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Goggia gets gold Russian women close in on ending drought

Sofia Goggia wins the womens downhill Russian women figure skaters close in on gold

By ABCNews

N Korea cancelled Pence Olympic meeting in S Korea says US

But the Norths delegation pulled out of the scheduled meeting at the last minute say US officials.

By BBC

Winter Olympics Norways Marit Bjorgen creates history as USA win team gold

The United States win gold in the womens team sprint free as Norways Marit Bjorgen becomes the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time

By BBC

Five arrested over modern slavery in Derby and Latvia

Simultaneous raids take place in Derby and Latvia as part of modern slavery and human trafficking investigation.

By BBC

Leader of movement to remember Holocaust victims dies at 93

Holocaust survivor Sam Bloch who dedicated his life to preserving the memory of the victims of Nazi atrocities, dies at age 93

By ABCNews

Andersen makes 40 saves Maple Leafs blank Panthers 1-0 (Feb 20, 2018...

TORONTO (AP) Frederik Andersen made 40 saves and James van Riemsdyk scored the only goal as the surging Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Tuesday night.

By Fox Sports

D-backs deal Drury Banda to acquire power-hitting outfielder Souza

Steven Souza 28, batted .239 with a career-high 30 home runs and 78 RBI last year for Tampa Bay.

By Fox Sports

Wilder leads W. Michigan to 83-81 OT win over C. Michigan (Feb 20...

KALAMAZOO Mich. (AP) Thomas Wilder scored 11 of his 22 points in overtime, completing a 3-point play in the final seconds to seal the win, as Western Michigan struggled to get past Central Michigan 83-81 on Tuesday night.

By Fox Sports

No. 20 Nevada returns home to face San Jose State (Feb 20 2018...

Winning on the road in hostile environments overcoming potential catastrophic injuries and mental toughness are ingredients of a team well-prepared to make some serious noise come NCAA Tournament time.

By Fox Sports

Arvidsson lifts Predators to 3-2 win over Red Wings (Feb 20 2018...

DETROIT (AP) Viktor Arvidsson scored his third goal in two games and the Nashville Predators ended their seven-game losing skid against Detroit with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

By Fox Sports

No. 15 Clemson looks to rebound vs. Virginia Tech (Feb 20 2018...

When Clemson travels to Blacksburg Va., on Wednesday, the team will be without its starting point guard.

By Fox Sports

Thompson IV Minnie help Eastern Michigan beat Toledo 85-79 (Feb 20, 2018...

YPSILANTI Mich. (AP) James Thompson IV and Elijah Minnie each scored 23 points and Paul Jackson had 18 points and 10 assists to help Eastern Michigan beat Toledo 85-79 on Tuesday night.

By Fox Sports

No. 2 Michigan State seals share of Big Ten title...

EAST LANSING Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges scored 19 points, Joshua Langford had 16 and No. 2 Michigan State beat Illinois 81-61 on Tuesday night, sealing a share of the Big Ten championship.

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Dartis sparks Ohio to 88-76 win over Kent State (Feb 20 2018...

ATHENS Ohio (AP) Jordan Dartis sank half of his 10 3-point attempts and scored 20 to lead six players in double figures and Ohio won back-to-back Mid-American Conference games for the first time this season with an 88-76 victory over Kent State on Tuesday night.

By Fox Sports

Injured Steelers LB Ryan Shazier vows to play again

PITTSBURGH (AP) Injured Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier doesnt just plan to play again following a spinal injury. He says he wants to make it all the way to the Hall of Fame.

By Fox Sports

WATCH Black Panther breaking records

The latest Marvel movie has a black director mostly black cast and multimillion-dollar budget.

By ABCNews

Derren Brown debuts in new Netflix show The Push

Explores how social pressures and authority figures can be used to manipulate a person into committing murder.

By Daily Mail

MAFS Alycia shows off her 42 kilogram weight loss

The 29-year-old qualified fitness instructor proudly shared a snap of herself from 2012 before she shed the weight revealing she slimmed down by cutting all toxic people out of her life.

