Final settlement reached in massive Robocalling case

first_imgRobocalling Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Federal Trade Commission and nine other state attorneys general announced on Tuesday the entry of the last consent judgment shutting down an illegal robocalling scheme used to sell Florida cruise line vacations.The unlawful telemarketing campaign flooded consumers from across the country with billions of unwanted robocalls, averaging 12 to 15 million illegal calls a day, and generated millions of dollars for the companies. The fifth and final consent judgment announced bars owner Fred Accuardi and his companies from assisting or participating in actions that violate telemarketing laws.Attorney General, Pam Bondi.In 2015, Attorney General Bondi, in partnership with the FTC and other state attorneys general, filed a lawsuit against Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc., a marketing company, as well as seven other companies, for alleged involvement in a scheme that used political survey robocalls to illegally sell cruise vacations. The joint complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.The complaint alleged that the defendants’ robocalls violated both Florida and federal law by unlawfully using political surveys as a pretext to place sales calls pitching Bahamas cruises and related vacation packages to individuals on do-not-call lists and other individuals they were prohibited from calling.Accuardi and his companies allegedly assisted and facilitated the illegal calls by providing robocallers with hundreds of telephone numbers. The defendants also allegedly made it possible for robocallers to change their caller identification information, funded a portion of the robocalling campaigns, and hid the robocallers’ identities from authorities.In addition to barring Accuardi and his businesses from illegal telemarketing, the consent judgment imposes a judgment of $1.35 million, which will be suspended after the defendants pay $2,500. If the court finds that the defendants misrepresented their financial condition, the entire judgment will become due.Florida and the FTC led the joint action and were joined by attorneys general in nine other states: Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington.This is just the latest action taken by Attorney General Bondi in partnership with the FTC to clamp down on illegal operations in Florida.Consumers who receive robocall solicitations can report the calls to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by calling (866) 9-NO-SCAM or file a complaint by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.last_img read more

Ralph Gonsalves: St. Vincent and Grenadines Prime Minister is New Chairman…

first_imgGonsalves’ new role will also test whether or not he is deserving of a fifth term as president of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as the end of his term as chairman will coincide with the next general elections to be held in the nation, which must be held by December.  In 1994, he became the Deputy Political Leader of the Unity Labor Party (ULP). The ULP was a merger of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Labor Party and the Movement for National Unity (MNU). After the resignation of Vincent Beache, Gonsalves became the leader of the party in 1998 and led the party to victory in the General Elections held in 2001.  Gonsalves, who has been part of CARICOM for 19 years, promised that he will use his six-month term as chairman to deal with the deleterious effects that climate change is having on the socio-economic future of the region. The new chairman said smaller islands in the region like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Dominica are now dealing with a battered infrastructure due to severe weather in late 2019, and not enough has been done to help the islands rebuild. Ralph Gonsalves “Comrade Ralph,” as he is affectionately called by his supporters first became involved in politics as a UWI student, while completing his degree in economics at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. As president of the University of West Indies’ Guild of Undergraduates, he led a student protest of the deportation of historian and intellectual Walter Rodney by the Jamaican government led by former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer in 1968.  He later returned to the UWI-Mona to earn a master’s degree in government, which he completed in 1971. In 1974, he completed a Ph.D., also in government at the University of Manchester. Subsequently, he turned to the study of law and was later called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in London in 1981.center_img On July 3, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government held a special conference, which saw Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley handing over the six-month CARICOM Chairmanship to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has remained a popular prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines since then, winning other general elections held in 2005, 2010, and 2015. Now in his fourth term and 19th year in office, Gonsalves has been the longest continuously serving head of government since the island became independent in 1979. Gonsalves has also been Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of North Central Windward since 1994.  Following the end of his academic career in England, he returned to the island to practice law. Before becoming prime minister, Gonsalves practiced law extensively and successfully before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in a wide range of matters, but particularly in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, matrimonial law, real property law, law of tort generally and the law of contract. Gonzalves is currently married to his second wife Eloise Harris. He has two sons by his first marriage, Camillo and Adam; one son by his second wife, Storm; and two daughters, Isis and Soleil. In 2015, Camillo was elected as a Member of Parliament and currently serves in his father’s Cabinet.last_img read more

