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OFFICIAL RULES FOR CONTESTS

WOKV-HD2-FM, WXXJ-FM, WAPE-FM, WOKV-AM/FM, wjgl-hd2-fm, wjgl-fm, WEZI-FM

 

Unless otherwise specified, these Official Rules apply to any promotion (whether called a "sweepstakes" or a "contest") on the above stations.  If official rules other than these Official Rules apply to a particular promotion, those official rules will be posted on this website and identified by the name of the promotion.

 

1.         NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  VOID WH ERE PROHIBITED.

 

2.         Eligibility.  Subject to the additional restrictions below, this contest (the "Contest") is open to legal U.S. residents of Florida and Georgia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.  Employees of Cox Radio, Inc. d/b/a Cox Media Group Jacksonville ("Sponsor") and each of its respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees, are not eligible to enter or to win.  The term "family members" includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live. 

 

3.         How To Enter.  The Contest will take place between the start and end times and dates stated on air (the "Contest Period").  Sponsor will be the official timekeeper for the Contest.        

 

If the Contest requires entrants to call-in to win:

 

Listen to the station for Sponsor to identify the cue to call in to try to be the designated caller. Sponsor will also identify the task, if any, that the designated caller must perform on the call (e.g., answer a trivia question), as well as the phone number to call in (the "Contest Line").  When you hear the cue, call the Contest Line at the appropriate time to try to be the designated caller and perform any applicable task.  Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules and any other criteria announced on-air, the designated caller will be announced a winner.  Sponsor will decide, in its sole discretion, whether a participant has met all criteria to be announced a winner.  

 

To be declared a winner: (a) you must be listening to the station when the cue to call the Contest Line airs; (b) you must be declared by Sponsor to be the designated caller and perform any applicable task to Sponsor's satisfaction; and (c) you must comply with all other terms and conditions of these Official Rules and any other rules announced on air.  Telephone calls will be taken by Contest operators in the order they are received, and the operators will count the number of calls received after each on-air Contest announcement to determine the designated caller.  The determinations of Sponsor and Contest operators will be final and binding in all respects. 

 

Enter as often as you like, provided that using automatic telephone dialing equipment or other software or computer-assisted dialing equipment is prohibited and will result in disqualification. 

 

Winner Selection and Odds: The maximum number of winners will be announced. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible participants.

 

If the Contest requires entrants to like or comment on a Facebook post:

 

You must have a Facebook account registered under your name and you must be signed on to that account when you enter.  Listen to the station for Sponsor to cue listeners to like or comment on a specific post on the station's Facebook page and to announce any other entry criteria.  When you hear the cue, go to the station's Facebook page and like or comment on the specified post at the appropriate time in accordance with any announced criteria.  Unless otherwise specified, if the Contest requires entry by liking a post, Sponsor will select a winner through a random drawing among all eligible entrants. 

 

If the Contest requires entry by commenting on a post, Sponsor will announce the criteria for designating a potential winner (e.g., the sixth person to comment) prior to the Contest Period. Sponsor will count comments in the order they are received and all comments received by Sponsor will be counted for the purpose of determining the winning entry. Sponsor may delete or decline to publish some comments during the Contest Period, but these will not be excluded from Sponsor's count.  Only a valid entry submitted in compliance with these Official Rules may win.  If Sponsor decides, in its sole discretion, that a potential winner's entry does not comply, Sponsor may designate the next valid entry to be the winning entry.     

 

In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which the entry is submitted, provided that such person satisfies all other Contest eligibility requirements. The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

 

Winner Selection and Odds: The maximum number of winners will be announced. Odds depend on the number of eligible participants.

 

If the Contest requires entry through the Open Mic mobile application:

 

You must have the Apple or Android Open Mic mobile application specific to the Station (the "Station's App") installed on your smart phone to enter.  Listen to the station for Sponsor to cue listeners to enter via the Station's App and announce any other entry criteria.  Use the Station's App to record and send an original entry in your own voice that meets all criteria announced on air and specified in these Official Rules.  Data plan rates may apply.  Your entry must be received by Sponsor during the Contest Period. 

 

Sponsor may automatically receive personal information, such as your name and phone number, when you submit an entry through the Station's App.  By entering, you consent to Sponsor's collection of this information and agree that Sponsor may contact you at this phone number to notify you if your entry is selected in connection with the Contest.  If you sign up to receive a text message alert in connection with your entry, standard text messaging and data rates may apply.        

