Constitutional Amendment proposed to make healthcare a right in Florida

first_imgOn Tuesday, Tallassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also seeking to be the first African-American governor of Florida, proposed a constitutional amendment making affordable healthcare a fundamental right of all Floridians.Gillum plans to place the amendment before Florida’s voters statewide, and direct the Florida Legislature to make securing Floridians’ right to healthcare a top priority.  He said he decided to propose the amendment because access to affordable healthcare for 2 million Floridians is threatened by the healthcare bill proposed by Republicans in the US Congress. Moreover, 800,000 more Floridians are also negatively impacted by  Governor Rick Scott’s failure to expand Medicaid.Last week, Gillum also postponed a state law to protect women’s access to no-cost contraception. Previously, he outlined plans to pass and sign the nation’s strongest legislation to ensure coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and to ban insurers from charging women more than men for coverage.“It’s time for Florida to finally enshrine healthcare as a right for all. There is a public trust for the government to care for its citizens, and our state can no longer be ambiguous about that moral obligation. When healthcare is under attack in Washington, we’re going to lean into the challenge of healthcare in the Sunshine State and live our values,” Gillum said.“Every day, I see patients who are terrified of losing their health coverage and their care, because of politics,” said Dr. Shrearest Crenshaw, a family medicine physician in Parkland, Broward County. “We guarantee the right to speak, to worship, and to the courts. As a physician, I believe it equally important that our Constitution guarantee the right to affordable healthcare that Floridians deserve.”The draft text of the proposed constitutional amendment, reads:The following language shall be added to Article I of the Florida Constitution:Affordable health care is a fundamental right of all Floridians. In weighing priorities and allocating available resources, the Legislature shall afford the highest consideration to securing this right.BALLOT SUMMARY: Adds a new section to Article I of the Florida Constitution. Declares that affordable health care is a fundamental right of all Floridians. Directs the Legislature, in weighing priorities and allocating available resources, to afford the highest consideration to securing the right.last_img read more

PB County Commission on Ethics (COE) hear complaints

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics (COE) took the following actions at its monthly public meeting held on November 2, 2017.Four complaints were heard in the executive session. These were: C17-018:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint finding that the violation was unintentional, inadvertent, or insubstantial.C17-019:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint finding that the violation was unintentional, inadvertent, or insubstantial.C17-028:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint finding that the violation was unintentional, inadvertent, or insubstantial.C15-023:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE found probable cause existed and dismissed the complaint as the public interest would not be served by proceeding further.RQO 17-015: Two members of the town of Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission asked:1)     Would it violate the misuse of office prohibitions or the voting conflicts prohibitions for them to  participate in discussions or vote on proposed amendments to a previously approved planned unit development (PUD) when they are named parties in a circuit court action filed against the Town of Jupiter by a not-for-profit citizen’s group, Citizen Owners of Love Street (COOLS), challenging the procedural correctness of the 2016 project approval by the Jupiter Town Council, and they are both also listed as officers or directors of COOLS?2)     Would such a vote under these conditions violate the corrupt misuse of official positions prohibitions under the Code of Ethics?3)     Did their motion, participation in discussions and vote at the July 11, 2017, PZC meeting concerning tabling the issue of the Love Street PUD amendments until they were able to obtain an advisory opinion from the COE as to whether they were precluded from participating in discussions or voting on the Love Street PUD amendments, constitute a violation of the voting conflicts section of the Code of Ethics?The COE opined as follows:(1)   No. Such actions will not result in a prohibited “special financial benefit” to themselves or to any other person or entity set forth in §2-443(1-7) of the Code, including COOLS.(2)   No. The fact that an official holds a well-known position on a controversial issue, and takes that position in discussions or votes concerning that issue, does not make those actions a “corrupt misuse” of their official position by being “inconsistent with the proper performance of their public duties,” even where that position is in the minority among voting members, so long as they receive no prohibited special benefit by these actions.(3)   No. The motion to table was not a discussion or vote on the relevant matter of the Love Street PUD amendment itself, and it also did not provide an improper benefit to them or to COOLS.RQO 17-022: A city of Delray Beach employee asked if the city is prohibited from accepting a donation of streetlights and other lighting components from a company located in Delray Beach.The Commission On Ethics opined as follows:  The Code of Ethics does not prohibit the city from accepting a donation of streetlights identical to the ones used throughout the city from the company as long as the donation is determined to have a public purpose and the general contractor providing the streetlights does not receive any unlawful benefit for providing such goods.For recent article on Palm Beach County, click the link: Palm Beach County launches challenge to end homeless youthlast_img read more

