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Sydney news: NSW SES issues flood warnings as heavy rainfall across state

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Here’s what you need to know this morning.

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The NSW State Emergency Service says it is anticipating an increase in aid calls as widespread heavy rain is expected across the state today.

The SES received 566 calls yesterday, most of them related to flooding, flood preparation and storm damage.

Thirty-seven jobs were attended in the Sydney metro area.

Coordinator of duty operations Ben Forsyth said people should avoid flooding, especially those in western NSW where a severe weather warning had been issued.

“Thunderstorms are also forecast,” he said.

“As there are already saturated conditions in the dams’ watersheds, there could be some sea flooding and some flash flooding. So that’s probably our biggest concern at the moment.”

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Karen Webb says her diverse experiences in regional NSW make her a versatile police officer.(AAP: James Gourley)

Newly elected NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb says she will be a top cop “empathetic” and has proposed a special victims team.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that she would take over Mick Fuller as Commissioner in January next year.

This morning she told ABC Radio Sydney that she always had a desire to join the police force so she could make a difference.

She has worked closely with victims of child and sexual abuse and plans to set up a special team that will specialize in helping victims through the courts.

“What I’m concerned about is there’s a lot of under-reporting, so we’re not seeing the full picture,” she said.

“So to do it right, we really need to encourage victims to come forward.”

Commissioner-elect Webb was asked about stripping at music festivals and said people with small amounts of drugs still face the consequences of breaking the law.

“In terms of festivals, I am concerned, among other things, that young people are used as (drug) donkeys and bring in large amounts of drugs.”

Wild horses that need to be culled

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Wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park will be culled under a new government plan.(ABC News: Matt Roberts)

The wild horse population in Kosciuszko National Park will be culled by more than three quarters by 2027.

The state government has finalized its controversial wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park after releasing a draft last month.

It is now committed to reducing the number of wild horses from more than 14,000 to 3,000 by 2027.

They are only allowed to roam in designated areas that cover about a third of the park.

Controlling the horse population does not involve shooting from the air. Instead, there will be passive falling, collecting to move them, or ground shooting.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and local member John Barilaro signed on to the plan after opposing an earlier plan in 2016 seeking to cull more horses.

Green light for unvaccinated formal

Unvaccinated Year 12 students are now allowed to attend their year-end formalities, dinners or graduations.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has issued a waiver to allow all senior students to attend functions regardless of their vaccination status.

All HSC students can attend their year-end school party.

William Tyrrell search continues

Police divers are expected to be deployed today to help search for the remains of missing boy William Tyrrell.

The search at Kendal on NSW’s mid-north coast today will focus on a number of creek beds about a mile from the home once owned by William’s foster grandmother.

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Police are investigating the creek beds in the area today.(ABC News: Bruce Mackenzie)

It is close to the area where pieces of blue and black cloth and several red threads were bagged and taken for forensic examination.

Yesterday, police searched rainwater and septic tanks in the house, but found no new evidence.

Fresh claim from pork barrels

NSW Labor and some crossbench MPs have expressed concerns about pork in another government subsidy scheme.

Documents obtained by Labor showed that most of the $100 million Stronger Country Communities Fund grants in 2019 went to coalition seats.

Government MPs were also appointed to access and announce scholarships in regional seats of non-governmental MPs.

“We have an exceptional situation where the NSW government sidesteps the democratically elected local MP in favor of what is often the case with an arbitrary backseat or parliamentary secretary,” said opposition leader Chris Minns.

Greens MP David Shoebridge said it was time for the coalition “to stop treating public money like its own personal ATM to literally buy the next election”.

The government denied the use of pig barrels.

Scholarship recipients are judged by a panel of senior NSW departmental officials and an independent member, said Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole.

Quarrel about COVID rules at voting booths

The state opposition has accused the government of endangering voters’ democratic rights in the upcoming municipal elections with unnecessary COVID-19 restrictions.

