Attorney General Moody Launches Major Investigation into More Than 20 Vaping…

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Florida—Attorney General Ashley Moody today announced a major investigation into vaping companies doing business in Florida. The consumer protection action is the most comprehensive state vaping investigation publicly acknowledged to date—looking into the marketing and selling practices of e-cigarette products by more than 20 companies selling in Florida. The announcement comes after Attorney General Moody concluded a statewide fact-gathering mission into the dramatic increase in vaping among Florida youth.  Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As a mother, I cannot sit on the sidelines while underage vaping skyrockets and our next generation becomes addicted to nicotine. It’s illegal under Florida law to sell these products to anyone under 18, yet vaping among our youth is out of control. It’s my job, as Attorney General, to protect Floridians and that’s what I’m determined to do. That is why today, I announced a comprehensive investigation into more than 20 vaping companies doing business in Florida.“Our investigation will focus on the marketing practices and online sales strategies of these companies to determine if they have intentionally targeted minors, tempting them to vape, and will also seek information to determine if these companies can support their marketing and health claims. I commit to you, that we will get to the bottom of this issue so important to the future of Florida’s youth.”The Florida Department of Health released a report in April 2019 noting a 58 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes among Florida high school students from 2017 to 2018. According to the report, nearly one in four Florida high school students now admits to vaping. One study found two-thirds of young persons didn’t even know vaping products contained nicotine. DOH I now reporting 68 cases of vaping-related pulmonary illnesses statewide.The investigation will focus on assessing whether these companies are unfairly targeting minors in their marketing, failing to take adequate precautions to prevent the sale of such products to minors, deceptively and unfairly representing that their products can help smokers quit the habit without FDA approval to make such claims, misleading consumers regarding the safety and health impacts of e-cigarettes, or otherwise engaging in marketing and other business practices that violate Florida’s consumer protection laws.To view a list of vaping companies currently under investigation by the Florida Attorney’s General Office, click here.This summer, Attorney General Moody launched a statewide fact-gathering mission into the dramatic increase in teen vaping. Attorney General Moody visited multiple school districts and spoke with dozens of parents, teachers, school resource officers, and state and local leaders.last_img read more

BCPS School Choice Application Window for 2020/21 Opens December 2

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY – Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has announced that the School Choice application window for the 2020/21 school year takes place December 2, 2019 – February 5, 2020.Parents and guardians are encouraged to explore all of the District’s School Choice options available for their families. BCPS is a national leader for offering innovative, personalized learning programs to meet students’ interests and prepare them for college and careers. The School Choice application window provides an opportunity to apply for magnet programs, Nova schools or school reassignments, which allow students to attend schools other than their assigned schools.To learn more about the many educational options available across BCPS and to apply online beginning December 2, visit the School Choice website at browardschools.com/schoolchoice. Families can explore their options in several ways, such as by student interest, grade level and by individual school name. The School Choice application will be available online on the School Choice website beginning December 2, at 8 a.m.last_img read more

