MIAMI, Florida – Law enforcement officers can now pull over Florida drivers and ticket them for texting while driving.As of July 1, it is now a primary offense to text from a moving vehicle. This includes emailing and other forms of typing on a mobile device.The penaltiesFirst conviction: Non-moving traffic violation with a base fine of $30 (no points on license).Second conviction (within five years): Moving violation with a base fine of $60 and three points on your license.Third and subsequent convictions: Moving violation with a base fine of $60 and three points on your license.What is permitted? Messages related to navigation or safety such as emergency traffic and weather alerts are permitted.Drivers can use their phone to report a traffic incident, medical emergency, fire/crime or hazardous roads.In 2018, there were more than 51,000 crashes involving a distracted driver in Florida. On average, that is 140 crashes every single day. Five seconds is the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting. At 55 mph, that would be the equivalent of driving the length of a football field, blind.A recent American Automobile Association (AAA) study found that 78 percent of Americans say texting while driving is a significant danger, yet 35 percent still admit to doing it.“Drivers who text are eight times more likely to be involved in a crash,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. “Typing on the phone diverts drivers’ attention away from the road and endangers the lives of all motorists. AAA urges drivers to put the phone down and focus on the road. Hopefully, the threat of being caught will be enough for drivers to change this dangerous habit before something bad happens to them or anyone else.”Is it better to use hands-free technology? Florida law allows hands-free voice-based texting, but AAA warns this still poses a dangerous distraction for drivers. Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist for up to 27 seconds after using voice commands to change music, dial a phone number or send a text. In 27 seconds, drivers traveling 25 mph cross the length of three football fields.“Just because you can use hands-free technology doesn’t mean you should,” Jenkins said. “AAA research shows that drivers who use voice-based technology are still distracted. When using this technology, your hands are on the wheel and eyes on the road, but your mind may not be on the task of driving. AAA urges drivers to minimize all distractions while behind the wheel, and focus on the road.”Law Regarding Handheld Cell Phone Use Handheld cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle in a designated school crossing, school zone or road work zone is also prohibited. However, the handheld ban does not go into effect at the same time as the texting ban. Officers will begin issuing warnings on October 1, then fines beginning January 1, 2020.
RelatedAITEO CUP: Holders FC IfeanyiUbah To Face Feeder Team In Round of 32August 19, 2017In “Nigeria”FA Cup: Big Name Teams Eye Round of 32 SpotsJune 14, 2019In “FA Cup”AITEO CUP: Enyimba, Rivers United, MFM Fall At First HurdleAugust 17, 2017In “Nigeria” The 2017 AITEO Cup draws that were held on Friday in Lagos have been concluded with some heavy weight clashes to look forward to.64 teams will compete in the first round of fixtures, with the matches scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 16th of August 2017.At A Glance – AITEO CUP 2017 First Round FixturesNGWA FC (Ebonyi) v FC GALADIMA (Kebbi)HEARTLAND FC (Imo) v INSURANCE FC (Edo)LOBI STARS (Benue) v KATSINA UNITED (Katsina)KATSINA UNITED FEEDERS (Katsina) v AKLOSENDI FC (Nasarawa)AITEL FC (Taraba) v UNICEM ROVERS (Cross River)MIGHTY JETS FC (Plateau) v SUNSHINE STARS (Ondo)BAYELSA UNITED (Bayelsa) v FC ZAMFARA (Zamfara)ADAMAWA UNITED (Adamawa) v CYNOSURE FC (Rivers)EDE UNITED (Osun) v SAKABA UNITED FC (Kebbi)FC IFEANYI UBAH FEEDERS (Anambra) v JIGAWA GOLDEN STARS (Jigawa)SAMBA KURNA (Kano) v WIKKI TOURISTS FEEDERS (Bauchi)EKITI UNITED (Ekiti) v DOLPHINS FC (Kaduna)NIGER TORNADOES (Niger) v EL-KANEMI WARRIORS (Borno)RIVERS UNITED (Rivers) v FC ATETE (Edo)DELTA WARRIORS (Delta) v AYADE BABES (Cross River)FC YARMA LIGHT (Gombe) v FC IFEANYIUBAH (Anambra)HAIFA FC (Jigawa) v AKWA UNITED FC (Akwa Ibom)SHOOTING STARS (Oyo) v DYNAMITE FC (Edo)KOGI UNITED (Kogi) v RANGERS INTERNATIONAL (Enugu)NASARAWA UNITED (Nasarawa) v MFM FC (Lagos)NIGER TORNADOES FEEDERS (Niger) v FC ABUJA (FCT)DOMA UNITED (Gombe) v ADAMAWA UNITED (Adamawa)OSUN UNITED (Osun) v COAL CITY YOUTHS (Enugu)FC LOKOJA (Kogi) v EL-KANEMI BABES (Borno)KWARA UNITED (Kwara) v SOKOTO UNITED (Sokoto)WIKKI TOURISTS (Bauchi) v PLATEAU UNITED (Plateau)ABS FC (Kwara) v ENYIMBA FC (Abia)YOBE DESERT STARS (Yobe) v KANO PILLARS (Kano)ABIA WARRIORS FC (Abia) v CROWN FC (Oyo)FRSC FC (FCT) v POTISKUM ACADEMY (Yobe)ALMAR (Ogun) v SPARTAN FC (Lagos)MOYERO FC (Ondo) v AKWA STARLETS (Akwa Ibom)The final of this years AITEO Cup will be on the 2nd of October 2017 and 8th of October 2017 for the women and men category respectively.