Jamaican Star Footballer Junior Flemmings Helps Keep Phoenix on top in…

first_imgNEW YORK, CMC – Jamaican Junior Flemmings netted his 10th goal of the season as Phoenix Rising thumped Reno 1868 FC in a top of the table clash, to stretch their lead atop the Western Conference in the United Soccer League on Friday night.Playing at Casino Arizona Field, the 23-year-old forward opened the scoring to create the momentum as the home side ran out easy 4-2 winners, to notch their 16th win of the season and extend their winning streak to 14 games.They moved their tally to 53 points, now nine clear of Reno in second, with Fresno FC third also on 44 points.Flemmings was on the scoresheet as early as the 20th minute when he beat two defenders on the left and sent a firm 22-yard drive past goalkeeper Matt Bersano.The strike gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at half-time but eight minutes after the resumption, Daniel Musovski equalized for Reno.However, Phoenix took firm command of the contest through Solomon Asante’s penalty and Mustapha Dumbuya’s close-range finish in the space of four minutes, to lead 3-1 in the 61st minute.Corey Hertzog pulled one back in the 74th but Phoenix proved unstoppable, scoring a fourth five minutes later through Asante, to close out the game strongly.At Providence Park in Portland, Trinidadian defender Mekeil Williams scored as part of a fine comeback effort from visiting OKC Energy as they rebounded from 2-1 down at half-time to beat Portland Timbers 2, 4-2.Giovanni Calixtro had given the hosts a fourth-minute lead before Christian Eissele canceled out that advantage in the 20th minute, but Ryan Sierakowski put them back in front in the 28th.However, Williams sparked the comeback when he nodded in Rafael Garcia’s corner in the 53rd minute and Eissele and Christian Ibeagha netted goals to add the finishing touches.OKC Energy lies seventh in the Western Conference on 33 points, one ahead of Portland on 32.last_img read more

Jamaica Announces Protocol for Re-entry of Jamaicans Stuck Overseas

first_imgFollowing the announcement, the minister said that the website was already receiving 100,000 hits per second. The capacity of the site has been expanded but she, however, urged Jamaicans to be patient. “When you go on that website, you click on immigration (THE IMMIGRATION TAB IS LOCATED AT THE TOP RIGHT CORNER) and you will see a form that asks you to sign in with your email,” the minister said. Johnson Smith added that once an application has been submitted, individuals will either receive, within three days, conditional approval or asked to answer additional questions. Johnson Smith noted that the re-entry process is accessible on the COVID-19 website at or on the new mobile application “JamCovid19”. The websites zero-rate so residents will not need a data plan to browse. The minister stressed that airlines will not accept a booking until the individual has received a travel authorization which is issued at the end of the application process. The Jamaican government has announced a protocol that will allow for the re-entry of Jamaicans that have been stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. “We have started informing the airlines of our protocols for controlled re-entry and advising them that nationals who still hold tickets for their airlines will now be seeking to re-book once they have received the travel authorization through our new online portal (,” she continued. She noted that the process requires personal information including health status, which will only be shared with public health officials. The minister said that returning Jamaicans must agree to a 14-day quarantine period in a government-provided facility. There will be no option to leave before the quarantine period has expired. Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith advised that this phase of controlled re-entry is being made available for Jamaican nationals that have been stuck overseas under distressing circumstances. Jamaicans who live overseas and want to travel to Jamaica for business or leisure are being advised to wait. She also noted that Jamaica does not have the resources to charter flights or to pay for the return of nationals. “Persons will therefore be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel, taking into consideration the limited availability of flights,” she said. Kamina Johnson Smithlast_img read more