Palm Beach CJC Awarded Additional $1.4 Million by MacArthur Foundation

first_imgMacArthur Safety & Justice Challenge All-Sites Conference PALM BEACH – The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) is the recipient of a $1.4 million grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue building on efforts to advance local criminal justice system reform and safely reduce the County’s jail population, bringing the Foundation’s total investment in Palm Beach County to $3.7 million to date. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $217 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration and address racial and ethnic disparities in local criminal justice systems by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.The Safety and Justice Challenge is supporting local leaders in Palm Beach County and across the country determined to address one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America – the misuse and overuse of jails. The County was first selected to join the Safety and Justice Challenge Network in 2015 and has since used the resources and funding provided by the Challenge to implement bold reforms, including:An increased focus on smart release options for pretrial inmates that began in September 2017;Quicker release for inmates who are experiencing homelessness or suffering from substance use or behavior disorders through linkages to community resources that began in February 2018;Creation of a Community Engagement Team to have meaningful conversations around our work;Implementation of Florida’s first text message court data notification system in November 2018 to reduce failures to appear for court;Improved case processing efficiencies for pretrial inmates through new court hearings that began in July 2019 to reduce their length of stay;Creation of the PalmFUSE (Frequent Users Systems Engagement) project which began taking clients in the Summer of 2019 to break the cycle of incarceration and homelessness for low-level defendants with behavioral health challenges who frequent the County’s jail; and,Measures to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, including expanding and deepening implicit bias training to reach over 700 professionals in local criminal justice system agencies.As a result, the jail population in Palm Beach County is down 25 percent, resulting in 581 less people in jail on any given day (from 2,283 to 1,702). In addition, the average length of stay for pretrial inmates in jail is down, particularly for people of color: African Americans from 47 to 37 days, Latinos from 44 to 31 days, and whites from 21 to 18 days.Today, Palm Beach County was one of a five jurisdictions selected for additional funding based on the promise and progress of work to date. This new round of funding will provide the CJC and partners with continued support and expert technical assistance to strengthen and expand strategies that address the main drivers of local jail incarceration and racial and ethnic disparities.CJC Chairman Joseph Ianno Jr., acknowledges the progress made and the support of the MacArthur Foundation by stating, “We are proud of the progress we have made in safely reducing the County’s jail population over the last three years. Our continued partnership with the MacArthur Foundation will allow us to reach our overall goal of eliminating unnecessary incarceration.”The CJC’s member agencies and other partners, including the Public Defender, State Attorney, Sheriff, Judiciary, Clerk of Court, Florida Department of Corrections, U.S. Attorney, School Board, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach Police Departments, Clergy, Palm Healthcare Foundation Six Healthier Together Communities, The Lord’s Place, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, and Community Partners, have developed a comprehensive plan for additional reform strategies over the next two years. In addition to continuing the strategies listed above, these partners will implement new key strategies to create a safer, more effective system including:Reducing the time spent in jail for those who are experiencing homelessness and have substance use, or behavioral disorders through enhanced efforts to link these individuals to needed housing and services in the community;Expanding our text message court date notification system to those:o   released from jail;o   arrested and given a notice to appear in court by the police instead of being taken to jail; and,o   on pretrial or probation supervision for their reporting appointments;Taking the location for felony probation reporting closer to defendants making it more convenient for them through a mobile reporting unit in order to reduce violations for missed appointments and reentry to jail.Five years after its public launch, the Challenge Network has grown into a collaborative of 51 jurisdictions in 32 states modeling and inspiring reforms to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.“Local jurisdictions are proving it is possible for cities and counties to rethink local justice systems from the ground up, despite challenges and an ever-changing political environment,” said Laurie Garduque, MacArthur’s Director of Criminal Justice. “MacArthur remains committed to supporting jurisdictions as they set ambitious reform goals and pursue smart solutions that safely reduce jail populations, address disparities, and eliminate ineffective, inefficient and unfair practices.”Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Daliah Weiss, who sits on the criminal division bench and is a member of the project’s Core Team, said: “The Safety and Justice Challenge has been instrumental in our efforts to increase fairness and equity in our criminal justice system. We are grateful for this additional support from the MacArthur Foundation as we continue our work.”Several of the nation’s leading criminal justice organizations will continue to provide technical assistance and counsel to the CJC and the other jurisdictions involved in the Challenge. These include the Center for Court Innovation, Everyday Democracy, Nexus Community Partners, the Institute for State and Local Governance at the City University of New York, JFA Institute, the Justice Management Institute, Justice System Partners, the Pretrial Justice Institute, Policy Research, Inc., the Vera Institute of Justice, the W. Haywood Burns Institute, Urban Institute, and Bennett Midland.last_img read more