By Daily Mail

Karl Stefanovic jokes as he dines with his in-laws

Karl Stefanovic showed the strength of his bond with his future-in-laws as he made a playful joke about his upcoming wedding while dining with Jasmines parents in Brisbane on Sunday.

By Daily Mail

The eSports competitive video gaming market continues to grow revenues & attract investors

This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence Business Insiders premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. What is eSports? History & Rise of Video Game Tournaments Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends. These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more. But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming. eSports Market Growth Booming To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for lol does not produce laughing out loud as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence. The game has spawned a worldwide community called the League of Legends Championship Series, more commonly known as LCS or LOL eSports. What started as friends gathering in each others homes to host LAN parties and play into the night has become an official network of pro gaming tournaments and leagues with legitimate teams, some of which are even sponsored and have international reach. Organizations such as Denial, AHQ, and MLG have multiple eSports leagues. And to really understand the scope of all this, consider that the prize pool for the latest Dota 2 tournament was more than $20 million. Websites even exist for eSports live scores to let people track the competitions in real time if they are unable to watch. There are even fantasy eSports leagues similar to fantasy football, along with the large and growing scene of eSports betting and gambling. So its understandable why traditional media companies would want to capitalize on this growing trend just before it floods into the mainstream. Approximately 300 million people worldwide tune in to eSports today, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2020, that number will be closer to 500 million. eSports Industry Analysis - The Future of the Competitive Gaming Market Financial institutions are starting to take notice. Goldman Sachs valued eSports at $500 million in 2016 and expects the market will grow at 22% annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1 billion opportunity. And industry statistics are already backing this valuation and demonstrating the potential for massive earnings. To illustrate the market value, market growth, and potential earnings for eSports, consider Swedish media company Modern Times Groups $87 million acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the holding company for ESL. YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment to date by signing a multiyear broadcasting deal with Faceit to stream the latters Esports Championship Series. And the NBA will launch its own eSports league in 2018. Of course, as with any growing phenomenon, the question becomes: How do advertisers capitalize? This is especially tricky for eSports because of its audience demographics, which is young, passionate, male-dominated, and digital-first. They live online and on social media, are avid ad-blockers, and dont watch traditional TV or respond to conventional advertising. So what will the future of eSports look like? How high can it climb? Could it reach the mainstream popularity of baseball or football? How will advertisers be able to reach an audience that does its best to shield itself from advertising? Robert Elder, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insiders premium research service, has compiled an unparalleled report on the eSports ecosystem that dissects the growing market for competitive gaming. This comprehensive, industry-defining report contains more than 30 charts and figures that forecast audience growth, average revenue per user, and revenue growth. Companies and organizations mentioned in the report include: NFL, NBA, English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Ligue de Football, Twitch, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Valve, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, ESL, Turtle Entertainment, Dreamhack, Modern Times Group, Turner Broadcasting, TBS Network, Vivendi, Canal Plus, Dailymotion, Disney, BAMTech, Intel, Coca Cola, Red Bull, HTC, Mikonet Here are some eSports industry facts and statistics from the report: eSports is a still nascent industry filled with commercial opportunity. There are a variety of revenue streams that companies can tap into. The market is presently undervalued and has significant room to grow. The dynamism of this market distinguishes it from traditional sports. The audience is high-value and global, and its numbers are rising. Brands can prosper in eSports by following the appropriate game plan. Game publishers approach their Esport ecosystems in different ways.   Successful esport games are comprised of the same basic ingredients. Digital streaming platforms are spearheading the popularity of eSports. Legacy media are investing into eSports, and seeing encouraging results. Traditional sports franchises have a clear opportunity to seize in eSports. Virtual and augmented reality firms also stand to benefit from eSports.   In full, the report illuminates the business of eSports from four angles: The gaming nucleus of eSports, including an overview of popular esport genres and games; the influence of game publishers, and the spectrum of strategies they adopt toward their respective esport scenes; the role of eSports event producers and the tournaments they operate. The eSports audience profile, its size, global reach, and demographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes; the underlying factors driving its growth; why they are an attractive target for brands and broadcasters; and the significant audience and commercial crossover with traditional sports. eSports media broadcasters, including digital avant-garde like Twitch and YouTube, newer digital entrants like Facebook and traditional media outlets like Turner’s TBS Network, ESPN, and Canal Plus; their strategies and successes in this space; and the virtual reality opportunity. eSports market economics, with a market sizing, growth forecasts, and regional analyses; an evaluation of the eSports spectacle and its revenue generators, some of which are idiosyncratic to this industry; strategic planning for brand marketers, with case studies; and an exploration of the infinite dynamism and immense potential of the eSports economy. Interested in getting the full report? Here are two ways to access it: Subscribe to an All-Access pass to BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report and over 100 other expertly researched reports. As an added bonus, youll also gain access to all future reports and daily newsletters to ensure you stay ahead of the curve and benefit personally and professionally. >> START A MEMBERSHIP Purchase & download the full report from our research store. >> BUY THE REPORT Join the conversation about this story »

