Broward County School District Joins Lawsuit Against Vaping Companies

first_imgIf you are concerned about vaping among children, you’re not alone.The Broward School Board has announced that it is joining more than 100 government entities nationwide in a federal lawsuit demanding compensation for resources that have to be spent on counselors, monitoring and programming to curb youth use of vaping products.Broward is one of six school districts taking the lead on the case as “bellweathers” to represent the rest, according to school district lawyer Eugene Pettis, of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale.More than five million middle and high school students across the country use e-cigarettes, the lawsuit states. “Consistent with this national trend, youth in The School Board of Broward County, Florida … are using e-cigarettes at high rates — rates which continue to climb.”It explains that vaping flavors such as mint and mango are among the methods that companies use to lure teens into vaping.Some plaintiff’s firm is going to make tens of millions (or more) in contingency fees in a lawsuit against Juul given all the medical evidence coming out about vaping.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 29, 2019 The defendants in the case are JUUL Laboratories and Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.Pettis says the lawsuit is not be funded with taxpayer money. If the complaint is successful, attorneys would be paid from the proceeds of the lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount.“There have been tons of studies that show e-cigarettes are addictive and that a large percentage of users go on to be smokers,” Pettis adds. “They create a societal movement that shows it’s cool to vape, but they don’t tell you about the damage that’s done in the long run.”In total, nearly a dozen Florida districts are involved, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. More than 30 California school districts are also part of the suit.The “bellweather” districts are Broward and Escambia counties in Florida, the Three Village Central School District on Long Island in New York, the Central Bucks County School District in Pennsylvania, the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona and The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, east of San Francisco in California.JUUL announced last November that it would no longer be marketing its mint-flavored products, after the results of two national surveys on e-cigarette use among teenagers. Altria stopped making e-cigarettes two years ago, although it still owns a minority share of JUUL Labs.last_img read more

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WBB : Syracuse still searching for consistent guard play early in season

first_imgTwo possessions after Syracuse point guard La’Shay Taft had the ball stolen away by Lafayette guard Brya Freeland last Saturday, Shanee Williams committed another turnover.The junior guard took the ball from the left elbow, sprinted along the baseline and had the ball knocked out of her hands. She gathered it and hesitated before putting the ball back on the floor.Then the referee blew the whistle: double-dribble violation.And just like that Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman signaled to the bench, taking both players out. With the graduation of starting guards Erica Morrow and Tasha Harris, the Orange guards are still settling into their new roles this season.‘When you lose two guards like that, you’re going to have your up and down games,’ Hillsman said. ‘Overall I think they’re doing a good job of getting the ball up the court and getting the ball into the paint and that’s our goal.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe trouble for the majority of SU’s guards has been adapting to change, whether that is a change in position or in scheme. The up-tempo, high-pressure system that Hillsman has decided to use this season has been a challenging transition for the backcourt. Taft, Williams and sophomore Rachel Coffey have combined for 22 assists and 22 turnovers and struggled to score in an inconsistent start to the season.The Orange guards will look to improve upon their early season struggles when Syracuse (4-0) takes on Binghamton (3-1) on the road Saturday at 2 p.m.Syracuse’s game plan to get the ball inside has been clear, but where the team’s guards figure into that scheme has yet to be seen. The frontcourt of Kayla Alexander, Iasia Hemingway and Carmen Tyson-Thomas have provided the brunt of the scoring load, while Elashier Hall has found her niche in the early part of the season as SU’s most dynamic guard.With Taft, Williams and Coffey failing to provide a spark at point guard, Hall has been the Orange’s best alternative to take the ball up the court.Hall has accepted that responsibility and the results have followed. She scored 20 and 18 points in SU’s first two games against Long Beach State and St. Francis, respectively.‘It’s just taking my role as leader and just pushing my other teammates forward,’ Hall said. ‘Someone has to step up and set the pace, so I think why not me?’Taft, who has started three games at point guard early on this season, has struggled after playing shooting guard most of last season. She has scored just 5.25 points per game and committed 11 turnovers through four games.Fortunately for SU, Taft finally got on track against Buffalo on Tuesday. She contributed nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. And although point guard is not her natural position, she is confident she’ll settle into that role.‘I have played point guard, shooting guard alternated,’ Taft said. ‘But point guard, my senior year (in high school) more because one of the point guards that graduated, so I had to step into the role. But it’s not that bad at all. It’s not something I can’t do. So it is something doable.’Williams transferred from Monroe College (N.Y.) where she averaged 13.6 points, 4.9 steals and 4.1 assists per game last year. But Hillsman said she still needs to adjust to a team in which she is the lone newcomer.The new team dynamic coupled with a new scheme are two things that Williams will need to overcome to become a consistent playmaker. Williams has scored just seven points in 58 minutes of action thus far.But the unpredictable guard play early in the season does not worry Hillsman.The head coach is simply looking for a complete team performance each night, and SU’s guards need to continue to help execute Hillsman’s game plan.‘We are a pretty deep team and that’s the big thing,’ Hillsman said. ‘We have to continue to play nine players double-figure minutes and get four people in double-figure points and we’re doing a pretty good job of getting that done.’[email protected]             Published on November 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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‘No money no wuk’: Cleaners threaten dirty schools for new term