TP Mazembe Hold Off Super Sport To Retain CAF Confederation Cup Title

first_imgCongolese side TP Mazembe have retained the CAF Confederation Cup title after they held off Super Sport United of South Africa in front of their home fans to win the final tie 2-1 on aggregate.Leading 2-1 from their home leg, The team from DR Congo produced a tactical masterclass against their South African opponents in the second leg in a game that ended goalless with both sides finishing the contest with 10 men.TP Mazembe could have easily sealed the tie in their favour in the first half hour but Rainford Kalaba and Daniel Adjei wasted glorious opportunities to grab an away goal. However those little setbacks didn’t prevent the defending champions from keeping their hosts at bay for the rest of the game as Super Sport United were restricted to just one good chance in the second half.The hosts briefly had a numerical advantage when TP Mazembe star Kasongo Chongo was sent off with ten minutes remaining before their star forward Thuso Phala also got his marching orders for a dangerous tackle to all but end the game as a contest in TP Mazembe’s favour.The Congolese side won the trophy for the first time last year and they have now secured a 2nd title after successfully retaining it.RelatedCAF Confederations Cup: Club Africain, TP Mazembe Qualify For SemisSeptember 25, 2017In “Africa”CAF Confederation Cup Final: TP Mazembe Earn Slender AdvantageNovember 20, 2017In “Africa”2017 CAF Confederations Cup: Super Sport United Through To SemisSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

Britons leave an average of £15 in dormant gambling accounts

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Submit New research by www.BettingTips4You.com has revealed that the average Briton with a dormant gambling account has £14.96 left in their account.The research showed that a third of Britons have a gambling account, with 22% of those admitting that they have almost £15 unused in their account, which amounts to £53.58 million of unused money.This was part of an ongoing study into Britons and their finances. 2,408 Britons, aged 18 and over, were quizzed about what they do with their winnings, which forms of gambling they had undertaken, how often they gamble and why they leave money in dormant accounts.When asked about the use of any winnings, the most common responses were ‘I treated myself’ (32%), ‘I used the winnings to keep playing’ (30%) and ‘I saved it’ (18%).The most popular forms of gambling undertaken were ‘the lottery’ (78%), ‘scratch cards’ (51%) and ‘gambling sites and apps’ (32%), while just 11% had never partaken in any form of gambling.Those with accounts on gambling sites and apps were asked how often they used them, to which 22% stated that it had been dormant ‘for a year or more’. All these respondents were then asked how much money they had in their dormant accounts, to which the average answer was £14.96. With the Office of National Statistics stating there are currently 50,909,098 Britons aged 18 and over in the UK, this equates to 3,584,000 Britons with unused money, for a total of £53,580,800.When those with a dormant account were asked ‘why do you not use it?’, the top five responses were ‘I’d forgotten it was there’ (22%), ‘I’m saving it for a bet that takes my interest’ (19%), ‘I’m unable to extract it from my account’ (17%), ‘I thought I’d used all the money in my account’ (13%) and ‘I forgot my account log in details’ (12%).John Pentin, Editor of BettingTips4You, commented: “It’s one thing to leave money in your account to use on another day, but to forget that it’s there and not use it is another completely. You might as well be throwing money into the trash. Whilst £15 may not seem like a large amount of money, and there’s no guarantee that you’re going to win anything from it, people have won big with a lot less.”last_img read more

Finnplay secures UKGC software operating licence

first_img Related Articles Submit Martin PrantnerSeeking to boost its licensing provisions, Finnish platform and white-label industry solutions supplier Finnplay has confirmed that it has gained a software operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).Updating the market, Finnplay management detailed that it had added UK betting industry software supplier certification to its existing UKGC ‘pool betting’ licence, thus being able to better service the world biggest betting market.Finnplay strengthens its licensing inventory, which currently includes the jurisdictions of Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Mexico and Curacao. Martin Prantner, Chief Executive of Finnplay, commented on his firm gaining UKGC software certification“The UK market is without a doubt one of the biggest and longest-established licensed jurisdictions in the world, with exacting regulatory standards that are sound, rigid and trustworthy for both players and operators.“This will be a significant stepping stone for our company’s strategy of continued regulatory technical compliance and growth opportunities in which we can offer our customers an all-inclusive, serviced gaming product for the UK, with a full array of licensed products across the gaming spectrum including, betting, pool betting, and casino.” Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

