Camelot UK Lotteries, operator of the UK’s National Lottery, has confirmed that it has stopped selling £10 category scratchcards as part of an effort to tackle problem gambling.Initial plans to withdraw its highest priced scratchcards were announced back in the summer, with the operator acknowledging that these particular games over-indexed among problem gamblers.Camelot instructed all of its retailers to remove these scratchcards from sale by 27 September, with any remaining stock returned to Camelot.The highest priced instant win National Lottery scratchcard games in UK shops are now £5.“Even though it’s widely acknowledged that the risk of problem play associated with our games is very low, player protection has always underpinned the way we run the National Lottery,” a Camelot spokesperson told iGamingBusiness.com.“We believed this was the right thing to do to help protect the very small minority of players concerned (less than 1% of all National Lottery players). We worked closely with our regulator, the Gambling Commission, on this at the time and are pleased that it welcomed the action we took.”Camelot’s scratchcard rules state that players have 180 days to claim any prizes after a game’s closure date. This means consumers who purchased one of the £10 games before they were taken off sale still have a few months to claim their winnings.The move comes after the UK Government in July announced plans to launch a new consultation over proposals to increase the minimum age consumers must be to purchase a scratchcard and play online instant win games from 16 to 18.At the time, the Government said the idea behind the move was to help protect young people from the potential risks of gambling-related harm.In June, Camelot reported a record £1.83bn in digital sales for the Lottery in the 12 months to March 31, 2019. Overall ticket sales were also up to £7.21bn for the year.Image: David Holt Finance Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 21st October 2019 | By contenteditor Camelot UK Lotteries, operator of the UK’s National Lottery, has confirmed that it has stopped selling £10 category scratchcards as part of an effort to tackle problem gambling. Topics: Finance Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Camelot withdraws £10 scratchcards from retailers Email Address
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It was probably a smart decision to do so since the pharmaceutical giant is best known for its excellent cancer drug pipeline. So focusing on its core competency should lead to better profits. Even though investing heavily in a Covid-19 vaccine might have given it a newsworthy boost, developing and testing one is a very long and costly process with no certainty of success. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I’ve read plenty of news in the press about small healthcare companies trying to develop Covid-19 vaccines. However, they all turned out to be rumours in the end. The point I’m making is that no one can guarantee that a particular company or a group of companies will develop an effective one. Even if it does happen, testing, marketing and launching one would take time and resources. So it would take a while for any vaccine to start generating positive cash flows. We all know that even a rumour of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by a particular company makes that company’s shares skyrocket, thus making it a less attractive buy for a value investor. So in the end, it might be good news that a merger between Gilead and AstraZeneca was a non-starter.But is the latter a good buy or not as it stands? Let’s look at its fundamentals.The numbersSome may be flocking to AZN shares but hedge funds aren’t particularly enthusiastic about the firm. The company isn’t in the top 30 positions in most large funds’ portfolios. And the hedgies have very good reasons to avoid being too positive on these shares, I feel.I totally agree with my colleague Kirsteen Mackay that the company looks overvalued. 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NOT FOR FEATUREDNew Zealand All Blacks player Piri Weep (2nd-L) helps a dejected Jamie Heaslip of Ireland after the All Backs’ win during their rugby union match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on June 16, 2012. The All Blacks beat Ireland 22-19 in the second rugby Test. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/GettyImages) Digging deep: O’Driscoll admitted he was embarrassed in the humiliating final Test against the All BlacksBy Phillip CoulterAFTER ALL the optimism generated from last week’s effort, the manner of Saturday’s flogging is even harder to take. Watching Ireland on this tour has been an emotional rollercoaster. How can the same group of players offer up such different levels of performance over three test matches?In the first test Ireland looked tired and out of their depth. Last week they took the fight to the All Blacks and produced a performance that made everyone proud. Last weekend they suffered their biggest ever defeat to New Zealand.Well worked: Donnacha Ryan takes ball off the top for IrelandThere’s no doubt New Zealand learnt from their close shave in Christchurch last week. The All Blacks took a hammering in the local media afterwards and used it as extra motivation as they set about dismantling Ireland from the start. They brought a different attitude into the game and as a result physically dominated the tourists.Ireland on the other hand looked tired, bereft of ideas and completely shell shocked by the New Zealand onslaught.They were passive from the beginning and the All Blacks didn’t need a second invitation. Clever and direct angles of running allowed New Zealand to get their offload game working to devastating effect. When Ireland failed to stop that, it was always going to be a long day.At the breakdown it was more of the same. Steve Hansen’s decision to re-jig the back row paid off. Liam Messam was savage throughout, while Richie McCaw and Sam Cane ran rings out thought and out punched the Irish back row – pilfering ball and getting through a mountain of work. But it wasn’t just down to the Kiwi backrow -the slightest whiff of a turnover had black shirts launching themselves into rucks to secure possession.Ireland lacked consistency of performance in New Zealand. Worryingly, that has been the case for quite a while. The pre-tour defeat to the Barbarians comes on the back of an indifferent world cup campaign and distinctly average Six Nations. Declan Kidney has a very talented bunch of players at his disposal – look at the names on the Heineken Cup over the last five years and you’ll find clear evidence of that.No one can question his coaching credentials, but could it be time that this Ireland side were exposed to a fresh way of thinking? Looking at all three tests in their entirety, there were some positives at the set-piece, with Ireland functioning correctly at the scrum and line out.It’s ok: Piri Weepu consoles Jamie Heaslip after a close second TestBut there were also areas where they have been fallen short. Too often players got isolated at breakdown. In the first and third test New Zealand dominated the ruck- winning quick ball, forcing turnovers or slowing down Ireland’s ability to recycle the ball.Paul Wallace made an interesting point in his post-match analysis suggesting that the IRFU should find a place in the coaching set up for Leinster coach, Joe Schmidt. I can definitely see a merit in that.Firstly it would give Les Kiss the chance to shore up an Irish defence that has leaked over 120 points in three games of test match rugby. Just as importantly it would allow Schmidt the opportunity to work with some very talented players and hopefully give Ireland a more intelligent and cutting edge attack. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS From a fans perspective the tour was a frustrating watch. The players showed tremendous effort but were ultimately outclassed, outthought and out muscled by the best team in the world.