 

In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the registered subscriber of the smart phone used to submit the entry, or else the person authorized by the subscriber to be the primary user of that phone.  

 

Winner Selection: At the end of the Contest Period, one (1) entry will be selected by Sponsor's employee(s) experienced in radio programming and production based on the following criteria: 50% creativity, 25% clarity, 25% vocal ability.  All decisions of the Contest judges are final.   

 

Listeners accessing Sponsor's radio station audio via IP connections like website-based streaming or mobile devices are welcome to enter the Contest.  However, Sponsor cannot be responsible for delays in electronic transmission of station audio to IP devices.  By entering this Contest, listeners acknowledge and agree to this specific provision of these Official Rules.  In addition, Sponsor will not be responsible for loss of service to the Contest Line or for a participant's failure to reach the Contest Line or Sponsor's Facebook page or to transmit an entry through the Station's App due to the malfunction of any application, software, hardware, network or system, congestion, any technical or human error, or other failures or malfunctions of any kind, including congestion, overload, busy signals, or any other factor that may prevent an individual from completing his/her entry.  In the event an interruption of power, telephone service, the Internet, Facebook or the Station's App and associated data service occurs prior to Sponsor's selecting and/or announcing a winner, or a change in programming results in Sponsor's inability to air an opportunity to enter the Contest, Sponsor in its sole discretion may decide not to replay the affected entry opportunity and may reduce the number of prize opportunities awarded in the Contest accordingly.  If a winner is ineligible, or fails to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules or any other applicable rules, that winner will be disqualified.  Sponsor may decide, in its sole discretion, not to select a substitute winner and the prize will remain the property of Sponsor.

 

Any entry you submit (1) must be suitable for a general audience; (2) must not contain any sexually explicit, disparaging, libelous or other inappropriate material (all as determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor); and (3) must not contain any trademarks, copyrighted works or other intellectual property (other than works or intellectual property that you own, or for which you have obtained royalty-free rights for Sponsor to use in connection with the Contest (collectively, "Authorized Assets")).  Any elements appearing in your entry must be entirely original, created by you, be in the public domain, or be an Authorized Asset.  Use of any material not original to you, not in the public domain, or that is not an Authorized Asset may result in disqualification.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates the foregoing restrictions, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  

 

All entries shall become the sole property of Sponsor to be used or disposed of at Sponsor's sole discretion.  Submission of any entry constitutes a participant's irrevocable consent to the publication or other use by Sponsor or its affiliates, advertising, promotion and production agencies permission to use the participant's name and any identifying information associated with the entry for any commercial, publicity or promotional purpose, without limitation, review or approval, or additional compensation. 

 

By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by Sponsor's Visitor Agreement/Terms of Service and Sponsor's Privacy Policy available on this website.   

 

4.         Prize Description.  Prizes will vary from contest to contest.  A description of each prize and its retail value will be announced on air.  No credit or cash will be given for any unused portion of any prize package.  

 

If the prize is electronic, the retail value may be subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the retail value is estimated and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed.  A winner will not receive the difference, if any, between the retail value at the beginning of the Contest and the retail value at the time of prize delivery.

 

If the prize is a gift card, card issuer terms and conditions may apply.   

 

If the prize involves tickets to a sporting event, a concert or a show ("Event"), no refund or compensation will be paid in the event of the cancellation or delay of the Event. Sponsor will not be liable if the Event, or any portion of it, is cancelled or delayed.  Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, attempt to reschedule for a future event.  Event tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer.  The terms and conditions of the Event tickets may govern if the Event is cancelled due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason.  Sponsor is not responsible for, and will not replace, lost, mutilated, or stolen Event tickets, vouchers, or certificates.  Exact details, including seat locations, shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. 

 

Limit:  (1) prize per person and per household is permitted in any thirty (30) day period and/or any contest period (if a specific contest lasts sixty [60] days, a winner may not win that specific contest again if even that specific contest lasts more than 30 days).  Additionally, the award of a prize worth $600 or more makes the winner and the winner's household ineligible to win any prize for one (1) year. 

 

 

5.         Winner Notification and Acceptance.  Sponsor will determine and notify the winning participant on or about the same day that the Contest Period ends, unless otherwise specified. 