The government has introduced a number of provisions it believes should ensure the safety of voters, candidates, staff and volunteers from the threat of COVID-19 while visiting polling stations.

The opposition says it is forbidden for candidates and volunteers to hand out flyers within 100 meters of polling stations.

Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren said it was an attack on democratic rights and that if people could go to a nightclub they should be able to stand outside a polling station.

Aria Music Awards Winners

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Australian recording artist Genesis Owusu has won four ARIA awards. (Supplied: Wade Whitington)

Independent recording artist Genesis Owusu has won four ARIA awards, including Album of the Year and Best Hip Hop Release for Smiling with No Teeth.

Last night the annual music industry awards were held in Sydney.

Sydney recording artist The Kid Laroi won Best Artist and Best Pop Release for his hit single Stay, which was written with and with Canadian singer Justin Bieber.

Singer-songwriter Budjerah won the Breakthrough Artist Award for his debut EP Budjerah.

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Edmonton business group calls for help for struggling Whyte Avenue retailers, restaurants

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Gayle Martin, owner of The Wish List Gifts in Edmonton, AB. can be seen behind the counter of her store on November 26.The globe and mail

At The Wish List Gifts store in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona neighborhood, Gayle Martin is surrounded by new mugs, kitschy art, and other odd trinkets. But one thing is missing: customers.

Ms Martin’s business has always relied heavily on foot traffic, but the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many customers to stay at home for most of the past 20 months and prevented them from visiting the area.

“We lost our Christmas because they closed the restaurants and we rely a lot on restaurant traffic here in the evenings,” said Ms Martin.

Her company has received a rent reduction from the federal government and tax refunds from the City of Edmonton, allowing her to keep its doors open. But even with most of the public health restrictions now lifted in Alberta, things remain sluggish.

Ms Martin’s struggle is not unique as the pandemic kept people at home and shifted more of their groceries and food to online stores and delivery services, drying up foot traffic along the normally busy Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. This left many local businesses unprepared for the sudden change, forcing 39 of them to either close their doors or relocate in 2020, according to the Old Strathcona Business Association, or OSBA.

It’s a problem the business association and municipal government are trying to solve as retailers and hospitality businesses recover, in part by enticing more local businesses to fill empty storefronts and improve critical infrastructure in Old Strathcona.

“Now more than ever, we need to focus on shopping locally and keeping the money in the local economy,” said Michael Janz, the city councilor whose ward includes Old Strathcona.

The OSBA recently launched a marketing campaign to attract new local and independent businesses to the area. In its recruiting package, it cites research data showing that 57 percent of city residents identified the area as their most favorite shopping area.

“We haven’t done this before, so this is a whole new kind of space for us on our initiative side,” said Cherie Klassen, OSBA executive director.

Ms Klassen said the association’s surveys showed that local respondents wanted more local and independent businesses in the area. The OSBA explains that focusing on those types of businesses, rather than chains, will keep more money in the local community.

The campaign is part of the association’s drive to look beyond the pandemic and toward a longer-term recovery. The group launched an economic recovery task force last year to help its members overcome the pandemic with help from municipal grants. It conducted surveys to assess the economic impact of the pandemic on the area and to develop a recovery strategy. It was transformed into a corporate recruiting committee in 2021 to drive the new strategy forward.

Last year, the OSBA and the city teamed up to offer business fee waivers, free patio permits, consultations, and online support and grants.

While the OSBA recorded 39 closed businesses in 2020, it also counted the same number of new businesses opened, leaving vacancy levels flat. During 2020 to October 2021, the OSBA recorded a total of 73 new businesses opening in the area while 62 were either closed or relocated, resulting in a positive profit of 11 new businesses.

Mr Janz, the councilor, said he is working on a series of proposals to improve the area and address remaining challenges. One of the biggest concerns he’s heard about is the lack of walkable spaces in the area. One of his proposals is to extend the sidewalk of the avenue and create more walkways that are both safe and accessible to all.