By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Twitter Facebook Twitter cross First Baptist Church, 709 N. Lee Ave., has scheduled the 30th annual Mother-Daughter Banquet: “Robed in Royalty” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall. Pictures will be taken to commemorate the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Erica Lane will be the guest speaker and provide music. If you don’t have a mother or daughter that can attend, adopt someone. Childcare will be provided for children age 5 and under (with reservations). Tickets are $15 per person. Pinterest WhatsApp Local News TAGS Banquet Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleThe Latest: Kentucky urges Black citizens to get vaccinatedNext articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Odessa High faces former district rival San Angelo Central in area round Odessa American
News Updates’One Nation, One Price’: Rajasthan High Court Issues Notice To Centre, State On Plea Against Differential Pricing Of Covid Vaccine Akshita Saxena7 May 2021 5:22 AMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court today issued notice to the Central and the State Government on a PIL seeking implementation of ‘One Nation, One Price’ policy with respect to Covid-19 vaccine. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Vinit Kumar Mathur has fixed the case for hearing on May 24. The petition has been filed by Advocate Manish Bhunwal stating that price variation in procurement of vaccine by the Centre, States and private hospitals is violative of fundamental right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. It also stated to be violative of the following laws: The Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 was enacted and amended from time to time to regulate the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs and cosmetics; Under the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Policy, 2012, the Government is required to provide essential medicines at reasonable prices to all and therefore no law provides authority to price the medicine differently in the country; Pricing of drug is governed by the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013 wherein the formulae to determine the whole sale and retail price of drug is provided. The same does not provide for rate differentiation for procurement by State & Union. Reference is also made to the case of Union of India v. KS Gopinath & Ors., whereby the Supreme Court emphasized the need to ‘consider & formulate appropriate criteria for ensuring essential and life saving drugs do not fall out of price control….’ The plea suggests that since Covid-19 vaccine is a life saving drug, it should be included in the National List of Essential Medicines that was prepared in the year 2016, in order keep a check on the price of Stents used for angioplasty. The second issue raised in the PIL pertains to mismanagement of COVID related medical supplies, oxygen and hospital beds across the State of Rajasthan. The Petitioner seeks constitution of a High Level Committee headed by a Retired High Court Judge to oversee the working of Union & State in relation to medical supplies and oxygen. It is further urged that directions be issued to the concerned authorities to: allocate and allot medical supplies and Oxygen in correlation with the active cases in the State and directions;ensure uninterrupted availability of medical supplies & oxygen to the State of Rajasthan;ensure logistic support through Railway & Special Corridor of Roads;form SIT at State & District level to take necessary actions against the black marketers and hoarders of medical supplies and oxygen. Case Title: Manish Bhunwal v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderTags#Rajasthan High Court COVID-19 second wave Differential Pricing Of COVID Vaccines Next Story
ULYSSES, N.Y. — The property tax payment due date has been extended for municipalities impacted by recent winter storms across New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Feb. 14 extending the due date for several counties and towns, including Ulysses in Tompkins County.The extension was granted to Cayuga, Chautauqua, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, as well as several towns outside of those including Ulysses. With the extension, Ulysses residents can pay their taxes without interest or penalty for an additional 21 days past the final date taxes were due, which was Jan. 31. So, residents can pay their 2019 town and county property taxes in full without a penalty through Thursday, Feb. 21, the Town of Ulysses said in a news release. Residents can also use the first installment payment option through Feb. 21.In a news release, Cuomo said the executive order was issued in response to requests by several municipalities who said around the time property taxes were due, residents were unable to make payments on time due to a disruption of public transportation, utility service, and postal operations. “With several recent winter storms impeding the ability of residents across the state to pay their property taxes on time, I am extending the due date for these payments to ensure New Yorkers are not penalized as a result of Mother Nature’s unpredictability,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Dealing with winter weather events is stressful enough, and residents in communities especially hard hit can rest assured they will not be further impacted by these storms.”Anyone that made a payment after the Jan. 31 deadline and included the penalty fee will be refunded. Refund checks will be mailed out within two weeks.Read the full news release from the Town of Ulysses below:The Town of Ulysses On Feb. 14, 2019, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order extending the property tax payment due date (originally Jan.31) in municipalities impacted by recent winter storms. This extension allows residents to pay their taxes without interest or penalty for an additional 21 days past