first_img…Union wants 2013 Cabinet decisions implementedTeachers and students turning out for the new school term in September could be greeted with unkempt classrooms, as sweeper-cleaners have vowed not to clean schools if their demands are not met.Marching to chants of “No money no wuk, school gon dutty September!” close to 100 sweeper cleaners from schools in and around Georgetown protested in front of the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday, demanding that they be paid their rightful salaries and be allowed their annual leave.Sweeper-cleaners on the protest line in front of the Office of the PresidentThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is yet unable to determine who had made the call to cut the sweeper-cleaners’ salaries, but has vowed to dig deeper.For the July/August holiday period, many single parent women have received a salary of $9000 or less. According to them, the horror unfolded when they checked their bank accounts.“It is unfair to us that we are cleaning schools and we are not getting any proper salary. It unfair to us, we have children to go to school,” one protestor shouted over the raucous crowd.Another protestor, almost in tears, said, “How are we going to send our children to school when the Government didn’t put any money for us? What’s gonna happen? We are single parents, and we need to have money”. She contended that this happens every year around this time.“This month I draw $5000, and so you think it is fair? I have my daughter to go to a private school and it is $80,000. What can $5000 do?Another protestor declared, “It is really unfair that when we go for our salary and when we push in, it is just $5000.The protestors decried their situation, noting that, after many years, they have not been placed in the permanent bracket. This has rendered them ineligible to receive benefits other public servants are given.Another protestor told Guyana Times she has been working with the Government for some 21 years, and over those years she has never been granted leave. “I need leave! I need vacation leave with money! I need my money and my leave together!” she declared.The Guyana Public Service Union, representing the cleaners over the years, has said the current administration seemed to have taken a backseat approach to an issue it forcefully supported while in opposition.The conditions under which the cleaners work are unacceptable, and there is clearly no effort expended to improve them. GPSU’s first Vice President, Mortimer Livan, met with reporters following the protest. He said the situation is developing further into an economic disaster for the workers and their families, as they are, on many occasions, the only source of income.“These workers go to work every day, and perform exceptionally despite the economic challenges that they face… Our call today is to pay them what is deserving; that is, value for their unconditional service. This is an unfortunate development of unmentionable proportions being meted out to sweeper-cleaners in this country”, he said.Livan noted that the union condemns “this uncaring and unkind posture of the authorities, and demands that the conditions under which this category of workers toil be remedied forthwith”.He said neither of the two Governments has implemented some decisions made in Cabinet under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in 2013, which included that the wages of the sweeper-cleaners be set in accordance with the minimum wages’ order and timely payment.He said the matter was brought up again with President David Granger. However, even with his directives, nothing has been done.Guyana Times has been told that a meeting to discuss the matter was arranged between Union representatives and Government officials.last_img read more

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Five things to look for in the Bundesliga