Niasse Nabs FA Charge For Alleged Simulation

first_imgEverton striker Oumar Niasse could become the first Premier League player to be banned for “successful deception of a match official” after he was charged by the English Football Association (FA).Niasse won a controversial penalty under minimal contact from Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park. Leighton Baines went on to score the penalty for the Toffees.The Senegal international was also on the scoresheet for Everton as he rescued a point for his team with their 2nd equaliser on the stroke of halftime and he has until 18:00 GMT later today to respond.According to the new laws introduced in May, players could be charged after a game for simulation.An FA statement read: “Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.“Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.“Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.” the statement added. RelatedLanzini Given Two-Game Ban For DivingDecember 20, 2017In “England”Mo Salah to miss Arsenal and Manchester City clashesDecember 27, 2018In “England”Watford Forward Cleared Of Simulation During Arsenal GameOctober 17, 2017In “England”last_img read more

‘On fire’ Northern Irishman Grigg saves bookies millions

first_img UK bookmakers are breathing a huge sigh of relief, after Manchester City crashed out of the FA Cup at League One Wigan Athletic courtesy of Will Grigg, saving up to £25m in the process.The Northern Irishman struck as the tie approached the final ten minutes, putting to bed any hopes Pep Guardiola’s side had of securing an unprecedented and historic quadruple.Betway has estimated that factoring in the cost of City losing the game, their chance of winning a sixth FA Cup and all bets placed on City landing the four major trophies, a saving of approximately £1m has been made by themselves alone.That is despite a handful of lucky punters scooping four and five figure sums, after backing the Latics at 16/1 to defeat the Etihad based side once again.Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “Man City had been well-backed for the quadruple since October, with some punters on at as big as 700/1 all the way down to 14/1. In late February, with still no sign of the sky blue train stopping, we were staring down the barrel of a heavy six-figure pay-out on the quadruple so last night’s result came as a great relief.“As you’d expect, we took plenty of lumpy bets on City to overcome Wigan last night, and they were also very well-backed to win the FA Cup itself. Overall, we’ve been saved a loss in the region of £1 million, and many other firms will be feeling the same.“The magic of the FA Cup has sprinkled a bit of stardust on the bookmaking industry, that’s for sure. I think it’s safe to say that the bookies have saved somewhere between £10m-£25m thanks to Will Grigg and Wigan Athletic.”Betway now makes City’s rivals Manchester United the 9/4 favourites for the trophy, shortly ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at 11/4 and 4/1 respectively, with Sergio Aguero and co 9/2 to go on and end the season with the treble. EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

32Red enters Middlesbrough FC principal partnership

first_img EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Middlesbrough Football Club has entered into agreements with the Kindred Group, which will see a duo of its brands go into close relations with the EFL (English Football League) Championship side.Online casino 32Red has firstly been announced as the club’s new principal shirt sponsor, with the three year deal marking a “record breaking” partnership.This is to see the logo of 32Red adorn the Middlesbrough FC first team jerseys, as well as adult replica shirts, with Unibet also securing branding rights as part of the deal.The online sports betting site will display itself across the Boro first team training wear, in addition to the adult replica versions.As well as seeing 32Red and Unibet take pride of place across the Hummel designed kit, fans are to also benefit through the agreement, via chances to win “unique, money can’t buy” opportunities.Neil Banbury, General Manager of the UK at the Kindred Group, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Middlesbrough, a club steeped in tradition with some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the country.“It will be an honour to see our brand adorn the kits at the famous Riverside as we look to support the team in going one further this season and gaining promotion back to the Premier League.“We look forward to building on our history of successful football sponsorships by providing Boro fans the excitement and entertainment that has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.”Neil Bausor, Chief Executive at Middlesbrough FC, added: “We’re hugely excited by this partnership and how it can benefit all those involved, including our supporters.“32Red is an innovative brand with a demonstrable interest in football, and we look forward to our relationship going from strength to strength over the next three years.“We’d like to take this chance to thank the Kindred Group for their support.” StumbleUpon Submit QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Pin Projekt: Automated drums keep live games business beating