the final date that taxes were due.Since the Town of Ulysses has opted in to this policy, residents may pay their 2019 Town & County property taxes in full without a penalty through Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019. Residents may also use the 1st installment payment option (service charge still applies for this option) through Feb. 21, 2019.Payment may be made in person or left in the drop box at 10 Elm St., Trumansburg; by mail (postmarked Feb. 21 or earlier); or on-line at http://www.ulysses.ny.us/departments/dept-clerk/clerk-tax/ (fee applies for on-line payments).In addition, any payments made after the Jan. 31 deadline that included a penalty will be refunded of that penalty amount. Refund checks will be mailed out within 2 weeks.If you have any questions, please contact Carissa Parlato, Ulysses Town Clerk/Tax Collector at (607)387-5767 ext. 2 or [email protected] Kelsey O’Connor Your government news is made possible with support from: Tagged: property tax, ulysses Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor
iStock(ATHENS, Ga.) — A 27-year-old Georgia woman was charged with the murder of a pregnant woman who was fatally shot while she was trying to move her child away from a fight, police said Thursday.Kiresa Cooper, an Athens-Clarke County resident, is facing one count felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in the incident that left 24-year-old Auriel Callaway, who was four months pregnant, dead, according to a statement from the county police department.Cooper was taken into custody on Wednesday evening, police said.Police called Callaway “an innocent bystander.”She was struck as she was trying to bring her child, believed to be 2 or 3 years old, to safety after a fight broke out and gunfire soon erupted, according to police.When officers arrived at the scene, they tried performing life-saving procedures on Callaway before she was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead.Her unborn child also did not survive the shooting. Her toddler was not injured.According to her sister, Standria Walker, Callaway had “a heart of gold” and wasn’t involved in the fight.“She said, ‘I’m fixing to go, y’all. I’m taking my baby in the house,’” Walker told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.“She got hit with her son in her arms and she’s pregnant,” Walker told WSB-TV. “That’s my only sister. They took our baby away from us.”Police Chief Cleveland Spruill called the shooting a “reckless act of violence [that] took the life of a young mother in her prime as well as her unborn child.”It was not immediately clear if Cooper had obtained an attorney. She was booked at the Athens-Clarke County Jail.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Strong storms blew through the Northeast on Thursday evening, delivering 60 mph wind gusts to Long Island, N.Y., and leaving buildings damaged and thousands without power.The same cold front will slowly drift south Friday and stall across the southern states from the Carolinas to the Plains.Severe storms are expected Friday in southern Virginia and North Carolina and also in the western Plains from Nebraska to western Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle. These areas could see damaging winds, large hail and an isolated tornado. Heavy rain from these storms could bring flash flooding as well to parts of the South.Dry conditions, gusty winds and warm temperatures are fueling a 600-acre wildfire in Northern California’s Mount Shasta County. The fire is threatening more than 1,000 homes and has forced thousands to be evacuated. It is just 20 percent contained.No rain of any kind is forecast in Northern California over the next seven days.More gusty, erratic winds are possible in the fire area Friday afternoon and into the weekend.There are red flag warnings for parts of Wyoming, where fire danger is running high.An area of weak low pressure off the coast of southern Florida is producing rainy weather over the eastern Bahamas on Friday morning.The forecast takes this low pressure up and along Florida’s east coast through the weekend, and along the Carolina coast early next week.The National Hurricane Center is giving it 60 percent chance for development into a tropical depression over the weekend or into early next week. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
WPVI-TVBy ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — More than 40 employees who spent nearly a month living at the facility where they were helping to make protective gear for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic finally clocked out and went home to their families on Monday.The crew at chemical company Braskem America in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, spent the last 28 days split between two 12-hour shifts as they worked to make polypropylene, a raw material used to make N95 masks, hospital gowns and sanitary wipes. “There’s been a glow in everyone’s eyes,” Joe Boyce, operations shift supervisor, told Philadelphia ABC News station WPVI-TV.The only outside contact the workers had came from watching TV and seeing their family members drive by with signs of encouragement in hand.Boyce spoke of the honor he feels to play a part in the fight against COVID-19.“We’re truly honored to be able to give back and support people we will never meet in some way,” Boyce said.He said that in some ways, the team’s departure from the facility is bittersweet.“We’ve almost been the lucky ones, I’ll say, for the last 28 days, because I haven’t had to stand six feet from somebody. I haven’t had to put a mask on,” Boyce said.The group will be getting a week off to recuperate from their near-month stint and Braskem America will be increasing their wages.Boyce praised health care workers for all the work they’re doing.“First responders, all the people on the front lines, we thank you for what you’ve done,” he said. “That’s what makes our job easy to do.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.