By Business Insider UK

Live PM inaugurates UP Investors Summit

Aimed at attracting investments into Uttar Pradesh and increasing employment the mega event will be attended by around 8,000 delegates. Stay with TOI for all the live updates

By The Times of India

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

A string of criminal suits against Lebanese journalists and researchers has jolted this small country that is accustomed to styling itself as the main forum for ideas in the Middle East

By ABCNews

Nordkorea ließ Treffen mit Pence in letzter Minute platzen

Am Rande der Olympischen Spiele wollte US-Vizepräsident Pence mit der Schwester von Kim Jong Un zusammentreffen. Doch die sagte das Treffen kurzfristig ab.

By Die Zeit

THE CONVERSATIONAL COMMERCE REPORT Chatbots impact on the payments ecosystem and how merchants can...

This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence Business Insiders premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. To keep pace with the ongoing shift toward e- and m-commerce, retailers are turning to chat apps, where smartphone users spend considerable time each day. One way they’ve been accessing consumers on these platforms is through chatbots, or software programs that use business-to-consumer (B2C) text-based messaging as an interface through which customers can communicate with merchants in a question-and-answer format.  For merchants, these offerings are valuable because sales increase as customers communicate with and shop from their brand on more channels. But there’s considerable friction — in chat apps, payments offerings are limited, which means users who might be browsing in a messaging app will still be redirected to another app or the mobile web to complete a purchase.  This is creating an opportunity for payments processors and card networks, which are beginning to partner with merchants to capture potential volume from chat apps. And as the hype increases, other payments firms, like remittance providers and banks are also entering the game, in the hopes of increasing user engagement or attracting new types of clients. There’s a long road ahead: We’re just at the beginning of what’s likely to be a long adoption cycle, with payments firms only starting to dip their toes into the space. But improvements in the ecosystem, combined with rising consumer appetite for these services and increasing trust, will eventually lead to moderate gains in usage that open up a massive volume opportunity for Western firms. BI Intelligence, Business Insiders premium research service, has put together a detailed report on chatbots role in the payments ecosystem. Here are some key takeaways from the report: Chat apps are the next frontier for digital commerce, but without payments functionality, the opportunity is extremely limited. Customers can — and do — ask for support, take advantage of deals, and browse many stores within chat apps. But when it comes time to pay, users have to switch to another app or the mobile web — a turnoff that could hinder adoption and lower conversion rates. Most payments firms are teaming up with retailers, often those they already count as clients, to enable customers to make payments using their mobile wallets or processing features within chat apps. That’s allowing retailers to get to the space faster while opening a revenue opportunity for payments players. Others are taking less direct approaches, working to increase consumer engagement in a way that promotes more spending offline. We’re at the beginning of an adoption curve, so digital payments providers shouldn’t expect massive success quickly, but in the long run, it’s likely to be a large market. As firms work to grow consumer awareness and improve the experience, the technology will eventually become mainstream, which makes getting in early and becoming established worthwhile.  In full, the report: Explains why the chat app is the next frontier for commerce, and why payments functionality is a linchpin of that success. Details different types of chat app payments and their potential use cases. Evaluates the hurdles that could prevent consumers from using chatbot payments. Suggests ways firms can overcome these hurdles and begin seeing adoption. Sizes the potential long-run market for chatbot payments in the West. Interested in getting the full report? Here are two ways to access it: Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND more than 250 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more. >> Learn More Now Purchase and download the report from our research store. >> Purchase & Download Now Join the conversation about this story »

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THE INSURANCE AND THE IoT REPORT How insurers are using connected devices to cut...