Willkommen DFS…DraftKings launches in Germany

first_imgShare Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Jeffrey Haas, DraftKingsContinuing its planned European market expansion, US daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings has launched its services in Germany.The DFS operator enters the German sports market, through its recently secured Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) ‘Controlled Skill Games Licence’ which was granted to DraftKings operations this March.Having officially launched its DFS services within the UK betting market in H1 2016, DraftKings executive teams have been researching further potential European markets to enter.Led by Chief International Officer (CIO) Jeffery Haas, DraftKings governance has pointed to Germany as its next major market entry for a number of months.  The operator details a strong following of US sports by German consumers, which is suitable with its current portfolio of games.Last week Haas made DraftKings move official, stating to industry media :“Germany is known for its passionate sports fans and we are pleased to welcome them to daily fantasy sports. Germans show a proclivity for American sports, particularly the NFL and NBA.“Initial testing in Germany shows that our most popular sport has been the NBA, which is why we are opening our beta test to all German sports fans.” Submit Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

GVC Holdings appoints Jane Anscombe as Independent Director & Chair of Remuneration Committee

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Jane AnscombeFTSE listed online gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed the appointment of Jane Anscombe as an Independent Non-Executive Director.An investment and communications specialist Anscombe has over thirty-years’ experience in finance for the gaming, leisure and entertainment sectors.  She has held senior executive positions at Rank Group, Carlton Communications and Edison Investment Research.Further to joining GVC as an independent Director, Anscombe has been appointed the new chair of the Remuneration Committee and be a key stakeholder on the firm’s Nominations Committee.Lee Feldman, GVC Holdings Chairman, commented on the appointment of Anscombe; “I look forward to working with Jane who brings an impressive wealth of knowledge about the gaming sector and will enhance the Board’s discussions and decision-making.As the new Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Jane will lead the process reviewing executive remuneration policy in consultation with our major shareholders. Jane is the fifth independent director GVC has recruited since joining the Main Market last year, reflecting our commitment to enhancing our corporate governance practices.”last_img read more

Major Shake-up! Sky changes sports subscriptions & content strategy

first_img EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Ahead of the start of the 2017/18 English Premier League season (12 August), main broadcaster Sky will move to scrap its individual sports channels, with a view of streamlining its content and viewer paid subscription packages.Seeking to boost its subscriptions, the broadcaster will retire its Sky Sports Channels (1,2.3, 4 & 5) creating new ‘sports-themed’ package options for customers. Sky’s new sports-themed packages are reported to include individual channels for football (2 dedicated channels), formula 1, cricket and golf.In order to fulfil its broadcast obligations for other sports partners, Sky will launch a new channel ‘Sky Sports Arena’, which will host content for tennis, rugby, darts, etc…TV insiders report that the new content strategy forms part of Sky governance’s ‘major shake-up’ as the broadcaster looks to combat falling sports subscriptions. Furthermore, the broadcaster has been forced to revamp its sports strategy having paid £4.2 billion to secure its latest English Premier League TV broadcast rights for 2016 – 2019.Sky Sports will relaunch its services with a reported £18-per-month package for each individual dedicated sports channel.  The broadcaster will also form a ‘bundle – all content’ subscription package reported to being priced at £49 per month.Having been coerced into a bidding war for the English Premier League TV rights against competitor BT Sports, Sky management now faces a reported £10 million cost per EPL televised match.  As well as offering dedicated sports channels, Sky will broaden its access to individual sports matches/events through its Sky Now service, charging non-subscribers a viewing fee for day passes or viewing ‘one-off’ content.UK business news sources report that Sky governance is concerned about US tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon seeking to move-in on sports content, and disrupting traditional sports TV broadcasts.Last April, leading digital retailer Amazon won the rights to host Thursday Night NFL matches for season 2017-18, through its US Amazon Prime service. Locked in a consumer/user battle against Google and Facebook, Amazon leadership has detailed that live sports content could be a key asset in further growing its audiences and new consumers.last_img read more