first_img AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Related Articles Pin Projekt enters South Africa with Hollywoodbets deal May 12, 2020 Submit Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Live games provider Pin Projekt is still up and running despite the COVID-19 outbreak, as its proprietary drum machines can run with or without human intervention.Pin Projekt explained that while live dealers and live draw hostesses retain a key role in the business, it can rely on the automated technology to remain fully operational. Therefore, despite the impact the coronavirus has had on other studio-based gaming providers, live lottery and table games from Pin Projekt have still been streamed to operators including Wwin, PremierBet and 1xBet.The only difference has been a short break for the live dealers, which enabled the company to put in place measures to guarantee a safe working environment for them to return. Pin Projekt told SBC News that the dealers will be back in the Zagreb studio today since Croatia is not yet in lockdown, but that a return to the fully automated service would quickly be restored should their safety be compromised by a quicker spread of the virus.The company said that it took the decision over five years ago to develop every part of the system in-house to make it more resilient in the “most difficult of times” but admitted that it never expected, nor wanted, a world crisis to justify the approach.COO Vedran Katić said: “Live content is a very important niche in gaming and when you develop every part of the system in house it can make it resilient in the most difficult of times. Relying only on your own software and technology proves important not only in normal day to day business but also in times when things are unpredictable, such as today.“The unique combination of betting on live events, in our case, live draws has become a very sought for service. Our clients can always rely on us to offer a betting market including rich video streaming content. This is possible due to our proprietary drum machines which are fully automated and can run with or without the live dealers present. “Although we live in a world in which software appears to be running it, people are still crucial for almost any kind of business but we can also rely solely on our automated technology to keep a continuous operation running.”While online casino and a number other verticals such as virtual sports and esports have been pushed to the forefront of the industry’s response to COVID-19, live casino providers have been struggling to stay operational. Given that an estimated quarter of the world is on lockdown, and many other countries have enforced social distancing measures, this brings obvious challenges to those reliant on human input.CCO Ivan Grković admitted that while online sportsbook or casino operators have often been reluctant to embrace the concept, these companies might now “face the need” to integrate live streamed lottery or table games to offset revenue losses from other verticals.He added: “We have changed the niche of the industry by combining betting and lottery games with our proprietary drums to offer clients more than 2,000 draws every day. Our drums are unique and fully automated, which allows us to offer our product with all features, even when the competition relies on human intervention that can’t be delivered.”last_img read more

Swedish government green lights tighter restrictions despite industry backlash

first_imgShare Share LeoVegas demands Spelinspektionen clarifies rules on deposit limits July 13, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sweden’s government has given the green light for temporary restrictions to be placed on the country’s regulated gaming market despite industry protests against the measures. The measures will be rolled out from 2 July and remain in place until the end of the year. The SEK5,000 weekly deposit and SEK100 bonus offer limits, which will not be applicable to the horse racing and sports betting industry, will affect the country’s online casino and slots sector. Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi said: “As a result of the current pandemic, we see a mix of circumstances that together create great risks in the gaming sector. These need to be counteracted. With these measures, the government will strengthen the protection of Swedish consumers.”In addition to the deposit and bonus limits, players will also be required to set time limits on online casino games. SEK500,000 has also been allocated for funding the country’s Public Health Authority to carry out research into the rates of problem gambling during the pandemic, with a report due to be presented to the Ministry of Social Affairs by the end of February 2021.“We need in-depth knowledge of how problem gambling is affected by the corona pandemic,” social minister Lena Hallengren said. “This is important for preventing gambling addiction in the future.”The proposed measures have faced substantial backlash from the betting and gaming industry, with nine CEOs claiming that the ‘unrealistic proposals’ will ‘play into the hands of the unlicensed market’.The alternative measures proposed in an open letter appear to have been dismissed by the government, however, and may pose greater risk to the rates of channelisation in Sweden according to a report by Copenhagen Economics.last_img read more

GAME’s identity crisis – can esports save the day?