IWG rolls out instant win titles across 888’s bingo network

first_img GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business   July 30, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Instant Win Gaming (IWG) has agreed a deal to deliver its popular blockbuster titles Slingo and Cashbuster to 888 Bingo.This is the first major operator deal for IWG since Leon Thomas joined the company from Rank Group subsidiary Mecca Digital, where he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO).Working out of IWG’s London base as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Thomas has been tasked with enhancing the company’s status within the industry.The supplier’s leading instant win titles have gone live across the operator’s bingo network, with more content to be added over the next few months.Having started servicing commercial brands and online gaming platforms in late 2016, IWG’s games are already live on Mecca Bingo and across GVC’s B2C brands.Thomas said: “We are thrilled to have agreed another major deal with one of the industry’s most respected operators. The growth 888 has been making in recent years is impressive and this agreement is an indication that operators now consider instant win games as a vital product vertical.“We have worked closely with 888, and we are sure both parties will reap the rewards of this deal. I’m sure their players will love our range of unique instant win games.”last_img read more

Andrea Pirlo joins 1xBet as brand ambassador

first_img Share Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Andrea Pirlo, one of the most revered players in recent football history, has joined 1xBet as a brand ambassador in a deal that will run for the whole of 2018.Pirlo, who will feature in 1xBet advertising campaigns and take part in marketing events, made this announcement on his Facebook page: “I’m glad to announce my ambassador partnership with 1xBET company. We have many good events ahead!”Meanwhile, a statement from the 1xBet press service read: “We have put a lot of thought into choosing our ambassador. As a constantly growing brand, we needed a unique personality for this role.“Andrea Pirlo ticks all the boxes. We have a lot in common; Pirlo has always respected his opponents, followed the principles of fair play and was generous with his assists. Similarly, at 1xBet we care about our customers and partners and we respect our competitors.“Andrea Pirlo is a legend and we are honoured to work with him. He will help engage our target audience all over the world. Joining forces with one of the world’s biggest football stars is only the first in a number of ambitious projects planned by 1xBet for 2018.”Before retiring at the end of the 2017 MLS season, Pirlo enjoyed a decorated career in football, winning six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia’s, two Champions League’s and the FIFA World Cup in 2006, where he won more ‘man of the match’ awards than any other player. Sharelast_img read more