 

A participant is not a winner of any prize unless and until Sponsor has verified eligibility and the winner's compliance with these and any other applicable rules.    

 

Notification will vary according to the method of entry; a potential winner may be notified while on the Contest Line, by a message to his or her Facebook account, or by a telephone call to his or her smart phone, as applicable.

 

To claim his/her prize, the potential winner must personally visit Sponsor's offices at 8000 Belfort Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 within ten (10) business days after notification during regular business hours (between 8:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) and 5:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) and present an accepted form of identification.  Accepted identification includes: a) a valid Florida or Georgia driver's license or other Florida or Georgia state-issued photo ID; or b) a valid photo ID issued by another state or the U.S. government accompanied by acceptable proof of residency in Georgia or Florida, such as a recent copy of a utility bill. 

 

Potential winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law), which must be notarized and returned within ten (10) business days of notification.  If the prize is a cash prize, a check will be mailed to the winner.  The check may take 5-7 weeks to be processed and mailed from the time the winner provides all required identification and paperwork.

 

Sponsor's inability to reach a potential winner after a reasonable (as solely determined by Sponsor) effort has been made, the failure of a potential winner to timely respond to a prize notification, the return of any prize notification as undeliverable and/or the the failure of a potential winner to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules or any other applicable rules may, in Sponsor's sole discretion, result in the potential winner's disqualification.

 

A winner may waive the right to receive a prize.  Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable and cannot be redeemed for cash (unless the prize is a check).  No substitutions are allowed by the winner.  Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes or components of prize packages with a prize or component of equal or greater value.  Winner is solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on a prize.  Winner may be required to provide his/her valid Social Security Number to Sponsor for tax purposes and/or complete an IRS W-9 form in order to claim a prize.  Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes on prize value and, as applicable, will be issued an IRS Form 1099 based on the prize value determined by Sponsor.  Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules and any other applicable rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.

 

6.         Publicity.  Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes the winner's irrevocable consent to the publication or other use by Sponsor and its licensees of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media, including the Internet, for any commercial, publicity or promotional purpose, without limitation, review or approval, or additional compensation.

 

7.         Participation.  By participating, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and any Contest judges or administrators selected by Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor.  In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. 

 

8.         Release.  BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH PARTICIPANT AGREES TO FULLY RELEASE, FOREVER DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, COX MEDIA GROUP, LLC, COX ENTERPRISES, INC., FACEBOOK AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS AND EACH SUCH COMPANY'S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "RELEASED PARTIES") FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, INJURIES, AND DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY, LOSS OF ENJOYMENT, OR ANY OTHER HARM WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF: (1) PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST; (2) THE QUALITY, RECEIPT, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE; OR (3) ANY TRAVEL OR ACTIVITY THAT IS RELATED TO THE CONTEST OR ANY PRIZE.

 

9.         Limitations of Liability. By PARTICIPATING IN the Contest, PARTICIPANTs acknowledge and agree that EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING tHE prize(S), ARE provided "as is" and that Sponsor makes no representations or warranties OF ANY KIND, express or implied, about the Prize(S) and sponsor hereby DISCLAIMS all such warranties, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.)

 

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by PARTICIPANTs, printing OR PRODUCTION errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or EMPLOYED in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, or the notification of any winner; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from A PARTICIPANT'S participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. 

 

Only the stated number of prizes will be awarded in the Contest.  In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming, or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the number of prizes specified by a random drawing among all legitimate eligible prize claims.     

 

10.        Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision were not contained therein.

 

11.        Sponsor.  The Contest is sponsored by Cox Radio, Inc. d/b/a/ Cox Media Group Jacksonville.  The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials or announcements relating to the Contest.  For a list of winners or a copy of these Official Rules send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Winners List/Official Rules" (as applicable), Cox Media Group, 8000 Belfort Parkway, Jacksonville FL, 32256 or visit that location during normal business hours.  If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact David Ratz at Cox Media Group, 8000 Belfort Parkway, Jacksonville FL, 32256 or at David.Ratz@coxinc.com 

 