Share Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Submit GVC Holdings’ European sports betting subsidiary bwin has launched its multi-million euro, pan-European marketing campaign ‘The Race’, which it has described as ‘a Hollywood-style 90-second car chase to bring to life the excitement and exhilaration of the bwin experience’.Its new marketing campaign has been developed by international creative agency BBH Sport and will form part of its wider ‘Live the Action’ brand marketing initiative.‘The Race’ has been directed by Nima Nourizadeh, best known for his feature films Project X and American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg, as well directing music videos for stars including Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson.Adam Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer of bwin, detailed on the campaign launch: “We have huge ambitions for bwin and with this campaign, we have set out to create an action packed interactive experience for our audience that sets us a million miles apart from the rest of the pack. When people think bwin, we want them to think excitement, action, entertainment and exhilaration.“There is more than a touch of Hollywood about our approach – we want to keep the audience on the edge of their seats and make them part of the excitement. With this campaign being the first of a trilogy running through the next 12 months we are making a big, bold statement that encapsulates our aim to cement bwin as Europe’s leading betting brand.”Ahead of critical period for European bookmakers with the start of a new football season, bwin marketing detailed that it wanted a ‘full-scope’ marketing campaign across its whole European footprint to support its betting operations.The Race is a fully integrated TV, cinema, social media, CRM and digital display campaign that will run across bwin’s European footprint. The campaign’s 90-second launch Ad will broadcast for the first time on Saturday 12 August and will be followed up with a 120 second version revealing the winner during the opening games of the UEFA Champions League in September. It represents the first major campaign from bwin since it was acquired by GVC in 2016.
Share Related Articles SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Black Cow Technology appoints Baruzi as new product lead April 5, 2019 Submit 6 of the Best – Pixiu Gaming’s Tony Plaskow January 17, 2019 Endemol Shine Group and Black Cow Technology are to launch Playzido, a new B2B games platform.The open platform will utilise Black Cow’s new OGA software, and will feature premium games from Endemol Shine Gaming in addition to selected content from other suppliers.Playzido will supply a remote gaming server to real money and social gaming operators.Owain Walbyoff, Managing Director at Endemol Shine Gaming, said: “Playzido is an important strategic investment for Endemol Shine Gaming as it will allow us to significantly grow our footprint in the space.“In addition to considerably increasing the distribution of our games, Playzido will offer operators an extensive range of marketing tools allowing them to maximise the potential of their games better than ever.”Playzido is to host a number of branded games, available across desktop, mobile and tablet, from the Endemol Shine Gaming catalogue including Deal or No Deal and third party projects such as Warner Brothers’ Austin Powers and Dumb and Dumber.Tony Plaskow, Commercial Director of Black Cow Technology, added: “We are delighted to embark on this new project with Endemol Shine Gaming and the combination of our new adaptable OGA Technology and the Endemol Shine brands is very exciting. “Playzido are looking to do something genuinely innovative in the market and we are thrilled to help facilitate that.”
