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Shot and a shake: Waterville McDonald’s, Maine CDC partner at COVID-19 vaccine clinic offering free milkshakes



Shot and a shake: Waterville McDonald's, Maine CDC partner at COVID-19 vaccine clinic offering free milkshakes

WATERVILLE — State health officials are using milkshakes as the latest incentive to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 as cases continue to climb and hospitalizations hit record highs.

Tuesday from 3-5pm, McDonald’s at 336 Main St. in Waterville will host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic, coordinated with restaurant owner Mike Ortins and the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

Area residents who want a first or second dose of a vaccine or booster can choose between the two-dose inoculation of Pfizer or Moderna or the single-dose inoculation from Johnson & Johnson.

In return, those who receive a vaccination on Tuesday will be offered a free milkshake from McDonald’s.

“We meet people where they are,” tweeted Dr. Nirav Shah of the Maine CDC Monday, responding to news about the McDonald’s clinic.

Meanwhile, local pediatricians have begun to inform families that clinics would be available this week for children aged 5 to 11, following the introduction earlier this month of vaccination clinics in schools for younger children.

The announcement Monday of the planned clinic for McDonald’s came as state health officials reported a pandemic record of COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 296 statewide, up from 287 on Sunday.

Of the 296 hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, 87 were in intensive care and 36 were on a ventilator. The latest increase in hospital admissions in Maine has been primarily among those who have not been vaccinated, making up nearly two-thirds of all hospitalized patients, according to public health officials.

Updated cases are expected Tuesday, after 848 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths were reported Saturday.

Earlier this month, federal regulators approved vaccines for ages 5 to 11, and booster eligibility standards were extended to anyone 18 or older last week.

In Kennebec County, health officials report that about 62.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated, which contrasts with neighboring Somerset County, where 56% of residents have been vaccinated.

Statewide, 68% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Maine CDC.

In Somerset County, a vaccination clinic is scheduled to take place Tuesday at Quimby Elementary School’s gymnasium at 263 Main St. in Bingham from 4 to 7 p.m. The first hour should be set aside for children to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The clinic is open to community members who would like to receive a Moderna or J&J booster injection.

The Maine CDC’s website also follows: COVID-19 vaccine locations statewide, including many Hannaford, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart pharmacies.

“Most of the confirmed clinics are in pharmacies and healthcare facilities, although the Augusta Fire Department is apparently working to set up a pediatric vaccination clinic soon,” said Robert Long, a spokesperson for the Maine CDC.

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Cranley calls for lottery commission oversight of sports betting | News




Cranley calls for lottery commission oversight of sports betting |  News

(Ohio Capital Journal) — Hopeful Democratic Governor John Cranley is calling on state lawmakers to abandon a sports betting measure already approved by the Senate, and instead introduce sports betting under the current authority of the Ohio Lottery Commission . Cranley argues that this approach would avoid a lengthy lawsuit and make more money available for public schools.

The mayor of Cincinnati has promised, if elected governor, he will appoint members of the Lottery Commission who would use their position to offer sports betting in Ohio. Under SB 176, passed by the Senate in June, the state Casino Control Commission would oversee sports betting instead of the Lottery Commission.

The debate over which committee should oversee sports gambling has long been a sticking point for lawmakers trying to legalize gambling. The lottery is constitutionally required to send the proceeds exclusively to public education, while SB 176 would split the proceeds of the 10% tax on gambling tickets between public and non-public schools.

“The constitution says if you do it through the Lottery Commission, every dollar should go to public education,” Cranley said. “This bill is vague about that and says we’re essentially going to figure out what we’re going to do with the money later. We’ll do it publicly, privately, we’ll do vouchers, all kinds of things that could undermine public education.”

Earlier this year, House lawmakers rejected a Senate offer to tie the gambling provisions to an unrelated veterans’ ID card bill. But now home leaders are suggesting they may have reached a compromise.

Cranley argued that if they use SB 176 as a starting point, they are likely going to go to court.

“This thing is unconstitutional in two ways,” Cranley said. “First, the Casino Control Commission does not have the power to make sports betting under the Constitution, and you cannot pass a law that violates the Ohio Constitution. Only the Lottery Commission has the power under the Constitution to extend gambling beyond the four casinos. And under the constitution, gambling proceeds should go to public education unless they’re for the four casinos.”