The Latest News Headlines

  • Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, left at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured Friday. >> Read more trending news  White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder in the slayings and a judge said Saturday that it was reasonable to assume more charges would follow. >> Photos: Mass casualties reported in New Zealand mosque shooting Update 10:50 a.m. EDT March 18: President Donald Trump said Monday that the media was “working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” “They will have to work very hard to prove that one,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “So Ridiculous!” The gunman in last week’s attacks left a document in which he called himself a white nationalist and referred to Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity.” In the past, Trump has drawn criticism for saying “both sides” were to blame for violence at a deadly white supremacist demonstration. >> Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville Update 11:50 p.m. EDT March 17: Leaders of New Zealand’s Muslim community are planning a national memorial burial for all the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting rampages at two mosques in Christchurch, according to media outlets. The New Zealand Herald is also reporting that despite Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s expectations that the bodies of all the victims would be released to family members by Monday, that  isn’t expected to happen now, instead authorities believe it might be Wednesday before all the victims have been released. While Islamic leaders have said they are planning for a mass burial, the families will ultimately decide how they’ll proceed, the Herald reported. Not to far from the scene of the Linwood Mosque shooting, burial preparations are underway at Memorial Park Cemetery where workers are digging graves for the shooting victims behind a large temporary fence. Update 10:15 p.m. EDT March 17: The owner of a Christchurch gun store confirmed Sunday that he sold four guns and ammunition to alleged mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant in a “police-verified” online purchase, according to the New Zealand Herald. But the owner of the retail chain Gun City, David Tipple, said his store did not sell Tarrant any semi-automatic weapons. Tipple said he and staff are 'dismayed and disgusted' by Friday's shootings, The Associated Press reported. Tipple said the store did not notice any red flags in Tarrant’s gun purchases.  “We detected nothing extraordinary about this (gun) license holder,” he said. Meantime, counter-terrorism police executed search warrants on two homes in New South Wales, Australia, believed to be connected to the alleged shooter. Authorities searched a house in Sandy Beach near Coffs Harbor that is believed to belong to Tarrant’s sister, according to Australia’s News 9. They also raided a home in Lawrence that is believe to be connected to Tarrant’s mother. Authorities said they’re searching for anything that might help New Zealand investigators. “The community can be assured that there is no information to suggest a current or impending threat related to this search warrants,”the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police said in a joint statement, News 9 reported. Update 12:30 p.m. EDT March 17: Pakistan will observe a day of mourning for the victims of the shootings, The AP reported.  Vatican News reported Pope Francis offered prayers for those killed in the attacks.  “In these days, in addition to the pain of wars and conflicts that do not cease to afflict humanity, there have been the victims of the horrible attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I pray for the dead and injured and their families. I am close to our Muslim brothers and all that community. I renew my invitation for prayer and gestures of peace to combat hatred and violence.” Related: Photos: Mass casualties reported in New Zealand mosque shooting Update 7:41 a.m. EDT March 17: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday that members of her Cabinet will work to change the nation’s gun laws in the wake of Friday’s deadly mosque attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. In a news conference, Ardern added that officials will release the victims’ bodies to their families starting Sunday evening and should finish by Wednesday, the AP reported. Pope Francis on Sunday also prayed “for our Muslim brothers who were killed,” the report said.  Meanwhile, an online campaign has raised more than $3 million U.S. for the victims and their families. Learn more here. Update 5 p.m. EDT March 16: The death toll in the New Zealand mosque attacks has risen to 50. Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a news conference that 50 people died in the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, RNZ reported.  He also said that 36 are in the hospital with two in critical condition. Update 6:30 p.m. EDT March 15: The man suspected in at least one of the shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand has appeared briefly in court. Two armed guards brought Brenton Tarrant into court Friday. He showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him. The court appearance lasted only about a minute and he was led back out in handcuffs. He was ordered to return to court again April 5. After Tarrant left, the judge said that while “there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others.” The gunman posted a 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. Update 5 p.