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Amazon agrees to pay $2.5 million to settle pesticide sale lawsuit

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Chad Schulze, EPA pesticide enforcement officer, displays one of the banned pesticides that Amazon was selling online. (Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times / TNS)

Amazon has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office alleging the company is allowing industrial pesticides to be illegally sold through its online marketplace.

The pesticides involved were highly regulated and in some cases were not available for sale to the general public. Under state law, sellers must have licenses to sell them and record information about the buyers at the time of sale. For the most dangerous pesticides, the buyer must also be licensed as a pesticide applicator.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly investigated the sale of pesticides on Amazon and was awarded a $1.2 million settlement in 2018.

Amazon facilitated thousands of sales related to the very strong pesticides between 2013 and 2020, when the company suspended all restricted sales of pesticides, state lawyers claimed. Amazon failed to inform customers that its agricultural and industrial pesticides were different from commonly available products, giving the impression that anyone could buy and use them, the state claimed.

“Amazon is a powerful company, but it is not above the law,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement.

Some of the pesticides sold on Amazon, if used improperly, can cause neurological damage in humans, contaminate groundwater, and harm endangered and threatened species, including Chinook salmon and killer whales. A company spokesperson noted that no allegations have been made about damage to customers or the environment.

In addition to paying $2.5 million, Amazon must also be licensed if it restarts sales of those pesticides and implement a host of reforms designed to block illegal sales of pesticides. Amazon agreed to let state investigators check its records to make sure the settlement terms were met.

By email, a company spokesperson said Amazon will “continue to work with the Attorney General and other relevant agencies to continue to comply.” Amazon has admitted no mistakes.

The deal reached Monday will be reviewed by a judge of the King County Superior Court in the coming days. Washington residents who may have inadvertently purchased restricted pesticides should contact Amazon.

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No tickets sold with all six Mega Millions lottery numbers

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No tickets sold with all six Mega Millions lottery numbers

The am/pm minimarket in Roseville, which sold a five-number ticket in the last draw of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery but without the Mega-number, is located at 1139 Douglas Blvd. The other ticket with five numbers but without the Mega Number was sold at the Gilroy Gas Station at 700 I St. in Gilroy. The California Lottery’s Corporate Communications Department is available until 5 p.m. at 916-822-8131. Callers to that number after 5pm will receive the name and number of the person on duty.

No tickets were sold with all six numbers in the latest draw of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery and the estimated jackpot for Tuesday’s draw will grow to $122 million. Two tickets were sold with five numbers, but without the Mega number, one at a gas station convenience store in Roseville, near the Sacramento area, and the other at a gas station in Gilroy, the southernmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are worth $293,600 each, the California Lottery announced.

California law requires large payouts from lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis. A five-song ticket, but without the Mega-song, which is sold elsewhere, would be worth at least $1 million. The numbers drawn on Friday were 22, 45, 48, 58, 61 and the Mega number was 13. The estimated jackpot was $112 million. The draw was the 12th since the last time a ticket containing all six numbers was sold. According to the California Lottery, the odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega Number are 1 in 302,575,350. The total chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.

The game Mega Millions is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

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How a kid cracked YouTube’s secret code

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In 2016, young YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson dropped out of college to try to solve how a video is going viral on YouTube.

In the fall of 2016, Jimmy Donaldson dropped out of college to solve one of media’s biggest mysteries: How exactly does a video go viral on YouTube? Donaldson, then 18, had been posting to the site since he was 12 without garnering much of an audience. But he was convinced that he was almost unlocking the secrets of the YouTube algorithm, the black box of rules and processes that determines which videos are recommended to viewers.

In the months that followed, Donaldson and a handful of his friends tried to crack the code. They made daily phone calls to analyze which videos went viral. They gave each other YouTube-related homework assignments and they teased successful channels for data on their most successful posts. “I woke up, I studied YouTube, I studied videos, I studied filmmaking, I went to bed and that was my life,” Donaldson recalled in a recent interview.

In 2016, young YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson dropped out of college to try to solve how a video is going viral on YouTube.

One day he got an idea for a video that he was sure would work. It was as simple as counting. Donaldson sat down in a chair and muttered one song after another for the next 40 hours, starting at zero and going up to 100,000. At the end of the exhausting stunt, he looked frantically into the camera. “What am I doing with my life?” he said.

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Sikkim State Lottery Best SOFT morning results

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Sikkim’s ‘Dear Gentle Morning’ lottery is a popular weekly lottery. The face value of the ticket is ₹6. The first prize is ₹50 lakhs. The second prize is ₹9,000. The third prize is 500, the 4th prize is ₹250 and the 5th prize is 120 and will be given to the holders of tickets with matching serial numbers.

In addition to these prizes, there is a consolation prize of 1,000. The draw of the weekly ‘Dear Gentle Morning’ lottery on Saturday will be announced at 11:55 AM.

Sikkim state lottery results for December 5, 2021

The latest Sikkim Lottery results for today have been updated on the official website which is http://www.sikkimlotteries.com/.

The seven weekly competitions organized by Sikkim Lottery are:

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Dear Loving Morning’ – It is held every Monday morning and the results are announced at 11:55am. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh.

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Best Sincere Morning’ – It is held every Tuesday morning and the results are announced at 11:55 AM. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh.

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Dear Faithful Morning’ – It is held every Wednesday morning and the results are announced at 11:55am. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh.

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Dear Kind Morning’ – It is held every Thursday morning and the results are announced at 11:55am. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh.

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Dear Tender Morning’ – It is held every Friday morning and the results are announced at 11:55am. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh.

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Dear Gentle Morning’ – It is held every Saturday morning and the results are announced at 11:55am. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh.

Sikkim Lottery – ‘Best Affectionate Morning’ – It is held every Sunday morning and the results will be announced at 11:55 AM. The value of the first prize is ₹50 Lakh

The prize structure of the Sikkim State Lottery Sambad

The cost of one ticket is 6. The winner of the first prize can claim ₹50 lakhs. The second prize holder can claim 9,000, the third prize holder can claim 500, while the 4th prize holder can claim ₹250. There is also the 5th prize, where the winner can claim an amount of 120. a consolation prize of ₹1000 given to multiple participants. The latest Sikkim Lottery results for today have been updated at 11:55 am on the official website which is http://www.sikkimlotteries.com/.

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