Miami-Dade Court rule against Miami Beach minimum wage ordinance

first_imgMiami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Lopez  has ruled in favor of a joint lawsuit filed by a coalition of Florida businesses supported by state Attorney General Pam Bondi, against a City of Miami Beach 2016 ordinance increasing that city’s minimum wage.Last year the commission voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $10.31 effective January 1, 2018 and incrementally by $1 annually until January 1, 2021 to $13.31 per hour.  The rates set by the ordinance is significantly higher than Florida’s current minimum wage of $8.10 per hour.Subsequent to passing the ordinance, the city drew the ire of a coalition of powerful businesses including the Florida Retail Association, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Florida Chamber of Commerce. Last December the organizations filed a joint lawsuit to block the city ordinance. The lawsuit claimed the ordinance was unconstitutional as the minimum wage it created could not supersede minimum wage set by the state.The plaintiffs also argued the increase in the city’s minimum wage would create hardships for the member businesses of the respective organizations.While the plaintiffs hailed the ruling – handed down on Tuesday as “great news for Florida retailers and the entire business community,” Miami Beach’s attorneys said they will appeal immediately to the Florida Supreme Court. The City argues that a Florida 2004 constitutional amendment which authorized the state to set its minimum wage higher than the federal rate also allows municipalities to set rates higher than the state.City of Miami Beach City attorney, Robert Rosenwald, issued a statement indicating the city wants the Florida Supreme Court to   intervene to “reverse the circuit court’s misreading’ of the ordinance. The attorney said the court “simply got it wrong.”Although Florida’s minimum wage is 85 cents higher than the current federal minimum wage, it’s still significantly below the living wage of $10.10 determined by various local economist. For several years, efforts by lawmakers on the Florida Legislature, supported by local trade unions, to raise the state minimum to coincide with a living wage have failed.The primary proponent of the City of Miami Beach minimum wage ordinance Mayor Phillip Levine, a Democrat who is reported planning to campaign for Florida Governor when incumbent Governor Rick Scott terms out in 2018, decried the Miami-Dade Circuit Court’s ruling.“While I am extremely disappointed in today’s ruling against Florida families, we expected that this case would ultimately end up before the Florida Supreme Court,” Levine said. “Our legal team is working on a swift appeal to ensure the will of Floridians expressed through the 2004 state constitutional amendment on minimum wage is fully implemented.”In response, Helene O’Brien Florida District Leader of one of the nation’s largest unions said – “Laws that pre-empt us from addressing wage inequality and poverty in our communities are nothing more than a power grab by politicians and their wealthy backers. We unequivocally stand behind the rights of local governments, like the City of Miami Beach, to decide how best to address the needs of the constituents that they serve.”last_img read more

Barbados PM willing to meet with social partners

first_imgSpeaking in parliament on Tuesday Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says he’s willing to meet with social partners clamoring for a meeting. He stated such a meeting will not be behind closed doors.Stuart was speaking the day after thousands of Barbadians joined with trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) in protest against the government. They were pressing for the government to meet with the social partnership over recently implemented budgetary measures.Not in secretThe PM said, “Whenever the meeting is held, it is not going to held in secret. It is going to be a nationally televised meting when’re Barbadians can hear what the government is about, what the social partners are about….it is going to take place in the full glare of the public. I will communicate to the head of the Private sector association and other social partners when the meeting will take place.”The Prime Minister’s decision to have a public meeting follows confusion surrounding what transpired at a meeting with the private sector last month.According to Stuart, during the meeting on June 21, a deal had been struck with the unions in relation to a pay rise. Union leaders denied knowledge of the deal saying the protest on Monday was to force the Prime Minister to meet them to discuss a way forward for the economy.Kerrie SimmondsDuring a debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds, said unions and the private sector marched Monday because of “the tardy response of the Prime Minister to their entreaties for further urgent consultations to discuss the debilitating and oppressive effects of the fiscal and economic policies of the Government.”At the end of Monday’s march, President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd Monday said his union wanted to “bring this Government to its knees” to force the administration to the negotiating table.last_img read more

Haiti Announces Significant Reduction in COVID-Cases as Airport Prepares to Reopen