Ismail Vali – Sweden: The survival of the fittest

first_img Submit Share Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Confirmation came this week that the licensing process for the new national gambling code in Sweden has been delayed until 1 August.SBC News took the opportunity to speak to industry consultant Ismail Vali about the number of operators he expects to populate the market, industry benchmarks for gaming legislation, and how to retain players when bonuses become non-permissible as a retention tool.SBC: At the recent Betting on Football Conference, you spoke about the rush to “get in before the gates close” in Sweden; how do you see the situation developing from the current position of around 500 casinos, and nearly 300 sportsbooks?IV: Sweden remains one of the world’s most attractive gaming markets, online and brick and mortar – that’s due to its status as a developed market with high disposable adult income. It has also acted as the Lone Star in the Nordics for many of the publicly traded gaming operators to be in, at least, to maintain the appearance of having “Nordic Operations”.Whilst regulation has been talked about for several years now, and the ex-monopoly operator, Svenska Spel, has done much to raise awareness, politically especially, about unfair competition and a lack of social responsibility from the “offshore operators” – both salient points to be fair – not much has, in fact, been done to legitimise and regulate the Swedish market.Many operators still labour under the misapprehension that offering betting and gaming to Swedish players, to date, was “illegal”. It is not and won’t be until active legislation is passed and enforced.Unlike the USA, there has been no discussion of “clean hands” operators, who did not offer service in Sweden prior to regulation, being the ones who will benefit from a future licensing regime. Many operators then went “all-in on Sweden” in the space of this regulatory vacuum, and offered all the products they could, via whatever media channels they could, somewhat regardless of costs, competitive advantage or any USP for being in Sweden.All this has combined to create the current free for all, prior to regulation, with a glut of operators across all products. The recently announced regulatory regime, with applications being accepted from August 1st, 2018, and enforced regulations from January 1st, 2019, now gives the market a clear finish line to cross, as the gates of gaming control are, clearly, about to close shut.This matters from a market presence and share perspective given the huge number of competing operators in Sweden currently. The period from now, until the end of the World Cup, itself just prior to the licence application date, means operators have to compete aggressively for players simply to prove their ability to stay in the Swedish market.Many firms, if failing in the imminent race to regulation, will not be given the internal sign-off to apply for regulated status in the market, especially since the discipline of being publicly traded means having to admit and forecast matters:How much of the market is aware of your brand(s)How much of the market you have gained, with what marketing budgetHow much you forecast to retain, for the next quarter, and how much you believe you can grow, beyond thatAt what profit margin are you running, with the added impact of taxation, and fees for regulation, compliance and social responsibilityThe costs for licence application in Sweden are not particularly high, which will likely encourage a glut of entrants by August 1st, in line with the huge number of current operators. This will, in my view, not be upheld over the long term, and the future regulated Swedish market. The gates will close, on New Year’s Eve this year, I believe, with a large number of operators, in the hundreds easily, for the first year of regulated Swedish operations.Thereafter? An amended marketplace, with advertising rules, fewer media channels openly available (via embedded deals for the big budget brands), and a brutal new discipline from bonus retention deals becoming unavailable, will, inevitably, lead to a thinning of the herd and a position likely by two years after regulation where the marketplace is populated by between 50-100 operators.In line with this, there will likely be a consolidated top 10 scenario for the operators who get the next eight months right, and succeed in being top of mind, and top of monetary performance, through adapting to the specific Swedish market conditions.SBC: Many countries have been inspired by Danish and UK models when enacting gaming regulation; how much of what we see in Sweden will be reflective of these regulatory successes?IV: Both the UK and Danish models have one unifying feature – listening to operators, respectfully.Of course, any imposed system, which needs to be mindful of player protection and social responsibility, is not going to be universally “admired” by the industry, but that is the historical position of our business since well before the online distribution channel emerged – we have to take regulation, taxation, player protection and social responsibility not just seriously, but to the heart of our business as usual approach to any market.In the short term, there is going to be a margin Impact – in my view, a good thing, since it returns the business to the historical constant of focusing upon ‘little but often’ revenue from your players and moves away from the boom/bust cycle of simply opening new accounts with unrealistic and disbelieved deposit bonuses.A hand-in-glove approach by regulators, where they work with the industry, to improve and perfect what become, I hope, industry benchmarks for operators is the ultimate goal of any of the new wave of gaming regulation – both the UK and Denmark have shown the path here, but much work remains to be done.SBC: What is your advice for retaining Swedish players without the promise of bonus money?IV: Many operators have been shocked by this draft legislation clause, stating that bonuses will not be permissible as a retention tool under regulation. That surprise is only a result, in my view, of our own me-too, copycat marketing efforts of recent years, as an industry.We all have the same games; similar or identical access to the marketplace for advertising and all copy one another’s offers, pretty much down to the terms and conditions.It is unsurprising that the audience respond to this as they did with banking – tons of offers for NEW customers lead to promiscuous account swapping; then impacting upon the retained base, who you need to then bonus to keep in the building.It’s no way to run a sustainable business.Coming from many years in the poker sector, with insane levels of competition from the early 2000’s when I experienced the shift from one operator – ParadisePoker – to hundreds in a matter of months, we learned to dedicate our marketing to as broad an audience as possible via “must play promotions” – similar to the concept of “must-see TV” that networks like HBO and Netflix have perfected.Analogous to US TV Networks, operators have to create in online betting and gaming, within their core markets, one of the biggest branded “TV Channels” around, in order to matter in the market and survive the post-regulatory shift.As an industry, what we need to focus upon now, I would suggest, is the quality and event status of our “shows” – in other words, our promotions are key.Every day, on every dot country variant of their sites, across all products, operators promotional offering needs to feature “must notice”, “must be able to find”, and “must play” potential, in the same way that shows like Game of Thrones are classed as “must watch TV”, and available across a number of platforms for viewing.Players have to feel they are, potentially, missing out on “something” by not locating, logging on, staying connected to, and playing with your brand.It’s not just about the cash they could win or lose…it’s about the culture they take part in by playing with your brand, and the cultural phenomenon you’re building with, and for, your growing audience.This commitment to the mass market, free to play offers and promotions to encourage awareness, trial and engagement, and segmented offers and incentives for the players once you had the data to really know them, was the only way to gain and retain “membership” of your brand, and target the top 10, and hopefully, the number one position, which with the teams and brands I had at the time I was Chief Marketing Officer, we were able to do with both ParadisePoker, and PokerStars, globally.I use the word “membership” deliberately – seeing the audience as just potential “customers” encourages the “get and go” attitude from many of today’s online gamblers, and our industry response to them as “new depositing customers”, valuable only for their first month’s activity, and largely seen as “lapsed or lapsing” thereafter. Seeing them as “members” of your branded entertainment offering, across all products, shifts the manner in which you meet, greet, gain and retain them.Ismail Vali can be contacted at ismail.vali@icloud.com. LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020last_img read more