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, Germany, Aug 31 – Bayern Munich look to extend their record for Bundesliga away wins at Stuttgart while Spain international Paco Alcacer is set to make his Borussia Dortmund debut.Here are five things to look for in the Bundesliga this weekend: Century for PulisicDortmund’s US midfielder Christian Pulisic, 19, (R) is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance at Hanover 96 on Friday. © AFP / SASCHA SCHUERMANNExpect the goals to fly on Friday with US teenager Christian Pulisic, 19, set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance, and new signing Alcacer his first, for Dortmund at Hanover 96.Goals should flow as none of the 52 previous meetings between the clubs has ended in a 0-0 draw.The spotlight will be on Alcacer, 25, signed on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season, as Dortmund signed a replacement striker for burly Belgian Michy Batshuayi.Dortmund hammered RB Leipzig 4-1 last Sunday on the opening weekend of the season, but keep an eye on Hanover striker Hendrik Weydandt.The 23-year-old was plucked from Germany’s fourth tier, but has three goals in two games, including scoring after 75 seconds on his Bundesliga debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen.Bayern threaten to break runBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (C), the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season with 29 goals in 30 games, will be looking to add to his tally of five goals in 13 games against Stuttgart on Saturday. © dpa/AFP / Sven HoppeStuttgart’s record of seven games unbeaten at home since head coach Tayfun Korkut arrived in January is in danger against Bayern on Saturday.Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has hit five goals against Stuttgart with five assists.Bayern have enjoyed a Bundesliga-record 28 away wins at Stuttgart, including victories in their last seven visits.Stuttgart crashed 1-0 at Mainz last Sunday, while Bayern started their bid for a seventh straight league title with a 3-1 win at home to Hoffenheim.Leon Goretzka is included in the Bayern squad despite twisting his ankle in mid week, while Niklas Suele and Javi Martinez could feature after illness.Rudy’s Schalke debutGermany midfielder Sebastian Rudy is set to make his Schalke debut at home against Hertha Berlin on Saturday having signed from Bayern Munich on Monday. © AFP/File / Ronny HartmannSchalke, last season’s runners-up to Bayern, look to bounce back from a shock 2-1 defeat against Wolfsburg when they host good guests Hertha Berlin on Sunday.Schalke seem to enjoy hosting Hertha, who have beaten the Royal Blues just once in their last 29 away games in Gelsenkirchen.Berlin have lost all of their last three games against Schalke, but showed enough in their 1-0 home win against Nuremberg last Saturday to suggest they could spoil Sebastian Rudy’s home debut.The Germany midfielder signed for Schalke on Monday after costing a reported 16 million euros ($18.7 million) from Bayern after being frustrated by a lack of opportunities in Munich.Fired up FrankfurtStriker Max Kruse is set to captain Werder Bremen at Eintracht Frankfurt after the Germany international shook off a leg injury. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZEintracht Frankfurt aim to prove their 2-0 win at Freiburg was no fluke when they host Werder Bremen on Saturday.Frankfurt’s last season’s German Cup winners, made a bad start to 2018/19, drubbed 5-0 by Bayern in the German Super Cup and then dumped out of the German Cup in the first round by minnows Ulm.However, Frankfurt worked hard to beat Freiburg, covering a combined tally of 124.8kms over 90 minutes — more than any other team on the opening weekend — and wants three more points against Bremen.Werder captain Max Kruse is set to feature after overcoming a bruised thigh while new signing Davy Klaassen, who cost 14 million euros from Everton, partners Germany Under-21 international Maximilian Eggestein in midfield.Kramer doubtfulGermany midfielder Christoph Kramer is struggling to be fit for Borussia Moenchengladbach’s trip to Augsburg with flu. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZFlu-victim Christoph Kramer, a 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, is doubtful for Borussia Moenchengladbach, who travel to Bavaria to face Augsburg on Saturday.The midfielder faces a race against time as Gladbach chase a second straight league win after flooring Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 last Sunday with goals by Jonas Hofmann and Fabian Johnson.‘Gladbach look to be title contenders this season and have an attack to worry most teams as Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and new signing Alassane Plea all hit hat-tricks in an 11-1 German Cup romp at minnows Hastedt a fortnight ago.However, Augsburg beat newly-promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-1 last weekend and ex-Gladbach winger Andre Hahn will be looking to haunt his old club.Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated)FridayHanover 96 v Borussia Dortmund (1830)SaturdayHoffenheim v Freiburg, Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen, Augsburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach, Nuremberg v Mainz, VfB Stuttgart v Bayern Munich (1630)SundayRB Leipzig v Fortuna Duesseldorf, Schalke 04 v Hertha Berlin (1600)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai trip