StumbleUpon Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is seeking to recruit a Programme Director to work with its executive governance team on the upcoming National Lottery 4th licence competition.The commission informs that the Programme Director will be tasked with ‘laying the foundations’ for its National Lottery 2023 tender process.Since 1994 Camelot UK has held the exclusive rights to operate the UK National Lottery. In 2012, the UKGC granted Camelot a further four-year contract extension until 2023.The UKGC is expected to open its 4th licence application process three years in advance of its existing lottery contract finishing.In 2017, Parliamentary concerns were raised of Camelot’s operating of the National Lottery. A National Audit Office report outlined disproportionate growth between corporate profits up 122% and good-cause funding up just 2% over a seven-year period.Last December, Parliament would launch a public accounts inquiry into Camelot’s charitable funding downturn.An under-pressure Camelot has undertaken an executive management restructure, appointing Nigel Railton as Group Chief Executive last November, replacing incumbent Andy Duncan.Prior to the leadership appointment, Railton and Camelot governance had undertaken a strategic review of the business, with the aim of ‘returning the National Lottery to growth’.Seeking to overhaul the UK National Lottery downturn, Railton and Camelot executives aim to implement a four-point plan to reverse company performance, focusing on the following dynamics; ‘1. Improving the range of games, 2. Enhance retail offering, 3. Upgrade digital capabilities and 4. Reinvigorate The National Lottery brand’. Share Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles
Related Articles Share Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Katie BaylisBetfair Politics has drastically reduced the odds on PM Theresa May departing 10 Downing Street in 2018, as Conservative Party rifts continue to rock the government’s Brexit negotiations strategy.The Times has reported that high-ranking Tory donors have demanded that May resign, due to her ‘tortoise approach to delivering Brexit’.PM May is currently visiting China, seeking to discuss future trade relations, but at home influential party donors, are currently debating whether a fresh face is needed to lead the Party.Updating market, Katie Baylis, Betfair Spokesperson, said: “With unrest and concerns from Tory Party backers about the lack of direction over Brexit, Theresa May is once again under pressure and she is now 11/10 on Betfair Exchange to go this year”.“Many of our punters don’t think she’ll last long either, with odds of 11/2 that she’ll be gone by April, in from 35/1 earlier this month”.Although, PM May’s party leadership may look untenable, to date, no party member has put forward a firm bid to takeover Party leadership, leaving UK political commentators to question whether anyone wants to lead the all-encompassing Brexit negotiations.“Jacob Rees-Mogg is still the 5/1 favourite to take over the leadership, with Boris Johnson at 6/1, but the big mover in the next leader market is Gavin Williamson, the man regarded as one of the most ambitious of the Tories. He’s already stolen the headlines this year and he’s 17/1 from 600/1 last year to take over.”Betfair Politics – Conservative Party market Breakdown Theresa May Exit Date2018: 11/102019: 6/42020: 6/1Jan 2018 – March: 11/2April 2018 – Jun 2018: 11/2July 2018 – Sep 2018: 8/1Oct 2018- Dec 2018: 8/1Next Conservative Party LeaderJacob Rees-Mogg: 5/1Boris Johnson: 13/2Amber Rudd: 13/1Andrea Leadsom: 14/1David Davis: 14/1Jeremy Hunt: 17/1Gavin Williamson: 17/1
Related Articles Stoiximan/Betano rebrands to Kaizen Gaming July 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit Expanding its digital presence, Athens-listed gambling group OPAP has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire a further 51% stake in Stoiximan Group for €95 million.Issuing a market filing, OPAP confirms that it will undertake the transaction through its ‘OPAP investments’ subsidiary which will acquire the Stoiximan equity from operating company GML Interactive.Gaining the majority shareholding in Stoiximan Group, OPAP confirms that it will share joint management of Stoiximan assets, with enterprise investor TCB Holdings.Last September, OPAP governance acquired a 36.75% stake in Stoiximan Group for €50 million, investing in the Stoiximan Greece/Cyprus and Betano Germany/Romania brands.Existing deal terms would see GML Interactive grant first right to OPAP in expanding its equity in Stoiximan Group.The OPAP’s transaction has been approved by Greek and Cypriot gambling regulatory and anti-trust authorities.Updating the market, OPAP details that its increased investment in Stoiximan brands will help maintain the legacy operator’s leading presence within Greek and Cypriot betting, aiding all-round stakeholders. SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020