‘Perfect Companion’ Coral launches Connect App

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share In time for the start of a new European football season, UK bookmaker Coral has announced that launch of its ‘Connect App’ available to download in the Apple App and Google Play stores.First launched in 2014, Coral Connect has formed an integral part of the bookmaker’s successful omni-channel initiative bridging customer engagement across its digital and retail assets, which include the operator’s gaming machines, bet stations, digital player rewards programs and in-store terminals.Announcing the launch of the Connect App, Ladbrokes Coral development teams stated that its new release would be the ‘perfect companion’ for new and existing Connect account holders.The app will be able to monitor both over-the-counter and digital bets placed by customers. Furthermore, the new app will also boast a news and features section highlighting current form and it will stream live events, including football, racing and tennis.An account balance will be available at the touch of a button along with any promotions and cash out options.  On a selection of the football coupons there will be updates available on game stats that will include: number of corners, possession percentage and shots on target.Darren Calvia Head of Omni-Channel Product, Ladbrokes Coral commented on the app launch:“The Coral Connect App is a market-leading way for our customers to enhance their shop experience with us.  We know that our customers’ appetite for more flexible and engaging products is greater than ever before and this latest iteration of Connect bridges the gap between retail and online to provide the omni-channel experience they want.” Related Articles Degree 53 ‘UX Review’ reviews operators against latest Apple app guidelines January 15, 2020 Racing Post adds Betfair markets to racing app December 30, 2019 Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement  March 31, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Mr Green launches Express features to improve efficiency

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Jesper Kärrbrink: The industry must promote responsible gaming to the top of the agenda May 1, 2020 Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 To minimise the time spent on registration, login and withdrawals when visiting Mr Green, the igaming operator is releasing a range of Express features.Starting today, Swedish customers can create an account with Mr Green by simply using their BankID. Existing Mr Green users are also able to use the express functions making both login and withdrawals. With this service, Mr Green jumps on the trend with super-fast registration and withdrawals. Mr Green’s Express registration and withdrawals solution is unique in the way that it works in combination with other registration, deposit and withdrawal methods as well as applies for customers already having an account. With focus on player security and compliance Mr Green’s Express Registration is built to be compliant with the approaching regulation in Sweden. Any Swedish customer signing in through BankID and deposits through bank transfer will also be able to benefit from the new Express Withdrawal feature, which will normally credit the customer’s account in less than 5 minutes.BankID login and withdrawals is available on all Mr Green platforms including web desktop and mobile as well as iOS and android apps. Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green, commented on the new express features: “At Mr Green, we focus on delivering a superior experience in a Green Gaming environment and since these new features let the customers focus on enjoying our games in a safe way, we know this will contribute to a great gaming experience. “This will also make the validation process of new players much easier for us, reducing the time spend approving new accounts internally leaving even more room for us to build more smart tools in the future. We are now looking at ways to roll out these features in more of our markets where BankID and similar solutions are available.”last_img read more

Ladbrokes confirms partnership with All-Weather Championships

first_img Ladbrokes has strengthened its relationship with British Racing, signing a new three year partnership with the Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) to sponsor two categories of the All-Weather Championships.A founding sponsor of the All-Weather Championships in 2013, Ladbrokes will now sponsor both the “Fillies and Mares” and the “Three-Year-Old” categories. The deal will see the Ladbrokes branding displayed prominently on track and Ladbrokes race titles for all races in the two categories across the four ARC All-Weather Championships racecourses, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Southwell and Lingfield Park.The sixth season of the All-Weather Championships will start on 23 October 2018 at Newcastle Racecourse and will once again culminate in the £1 million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday (19 April), 2019.Simon Clare, Ladbrokes Coral PR Director, commented on the deal: “The All-Weather Championships has very quickly become a firmly established and very successful part of the British racing calendar and we are proud that we were one of the founding partners of what was such an innovative new initiative when launched in 2013. It is therefore great that Ladbrokes is back involved as a partner of the Series and we look forward to contributing significantly to the future success of the All-Weather Championships.”As it falls within the All-Weather Championships’ “Three-Year-Old” category, Ladbrokes will also take over title sponsorship of the Listed £100,000 Ladbrokes Burradon Stakes at Newcastle on Good Friday. The race was won in 2018 by Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Gronkowski, who went on to finish runner-up behind US Triple Crown winner Justify in the Belmont Stakes in June.Director of Partnerships at ARC, David Leyden Dunbar added: “We are delighted to welcome Ladbrokes back to the All-Weather Championships for season six.  As an original partner back in 2013, they were hugely important in helping to establish the Championships into the competition they are today, popular with racing fans, punters and horsemen.“Our racecourses are very much looking forward to working with their team over the coming months as we get underway with another fantastic All-Weather Championships season.” Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Submit ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more