Nigel Birrell: Lottoland – High Court has missed the opportunity to help innovators

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Nigel Birrell, Chief Executive of Lottoland, has published an official statement following the High Court of England & Wales’ rejection of the combined ‘EuroMillions appeal’ against DCMS and its interested parties – the UKGC and National Lottery operator Camelot UK.This week, Lord Justice Green and Justice Gross rejected Lottoland and Multi Lotto UK’s February High Court appeal seeking to annul DCMS approved ‘Gambling Act 2005’ amendments on ‘synthetic lotteries’ offering EuroMillions transactions.“We respect the UK court ruling regarding betting on non-UK Euromillions, but are disappointed at the missed opportunity to remove a piece of legislation that, in our view, conflicts with the fundamental rights of EU law which should allow Lottoland the freedom to provide all of its services to the UK,” Birrell’s statement reads.Lottoland and Multi Lotto had charged DCMS of denying services on EuroMillions, a pan-European lottery game that is not governed by the remit of the UKGC, thus unfairly favouring Camelot UK as National Lottery operator.Furthermore, the appeal stated that DCMS amendments had breached EU laws on member states restricting services and that the government department had not conducted a fair consultation on its policy which was enforced from 6 April 2018.The judgement of ‘EU Lotto Ltd vs DCMS’ saw the High Court back DCMS, stating that as a government department it should have the ability to implement policy amendments on ‘the grounds of protecting recognised public policy initiatives’, such as securing National Lottery funds for good causes.Birrell and Lottoland maintain that the Gambling Act amendments simply serve to support Camelot as National Lottery operator, stifling innovation and market disruptors. Nevertheless, leading Lottoland, Birrell confirms that the Gibraltar firm will not move to contest the High Court’s decision.“We feel that this new legislation simply protects the outdated monopoly and that this ruling goes against freedom of choice and value for customers in the UK.“Lottoland is an innovator who grows the market and offers customers new products and games. That said, we aim to move on and will not appeal the court decision.” UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more