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Girls golf Mustangs, Lakers vie for league honors

first_imgCBA would finish at 452 to claim the team title ahead of the 481 from Marcellus. Skaneateles finished at 538 as Lili Winkelman led the Lakers, shooting a 130 to finish alone in ninth place.Westhill had a head-to-head match with CBA and lost, 220-281, to the Brothers, with Julianne Bleskoski shooting a 65, well back of the 48 from Mills and 52 from Annie Kilmartin. Charlotte Roth had a 71, ahead of Grace McMahon (72) and Hannah Johnson (73).West Genesee still had some SCAC Metro division matches left, facing Liverpool last Wednesday and taking a 183-231 defeat to the Warriors at Westvale. Mikaela Riley had a 45 for the Wildcats, behind the 40 by the Warriors’ Natalya Avotins and the 41 by Mia Avotins. After waiting out more rain early last week, area high school girls golf teams were able to complete their regular seasons and then turn their attention to post-season action.Going first was various Onondaga High School League teams at Woodcrest Country Club last Wednesday afternoon, with Marcellus finishing second and Skaneateles taking third place.The Mustangs had Grace Alexander and Kendall Koloski each contend for individual honors, both shooting 105 for 18 holes. They tied for second place, two shots behind the 103 by Christian Brothers Academy’s Aubrey Mills. Then, on Friday, WG lost to Baldwinsville 210-229. Riley did shoot the low round of 46, but the next-best Wildcats total was a 59 by Chrissy Van Allen as Collen Vredenburg (47), Margaret Dec (50) and Cara Vredenburg (52) led the Bees.In boys golf, Marcellus tore up Solvay 194-326 at Pine Grove on Thursday, seeing Shawn Colella blaze to a season-best 31. David Bosak shot a 37, with Patrick Morocco adding a 39 as John White had a 41 and Justin Schoeneck had a 46.Bishop Ludden shot 246 last Wednesday to finish ahead of Solvay (332) and Weedsport (292). Dan Cacchione shot a 39 for the Gaelic Knights as Noah Kerwin had a 45 and Nico Santone added a 48. Brendan Smith shot a 59 for the Bearcats.Jordan-Elbridge prevailed 228-237 over Bishop Grimes on Friday afternoon. Thought the Cobras’ Anthony Falgiatano had a 34, the Eagles countered with a 41 from Jeremy Melfi and a 42 from Josh Kuchinski. Maddie Green had a 46, with Zach Lipton, David Hearn and Colin Jewsbury each shooting 47.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: GolfMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Return of the Enforcer!