first_img“Many Haitians who were stranded outside will finally be able to return home. The diaspora wishing to see their family will finally be able to do so in strict compliance with health standards with the reopening of the airport,” said Guy François Junior, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of Citizenship and Patriotism. The figures released by the Ministry of Public Health come as the country prepares to reopen the Toussaint Louverture International Airport on Tuesday, June 30. The authorities said that a permanent structure will be available at the airport to urgently take care of any case deemed suspicious or serious related to COVID-19. Travelers will have to complete a Ministry form and the answers must be correct and sincere. Public Works and Transport Minister, Nader Joaséus said the reopening of airport will be done in accordance with health principles, internationally recognized and accepted measures. The Ministry said that there were 4,956 active cases and the number of suspected cases was 11,993. “On June 30, 2020, the reopening of the airport will be effective. The Ministry of Public Health will take measures to trace everyone on arrival and follow up according to the situation. It is up to everyone to take measures to protect themselves by wearing a mask, the use of hydroalcoholic gel and compliance with barrier principles; there has to be a change in behaviour,”. Joaséus said. The authorities said that on Wednesday, Jet Blue will make the first official recovery flight. Sunrise announced the resumption of its flights between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on July 3, while American Airlines will resume flights on July 7 and Air Transat on July 29 with a return flight from Montreal/Port-au-Prince. PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti has recorded 70 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases over the past 24 hours, the first time the country has recorded less than 100 new cases for nearly a month. According to the Ministry of Public Health, a total of 5, 847 people have tested positive for the virus since the first case was detected on March 19. It said that three new deaths bring the total to 104. Tourism Minister, Myriam Jean, said a new protocol has been implemented at the airport on departure and arrival respecting the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. CMClast_img read more

Igali Laments Lack Of Cash Reward For National Wrestlers, As Dalung Promise Other Sports…

first_imgOn Wednesday, President Buhari received and declared cash rewards for the triumphant D’Tigress at the state house in Abuja following the team’s successful 2017 Afrobasket Women campaign, while nothing of such happened when Odunayo Adekuoroye claimed Nigeria’s first ever silver medal at world wrestling championships last week.“NGR National Wrestling Team: You won 12 out of 36 medals won by team Nigeria (1/3 of all medals) in Glasgow. Your reward is in heaven,” Igali added. The president of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali has expressed his displeasure over the lack of cash reward for national wrestlers.In a couple of posts on his twitter handle, the former world, and Olympic wrestling champion described how well the national wrestlers have done at continental and world championships.The 43-year-old said: “NGR National Wrestlers: 8 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze 2017 African champs. Silver medal at Senior World Championships. Your reward is in heaven.” However, The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, has declared that the government will reward athletes of other sports who “had won laurels for the country” saying “we will still do it at the appropriate time”.“Although we have athletes who had competed in other sports and had won laurels for the country, we felt it was economical to present the basketball team which was on ground in view of the fact that if you look at the components of players, they are mixed with national players and foreign based.”“For those we have not been able to receive, we will still do it at the appropriate time knowing fully well that this government is always committed to receiving an honouring our athletes whenever they make the country proud.” the minister explained to State House correspondents.Relatedlast_img read more

German Cup: Borussia Dortmund Back To Winning Ways

first_imgGerman Cup Round of 32 Results:Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1 Borussia MoenchengladbachBayer Leverkusen 4-1 Union BerlinWehen 1-3 Schalke 04Paderborn 2-0 VFL BochumFC Schweinfurt 0-4 Eintracht FrankfurtGreuther Fuerth 1-3 IngolstadtMainz 05 3-2 Holstein KielMagdeburg 0-5 Borussia DortmundRelated Holders Borussia Dortmund have returned to winning ways through the German Cup after recent wobbles in both the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and the German Bundesliga.The Signa Iduna Park outfit defeated their lowly hosts Magdeburg 5-0 courtesy goals from Gonzalo Castro, Alexander Isak, Andriy Yarmolenko (pen), Marc Bartra and former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa to secure a last 16 spot in their bid to retain the trophy they won last season by beating Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.Other Bundesliga sides like Bayer Leverkusen, the aforementioned Frankfurt, Mainz 05 and Schalke 04 are also through.last_img read more

Unikrn invests in CS:GO team BIG

first_img Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Of the decision to invest in BIG, Sood commented: “Initially we were approached by BIG, asking for a sponsorship. We immediately fell in love with the idea of supporting a German allstar team.“We were discussing sponsorships for multiple teams in the recent past, but somehow it never felt right. We even discussed the possibility of team ownership with some of our star investors. We met this dream half way with BIG. We are not only partnering up with BIG, we are actually investing in them! We want to create value for the team but at the same time we are completely hands-off when it comes to the daily operation or anything roster related. We support them through financial backing and business development.”Expect to see more involvement from the world of betting in esports this year. GG.Bet is another esports focused operator which has sponsored a number of teams including Fnatic, Na’Vi, Luminosity and more whilst Betway signed a six figure partnership with Ninjas in Pyjamas late last year. Sharecenter_img Related Articles Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Esports betting specialist Unikrn has invested in Berlin based CS:GO outfit BIG (Berlin International Gaming).This is the second such team investment the company has made. Back in late 2015 it launched an all-female pro team in CounterStrike with Sood a keen advocate of gender equality in esports.Rahul Sood, UnikrnAt the time, Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said: “The time is now for a women’s professional gaming team to take center stage, and we have the team to do it. At Unikrn, we’re big advocates for women in tech, and specifically women in esports, and we’re thrilled to see Team Unikrn take the world of CS:GO by storm.”This latest move into Berlin based org BIG surprised some as Unikrn do not currently hold a gambling licence to operate in Germany, but perhaps this is a sign of things to come. Following the announcement of this partnership BIG enjoyed an excellent weekend at Dreamhack Leipzig, and only just missed out on leaving as champions after they were undone by FlipSid3 Tactics in the final.Few expected such a performance from BIG and they’re now being seen as one to watch in 2017. Unikrn’s backing should ensure they can continue to grow and expand their brand too.last_img read more