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai tripby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United travelled to Dubai to spend time together in order to prepare for the second-half of the season. Due to the hectic festive period, in which United won five consecutive games, Solskjaer hasn’t had significant time to spend with his players.The Red Devils have now spent the majority of this week in the United Arab Emirates at a training facility in preparation for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur and beyond.”There are always great facilities here and we’re always well looked after,” Solskjaer toldMUTV. “I’ve been here with Molde before and I didn’t expect anything else when you’re here with Man United.”The players are working hard and I think it was important to come here. There are a couple of aspects [to it] – it’s the weather, the downtime the boys can have together, and it’s the time we can have on the pitch together. “They don’t have to go back to their wives and kids after training so there is plenty of time for video analysis and to work on some principles of play.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JEOPARDY HOST ALEX TREBEK TALKS METOO MEETING JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND HIS RETIREMENT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, ‘My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men,’” the 78-year-old said. “I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, ‘But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.’ There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone.” Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM Advertisement Alex Trebek is already imagining what his final show will look like.The longtime “Jeopardy!” host sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, opening up about practically every issue under the sun.Speaking about the #MeToo movement, Trebek expressed concern for men who may have behaved badly when they were younger. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Week 15 NFL Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

Remember the Seattle Seahawks? For all 137.6 decibels of noise at CenturyLink Field, they’ve been relatively quiet this year. The Seahawks have been one of the most consistent teams in the NFL, rarely blowing anybody out and rarely getting blown out.Seattle’s 24-14 win in Philadelphia on Sunday was typical of its season. The Seahawks faced an excellent opponent — they’ve had one of the league’s tougher schedules — and they won clearly and cleanly, although not overwhelmingly. It was their sixth win in seven games. During that time, the Seahawks have gone from modest underdogs to make the playoffs to 94 percent favorites to do so.Seattle has also nearly regained the top spot in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo Ratings. The New England Patriots, who scored their own impressive victory over the San Diego Chargers, remain in No. 1, but it comes down to decimal points. The Patriots’ Elo rating is 1717.1; the Seahawks’ is 1716.6. The Denver Broncos remain in third and the Green Bay Packers in fourth.But although the Seahawks’ playoff chances were once imperiled, the Elo ratings were never down on their quality. Seattle started the season at No. 1 and fell only as far as No. 3 in the league before moving back into a near-tie for first place. Seattle didn’t fall that far, in part, because Elo factors in a team’s preseason standing. (Preseason estimates are based on where the teams stood at the end of 2013.)Seattle isn’t the only team that testifies to the value of accounting for preseason expectations. Among Elo’s preseason top four, Denver has remained in the top four every week of the season, and the Patriots have remained in the top four during all but two weeks.Meanwhile, teams that looked average to start the year before making a charge up the standings, such as the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs, have since fallen back into the middle of the pack. The only real exception has been the Packers, and Elo has a good excuse for them, because the system doesn’t account for the injury to Aaron Rodgers that harmed their 2013 performance and depressed their preseason rating.The Seahawks still have some regular-season work left: They’d much rather enter the playoffs as division winner, which would allow them to play as many games as possible at CenturyLink Field and probably get a first-round bye. Our simulation has Seattle with a 23 percent chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions if they win the NFC West, but just a 10 percent shot if they enter the playoffs as a wild card team.But Seattle’s situation is a little more favorable than it might appear from the NFC West standings. Although they’re a game behind the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks have beaten them once this season and will play them again Dec. 21. If Seattle wins that game, it’ll make up the game against Arizona and also clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker. Seattle rates as a slight favorite in that game even though it’s being played in Arizona, so it’s a slight favorite to win the division, too, per Elo.Here are the playoff odds for the Seahawks and the other 31 NFL teams:No team has clinched a playoff berth so far, although some are all but certain to make it. The Packers reached the playoffs in 98.7 percent of our simulations this week. And both the Broncos and the Patriots made it 99.9 percent of the time.Some other team will make the playoffs in far less glorious fashion. The 5-8 Atlanta Falcons, 5-8 New Orleans Saints and 4-8-1 Carolina Panthers are still competing for the division title in the NFC South; the “champion” will not only make the playoffs, but host a home game. The best the NFC South champion can do is an 8-8 record; there’s a 31 percent chance of that, according to our simulations. There’s a 59 percent chance the division winner finishes with just seven wins, and a 10 percent chance they’ll have only six wins (either a 6-10 record or 6-9-1 in the case of Carolina). For the rundown on everyone else — including this week’s extremely high-leverage games in the NFC East and AFC South — check out Mike Beuoy and Reuben Fischer-Baum’s playoff implications column.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 105-86-3 on season (10-5 in Week 14)Straight-up record: 144-63-1 on season (12-4 in Week 14)Elo has been on a hot streak in Las Vegas; the point spreads the system spits out have been on the right side of the closing Vegas line about 55 percent of the time this year.This is almost certainly just blind luck. The system isn’t as sophisticated as what bookmakers use, and Elo only beat the point spread 51 percent of the time in our backtesting of it — not enough to make a profit after the casino’s take.But this has been a fairly predictable NFL season; for the most part, the teams that looked best when it began look the best now.CORRECTION (Dec. 11, 10:29 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said New England has remained in Elo’s top four every week of the season. It has remained in the top four during all but two weeks. read more