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand’s prime minister said the “primary perpetrator” in the mosque shootings was a licensed gun owner and legally acquired the five guns used in the shootings. Jacinda Ardern said the country’s national gun laws will change after at least 49 worshippers were shot dead in the two mosques in Christchurch. Update 3:25 p.m. EDT March 15: President Donald Trump said he spoke Friday with Ardern and offered “any assistance the U.S.A. can give.” “We stand by ready to help,” Trump wrote. “We love you New Zealand!” Update 11:30 a.m. EDT March 15: New York police said the department is ramping up patrols around the city Friday and keeping in contact with officials at area mosques in the wake of the deadly shootings in Christchurch. 'To the Muslim community here in New York: We stand with you always, and we will remain vigilant in keeping you safe -- and making sure you feel safe, too,' Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Friday in a statement. 'The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace.' Update 10:20 a.m. EDT March 15: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, said Friday in a statement that their “hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.” “No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the statement said. “This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.” Update 9:35 a.m. EDT March 15: Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama shared condolences for the people of New Zealand in a message posted Friday to social media. “We grieve  with you and the Muslim community,” said the message shared by President Obama. “All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.” Update 8:55 a.m. EDT March 15: Pope Francis was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence” in New Zealand, his cardinal secretary of state said Friday in a telegram. “He assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks,” Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said. “Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.” Officials in New Zealand said 49 people were killed in a pair of attacks on mosques in Christchurch. Health officials said 48 patients were being treated for injuries ranging from minor to critical after the shootings. Update 7:49 a.m. EDT March 15: In a tweet early Friday, President Donald Trump sent “warm sympathy and best wishes” to the people of New Zealand after “the horrible massacre.” “Forty-nine innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Trump said. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the attack “a vicious act of hate.”  “We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government,” Sanders said. Queen Elizabeth II, who is head of the Commonwealth and New Zealand's monarch, said she was “deeply saddened” by the shootings, CNN reported. “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” the queen said. “Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.” Update 5:01 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand police said a man in his late 20s has been charged with murder, TVNZ reported. The man was expected to appear in court Saturday morning, The Washington Post reported. Officials have not named the suspect. Police clarified that while four people were detained, only three were thought to have been involved in the shootings, the newspaper reported. Update 4:20 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a news conference that 49 people died in the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, TVNZ reported. The attack at the Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in central Christchurch left 41 people dead, and seven people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque, TVNZ reported. Another person died at a hospital, Bush said. Update 3:14 a.m. EDT March 15: Forty-eight patients are being treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital, CNN reported. David Meates, chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said the patients’ conditions ranged from critical to minor. One of four people taken into custody after the mass shooting attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, said he was a 28-year-old Australian, according to The Associated Press. Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the shooter was Australian-born. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference, “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.” 'We were chosen (because) we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,' Ardern said. 'We utterly condemn and reject you.' Update 2:37 a.m. EDT March 15: In a news conference Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that 40 people died in the mosque attacks. Arden said 30 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in central Christchurch, and that 10 people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque, TVNZ reported. Twenty more people have been seriously injured, TVNZ reported. Update 2:24 a.m. EDT March 15: In a news conference Friday, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel expressed shock and anger after the mass shooting at the mosques. “I never could believe anything like this could ever happen in Christchurch,” she said. “I never thought anything like this could happen in New Zealand.” Dalziel told TVNZ, 'We need to come together and care for each other, we need to make this unite us, not divide us.' Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the shootings “a vicious attack.” 'We grieve. We are shocked, appalled and outraged as we stand here and condemn the attack that occurred today by an extremist right wing violent terrorist,” Morrison said. Update 1:43 a.m. EDT March 15: St. John Ambulance has transferred multiple patients to Christchurch Hospital and other local medical facilities, TVNZ reported. The news agency reported that injuries of the patients ranged from minor to critical. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to address the country at 7 p.m. local time. Update 1:30 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand police tweeted Friday that while they cannot confirm the number of fatalities, “it is significant.” Police have asked all mosques throughout New Zealand to close, and advised people to stay away from them “until further notice.” Update 1:04 a.m. EDT March 15: Police confirmed Friday afternoon that the lockdown of schools in Christchurch has been lifted, TVNZ reported. Update 12:33 a.m. EDT March 15: At a news conference, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people were in custody. Three are men and one is a woman, “as I understand it,” Bush said. There were improvised explosive devices found in vehicles after the shootings, Bush said. Update 12:16 a.m. EDT March 15:  “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference Friday afternoon. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” A cricket match between Bangladesh and the New Zealand national team was canceled. The Bangladesh team was arriving for prayers at a mosque when the shooting occurred, but all members of the squad were safe, a team coach told Reuters. Update 11:15 p.m. EDT March 14: New Zealand authorities have confirmed that there have been multiple fatalities and one person is in custody: “Police is responding to a very serious and tragic incident involving an active shooter in central Christchurch.  One person is in custody, however Police believe there may be other offenders. This is an evolving incident and we are working to confirm the facts, however we can confirm there have been a number of fatalities.  Police is currently at a number of scenes. We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident. We urge New Zealanders to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.  We are mobilising resources nationally and support is being brought into the District. We are still working to resolve this incident and we continue to urge Christchurch residents to stay inside. We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.” Update 10:55 p.m. EDT March 14: New Zealand media said an additional shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch. Original report: As many as 30 people have been injured or killed, a child care center manager told Radio New Zealand. Witness Len Peneha told The Associated Press he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror. Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha’s driveway and fled. Peneha said he went into the mosque to try and help, “I saw dead people everywhere,” he said. Police are urging people in the area to stay indoors and schools in the area have been placed on lockdown. About 300 people were inside the mosque, according to RNZ. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A shooting on a Dutch tram left at least three people dead and several others injured in Utrecht, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  The city’s mayor, Jan van Zanen, said three people were killed in the attack and nine others wounded, according to The Associated Press. Authorities have classed the incident as a possible terror attack. Update 10:25 a.m. EDT March 18: Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said three of the nine people wounded in Monday’s shooting were seriously injured, according to The Associated Press. “We cannot exclude, even stronger, we assume a terror motive,” van Zanen said Monday. “Likely there is one attacker, but there could be more.” Police have identified a man wanted in connection to the shooting as Gokmen Tanis, 37. Update 10:10 a.m. EDT March 18: Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said three people were killed and nine people were injured Monday in the Utrecht shooting, according to CNN and The Independent. Update 9:55 a.m. EDT March 18: Dutch police issued a correction Monday on the name of the man wanted in connection with the Utrecht shooting. Authorities said his name was spelled Gokmen Tanis. Officials initially identified the 37-year-old as Gokman Tanis. The Independent reported trains were not being allowed into Utrecht’s central train station in the wake of the shooting. Update 9:25 a.m. EDT March 18: Police in the Netherlands asked for the public’s help Monday locating a man wanted in connection to Monday’s shooting. Authorities warned against approaching the man, identified as Gokman Tanis, 37. Update 8:55 a.m. EDT March 18: The shooter behind Monday’s attack remained at large after the incident, according to Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, the Dutch anti-terror coordinator. “In Utrecht there was a shooting at several locations,' he said Monday at a news conference, according to The Independent. 'A lot is still unclear at this point and local authorities are working hard to establish all the facts. What we already know is that a culprit is at large.' Authorities continue to investigate the shooting. Original report: Utrecht police wrote Monday in a tweet that a “possible terrorist (motive) is part of the investigation” into the shooting, which occurred about 10:45 a.m. local time, according to CNN. >> See the tweet here The gunman remained at large Monday and may have fled the scene in a car, according to BBC News.  After the attack the country’s anti-terror coordinator, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, raised the terror threat level in Utrecht to 5, its highest level. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • The teams have been chosen and brackets set up for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. >> Read more trending news  The tournament begins Tuesday when the first of the “First Four” games are played, and gets into full swing on Thursday as the first round begins.  Here’s a look at the schedule for the 68-team field, tip-off times, channels and how to watch. How to watch: The games will be televised on four networks, CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Check your TV provider for channel information. If you have CBS via a TV service provider, you can see all the games broadcast on CBS there. The CBS Sports App will not be showing the games for free. The CBS All-Access TV app will have the games available via a paid subscription.  