first_img Share David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 Related Articles Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Puzzle upon puzzle marks the path ahead June 4, 2020 StumbleUponcenter_img David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Better the devil you know… May 1, 2020 David CliftonSome of you may remember “The Enforcer”, the third in the Dirty Harry film series, starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan. The critic’s reviews were initially poor – Eastwood was named “Worst Actor of the Year” by the Harvard Lampoon – but the film was a major commercial success.Now, 41 years later, Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, steps forward to make the role of “Enforcer” very much her own, albeit in a style, I should make clear, that bears no resemblance whatsoever to that adopted by Dirty Harry! You have an opportunity to publish your own critical review by responding to the Commission’s latest consultation “Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first”, that was published on 26 January.Both the consultation paper and the Commission’s consultation responses template can be accessed via our website at http://cliftondavies.com/gambling-commission-publishes-enforcement-strategy-consultation/ Responses should be sent by post to the Commission or by email to [email protected] so that they are received by 21 April 2017.According to the Commission, the consultation paper sets out the its proposals for “a new vision for [its] enforcement action which will guide how [it uses its] powers” and “emphasises [its] expectations that gambling businesses put consumers first, and sets out proposals for credible deterrence”.It is driven by the Commission’s new enforcement mission statement, that sets out its reinforced focus on protection of consumers and the general public and Its intention to improve standards across the industry by:driving a consumer-first culture,improving compliance with the licensing objectives,reducing gambling related harm anddeterring operators from behaving in a way which is inconsistent with these goals.Sarah Harrison gave due warning of all of this in her “Raising Standards” conference speech in November 2016, when she said: “One of the principles in the Commission’s existing statement for licensing and regulation is a preference for pursuing compliance through means that stop short of a licence review, in favour of a regulatory settlement. We propose to remove this bias in favour of settlement. We will put access to all tools, including licence review (both of the operator and personal management licences), on an equal footing”.What is abundantly clear from the consultation is that the Commission has completely reappraised its approach to enforcement in line with its intention to:place a renewed focus on consumers,put access to all of its enforcement tools on the same footing,emphasise to licensees the importance of timeliness and speed on their part during enforcement proceedings,impose higher penalties for breaches, particularly where the Commission sees systemic and repeated failings,give credit, in the form of reduced financial penalties, where licensees co-operate and make early admissions andtreat repeat behaviour by licensees and within the industry, as a significant aggravating factor at the enforcement stage.Included as annexes to the consultation document are the key changes that the Commission proposes to make to its:Statement of principles for licensing and regulation,Licensing, compliance and enforcement, policy statement andStatement of principle for determining financial penalties.and it has also produced a new document called “Indicative sanctions guidance”, in which it sets out a framework for decision-making about regulatory enforcement and the sanctions that might follow.It’s quite clear that Sarah Harrison is prepared to come out with all guns blazing. Describing the consultation to delegates at the World Regulatory Briefing on 7 February, she said that the new enforcement strategy “represents the strongest message from the Commission of our determination to use all our powers, as Parliament intended, to protect consumers and safeguard the integrity of the market”.However, she also said in her “Raising Standards” speech that “operators who spot an issue, declare it to [the Commission], implement a quick and effective improvement plan, focussed on preventing reoccurrence, and who make redress to consumers, should be credited. In this instance, we would certainly consider resolution through settlement rather than licence review”.Such an approach was adopted last month by Isle of Man based (but Gambling Commission licensed) betting operators TGP Europe Limited and Fesuge Limited who:promoted bonus offers during the Cheltenham festival last March for new sign-ups and for existing customers,assessed that a large number of bets had been placed in contravention of clause 15.2 of their terms that provided that “in the event that we suspect that you or any other player is abusing or attempting to abuse a bonus or other promotion, or is likely to benefit through such abuse we may block, deny or suspend, withhold or cancel the account of any such player, including your account if we determine that you are involved in such”,decided to suspend over 5,000 accounts (resulting in a very large number of complaints to both the Commission and IBAS) andnotified the Commission, via a key event submission, of their concerns relating to suspected bonus abuse and that they had suspended players accounts.TGP and Fesuge co-operated with the Commission, acknowledging that their handling of the matter had been inefficient and accepting that their terms were unfair (being unclear and ambiguous) and did not provide a clear definition of bonus abuse. They identified serious shortcomings in their original assessment and acted promptly, after the initial suspension on withdrawals, and began to release funds to affected customers on a case-by-case basis.Accordingly, although the Commission found that there had been breaches of licence condition 7.1.1B (General ‘fair and open’ provisions) as well as Social Responsibility code provision (Rewards and bonuses), it agreed to conclude the matter by way of a voluntary settlement, pre-empting the need for commencement of a formal licence review.The settlement was on the following terms:agreement by the operators to the publication of a public statement outlining their failings for industry and wider learning,changes to their terms in order to address the failings identified, including providing clearer information about the definition of “bonus abuse”,implementation of a wide package of measures to improve compliance in this area including, but not limited to:engaging a firm of solicitors to undertake a full review of terms to ensure compliance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015,appointing an Operations Manager based in the Isle of Man to oversee changes to their processes and controls,improving anti-fraud processes and staff training andchanges in their business structures, Submit agreement to contribute £7,000 to the Commission’s costs of investigating the matter.The Commission has said that it considers that operators should learn from this case and:take a proactive approach in assessing their policies and procedures to ensure that the terms and conditions of their bonus promotions are fair and that consumers can easily understand those terms, andact quickly when evidence of consumer detriment is identified, especially in response to complaints.Operators should take note before The Enforcer comes calling!________________David Clifton – Director – Clifton Davies Consultancy Limitedlast_img read more

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