Structural change sees Perform rebrand to DAZN Group

first_img CSA selects Stats Perform as its exclusive official data partner July 7, 2020 Simon Denyer – DAZN GroupPerform Group has undertaken a corporate branding and structural overhaul, to better communicate the firm’s new business identity following a number of enterprise changes.As a business Perform Group rebrands to ‘DAZN Group’ and splits its operating structure into two divisions; DAZN and Perform Content.Moving forward, DAZN will act as the consumer-facing property of the company, servicing its flagship DAZN OTT global sports streaming service.Furthermore, DAZN will be tasked with developing sports programming and maintaining established sports outlets such as Goal.com and SportingNews.The DAZN unit will be led by enterprise co-founder and CEO Simon Denyer, supported by Stuart Epstein as CFO.Denyer said: “Perform Group has been one of the defining companies of the sports industry over the last decade. The exceptional growth and execution of DAZN in its first seven markets means we need to focus our efforts on our primary growth engine. Our B2B division continues to grow but now is the time for it to have its own separate identity and investment plan. We are delighted that it will continue to use the Perform name.”The structural split sees the enterprise launch ‘Perform Content’, DAZN Group’s B2B data and media rights division, which will house assets and products such as OPTA, Omnisport Video, Watch & Bet, and RunningBall.The CEO of Perform Content will continue to be Ross MacEacharn, who will be joined by Ashley Milton as Perform Content Chief Financial Officer.The two divisions will each have their own governance and leadership but report into one board led by Executive Chairman John Skipper.“We have two enormous growth opportunities but they are distinct from each other,” said Skipper. “Consequently, we are re-organising to create dedicated management and standalone teams each with a clear and focused agenda and mission. We have an incredible opportunity to exploit significant shifts in sports media to drive great products to sports fans and create a company with ever more influence on the new sports media universe.” Submit Share Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Related Articles UK launch tops DAZN’s global billing March 3, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Veikkaus plans for 400 redundancies as restaurant gambling division suffers

first_img Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Submit Share Finland’s Veikkaus gambling monopoly is set to undertake a significant operational restructure cutting approximately 400 staff positions, amid the downfall of its restaurant gambling division.Veikkaus’ executive team has commenced discussions with around 1,300 of its 2,000 staff identifying areas which will be at the forefront of restructuring. The majority of the staff members that are said to be affected are located within the Helsinki area.Veikkaus CEO Olli Sarekoski said the country had undergone significant ‘structural changes’ as a result of the demographic shift towards online gambling. Approximately 45 per cent of Veikkaus’ sales now stem from its digital channels.As a result of this shift, Sarekoski said Veikkaus was “planning significant overhauls of our gaming locations and an end to the restaurant gaming table business.”Finland has long objected to the presence of internationally licensed online gambling operators that offers services to local gamblers. Sweden’s market liberalisation has clouded the situation, however, Finnish media has previously reported that a number of Swedish-licensed operators have targeted Finnish gamblers from their Swedish sites.Veikkaus VP Velipekka Nummikoski has previously addressed whether Finland will adopt a similar policy of regulating its betting market in a similar fashion to that of Sweden. However, Nummikoski believed that this would be unlikely given Veikkaus possessing close to 90 per cent share of the Finnish domestic online market, a significantly higher share than Sweden’s Svenska Spel monopoly claimed pre-liberalization.Veikkaus operations were assessed last year as part of a Finland’s Competition and Consumer Authority evaluation. The regulatory body wished to determine the operator’s effects upon its customers and competition within the industry. Related Articles Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

