effectively as possible. If we help achieve six out of the ten problems an operator might have, for example, but they still have issues with UI, UX, SEO and their customer journey, that is where we will come in and offer the non-automated component. This is part of a bench-marking exercise that we run manually using our wide-ranging proficiency. We have a team that can assess the customer journey, we have a team that can check whether SEO is being optimised, and we have a team with betting industry expertise who knows about best practice in the market too. SBC: It was announced as a full-service, but is there an option for sports betting operators to work with just select ad:s components?FG: It is a full-service but, like our entire betting portfolio, ad:s can be tailored for a variety of different operators. We understand the diversity of the betting universe and therefore, depending on their size and what stage they’re at, operators are going to require different levels of support. Established betting operators are more likely to pick and choose from our services in a more tailored manner, whereas the more up and coming operators may be more likely to go for the full-service package. Again, it also depends on their individual needs. Some may need more sponsorship-related services, others may be looking to optimise their churn. So different businesses may want separate elements of ad:s rather than the full suite and, again, we understand that and have designed it as such. There are other organisations and agencies that offer similar services to ad:s but, with almost two decades in the betting space, we can offer these in a unique way for operators in particular. This is what makes ad:s a truly differentiating service in the industry.  SBC: What do you think is the number one feature of the best marketed sportsbook?FG: For operators, I think it’s best to answer that question from the perspective of their customers. What does the customer perceive as the most appealing features of a sportsbook? And what does it take to make them more willing to place a bet? This is the sort of information ad:s can help identify. Because, to be honest, it really depends on the audience, who they are, what they like and where they are in the world.  If you are someone who isn’t that actively involved in betting, but have a potential interest to place a bet in a social setting for instance, you’re likely to display a very different behaviour to those that make money from betting regularly. The more professional punters are, obviously, very price led and more in tune with where they will get the best odds. They are the people that constantly compare the odds for each game and usually bet, or have accounts, across a number of different operators.  The casual punter, by contrast, is very different. If they want to place a bet, they’d probably search online for any betting company that they’ve recently seen advertised or marketed somehow. This is very brand and recognition led.As such, I would say that aspects like CRM, breadth of data, pricing, customer experience and trust are all important features of sportsbooks that operators need to take into account. Again, you also have to consider the different segments of your audience and what appeals to each of them. In the betting environment, these opportunities are there for all operators, no matter how big or small. Globally, while there are a select number of operators that run a very large portion of the market, smaller operators can co-exist as they are very unique and specific to the local context in which they operate. And this can be reflected in the way they utilise ad:s to boost their sportsbook offering. as:s helps operators to improve the efficiency of their value chain as a whole, reducing the number of intermediaries required. And, in that respect, they have a much simpler and more targeted approach. In the future I see ad:s growing, with a version for publishers to have access to the same marketplace and grow their inventory with the tools we provide. But this is step two of the journey. For now, we are excited to see how this launch carries into ICE and beyond. StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sharelast_img read more


Nigeria still lacking in World Cup quality


first_imgFor a while they sparkled, but ultimately they spluttered.It was a weakened Nigeria that drew 2-2 with Italy’s second-string outfit in London on Monday, but the match provided the latest demonstration as to exactly where the Super Eagles need to improve before heading to the World Cup next summer.Two days after becoming the first African nation to book their ticket for Brazil, Stephen Keshi’s men were sent to the front line for their country once more at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.And there were signs of the kind of flair and imagination which is often seen in the surprise package of any World Cup. With Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel and Bright Dike causing trouble to a rocky Italian back line, and Shola Ameobi turning in his best performance yet in a Nigeria shirt, the African champions looked more than promising when they had the ball.They dominated for lengthy periods of the first half, making Italy pay whenever they stood off and stretching the Azzurri defence at regular intervals.The reward came first when Toronto FC striker Dike headed home from Ameobi’s ball in, then the Newcastle front man flicked home superbly after reacting quickest to Francis Benjamin’s cross from the left. But that accounted for only a small portion of the game, and not only did Italy level matters but they hit the woodwork twice before time was up, too. Add in a number of key saves by Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama and there comes a better reflection of the flow of the game.When not in possession, the Super Eagles remain as mediocre as they looked during last summer’s Confederations Cup, when they dominated a group fixture against Uruguay but still lost, and managed the somewhat inglorious feat of making Tahiti look dangerous at set plays.On Monday it was Azubuike Egwuekwe’s inability to read Mario Balotelli’s turn and the overzealous ball-watching of the back four which led to Nigeria conceding.For all their flair and apparent depth, they still lack the structure, defensive discipline and organisational qualities necessary to really be regarded as a contender for the latter stages of the World Cup. And as good as they look on the ball, they don’t have the desired killer instinct in either the first or second string.When they have the better of a game, they still appear unable to step on the throats of their opponents and drive home the advantage. In short, they lack everything that is considered typical of an Italian side, however inaccurate that would appear watching the Azzurri on Monday. If Keshi is to get the very best out of his men, then their flair needs to be harnessed with the presence of a greater unit off the ball.Nigeria will definitely be a side to watch in Brazil next summer, but only from an entertainment perspective rather than as serious latter stage contenders, unless the Super Eagles can fix up the holes that have been evident for some time.last_img read more


Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka on run to remember as slam success continues


first_imgPetra Kvitova’s return to a grand slam final represents the most heartwarming of stories, but the popular Czech will need to succeed where 13 others have failed if Naomi Osaka is to be denied Australian Open glory.Kvitova stands one victory away from securing a third slam crown and her first since the horrendous knife attack that threatened her career in December 2016. Australian Open 2019: Relentless Rafael Nadal schools Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach final Fast forward 12 months and the Japanese is targeting a second slam in succession, her winning streak of 13 matches across the US Open and this event representing the longest such run by a female player since Serena Williams’ second ‘Serena Slam’ across 2014 and 2015.Williams, of course, was on the receiving end of Osaka’s brilliance in New York last September, when the youngster’s magnificent maiden victory in a major final was cruelly overshadowed by her opponent’s extraordinary row with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.Backing up a breakthrough at a slam is always challenging. Prior to Thursday, Jennifer Capriati was the last woman to follow up her first title by making the final of the next major, winning both the Australian Open and French Open in 2001.Terrific match up @AustralianOpen women’s final. Petra has never played Naomi. Collectively they are 6 sets won 0 lost in major finals. PK won 8 straight finals. NO trying to do what Jen Cap last did when winning 1st major, win next one. Will it be hardest hit women’s final ever?— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) January 24, 2019In any circumstances, therefore, Osaka’s achievement in reaching Saturday’s decider in Melbourne would be hugely impressive.However, when you consider the drama that surrounded her triumph at Flushing Meadows – and who could forget Osaka being moved to tears in the post-match presentation as boos rained down from the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium — this really is a run to be admired.At the US Open, the draw was relatively kind to the eventual women’s champion. Osaka did not face a top-10 seed in the event, although her idol Williams clearly represented the most daunting of final opponents, while her last-eight tie was a cakewalk with Lesia Tsurenko hampered by a viral illness.It has been a different story in Melbourne, where Osaka has recorded consecutive wins over Anastasija Sevastova, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova to earn a place in the final.”I won’t see you but…wish me luck? I guess?”@Naomi_Osaka_ ‘s message to fans!#AusOpe#大坂なおみ pic.twitter.com/tOGcTiBT48— WTA (@WTA) January 24, 2019Victory on Saturday would send Osaka to the top of the world rankings (the same can also be said for Kvitova) and complete an incredible rise for a player thriving when it matters most. Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic thrashes Lucas Pouille to set up showdown with Rafael Nadalcenter_img Yet while the left-hander has displayed imperious form over the past fortnight, not dropping a single set on her way to the final, she now faces the significant challenge of overcoming a 21-year-old who has swiftly become unstoppable on the biggest stage.Osaka was the world No. 72 this time last year and had just achieved her best result at a slam, reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park. Related News “You guys know that I love grand slams,” she told reporters in a news conference following her defeat of Pliskova, which was secured with the aid of 56 winners. “It definitely helped knowing that I won the US Open because I knew that I had the ability to win that many matches, play for that long.”This is a place I think is worth all the training. When you’re little, you watch the grand slams, you watch all the players play the legendary matches here. For me, this is the most important tournament. There’s only four of them a year, so of course I want to do the best that I can here.”Kvitova – who has won her last eight WTA finals and 26 out of 33 in her career – is likely to take some stopping, but Osaka could not have done any more up to now. Given all she has achieved over the last few months, you sense nothing is beyond her.last_img read more