This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence Business Insiders premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. Insurance companies have long based their pricing models and strategies on assumptions about the demographics of their customers. Auto insurers, for example, have traditionally charged higher premiums for parents of teenage drivers based on the assumption that members of this demographic are more likely to get into an accident. But those assumptions are inherently flawed, since they often arent based on the actual behaviors and characteristics of individual customers. As new IoT technologies increasingly move into the mainstream, insurers are able to collect and analyze data to more accurately price premiums, helping them to protect the assets they insure and enabling more efficient assessment of damages to conserve resources. A new report from BI Intelligence explains how companies in the auto, health, and home insurance markets are using the data produced by IoT solutions to augment their existing policy pricing models and grow their customer bases. In addition, it examines areas where IoT devices have the potential to open up new insurance segments.  Here are some of the key takeaways: The worlds largest auto insurers now offer usage-based policies, which price premiums based on vehicle usage data collected directly from the car. Large home and commercial property insurers are using drones to inspect damaged properties, which can improve workflow efficiency and reduce their reliance on human labor. Health and life insurance firms are offering customers fitness trackers to encourage healthy behavior, and discounts for meeting certain goals. Home insurers are offering discounts on smart home devices to current customers, and in some cases, free devices to entice new customers. In full, the report: Forecasts the number of Americans who will have tried usage-based auto insurance by 2021. Explains why narrowly tailored wearables could be whats next for the health insurance industry. Analyzes the market for potential future insurance products on IoT devices. Discusses and analyzes the barriers to consumers opting in to policies that collect their data. To get your copy of this invaluable guide to the IoT, choose one of these options: Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more. >> START A MEMBERSHIP Purchase the report and download it immediately from our research store. >> BUY THE REPORT The choice is yours. But however you decide to acquire this report, you’ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of insurance and the IoT. Join the conversation about this story »

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Knox leads Kentuckys second-half surge in win at Arkansas (Feb 20 2018...

FAYETTEVILLE Ark. (AP) Kevin Knox scored 23 points and Kentucky used a 31-11 run to end the game to win its second straight with an 87-72 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.

By Fox Sports

The Latest American Tennell skates 1st in short program

PYEONGCHANG South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local)10:20 a.m.U.S. champion Bradie Tennell has taken the lead in the...

By Daily Mail

UN chief deeply alarmed by Eastern Ghouta violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said he was deeply alarmed by the escalating violence in Syrias Eastern Ghouta enclave after more than...

By Daily Mail

US says North Korea canceled planned meeting with VP Pence

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South...

By Daily Mail

Bermudas gay marriage reversal sparks fears others may...

By Emma FargeHAMILTON Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bermudian Joe Gibbons and his Canadian partner were ecstatic last year when the wealthy...

By Daily Mail

NHL notebook Flyers trade for G Mrazek from Red Wings

Ron Hextall finally found the Philadelphia Flyers a veteran goaltender as the Flyers agreed on Tuesday to part with a conditional third-round pick in 2018 ...

By Daily Mail

Judge tosses California law blocking actors ages on...

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a California law that restricts a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors.U.S. District...

By Daily Mail

NSW bail program had no impact report

A program aimed at keeping prisoners out of NSWs bulging jails has had little - if any - impact a new report has found.The states justice department...

By Daily Mail

Report paints picture of `overworked and underpaid...

A survey found a large majority of workers do not expect their pay to keep pace with inflation.

By Daily Mail

Are Rockets Raptors the 1s? Time will tell when NBA resumes

Golden State and Cleveland are used to looking down at the rest of the NBA though its Houston and Toronto enjoying that view at the All-Star break

By ABCNews