TNT, TBS and truTV are available via streaming once you authenticate your tv provider subscriptions. The games are available on an NCAA March Madness Live TV app available via Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV set-top boxes. You can also get the games on Microsoft's Xbox videogame console and on the Android TV platform.  Below is the schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday’s “First Four” games and the schedule or the first round of the tournament which begins on Thursday. Check back here for an updated schedule of games as the tournament continues. All times are Eastern time. March Madness games schedule: Tuesday, March 19 – First Four 6:40 p.m.: Prairie View A&M vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – truTV After the conclusion: Temple vs. Belmont – truTV Wednesday, March 20 – First Four 6:40 p.m.: NC Central vs North Dakota State – truTV After the conclusion: St. John’s vs. Arizona State – truTV Thursday, March 21 – First Round 3:10 p.m.: Maryland vs. the winner of Tuesday’s Belmont/Temple game – truTV  12:40 p.m.: LSU vs. Yale – truTV  12:15 p.m.: Louisville vs. Minnesota – CBS  2:45 p.m.: Michigan State vs. Bradley – CBS 7:20 p.m.: Villanova vs. St. Mary’s – TBS  9:50 p.m.: Purdue vs. Old Dominion – CBS  1:30 p.m. Auburn vs. New Mexico State – TNT  4 p.m.: Kansas vs. Northeastern – TNT 9:40 p.m.: Wofford vs. Seton Hall – CBS  7:10 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian – CBS  7:27 p.m.: Gonzaga vs. the winner of Tuesday’s Farleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M game – truTV  9:57 p.m.: Syracuse vs. Baylor – truTV  4:30 p.m.: Marquette vs. Murray State – TBS  2 p.m.: Florida State vs. Vermont – TBS  6:50 p.m.: Nevada vs. Florida – TNT  9:20 p.m.: Michigan vs. Montana – TNT Friday, March 22 12:15 p.m.: Cincinnati vs. Iowa – CBS  12:40 p.m.: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma – truTV  1:30 p.m.: Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky – TNT 2 p.m.: Kansas State vs. UC Irvine – TBS  2:45 p.m.: Tennessee vs. Colgate – CBS  3:10 p.m.: Virginia vs. Gardner Webb – truTV  4 p.m.: Buffalo vs. the winner of Wednesday’s Arizona State/St. John’s game – TNT  4:30 p.m.: Wisconsin vs. Oregon – TBS  6:50 p.m.: Utah State vs. Washington – TNT 7:10 p.m.: Duke vs. the winner of Wednesday’s North Carolina Central/North Dakota State game – CBS  7:20 p.m.: Houston vs. Georgia State – TBS  7:27 p.m.: Mississippi State vs. Liberty – truTV  9:20 p.m.: North Carolina vs. Iona – TNT 9:40 p.m.: VCU vs. UCF – CBS  9:50 p.m.: Iowa State vs. Ohio State – TBS  9:57 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. St. Louis – truTV   The second round begins Saturday, March 23. The Sweet 16 round begins Thursday, March 28. The Elite Eight round begins Saturday, March 30. The final four play on Saturday, April 6. The National Championship game, held in Minneapolis, will be played Monday, April 8.     
  • Duval School leaders are inviting parents to a series of meetings on the school district’s aging public schools.  Over the last few months, Duval County Public Schools leaders have been sharing with community members and parents information about the district’s aging school problem. March 18th – kicks off the series of meetings that deal with draft recommendations for the district to move forward with all of the schools in the county. There is nothing extremely wrong with the schools. Leaders are stressing that all schools are both safe and operational. Superintendent Dr. Diana Green says they cannot ignore the impact the condition is having on the success of students and staff. “When facilities are not in good working order, our administrators spend a number of hours focusing on facilities instead of being instruction leaders and focused on the students.” According to a spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools – the draft scenarios include:  • Construction of 30 new schools as either replacement on-site or on new sites.  • 17 consolidations impacting 42 schools with children from those schools attending new or renovated school buildings. (Any buildings no longer in use as a result of the consolidations would be demolished and the land sold to prevent former schools from becoming a future blight.)  • Security upgrades at all schools and removal of the majority of portables from schools across the district.  • Cutting more than 5,000 student seats from the district’s inventory and improving the district’s facility utilization rate. Click here to see the dates and locations for each meeting.
  • Jacksonville-based FIS is buying Worldpay for approximately $35 billion.  FIS says the merge agreement expands its capabilities by enhancing its acquiring and payment offerings. The combined company will retain the name FIS and will be headquartered in Jacksonville.  In a statement announcing the acquisition, FIS says the combination of stock and cash values Worldpay at an enterprise value of approximately $43 billion. Worldpay is a leading payment technology company that processes over 40 billion transactions annually, supporting more than 300 payment types across more than 120 currencies. “Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” said Gary Norcross, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FIS. “Upon closing later this year, our two powerhouse organizations will combine forces to offer a customer-driven combination of scale, global presence and the industry’s broadest range of global financial solutions. As a combined organization, we will bring the most modern solutions targeted at the highest growth markets. The long-term value we will create for clients and for shareholders will set the bar in our industry and will create a range of new career opportunities for our employees. I have never been more excited about the future of FIS.”

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