“If you go there during the certain peak times, they go [be] packed,” he said. “It would be nice if we could spread that.”

Jeff Nachtigall, co-owner of Sugared and Spiced Baked Goods Inc., said that while his store is still making money, it is struggling to pay off debt — which has been made more difficult by the pandemic.

“We can still go ahead, but we are unable to pay off the debt we took on to build the store,” he said.

He also wants the recently elected city council to be open to new and creative ideas that will enhance the city’s new Back Street project, which aims to repurpose alleyways for businesses and create vibrant spaces for people to gather. Mr Nachtigall said the alleyways program will create more walkable spaces for pedestrians.

“With our new council, I’m pretty optimistic because we’ve picked some good councilors who I think see things a certain way, finally,” he said.

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Check the winning numbers for Win Win W-644 Lottery for November 29; First Prize Rs 75 Lakh

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Check the winning numbers for Win Win W-644 Lottery for November 29;  First Prize Rs 75 Lakh

Kerala Win Win W-644 Lottery Result 2021 Live Updates: Kerala state lottery department has released the results for Win Win W-644 lucky draw. The draw took place on Monday 29 November at the Gorky Bhavan, near Bakery Junction, in the capital Thiruvananthapuram. The draw took place under the supervision of independent judges. View the definitive list per city here. You can also download PDF by clicking the link below:

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR THE 1ST PRIZE OF RS 75 LAKH IS: WA 796744 (KOZHIKKODE)

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR 2ND PRIZE OF RS 5 LAKH IS: WK 598119 (THIRUVANANTHAPURAM)

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 3rd PRIZE OF RS 1 LAKH ARE:

WA 671836 (ADIMALY)

WB 783502 (KANNUR)

WC 181212 (KANNUR)

WD 678892 (IRINJALAKUDA)

WE 387875 (ERNAKULAM)

WF 562084 (MALAPPURAM)

WG 748936 (ADIMALY)

WH 230487 (ERNAKULAM)

WJ 154063 (MALAPPURAM)

World Cup 482486 (GURUVAYOOR)

WL 375267 (IDUKKI)

WM 217726 (THIRUVANANTHAPURAM)

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 4TH PRIZE OF RS 5,000 ARE:

0496 0693 2350 2585

2999 3291 3454 3491

5867 5868 6490 6514

7482 7919 8564 8899

9047 9868

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 5TH PRIZE OF RS 2,000 ARE:

0540 1052 2329 6745

7966 8516 8517 9531

9714 9776

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 6TH PRIZE OF RS 1,000 ARE:

0167 0592 1952 1996

2426 2666 3642 5140

6097 6530 7201 7554

7721 9856

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 7TH PRIZE OF RS 500 ARE:

0344 0361 0483 0523

0687 0813 0884 1034

1085 1255 1639 2083

2089 2179 2380 2418

2427 2546 2662 2693

2770 2826 2879 3219

3312 3349 3649 3667

3689 3732 3768 3887

3955 3963 4150 4249

4379 4462 4509 4655

4784 4813 4858 5202

5279 5387 5685 5699

5764 5863 5956 6106

6427 6742 6824 6941

6991 7162 7226 7376

7485 7489 7512 7749

7913 7933 8167 8201

8388 8638 8882 8969

9030 9100 9183 9307

9357 9485 9516 9518

9719 9860

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 8TH PRIZE OF RS 100 ARE:

0001 0085 0104 0135

0241 0495 0546 0566

0621 0664 0723 0749

0894 0897 0912 0963

1055 1089 1141 1224

1229 1318 1379 1594

1653 1713 1944 1982

1984 2110 2117 2120

2140 2349 2488 2606

2645 2695 2723 2944

3228 3234 3248 3477

3521 3640 3743 3773

3824 3844 3930 3939

4052 4097 4102 4115

4246 4331 4443 4742

5311 5317 5338 5392

5434 5684 5788 5808

5819 5912 5942 5958

5960 6060 6143 6184

6252 6304 6311 6437

6627 6645 6655 6661

6776 7026 7047 7069

7083 7149 7151 7296

7386 7403 7428 7468

7515 7604 7697 7820

7828 7896 7949 7969

8063 8122 8364 8396

8543 8754 9013 9050

9092 9111 9225 9380

9431 9472 9624 9652

9695 9741 9792 9893

9925 9965

WINNING NUMBERS FOR RS 8,000 CONSOLATION PRICES ARE:

WB 796744 WC 796744

WD 796744 WE 796744

WF 796744 WG 796744

WH 796744 WJ 796744

WK 796744 WL 796744

WM 796744

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL LIST OF WINNING SONGS PDF

Read: Kerala Lottery Result 2021: Check the winning numbers for Win Win W-644 Lottery before 29th Nov; First Prize Rs 75 Lakh

5 STEPS TO CLAIM PRIZE MONEY

1. Karunya Plus KN-396 lucky draw winners are required to confirm their winning ticket with the Kerala lottery results published in the Kerala Government Gazette.

2. If they find their lottery number in the published Gazette, they must report to the Kerala Lottery Office in Thiruvananthapuram within 30 days along with their tickets and identification to claim the prize.

3. The verification process must be completed within 30 days of the results being announced.

5. Those who have won an amount of less than Rs 5,000 can claim their prize money at any lottery shop in Kerala.

5. Those who have won an amount in excess of Rs 5,000 should present their tickets to the bank or state lottery office with their identification documents for the claim.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD KERALA LOTTERY PRIZE CLAIM FORMS

RECEIPT PAYMENT

AUTHORIZATION LETTER FROM THE PRIZE WINNER

A CERTIFICATE FROM THE RECEIVING BANK

CERTIFICATE OF THE COLLECTION BANK

Kerala Lottery Next Bumper Draw: Christmas XMas New Year Bumper 2022 BR-83

Here is a chance for you to become a crorepati by purchasing a ticket worth just Rs 300.

1. Kerala lottery department is holding a lucky draw for Christmas XMas New Year Bumper 2022 BR-83.2. First prize winner will win Rs 12 crore while those with 2nd prize lucky ticket will win Rs 50 lakh.

3. The third and fourth prize winners will receive Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.

4. So why are you waiting for. Here is a chance for you to become a crorepati by purchasing a ticket worth just Rs 300.

5. The lottery department has printed 24 lakh tickets for Christmas XMas New Year Bumper 2022 BR-83 lucky draw.

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Capen Limited boss Simon Rydings is serving jail term for misusing lottery proceeds

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Capen Limited boss Simon Rydings is serving jail term for misusing lottery proceeds

Lottery operator Capen Limited has jailed its Chief Exec for robbing a £285,000 ($380,227) charity, the Gambling Commission (GC) has confirmed.

Capen’s 50-year-old CEO, Simon Rydings, was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pass on the proceeds of a lottery run by his company on behalf of Sheffield Hospitals Charity. In addition, he must pay £1,000 in damages within 18 months of leaving prison.

In a case prosecuted by the Gambling Commission and heard by the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, Rydings admitted to misusing lottery proceeds between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2020. However, he told the court that he was unable to repay the full £285,000 as he had already spent the money on other costs associated with running the business.

“Lotteries in this country can only be run for charities – charities and other non-commercial organizations that run lotteries rely heavily on the revenue they receive from lotteries to support the important work they do,” said GC director Helen Venn.

“Simon Rydings failed completely as CEO of a Gambling Commission licensed (ELM) company and is now paying the price.

“Consumers in this country deserve to know that when they participate in a lottery, they are helping support their chosen cause – and we will not hesitate to take action against individuals who misuse money the way Rydings did.”

Capen’s operating license was suspended in December 2020 after the GC launched an assessment of its operations. At the time, the Commission invoked section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005 out of concern that activities may have been carried out in violation of the law.

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