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Listen To Hot Takedown Our Sports Podcast Pilot

Some of what we mentioned on this week’s show:Benjamin Morris breaks down Pete Carroll’s call.Nate Silver: Are the Patriots the greatest dynasty ever?Did the Hawks put together the greatest month in NBA history?Grantland’s ode to Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford.(This is part of the prelaunch experimentation for the FiveThirtyEight podcast. We’ll be posting audio of different kinds on SoundCloud and then launching the actual podcast this spring. Stay tuned! And let us know what you think by tweeting our podcast producer/host, @jodyavirgan, or emailing us.) By Jody Avirgan More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Loyal FiveThirtyEight readers: This week we recorded a trial run of our new sports podcast “Hot Takedown,” and we’re eager for you to take a listen. We’re trying to add a little data perspective to the major storylines — and arguments — of the week.This episode, editor Chadwick Matlin, sportswriter Neil Paine and visual journalist Allison McCann discuss the Super Bowl and winning streaks in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight’s Reuben Fischer-Baum also stops by to provide this week’s “significant digit” — a historically bad free-throw performance in Brooklyn.Take a listen or download it below. read more

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Commentary Battle of Ohio splits Ohio State students

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) attempts a pass in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cleveland Browns defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 31-27, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sunday, September 22, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of MCTOn Sunday afternoons on Ohio State’s campus during the fall, chances are that plenty of people will be wearing brown and orange in support of their favorite NFL team.The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals play each other twice every year in a rivalry known as the “Battle of Ohio.”  Columbus is located roughly between the two cities, 127 miles southwest of Cleveland and 97 miles northeast of Cincinnati.The “Battle of Ohio” began in 1970 after the AFL/NFL merger and the two teams have played 79 times. The Bengals lead the series, 42-37.The Bengals have held an advantage since the new Browns franchise joined the NFL in 1999, after the original franchise relocated to Baltimore.  The Bengals have won 18 of 28 games in this time span, giving Cincinnati fans reasons to brag to Clevelanders.Last season, the Bengals finished 10-6 with a spot in the playoffs while the Browns finished 5-11, a typical record for the team in recent years.The histories of these two teams are very closely related. The Browns were formed in 1946 and named after their first head coach, Paul Brown.  Brown, who was the head coach at Ohio State for three seasons, including their 1942 National Championship year, continued his success as he led the Browns to seven league championships in their first 10 seasons.Brown’s time in Cleveland came to an unexpected end when he was fired by the new owner Art Modell in 1963.  He wasted no time returning to football, and joined the newly-formed Cincinnati Bengals as their first head coach in 1968, bringing many of his own traditions, such as similar uniforms of dark brown jerseys and orange helmets as well as tactics like the two-minute drill and player intelligence tests that he created in Cleveland.The rivalry has been very tense for players and fans both on and off the field. An example of this was during a game between the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks in 1989 when Bengal fans threw snowballs at Seahawk players, prompting Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche to grab a microphone and say, “Will the next person who sees anyone throw anything on the field point them out, so we can get them out of here! You don’t live in Cleveland; you live in Cincinnati!” Cleveland fans took this shot personally, and the next time the Bengals played in Cleveland, Wyche was booed by Browns fans.Both teams have had successes and failures, and the number of fans supporting either one may depend on who is having the better season.The “Battle of Ohio” will be played twice this year, on Sept. 29 at First Energy Stadium on the Cleveland lakefront and on Nov. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati.Football fans at Ohio State will proudly wear scarlet and gray on Saturday afternoons in support of the Buckeyes, but the brown and orange many wear the next day depends on where they are from, and which Ohio team they are rooting for. read more

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