To back up his claims about the existing authority of the Lottery Commission, Cranley points to a 2019 Legislative Service Commission report prepared for former Rep. Dave Greenspan, who determined that the Lottery Commission likely has the authority to proceed.

“Since the Lottery Act grants broad powers to the State Lottery Commission to conduct lotteries and the lotteries are exempt from the Gambling Act, it appears that the Commission may be able to establish and operate a sports betting lottery under Ohio law. the report said. .

But while legislative analysts believe the Lottery Commission can act, they don’t take the position that the Lottery Commission alone can act. In the analysis for SB 176, they write that the Ohio Supreme Court has yet to weigh in, and the question will come down to the definition of “lottery,” which remains vague in the state constitution.

If the courts interpret a betting order as a lottery, “that seems to prohibit any sports game outside the context of the state lottery or casinos,” the analysis said.

On the other hand, if the courts took a narrower view and defined a lottery as a specific form of gambling, legislators would probably have room to enact sports betting as they saw fit. Ohio’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already supported that reading of the constitution.

Cranley is currently competing for Ohio’s Democratic nomination for governor in 2022 against Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who also criticized current sports betting proposals.

“Nan believes that if we’re going to legalize sports betting, we need to do it in a way that benefits Ohio’s communities and businesses, not out-of-state businesses,” Whaley spokesman Courtney Rice said in a statement. “The people of Ohio are tired of the sweetheart deals that are made in backrooms. Our state government is too corrupt to trust that much money without a much more transparent process than we’ve seen so far.”


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MoUs with Amazon by states ‘unhappy’: Confederation of All India Traders




MoUs with Amazon by states 'unhappy': Confederation of All India Traders
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said on Sunday it is “deeply unfortunate and regrettable” that several Indian states have entered into memorandum of understanding (MOUs) or agreements with e-commerce giant Amazon for the sale of products from government agencies.

Such MOUs strongly contradict the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” and “Vocal for Local” campaign initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CAIT said.

The merchant body said it will write to the prime ministers of all states in this regard and then meet with them.

It will continue to hold protests in all states in support of their demands.

Madhya Pradesh Home Affairs Minister Dr Narottam Mishra had admitted in recent days that Amazon was involved in the supply racket of ‘ganja’ and therefore the government of parliament should immediately immediately cancel all its ‘MOUs’ with Amazon cancel,” President BC Bhartia and Secretary Praveen Khandelwal said in a statement.

The merchants’ organization urged the government of Madhya Pradesh to advise its agencies to “disconnect” from Amazon.

“Amazon is a known violator of global law who has been punished in several countries for its malpractice in business and continues to violate Indian laws and regulations and also faces investigation by the Enforcement Directorate and Competition Commission of India,” the statement said. .

States like Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Tripurab, Sduuk West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, has signed several agreements with the global e-commerce company, it claimed.


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Colorado Springs weather: high winds, major fire hazard before major cooling | Weather




Colorado Springs weather: high winds, major fire hazard before major cooling |  Weather

The Colorado Springs area and much of the Front Range will be under a red flag warning of a high fire hazard on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The weather alert started at 7am and lasts until 5pm. The Weather Service reported gusts of 40 mph along the Interstate 25 corridor early Sunday with higher gusts in the mountains.

El Paso, Pueblo, Teller, Fremont and Douglas counties are included in the red flag warning of several other counties. It is expected to remain windy throughout the day, likely 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, in the Pikes Peak region.

Colorado Springs can expect a high of 61 on Sunday, the weather service says, with an overnight low of 16.

Stormy conditions continue on Monday with a high temperature near 36.

On Sunday, Colorado Springs entered its 208th straight day with no measurable snowfall since mid-May. The longest stretch without snow in Colorado Springs lasted 236 days in 2012 and 1946, according to the weather service.

'120 Meteors Per Hour' Possible During Dazzling Meteor Shower Visible in Colorado

Colorado Springs broke the record for last measurable snowfall after no flakes fell last Thursday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the week ahead, according to the weather service.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high of almost 48. North-northwest winds 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon south-southeast.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, peaking at almost 57. West-southwest winds 10 to 25 mph.

Thursday: 10% chance of showers after 5pm Mostly sunny, with a maximum of 56. West winds 10 to 25 mph in the morning south.

Friday: Chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, peaking at almost 44. Northerly winds around 25 mph.


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