Submit Marco Blume – PinnacleLow margin sportsbook Pinnacle has detailed that it has ‘significantly accelerated its position as the leading esports bookmaker’, partnering with real-time data provider GameScorekeeper.Pinnacle has moved to integrate GameScorekeeper’s ‘live score API’, which will extensively amplify its esports betting proposition, as GameScorekeeper monitors 85% of all pro-sanctioned esports tournaments/matches.Updating stakeholders, Pinnacle Trading Director Marco Blume states that GameScorekeeper data capacities and automated functions are needed in order to maintain Pinnacle’s fastest growing market category.“Since we took our first esports bet in 2010, the esports betting industry has undergone a dramatic transformation. Esports has found its way into the top five most popular sports at Pinnacle but we don’t intend to stop there. Data has been key to maintaining our low margin, high limit approach, as well as developing our offering to help improve our customers’ experience. This deal with GameScorekeeper will enhance our product even further and solidify our position as the leader in esports betting”Felix Klastrup – GameScorekeeperFounded in 2016 by gaming statistician Felix Klastrup, GameScorekeeper aims to become the leading enterprise in esports data gathering, tracking and monitoring.The Aarhus (Denmark) based start-up provides its partners with esports real-time livescore solutions, game/match insights and historical data inventory.Focusing on provider greater data-intelligence for all esports stakeholders, GameScorekeeper has been further recognised as one of Denmark’s fastest growing enterprises“Having access to a large amount of quality data is a major business advantage in the esports market because it leads to higher customer satisfaction and lower costs. And the fact that Pinnacle, a pioneer in esports, is now investing in quality data will help to make esports an even more credible business,” explains Felix Klastrup, CEO and founder of GameScorekeeper. Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Share
A match fixing alert triggered by Française des Jeux (FDJ) has led to an ongoing international ‘match manipulation’ investigation attached to Tunisian football.French state owned betting operator FDJ, is reported to have alerted national police in relation to €32,000 being wagered on Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club US Ben Guerdane beating rival ES Metlaoui on7 April 2019.FDJ alerted the police of suspicious betting activity, in relation to large bets being placed on a Ben Guerdane victory before the match-start, with wagers recorded across the city of Nantes – Ben Guerdane would win the match 1-0 having been awarded a penalty of 53 minutes.The event, was not the first time that FDJ had alerted authorities of Ben Guerdane suspicions, as the season before, the bookmaker had reported two further ‘incidents’ to French gambling regulator ARJEL, at the time detailing that that €80,000 had been wagered on Ben Guerdane.The alerts, forced the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) to suspend the matches of this weekend’s (20 April) regional ‘Sidi Bouzid’ football league, as officials considered ‘allegations of match manipulation’.The FTF has taken the match and wagering information to Tunisia’s Attorney General, setting a two-week review deadline.“The entire file, as well as a video, was given to the Attorney General,” the FTF added. “In conclusion, the federation will severely and rigorously deal with anything that would affect the sports charter and match tampering.The BBC reports that Ben Guerdane officials will not comment on the matches. StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020
Cross-selling in lockdown: what have we learnt? June 12, 2020 The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Pronet: Understanding the ‘new normal’ for the Premier League July 17, 2020 Submit Share Share Alex Leese – Pronet GamingIndustry turnkey solutions provider Pronet Gaming has confirmed the appointment of former William Hill Plc director Alex Leese as Chief Executive Officer.In his leadership remit, Leese will be responsible for leading the turn new commercial drive and strategy into newly regulated markets – a key mandate following the sale of Pronet Gaming to an undisclosed private equity group.Leese joins Pronet Gaming following a three-year stint at William Hill where he served as Director of Emerging Markets, spearheading a number of new market openings for the FTSE betting group.Prior to joining William Hill, Leese held various managerial roles at Sportingbet, GVC Holdings and Offside Gaming, maintaining a 10-year executive career within the iGaming sector.Ioannis Skoulides, Pronet Gaming’s new Chairman of the Board, said: “We are thrilled that Alex has joined Pronet Gaming as Chief Executive Officer.“This is a pivotal time for the company given our aim to achieve listed status in the future. Alex’s expertise in international gaming operations will be instrumental as we embark on expanding our global footprint whilst also optimising our product and service offering.”Alex Leese, CEO of Pronet Gaming, said: “I am delighted to be joining Pronet Gaming at such an important time for the business as it embarks on global expansion.“Pronet Gaming already has an incredible client base of innovative and exciting operators and I look forward to ensuring they continue to receive a world-class product and experience.”