first_imgThe first GAME store opened in 1990, and since then the brand has had a rollercoaster of a journey. An initial era of solid expansion in an exciting new industry promised a bright future in the new millennium. In 2006, The GAME Group became the largest video game retailer in Europe, and the following year saw their portfolio expand to over a thousand properties worldwide, with an annual turnover cresting £1 billion.But by 2012, the bubble had burst. Reckless expansion, coupled with the fallout from a brutal financial crisis, led to the company’s collapse into administration. An acquisition by OpCapita was followed by Game Digital’s incorporation in May 2014. The next month saw the company float on the London Stock Exchange; there, the brand was likely kept alive by the promise of digital growth in the market.Then, in 2015, GAME acquired Multiplay, the biggest gaming services company in the UK, as they sought to consolidate their position in the new digital market landscape. Multiplay, famous for providing some of the most prominent games events in the UK – including Insomnia, the country’s largest gaming festival – was also renowned for its specialism in online game server hosting. The brand continues to work with some illustrious industry titles, such as DayZ, Rocket League, and Titanfall 2.On the fiscal year ending on the 29th of July, 2017, Game Digital recorded a pre-tax loss of £10 million. Then, on Tuesday of this week, a mere two years after purchasing the company, GAME and Multiplay parted ways. With Unity’s acquisition of Multiplay comes an apparent U-turn in GAME’s direction – so what reason is there to believe that their backtracking is not just another sign of the retailer’s inevitable demise?Multiplay Insomnia61 at NEC – Katy Eyre/iEventMediaAs it happens, there is still cause for optimism. GAME’s 2015 purchase of Multiplay came in at £20 million, and their sale at £19 million – but that number does not simply reflect a seven-figure mistake. GAME quietly came out of the deal retaining ownership of Multiplay’s events business and associated IP – including Insomnia, the UK’s ‘Glastonbury of Gaming’.As traditional, high street games retail continues to decline, led by flops in the video game market such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Star Wars Battlefront 2, GAME is looking to another market: esports.“The next two to three years will be telling. If GAME is to double down on its esports focus, expect BELONG arenas to form a mainstay in the UK”When they opened the first ‘BELONG’ arena inside the Manchester Trafford Centre store last year, GAME spied a piece of driftwood to keep them afloat in uncertain waters. And with plans to have 35 venues operational by the end of 2018, it is no coincidence that they maintained a grip on Insomnia, one of the biggest platforms for esports in the country.“Though our markets remained volatile last year, we made solid strategic progress as we continued to focus on those elements within our control; delivering on each of the four pillars of our strategy and creating a new cost base for our UK retail business,” said Martyn Gibbs, CEO of Game Digital, in a statement earlier this month.“We have reviewed our operations and are now accelerating development plans as we seek to fully capitalise on the strong growth potential in the growing esports market”.Retention of Insomnia, investment in local arenas, and a perennial hold on the UK game retail market positions GAME with a connection to every aspect of the UK esports industry, from grassroots to professional. And with game sales and local internet cafes creating an interest in competitive gaming that will bring people to events, and with their events in turn driving an interest in game sales, GAME might have finally cracked the code for a successful business model in the digital era.“If GAME succeeds, the UK esports industry in its entirety will be better off for it”The next two to three years will be telling. If GAME is to double down on its esports focus, expect BELONG arenas to form a mainstay in the UK gaming community, with tournaments and events providing incentive to get newcomers involved. With Insomnia seemingly going from strength to strength, now is the time to truly commit. If GAME succeeds, the UK esports industry in its entirety will be better off for it. If they fail, and suffer the same fate that befell video store Blockbuster in a new age that they failed to adapt to, it could be game over. With the sale of its Multiplay division for £19 million earlier this week, Game Digital plc – the parent company behind the high street retail brand GAME – reached a crossroads. Following the loss of the UK’s largest gaming services provider, the time has come for GAME to commit to a new direction in 2018.last_img read more

Europa League draw: Arsenal face Rennes, Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev

first_img–Source: BBC Arsenal will play French side Rennes and Chelsea face Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League.The Premier League sides have both been drawn to play at home in their first leg, which will take place on 7 March.The return ties will be held on 14 March.Chelsea won the competition in 2013, while Arsenal boss Unai Emery led former club Sevilla to victory in the Europa League in the subsequent three years.Europa League drawChelsea v Dynamo KievEintracht Frankfurt v Inter MilanDinamo Zagreb v BenficaNapoli v SalzburgValencia v KrasnodarSevilla v Slavia PragueArsenal v RennesZenit v Villarreallast_img read more

Aaron Wan-Bissaka joins Manchester United

first_img Source: Manchester United Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. Aaron has signed a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.The 21-year-old defender came through the ranks of Crystal Palace’s academy. He made his professional debut in February 2018 and picked up both the fans’ player of the year award and also the players’ player of the year award in his first full season. Aaron represented England at this year’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”Aaron Wan-Bissaka said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”last_img read more