GambleAware commits a further £3.9m funding towards problem gambling treatment

first_img YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Industry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it will be fronting an additional £3.9m in funding towards the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service. The funding, which is set to continue for up to three years, will be provided to GamCare and its network of partners across Great Britain.£2.35m of the funding will be allocated to expanding the provision of face-to-face treatment services in England, Scotland and Wales, while £705,000 will be distributed towards helping the National Gambling Helpline provide both advice and brief interventions to a wider range of people across the UK. £435,000 will go towards enabling people to have access to computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) where this is clinically appropriate, and the remaining £438,000 will be delivered to develop peer support so that people who are recovering from gambling addiction can help others to access treatment and aftercareMarc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, commented: “Today’s announcement reflects a commitment by GambleAware to take a strategic approach to commissioning treatment services, to give people the help that they need to tackle the hidden addiction of problem gambling, and to improve the quality of life for them and their families.“This significant expansion of the existing National Gambling Treatment Service demonstrates the shared commitment between GambleAware and GamCare, as commissioner and prime provider respectively, to make a real difference to people’s lives, by reducing barriers to treatment and increasing the capacity in the treatment system.”GambleAware and GamCare have been having discussions regarding the further development of problem gambling prevention services.  Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive of GamCare, added: “GamCare is delighted to have developed a collaborative approach with GambleAware to support the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service. This funding will mean we can introduce broader accessibility, availability and choice for those harmed by gambling. “With it, we will be able to reach larger numbers of people in more locations nationally, offering a wider range of services including both online and peer support alongside our existing treatment provision.“GamCare and its network of regional partners provide services which significantly improve the quality of life of those harmed by gambling, and we will continue to develop our services to ensure that they can grow sustainably and offer the right support at the right time to as many people as possible.”The range of initiatives being announced today will be funded immediately, which are set to supplement further developments which have already been announced by the two parties. Submit Share Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020last_img read more

Betinvest: The provider’s part in the personalised player experience push

first_img Related Articles Betinvest boosts Sportradar coverage with table tennis solution May 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Confidence, Variety, Creativity: Betinvest’s advice for times of crisis May 7, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Share There is so much talk about sportsbook personalisation for the B2C market. In fact, according to Betinvest COO Max Dubossarsky it represents the “horn of plenty” for operators wanting to get as close as they can to their players. But what is the role of the provider?Dubossarsky thinks that it is primarily to provide the tools which help “operators to analyse and process large volumes of data”. An operator can therefore understand individual preferences, and deploy the right marketing tools to incentivise players to get more involved.Yet, he explains why this reliable processing of player data should be offered in tandem with the ability to customise both the content and appearance of a website from a self-managed back office. Customisation, in this context, might mean different odds formats, the presence (or non presence) of live streaming, sports ordering and capping the amount of betting markets shown._____________________The idea of a “universal” product is becoming a thing of the past, and in its place “personalisation” is gaining momentum. Why is this? In today’s high-tech world, consumers know what they want and how to get it. Hundreds of brands and thousands of offers are vying for their attention day in, day out. And the gambling market is no exception. Amongst all these operators and providers, the one that will get ahead of the game is the one that reacts the fastest and the most effectively to changes in the industry, and that knows what consumers are really after and strives to give it to them. Companies with abstract products and anonymised clients will, alas, lose out.Personalisation on the B2C market represents the horn of plenty. Operators can really get close to their players: indeed, they know the smallest details about them, from favourite sports to how much and how frequently they bet, from their gaming preferences to the time of day they like to play. An operator can analyse player preferences, and modern marketing tools incentivise players to get more involved. These tools include targeting and remarketing based on an interest in specific sports, all sorts of player bonuses and further gamification.The aim of personalisation in gambling is to make player interaction with the brand as convenient, simple and engaging as possible, to build up loyalty to the brand and turn players into regular customers by analysing the behaviour and preferences. Meanwhile, the aim of software providers is to provide a reliable solution which can also be customised, and tools with which operators can analyse and process large volumes of data.We, as a sports betting solutions provider, personalise our product based on our clients’ needs. And everything we do for our clients is with the end users in mind: the players and their requirements.So, how do we customise our product? We provide various odds formats depending on where our clients operate (European, American, Malaysian, Indonesian, Hong Kong format); front-end adaptation; a choice of how many markets and which events are available in the sportsbook; and an expansion or reduction in the functionality of the platform, the products available on the platform, the system of bonuses, and more. We adapt our products according to the demands of our client operators’ target audience.There are also clear differences in the sports events displayed. You may find cricket in the list of top sports in India, whereas in the USA it would of course be American football and baseball, and rugby will be a popular choice for the English market.Depending on where the operator is based, the choice of markets also swings between a standard four or five (for example in Africa or Asia) and 100 or more (such as in Europe, the most developed region in terms of betting). This is as much due to cultural and macroeconomic factors as it is due to the history and regulation of the gambling industry.If a provider does not customise its product, it will become uncompromising and will fail the interests of the end user. And this could mean the provider losing its place in this competitive market. With the help of modern technology, we can make our products and solutions simpler, more user friendly, and faster in terms of settings and integration – without losing out on quality.What is more, our approach to providing a sportsbook as a service gives our clients the opportunity to control the majority of these back-end settings for themselves. They manage not only the content of the website, but the appearance of it too, with the help of a comprehensive reporting system.last_img read more